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This week’s Blu-ray round-up features a monster box set, both literally and figuratively. We’re talking a massive 15-film Godzilla set from the good folks at the Criterion Collection. If that’s not enough for you, there’s more! Like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a long-awaited special edition Blu-ray of The Blob, and a 4K release of Scarface. Ithese are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975
Long before Legendary Pictures attempted to launch their “MonsterVerse” with big, dark, modern Godzilla and King Kong movies, good old Godzilla had a universe of his own. A cinematic universe, you might say. The folks at Criterion have put together a monster release worthy of Godzilla himself: Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films the Showa-era refers to the years between 1926 and 1989 when Japan was under the reign of Emperor Hirohito.
Some film fans have taken issue with Criterion devoting so much time and effort to what amounts to a series of films 15 in total in which actors put on rubber suits and battle each other among model cities. But even if you’re not the biggest Godzilla fan in the world like me, you have to appreciate the achievement here, as well as the trajectory of the franchise. Starting with Godzilla in 1954 released in America as Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 1956, everyone’s favorite kaiju rose up out of the horrors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which had happened only 10 years before the release of the film. It’s easy to remember the Godzilla franchise as something silly – and indeed, the films on this box set do get progressively sillier. But it’s important to remember the first film is surprisingly serious. It’s a dark, somber reflection of destruction, and not something to be taken lightly.
After the success of Godzilla, there came a sequel: Godzilla Raids Again. This was the first film that introduced the staple of the series: Godzilla having a royal rumble with other big monsters – in this case, the Anguirus. The trend would continue with King Kong vs. Godzilla and Mothra vs. Godzilla. But it was the release of Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster in 1964 that affirmed Godzilla’s rightful place in the ever-growing film franchise. This was the film that bumped Godzilla up from a mighty monster enemy to a hero fighting monsters far worse than himself.
All of that is here, and more, on a set that includes Godzilla, Godzilla Raids Again, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Ebirah: Horror of the Deep, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs....
The CW has become the first network to make primetime scheduling changes in response to the seasons of most of its series getting cut short by the coronavirus-imposed mass production shutdowns.
As confirmed by Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb on Monday, this week’s Episode 13 of the show’s final season was the last “for awhile.” Starting next Monday, March 30, the CW will air Whose Line Is It Anyway original episodes at 8 PM and repeats at 8:30 PM in Supernatural‘s time slot.
Tonight, March 26, will be the final original episode this spring for sophomore Legacies, its 16th for the season. For various reasons, that is the number of episodes The Vampire Diaries offshoot had wrapped filming before the shutdown. To fill the scheduling hole Legacy‘s departure will leave, the CW is bringing in earlier than previously planned Season 2 of In the Dark.
It will launch on Thursday, April 16 at 9 PM, following an original episode of Katy Keene. In the Dark was originally slated to return May 28, airing in the Thursday 9 PM time period.
Additionally, the CW is moving up the network premiere of DC's Stargirl by week, to Tuesday, May 19 at 8 PM. Stargirl was supposed to preview on May 12 at 9 PM, behind an original episode of The Flash, before taking over The Flash’s Tuesday 8 PM slot on May 26. It will now succeed The Flash, which will have wrapped its abbreviated season by May 12.
To stagger The Flash‘s remaining original episodes, the CW already moved in to replace an original episode with a repeat. It is a strategy the network is expected to use for its other series whose production was impacted by the shutdown, like Supergirl, Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Charmed.
For all series except for Supernatural, the current plan is for all filmed episodes to be delivered and aired this spring, with post-production expected to be completed.
Supernatural, which shoots in Vancouver, had filmed through Episode 18 when production was suspended but the show for many years has been using a Vancouver postproduction/VFX company that has shut down during the pandemic. “Our visual effects and sound departments have closed because of the outbreak. So, right now, the episodes can’t be finished,” Dabb said, assuring fans that the remaining episodes will be produced. “It’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’,” he wrote.
