Elvis arrives, Star Trek soars, and Real Genius finally makes its debut: September's best Blu-ray and 4K UHD r – The A.V. Club


While streaming services continue to remove titles from their libraries and generally devalue legacy content (read: any movie released before 2000), physical media increasingly becomes a reliable source for people to watch what they want, when they want. Appropriately, and as collectors ourselves, The A.V. Club is launching a regular column profiling home video releases—from the biggest blockbusters to must-see obscurities—as companies from Warner and Sony Pictures to Vinegar Syndrome and Criterion Collection keep cinephiles’ shelves full of DVD, Blu-ray, and UHD discs.
What’s spinning in September, you ask? There are lots of treats on the horizon for disc collectors, including the 4K debuts of Poltergeist and John Carpenter’s The Fog. Among other highlights for the month are the HD (and 4K) debut of the 1985 Val Kilmer comedy Real Genius, The Munsters, Elvis, a Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Sound Of Metal, Minions: The Rise Of Gru, and more.

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Available September 6
The Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture made its debut on Paramount+ earlier in the year, but now is boldly debuting as both a stand-alone 4K disc and as part of the Director’s Edition Complete Adventure, which includes three cuts of the first Star Trek motion picture. All editions include newly restored 4K scans of the different versions of the movie, a Dolby Atmos audio track, as well as newly discovered deleted scenes and other footage from the 1979 film. Beam us up!

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Available September 6
Minions: The Rise Of Gru is the fifth movie in the ever-popular Despicable Me franchise and is a sequel to 2015’s Minions, which itself was a spin-off prequel of Despicable Me. Now that we’ve got that straight, the recent theatrical release The Rise Of Gru comes to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray in a Collector’s Edition that includes two mini-movies to keep the wee ones in your life entertained.
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Available September 13
This live-action/animated fantasy-comedy starring Brad Pitt has developed a cult following since its release in 1992. The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout Factory features a new 4K scan restoration approved by director Ralph Bakshi and a retrospective featurette featuring new interviews with Bakshi, Kim Basinger and producer Frank Mancuso Jr. What would have been really “cool,” however, is if this new 4K restoration were also released on 4K UHD, but for now it’s only available on Blu-ray.
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Available September 13
The biographical musical Elvis is directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars Austin Butler as the King, Elvis Presley. The critically acclaimed movie shakes and shimmies onto 4K UHD with Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos audio track. Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray feature a making-of documentary, “Rock ‘n Roll Royalty: The Music & Artists Behind Elvis,” plus featurettes on the style of Elvis and how real-life locations were re-created in Australia for filming.
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Available September 13
Real Genius is a cult 1985 sci-fi comedy directed by Martha Coolidge. Until now, the film has never been available in HD, which is why the vintage trailer available on YouTube looks so low resolution. Now Sony is releasing both a 4K UHD and Blu-ray edition of Real Genius for the first time, featuring a 4K restoration of the film approved by Coolidge and Dolby Atmos sound. Extras include a “Balloon Chair” deleted scene, a commentary track by Coolidge, and the TV version of the film.
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Available September 13
John Carpenter’s underappreciated ghost story set in the sleepy fictional California town of Antonio Bay stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, and Tom Atkins. The 4K UHD Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory features a new 4K restoration, Dolby Atmos audio track, restored original mono audio track, as well as all the commentaries and behind-the-scenes special features from previous editions, including an introduction by Carpenter. The Collector’s Edition is also available in a SteelBook case with 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs inside.
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Available September 20
In celebration of Poltergeist’s 40th anniversary, Warner Bros. is releasing a 4K UHD edition of the classic horror film directed by Tobe Hooper from a story by Steven Spielberg. The new 4K restoration of the movie features HDR and a DTS Master Audio 5.1 track. A making-of featurette and a short documentary on poltergeists are ported over from the previous Blu-ray release. Although there are no new special features for this anniversary edition, this 4K debut will be like seeing the classic for the first time as you notice background details that you surely missed before.
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Available September 26
Just in time for the 70th anniversary of Invaders from Mars, Ignite Films is releasing 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions of the classic William Cameron Menzies-directed sci-fi movie featuring a brand-new 4K restoration of the film. The limited edition disc will also feature an exclusive poster signed by Jimmy Hunt, who plays David in the movie.
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Available September 27
The jury is still out as to whether or not Rob Zombie pulled off his interpretation of The Munsters, but the trailer suggests it could either be campy fun or a complete misfire. Universal’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of The Munsters reboot features audio commentary by Zombie and an hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the movie titled “The Munsters: Return to Mockingbird Lane.”
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Available September 27
This Amazon Studios drama about a drummer who loses his hearing won Oscars for Best Sound and Best Film Editing. Now Criterion Collection is putting out 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions of the film featuring a 4K digital master supervised by director Darius Marder and cinematographer Daniël Bouquet. Extras include a new conversation between Marder and filmmaker Derek Cianfrance, who shares a story credit on the film, as well as a featurette on the film’s sound and the music video of Abraham Marder’s song “Green.”
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Available September 27
Since the recent announcement that Bruce Willis was retiring from acting due to health issues, new disc releases from his movie catalog have been met with excitement by his die-hard fans. Kino Lorber’s Special Edition Blu-ray of director Michael Lehmann’s action-comedy Hudson Hawk is loaded with special features, including audio commentary by Lehmann, a half-hour featurette with Bruce Willis, a conversation with actress Sandra Bernhard, deleted scenes and a music video. The Blu-ray comes packaged in a limited-edition O-card slipcase.
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