New on DVD and Blu-Ray

Pretty good week this time around, although new studio titles are pretty much a wasteland (I had already long-forgotten about this year’s Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party). The one new release really worth looking into is Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, which I am told is a fantastic exploration of imperialism that also contains an Oscar-worthy performance from a llama (whether it can top Emperor’s New Groove as a piece of Llama Cinema remains to be seen, tho). In catalog titles, Mill Creek continues its string of necessary complete-series releases (culminating with The Shield this November) with their release of Happy Endings, Severin restores and releases Peter Medak’s horror classic The Changeling, and Oscilloscope gives Kelly Reichardt’s heartbreaking Wendy and Lucy a much-needed Blu-Ray release. Moving into the (slightly) lower end of good, Kino is releasing Tim Robbins’ insanely ambitious Cradle Will Rock and Shout Factory is giving us a Blu-Ray of the early John Carpenter made-for-TV movie Someone’s Watching Me!. But all of this pales in comparison to Shout’s release of Mac and Me, the film that defined an entire generation of people who watched Late Night with Conan O’Brien whenever Paul Rudd was on. That this so-called “collector’s edition” doesn’t contain a collection of those guest appearances is a travesty only slightly made up for by the added director’s commentary and interview.

Breaking In (Universal)
The Changeling (Severin)
Cradle Will Rock (Kino)
Happy Endings: The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
Life of the Party (Warner)
Mac and Me (Shout Factory)
Marrowbone (Magnolia)
On Chesil Beach (Universal)
Revenge (Universal)
Riverdale: The Complete Second Season (Warner)
Someone’s Watching Me! (Shout Factory)
Wendy and Lucy (Oscilloscope)
Zama (Strand)