Best of the New Releases: A Nightmare on Elm Street Blu-ray

I realize that it's technically a catalog title but the Blu-ray release of A Nightmare on Elm Street is brand-spanking new and pretty awesome as well. I'll have a more in-depth review up later this week, comparing the new disc to both the previously available Canadian Blu-ray, as well as the standard DVD included in the old Nightmare Collection box set, but I will go ahead and say that this new US Blu-ray looks and sounds great, especially for a film from 1984.

And speaking of that old Nightmare box set, it's obvious that New Line/Warner Brothers is trying to cash in on the new Platinum Dunes remake slated for release at the end of the month. In addition to the nicely restored original film on Blu-ray, they've also put out a brand-new box set including all 7 Nightmare films as well as Freddy vs. Jason. The good news is that it's relatively cheap, selling on Amazon for about $38 right now, and that unlike the From Crystal Lake to Manhattan box set that Paramount dumped on Jason, all 8 Freddy films are on 8 separate discs, no doubling up or flipper discs here. The bad news is that they've completely stripped all of the special features found in the original box set as well as removing the Nightmare Encyclopedia disc included in that set which was a treasure chest of special features from the entire series. If the bare bones films are all you're after, you could do worse than this new set, but the old set still trumps it soundly if you can find it.

Also in the new release category today is something called Creature of Darkness. This looks like it might be kind of cool, maybe a halfway decent creature feature. And it stars Devon Sawa who was a big deal in my 6th grade class because all the girls saw him in...well, I guess Little Giants or Casper or something, and got really excited when ads for the made-for-TV Night of the Twisters started playing. All I know is the girl I liked had a crush on Devon Sawa and I wasn't sure if I wanted to be him or kill him. And now, he's starring in this film. See, it comes full circle.

Best of the catalog releases: Running short on titles here, can I just pick the Nightmare Blu again?

Umm....yeah I'm serious. Sorry guys.

Complete List of Horror Movies on DVD and Blu-ray for the week of April 13th:

A Nightmare on Elm Street - Blu-ray
Nightmare Collection box set - DVD
Creature of Darkness - DVD

Infection: The Invasion Begins - DVD - I have to say, I really like that cover art, kudos to their designer. Well played, sir.

The Greatest American Snuff Film - DVD - I'm afraid I have no knowledge of this one, but it's apparently a sequel to the director's earlier endeavor, The Great American Snuff Film. And the cover art steals the Star Trek font, so there's that.

The Daisy Chain - DVD - What the ...? Looks like this is about a couple who take in a child who isn't nearly as innocent as she may seem. The film stars Samantha Morton, who won an Academy Award for her work on In America, and Steven Mackintosh who you might recognize from the Underworld sequels. Looks like the cast also includes Eva Birthistle, the hot blonde form Ae Fond Kiss who popped up in another recent crazy kid flick, Tom Shankland's The Children, which played Fantastic Fest last year. I'm actually pretty interested in this, despite the awful DVD cover art. Check out the IMDb page, where the main picture is poster art that looks sufficiently cool and creepy. I'd say this one is probably worth checking out.

Of interest (these films aren't exactly horror but might be noteworthy to horror fans for one reason or another):

Ice Twisters - DVD - I saw this listed on Horror DVD release calendars, but it seems like a straight up SyFy channel disaster movie to me. If that's your thing, then by all means give it a shot.

The Missing Person - DVD - If you're a movie fan and you don't know who Michael Shannon is yet, you should start exploring his work as soon as you can. The man is a captivating actor, stealing scenes in films like Revolutionary Road and Bad Lieutenant: POCNO. Horror fans may know him from Friedkin's Bug, a film I'm still anxious to see. I hadn't even heard of The Missing Person, but Shannon is absolutely more than enough reason to seek it out. Amy Ryan co-stars, who Office lovers will recognize as HR rep Holly Flax. Looks like it played at this year's Sundance Film Festival, but it slipped under my radar even there. The synopsis makes it pretty clear that it's a noir film, starring Shannon as the private eye. I can't wait to give this film a shot.

We'll back next week with a look at the titles releasing on April 20th!