Although Christmas is coming, DON’T BE STINGY WITH YOURSELF. You go ahead and buy yourself every new release that you think sparkles like silver and gold... silver and gold…
AGFA/Something Weird’s Shock-O-Rama Video Party (Blu-Ray)
Pulp Fiction (4K), 48 Hrs. (4K), and Train to Busan (4K)
If you haven’t already hopped aboard the 4K bandwagon, what’s keeping you?
These titles alone might persuade you to make the upgrade. As a fan of physical media, I think some of the most exciting releases of the year have been 4K upgrades.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Blu-ray)
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (DVD)
Coraline & ParaNorman (4K), Carrie (4K), and Silent Running (4K)
The Carrie upgrade seems like a no-brainer (will the “spinning prom dance” sequence make you EVEN SICKER in 4K?) and Silent Running was one of my favorite science-fiction films growing up, thanks to Bruce Dern’s performance and the film’s ubiquity on the ABC-7 3:30 Movie.
Cooley High (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)
This essential 1975 film finally gets the Criterion treatment. Director Michael Schultz did such a great job turning this film and the following year’s Car Wash into hits that Universal Studios rewarded him (?) with the job of directing 1978’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Featuring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, the latter is one of the worst movies ever made. How bad is Sgt. Pepper? The 2020 HBO documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart mentions it... a total of zero times. Watch Cooley High instead!
Thrillers from the Vault (Blu-ray)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (4K)
The Taking of Pelham 123 (4K) and The Hospital (Blu-Ray)
The Films of Doris Wishman: The Daylight Years (Blu-ray)here.
Back then I decided her odd, clothing-optional oeuvre was not up my particular alley, but I can imagine several regular readers who may wish to ask Santa Claus to gift them this holiday season with all three boxsets.
What do you say, Chaybee?