DVD Release Calendar: February 2012

  • Publish Date: January 31, 2012
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January 31

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posterBlu-ray and DVD Drive 79 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Filled with moments of surprising violence and enough style for three films, the minimalist action-drama Drive isn't for everyone (for example, Academy members), but count us among those who feel it was one of the best films of the past year. Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson 71, Valhalla Rising 61) was named best director at Cannes for this adaptation of James Sallis’s novel about a stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Ryan Gosling won raves for his lead performance—as did Albert Brooks in an against-type supporting role—while Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, and Christina Hendricks also star.

posterBlu-ray and DVD In Time 53 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca 64) offers another bleak vision of the future in his latest (and less successful) film, which takes place in a world where people stop aging at 25, the currency is time, and the rich can live forever while the poor must work to extend their lives. Justin Timberlake plays Will Salas, a regular guy who wakes up mysteriously owning more than a century of time, which makes him a wanted man. The cast includes Olivia Wilde as Timberlake’s mom, Amanda Seyfried as his love interest, Cillian Murphy as a member of the police force known as “timekeepers,” with support from Vincent Kartheiser, Matt Bomer, and Alex Pettyfer.

posterBlu-ray and DVDThe Thing 49 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Despite that title, 2011's The Thing is not a remake of John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi monster movie classic of the same name (itself a remake of a 1951 film), but instead a prequel to that film. Relatively unknown filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. used Carpenter's film as a template, striving to get every last detail right so that the two films would match up, but the result was a middling box office flop. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) heads an otherwise mostly Norwegian cast.

More new releases on January 31, 2012
53 Blu-ray and DVD The Big Year Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson Add to Queue
42 DVD Chalet Girl Felicity Jones Add to Queue
37 Blu-ray and DVD The Double Richard Gere, Topher Grace Add to Queue
35 Blu-ray and DVD Dream House Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz Add to Queue
52 DVD Janie Jones Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue Add to Queue
80 Blu-ray and DVD The Mill & The Cross Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling, Michael York Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray and DVD Outrage Takeshi Kitano Add to Queue
54 DVD Spork Indie comedy Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD Texas Killing Fields Crime thriller directed by Ami Canaan Mann Add to Queue
81 DVD Thunder Soul Music documentary Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
83 Blu-ray Adaptation. (2002) Nicolas Cage, Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep  
73 Blu-ray Cold Mountain (2003) Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger  
87 Blu-ray The English Patient (1996) Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe
61 Blu-ray Frida (2002) Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina  
64 Blu-ray Grand Canyon (1991) Steve Martin, Danny Glover, Kevin Kline  
89 Blu-ray The Piano (1993) Harvey Keitel, Holly Hunter, Sam Neill  
87 Blu-ray Shakespeare In Love (1998) Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes  
  Blu-ray To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 50th Anniversary Edition  
TV on DVD
  Blu-ray and DVD Poirot Series 1 & 2  
  Blu-ray Star Trek: The Next Generation The Next Level collection (3 episode sampler with updated HD effects)

February 7

posterBlu-ray and DVD Anonymous 50 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

No longer content to destroy cities or entire planets, disaster king Roland Emmerich (2012 49) targeted the reputation of William Shakespeare in his most recent film. You might think you know the identity of the man who wrote all of Shakespeare's plays (hint: it rhymes with Shakespeare), but In Anonymous, Emmerich posits that the true author was the Earl of Oxford, Edward De Vere (played by Rhys Ifans). John Orloff (A Mighty Heart 74) wrote the screenplay (or did he?), and the cast includes Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I, Rafe Spall as Shakespeare, and David Thewlis as William Cecil.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Downton Abbey: Season 2 85

If you haven't been following along over the past month on PBS, catch up all at once when the second season of the Emmy-winning British costume drama—set, this season, during the first World War—comes to DVD and Blu-ray. A third season, with Shirley MacLaine just added to the cast, is in the works for later this year or early 2013.

posterDVD Project Nim 83 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The most honored nonfiction film of 2011, Project Nim comes from director James Marsh, who alternates between documentaries (Man on Wire 89) and scripted films (the new thriller Shadow Dancer, which just debuted at Sundance). The documentary looks at the infamous 1970s experiment in which a chimpanzee was raised as a human and taught sign language, and the implications the study had for both the chimp and his human handlers. Critics praised the film for being simultaneously entertaining and thought provoking.

posterBlu-ray and DVD A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 61 + Queue Trailer

Celebrate Christmas in February with John Cho and Kal Penn, who return for a third comedic trip as stoners Harold and Kumar (as does Neil Patrick Harris, who once again stars as "Neil Patrick Harris"). Set six years after the events in Escape from Guantanamo Bay 57, Christmas finds a down on his luck Kumar showing up at happily married Harold's house with a mysterious package that leads to an adventure through New York City. Todd Strauss-Schulson makes his feature directing debut, working from a script by H&K creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

