Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Lots of very solid releases coming to home video this week with five of those getting 4K UHD editions.

Stomping its way onto home video for the very first time is Warner Bros' release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters which gets a 4K UHD release that comes with a beautiful transfer and ton of bonus features.

Also getting a 4K UHD release this week is the Elton John biopic called Rocketman from Paramount which gives the disc a wealth of extra features.

Three other films getting 4K UHD releases this week are the animated film The Secret Life of Pets 2 and the Rob Reiner film Stand By Me which is newly scanned in 4K from the original camera negative. The release also contains a new Dolby Atmos track, and a handful of deleted and alternate scenes.

And believe it or not, it has been 40 years since Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now debuted in theaters and to commemorate the milestone, Lionsgate is putting out a 40th Anniversary / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy edition of the iconic film. In addition to the restoration, this 4-disc Apocalypse Now Final Cut anniversary set also includes the film's Theatrical Cut and Extended Cut (Redux), as well as the acclaimed Hearts of Darkness documentary. The 3-disc set also includes a Dolby Atmos track/Sensual Sound enhanced, the Coppola audio commentary, and two discs full of interviews, archive materials, featurettes, and galleries.

Warner is also releasing a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy edition of The Banana Splits Movie which includes three bonus features.

Other films coming to blu-ray this week include Hell Comes to Frogtown, Flesh Gordon, The Leech Woman, and The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

Here is what is coming out on blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD This week

GodzillaGodzilla: King of the Monsters(4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD)

Warner Bros.

Street Date: August 27, 2019

  • Dolby Vision/HDR 10 presentation of the film
  • Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary by Director
  • Godzilla: Nature's Fearsome Guardian
  • Mothra: Queen of the Monsters
  • King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine
  • Rodan: Airborne God of Fire
  • Godzilla 2.0
  • Making Morthra
  • Creating Ghidorah
  • Reimagining Rodan
  • The Yunnan Temple
  • Castle Bravo
  • The Antarctic Base
  • The Isla de Mara Volcano
  • The Undersea Lair
  • Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature
  • Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight
  • Monsters Are Real
  • Welcome to the Monsterverse
  • Deleted Scenes

Rocketman blu-ray Rocketman (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Copy)


Street Date: August 27, 2019

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Extended Musical Numbers:

  • Introduction by Dexter Fletcher
  • The Bitch Is Back
  • Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
  • Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache
  • Honky Cat

Deleted and Extended Scenes:

  • Introduction by Dexter Fletcher
  • I Love Rock And Roll
  • You've Got to Kill the Person You Were Born To Be
  • Arabella
  • Elton in the Gas Oven
  • Stylish Boots
  • You're Not the First Closet Queer with a Mummy Complex
  • The Blood Test
  • The Heart Attack
  • The Launderette
  • Do You Want Anything?

It's Going to Be a Wild Ride: Creative Vision

Becoming Elton John: Taron's Transformation

Larger Than Life: Production Design & Costuming

Full Tilt: Staging the Musical Numbers

Music Reimagined: The Studio Sessions - Behind the scenes in the recording studio with Taron & Elton

ROCKETMAN Lyric Companion: Sing-Along with Select Songs (English only):

  • The Bitch Is Back
  • I Want Love
  • Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
  • Your Song
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Honky Cat
  • Rocket Man
  • Bennie and the Jets
  • Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  • Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • I'm Still Standing

ROCKETMAN Jukebox: Jump Straight to the Music

The Secret Life of Pets 2The Secret Life of Pets 2 (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD)

Universal Studios

Street Date: August 27, 2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2 continues the story of Max (Patton Oswalt), Gidget (Jenny Slate), Snowball (Kevin Hart) and the rest of the gang as they take on new adventures and are pushed to find the courage to become their own heroes. Explore the emotional lives of our pets - the deep bond between them, the families that love them - and find out what your pets are really doing when you're not at home.

  • Dolby Vision/HDR 10 presentation of the film
  • Dolby Atmos Track
  • Mini-Movies
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Tapestry of a Tail - The Making of
  • How to Draw
  • Frame by Frame - How to Make a Flip Book
  • Character Pods
  • My Buddy and Me
  • The Further Adventures of Captain Snowball
  • Pets with Jobs - A Documentary
  • A Party Fit for a Pet
  • Relax the Cat: The Secret Life of Pet Massage
  • Pops' Puppy Training School with Kevin Hart
  • Production Pets
  • Pet's Yule Log
  • Lyric Videos

The Banana SPlits MovieThe Banana Splits Movie (Blu-ray)

Warner Bros.

Street Date: August 27, 2019

"Get nostalgic and horrified all at the same time while watching the trippy 60's characters in this all-new tale about fear, power, and an oversized puppet rock-band," said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. The Banana SplitsMovie is a throwback to a fanatical children's series with a horror-genre twist — and we can't wait for the band to get back together for a new generation of fans!"

  • Banana Splits: Behind the Horror
  • Terror on Set
  • Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre


Stand By MeStand By Me (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)

Sony Pictures

Street Date: August 27, 2019

In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends — sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O'Connell) — are in search of a missing teenager's body. Wanting to be heroes in each other's and their hometown's eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss 'cause it's cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town's knife-wielding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. STAND BY ME is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up.

