Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases: Chappie, 80’s Horror, New Spike Lee, One Killer Croc

This week’s edition of Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases has the news on several upcoming home video debuts bound to be of great interest to sci-fi and horror fans, including the latest from filmmakers Spike Lee and Neill Blomkamp and a few obscure monster movie relics from decades past.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.

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If you missed it in theaters (and most of us did), Neill Blomkamp‘s latest grungy sci-fi action flick Chappie will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on June 16, 2015. The Blu-ray edition will contain the bulk of the bonus features, including:

Alternate Ending
Extended Scene: “A Very Bad Man
Eight Featurettes:
Chappie: The Streetwise Professor” – An inside look at Chappie and casting Copley to play the robot and his performance via motion capture.
“Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots” – Get a deeper look at the real-world firepower tech and the design of the “Scout” robots & “Moose.”
“Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects” – The film’s VFX artists discuss the pre-production design process.
“From Tetra Vaal to Chappie:” – An in-depth exploration of the scriptwriting process, the early concept design work and other aspects of pre-production.
“Keep It Gangster”: – A behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating an authentic South African gangster world featuring interviews with NINJA and Â¥O-LANDI VI$$ER.
“The Reality of Robotics:” – Discover present day robotics capabilities and next generation artificial intelligence, featuring an interview with Robotics Professor Wolfgang Fink.
Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting” – Discover the history of the real world locations in the film and the role these setting played in the fictionalized version of Johannesburg.
“Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects” – A look at the film’s high-action stunt sequences.
“The Art of Chappie” Photo Gallery
We Are Tetravaal” featurette (Blu-ray and DVD exclusive featurette)

The same day Chappie hits stores, Sony will also release the Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray set that includes the director’s latest along with his first two features, District 9 and Elysium, along with all of their previously available bonus features as well as some newer features exclusive to this collection.

It had a classy cast, a first-rate director, and some best-selling source material, but Michael Wadleigh‘s (Woodstock) tense urban horror feature Wolfen turned out to be the least of 1981’s triumvirate of werewolf thrillers (the best being An American Werewolf in London and The Howling). The movie has built up a respectable cult following since its original release and now Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring it to Blu-ray later this summer as part of their “Warner Archive Collection” of titles available for sale only on online. The only extra will be the original theatrical trailer.

A loose remake of the early 1970’s arthouse horror film Ganja & Hess, Spike Lee‘s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which the prolific and controversial filmmaker financed through Kickstarter, is now coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment on May 26, 2015. No extra features have yet been announced.

In 1976, Tobe Hooper, hot off directing the groundbreaking horror masterpiece The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, decided to follow up that surprise worldwide smash hit with the bizarro, psychedelic backwoods slasher flick Eaten Alive, about an unhinged lunatic (Neville Brand) who runs a shady motel where the guests end up diced to ribbons or fed still breathing to the crocodile that lives in the swamp out back. It didn’t achieve the cultural impact of Hooper’s breakthrough film, but Eaten has managed to live on as one of that decade’s sleaziest, weirdest B-movies. Arrow Video will release it on a 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on July 28, 2015 with a bloody helping of bonus features:

Brand new 2K transfer from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearin
Audio commentary with co-writer and producer Mardi Rustam, make-up artist Craig Reardon and stars Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards
New introduction to the film by director Tobe Hooper
Brand new interview with Hooper
My Name is Buck: Star Robert Englund discusses his acting career
The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball – The story of the South Texas bar owner on whom Eaten Alive is loosely based
5ive Minutes with Marilyn Burns – The star of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre talks about working on Eaten Alive
The Gator Creator: archival interview with Hooper
Original theatrical trailers for the film under its various titles Eaten Alive, Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter and Horror Hotel
US TV and Radio Spots
Alternate credits sequence
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Out This Week

Paddington: Blu-ray|DVD

Inherent Vice: Blu-ray|DVD

The Gambler: Blu-ray|DVD

From a Whisper to a Scream: Blu-ray

Spaceballs: “Your Helmet Is So Big” Edition: Blu-ray

Miami Blues: Blu-ray

Convoy: Blu-ray|DVD

Those are the highlights of this week. Come back same time next week for more of the coolest home video news tidbits on the web.

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