More new releases on February 7, 2012
69 Blu-ray and DVD The Elephant in the Living Room Documentary Add to Queue
34 Blu-ray and DVD Fireflies in the Garden Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Julia Roberts Add to Queue
65 DVD Knuckle Documentary Add to Queue
69 DVD Octubre Peruvian drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Owl City: Live from Los Angeles Concert  
67 Blu-ray and DVD The Sunset Limited Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Casino Royale (1967) Woody Allen, David Niven, Peter Sellers  
  Blu-ray Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Glenn Close, John Malkovich  
  Blu-ray A Fish Called Wanda (1988) John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
  Blu-ray It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Spencer Tracy
  Blu-ray La Jetée/Sans Soleil (1963) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Lady and the Tramp (1955)Disney  
  Blu-ray Love Story (1970) Ryan O'Neal, Ali McGraw  
TV on DVD
  DVD Father Dowling Mysteries Season 1  
  DVD Police Woman Season 2  

February 11 (Saturday)

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn - Part 1
45 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A marriage leads to human-vampire sex, which leads to a pregnancy and a whole bunch of trouble for Bella, in the first portion of Breaking Dawn, which will conclude with Part 2 this fall. It's the first film in the franchise helmed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls 76), but that didn't make critics like it any more than the previous films.

February 14

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Rum Diary 56 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Johnny Depp was originally signed to star as alcoholic journalist and Hunter S. Thompson stand-in Paul Kemp in this adaptation of Thompson's "lost" 1961 novel (which wasn't published until 1998) back in 2000, but production stalled, and the project shifted through various producers, directors, writers, and stars until finally going before cameras with Depp again in the lead role. Set in Puerto Rico during the 1950s, the drama was written and directed by Bruce Robinson (best known for the superior cult comedy Withnail and I), marking his first directorial effort since 1992's Jennifer 8. Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart also star. About half the critics found it uninteresting and inconsequential, but the other half found it charming enough to merit a viewing.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Take Shelter 85 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Michael Shannon gives one of the year's best performances (at least according to everyone who isn't an Oscar voter) as a husband and father haunted by apocalyptic visions in this tense and haunting drama from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories 76). Jessica Chastain also stars, and the film itself collected a ton of praise from critics, who called it "masterful," "powerful," and "unsettling."

More new releases on February 14, 2012
60 DVD American Teacher Documentary Add to Queue
59 Blu-ray and DVD The Dead Horror Add to Queue
67 DVD Elevate Documentary Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Brazil's all-time highest-grossing film Add to Queue
  DVD How to Die in Oregon Documentary Add to Queue
17 Blu-ray and DVD The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence (No explanation needed) Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Mozart's Sister French historical drama Add to Queue
71 DVD The Sky Turns Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) Criterion Collection  
71 Blu-ray and DVD Tiny Furniture (2010) Criterion Collection Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Urbanized Documentary directed by Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) Add to Queue
  DVD Woody Allen: A Documentary Aired on PBS last fall Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Best picture winner
  Blu-ray Boeing Boeing (1958) Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis  
  Blu-ray The Geisha Boy (1958) Jerry Lewis  
  Blu-ray The Perfect Weapon (1991) Jeff Speakman  
  Blu-ray Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958) Jerry Lewis  
TV on DVD
67 Blu-ray and DVD Beavis and Butt-head Volume 4 (Contains all of the new episodes that aired 2011-12)  
  DVD Family Matters Season 2  
  Blu-ray Hawaii Five-0 [New Version] Season 1 (Previously released on DVD)  
  DVD JEM and The Holograms Season 2  
  DVD Murder She Wrote Four movie collection  
  DVD Storage Wars Volume 2  

February 21

posterBlu-ray and DVD J. Edgar 59 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Leonardo DiCaprio stars—both with and without a lot of old-age makeup—as legendary (and legendarily power-hungry) FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the Bureau from its inception in 1935 until his death in 1972. The screenplay, which follows Hoover's public and private lives, comes from Dustin Lance Black (Milk), and the cast also features Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, and Judi Dench. Director Clint Eastwood is on a bit of a losing streak, receiving his second straight yellow Metascore (thanks to lukewarm reviews) after a long string of critically acclaimed works; the film also failed to catch on with Oscar voters.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Martha Marcy May Marlene 76 + Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Another film that was denied Oscar nominations—but not for a lack of good reviews, as critics found a lot to like—was this psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as a woman trying to rejoin her family and lead a normal life after leaving a cult headed by John Hawkes.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Tower Heist 59 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

