Binge & Buy: ‘Alita’ Brings Her Battle Home

Welcome to Mandatory and ComingSoon’s weekly Binge & Buy, a digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD column for the week of July 23! Here, you’ll find detailed write-ups of different titles released this week, including a number of new releases like Alita: Battle Angel, reissues, combo packs, and TV seasons, none of which you can live without in 2019. Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!

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Photo: 20th Century Fox

New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD

Alita: Battle Angel
When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by a compassionate doctor (Christoph Waltz) who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.

After years of hiding from a society that shuns him, Hellboy and his team attempt to stop the resurrection of an ancient witch who once spread an unstoppable plague before she was locked away by the legendary King Arthur.

Missing Link
Meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 pounds, and covered in fur, but don’t let his looks fool you…he’s the world’s most lovable legend and about to embark on a comical journey of epic proportions!

Critters Attack!
A reluctant babysitter must protect three kids from an invasion of ravenous critters.

Scary Stories (DVD)
Explore the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: The best selling classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Scrawl (DVD)
A student makes his own comic books where the deaths depicted within begin to come to life. He must join forces with a mysterious woman to rewrite the ending before it’s too late. Starring Daisy Ridley!

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Photo: The Criterion Collection

Criterion Corner

Do the Right Thing
It is the hottest day of the year on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn; a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.

Photo: Shout! Factory


Universal Horror Collection, Vol. 2
Undertake four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the home of classic horror! This collection includes such horror stars as Lionel Atwill, George Zucco, David Bruce, and Evelyn Ankers.

The Fate of Lee Khan 
Trailblazing Chinese filmmaker King Hu brings together an all-star female cast, including Hong Kong cinema stalwart Li Li-hua and Angela ‘Lady Whirlwind’ Mao, in this lively martial arts adventure. When Lee Khan, an official working for Mongolian Emperor Yuan of the Yuan Dynasty procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel army, Chinese resistance fighters, aided by an undercover girl-gang within Khan’s ranks, strive to corner him in an inn.

Weird Science
Two high school computer hackers bring to life the woman of their dreams. She drives guys wild, but has eyes only for her creators!

Death in the Garden
Welcome to the jungle! They are on the run for their lives, encountering tragedies, and trying to beat the odds in a mesmerizing adventure. When a revolution breaks out in a South American mining town, a roguish adventurer, an aging miner, a beautiful prostitute, a deaf-mute and an activist minister escape the despotic regime and flee to the jungle.

The Milky Way
Two French beggars, present-day pilgrims en route to Spain’s holy city of Santiago de Compostela, serve as narrators for an anticlerical history of heresy.

Merrill’s Marauders
Burma, 1944: The 5307th commanded by Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill is deep behind Japanese lines marching through the dense, unforgiving jungle.

The Doors (4K)
Jim Morrison, one of the most sensual figures in the history of rock and roll, explodes on the screen in this electrifying movie about a time called the sixties and a legendary outlaw who rocked America’s consciousness forever.

Photo: Salon Pictures

New on Digital HD

Chasing Perfect 
A singular, charming portrait of Frank Stephenson, one of the most influential car designers in the world, whose designs range from high-concept hypercars such as the McLaren P1 to everyday city vehicles as the iconic new Mini.

Photo: Time Life

TV on Blu-ray and DVD

CMA Awards Live (DVD)
For 50 years, the CMA Awards have spotlighted the top performers of America’s favorite music, capturing the songs and artists that have provided a soundtrack for our lives. This collection takes you from the early days of the CMA Awards in the late 1960s when Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and Glen Campbell dominated the music scene to today’s top stars including Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, and Chris Stapleton.

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