New on DVD and Blu-Ray

Usually these first-of-the-month weeks are slim pickings, but there’s quite a bit out this week. The Criterion of the week is David Cronenberg’s Crash, though some may instead want to get the region-free Arrow Video 4K that’s also out this week, for more pixels for each horrifying car crash injury. A lot of those kinds of pixels going around this week, with upgrades to Beverly Hills Cop, Blade, the Chernobyl miniseries, Coming to America, and all six Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies (both theatrical and extended cuts too). I understand why The Golden Child is merely getting a 4K-mastered Blu-Ray rather than the real thing, but it seems odd that Trading Places is the same, especially when Paramount can milk some extra money from its Christmas tie-in. I have no such questions about why Robert Altman’s Popeye is also Blu-Ray-only, even if I’d love to live in the world where it gets treated like home-video royalty. At least give out 4K copies to the people on that island in Malta.

Apache (Kino)
Beverly Hills Cop 4K (Paramount)
Blade 4K (Warner)
Chernobyl 4K (Warner)
Coming to America 4K (Paramount)
Continental Divide (Kino)
Crash (Criterion)
D.C. Cab (Kino)
The Dogs of War (Scorpion Releasing)
The Golden Child (Paramount)
The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy 4K (Warner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy 4K (Warner)
Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (Warner)
Popeye (Paramount)
The Rental (Shout Factory)
Trading Places (Paramount)