DVD Release Calendar: April 2012

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  • Publish Date: March 28, 2012

April 3

All movies are 2011-12 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVDBoth Blu-ray and DVD

posterBlu-ray and DVD War Horse 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of two Steven Spielberg films released last December, this best picture nominee is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel. Spielberg was actually inspired to make the film after seeing a production of Nick Stafford's award-winning stage adaptation in London (now a hit on Broadway as well), though the film takes a more realistic approach to the material. The story revolves around the relationship between Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, Joey, during World War I. The strong supporting cast includes Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, and Niels Arestrup.

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A strong cast headlined by Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson (and also featuring Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, and Patrick Fugit) marks Cameron Crowe's return to dramatic filmmaking for the first time since 2005's tepid Elizabethtown 45, with results only moderately better. Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, the literally titled We Bought a Zoo centers on a man who unexpectedly moves his family to a run-down zoo (in California, rather than the book's England) and attempts to bring it back to life while his wife is dying from cancer. (It's less depressing than it sounds, though, as that Metascore indicates, it doesn't make for a great film, either.) Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi provides the score.

More new releases on April 3, 2012
38 Blu-ray and DVD Angels Crest Thomas Dekkar, Jeremy Piven Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Documentary Add to Queue
77 Blu-ray and DVD Benda Bilili! Congolese documentary Add to Queue
52 Blu-ray and DVD Chasing Madoff Documentary Add to Queue
44 Blu-ray and DVD Cook County Anson Mount, Xander Berkley Add to Queue
72 DVD The Double Hour Italian thriller Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray and DVD London River Brenda Blethyn Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) Add to Queue
59 Blu-ray and DVD NoBody's Perfect Documentary Add to Queue
65 DVD Tyrannosaur Directed by Paddy Considine Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Chinatown (1974) Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway  
  Blu-ray Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannen Doherty
TV on DVD
  DVD 3rd Rock from the Sun Season 3 / Season 4  
  DVD Benson Season 2  
  DVD Bob The Complete Series  
  DVD Designing Women Season 6  
  DVD Eagleheart Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Great Expectations Masterpiece Classic (PBS) miniseries  
  DVD Roseanne Season 3 / Season 4  
  DVD Starman The Complete Series  
  DVD That '70s Show Season 3 / Season 4  
69 Blu-ray and DVD Torchwood: Miracle Day  

April 10

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Darkest Hour 16 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This alien invasion thriller finds Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby among a group of five young people stranded in Moscow when aliens attack. You may remember it from its December theatrical release, but then again, you may not; it flopped with audiences, and that terrible Metascore made it the third worst-reviewed film of 2011.

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Meryl Streep puts on her best English accent (and some bad dental work) to play former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a biopic that reunites the actress with her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd. The remainder of the cast is actually British, with Jim Broadbent in the biggest secondary role as Thatcher's husband. As expected, Streep took home an Oscar statuette for her performance, though the film itself earned middling reviews.

More new releases on April 10, 2012
62 DVD The Conquest French political drama Add to Queue
  DVD Donald Glover: Weirdo Stand-up special Add to Queue
  DVD Fix: The Ministry Movie Includes CD  
75 Blu-ray and DVD Into the Abyss Werner Herzog-directed documentary Add to Queue
  DVD King of Devil's Island Stellan Skarsgard Add to Queue
66 Blu-ray and DVD Littlerock Indie drama Add to Queue
58 Blu-ray and DVD The Look Documentary about Charlotte Rampling Add to Queue
  DVD Pastorela Spanish-language comedy Add to Queue
57 DVD Sleeping Beauty Emily Browning; directed by Julia Leigh Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
52 Blu-ray Bounce (2000) Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow  
63 Blu-ray Don Juan Demarco (1995) Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway  
44 Blu-ray Kate & Leopold (2001) Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan  
  Blu-ray A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh  
64 Blu-ray The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman  
TV on DVD
  DVD Adam-12 Season 7  
  DVD Car 54, Where Are You? Season 2  
  DVD The Gene Autry Show Seasons 3-4  
  DVD Ghost Stories The Complete Series  
  DVD Laverne & Shirley Season 5  
  DVD Logan's Run The Complete Series  
  DVD One Tree Hill Season 9  

April 17

posterBlu-ray and DVD Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 73 +Queue Trailer

The fourth Mission: Impossible film proved to be one of (if not the) most entertaining in the series. Director Brad Bird made a successful transition from critically acclaimed animated films such as The Incredibles 90 and The Iron Giant 85 to live action, making the most of locations ranging from Dubai to Moscow and a strong cast that adds Jeremy Renner and Tom Wilkinson alongside returnees Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg. Unless you have a home IMAX theater, however, you'll be missing out on some of the spectacle of the theatrical version.

