DVD Release Calendar: August 2014

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August 5

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poster Divergent 48 Watch Trailer

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In this so-so adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi novel, Shailene Woodley stars as Tris Prior, a 16-year-old girl who discovers she doesn’t fit into one of the five factions of futuristic Chicago society—Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). Instead, she’s Divergent, and this puts her life at risk. Luckily, she has Theo James’ Four, a fellow Divergent, on her side. Neil Burger (Limitless) directs, and the supporting cast includes Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, and Ansel Elgort. While it's not quite another Twilight-like blockbuster, it's a bit more successful (at least financially) than other recent YA adaptations not named The Hunger Games. And like all good "trilogies" these days, the Divergent series will have four films in total, with the next, Insurgent, scheduled for a March 20, 2015 release.

poster The Trip to Bountiful 86

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While the phrase "Lifetime movie" doesn't necessarily conjure up thoughts of quality TV, a good one occasionally slips through the cracks. An Emmy nominee for best made-for-television movie, this latest filmed version of Horton Foote's play (which was originally written for television in 1953, before moving to the stage and later becoming a feature film) is an adaptation of the recent Tony-nominated Broadway revival. The revival's predominantly African-American cast is retained, though a few newcomers (such as Blair Underwood) join returning members of the Broadway cast (such as Vanessa Williams). But the #1 reason to watch, say critics, is Cicely Tyson, who received an Emmy nomination for her lead performance as a widow who wishes to travel back to her hometown.

More movie releases on August 5, 2014
42 DVD Anna THRILLER | Brian Cox, Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga +Netflix Amazon
47 DVD Drones THRILLER | Matt O'Leary, Eloise Mumford +Netflix Amazon
16 Blu-ray and DVD God's Not Dead DRAMA | Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Grizzly (1976) HORROR | Christopher George   Amazon
66 DVD More Than the Rainbow DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
39 Blu-ray and DVD Need for Speed ACTION | Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper +Netflix  
61 Blu-ray and DVD Oculus HORROR | Brenton Thwaites, Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff +Netflix Amazon
52 Blu-ray and DVD Ping Pong Summer COMEDY | Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
76 DVD The Birthday Boys Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Californication Season 7 +Netflix Amazon
80 DVD Community Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Doctor Who Series 4 Part 1   Amazon
40 DVD Ja'mie: Private School Girl Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Last Tango in Halifax Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD MythBusters Collection 11   Amazon
  DVD Naked City Seasons 1-4 (separate sets)   Amazon
  DVD Top Gear Season 21   Amazon

August 12

poster Locke 81 Watch Trailer

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With his second directorial effort (following the disappointing Jason Statham vehicle Redemption), writer-director Steven Knight gets far better results with a far simpler concept: nothing more than Tom Hardy, a BMW, and a phone. The only actor seen for the duration of the film, Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a construction foreman whose life becomes more complicated with each mile he drives between between Birmingham and London. Supporting turns (heard over the telephone) come from Ruth Wilson as his wife, Ben Daniels as his boss, and Olivia Colman as his assistant, but it is Hardy's "spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling" performance that, say critics, will keep you riveted to the screen despite the seemingly uneventful premise.

poster Muppets Most Wanted 61 Watch Trailer

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Disney's second Muppets film (following 2011’s successful comeback The Muppets) does not star Jason Segel or Amy Adams, but director James Bobin is back, as is writer Nicholas Stoller. This time, your favorite felt characters tour the world and get entangled in a European jewel-heist. Also involved are humans such as Ricky Gervais (playing Dominic Badguy, second fiddle to criminal mastermind and Kermit impostor Constantine), Tina Fey (who plays a prison guard), and Ty Burrell (who plays as an Interpol inspector). After winning an Oscar for “Man or Muppet,” Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie once again provides original songs for the film, with the first one being the appropriately meta number “We’re Doing a Sequel.” And, like most sequels, it was a bit of a letdown, with critics liking it far less than its predecessor.

posterThe Railway Man 59 Watch Trailer

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This true story of a World War II veteran still haunted by his time building a railroad for Japan as a POW stars Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine (as Firth’s character during war times), Nicole Kidman (as Firth’s wife) and Stellan Skarsgård (as Firth’s friend and fellow soldier). Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man) directs this adaptation of Eric Lomax’s autobiography, and it scored points with critics for its strong performances even if many reviewers found the film as a whole surprisingly dull and unaffecting.