  • Newly scanned in 4K from the original camera negative, with HDR
  • New Dolby Atmos Track
  • New Never-Before-Seen Deleted & Alternate Scenes


  • Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary with Director Rob Reiner and Actors Wil Wheaton & Corey Feldman
  • "Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand By Me"
  • Audio Commentary with Director Rob Reiner


Hell Comes to FrogtownHell Comes to Frogtown (Blu-ray)

Vinegar Syndrome

Street Date: August 27, 2019

In a post-nuclear holocaust wasteland, Sam Hell ("Rowdy" Roddy Piper) is like most other survivors; a nomadic scavenger roaming the bombed out remnants of the world for food and survival gear. But Sam is also harboring a major secret that even he isn't aware of: he's the last fertile man on Earth. As unexpected pregnancies are discovered, the remnants of the government decide to capture him and, with the aid of scientist Spangle, fit him with a secure chastity belt to ensure his virility is used only when needed. After learning of a group of supposed virgins who are being held captive by frog-mutant savages, Sam is sent on a rescue mission to free the women and then, of course, impregnate them. Is he up for the job? You bet… An 'only in the 80s' hybrid of post apocalyptic sci-fi weirdness, cynical humor, and horror touches.

Brand new 4K restoration from a 35mm interpositive

  • Audio commentary with cinematographer/director Donald G. Jackson and writer/producer Randall Frakes
  • "Mean and Green" – a video interview with Randall Frakes
  • "Grappling with Green Gargantuans" – a video interview with lead actor "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
  • "Amphibian Armageddon" – a video interview with actor Brian Frank
  • "Creature Feature Creator" – a video interview with f/x artist Steve Wang
  • Extended Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer

Flesh GordonFlesh Gordon (Blu-ray)

Hens Tooth Video

Street Date: August 27, 2019

In this outrageous spoof of sci-fi films of yesteryear, Earth is thrown into carnal chaos by a mysterious sex ray emanating from outer space. Flesh Gordon must travel to the planet Porno to save the Earth from certain devastation by the mad Emperor Wang. This low-budget cult classic was shot on 16mm film, then blown-up to 35mm for theatrical release.

  • New 2K restoration from the original camera negative by gamma ray Digital
  • Audio Commentary by Producer-Director Howard Ziehm
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

The Leech WomanThe Leech Woman (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)

Shout Factory

Street Date: August 27, 2019

Hoping to discover the secret to eternal youth, Dr. Paul Talbot (Phillip Terry, The Lost Weekend) drags his long-suffering wife, June (Coleen Gray, The Killing), to follow him to Africa. When captured by natives, they witness the shocking metamorphosis of one of the old women into a young girl. But this "magic" is short-lived ... and, as the Talbots soon learn, requires a male sacrifice!

After Talbot forces his wife to make the transformation, she turns the tables on their tortured marriage and heads back to New York, a voluptuous recreation of her former self. But her beauty cannot last ... at least not without a healthy supply of male victims!

  • Brand new restoration for a 35mm fine grain composite
  • New Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Tom Weaver, Film Music Historian David Schecter, Author/Film Historian Alan K. Rode With Archival Audio Interview With Actress Coleen Gray
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery

last black man in san franciscoThe Last Black Man in San Francisco (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

Lionsgate Films

Street Date: August 27, 2019

After Jimmie enlists his best friend Mont to help reclaim the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco, they begin a search for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they're made — and kept alive — by the people who love them

Apocalypse NowApocalypse Now (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

Lionsgate Films

Street Date: August 27, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of "The Heart of Darkness" in all of us remains a classic and compelling Vietnam War epic. Martin Sheen stars as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.

New 4K restoration from the original camera negative

Dolby vision HDR presentation of the film

Dolby Atmostrack/Sensual Sound enhanced

Audio Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola

Optional English, Spanish, French, English SDH subtitles for the main feature

4K Blu-ray includes:

  • The Final Cut (183 Minutes)
  • Redux Extended Cut (202 Minutes)
  • Theatrical Version (153 Minutes)


  • Audio Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola


  • An Interview with John Milius
  • A Conversation with Martin Sheen and Francis Ford Coppola
  • "Fred Roos: Casting Apocalypse" Featurette
  • The Mercury Theatre on the Air: Heart of Darkness – November 6, 1938
  • "The Hollow Men" Featurette
  • Monkey Sampan "Lost Scene"
  • Additional Scenes
  • "Destruction of the Kurtz Compound" End Credits (with Non-Optional Audio Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola)
  • "The Birth of 5.1 Sound" Featurette
  • "Ghost Helicopter Flyover" Sound Effects Demonstration
  • "The Synthesizer Soundtrack" Article by Bob Moog
  • "A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now" Featurette
  • "Heard Any Good Movies Lately? The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now" Featurette
  • "The Final Mix" Featurette
  • "2001 Cannes Film Festival: Francis Ford Coppola" Featurette
  • "PBR Streetgang" Featurette"The Color Palette of Apocalypse Now" Featurette


  • NEW: Tribeca Film Festival Q&A with Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh
  • NEW: Never-Before-Seen B-Roll Footage
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (with Optional Audio Commentary by Francis and Eleanor Coppola)
  • John Milius Script Excerpt with Francis Coppola Notes (Still Gallery)
  • Storyboard Collection
  • Photo Archive
  • Unit Photography
  • Mary Ellen Mark Photography
  • Marketing Archive
  • 1979 Teaser Trailer
  • 1979 Theatrical Trailer
  • 1979 Radio Spots
  • 1979 Theatrical Program
  • Lobby Card and Press Kit Photos
  • Poster Gallery
  • Apocalypse Now Redux Trailer