As the year comes to a close, the 2021 home release slate from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is winding down, too, but not before two of the studio’s smaller releases hit shelves.
First up is James Wan’s original horror-thriller, “Malignant.” Debuting in theaters and on HBO Max back in September, the film brought to life a world filled with horrifying nightmares and Wan’s signature extreme violence and gore, while also blending in a sci-fi twist. The film follows a woman paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, but her torment worsens when she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities. “Malignant” is not for the faint of heart – it requires strict attention and a strong stomach.
While “Malignant” may not be getting the 4K treatment, it is coming home on Blu-ray and Digital on November 30, but the bonus features are scarce.
“Malignant” Special Features on Blu-ray and Digital
- Malignant: James Wan’s Visions – A 14-minute “making of” style featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews that explores how the concept of “Malignant” came to be.
On the other end of the spectrum is the latest – and possibly last – film from Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood. In the western “Cry Macho,” Eastwood returns to his cowboy roots as both the star and director.
Compared to some of Eastwood’s other works, “Cry Macho” can seem fairly simple, yet it feels like a poignant potential end to an illustrious film career. Set in 1979, Eastwood stars as Mike Milo, a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder. Milo takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son (Eduardo Minett) home from Mexico, but on the backroads home to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption.
Hitting shelves December 7, “Cry Macho” will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital, but like “Malignant,” comes with minimal extras.
Let’s take a look.
“Cry Macho” Special Features on Blu-ray and Digital
- Back In The Saddle: The Making of “Cry Macho” – Go behind the scenes with Eastwood, the cast and the crew for a full making-of doc in this 12-minute featurette.
- Macho and the Mustangs – You can’t have a western without horses, and this 7-minute featurette goes into what it take to get the 91-year-old Eastwood riding.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.