DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: September 2014

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September 2

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poster Draft Day 54 Watch Trailer

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Imagine all the thrill of a series of discussions about college football player evaluations and trades involving NFL draft picks captured on the big screen (and now your smaller home screen). Actually, there's no need to imagine it, when you can watch it. Directed by Ivan Reitman, this sports dramedy stars Kevin Costner as an NFL general manager, Denis Leary as the team's coach, Frank Langella as its owner, and Jennifer Garner as a team lawyer in a secret relationship with the GM. Critics found it sentimental and predictable, though many found it likeable enough to merit a viewing. And it's certainly more entertaining than watching an actual NFL draft.

poster Night Moves 75 Watch Trailer

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Jessie Eisenberg stars with Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard in this well-received eco-thriller from writer/director Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Old Joy). The trio play radical environmentalists who plan to blow up a dam. Don't expect a fast-paced thriller—this is a Reichardt film, after all—but critics generally admired the low-key, thought-provoking film (especially Eisenberg's performance), even if the ending isn't fully satisfying.

poster They Came Together 60 Watch Trailer

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They Came Together is a winking takedown of romantic comedies from the Wet Hot American Summer team of David Wain and Michael Showalter. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler star as Together's central couple, who are destined to be together despite the many obstacles they must overcome. (One obstacle: he’s a candy company executive threatening to close down her mom-and-pop candy store.) The strong supporting cast features Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Ellie Kemper, Jason Mantzoukas, Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer, Ed Helms, Adam Scott, Christopher Meloni, and Cobie Smulders among the many familiar faces. A majority of critics actually enjoyed this genre spoof, though some complained that the finished product came across as a series of sketches and jokes rather than a complete movie.

More movie releases on September 2, 2014
50 Blu-ray and DVD 14 Blades FOREIGN/ACTION +Netflix Amazon
67 DVD American Promise DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
28 Blu-ray and DVD Cabin Fever: Patient Zero HORROR | Sean Astin, Currie Graham +Netflix Amazon
52 DVD Citizen Koch DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
56 Blu-ray and DVD For No Good Reason DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  DVD From the Rough DRAMA | Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan +Netflix Amazon
76 DVD Horses of God (2012) FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
25 Blu-ray and DVD Moms' Night Out COMEDY | Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton +Netflix Amazon
92 DVD Out of the Clear Blue Sky DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
42 Blu-ray and DVD Under the Electric Sky DOCUMENTARY/MUSIC +Netflix Amazon
63 DVD Whitewash THRILLER | Thomas Haden Church +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Bonanza Season 7   Amazon
  DVD Chicago Fire Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
50 DVD Chicago P.D. Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
57 DVD Crossbones Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Doctor Who Series 4 Part 2   Amazon
  DVD Grey's Anatomy Season 10 +Netflix Amazon
85 DVD It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The League Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Line of Duty Series 2   Amazon
  DVD Midsomer Murders Series 10 / Series 11 (separate sets)   Amazon
  DVD New Girl Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
52 Blu-ray and DVD The Originals Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Person of Interest Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
81 DVD Years of Living Dangerously Miniseries   Amazon

September 9

poster Captain America: The Winter Soldier 70 Watch Trailer

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The year's highest-grossing film to date (though by the time you read this, it likely will have been surpassed by fellow Marvel hit Guardians of the Galaxy) is this sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans returns as Steve Rodgers, a superhero adjusting to the modern world and life as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. This time, he teams up with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon to unravel a conspiracy and face off against the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Robert Redford joins Marvel’s world as Alexander Pierce, as does Emily Van Camp as Agent 13 and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Returning players include Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, and Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, while brothers Anthony and Joe Russo (best known for their work on TV comedies like Arrested Development and Community) take over for director Joe Johnston.

poster Palo Alto 69 Watch Trailer

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The latest member of the Coppola family to enter the family business (filmmaking) is 27-year-old Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, and niece of Sofia and Roman. Gia's directorial debut, Palo Alto, is an adaptation of James Franco’s collection of short stories that's set in the titular Northern California town. In the drama, Emma Roberts's April has a dangerous flirtation with her single-dad soccer coach, Mr. B (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer, son of Val, who also has a small role) is into April, but he’s serving community service for a DUI while his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff) becomes more reckless and unpredictable with each passing night. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange provides the score.

