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Shelf Life: October 2018

Dan Owen picks the best of this month’s new 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD releases, so you can fill up your shelves. As we approach Halloween, there may even be some horror movies…

Dan Owen
Dan Owen
Sep 29, 2018 · 12 min read

— 1 OCTOBER —

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 5 (Limited Edition Blu-ray; regular Blu-ray). The fifth season of the Marvel TV series arrives on home video, this time with an ambitious focus on space and time travel.
  • Halloween (1978) (4K UHD + Blu-ray). John Carpenter’s classic slasher with Jamie Lee Curtis is re-released just in time for the remake.
  • Revenge (Blu-ray). French rape-revenge thriller that went down a storm at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
  • Fahrenheit 451 (Blu-ray). HBO’s TV adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel arrives on home video, starring Michael B. Jordan & Michael Shannon.
  • Batman Begins (Filmbook 4K UHD + Blu-ray). Christopher Nolan’s triumphant Batman reboot is re-released in special ‘filmbook’ packaging.
  • The Dark Knight (Filmbook 4K UHD + Blu-ray) … as is the even more popular sequel with Heath Ledger as The Joker.
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Filmbook 4K UHD + Blu-ray) … and the slightly less popular conclusion of the Dark Knight trilogy.
  • Christopher Nolan 4K Collection: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, Inception, The Prestige & Interstellar (4K UHD + Blu-ray). Ultra HD enthusiasts can grab a bargain with this amazing box-set of Christopher Nolan’s most popular movies, ordinarily retailing for £19.99 each.
  • Rick & Morty: Season 2 (Blu-ray). The cult sci-fi comedy animation comes to home video, so those in the UK without Netflix can enjoy the high-concept craziness.
  • Robin of Sherwood: The Complete Series (Blu-ray). TV adaptation of the Robin Hood legend from 1984–86, in a new HD box-set from Network that contains all 26 episodes. Be prepared to get this stuck in your head again.
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— 8 OCTOBER —

  • City of the Living Dead (Arrow Video Blu-ray). The Italian ‘godfather of gore’, Lucio Fulci, directed this 1980 apocalyptic zombie horror movie, the first of his “Gates From Hell” trilogy.
  • Monkey Shines (Eureka DVD + Blu-ray). George Romero’s lesser-known horror from 1988, about an athlete who becomes a quadriplegic and develops a bond with an intelligent service monkey.
  • Hereditary (Blu-ray; Zavvi Blu-ray Steelbook). This year’s most talked about horror movie, starring Toni Collette as a matriarch dealing with the death of her family’s secretive grandmother.
  • Wynonna Earp: Season 2 (Blu-ray). The supernatural western about the great-great-granddaughter of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, who battles the reincarnated outlaws her ancestor killed.
  • Shutter Island (4K UHD + Blu-ray). Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller, with Leonardo DiCaprio as a U.S Marshall investigating an asylum after a patient goes missing, arrives on Ultra HD.
  • Hook (4K UHD + Blu-ray). Steven Spielberg’s once-hated, now-beloved twist on the Peter Pan story, with Robin Williams as a grownup Pan who has to reconnect with his childhood by returning to Neverland.
  • Hansel & Gretel (4K UHD + Blu-ray). Tommy Wirkola’s action horror-comedy twist on the fairy tale, with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arteton) as grownup witch hunters.
  • Night of the Creeps (Eureka DVD + Blu-ray). For the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, Fred Dekker’s cult horror-comedy from 1986 is given a dual format release.
  • Troll: The Complete Collection (Eureka Blu-ray). The two love ’em or hate ’em Troll movies, the second of which is often cited as being the worst movie ever made, are gathered together on Blu-ray. Also contains the popular “Best Worst Movie” documentary about the making of Troll 2.
  • A Matter of Life and Death (Blu-ray Steelbook). Classic British fantasy-romance about a WWII pilot (David Niven) who cheats death and must argue for his life before a celestial court.
  • Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: The Complete Series (Network Blu-ray). Gerry Anderson’s iconic marionette action-adventure series arrives on Blu-ray in a box-set containing all 32 episodes.
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— 15 OCTOBER —

