Halloween Kills (Universal, Blu-ray + DVD, R, 105/109 min.). Why don’t they just chop off Michael Myers head? This film picks up immediately after the last, director David Gordon Green’s 2018 reboot of John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” which ended with Myers seemingly trapped in a burning house. That was tried with Frankenstein almost a century ago and it did not work then either. Myers emerges from the inferno and kills 11 first responders, some in particularly gruesome ways, as this film ups the body count – officially 31 kills – and gore, but muddles the story with a mostly mob mentality take.

An injured Laurie Strode (franchise veteran Jamie Lee Curtis) is mostly relegated to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, leaving most of the action to her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak). Stirring up the townspeople is Anthony Michael Hall as Tommy Doyle, one of the kids Laurie was babysitting during the very first Myers’ attack. One nice thing about the film is it brings back several of the original actors to play the same, older characters, including Kyle Richards as Lindsey, Nancy Stephens as Nurse Marion and Charles Cyphers as now-retired/hospital security guard Sheriff Brackett.

There are a few flashbacks to the original “Halloween” night to “fill in” some of the details, as well as a couple of current escaped convicts, with one being pursued to his death by the hospital mob. Even though Myers is beaten severely, he rises up for more killing. Laurie believes Myers will only die when she does, so it looks like she will be central once again when the next film arrives. Why don’t they behead Michael, because of the cash flow, of course.

Extras include audio commentary by the director and actors Curtis and Greer; a gag reel (3:12); two deleted and an extended scene (3:21); and five featurettes, the best of which look at the returning original actors (7:15) and a look at the “kill team” (11:02). Grade: film 2.25 stars; extras 2.75 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Escape from Mogadishu (South Korea, Well Go USA, Blu-ray or DVD, NR, 121 min.). Based on real events, the film tells the story of how competing North and South Korean embassy officials and their families worked together to escape from Mogadishu, Somalia during the outbreak of civil war in late 1990 and early 1991. Both embassies were working for Somalia’s swing vote in South Korea’s attempt to join the United Nations. The film is full of rioting, gunfire – including young children with machine guns – and a thrilling four-car dash through the city while under fire from rebels. This sequence singlehandedly lifts the film above the rather rote let’s-work-together theme.

The film was South Korea’s official submission for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards. It was directed by Ryoo Kyo-kwan (“Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula,” Netflix’s “Kingdom: Ashin of the North”). Brief, but solid extras, include three production mini-documentaries and two making-of featurettes. Grade: film 3 stars; extras 1.5 stars

The Dry (Australia, 2020, IFC Films, Blu-ray or DVD, R, 117 min.). Based on Jane Harper’s popular 2016 novel, the film is a well-told noir about two crimes 20 years apart, with a subtext of how global warming has caused a drought of more than 324 days, changing the very landscape of the town of Kiewarra, as the lakes and rivers have dried up. Coming back to the changed town is big-city, successful police detective Aaron Folk (Eric Bana). He is brought back by the funeral of Luke, his best friend in high school. However, Luke is believed to have killed himself after shooting his wife and preteen son. When Aaron arrives, Luke’s parents beg him to look into the case, which he reluctantly does.

Aaron had left town at 17, when he was wrongly believed to have caused the drowning of another friend, Ellie. As Aaron wanders around investigating, allowed to help by rookie local cop Greg Raco (Keir O’Donnell), he keeps thinking back to Ellie’s death, just after the two had started to grow close. There are some 16 mini-flashbacks and two extended ones of each death occasion. Joe Klocek plays 17-year-old Aaron.

There are six brief extras, including remarks by director Robert Connelly and book author Harper, who plays an extra in the funeral scene. Grade: film 3.5 stars; extras 3 stars

Cobra Kai III (Sony Pictures, 2 DVDs, NR, 326 min.). “Cobra Kai” takes place over 20 years after the events of thee 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, continuing the conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Season three picks up after the violent high school brawl between their dojos. Daniel seeks answers in the past and Johnny seeks redemption. Meanwhile, Kreese further manipulates his students with his vision of dominance. The set includes deleted scenes and a blooper reel.