DVD Release Calendar: February 2013

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February 5

All movies are 2012/13 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVDBoth Blu-ray and DVD

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Tyler Perry as an action star, in a role first played by Morgan Freeman? Critics were not impressed with this third film adaptation of James Patterson's book series, though Perry turned out to be one of the film's few bright spots in an against-type role as the police detective/psychologist. The film's main crime was being "stupid," "formulaic," and "boring," according to reviewers.

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Popular at last year's Sundance festival, this romantic comedy about a divorced couple who can't stop hanging out together stars Parks and Recreation's Rashida Jones (who also co-wrote the script) alongside Andy Samberg. Critics weren't quite as enamored of the film when it reached theaters later in the year, though many did like the film despite its flaws.

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Denzel Washington earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an alcoholic commercial pilot whose mid-air heroics prevent a jetliner from crashing. While much of the film works as a complex character study tracing the pilot's deeply troubled personal life, critics and moviegoers seemed most impressed by the "harrowing" opening flight sequence featuring the near-crash. (Just don't expect the entire movie to have that level of excitement.) Director Robert Zemeckis' first live-action film in a dozen years also picked up an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay by John Gatins.

More movie releases on February 5, 2013
  Blu-ray and DVD The Ballad of Narayama (1958) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Cabaret (1972) Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey; 40th anniversary edition  
52 Blu-ray and DVD Deadfall Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana, Kris Kristofferson, Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek Add to Queue
40 Blu-ray and DVD Here Comes the Boom Kevin James Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray and DVD A Late Quartet Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Laura (1944) Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews  
50 Blu-ray and DVD Little White Lies Marion Cotillard, Jean Dujardin Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Mumford & Sons: The Road to Red Rocks Music documentary  
48 DVD My Worst Nightmare Isabelle Huppert Add to Queue
82 Blu-ray and DVD Side by Side Documentary Add to Queue
67 DVD Somewhere Between Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray A Star Is Born (1976) Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson  
72 DVD Paul Williams Still Alive Documentary Add to Queue
  DVD You May Not Kiss the Bride Dave Annable, Rob Schneider Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Above Suspicion Series 2  
  DVD Animaniacs Vol. 4  
  DVD Ben 10: Omniverse Vol. 1  
  DVD Cougar Town Seasons 1, 2, 3 (separate sets)  
  DVD Gunsmoke Season 7 Vol. 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD House of Cards [UK] Original British miniseries; remastered edition  
  DVD Remodeled Season 1  
  DVD Southland Seasons 2-4 (combined set)  
  DVD The Virginian Season 7  

February 12

posterBlu-ray and DVD Bully 74 Add to Netflix Queue

Known originally as The Bully Project, this documentary examines bullying in American schools, focusing specifically on a handful of schools in the South, and on two instances where bullying contributed to suicides. A lengthy dispute with the MPAA over the film's rating (originally set to be a kid-unfriendly R) certainly didn't hurt from a publicity standpoint, and Bully proved to be one of the more popular documentaries of the year with critic groups, though the film was snubbed by the Academy.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Man with the Iron Fists 51 Add to Netflix Queue

With his group’s name adopted from the 1983 Gordon Liu martial arts film Shaolin and Wu Tang, his contributions to the soundtracks of Kill Bill, Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, and Blade: Trinity, and a stint on Californication as a rapper who wants to become a movie star, it now seems inevitable that the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA would write, direct, and star in his own kung fu film. But despite having Quentin Tarantino's name on the poster (as presenter) and Tarantino vets Eli Roth (who co-wrote the script and influenced the film’s outlandish kills), Lucy Liu, and Pam Grier—plus Russell Crowe—on board, Fists proved much less popular with critics than your average QT film, since it lacked Tarantino's flair for dialogue (among other things).

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Popular enough with critics to land on nearly a dozen year-end top 10 lists, Perks is an adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's hit young adult novel from the late 1990s, written and directed by the author himself. As in the book, the story revolves around a shy high school freshman (Logan Lerman of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) who receives guidance from a pair of upperclassmen (Harry Potter's Emma Watson and Ezra Miller from We Need to Talk About Kevin). Some reviewers found first-time director Chbosky a bit unsteady behind the camera, but his screenplay compensated for some of the faults.

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The Audience Award winner at last year's Sundance Film Festival (when it was still titled The Surrogate), this crowd-pleaser is based on the true story of a writer (John Hawkes) who, paralyzed from the neck down, hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity. Both lead performances were highly praised (and frequently awarded) by critic groups at the end of the year, though only Hunt received an Oscar nomination.

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One of the best-reviewed James Bond films in the history of the franchise—and, with over $1 billion in worldwide grosses, easily the most lucrative as well—this 23rd outing for 007 was directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty). Daniel Craig's third go as Bond takes him to Istanbul, China, and exotic London, England, where he must stop a hacker-turned-terrorist played by Javier Bardem (in yet another odd haircut). Also starring are Naomie Harris (playing a fellow agent), rising star Ben Whishaw (as Q), and Judi Dench (as M).

