DVD Release Calendar: April 2014

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April 1

All movies are 2013/14 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVD Both Blu-ray and DVD

poster 47 Ronin 29 Watch Trailer

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Finally reaching theaters last December after over a year of delays, this 18th century 3D action-fantasy stars Keanu Reeves and a mostly Japanese cast in a retelling of one of that country's most famous samurai legends, albeit one now filled with witches and CGI dragons, with a massive budget under the guidance of first-time director Carl Erik Rinsch. If none of that sounds like a good idea to you, you're not alone. A massive box office flop in addition to a lousy film, 47 Ronin could go down as a cautionary tale in filmmaking history, but that would imply that Hollywood has the ability to learn from its mistakes.

poster Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 61 Watch Trailer

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Nearly a decade after the original Anchorman film debuted, Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team are back to take on the 24-hour news cycle at GNN in New York City, and that means a new boss (Meagan Good) and new competition (James Marsden and Harrison Ford) for Ron, as well as a new love interest (Kristen Wiig) for Steve Carell’s Brick. The Blu-ray release includes three different versions of the film: the original theatrical cut in both R-rated and unrated versions, and the second theatrical release featuring over 700 new jokes.

poster Broadchurch: Season 1 91

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One of the best-reviewed new TV dramas of 2013, the ITV-produced Broadchurch might be be among the year's bleakest TV offerings (and that's saying something). But it features strong performances throughout, especially from leads David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Olivia Colman (Peep Show) as the lead detectives on a murder investigation that rips apart a peaceful seaside town in Britain. A second season is on the way, and Tennant will also reprise his role (albeit with a different accent and in a different locale) for a Fox remake called Gracepoint, to debut next season.

More movie releases on April 1, 2014
60 Blu-ray and DVD At Middleton ROM-COM | Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga +Netflix Queue
28 Blu-ray and DVD The Bag Man THRILLER | John Cusack, Robert De Niro, Rebecca Da Costa +Netflix Queue
55 Blu-ray and DVD Forgetting the Girl THRILLER | Christopher Denham +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Joe Kidd (1972) WESTERN | Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall  
  Blu-ray King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) HORROR  
  Blu-ray King Kong Escapes (1968) HORROR  
  Blu-ray and DVD Knights of Badassdom FANTASY/COMEDY | Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray No Holds Barred (1989) ACTION | Hulk Hogan  
51 Blu-ray and DVD The Pirate Fairy ANIMATION | Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Rooster Cogburn (1975) WESTERN | John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn  
  Blu-ray Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970) WESTERN | Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine  
33 Blu-ray and DVD War of the Worlds: Goliath SCI-FI/ANIMATION  
  Blu-ray The War Wagon (1967) WESTERN | John Wayne, Kirk Douglas  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Action New uncensored complete series set
  DVD The Client List Season 2
  DVD Finding Bigfoot Vol. 3
  DVD I Dream of Jeannie Seasons 1 & 2 set
  Blu-ray and DVD Inspector George Gently Series 6
  DVD NewsRadio Seasons 1 & 2 set
  DVD Power Rangers Seasons 13-17 box set
  DVD Psych Season 8
  Blu-ray Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 Blu-ray release
  DVD T.J. Hooker Seasons 1 & 2 set

April 8

poster August: Osage County 58 Watch Trailer

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The second theatrical feature from TV veteran John Wells (ER, The West Wing) is an adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, though the running time has been shortened and the ending altered. The strong cast is topped by Meryl Streep as the matriarch of the Weston family, who, after their alcoholic father (Sam Shepard) passes away, return to the house where they grew up. Julia Roberts plays Streep’s daughter, who is separated from her husband (Ewan McGregor) and has a daughter of her own (Abigail Breslin). Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson play Streep’s other daughters, and Margo Martindale also stars as Streep’s sister, while Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Cooper are Martindale’s son and husband. It may have been Oscar bait, but few Academy voters bit, though Streep and Roberts did get nominations.

poster Grudge Match 35 Watch Trailer

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It sounds like a dream matchup: a faceoff between on-screen boxers played by Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, stars of Rocky and Raging Bull, respectively. Unfortunately, their bout came in 2013, not 1983. Peter Segal's film (which also stars Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart) is, at least, played for laughs, though few critics were amused.

poster The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 66 Watch Trailer

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Part two of Peter Jackson’s three-film expansion of The Hobbit continues the story of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) as they fight to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Standing in their way is the dragon Smaug (motion capture and voice by Benedict Cumberbatch). Joining the fight are Lee Pace as Thranduil, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Luke Evans as Bard The Bowman, Mikael Persbrandt as the shapeshifting Beorn and, making a welcome return, Orlando Bloom as Legolas. While unquestionably a hit, Smaug continued the downward box office trend of Jackson's Tolkien franchise, though critics liked the film slightly better than the previous Hobbit movie.