More movie releases on September 9, 2014
40 Blu-ray and DVD Brick Mansions ACTION | Paul Walker +Netflix Amazon
29 DVD Burning Blue DRAMA | Trent Ford, William Scott +Netflix Amazon
71 Blu-ray and DVD Fed Up DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) COMEDY/MUSICAL Amazon
51 Blu-ray and DVD God's Pocket DRAMA | Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins +Netflix Amazon
61 Blu-ray and DVD The Hornet's Nest DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
89 Blu-ray and DVD Ida FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
67 Blu-ray and DVD Korengal DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
34 Blu-ray and DVD A Long Way Down DRAMEDY | Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette +Netflix Amazon
29 DVD Louder Than Words DRAMA | David Duchovny, Hope Davis +Netflix Amazon
19 DVD My Man Is a Loser COMEDY | Michael Rapaport, John Stamos +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Prom Night (1980) HORROR | Jamie Lee Curtis Amazon
55 DVD Who is Dayani Cristal? DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
62 Blu-ray and DVD Willow Creek HORROR | Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait +Netflix Amazon
49 Blu-ray and DVD Words and Pictures DRAMA/ROMANCE | Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
69 DVD Betas Season 1   Amazon
  DVD Blue Bloods Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Dynasty Season 9   Amazon
  DVD Going Deep With David Rees Season 1   Amazon
52 DVD The Goldbergs Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
77 Blu-ray and DVD Homeland Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Little House on the Prairie Season 3 (remastered)   Amazon
74 Blu-ray and DVD Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Supernatural Season 9 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Vampire Diaries Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
62 Blu-ray and DVD The World Wars Miniseries +Netflix Amazon

September 16

poster The Fault in Our Stars 69 Watch Trailer

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This adaptation of John Green’s best-selling 2012 novel stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel and her Divergent castmate (and brother in that film) Ansel Elgort as Gus. The two teens are fellow cancer patients who meet at a support group, where they fall in love. Josh Boone directs from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who worked on another YA story starring Woodley, The Spectacular Now. Laura Dern and Sam Trammell co-star as Hazel’s parents, Nat Wolff plays Augustus’ friend Isaac, and Mike Birbiglia plays the chipper support group leader. Most critics found it to be an above-average tearjerker and a faithful adaptation of the book.

poster Godzilla 62 Watch Trailer

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The most famous of movie monsters is back. Of course, anyone who remembers 1998’s Godzilla or the slightly less awful Godzilla 2000 knows that the return of Godzilla can be bad news for viewers as well as the residents of whatever metropolis he's terrorizing. Results here, however, were generally positive, with fairly decent reviews and a strong box office showing. Making the leap from his low-budget debut Monsters, director Gareth Edwards decided to take a serious approach to a story that balances familial drama with $160 million worth of epic destruction. Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn star alongside the CGI beast.

