New on DVD and Blu-Ray

Criterion’s Italian Heritage Month continues with two releases as big as the pizza pie that hits your eye (I’d say I’m sorry for that but I’m not). The biggest is the 14-film Essential Fellini box set, a tribute to the horniest of the great Italian directors on the occasional of his 100th birthday. And they’re celebrating another recent birthday boy, Martin Scorsese, with a Blu-Ray of The Irishman, the chillingly passive flipside to Goodfellas and his second film in a row about the damning indications of God’s silence about the acts committed on Their watch (God and/or Anna Paquin’s silence, actually). It’s also a great labor-union movie coincidentally coming out next to another great labor-union movie, Bill Duke’s long-unavailable The Killing Floor.

What else? Universal’s Blu-Ray box set of Monty Python’s Flying Circus comes maybe not at a high point of love for the former Pythons, or maybe it comes at the time when we can finally all admit that Michael Palin was the best one. Kino’s 4K of Mad Max, however, comes ideally timed for news of Miller making another one, although I’d prefer a 4K of either of the following two Mad Maxes over this one. And you have the Warner Archive Collection giving the Vincente Minnelli musical The Pirate a Blu-Ray, in time for it for it officially become a part of the Solute Canon.

Ava (Lionsgate)
The Beastmaster 4K (Vinegar Syndrome)
Better Call Saul: Season Five (Sony)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Collection (Kino)
Cemetery of Terror (Vinegar Syndrome)
Essential Fellini (Criterion)
He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection (Arrow)
The Irishman (Criterion)
The Killing Floor (Film Movement)
Libeled Lady (Warner Archive Collection)
The Lost Weekend (Kino)
Mad Max 4K (Kino)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Complete Series 1-4 (Universal)
The Pirate (Warner Archive Collection)
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (Well Go)
We’re No Angels (Paramount)
Wonder Boys (Paramount)