In this action-comedy, Ben Stiller leads a group of condominium workers—including Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Michael Pena, and Gabourey Sidibe—as they try to take revenge on the financier who lost their pension, a very Bernie Madoff-like Alan Alda. Brett Ratner returns to feature film directing for the first time since 2007’s Rush Hour 3 44 (we know you missed him), but the real warning sign is Eddie Murphy in a starring role: he still hasn't appeared in a good live-action film since 2006’s Dreamgirls 76.

posterBlu-ray and DVD World on a Wire (1973) Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Never before released on home video in the U.S., Rainer Werner Fassbinder's dystopian and surreal 1973 sci-fi classic gets the full Criterion Collection treatment for its debut on DVD and Blu-ray following a recent restoration. The nearly three-and-a-half-hour film (originally made for German television) follows cybernetics engineer Frank Stiller has he uncovers a vast corporate conspiracy—one that fans of The Matrix will surely recognize.

More new releases on February 21, 2012
  Blu-ray and DVD Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Criterion Collection  
70 Blu-ray and DVD Blank City Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Dinosaur Jr. - Bug Live At 9:30 Club: In The Hands Of The Fans Concert film  
68 DVD Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone Music documentary Add to Queue
52 Blu-ray and DVD London Boulevard Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD The Mighty Macs Sports drama based on a true story Add to Queue
  DVD Retreat Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Santana: Live at Montreux 2011 Concert film  
36 Blu-ray and DVD The Son of No One Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan Add to Queue
64 Blu-ray and DVD The Way Starring Martin Sheen; directed by Emilio Estevez Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Fort Apache (1948) John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple  
TV on DVD
69 Blu-ray and DVD The Fades Series 1  
  DVD Matlock Season 7  
79 Blu-ray and DVD Nurse Jackie Season 3  
  DVD Rules of Engagement Season 5  
  DVD Simon & Simon Season 6  
67 Blu-ray and DVD Weeds Season 7  

February 24 (Friday)

posterBlu-ray and DVD Puss in Boots 65 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Chris Miller (Shrek the Third 58) directs this spin-off from the Shrek series. The story takes place before Puss meets Shrek and revolves around our sword-fighting hero protecting his town from the outlaws Jack and Jill, and his attempt, along with his friend Humpty Dumpty and master-thief Kitty Softpaws, to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs. Antonio Banderas provides the voice for Puss in Boots (as he did in Shreks 2-4) while Salma Hayek voices Kitty Softpaws, Zach Galifianakis voices Humpty Dumpty, and Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris voice Jack and Jill.

February 28

posterBlu-ray and DVD Hugo 83 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A rare family film from director Martin Scorsese, Hugo is a live-action adaptation of the illustrated children's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The historical adventure blends elements of fantasy and comedy (not to mention numerous homages to classic cinema) while taking place chiefly within a Parisian train station in the early 1930s; Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen star. Hugo led all films this year with 11 Oscar nominations, though it remains to be seen how much of its appeal comes from its dazzling 3D effects, which most home viewers won't be able to experience in three dimensions.

 

More new releases on February 28, 2012
29 DVD Answers to Nothing Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Barbara Hershey Add to Queue
22 Blu-ray and DVD Beneath the Darkness Aimee Teegarden, Dennis Quaid Add to Queue
47 DVD The Catechism Cataclysm Indie comedy Add to Queue
26 Blu-ray and DVD I Melt with You Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe Add to Queue
46 Blu-ray and DVD Johnny English Reborn Rowan Atkinson Add to Queue
67 DVD The Myth of The American Sleepover Teen drama Add to Queue
  DVD Tony Bennett: Duets II: The Great Performances  
  Blu-ray and DVD Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) Criterion Collection  
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray The Buccaneer (1958) Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer, Charlton Heston  
  Blu-ray The Mountain (1956) Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner  
  Blu-ray Nijinsky (1980) Alan Bates, George De La Pena  
61 Blu-ray Runaway Jury (2003) Gene Hackman, John Cusack, Rachel Weisz  
  Blu-ray Where Love Has Gone (1964) Susan Hayward, Bette Davis  
TV on DVD
  DVD Here's Lucy Season 5  
  DVD Law & Order Season 10  
  Blu-ray and DVD Top Gear Season 17  

Comments (2)

  • JUIKER  

    I've been around a long time and been a scifi fan for almost as long but I have never heard of World on a Wire by Fassbinder. This looks like the best month in a while for new Blu-Ray. Looking forward to Take Shelter especially.

  • oliverblain  

    By seeing the calendar one thing is for sure 2012 will be rocking. I love watching movies. Blu-ray are known for proving the best quality.
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