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Headsup: Anniversaries, Catchy Tunes, and Revenge

Teenage Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good graces of an elite group of cool students dubbed “the Plastics,” but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname. — from Paramount

We have a double dose of Mean Girls to start off: the original from 2004 and the remake from this year. First, the first film makes its 4K debut for its 20th anniversary. New bonus bits include: the Burn Book packaging (which is…striking) and a new short featurette promoting the new film and having Tina Fey and the new cast doing a look back at this film. Legacy bonus bits include a commentary by Mark Waters (director), Lorne Michaels (producer), and Tina Fey (Tina Fey). There’s about forty-five minutes worth of featurettes plus deleted scenes with commentary. If you already own a previous version, the main question you must ponder is just how hi-def do you need the film to be? You must judge this for yourself. Snag it from Amazon.

From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, Mean Girls. New student Cady Heron is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels, she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis and Damian, she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school. — from Paramount

So Mean Girls became a musical and hit Broadway in 2018. And so this version of Mean Girls is adapted from the musical which was adapted from the original film. I am hoping this film gets adapted into an opera which can then be re-adapted into another film. The bonus bits for this release talk mostly about the original film and what it was like to transfer the musical to the big screen. There is a cast featurette, sing-along version and more, but alas: no commentary on this release. If you really enjoyed this version there’s enough bonus stuff to warrant grabbing it from Amazon.

Young musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) is brutally murdered alongside his fiancée by members of a violent gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of The Crow, a supernatural avenger. He then sets out on a macabre mission to mercilessly hunt down everyone responsible and make them answer for their crimes. — from Paramount

For the 30th anniversary of the film (and before the remake hits, currently scheduled for August) it’s hitting 4K for the first time. There’s a regular Blu-Ray version and a SteelBook version. And while there is a great deal of legacy content, there’s a new design featurette and a (previously available on YouTube) interview Sideshow Collectibles did with producer Edward R. Pressman. There is a commentary with director Alex Proyas and another with producer Jeff Most and scribe John Shirley. Also we have a decently sized profile of Crow creator James O’Barr, extended scenes and more. If you’re a fan of the film and you have the rig to support watching this in hi-def, you’re going to want to procure it from Amazon.