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Now on Blu-ray: The latest movie releases on disc

If you want to kick back and enjoy a movie at home, you could stream it, and that’s a serviceable option—unless of course your video stream is interrupted or degraded by traffic congestion or an unreliable connection. Or you could enjoy your movie on a Blu-ray or DVD disc, avoiding those issues altogether and getting the added benefit of special features and commentary, as well adding another piece of entertainment to your collection.

For your consideration, we present 10 worthwhile movies that have recently come to disc. Our emphasis is on the Blu-ray format, but we make note of whether Ultra HD Blu-ray (4K) is also an option.

[ Further reading: The best Ultra HD Blu-ray players ]Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)1 badtimeselroyale blu jma20th Century Fox

Writer (Cloverfield, The Martian) and director (The Cabin in the Woods) Drew Goddard turns in his second feature, Bad Times at the El Royale, with this Tarantino-influenced multi-character crime piece, set at a single location (a hotel built right on the border between California and Nevada). It runs a little too long and it doesn’t have much crackle, but it has a few dazzling moments, mostly involving a secret corridor running behind all the rooms. Big stars Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, and Chris Hemsworth are weirdly less interesting than the lesser-known cast members: Cynthia Erivo, as a struggling singer, and Lewis Pullman, as a meek, emotionally tormented desk clerk.

Format: Blu-ray Release date: January 1 Company: 20th Century Fox Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish, French) Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 Resolution: 1080p Region A Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish Running time: 140 minutes MPAA rating: R for strong violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity Digital copy: Yes DVD: Yes 4K: Sold separately Bonus features: “Making Bad Times at the El Royale” (29 mins.); photo gallery; teaser trailer; theatrical trailer SRP: $34.99   Bad Times At The El Royale The Equalizer 2 (2018)2 equalizertwo blu jmaSony

Denzel Washington makes the first sequel of his career, slipping back into the role of former secret agent Robert McCall as if he’d never been away. He’s cool and commanding, and makes The Equalizer 2 worth seeing. Director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Richard Wenk are also back with more of the same, some rather traditional screenwriting and some excellent action sequences. Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) plays a young man who hopes to be an artist, whom McCall takes under his wing. As with the first film, the final showdown is a show-stopper; this one is in a small fishing community as the beginning of a huge storm roils in the background, causing structures to creak and groan as the first spatters of rain fall. Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, and Orson Bean co-star, the latter in a surprisingly moving coda.

Format: Blu-ray Release date: December 11 Company: Sony Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD (English), 5.1 DTS-HD (French), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish, Thai) Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 Resolution: 1080p Region A Subtitles: English, English SDH, and 10 other languages Running time: 121 minutes MPAA rating: R for brutal violence throughout, language, and some drug content Digital copy: Yes DVD: Yes 4K: Sold separately Bonus features: “Retribution Mode” (a series of behind-the-scenes extras that play during the film); deleted and extended scenes (23 mins.); featurettes: “Denzel as McCall: Round Two” (7 mins.), “Seconds Till Death: Action Breakdown” (5 mins.), and “Through Antoine’s Lens: The Cast” (6 mins.); TV promos; pop-up trivia track; previews for other Sony titles. SRP: $19.99   The Equalizer 2 [Blu-ray] Forty Guns (1957)3 fortyguns blu jmaCriterion Collection

Director Samuel Fuller was one of the most explosive in history, a former newspaper reporter who fought in WWII. It is said that his dialogue was like headlines. Specializing in crime movies, war movies, and Westerns, Forty Guns (1957) is one of his most interesting, focusing on a tough female rancher, Jessica Drummond (a platinum Barbara Stanwyck), who inadvertently launches a war when her brother (John Ericson) kills the local sheriff. Fuller’s brilliant widescreen framing is heavy on masculine symbolism (some critics considered it a “Freudian Western”) as well as wild trashy fun. Barry Sullivan and Dean Jagger co-star.

Format: Blu-ray Release date: December 11 Company: Criterion Collection Audio: Uncompressed Mono Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 Resolution: 1080p Region A Subtitles: English Running time: 80 minutes MPAA rating: Not rated Digital copy: No DVD: Sold separately 4K: No Bonus features: New interview with director Samuel Fuller’s widow, Christa Lang Fuller, and daughter, Samantha Fuller; “A Fuller Life” (2013), a feature-length documentary by Samantha Fuller about her father; audio interview with Samuel Fuller at London’s National Film Theatre from 1969; new interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of “In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City;” stills gallery; liner notes booklet with an essay by film scholar Lisa Dombrowski and a chapter from Fuller’s posthumously published 2002 autobiography, “A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking.” SRP: $27.99   Forty Guns (The Criterion Collection) The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)4 housewithaclock blu jmaUniversal

Director Eli Roth is known—and has a small, fervent fan base—for his horrendous, inept, and vile cinematic wreckages of gore and violence, notably the Hostel movies but also sinking all the way down to remakes of The Green Inferno and Death Wish. But suddenly he turned it all around with The House with a Clock in Its Walls, an enjoyable, kid-friendly fantasy full of action, jaw-dropping visuals, and even some decent slapstick. (Think: Jumanji or Spy Kids.) When his parents die in an accident, young Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and his neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett); it turns out they are witches/warlocks who are desperately trying to uncover the secret of the clock in the house before... ahem... time runs out. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a little dark for younger or more sensitive children, but for others it’s a zany, somewhat spooky ride.

Format: Blu-ray Release date: December 18 Company: Universal Audio: Dolby Atmos (English), Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (English), DTS-HD HR 7.1 (Spanish, French) Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 Resolution: 1080p Region A Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish Running time: 105 minutes MPAA rating: PG for thematic elements including sorcery, some action, scary images, rude humor and language Digital copy: Yes DVD: Yes 4K: Available separately Bonus features: Audio Commentary by director Eli Roth and star Jack Black; alternate opening and ending with optional commentary; deleted scenes, with optional commentary (9 mins.); gag reel (3 mins.); featurettes: “Warlocks and Witches,” “Movie Magic,” “Tick Tock: Bringing the Book to Life,” “Eli Roth: Director’s Journals,” “Owen Goes Behind the Scenes,” “Theme Song Challenge,” “Do You Know Jack Black?”, “Abracadabra!”, “Jack Black’s Greatest Fear,” and “The Mighty Wurlitzer.” SRP: $34.98   The House with a Clock in Its Walls [Blu-ray] Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color (2018)5 meliesfairytales blu jmaFlicker Alley

Flicker Alley has released several Georges Méliès sets before, but this one is perhaps its most ambitious collection. While Méliès began—in the 1890s—with simple little “magic trick” films, he quickly grew more ambitious and told longer stories with bigger effects. This collection features 13 of these from between 1899 and 1909, including the famous A Trip to the Moon (1902), with its shot of the rocketship crashing into the moon’s eye, surely one of cinema’s greatest indelible images. (Most people will recognize the picture, even if they don’t know the film.) Other shorts include versions of Joan of Arc, Robinson Crusoe, Rip Van Winkle, and Jules Verne’s The Impossible Voyage, with hand-coloring and three optional audio tracks: English narration, French narration, or music only.

Format: Blu-ray Release date: December 18 Company: Flicker Alley Audio: Music, English narration, French narration, all 2.0 Dolby Digital Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 Resolution: 1080p Region A Subtitles: none Running time: 145 minutes MPAA rating: Not rated Digital copy: No DVD: Yes 4K: No Bonus features: A 28-page souvenir booklet. SRP: $36.95   Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color (Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Edition Format Read More

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