With that said, it's easy to see why 2017 was such a stellar year for Blu-Ray releases. From big budget blockbusters that actually took the time to include interesting extra features to smaller label weirdies and genre tentpoles, it's been an embarrassment of riches. These are my favorite releases that I bought personally. In the interest of being to actually keep a list to 10 items, box sets are not included.
10. Rawhead Rex from Kino Lorber.
9. Liquid Sky from Vinegar Syndrome
8. His Girl Friday from The Criterion Collection
7. The Gate from Vestron Video
6. Effects from American Genre Film Archive
George Romero. He looks beautiful and happy, and they're the perfect moments to tie together a big-hearted presentation celebrating DIY filmmaking soaked with Pittsburgh charm.
5. Streets of Fire from Shout! Select
Streets of Fire was coming out on Blu-ray, on a fancy Shout! Factory Select title no less! As of this writing, it's the only disc I've ever pre-ordered from their site so I could get the poster. Walter Hill's kinetic rock 'n roll masterpiece has never looked or sounded better, and the only drawback is that Diane Lane didn't participate in the new extras. A moment of silence for that loss, then lose yourself in the entertaining and extensive "The Making of Streets of Fire," featurettes, and re-watching this movie forever and ever amen.
4. Multiple Maniacs from The Criterion Collection
3. Re-Animator from Arrow Films
2. Daughters of the Dust from the Cohen Film Collection
For extra credit, pair this with the Daughters of the Dust: The Making of an African American Woman's Film book for a fuller look at a world of filmmaking very rarely talked about.
1. Suspiria steelbook from Synapse Films
Phenomena, but there's no question that Suspiria was the one fans were lusting after the hardest.
Suspiria has gone through severe cuts and limited releases throughout the decades on home video, but if you thought there was a wait with Synapse working meticulously on its stunning 4K restoration, then talk to US viewers in the '80s who had to figure out how to get their hands on the Japanese laserdisc. The wait was worth it: The deliriously gorgeous film never looked better on the small screen, and the extras cater to both diehards and those new to the film and Argento's output in general. Featurettes discussing film theory and the history surrounding themes in the film in an approachable way add new depth, making future rewatches even more exciting. You'll certainly find more packed discs, but fans know that seeing the film in this restoration was all we really needed.
Some films can become small events onto themselves in the right presentation, Synapse knew it, and they stole the year with Suspiria.
Top 5 Honorable Mentions (AKA This Is Secretly A Top 15 List)
1. Serial Mom from Scream Factory. Two John Waters commentaries and a new interview with Waters, Mink Stole and Kathleen Turner. A must.
2. Baby Driver from Sony Pictures. Edgar Wright understands movie fanatics and collectors, and he hasn't let us down yet. Commentaries, interesting deleted footage and featurettes add a nice side dish to a movie you were putting in to rewatch for the sixth time.
3. Wonder Woman from Warner Bros. Pictures. This goes double if you got the gorgeous Target exclusive. This was an exciting movie for a girl who was Wonder Woman as her first Halloween costume, and this is stuffed with celebration of both the film and the character herself.
Lifeboat from Kino Lorber. One of my favorite Hitchcocks, this beautiful transfer is joined by the commentary and featurette from the DVD and includes a brand new Tim Lucas commentary and audio from Francois Truffaut interviewing Hitchcock on the film.
5. Kill Baby Kill by Kino Lorber and Arrow Video. I love Mario Bava to an unhealthy degree, and Kino and Arrow have been delightful dealers to my addiction. Having two of our best companies go head to head in a bloodbath of lovely releases makes sure both region A and region B fans can co-exist without brutal turf wars is a beautiful thing.
What Blu-ray gems caught your eyes, heart and wallet this year?