We have a bit of an obscure week happening with almost no theatrical releases. So we start our week off with Batman Ninja. After Gorilla Grod tries to rid Gotham of his enemies with a time machine, a mishap lands Batman and a legion of his allies and enemies in feudal Japan. The villains, including The Joker, Two-Face and The Penguin all become feudal lords ruling over divided lands and it is up to Batman, Catwoman and the extended Bat-family to stop them all and find a way to get back to their own time in Gotham.

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DC has been making these direct to video animated features for some time now, and while I love the idea of them, to this point they have all been animated in the simplistic 1980s Saturday morning cartoon style that I just can’t get into. With all the amazing animators out there I could never figure out why they wouldn’t try something better. But Batman Ninja has finally taken that step by enlisting some of Japan’s top animators, writers and filmmakers to create a story that is thrilling, exciting, action packed and best of all, beautifully animated. The visuals are just stunning here making it easily the best DC animated movie to date. I really hope this one succeeds and makes DC rethink the Saturday morning cartoon style for future releases.

Next up is a classic horror anthology making it’s Blu-ray debut, The House that Dripped Blood. A Scotland Yard investigator is enlisted to look into four mysterious cases involving an abandoned house and its previous occupants. The cases involve a novelist who believes he is seeing a killer from one of his books come to life, two men obsessed with a wax figure who bears a striking resemblance to a woman from their past, a little girl with a bizarre interest in witchcraft and an arrogant film actor who gains the powers of a vampire.

The House that Dripped Blood features four great stories all written by author Robert Bloch of Psycho fame. This is a top notch anthology that features a fantastic cast including Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee, and Joss Ackland. All four stories are great and offer a wide variety of themes to keep you entertained. While this isn’t necessarily a ‘scary’ horror anthology, it has more of a gothic vibe and is really fun regardless. 

Lastly this week is another cult gem arriving on Blu-ray for the first time, The Return of Swamp Thing. After her mother’s untimely death, Abigail Arcane (Heather Locklear) travels to Florida to confront her evil stepfather Dr. Arcane (Louis Jordan). Arcane is trying to prevent the aging process by combining genes from various animals and humans, unwittingly creating an army of monsters. But when Abigail becomes endangered by Arcane’s experiments, one of Arcane’s previous experiments, Swamp Thing (Dick Durock) returns to save Abigail and confront his creator.

The Return of Swamp Thing is a fantastically fun movie and in my opinion, much better than the original film. This one just seems paced better, has more creatures and action, and an overall better set up. Durock is really great here as Swamp Thing and Sarah Douglas, Locklear and Jordan all put in great turns as well. This one is full on original superhero fun and the new Blu-ray from the MVD Rewind Collection features a great looking new transfer and tons of new and vintage special features.

Also of note this week is the newest installment in the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades Freed, the 4K debut of Saving Private Ryan and the documentary Finding Oscar.

Until next week movie lovers.


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday May 8, 2018

And Then I Was French

Batman Ninja

Blood and Glory

Bruce’s Deadly Fingers*

Bubble Guppies: Bubble Puppy's Awesome Adventures 

Bunnicula: Season One

Caged Fury*

Dear White People: Season 1

Disembodied

Faith Under Fire

Feast of July*

Fifty Shades Freed

Finding Oscar

It’s Not Yet Dark

Manifesto

Moonrise* - Criterion Collection

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Applejack

National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie

On the Other Side of Life

Paradox aka Kill Zone 3

Police Woman: Season 4

Puppet Master: The Legacy

Red Without Blue

Roommates*

Saving Private Ryan 20th Anniversary 4K

Seven*

Source Code 4K

Special Delivery*

The Creeps

The Devil Incarnate*

The House That Dripped Blood*

The Maids*

The Return of Swamp Thing* - MVD Rewind Collection

The Violence Movie

This is Cinerama*

Tomboys

True Fear: The Making of Psycho

Valentina’s Wedding

Windjammer: The Voyage of Christian Radich

*Catalog Blu-ray debut

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A film fan since he was a wee child and received a full sized Terminator movie poster as a gift, Bill lives for movies. An avid collector of Blu-ray and DVD (and VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc before that), Bill also has his own review site, Fountain Pop.com and has recently completed his first horror novel, 10 Minutes from Home. Bill is often a crusader for the films that no one likes or no one has heard of(he loves Ishtar, Superman Returns, the Star Wars prequels and almost all of the horror remakes...) and just wants everyone to share their love for movies instead of spreading their hate for them.

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