This is quite the lame week for home video releases, albeit with one of the year’s most talked-about films plopped in there. Ari Aster’s Hereditary is, depending on who you ask, the scariest movie you ever saw, a pretentious spit in the face of the horror genre at large, or a really good movie with maybe not the best ending in the world. I’m in the third camp (I’m not offended by it ruining horror, only by it being yet another A24 film to overshadow 20th Century Women), but I will give it that it did what few other films have done and actually inspired a nightmare I had a few weeks after seeing it. Although from the sounds of it, I might have been stricken with nightmares if I saw Godard Mon Amour, the latest in Michel Hazanavicius’s attempts to make you forget that he won a goddamn Oscar at one point.
There’s really not much else out, other than the Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?. This is even an off week for Criterion, with the Blu-Ray release of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage being instantly overshadowed by their mammoth, career-spanning Bergman box set in November. I recommend waiting for that and using the money saved this week to, I dunno, egg Michel Hazanavicius’s house.
Blame It on the Bellboy (Kino)
Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (Arrow Academy)
Godard Mon Amour (Cohen)
Hocus Pocus (Disney)
Once Upon a Crime… (Kino)
Scenes from a Marriage (Criterion)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Universal)
Young Sheldon: The Complete First Season (Warner)