Das Boot (Sony) – Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 classic celebrates its 30th anniversary with its Blu-ray debut. And it looks stunning. Set in a German submarine during World War II, Das Boot is, unsurprisingly, one of the most claustrophobic movies ever made. The film’s climatic scenes – especially when the U-boat takes some hits – will have you squirming in your seat. Both the theatrical and director’s cut versions of the movie are included, but stick with the longer one, which takes time to get to know the men aboard the doomed vessel. Extras include plenty of behind-the-scenes features, as well as a “Captain’s Tour” of the cramped sub, just in case you feel like freaking out.
Hobo With a Shotgun(Magnet/Magnolia)
You go into a movie called Hobo With a Shotgun hoping – no, praying – it lives up to its title. And damn if this one doesn’t almost pull it off. Rutger Hauer stars as a homeless man who takes care of business with his pump-action firearm. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
13 Assassins (Magnet/Magnolia)
The latest movie by Japanese director Takashi Miike — a remake of an old samurai film about a group of hired killers who band together to take down an evil lord – owes a lot to Seven Samurai. But it’s bloodier than Kurosawa’s classic. Way bloodier.
Trailers From Hell Volume 2 (Shout! Factory)
The 20 movie trailers in this collection range from the kinda well-known (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) to the obscure (Fire Maidens From Outer Space). Fans like Roger Corman and Guillermo Del Toro chime in on their favorites. Cool extra: Corman’s The Little Shop of Horrors, in its entirety and widescreen for the first time.