More movie releases on August 12, 2014
  Blu-ray and DVD Batman: Assault on Arkham ANIMATION (Direct-to-video) | Kevin Conroy +Netflix Amazon
60 Blu-ray and DVD Breathe In DRAMA | Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Children's Hour (1961) DRAMA | Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine +Netflix Amazon
75 DVD Dancing in Jaffa DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
56 Blu-ray and DVD Filth COMEDY/DRAMA | James McAvoy, Jamie Bell +Netflix Amazon
47 DVD Frankie & Alice (2010) DRAMA | Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Girl on the Train THRILLER | Henry Ian Cusick, Nicki Aycox, Stephen Lang +Netflix Amazon
59 DVD Hateship Loveship DRAMA | Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte +Netflix Amazon
17 Blu-ray and DVD A Haunted House 2 HORROR/COMEDY | Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Love Streams (1984) Criterion Collection Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Mr. Majestyk (1974) ACTION | Charles Bronson Amazon
56 DVD Proxy HORROR/THRILLER +Netflix Amazon
28 Blu-ray and DVD Rage THRILLER | Nicolas Cage, Danny Glover +Netflix Amazon
83 DVD Sol LeWitt DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
22 DVD Summer in February DRAMA | Dan Stevens, Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Unforgiven (1960) WESTERN | Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
59 Blu-ray and DVD Bitten Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
74 Blu-ray and DVD The Blacklist Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Ghost Hunters Season 9 Part 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Gunsmoke Season 10, Vols. 1/2 (separate sets)   Amazon
59 DVD Low Winter Sun [U.S.] Season 1 +Netflix Amazon

August 19

poster The Amazing Spider-Man 2 53 Watch Trailer

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For some fans, 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man felt too familiar, a retelling of Spider-Man’s origin story just a short decade after Sam Raimi’s similar Spider-Man. But it performed well enough to kickstart a new film series. Cut to 2014, and Marc Webb’s sequel proved to be even less impressive, with some critics complaining that the new film felt less like a movie than an overstuffed set-up for future installments. Dane DeHaan (as Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin), Jaime Fox (as Electro), and Paul Giamatti (Rhino) join returning stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and they do their best with an overstuffed script. But in addition to receiving middling reviews, the film underperformed at the box office (with the lowest grosses to date for a Spider-Man title), and the future of the series is now in flux, with the third installment—originally planned for a 2016 release—delayed to 2018.

posterThe Dance of Reality 75

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The recent documentary Jodorowsky's Dune examines a legendary unmade 1970s film by avant-garde Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. But the director, still working at age 85, is also occasionally capable of seeing his projects through to completion. And The Dance of Reality is his latest finished film—in fact, his first since 1990. Though it is an autobiographical work based on Jodorowsky's own childhood, it is as surreal and strange as you would expect a Jodorowsky film to be—a coming of age story that is as willfully bizarre and stylized as Boyhood is realistic and naturalistic. But don't be too put off by this description. After all, the Boston Globe's Peter Keough notes that the film "offers a nearly coherent narrative."

poster Only Lovers Left Alive 77 Watch Trailer

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Seen by many critics as a return to form after 2009’s disappointing The Limits of Control, Jim Jarmusch’s latest follows Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two vampires who have been in love for centuries. When the story begins, Eve is spending time in Tangiers with fellow vampire (and playwright) Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), until she decides to join Adam in Detroit, where he’s passing time as a musician. Causing trouble for the couple is Mia Wasikowska as Eve’s sister, Ava, while Anton Yelchin plays Adam’s go-between, and Jeffrey Wright appears as a doctor who supplies what vampires need most.

posterY tu mamá también (2001) 88 Watch Trailer

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This Criterion Collection release adds two new making-of documentaries and deleted scenes to a newly restored version of the acclaimed 2001 coming-of-age dramedy from director Alfonso Cuarón, who would follow this with bigger-budget, effects-driven films like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and, more recently, Gravity. Y tu mamá also made stars of its then-unknown leads, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, playing teens who fall for the same older woman and accompany her on a road trip. The fact that the film is in Spanish didn't prevent it from picking up an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay, one of many honors it received.

