10 Can’t-Miss Blu-ray Releases for March 2019

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If you’re a home movie fan, then you better hope your wallet survives March, because this month is packed with great flicks! Of course there are some heavy-hitter titles in the mix, but I always try and shine a little light on some of the lesser-known films of late and ever a few classic re-releases. Whether you’re into big budget blockbusters, award winners, or under-the-radar gems, we’ve got you covered. Check out this month’s cream of the crop below:

Prospect

How could we not list this epic sci-fi tale when one of our own writers created some of the props in this movie? Connections aside, this is a can’t-miss futuristic treasure hunt filled with harrowing action and a girl’s fight for survival. Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, and Pedro Pascal star in this refreshing independent flick. (Released 3/5)

Liz and the Blue Bird

If you’re a YA novel fan you may recognize Liz and the Blue Bird better as Sound! Euphonium, but by either name this story of friendship and coming-of-age drama is fantastic. Directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko YOshida, this movie was named the best anime movie of 2018 by IGN. The Shout Factory combo DVD/Blu-ray features may be basic, but the story of music and friendship is moving enough to make this worth picking up. (Released 3/5)

Instant Family

While we may be a geek-themed blog, at our heart we’re just parents. I saw Instant Family in the theaters and despite it being equal parts cheesy and heartwarming, it was great to find a movie that the whole family could watch together and enjoy. Instant Family foots the bill and shows us the love and heartache that can come from being foster parents. (Released 3/5)

Piercing

A far cry from some of the other family-friendly recommendations on this list, Piercing is a diabolical horror masterpiece that will even make adults cover their eyes. In this twisted love story, a man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own. A playful psycho-thriller game of cat-and-mouse based on Ryû Murakami’s novel. (Releasing 3/12)

The Legend of Billie Jean

Fair is fair, and what could be fairer than fair than a retro VHS-style Blu-ray of The Legend of Billie Jean for less than $10? The new nostalgic release from Mill Creek Entertainment brings back the cult classic girl power movie for you to share with a new generation of rebels standing up for what’s right. Start rocking out to Pat Benetar as you click “order” on this must-have cheesy ’80s classic. (Releasing 3/12)

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

You just knew this would make the list, didn’t you? As the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse cemented its reign as one of the best superhero movies ever. With Peter Parker passing the torch to Miles Morales (with the help of several other Spider-Man iterations), this fun and action-packed movie is more than just a cartoon, its a work of art and not only the best Spider-Man movie ever made, but one of the best animated films of all time. The hype is real. (Releasing 3/19)

Perfect Blue

I avoid using the word perfect when at all possible, but despite its age, Perfect Blue remains such 20 years after its initial release. Satoshi Kon’s film about a stalker following his celebrity infatuation is equally compelling and disturbing. A revelation at the time of its release, this anime is even more appropriate in today’s social media, Instagram influencer, star-driven culture. The Shout Factory 20th Anniversary Edition is newly remastered and is the first-ever opportunity to own this cult classic on Blu-ray. (Releasing 3/26)

Life After Flash

Ever wondered what happened to Sam Jones after the endearingly cheesy sci-fi film Flash? Wonder no more. This documentary takes an in depth look at the actor’s life after a box office bomb and the film’s legacy through tons of celebrity interviews. There’s plenty to digest in this look at celebrity, con culture, and perseverance. Ah-a! (Releasing 3/26)

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Barry Jenkins-directed film adapting the critically-acclaimed work of James Baldwin stars newly-minted Oscar winner Regina King and costar Stephan James in this can’t-miss love story.  It’s not a happy-go-lucky love story, but one of hardship and substance focusing on young lovers in 1970’s Harlem. The film is beautifully shot and every bit deserving of its acclaim. (Releasing 3/26)

Aquaman

DC’s underwater hero made a huge splash on the big screen, and now’s your opportunity to bring the fun, action-packed adventure home. The dialogue may be haltingly bad at times (“Call. Me. Ocean Master!” Ugh.), and the special effects jarring, but it’s a huge leap in quality from several previous DC films and one the whole family can enjoy. I look forward to upcoming sequels, but this is a great place to start. (Releasing 3/26)

 

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This post was last modified on March 7, 2019 12:16 am

Preston Burt :Preston is a writer and graphic designer. He lives outside Atlanta, GA with his awesome wife and two amazing daughters (8 and 12). The host of the Gameroom Junkies Podcast, he has an affinity for VHS tapes and an obsession with arcade games and pinball machines. He has written for Paste and RETRO Magazines and is a founder of the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo.