New on DVD and Blu-Ray

Criterion continues their run of David Lynch releases this week with what will hopefully be the definitive Blu-Ray of Blue Velvet, complete with a brand-spanking-new 4K restoration, new documentaries, and extended excerpts from Lynch’s biography Room to Dream. And one perverse story of imprisonment and psychosexual insanity must be met by another, as evidenced by this week also bringing us Steel Magnolias Neil Jordan’s Greta. It’s not quite the top-shelf trash that Jordan’s In Dreams is, largely because Chloe Grace Moretz is a drag in the lead (replace her with Elle Fanning, as one should for most of her roles, and this becomes the best midnight movie ever), but the delight of seeing typical stalker movie jump scares executed with arthouse icon Isabelle Huppert in place of a scary guy never wears off.

Also out this week are works from three French masters; Criterion’s sadly-timed release of Agnes Varda’s One Sings, The Other Doesn’t, Kino’s release of Jacques Rivette’s The Nun, and, uh, Gaspar Noe’s Climax. Climax is undoubtedly the work of an edgelord, but for the most part he funnels his antagonistic energy into making the most bizarre visuals possible, shooting lengthy sequences upside-down and making modern dance seem utterly alien with a god’s-eye-view perspective on it.

Blue Velvet (Criterion)
Boom! (Shout Factory)
Climax (Lionsgate)
Double Impact (MVD)
The Golden Arrow (Warner Archive Collection)
Greta (Universal)
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (Scorpion Releasing)
Lords of Chaos (MVD)
Madame X (Kino)
The Nun (Kino)
One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (Criterion)
A Patch of Blue (Warner Archive Collection)
Portrait in Black (Kino)
Steel Magnolias (Sony)
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Sony)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Shout Factory)
When a Stranger Calls Back (Shout Factory)