Whether you're sweltering in the mid-summer sun or seeking shelter in a comforting blast of icy-cold air conditioning, we've got a dozen new and upcoming HD releases for you to seriously consider.
Our jubilant July Blu-ray Roundup is packed like a Coppertone-slathered Coney Island beach with enticing entertainment offerings from countless oceans of sci-fi, horror and fantasy fare, like a silver anniversary limited-edition Edward Scissorhands box set, Wes Craven's creepy-as-all-hell The Serpent and the Rainbow, Joe Dante's miniaturization odyssey Innerspace, the full magical season of the BBC's Doctor Strange & Mr. Norrell, a 30th-birthday Back to the Future Trilogy bonanza, Jame's Wan's petrifying puppet flick Dead Silence and more.
So crank up the fan and flock toward this sensational summer picnic basket of Blu-ray releases below.
THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (1988)
This supernatural voodoo thriller about a renegade medical scientist searching for a mythical zombie powder in Haiti is one of director Wes Craven's oft-forgotten gems, and now it gets a sweet HD Collector's Edition. Bill Pullman is excellent as the scientist who goes through a hallucinatory odyssey to discover the basis for the legends of zombies, balancing a fine line between science and superstition. This movie always freaked me out whenever it played on HBO or Showtime in the '90s, and if you've never seen it, snag a copy for your collection. Originally slated for an Aug. 11, 2015, release by Scream Factory, it's now been pushed back to early 2016 while they pack it with more special features. Wait for it!
JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL (2015)
This fantastic BBC series based on Susanna Clarke's mesmerizing novel just finished its seven-episode run last Sunday, and it was a spellbinding summer treat with lavish production design and hypnotic performances by the whole cast. Directed by Toby Haynes (Doctor Who, Being Human) and starring Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan as the battling wizards, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell scores a new two-disc Blu-ray release that comes loaded with a "making of" featurette with creator discussion, six deleted scenes, a blooper reel and a photo gallery. Available Aug. 11, 2015.
I always thought this was one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel, and its unholy, fire-engine-red 1958 Plymouth Fury star has to be one of the creepiest movie cars ever. John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directed this clever horror thriller about a nerdy kid (Keith Gordon) and his homicidal automobile, with just the right cocktail of scares and style, all punctuated by an eerie synthesizer score created with Alan Howarth. Sony Pictures Entertainment is gracing us with a fresh hi-def treatment of Christine, packed with commentary by director John Carpenter and Keith Gordon, three featurettes, trailers and deleted scenes. Available Sept. 29, 2015.
THE RESURRECTED (1992)
This is screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's (Alien, Total Recall) semi-forgotten horror flick about a mysterious family cabin and the history of bizarre medical experiments occurring within its walls. The first time hitting Blu-ray, it's based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and O'Bannon's second directorial outing is flooded with gory special effects and a campy-cool performance by Fright Night's Chris Sarandon. The HD premiere of this intriguing low-budget horror film includes cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes, outtakes, trailers and more. Available July 31, 2015.
MIRACLE MILE (1988)
I truly envy anyone who has never seen this strange apocalyptic thriller, which starts with the simple act of answering the line of a ringing phone booth in Los Angeles. Written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt, who gave us the cult sci-fi flick Cherry 2000, Miracle Mile boasts authentic performances by Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham as they try to decipher the meaning of the strange call, which could be a prelude to a nuclear attack. Another huge bonus is the excellent musical score by Tangerine Dream. This is the film's first time on Blu-ray, and the sparkling HD transfer includes director commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, an alternative ending and trailers. Available now.
DEAD SILENCE (2007)
James Wan's earlier effort after the success of Saw, Dead Silence and its freaky ventriloquist ghost gains its first Blu-ray release to spook puppet-haters around the globe. Before Insidious and The Conjuring, Wan wrote this frightening tale with Leigh Whannell about paranormal happenings in a small town haunted by the vengeful spirit of local puppetmaker Mary Shaw. This new release includes the movie's unrated cut with director commentary, along with multiple featurettes, alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, the Evolution of Visual FX doc, trailers and Aiden's "We Sleep Forever" music video. Available Aug. 11, 2015.
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 25th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET (1990)
Tim Burton's touching suburban fairy tale starring Johnny Depp grabs a newly restored deluxe edition in time for its silver anniversary. It comes with a treasure of movie-themed commemorative items like Edward's paper dolls, heart-shaped cookie cutter, topiary air freshener, new commentaries with the creative team, outtakes and never-before-seen footage. Watch it for Burton at his most personal best, Depp's superb performance as the gentle clockwork creation and especially Vincent Price's heartbreaking final big-screen appearance. Available Oct. 13, 2015.
With miniaturization fever hitting the world after the release of Marvel's Ant-Man, let's take a trip back to Joe Dante's Innerspace and its upcoming Blu-ray release. Basically a comedic adaptation of 1966's Fantastic Voyage, this sci-fi adventure stars Martin Short, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid at their '80s peak, and a new HD offering is a welcome sight for aficionados of this genre. Its Academy Award-winning special effects are pretty amazing for the time, and this restored version comes with new director and producer commentaries and trailers. Available Aug. 4, 2015.
WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (2014)
Little-seen but much-loved, frenzied fans of The Walking Dead and Mad Max: Fury Road will die for this ambitious indie horror hybrid that blends the best of both bloody worlds. Shout Factory's Blu-ray debut of the Australian Outback-set Wyrmwood in glorious HD is well outfitted with director commentaries, The Wyrmdiaries: Behind the Scenes of Wyrmwood featurette, storyboard slideshow, makeup tests, 20 minutes of deleted scenes and trailers. Available Aug. 4, 2015.
BACK TO THE FUTURE 30th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET (1985-1990)
BTTF gets an amazing eight-disc birthday special edition complete with Flux Capacitor packaging, all three films in newly transferred 1080p, Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series on DVD and hours of bonus content. It is a 1.21-gigawatt box set to pass on to your heirs, jammed with all-new original shorts, including "Doc Brown Saves the World!," starring Christopher Lloyd, "OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean," an inside look at the 2012 restoration of the most iconic car in film history, "Looking Back to the Future," a nine-part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the trilogy's legacy, "The Physics of Back to the Future," deleted scenes, a Michael J. Fox Q&A, a 64-page commemorative booklet, rare behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, multiple audio commentaries and a featurette on Back to the Future: The Ride. Whew!! Available Oct. 21, 2015.
GHOST TOWN (1988)
Mix familiar staples from horror and western films, stir gently and add a sprinkle of cheese, and you've got the formula for Ghost Town. Scream Factory delivers another amusing Blu-ray entry to its catalog of classic '80s horror favorites with this modern tale of an Arizona town haunted by a 100-year-old curse. Ghost Town is an unpretentious VHS-era, fantasy-horror flick that makes no apology for its practical special effects and is highly deserving of a quality HD release to enjoy as a Friday night guilty pleasure. Available now.
THE HUNGER (1983)
Top Gun's Tony Scott directed this erotic vampire tale starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon, and we're so psyched it's getting a sparkling new Blu-ray release. From its "Bela Lugosi's Dead" dance club opening to the sensual sapphic scenes and Bowie's sorrowful deterioration process, The Hunger demands repeat viewing or introducing oblivious friends to its intoxicating visuals. Bonus content features interviews with Sarandon and Scott, extended scenes and theatrical trailers. Available Aug. 18, 2015.