September 13th boasts over 30 horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, so I hope you guys have been saving up, because there are a lot of great choices to spend your money on this week. The highly anticipated 30th Anniversary Edition of Aliens comes home this week courtesy of 20th Century Fox, and if you are a big fan of James Wan’s latest sequel, you’ll undoubtedly want to pick up The Conjuring on Blu-ray or DVD this Tuesday.

Universal Studios is keeping busy this Tuesday with two Universal Monster collections celebrating Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, and Scream Factory’s Raising Cain Blu-ray arrives this week, too. Also, if you happened to miss the special edition of the giallo classic Tenebrae earlier this year, Synapse Films is putting out a basic Blu that fans will definitely want to nab (as a proud owner of the Collector’s Edition, I cannot recommend this release enough).

Other notable releases for September 13th include Captain America: Civil War, Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 3D, The Neon Dead, The Return of Godzilla, The Ultimate Paranormal Activity Collection, and a Hammer Horror 8-Movie Collection.

Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray)

James Cameron directed this critically acclaimed sequel starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo’s deadly encounter with the monstrous Alien. After drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years, Ripley returns to Earth, haunted by nightmares of the past. Although her story is initially met with disbelief, she agrees to accompany a team of Colonial Marines back to LV-426...and this time it’s war!

Special Features Include:

- NEW – The Inspiration and Design of Aliens featurette
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Superior Firepower: Making Aliens
- Superior Firepower: Making Aliens Enhancement
- Pre-Production Galleries
- The Art of Aliens
- Gateway Station and Colony
- Vehicles and Weapons
- Aliens
- Casting
- Cast Portrait Gallery
- Deleted Scene Montage

The Conjuring 2 (Warner Home Video, Blu/Digital HD & DVD)

The supernatural thriller brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. 

Special Features:

- The Enfield Poltergeist: Living The Horror
- The Conjuring 2: Hollywood’s Haunted Stage
- Crafting the Conjuring
- Creating Crooked
- Sounds of Scary
- Deleted Scenes

Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

The original Frankenstein is one of the silver screen's most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 8 films from the original legacy including the tragic classic starring Boris Karloff and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of Henry Frankenstein's Monster and his Bride, and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of Frankenstein to this day.

Raising Cain (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

When Jenny cheated on her husband, he didn’t just leave...he split. From master of terror Brian De Palma comes this stylish psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final frame.

Carter Nix (Lithgow) is a respected psychologist, loving husband and devoted father who decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. Carter’s wife Jenny is pleased to have her attentive husband home: at first.

When Carter shows obsessive behavior toward their daughter, Jenny becomes concerned, and to complicate matters, Jenny’s old flame re-enters her life. But nothing can prepare her for the emergence of Carter’s multiple personalities, and a fiendish plot to recreate the infamous experiments of his deranged father.

- Theatrical Version of the film
- NEW interviews with actors John Lithgow, Steven Bauer, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris and editor Paul Hirsch
- Original Theatrical Trailer

- Director’s Cut of the Film featuring scenes reordered as originally intended
- NEW Changing Cain: Brian De Palma’s Cult Classic Restored featurette
- NEW Raising Cain Re-Cut – a video essay by Peet Gelderblom

Tenebrae (Synapse Films, Blu-ray)

American mystery author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) comes to Italy to promote his newest novel, TENEBRAE.  Unfortunately, a razor-wielding serial killer is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in gruesome fashion just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the killings spirals out of control, Neal investigates the crimes on his own, leading to a mind-bending, genre-twisting conclusion that will leave you breathless!

Featuring an amazing synth-music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin), this all-new TENEBRAE release was created from the original uncut camera negative. Also stars John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Daria Nicolodi (Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA) and John Steiner (CALIGULA).

Special Features:

  • All-new Synapse Films supervised color correction and restoration of a 1080p scan from the original camera negative, presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1
  • Dual English and Italian language options with newly-translated English subtitle tracks for both
  • Audio commentary track featuring film critic and Argento scholar, Maitland McDonagh
  • Rare high-definition 1080p English sequence insert shots, playable within the film via Seamless Branching
  • Feature-length documentary, YELLOW FEVER: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GIALLO by Rising Productions, chronicling the Giallo film genre from its beginnings as early 20th century crime fiction, to its later influences on the modern slasher film genre
  • Original UNSANE (U.S. version of TENEBRAE) end credits sequence
  • Alternate opening credits sequence
  • Theatrical trailers

The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen's most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the tragic monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Wolf Man to this day.


Alien Hunger (XVIII Entertainment, DVD) 

All Hallows’ Eve/All Hallows’ Eve 2 Double Feature (RLJ Entertainment, DVD)

Asian Ghost Story (Rapid Heart Pictures, DVD) 

Bachelors Grove (SGL Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

Bad Ass Babes (WorldWide MultiMedia, DVD) 

Blumhouse 4-Movie Horror Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DVD)

Captain America: Civil War (Walt Disney Studios, 3D Blu/Blu/Digital HD Combo & Blu)

Dark Exorcism (Breaking Glass Pictures, DVD) 

Dark Revelations (Tomcat Releasing, DVD)

Deadly Intent (Indie Rights, DVD) 

Evil Dead 2 (Lionsgate, Blu/Digital HD)

Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray)

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (Olive Films, Blu-ray)

Masks (Reel Gore Releasing, Blu/DVD/CD Combo)

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 3D (Scream Factory, 3D Blu/Blu Combo) 

Midnight Horror Collection (EB Acquisitions, DVD) 

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (Olive Films, Blu-ray) 

The Neon Dead (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

Not Another Zombie Movie (Maverick Entertainment Group, DVD)

The Other Side (Cyfuno Ventures, DVD)

Puppet Master 4: Remastered Edition (Full Moon Features, DVD)

Puppet Master 5: Remastered Edition (Full Moon Features, DVD)

The Purging Hour (Ruthless, DVD)

The Return of Godzilla (Section 23, Blu-ray & DVD) 

The Ring/The Ring Two Movie Collection (Paramount, DVD)

Sorority Slaughterhouse (Rapid Heart Pictures, DVD)

Trancers 3 (Full Moon Features, Blu-ray) 

The Ultimate Paranormal Activity Collection (Paramount, DVD)

Video Killer (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

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    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.