More movie releases on August 19, 2014
  DVD A Brony Tale DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
81 DVD The Empty Hours FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Girl in a Swing (1988) THRILLER | Meg Tilly Amazon
59 DVD Go for Sisters THRILLER | Edward James Olmos +Netflix Amazon
59 DVD Grigris FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Life Is Strange (2012) DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Magnificent Doll (1946) DRAMA | David Niven, Ginger Rogers Amazon
86 Blu-ray and DVD Manakamana DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
41 Blu-ray and DVD The Quiet Ones HORROR | Jared Harris, Sam Claflin +Netflix Amazon
51 Blu-ray and DVD The Sacrament HORROR | Directed by Ti West +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD That's My Man (1947) DRAMA | Don Ameche, Catherine McLeod   Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
68 Blu-ray and DVD Alpha House Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
77 Blu-ray and DVD Boardwalk Empire Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Good Wife Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD A Haunting Season 6   Amazon
50 DVD The Millers Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
56 DVD The Mindy Project Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD NCIS Season 11 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Newhart Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Once Upon a Time Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Parenthood Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Parks and Recreation Season 6 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Revolution Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
51 Blu-ray and DVD Rosemary's Baby Miniseries +Netflix Amazon
79 Blu-ray and DVD Toy Story of Terror TV special   Amazon

August 26

poster The Double 68 Watch Trailer

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Jessie Eisenberg stars as Simon James—and his doppelgänger, James Simon—in this sophomore effort from actor-turned-director Richard Ayoade (Submarine). The former is a timid, lonely office worker (in a bureaucratic hell that feels like an Eastern European version of Terry Gilliam's Brazil) whose life is thrown out of balance when a confident, charismatic new hire—who happens to be his physical double—is able to catch the eye of Simon’s boss (Wallace Shawn) and dream girl (Mia Wasikowska). Ayoade adapted Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella with Avi Korine (brother of director Harmony Korine) and directs an impressive ensemble that includes Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Yasmin Page, James Fox, and Chris O’Dowd (Ayoade’s costar in British TV comedy The IT Crowd).

poster The Normal Heart 85

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Nominated for (and the runaway favorite to win) this year's Emmy for best made-for-television movie, this HBO original film finds Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) directing Larry Kramer's adaptation of his own Tony-winning play about the onset of the HIV crisis in New York City from 1981-84. Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons head a strong ensemble cast that also features Corey Stoll, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, and BD Wong. The film received six Emmy nominations in total, while critics were also enthusiastic supporters, especially of the performances.

More movie releases on August 26, 2014
  DVD Aces High (1976) DRAMA/ACTION | Christopher Plummer, Malcolm McDowell Amazon
34 Blu-ray and DVD Aftermath THRILLER | William Baldwin, Edward Furlong   Amazon
51 Blu-ray and DVD Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD All That Jazz (1979) Criterion Collection Amazon
31 Blu-ray and DVD Blended COMEDY | Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore +Netflix Amazon
25 Blu-ray and DVD Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return ANIMATION/FAMILY | Lea Michele +Netflix Amazon
44 DVD The Love Punch COMEDY | Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Possession of Michael King HORROR | Shane Johnson +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Stream FAMILY/COMEDY | Mario Lopez, Rainn Wilson +Netflix Amazon
51 DVD Trust Me COMEDY | Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Clark Gregg (also director) +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Blandings Series 2 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Breathless Miniseries (PBS Masterpiece) +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Criminal Minds Season 9 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Elementary Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Equalizer Season 2   Amazon
  DVD Gravity Falls Vol. 2   Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Haven Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Murder in Suburbia Complete series   Amazon
69 Blu-ray and DVD The Musketeers Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Now and Again Complete series   Amazon
87 DVD Portlandia Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Revenge Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
72 Blu-ray and DVD Sons of Anarchy Season 6 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Twilight Zone [1985] Complete series   Amazon
75 Blu-ray and DVD The Walking Dead Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Welcome Back Kotter Complete series   Amazon
  DVD Wicked Tuna Season 3   Amazon

 

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Comments (1)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Divergent is one of those movies that the critics whiffed on. Really good and solid movie that buries other YA conversions such at The Hunger Games.

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