New on DVD and Blu-Ray

A few controversies have occurred many times over with Licorice Pizza, some more justified than others but all by this point fully-flogged dead horses. So I’ll brush them aside and say that Licorice Pizza is mostly a very successful attempt to make a slightly more accessible comedy out of the late Paul Thomas Anderson style of prolonged silence and characters observing obscure historical turning points; it’s no Inherent Vice, but the same principles are at work. It leads a very robust week, centered around some particularly strong slates from Paramount and Shout Factory (plus Criterion’s release of Tampopo director Juzo Itami’s The Funeral). Both labels have some high-profile 4Ks out this week, tops among them The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but they provide just as much (if not more) of a public service with the American Blu-Ray debuts of Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale and the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker classic Top Secret!.

Belle (Shout Factory)
Beverly Hills Cop II 4K (Paramount)
The Craft 4K (Shout Factory)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Warner Archive Collection)
Escape from New York 4K (Shout Factory)
Extreme Prejudice (Lionsgate)
Femme Fatale (Shout Factory)
The Funeral (Criterion)
Infinite (Paramount)
Licorice Pizza (Universal)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 4K (Paramount)
Sundown (Decal)
Top Secret! (Paramount)
Violent City (Kino)
Without Warning (Kino)