While it may not be a Friday, Tuesday the 13th does have a bit of a nice ring to it, too, which makes it a perfect day to add some great genre Blu-rays and DVDs to your home entertainment collections. Scream Factory is doing the (dark) lord’s work yet again this week with their Collector’s Edition of Vice Squad (which I cannot wait to check out) as well as their stunning Steelbooks for both Galaxy of Terror and Forbidden World.
For those of you who enjoy “talkies” (a phrase we coined in our house for our favorite dialogue-heavy films), Radioland Murders arrives on Blu for the first time ever this week, and the third season of Riverdale hits both formats on Tuesday as well.
Other notable releases for August 13th include Avengers: Endgame, The Velocipastor (ahead of its Blu-ray release on September 17th), A Dark Place, Devil Music, Manson Family Movies and Dude Bro Party Massacre III finally hits DVD as well.
Forbidden World: Steelbook Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
The seed is planted ... the nightmare grows. On planet Xarbia, an experimental life form known as "Subject 20" has been created by an elite group of scientists in hopes of preventing a major galactic food crisis. However, instead of prolonging life, Subject 20 is destroying it, and the organism poses a double threat because it constantly changes its genetic structure. Mike Colby, a bounty hunter, is called in to investigate. Suspecting that the scientists are keeping something from him, Colby soon discovers why...
Galaxy of Terror: Steelbook Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
The mind's innermost fears become reality for the crew members of the Quest when they land on a barren planet to rescue survivors from the starship Remus. The crew investigates a giant pyramid on the planet, hoping to find the missing crew members ... only to find something deadly waiting for them instead. Each crew member must come face to face with their darkest fears or perish. The crew of the Quest includes Edward Albert (The House Where Evil Dwells), Erin Moran (Happy Days), Ray Walston (Popcorn), Robert Englund (the A Nightmare On Elm Street series), Zalman King (Blue Sunshine) and Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects).
The film had its share of new, emerging talents behind the camera as well, including James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, Avatar), who did the production design, and Bill Paxton (Aliens, Near Dark), who worked as a set decorator.
Radioland Murders (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)
From the mind of George Lucas, Radioland Murders is a star-studded, madcap murder-mystery that brings back the heyday of live radio! The excitement begins as Chicago radio station WBN celebrates its first night on the air, complete with live dramas, comedy acts and orchestral interludes. The real action, however, is behind the scenes. Someone is murdering the company employees one by one, and station secretary Penny (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her estranged husband Roger (Brian Benben) must join forces to find the killer. The loony suspects - and potential victims - include the eccentric sound effects man (Christopher Lloyd), the military-minded station owner (Ned Beatty), the sultry singer (Anita Morris), the slick announcer (Corbin Bernsen), and the toupee-topped director (Jeffrey Tambor). Before the night is over, there will be romance, thrilling chases, narrow escapes, and a spellbinding action-packed climax!
The Velocipastor (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
HE'S A MAN OF THE CLAW! After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a prostitute convinces him to use it to fight crime... and ninjas.
Vice Squad: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
Season Hubley (Hardcore) stars as Princess, a single mom by day, a Hollywood prostitute by night. A volatile cop, Tom Walsh (Gary Swanson, The Guardian) uses her to trap a sadistic pimp named Ramrod (Wings Hauser, Mutant), who murdered one of her friends. But when Ramrod escapes police custody, Princess is in grave danger. No matter which way she turns, Ramrod is coming for her. Walsh and the entire police force are out looking to catch him. Tonight, the neon slime will be on full display and the city of Los Angeles will explode with furious vengeance and violence!
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Buena Vista, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo, Blu/Digital & DVD)
Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69 (Wild Eye Raw, DVD)
A Dark Place (Gravitas Ventures, Blu-ray & DVD)
Devil Music (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
Dude Bro Party Massacre III (Scream Team Releasing, DVD)
From the Dead (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
The Hidden (SRS Cinema, DVD)
Manson Family Movies (Cult Epics, DVD)
Riverdale: The Complete Third Season (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)