The early exit this season allows the CW to have a meaningful final chapter of Supernatural consisting of 7 episodes, which is normal-size cable/streaming season. That is easier to schedule, market and consume than 2 leftover episodes.
Here are the new CW spring premiere dates:
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
8:00-9:00pm KATY KEENE...
As of yesterday, only four wide-release movies were scheduled to come out between the beginning of April and end of June, due to the coronavirus pandemic: Artemis Fowl, Candyman, Soul, and The King of Staten Island. As of today, that number is down to three. Universal Pictures has pushed the release date of Candyman, the Nia DaCosta-directed, Jordan Peele-produced “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror movie of the same name, from June 12 to September 25. At least it’ll still be in theaters for Halloween?
Other Universal titles to be shuffled around the schedule include Minions: The Rise of Gru July 2, 2021, Sing 2 December 22, 2021, Wicked TBD, and Praise This, about youth choir competitions, which had the September 25 slot. It’s now undated.
Assuming Candyman — which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, and Tony Todd — does actually come out on September 25, it will face competition from the likes of fellow horror movies A Quiet Place Part II September 4 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It September 11, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark, and Edgar Wright’s “well-directed acid trip” Last Night in Soho, all of which also come out September 25. Stacked day.
Let’s hope it stays that way.
I have a confession: Jordan Peele's Candyman is actually moving to September because Nia DaCosta just bought Skyrim. https://t.co/2WLNNcnoPh
— Nia DaCosta @NiaDaCosta April 3, 2020Via Hollywood Reporter
More sad news on the Coronavirus front as several actors and artists have passed away from the deadly disease sweeping the globe. Actor Jay Benedict died Monday from the disease at age 68. He is best known in the states for roles in 1986's classic sci-fi thriller Aliens and 2012's blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises. Overseas he is perhaps best known for his starring role in the U.K. TV series Emmerdale.
The news of Jay Benedict's death was first reported by TCG Artist Management's Kristin Tarry. She has represented the actor for over twenty years. She had this to say about his death on Monday.'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family.'
Jay Benedict's role in Aliens was greatly expanded in James Cameron's director's cut of the 1986 box office hit. He played Newt's father, with a major scene featuring the actor returned in a later version of the movie. In The Dark Knight Rises he played Rich Twit for director Christopher Nolan. On Emmerdale, he played Doug Hamilton in the series, which has aired in the UK. since 1972. He made his first appearance on the show in the late '90s.
The actor is survived by wife Phoebe Scholfield and their two sons Freddie andLeopold. Friend Pierce Brosnan posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram to the late actor. He had this to say about Jay Benedict.'My dearest friend Jay Benedict, brother in this life, has passed on... we were friends for so many years, forty years and change. This is a photo taken last May outside the stage door of the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue London. Jay and I played brothers in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Filumena... Life was so much fun with Jay, on stage and off, we laughed a lot at the world around us, at our selves, saw the funny side of life always.' 'He was a courageous man of handsome life force, that shone its light in every room he walked into, down every road he traveled, he shared his joyful radiance of kinship with all who knew him, a fine mind of intellect and compassion, he gave of himself in every way to the craft of acting, but above all else, he gave us all his great love of life, himself.'
Vicki Michelle, who co-starred with Benedict on Emmerdale, also had fond words for her friend, which she posted on twitter.
Jay Benedict was also remembered by actor David Menkin, who went onto say, 'Jay Benedict - one of the greats - passed away today. If you work in ADR, dubbing, voiceovers, theatre or film in London, you know why we're heartbroken; a big voice and even bigger personality has left us.' Benedict is the most recent in a list of celebrities, actors and artist who have lost their lives to the deadly virus sweeping across the globe at this time. Patricia Bosworth succumbed to the disease on Thursday at 86. She acted opposite Audrey Hepburn but was perhaps better known for...