From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bet:
“Universal Horror Collection Vol. 3” features four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. This collection includes such horror stars as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr. and Basil Rathbone. A ruthless king rises to power with the help of his mad and murderous executioner in “Tower of London.” A mad scientist transforms a carnival performer into a murderous monster in “Man Made Monster.” In “The Black Cat,” a group of greedy heirs find themselves stuck in a creepy mansion where, one by one, people turn up dead. What started out as a treasure-making scheme ends up deadly for a group of people stuck in a haunted castle with a killer known as “the Phantom” in “Horror Island.” On Blu-ray from Scream Factory.
From TV to Disc:
“Bonanza: The Official Tenth Season” (1968-69) contains all 30 episodes in two volumes.
Volume One is a four-disc set with all 16 episodes, Volume Two is a four-disk set with 14 episodes, digitally remastered and restored from original 35mm film material. “Bonanza” was one of the longest running westerns in the history of television and follows the fictional story of Ben Cartwright (Lome Greene) and his three sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Ross (Dan Blocker), and Little Joe (Michael Landon) as they defend their thousand-acre ranch, known as the Ponderosa, from threatening outsiders. In the 10th season, Hoss is in line for a hanging when he is accused of murdering a wealthy man, while Ben Cartwright is put in charge of a vicious criminal with no help from the City of Virginia. Dangers continue to face the Cartwrights in the lawless west as they fight to keep justice and peace in the community. The jam packed tenth season includes guest stars Yaphet Kotto, John Marley, Tom Bosley, Slim Pickens, Jack Kruschen and many more. From CBS/Paramount … “Fuller House: The Complete Fourth Season” (2018) is a two-disc set with all 13 episodes. The continuation of the 1990s ABC series “Full House” in which eldest daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) is now a veterinarian and recently widowed mother trying to raise three boys on her own. She’s joined by her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas), who move in to lend their support and help raise D.J.’s kids. Additional members from the Full House original cast make guest appearances throughout the series. From Warner.
Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:
“Gags the Clown” (2018), starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Tracey Perez, Evan Gamble and Aaron Christensen, is inspired by the viral media frenzy and worldwide phenomenon of “clown roaming.” A small city in Wisconsin is terrorized by a mysterious clown who roams the streets late at night with nothing more than a handful of black balloons. The local news stations scramble to break the story on who he is and what he wants while a group of high schoolers see the clown’s arrival as an excuse to create a little trouble themselves. The police try to maintain order in a city that has gone clown crazy and a conservative podcast host vows to put a stop to the clown known as Gags while broadcasting his “clown hunt” on social media for the world to see. On DVD, Blu-ray from Doppelgänger Releasing/Bloody Disgusting … “Avenging Angelo/Shade (Sylvester Stallone Double Feature)” includes AVENGING ANGELO (2002): Action superstar Sylvester Stallone stars as Frankie Delano, a tough as nails bodyguard, protecting a mafia kingpin’s (Anthony Quinn) daughter (Madeleine Stowe) from being the next hit. sHADE (2003): The hand is quicker than the eye in L.A.’s underground gambling scene, hustlers get hustled and fortunes ride on every deal. Three small-time grifters devise a plan to beat the ultimate card mechanic – The Dean (Sylvester Stallone). But a seat at the Dean’s table doesn’t come cheap. From MVD Marquee Collection … “Beverly Hills Cop 3-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD” includes “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Beverly Hills Cop III,” newly remastered. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the action-comedy Classic “Beverly Hills Cop” follows the one-and-only Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), a street-smart cop from Detroit. Tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills, Axel smashes through the local barriers in a hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice. Formats: 4K Ultra HD. A 3-Movie Blu-ray Collection will be available January 14, 2020. From Paramount … In “Crypsis” (2019), starring Paul Anthony Rogers, Michael Armata, Anthony Hoang, Jordan Mitchell-Love and Eddie Nason, a group of friends make a bet to survive on an island. Unbeknownst to them, a mysterious old creature begins hunting them throughout the night. What began as an innocent bet quickly turns into a fight for survival and, as night falls, this becomes a fight to the death that no one had anticipated.From Uncork’d Entertainment … “Silver Bullet” (1985) arrives in a Blu-ray Collector’s Edition. In this adaptation of Stephen King’s novelette, “Cycle of the Werewolf,” a peaceful town is suddenly terrorized by a maniacal killer. The townsfolk think a madman is on the loose, but a wheelchair-bound 13-year-old (Haim) knows the truth … a werewolf is on the hunt. With the help of his Uncle Red (Busey), young Marty Coslaw sets out to stop the half-man/half-beast before he sinks his teeth into another innocent victim. Stars Gary Busey, Everett McGill and Corey Haim. From Scream Factory … In “Famine” (2011), starring Karyn Halpin, Nathan Durec and Glenn Hoffmann, two years after a high-school prank that nearly killed popular teacher Mr. Balszack during the school’s annual famine, the graduating class of Sloppy Secondary try to forget the incident and decide to hold a 24-hour famine in hopes of making it an annual event again. It isn’t long before students and staff start turning up dead at the hands of a killer masquerading as the school’s mascot. On DVD, Blu-ray from Unearthed Films … “Acceleration” (2019), starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell, Natalie Burn, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Danny Trejo, follows skilled getaway driver Rhona (Burn) across Los Angeles on her one-night quest to complete a list of five dangerous assignments to save her kidnapped son from her former boss, the ruthless crime lord Vladik (Lundgren). The tic-tock of the clock goes by faster and faster as Rhona struggles to deal with the violent and depraved delinquents she must eliminate to save her son’s life. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cinedigm … On Halloween night in 2015, Patrick “Trick” Weaver massacred his classmates at a costume party in “Trick” (2019), starring Omar Epps, Ellen Adair, Kristina Reyes, Jamie Kennedy and Tom Atkins. After being arrested, he managed to escape police custody, but not before being shot five times by Detective Mike Denver (Epps). Everyone believes Trick must be dead, but when a masked killer reappears the following Halloween, and every Halloween after that, they realize the nightmare is not over. With Trick wreaking havoc and killing innocent people in increasingly terrifying ways, Denver will stop at nothing to finish what he started and bring the carnage to an end. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” (2006), starring Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest and Channing Tatum, is a coming-of-age drama that captures the mid-1980s in the toughest neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. Dito (Downey), called home after 15 years because his father (Chazz Palminteri) is ill, encounters old friends — the ones he lost, the ones he left behind, the ones he can’t help but remember. These are Dito’s saints. An honest account of a bittersweet return to a neighborhood where relationships can never be what they once were, Dito’s story is about to come to terms with a father’s rage and a father’s love. On DVD, Blu-ray, from MVD Marquee Collection … “Arise From Darkness” (2016), starring Zachary Laoutides, Mónica Esmeralda León, Samuel Younan and Mark Galilea Mendoza, is based on the early events of psychic Lazaro Ruben Torres, clinically declared dead five times. In the process of trying to reconnect with his daughter, Lazaro discovers the man who killed her. From Indiecan Pictures.