More movie releases on September 16, 2014
83 Blu-ray and DVD Burning Bush FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
49 Blu-ray and DVD Burt's Buzz DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Eraserhead (1977) Criterion Collection release Amazon
62 DVD The German Doctor FOREIGN/THRILLER +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Ghostbusters 1 & 2 (1984/1989) Double feature set Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Great Train Robbery (1979) THRILLER | Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland Amazon
85 Blu-ray and DVD Ilo Ilo FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray The Party (1968) COMEDY | Peter Sellers Amazon
37 Blu-ray and DVD Think Like a Man Too COMEDY | Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
67 DVD About a Boy Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
68 Blu-ray and DVD Alpha House Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Arrow Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Awkward. Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Big Bang Theory Season 7 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Bones Season 9 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Burning Love Seasons 2 & 3 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD C.S.I. Season 14 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Castle Season 6 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Death in Paradise Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Dragon Ball Z Season 7   Amazon
  DVD Father Brown Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
62 Blu-ray and DVD From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Grimm Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
88 Blu-ray and DVD Hannibal Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
64 DVD Petals on the Wind TV movie +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Miniseries +Netflix Amazon
64 Blu-ray and DVD Sleepy Hollow Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD South Park Season 17 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Spartacus Complete series set   Amazon
  DVD Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman Season 4   Amazon
  DVD XIII: The Series Seasons 1 & 2 (separate sets)   Amazon

September 23

poster Neighbors 68 Watch Trailer

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In this R-rated summer comedy hit with mostly positive reviews, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as a young couple with a newborn baby whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when a fraternity moves in next door. Zac Efron plays the leader of the fraternity while Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Craig Roberts, Ike Barinholtz and Jason Mantzoukas all have supporting roles. Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement) directs from a script by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien.

poster The Rover 64 Watch Trailer

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Director David Michôd’s follow-up to his acclaimed debut feature Animal Kingdom is set 10 years after the collapse of society and follows Guy Pearce as he tracks down the the gang who stole his car, with the reluctant help of a wounded man (Robert Pattinson) left behind after the theft. Michôd wrote the screenplay based on an original story idea he developed with Joel Edgerton. If you were a fan of Michôd's previous film, adjust your expectations here. The film received a mixed reaction when it debuted at Cannes in May, and many critics found that the occasionally dull film never really pulled together.

poster We Are the Best! 87

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Don't let a few subtitles scare you away from one of 2014's most enjoyable films to date. Director Lukas Moodysson returns to the more welcoming tone of his earlier work (Show Me Love, Together) with this adaptation of his wife’s graphic novel Never Goodnight, the story of three 13-year-old girls who form a punk band in Stockholm in 1982. When it screened in Venice last year, this spirited coming-of-age tale was met with universal praise from critics, and reviewers liked it just as much when it opened in the States this summer—so much so that it's one of the best-reviewed films of the year.

More movie releases on September 23, 2014
  Blu-ray and DVD Elmer Gantry (1960) DRAMA | Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons Amazon
  Blu-ray The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology Blu-ray box set includes six films Amazon
41 Blu-ray and DVD Found HORROR/THRILLER | Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck +Netflix Amazon
51 Blu-ray and DVD Free The Mind DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray box set includes 10 films and new bonus content Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Innocents (1961) Criterion Collection release Amazon
78 Blu-ray and DVD The Last of the Unjust FOREIGN/DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Macbeth (1971) Criterion Collection release; directed by Roman Polanski Amazon
44 DVD Postman Pat: The Movie ANIMATION/FAMILY +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) DRAMA | Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Saw: The Complete Movie Collection Box set includes all 7 films in unrated versions Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD See You Next Tuesday DRAMEDY | Eleanore Pienta, Dana Eskelson   Amazon
53 Blu-ray and DVD The Signal SCI-FI/THRILLER | Brenton Thwaites, Laurence Fishburne +Netflix Amazon
35 Blu-ray and DVD Very Good Girls DRAMA | Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Young Savages (1961) DRAMA | Burt Lancaster; directed by John Frankenheimer Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
63 Blu-ray and DVD The 100 Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
70 DVD Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD China Beach Season 4   Amazon
  DVD Daniel Boone Complete series box set   Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Defiance Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD How I Met Your Mother Season 9 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD How I Met Your Mother Complete series box set   Amazon
82 Blu-ray and DVD Key & Peele Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD L.A. Law Season 3   Amazon
  DVD Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 15 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Mama's Family Season 5   Amazon
  DVD Modern Family Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
65 DVD Mom Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Nashville Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Necessary Roughness Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
53 DVD Reign Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Royal Pains Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Scandal Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD State Trooper Complete series   Amazon

