New on DVD and Blu-Ray

Avengers: Endgame is out this week. I’m sure it’s okay. Since the other studios have wisely decided to not even bother going up against it in sales (aside from Well Go releasing Zhang Yimou’s Shadow, which probably isn’t competing for the same audience, and Sony releasing Kenneth Branagh’s last-years-of-Shakespeare drama All is True, which is definitely not competing for the same audience), this week is almost all catalog titles. Lionsgate is finally digging into its Artisan catalog and giving us a Blu-Ray of Alejandro Amenabar’s Open Your Eyes (god willing, The Limey will come soon enough). Kino is continuing its rescue of out-of-print Criterions with new 4K restorations of the French crime films Port of Shadows and Touchez Pas au Grisbi. And Universal is giving us Blu-Rays of several of its more forgotten comedies, one of them good (Undercover Brother), one of them a stunning disappointment (Fierce Creatures), and one of them whatever the fuck the Leave It To Beaver movie is (Leave It To Beaver). But their most leftfield title this week is easily Keith Gordon’s Waking the Dead, which is, simply put, not a comedy. A wintry, sad look at the death of 70s idealism, it’s not a great movie (its period detail sometimes borders on cartoonish, and Jennifer Connelly gets stuck playing more of a symbol than a character), but it is home to a great Billy Crudup performance as someone having a breakdown because he didn’t help the cause when it was cool to do so.

All Is True (Sony)
Avengers: Endgame (Disney)
Endless Love (Shout Factory)
Fierce Creatures (Universal)
In Secret (Lionsgate)
The Inland Sea (Criterion)
Leave It to Beaver (Universal)
Moonfleet (Warner Archive Collection)
Open Your Eyes (Lionsgate)
Port of Shadows (Kino)
Radioland Murders (Universal)
Riverdale: The Complete Third Season (Warner Archive Collection)
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Oscilloscope)
Shadow (Well Go)
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Kino)
True Believer (Mill Creek)
Undercover Brother (Universal)
Vice Squad (Shout Factory)
Wagon Master (Warner Archive Collection)
Waking the Dead (Universal)