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Steve McQueen’s follow-up to 2008’s Hunger 82 re-teams the director with that film’s star, Michael Fassbender, but this time the setting is present-day New York, and the one-word title refers to a different physical and emotional toll: sexual addiction. Fassbender plays Brandon, whose life is disrupted when his sister Sissy, played by Carey Mulligan, asks to stay at his apartment. Though Fassbender was named best actor at the Venice Film Festival for his strong performance, he was overlooked at the Oscars, with the film's NC-17 rating probably not helping matters.

More new releases on April 17, 2012
  Blu-ray and DVD Alambrista! (1977) Criterion Collection  
66 Blu-ray and DVD Born to Be Wild Nature documentary Add to Queue
28 Blu-ray and DVD The Divide Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia Add to Queue
67 DVD Garbo: The Spy Documentary Add to Queue
  DVD Grateful Dead: All the Years Combine 14-DVD box set  
  Blu-ray and DVD High Road to China (1983) Tom Selleck  
64 DVD The Last Rites of Joe May Dennis Farina Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father... Documentary Add to Queue
68 DVD Paul Goodman Changed My Life Documentary Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Late Spring (1949) Criterion Collection  
TV on DVD
  DVD American Dad Vol. 7  
54 DVD Bob's Burgers Season 1  
  DVD Eight is Enough Season 1  
  DVD The Ernie Kovacs Show The ABC Specials  
90 Blu-ray and DVD Frozen Planet Miniseries  
  DVD Ice Road Truckers Season 5  
  DVD Meet the Browns Season 5 (Episodes 81-100)  
  DVD Top Shot Season 3  
84 Blu-ray and DVD Treme Season 2  

April 24

posterBlu-ray and DVD Contraband 51 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Mark Wahlberg stars in this so-so remake of the Icelandic thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam from that film’s star and producer, Baltasar Kormákur. This time, Kormákur directs, as he’s done previously on 101 Reykjavik, The Sea, Jar City 75, and Inhale 39. The film follows Wahlberg’s former smuggler as he returns to his old ways to help out his wife’s brother. Kate Beckinsale plays his wife, Giovanni Ribisi plays the bad guy, and other supporting roles are filled by Ben Foster, J.K. Simmons, Lukas Haas, and Diego Luna.

More new releases on April 24, 2012
26 DVD 11-11-11 Horror [aka 11-11-11: The Prophecy] Add to Queue
42 DVD Albatross Felicity Jones, Jessica Brown Findlay Add to Queue
74 Blu-ray and DVD Cinema Verite HBO movie; Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini, Diane Lane Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Crime After Crime Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Dark Tide Halle Berry Add to Queue
64 Blu-ray and DVD The Innkeepers Kelly McGillis, Pat Healy, Sara Paxton Add to Queue
  DVD Lassiter (1984) Tom Selleck  
63 Blu-ray and DVD Let the Bullets Fly Chow Yun-Fat Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Organizer (1963) Criterion Collection Add to Queue
79 Blu-ray and DVD Pariah Indie drama Add to Queue
  DVD Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour Stand-up special Add to Queue
64 Blu-ray and DVD Return Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery Add to Queue
31 DVD Reuniting the Rubins Comedy Add to Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD Some Days Are Better Than Others Carrie Brownstein, James Mercer Add to Queue
74 DVD The Time That Remains Directed by Elia Suleiman Add to Queue
55 Blu-ray and DVD Young Goethe in Love German period drama Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Camelot (1967) Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave  
  Blu-ray Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) Marianne Faithfull, Alain Delon  
  Blu-ray The Red House (1947) Edward G. Robinson  
  Blu-ray Shogun Assassin (1980) 5-disc collectors edition  
TV on DVD
  Blu-ray and DVD Poirot Series 4  
  Blu-ray Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy BBC miniseries  
  Blu-ray and DVD Titanic ABC miniseries  

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Comments (2)

  • Critic2012  

    The only good releases this month are War Horse, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and Contraband.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Contraband is much better than I thought it would be, and Cinema Verite is far more ordinary than it should have been - Gandolfini, Robbins, and Lane sleepwalk through their performances.

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