New on DVD and Blu-Ray

This week sees Criterion embroiled in another fierce color-timing debate, though this time the complainers are plainly in the wrong (probably because the Wong Kar-wai box set was the first time they even considered color-timing as a part of home video releases). It turns out their Blu-Ray of Amy Heckerling’s excellent Fast Times at Ridgemont High looks less oversaturated than the god-awful DVD master Universal recycled for its Blu-Ray, and this means that Criterion, working from a Heckerling-approved transfer, is the one doing it wrong and not the company with consistently awful transfers of their movies throughout the DVD and Blu-Ray ages. Of course, to be fair to Universal, they’ve righted some of their previous wrongs with their high-quality 4K releases, which brings us to them giving us the highest-resolution Shrek release yet. I personally think holding another mirror up to computer animation that’s already pretty dodgy on regular home video is not the best idea, but it will probably make more money than I’ll ever see in my life so that’s why I’m not running the Universal home-video division.

All About the Benjamins (Shout Factory)
Drive (MVD Rewind Collection)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Criterion)
Giants and Toys (Arrow)
Horizons West (Kino)
King Kong (Shout Factory)
Land (Universal)
The Marksman (Universal)
The Mauritanian (Universal)
Merrily We Go to Hell (Criterion)
Saw 4K (Lionsgate)
Shrek 4K (Universal)
The Yearling (Warner Archive Collection)