  • 12 Monkeys (Arrow Blu-ray). Terry Gilliam’s excellent 1995 neo-noir sci-fi movie, about a man (Bruce Willis) sent back through time to stop a doomsday virus, who’s instead thrown into a mental asylum.
  • American Psycho (4K UHD + Blu-ray). Christian Bale’s Hollywood breakthrough, playing New York serial killer Patrick Bateman, in this adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial novel.
  • Two Evil Eyes (Blu-ray). Italian-American horror movie, written and directed by Dario Argento and George Romero, telling two horror stories starring Harvey Keitel and Adrienne Barbeau.
  • The Hurricane Heist (Blu-ray). Rob Cohen’s heist action movie about a gang of thieves who plot to rob a bank during a category 5 hurricane.
  • 3:10 to Yuma (2007) (4K UHD + Blu-ray). James Mangold’s remake of the classic western arrives on Ultra HD, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
  • The Uninvited [Criterion Blu-ray). Classic supernatural horror movie from 1944 about a brother and sister who buy a home in Cornwall plagued by paranormal events.
  • The Cabin in the Woods (4K UHD + Blu-ray). Meta-comedy horror from Drew Goddard, who co-wrote the script with Joss Whedon, poking fun at the ‘spam in a cabin’ horror movies of the 1970s and ‘80s.
  • The X-Files: The Complete Series (Blu-ray). Fox’s iconic sci-fi mystery drama gets an updated “Complete Series” HD box-set, now including the mostly-bad revival seasons.
  • Schlock (Arrow Blu-ray). Early horror movie from John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) about a prehistoric apeman who falls in love with a blind teenager and terrorises her Southern California suburb.
  • Sneaky Pete: Season 1 (Blu-ray). Amazon Prime’s crime drama gets a home video release, so non-subscribers can enjoy this tale of a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate.
  • Swamp Thing (DVD + Blu-ray). Wes Craven’s low-budget adaptation of the DC comic-book character.
  • The Expendables [Uncut Version] (4K UHD + Blu-ray). The action movie ensemble of star names, led by Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, comes to Ultra HD.
  • The Expendables 2 (4K UHD + Blu-ray) … as does its sequel that adds Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the mix.
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— 22 OCTOBER —

  • Night of the Demon (Indicator Blu-ray). 1957 British horror movie about an American psychologist investigating a satanic cult suspected of more than one murder. Starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins & Niall MacGinnis.
  • William Castle at Columbia: Volume OneThe Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr. Sardonicus (Indicator Blu-ray). Four movies from cult horror filmmaker and showman William Castle, together in one box-set.
  • Ocean’s 8 (4K UHD + Blu-ray, Blu-ray, HMV Blu-ray Steelbook). Sequel to the three modern Ocean’s movies, with Sandra Bullock leading an all-female cast.
  • The Expanse: Season 2 (Blu-ray). The sci-fi drama adapting the novels by James S. A. Corey returns.
  • Columbo: Season 1 (Blu-ray). The classic ABC detective drama arrives on Blu-ray with its first season from 1971, starring Peter Falk as the deceptively shambolic sleuth.
  • The Crown: Season 2 (Blu-ray). Netflix’s Emmy-winning period drama, covering the early reign of Queen Elizabeth I comes to Blu-ray. Starring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow & Vanessa Kirby.
  • The Crown: Season 1 & 2 (Blu-ray) … and joins the first season in a big box-set.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray). Third and final outing for Bruce Campbell’s cult horror action hero, fighting the undead with his trusty shotgun, chain saw, and sardonic putdowns.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Completes Series, Season 1–3 (Blu-ray). All three seasons of the Evil Dead sequel TV series are brought together in a box-set.
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— 29 OCTOBER —

  • Candyman (Limited Edition Arrow Blu-ray). Bernard Rose’s revered 1992 supernatural slasher about a student (Virginia Madsen) who encounters the urban legend of “Candyman” (Tony Todd), the son of a slave who had his hand severed before being coated in bees and murdered.
  • Sicario 2: Soldado (4K UHD + Blu-ray, Zavvi 4K UHD Steelbook; Blu-ray). Crime thriller sequel about the drug war on the US-Mexico border as the cartels start trafficking terrorists into the US.
  • Jackie Chan’s Project A & Project A: Part 2 (Eureka Blu-ray). A double-bill of movies set in 19th-century Hong Kong, with the legendary Jackie Chan fighting pirates, gangsters, revolutionaries, and a corrupt police superintendent.
  • The Changeling (Blu-ray). Peter Medak’s 1980 psychological horror about a New York City composer (George C. Scott) who relocates to a mansion in Seattle he comes to believe is haunted.
  • Mandy (HMV ‘VHS Range’ Limited Edition Blu-ray). Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) directs Nicolas Cage in this Sundance Film Festival favourite about a broken and haunted man who hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.
  • The Matrix Trilogy (4K UHD + Blu-ray) The iconic cyberpunk sci-fi thriller trilogy arrives on the 4K Ultra HD format, following the first movie’s solo release earlier this year. Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne & Hugo Weaving.

Packaging artwork, BBFC certifications, and release dates were correct at time of publication, but subject to change before release.

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