New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of September 15-21, 2019

Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain in Twentieth Century Fox’s DARK PHOENIX. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

The week's DVD and Blu-ray release include "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," a Batman 4K collecton, the latest seasons of "Supergirl" and "Elementary" and " Cassandro the Exotico!," a documentary on a drag-queen Mexican luchador.

"X-Men: Dark Phoenix" isn't the worst comic book movie ever made. It might be the most disappointing. "Dark Phoenix" was intended to be the capstone of the X-Men movie franchise; a final film before Marvel reclaimed the characters. The film does feature a fantastic fight sequence on a train, but the narrative struggles to move beyond the Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr melodrama when it is supposed to be focused on Jean Grey and her struggle with the Phoenix Force. Having to revamp the final act because it was too similar to "Captain Marvel" didn't do the film any favors. In twenty or so years maybe we can try to do justice to the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline. Until then, let's just keep it on ice.

The "Batman 4-Film Collecton: 1989 -1997" brings Tim Burton's film, its sequel and then the Joel Schumacher monstrosities to 4K. I've yet to see the new 4K transfers, but reviews have been astounding. The films are available separately, but the box set packaging will look far better on a shelf. Speaking of looking good on a shelf, the BBC is releasing "Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection." Tennant's run as the time-traveling Time Lord is arguably the reason that the show has continued to thrive. Sticking to genre television, this week also sees the release of the fourth season of "Supergirl."


Elsewhere we we have the final season of CBS's "Elementary," a modern spin on the Sherlock Holmes mythos, a complete collection featuring every episode is also available. CBS is also releasing the third season of "The Good Fight," a spin-off series to their popular "The Good Wife." Wrapping up this week's television releases is the tenth season of ABC's "Modern Family."

Art House & Foreign

On the art-house front we see director Ernst Lubitsch take on British class culture in his 1946 film "Cluny Brown" starring Jennifer Jones as a woman with an unwomanly passion for plumbing; "Kung Fu League" is the kung fu equivillent of a comic book crossover as legendary characters Wong Fei Hung, Ip Man, Huo Yuan Jia and Chen Zhen team up in this action film packed with slapstick comedy; and "My Son," a French thriller that sees an estranged father driven by guilt and willing to go to extremes search for those responsible for taking his 7-year-old son.


Titles released on DVD this week include the baseball drama "Bottom of the 9th" starring Joe Mangeaniello as a man who tries to reclaim his dream of being a professional baseball after serving 20 years in prison; "Cassandro the Exotico," a look at the life of Saúl Armendáriz, an American born wrestler who is best known as Cassandro, a queer Mexican wrestler who has been wrestling for over 30 years; and "Intimacy" a Chinese coming-of-age drama about two alienated teens who find connection despite their vast class differences.


On the horror front we have the 1984 "The Hills Have Eyes Part 2," a rather odd sequel written and directed by Wes Craven (he quickly disowned the film) that recycles the original 1977 film with diminished results; "MOMO: The Missouri Monster" is an amusing documentary (of sorts) from Small Town Monsters that explores that strange history and folklore surrounding the Momo, a Bigfoot creature that first appeared in Missouri during the early 1970s; "The Prey" is an obscure slasher film about a group of campers in the Rocky Mountains who are hunted down was shot in 1980 and released in 1983 sees a home release in North America for the first time since its VHS release in 1988 ; and "Who Saw Her Die?," is a classic 1972 Italian giallo featuring a score by Ennio Morricone and starring George Lazenby in an atmospheric tale about a young child who is found drowned in a Venetian river.

This week sees the digital releases of "Annabelle Comes Home," the latest film from The Conjuring Universe that sees a curious teenager unleashing a host of demonic entities and "Spider-Man: Far From Home" the latest (and possibly last) Spider-Man adventure set in the MCU as Peter Parker and his friends head to Europe following the events of "Avengers: Endgame."