More movie releases on April 8, 2014
  Blu-ray and DVD The 400 Blows (1959) Criterion Collection  
7 DVD Back in the Day COMEDY | Michael Rosenbaum, Morena Baccarin +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Bang Bang You're Dead (1966) COMEDY | Tony Randall  
70 Blu-ray and DVD Bastards DRAMA | Directed by Claire Denis +Netflix Queue
17 Blu-ray and DVD Best Night Ever COMEDY | Desiree Hall +Netflix Queue
38 DVD Black Coffee ROM-COM +Netflix Queue
19 Blu-ray and DVD Cavemen COMEDY | Chad Michael Murray, Skylar Astin +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Cry Danger (1951) THRILLER | Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming  
73 Blu-ray and DVD A Field in England THRILLER | Directed by Ben Wheatley +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Funny Face (1957) MUSICAL | Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire  
71 DVD I Am Divine DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
39 Blu-ray and DVD Justin Bieber's Believe DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
60 Blu-ray and DVD Murph: The Protector DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
27 Blu-ray and DVD Nurse 3D HORROR | Paz de la Huerta +Netflix Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones HORROR +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Sabrina (1954) ROM-COM | Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden  
  Blu-ray and DVD Snake & Mongoose SPORTS/DRAMA | Jesse Williams, Noah Wyle, Ian Ziering +Netflix Queue
76 Blu-ray and DVD A Touch of Sin FOREIGN/DRAMA +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Young at Heart (1954) MUSICAL | Doris Day, Frank Sinatra  
63 DVD Zero Charisma COMEDY +Netflix Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Ben 10: Omniverse Vol. 4
  DVD The Big Valley Season 2
  DVD The Bobby Darin Show 1973 NBC series
  DVD Cracked Season 1
  DVD Doctor Who Series 2 Part 1
  Blu-ray and DVD Earthflight Complete series
  Blu-ray Holliston Season 2 Blu-ray release
55 DVD Lizzie Borden Took an Ax TV movie +Netflix Queue
  DVD Mayberry R.F.D. Season 1
  DVD Moonshiners Season 2

April 15

poster Philomena 76 Watch Trailer

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A surprise best picture nominee, this Stephen Frears (The Queen) drama was adapted from Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. This true story stars Coogan as ex-BBC correspondent Sixsmith, and Judi Dench as Philomena Lee, an elderly woman searching for the son she gave up (with a strong push from the Catholic Church) as a young unwed mother. The character-driven film earned mostly positive comments from critics, especially for Dench's performance.

poster Ride Along 41 Watch Trailer

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A record-setting hit earlier this year despite reviews that were middling at best, this buddy-action-comedy stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube; the former plays a security guard with hopes of marrying the latter’s sister, but to prove he’s worthy, Cube takes Hart on his own version of a training day. Tim Story (Think Like a Man) directs from a script from numerous writers (including Jason Mantzoukas). A sequel is already in pre-production and is set for an early 2016 release.

posterThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty 54 Watch Trailer

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It certainly isn't one of Ben Stiller's better films as a director, but his adaptation of James Thurber’s short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" did please some critics and Metacritic users. Directing from a script by Steve Conrad (The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness), Stiller plays a daydreaming photo editor whose search for a lost negative leads him into a real-life adventure. He's joined by Kristen Wiig as his love interest, Adam Scott as his new boss, Shirley MacLaine as his mother, Kathryn Hahn as his sister, and Sean Penn as the sought-after photographer.

