Sunday, April 27 2014, 11:17 AM MDT
New Release DVD and Blu-ray for April 22, 2014
(KUTV) It's an unusually slow week for new releases with the majority of the major titles being reissues and special editions. Of these titles the most interesting is Sorcerer, William Friedkin's (The Exorcist, The French Connection) take on George Arnaud's 1950 French novel Le Salaire de la peur, which had previously been adapted in 1953 as The Wages of Fear starring Yves Montand. Friedkin's version stars Roy Scheider and while it was overlooked upon release (a little film known as Star Wars dominated headlines) it has since been recognized as one of Friedkin's finest efforts.
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening in various European theaters and the North American release only two weeks away Sony has two Spider-Man releases in the form of Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series, an animated program that ran for two seasons between 2008-2009, and the 4K Blu-ray Remaster of Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man Trilogy (available in a box set or individually).
This week also sees the release of Doctor Who: Web of Fear. Up until October of 2013 it was believed that only the first of the six episodes from this Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor) era had been lost. However four of the five missing episodes were discovered in Nigeria making this DVD collection, which is only missing "Episode 3." The story is a sequel to The Abominable Snowmen and is often referred to as "the one that had Yeti running around in the Underground." It's campier than intended, but entertaining nonetheless.
Making their Blu-ray debuts are Seven Warriors, the 1989 homage of Seven Samurai from director Terry Tong, The Inspector Lavardin Collection, featuring the two feature films Chicken with Vinegar and Inspector Lavardin as well as two made-for-television features The Black Snail and Danger Lies in the Words all starring Jean Poiret, as well as the Criterion Collection releases of Don Siegel's 1954 prison film Riot in Cell Block 11 and Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent comedy Master of the House from 1925.
By: Ryan Painter
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