Best movie deals: From 4K releases to cheap DVDs - 1 March, 2021

Simon Brew
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Gremlins on Blu-ray, Birds of Prey for a fiver, and Logan on 4K (WB/Fox)
Gremlins on Blu-ray, Birds of Prey for a fiver, and Logan on 4K (WB/Fox)

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If, like us, you’re getting a bit bored of what’s on your telly, it may be time to bring out the trusty DVD player.

Physical discs have seen a resurgence recently as families watch their collection of old favourites during lockdown.

Not to mention, buying a DVD can often turn out cheaper in the long run than continually having to rent your favourite film from a streaming service.

So, if like us, you’ve been having a look around for the best discs on sale this week, we’ve rounded-up everything from new 4K releases, to cheap and cheerful buys that can be a form of escapism for an hour of two.

Best new DVD, Blu-ray and 4K releases

Rita Tushingham, Sylvester McCoy in The Owners (Signature Entertainment)
Rita Tushingham, Sylvester McCoy in The Owners (Signature Entertainment)

Perhaps the best of this week’s new discs is the horror thriller The Owners, a film that may fly under many people’s radars but sees former Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy in wonderfully unnerving form.

Two of the later Hellraiser sequels get their UK Blu-ray debut too. Neither Hellraiser: Revelations nor Hellraiser: Judgment could be called the peak of the franchise, but there’s fun for completists at least here.

Finally, the 80s cult hit Restless Natives gets a feature-packed Blu-ray release too, as part of Studiocanal’s excellent Vintage Classics label. Although we’re not quite ready for films of the 80s to be called ‘vintage’ just yet…

Buy it: The Owners on DVD | £7.99 on Amazon

Buy it: Hellraiser: Revelations on Blu-ray | £12.99 on Amazon

Buy it: Hellraiser: Judgment on Blu-ray | £12.99 on Amazon

Buy it: Restless Natives on Blu-ray | £14.99 on Amazon

Also available from HMV

Best movies on sale

Anne Hathaway in The Witches. (Warner Bros.)
Anne Hathaway in The Witches. (Warner Bros.)

A few price drops to talk about, some of which are being timed to the incoming Mother’s Day in the middle of the month.

We never got to see Robert Zemeckis’ take on Roald Dahl’s book The Witches on the big screen, but a new reduction in price of the DVD means it’s cheaper to buy to watch at home. The DVD version has come down to £7 at Amazon.

Buy it: The Witches on DVD | £7 on Amazon

Recent blockbusters Birds Of Prey and Cats are both down to a fiver too on DVD.

Buy it: Birds of Prey on DVD | £5 on Amazon

Buy it: Cats on DVD | £5 on Amazon

Not timed to any special occasion but always welcome, Amazon has also chopped the price of the Gremlins double pack of movies on Blu-ray. Two doses of Gizmo will now set you back £10.99.

Just don’t watch ‘em after midnight…

Buy it: Gremlins/Gremlins 2 - The New Batch on Blu-ray | £10.99 on Amazon

Gremlins: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gremlins-Blu-ray-Region-Free-Various/dp/B082PD1FYF

Best 4K film deals

Coming To America (Credit: Paramount)
Coming To America (Credit: Paramount)

Out now on 4K disc for the first time in the UK is the 80s comedy favourite Coming To America. Scheduled in advance of the sequel landing on Prime Video later this week, the film joins another Eddie Murphy-headlined hit, Beverly Hills Cop, in getting a catalogue 4K disc release.

Read more: Coming To America on 4K | £20 on Amazon

HMV meanwhile has kept the price of some Fox comic book movies below the £10 line on 4K. For £9.99 apiece, you can pick up Logan, Deadpool and Deadpool 2 on the format. Fantastic Four (that one) is in there too, but, well, y’know…

Buy it: Logan on 4K | £9.99 on HMV

Buy it: Deadpool on 4K | £9.99 on HMV

Buy it: Deadpool 2 on 4K | £9.99 on HMV

Buy it: Fantastic Four on 4K | £9.99 on HMV

Best Blu-ray special offers

Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson in a still from <i>Marriage Story</i>. (Netflix)
Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson in a still from Marriage Story. (Netflix)

Zavvi has knocked 30% off the price of a small number of Criterion Collection Blu-rays this week, primarily covering Wes Anderson-directed releases (although you’ll find Roma and Marriage Story in there too). You’ll need the coupon code CRITERION30, but that’ll get you the likes of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums for £18.99 apiece.

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Finally this week, HMV has an offer on titles from the excellent 101 Films DVD and Blu-ray label. A few worth checking out include the Blu-ray of Room 237 (digging deep into Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining for £5.99, underrated 90s teen action movie Toy Soldiers for the same price, and the infamous Howard The Duck on Blu for £9.99.

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