More movie releases on February 12, 2013
50 DVD 28 Hotel Rooms Marin Ireland, Chris Messina Add to Queue
59 Blu-ray and DVD Dangerous Liaisons (2012) Set in 1930s Shanghai Add to Queue
69 DVD Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel Documentary Add to Queue
67 DVD Girl Model Documentary Add to Queue
87 Blu-ray and DVD The Kid with a Bike Criterion Collection  
44 Blu-ray and DVD A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman Add to Queue
  Blu-ray The Living Daylights (1987) Timothy Dalton  
  Blu-ray Octopussy (1983) Roger Moore  
79 DVD Photographic Memory Documentary Add to Queue
67 DVD Robot & Frank Frank Langella Add to Queue
15 Blu-ray and DVD Silent Hill: Revelation Carrie-Anne Moss, Kit Harington, Sean Bean Add to Queue
25 Blu-ray and DVD Smiley Horror Add to Queue
  Blu-ray The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Roger Moore  
75 Blu-ray and DVD The Thieves Korean action Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Pierce Brosnan  
  Blu-ray A View to a Kill (1985) Roger Moore  
  Blu-ray You Only Live Twice (1967) Sean Connery  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Bonanza Season 5  
  DVD Family Matters Season 3  
  DVD Gossip Girl Season 6 (also available: complete series set)  
  DVD The Hardy Boys Season 3  
  DVD Matlock Season 8  
83 Blu-ray and DVD Nurse Jackie Season 4  
  DVD Storage Wars Vol. 4  
  Blu-ray and DVD Weeds Season 8  

February 19

posterBlu-ray and DVD Anna Karenina 63 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

An unconventional adaptation of the famed novel by Leo Tolstoy, last year's take on Anna Karenina comes from director Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) and screenwriter Tom Stoppard and stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Kelly Macdonald. The response was somewhat divided; some critics praised Wright's highly stylized take, which sees most of the film taking place on a theatrical stage, as exhilarating and clever, though others found the showmanship far too distracting.

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Ben Affleck's third directorial effort is based on a Wired article chronicling a little known aspect of 1979's Iran hostage crisis, which saw the CIA mounting a covert operation involving a fake sci-fi movie production in order to save a group of Americans who escaped the original attack on the American embassy in Tehran but could not get out of the country. Affleck stars alongside Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Tate Donovan. Among the top favorites (along with Lincoln) to win this year's Academy Award for best picture, the well-reviewed thriller received seven Oscar nominations overall, though surprisingly none for Affleck as director.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Game of Thrones: Season 2 88

Despite that high Metascore (which was for the first few episodes), critics actually wound up liking the second season of HBO's hit fantasy series a bit less than the first, blaming disjointed storytelling as a result of the ever-increasing list of characters and locations. But Game of Thrones still remained among the best TV had to offer last year, and the penultimate episode "Blackwater," which depicts a single, thrilling battle, is possibly the show's finest hour to date. And if you had a hard time tracking the dozens of new characters when you first watched season 2 last year, this DVD release gives you a chance to go back refresh your memory in time for the third season debut on March 31st.

More movie releases on February 19, 2013
26 Blu-ray and DVD Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Samantha Mathis, Esai Morales Add to Queue
78 Blu-ray Best in Show (2000) Blu-ray release; Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard
  Blu-ray Easter Parade (1948) Judy Garland, Fred Astaire  
37 Blu-ray and DVD Fun Size Victoria Justice Add to Queue
67 DVD Hipsters Russian musical Add to Queue
84 Blu-ray The Insider (1999) Blu-ray release; Al Pacino, Russell Crowe  
  Blu-ray On the Waterfront (1954) Criterion Collection  
53 Blu-ray and DVD Sinister Ethan Hawke, James Ransone Add to Queue
37 Blu-ray and DVD Special Forces Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Undefeated (2011) Oscar-winning documentary Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Adventure Time Vol. 4  
  Blu-ray and DVD Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome  
  DVD The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Season 2  
  DVD The Six Million Dollar Man Season 3  
  DVD Swamp People Season 3  
  DVD Top Gear (USA) Season 2  

February 26

posterBlu-ray and DVD Holy Motors 84 Add to Netflix Queue

French director Leos Carax, who hadn't made a film in over a decade, wowed audiences at last year's Cannes with Holy Motors, perhaps the most talked about movie of the festival. But while critics mostly raved about the surreal, absurdist, poetic, experimental, and often funny film, explaining just what it is was a bit trickier. The story, such as it is, centers on a man (Denis Levant) who travels between a dozen parallel lives, giving Carax an opportunity to dabble in an equal number of genres—including sci-fi, musical, gangster film, romance—while also, perhaps, commenting on the nature of moviemaking itself. With reviewers tossing around words like "abstract," "visionary," "bizarre," "barking mad," and "preposterous," it seems like one of those films you'll either absolutely love or completely detest.

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Another film that could easily fall into that love/hate dichotomy is this latest drama from Paul Thomas Anderson, his first film since 2007's There Will Be Blood. Originally thought to be a film about Scientology, The Master is indeed about an L. Ron Hubbard-esque cult leader (an Oscar-nominated Philip Seymour Hoffman), though it mainly focuses on the unlikely mentor-mentee relationship that forms between him and a drifter (an also-Oscar-nominated Joaquin Phoenix). PTA fans should be excited by the Blu-ray release, which features 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a full copy of the John Huston WWII veteran documentary Let There Be Light (cited by Anderson as an influence on his film), and a mysterious 8-minute short titled "Unguided Message."

More movie releases on February 26, 2013
44 Blu-ray and DVD Chasing Mavericks Gerard Butler Add to Queue
70 DVD Chicken with Plums Live-action film from Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Add to Queue
55 Blu-ray and DVD The Eye of the Storm Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Girls Against Boys Horror Add to Queue
87 DVD How to Survive a Plague Documentary  
76 DVD The Loneliest Planet Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg  
  Blu-ray Sansho the Bailiff (1954) Criterion Collection; Blu-ray release  
52 Blu-ray and DVD The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 [Released Saturday, March 2nd] Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
84 Blu-ray and DVD Africa Discovery Channel miniseries  
43 DVD The Client List Season 1  
  DVD Law & Order Season 12  
  DVD Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 Vol. 1  
  DVD West Point Complete series  

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