More movie releases on April 15, 2014
48 Blu-ray and DVD Black Nativity DRAMA/MUSICAL | Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett +Netflix Queue
76 Blu-ray and DVD Breaking the Waves (1996) Criterion Collection  
34 Blu-ray and DVD Copperhead DRAMA +Netflix Queue
56 Blu-ray and DVD Date and Switch COMEDY +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Double Indemnity (1944) THRILLER | Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck  
41 DVD Free Ride DRAMA | Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet +Netflix Queue
60 Blu-ray and DVD Great Expectations (2013) DRAMA | Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes +Netflix Queue
46 DVD Interior. Leather Bar. DRAMA | Directed by James Franco +Netflix Queue
75 Blu-ray and DVD The Invisible Woman DRAMA | Directed by Ralph Fiennes +Netflix Queue
41 Blu-ray Mallrats (1995) COMEDY | Directed by Kevin Smith  
36 Blu-ray and DVD The Nut Job ANIMATION | Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Reality Bites (1994) COMEDY | Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke  
  Blu-ray and DVD Sleep My Love (1948) THRILLER | Directed by Douglas Sirk  
  Blu-ray Touch of Evil (1958) THRILLER | Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh  
39 DVD Trap for Cinderella THRILLER +Netflix Queue
25 DVD Wrong Cops COMEDY | Directed by Quentin Dupieux +Netflix Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Anger Management Vol. 3
  Blu-ray and DVD Angry Birds Toons Season 1 Vol. 2
  DVD The Beverly Hillbillies Season 4
  DVD The Bletchley Circle Season 2
  DVD The Cosby Show Seasons 3 & 4 set
49 DVD Flowers in the Attic Lifetime movie +Netflix Queue
50 DVD The Gabby Douglas Story Lifetime movie +Netflix Queue
  DVD Married... with Children Seasons 3 & 4 set
  DVD Petticoat Junction Season 1 & 2 / Season 3
  DVD The Practice Season 8
  Blu-ray and DVD Ripper Street Season 2

April 22

poster Big Bad Wolves 63 Watch Trailer

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Best known as the film that Quentin Tarantino named the best of 2013, this Israeli thriller offers a sly mix of violence and black comedy about a detective and a father who seek revenge against the same man, a suspected child killer. Most critics found it fairly gruesome, but many admired its surprises and humor.

More movie releases on April 22, 2014
22 Blu-ray and DVD Barefoot ROM-COM | Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman +Netflix Queue
64 Blu-ray and DVD Bettie Page Reveals All DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
49 Blu-ray Conspiracy Theory (1997) THRILLER | Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts  
39 Blu-ray Exit Wounds (2001) ACTION | DMX, Steven Segall  
  Blu-ray Get Carter (1971) ACTION/THRILLER | Michael Caine  
  Blu-ray and DVD Master of the House (1925) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Sorcerer (1977) THRILLER | Directed by William Friedkin  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Murder, She Wrote Season 7
  DVD Newhart Season 3

April 29

poster Escape From Tomorrow 58 Watch Trailer

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More notable for how it was filmed than the end result, this 2013 Sundance entry marks the debut for director Randy Moore, who surreptitiously shot the black-and-white feature at both Disneyland and Disney World without the entertainment giant's permission or knowledge. Escape documents a family of four’s last day on vacation at the Florida resort, a trip that quickly turns surreal for the father, Jim, after he learns he no longer has a job. While some reviewers believed the making-of story was more intriguing than the film, others embraced the film’s surreal dark comedy and attempts at satire as it plays with Disney iconography.

poster Labor Day 52 Watch Trailer

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Critics were disappointed by Jason Reitman’s latest, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel, resulting in his lowest Metascore to date by a wide margin. The story takes place over a long weekend in 1987 leading to the titular day as Adele (Kate Winslet) and her 13-year-old son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), are held captive and then quickly won over by Frank (Josh Brolin), an escaped convict. Tobey Maguire narrates the film as the grown-up Henry, reflecting on events that would forever change his life.

poster The Legend of Hercules 22 Watch Trailer

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The first of two Hercules movies set to hit theaters in 2014, The Legend of Hercules bombed upon its release in January. This one comes from Renny Harlin, who hadn't made a good film in decades (and still hasn't), with Kellan Lutz (Twilight) starring as the mythical hero. There wasn't a single critic (or even Metacritic user) giving the film a positive review, though the Village Voice admits, "There are lots of battles." Can Harlin-esque director Brett Ratner beat that 22 score with his own Hercules film this summer? Oh, the suspense.

More movie releases on April 29, 2014
37 Blu-ray and DVD Gimme Shelter DRAMA | Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones +Netflix Queue
83 DVD Gloria FOREIGN DRAMA +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Il sorpasso (1962) Criterion Collection  
72 DVD The Rocket FOREIGN DRAMA +Netflix Queue
83 DVD The Selfish Giant UK DRAMA +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Sophie's Choice (1982) DRAMA | Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Dynasty Season 8
  DVD Hill Street Blues Complete series set
  Blu-ray and DVD Mr. Selfridge Season 2

 

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Comments (1)

  • silasbodnick  

    Ride along is much funnier than the critics gave it credit. Definitely take a chance on it if you are up for a little Kevin Hart comedy. The theater that I saw it in was roaring.

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