Now in Theaters:
Dr. Strange: Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) (** ½) The long-awaited sequel to Dr. Strange arrives this week. The good news is that it’s directed by Sam Raimi (the Original Spiderman trilogy). The bad news is that it relies too heavily on the now tiresome multiverse schtick that’s all the rage these days. A mixed bag to say the least.
New to Streaming:
Sheryl (2022) is a new documentary portrait of the life and times of singer-songwriter Shery Crow directed by Amy Scott.
New to Disc:
Jurassic Park (1993) The Lost World (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001) The first three films in the Jurassic Park franchise are being given a 4K UHD makeover this week in separate editions.. It doesn’t appear that there are any new extras on the sets but archival bonus material has been carried over.
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection (1942-76) is the second batch of films from the master director to be given a 4K UHD upgrade. This set includes the following films:
Saboteur, The Trouble With Harry, Shadow of a Doubt, Marnie and Family Plot. Archival extras have been ported over from previous editions.
Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983) A group of adventurers seek to recover some mystical gems in this Raiders of the Lost Ark inspired 3-D entry. Presented in its original 3-D version.
The Mechanic (1972) Charles Bronson is a hit man whose life becomes endangered once he takes young protege Jan Michael Vincent under his wings. This remastered edition includes a commentary.
Also being issued by the company is Son of Samson (1960).
The Carey Treatment (1972) (***) James Coburn is a doctor attempting to clear a colleague accused of giving an abortion that resulted in a young girl’s death in this thriller directed by Blake Edwards and based on a Michael Crichton novel.
Pushing Hands (1991) The feature debut for director Ang Lee is the tale of an elderly tai chi master attempting to master the American way of life after moving in with family in New York City. Extras include a booklet and round table discussion.
Playground (2021) is a French import dealing with the subject of bullying and its effect on the younger population. Extras include a bonus short film.
Cursed (2005) (** ½) Three young adults must locate and kill the werewolf who bit them in order to lift its curse. Not the worst of its type but definitely a product of its time. Wes Craven directs from a script by Kevin Williamson (Scream). This new edition includes two cuts of the film along with featurettes and commentary.
Also being issued by the company is a Shout Select Edition of Two for the Money (2005), starring Al Pacino. The Blu Ray debut of the thriller Ghost and the Darkness (1996) is yet another release from the label this week. .
Mr. Klein (1976) Alain Delon stars in this WWII era thriller, directed by Joseph Losey, about an art dealer finding himself accused of being Jewish. Extras include new and archival interviews and a documentary.