|Vault Master's Pick of of the Week(s)!|
Hey fellow collectors! Between working a lot of overtime, traveling to another State for the holidays, and being laid up for a bit with the flu, I've fallen behind on my duties! But things have finally calmed down so here is the first STOCK YOUR VAULT post of 2023!
As is usually the case with the start of a new year there's not a lot of new titles coming out weekly to fill a post. so there will be fewer Stock Your Vault posts throughout January. But by February, the release slate will start to beef up again, and oh boy is there ever a lot of cool stuff coming down the pipe!
Last year ended with a whimper: The first Season of HBO's GAME OF THRONES: HOUSE OF THE DRAGON arrived on both formats, as did the first season of AMC's TALES OF THE WALKING DEAD, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics ended things on a high note with a new 4K release for THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE!
Universal dropped their intensely debated trilogy capper HALLOWEEN ENDS (alone and in a 3-film collection), VCI brought the classic Bela Lugosi serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS to Blu-ray, and the (apparently much-loved) TERRIFIER 2 made its Collector's Edition Blu-ray debut!
Moving on to this week, there were only really four new titles out: Criterion's THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (a personal favorite of mine that I'll have to upgrade now!), Warner Bros.' BLACK ADAM, Lionsgate's PREY FOR THE DEVIL, and Paramount's first season of STAR TREK: PRODIGY!
While I toyed with the idea of choosing a "pick of the week" for each week, I decided instead to choose just one best overall new release for this post, and that is Shout! Factory's new 4K Ultra HD Blu of WARGAMES! Along with a new 4K scan (made from original camera negative) this 2-disc set comes with a feature-length commentary by director John Badham (and the film's two writers), plus a handful of featurettes, and the original theatrical trailer!
There's really not too much else to shine a spotlight on, but if you want to see the paltry summary of new discs that were released the past three weeks, just scroll down!
NEW BLU-RAYS & 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYS FOR 12/20
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon - The Complete First Season (HBO)
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon - The Complete First Season (4K UHD - HBO)
My Hero Academia: Season 5, Part 2 (Crunchyroll)
Secret Headquarters (Paramount)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Tales of the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (AMC)
Wargames (4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo Pack - Shout! Factory)
NEW BLU-RAYS & 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYS FOR 12/27
Female Yakuza Tale (Discotek Media)
Halloween Ends (Collector's Edition - Universal)
Halloween Ends (Collector's Edition - 4K UHD - Universal)
Halloween Trilogy (Universal)
Halloween Trilogy (4K UHD - Universal)
The Haunting of the Murder House (Indie Rights)
Lupin the 3rd: Farewell to Nostradamus (Discotek Media)
The Phantom Creeps (2K Restored Special Edition - VCI)
Project A-KO 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (Discotek Media)
Terrifier 2 (Collector's Edition - Cinedigm)
NEW BLU-RAYS & 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYS FOR 01/03
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Criterion Collection)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (4K UHD - Criterion Collection)
Black Adam (Warner Bros.)
Black Adam (4K UHD - Warner Bros.)
Prey for the Devil (Lionsgate)
Prey for the Devil (4K UHD - Lionsgate)
Star Trek Prodigy: Season One (Episodes 1 - 10, Paramount)