September 30

poster Chef 68 Watch Trailer

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After directing blockbuster hits (Iron Man) and misses (Cowboys & Aliens), Jon Favreau returns to his indie roots with Chef. In this small-scale dramedy, the writer-director casts himself as a restaurant chef who, after losing his job, decides to start up a food truck in hopes of reigniting his passion for food and reconnecting with his son (parallels with Favreau’s film career are merely coincidental). The cast includes Sofia Vergara as his ex-wife, Dustin Hoffman as the owner of the restaurant, Oliver Platt as the critic who hastens his departure, and Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo and Scarlett Johansson as employees at the restaurant. Oh, and Iron Man shows up as well. An early mixed reception from critics eventually turned into solid reviews, though many critics found Chef's final third a bit of a letdown.

poster Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director's Cut

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You've never seen it like this. Sergio Leone's 1984 crime epic, which spans five decades (the 1920s through the '60s) and stars Robert De Niro and James Woods as New York gangsters, was a nearly four-hour film (down from the six hours—and then 269 minutes—Leone originally planned) when it screened to raves at Cannes and in European cinemas. But the film's American distributor made severe cuts to the film (bringing it down to 134 minutes), while also rearranging the nonlinear film into chronological order, so angering Leone that he never made another film. (Critic Roger Ebert called the trimmed film "a travesty".) Now, however, a restored version is heading to disc, and it's the closest you'll be able to get to Leone's original vision. The new version clocks in at 251 minutes (22 minutes longer than previous home video releases), and adds a making-of documentary. The Blu-ray set also includes the original American theatrical version for purposes of comparison.

poster Transformers: Age of Extinction 32 Watch Trailer

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It isn't the worst Transformers film, but it—wait, what are we saying? It is the worst Transformers film to date. Now that's an accomplishment. Also an accomplishment: getting audiences worldwide to cough up another $1 billion to see it. Director Michael Bay's final Transformers film (oh, don't you worry—the series will continue with another director) subs Mark Wahlberg for Shia LaBeouf and Kelsey Grammer for someone who wasn't Kelsey Grammer, though the most notable newcomers are the Dinobots. If you haven't seen it yet but are, for some reason, planning on doing so in the future, expect a muddle, very long, by-the-numbers affair.

More movie releases on September 30, 2014
  Blu-ray Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release Amazon
37 Blu-ray and DVD Are You Here COMEDY | Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Blue Thunder (1983) ACTION/THRILLER | Roy Scheider Amazon
73 Blu-ray and DVD Cold in July THRILLER | Don Johnson, Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard +Netflix Amazon
56 Blu-ray and DVD Decoding Annie Parker DRAMA | Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Gremlins (1984) 30th anniversary Blu-ray Amazon
55 Blu-ray and DVD Hellion DRAMA | Aaron Paul, Josh Wiggins, Juliette Lewis +Netflix Amazon
65 Blu-ray and DVD Ivory Tower DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Krull (1983) SCI-FI | Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony Amazon
  Blu-ray Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection Blu-ray set Amazon
65 Blu-ray and DVD Lucky Them DRAMA | Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church +Netflix Amazon
  DVDSpace Station 76 COMEDY/SCI-FI | Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Sundays and Cybèle (1962) Criterion Collection release Amazon
37 Blu-ray and DVD Third Person DRAMA | Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, James Franco +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 24 Complete series set (including Live Another Day)   Amazon
70 Blu-ray and DVD 24: Live Another Day +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Mentalist Season 6 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Mike & Molly Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD My Little Pony Complete series set   Amazon
  DVD NYPD Blue Season 7   Amazon
  DVD Time Team America Seasons 1 & 2   Amazon

 

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