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Nearly a year after its surprising drop on Netflix after the Super Bowl, The Cloverfield Paradox arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD this week, making it just one of the highlights of this week’s batch of home media releases. The horror comedy You Might Be the Killer also arrives on both formats this Tuesday, and Scream Factory has Mermaid: Lake of the Dead on tap this week as well.

Other notable releases for February 5th include a Special Edition version of The Possessed from Arrow Video, Black Magic, Nazi Overlord, American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet, and The Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection.

The Cloverfield Paradox (Paramount, Blu-ray & DVD)

Producer J.J. Abrams takes you deeper into the Cloverfield universe than ever before with this mysterious sci-fi thriller. Orbiting Earth on the brink of a devastating energy war, scientists prepare to test a device that could provide unlimited power or trap them in a terrifying alternate reality. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd, The Cloverfield Paradox is the ultimate journey into the unknown.

Mermaid: Lake of the Dead (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)

Once a young woman sent to a tragic and watery grave, she has since become something unholy. Cursed to swim the waters in which she met her untimely death, the mermaid has risen once again. This unspeakable wraithlike creature hungers for love — and has set her hook for Marina's fiancé, Roman. The bond between Marian and Roman is steadfast and true. But if you spurn the mermaid, she'll punish you and take from you that which you love most. Now locked in a desperate battle with pure, undying evil, Marina must overcome her fear of the dark water to save all that she holds dear from a terrifying fate.

The Possessed: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

The Possessed is a wonderfully atmospheric proto-giallo based on one of Italy’s most notorious crimes, the Alleghe killings, and adapted from the book on that case by acclaimed literary figure Giovanni Comisso. 

Peter Baldwin (The Ghost, The Weekend Murders) stars as Bernard, a depressed novelist who sets off in search of his old flame Tilde (Virna Lisi, La Reine Margot), a beautiful maid who works at a remote lakeside hotel. Bernard is warmly greeted by the hotel owner Enrico (Salvo Randone, Fellini's Satyricon) and his daughter Irma (Valentina Cortese, Thieves Highway, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire), but Tilde has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Bernard undertakes an investigation and is soon plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder...

Co-written by Giulio Questi (Death Laid an Egg, Arcana) and co-directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord, Footprints on the Moon), The Possessed masterfully combines film noir, mystery and giallo tropes, whilst also drawing on the formal innovations of 1960s art cinema (particularly the films of Michelangelo Antonioni). A uniquely dreamlike take on true crime, The Possessed is presented here in a stunning new restoration. 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
  • Richard Dyer on The Possessed - a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic
  • Cat’s Eyes, an interview with the film's makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi
  • Two Days a Week, an interview with the film's award-winning assistant art director Dante Ferretti
  • The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers, an interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni
  • Original trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich, Roberto Curti and original reviews

You Might Be the Killer (Screen Media, Blu-ray & DVD)

Directed by Brett Simmons (HuskMonkey’s Paw, and Animal) and starring Alyson Hannigan (BuffyHow I Met Your Mother), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods), Keith David (The Thing), Brittany S. Hall (Ballers), and Patrick Reginald Walker (The Resident), You Might Be the Killer is the story of Sam (Kranz), a regular guy who finds himself on the run from a masked serial killer who has been brutally murdering his fellow camp counselors.

Desperate, Sam reaches out to his friend Chuck (Hannigan), who is an expert in all things horror. She becomes Sam's lifeline as he tries to evade death by avoiding common horror tropes and save his friends. But when Chuck challenges everything that Sam tells her, Sam must piece together what is really going on at the camp, as he races to uncover the haunting truth of the masked maniac’s identity and the mask’s supernatural powers… all before it’s too late!

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD) 

Black Magic (4Digital Media, DVD) 

The Cloverfield 3-Movie Collection (Paramount, Blu-ray & DVD) 

Havana Darkness (Gravitas Ventures, Blu-ray & DVD)

Hostel/Hostel 2 Double Feature (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

Nazi Overlord (Asylum, DVD)

Queens of Scream (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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