DVD Release Calendar: January 2012

  • Publish Date: December 29, 2011
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January 3

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posterBlu-ray and DVD Contagion 70 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Steven Soderbergh's first dramatic film in two years (which kicks off an especially prolific period for the director, who has two more movies arriving in the next six months) was this fall's well-reviewed thriller about a deadly global pandemic. The ensemble cast is packed with stars even in many of the minor roles: think Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, and Jude Law.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Don't Be Afraid of the Dark 56 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, this haunted house chiller is a remake of the 1973 made-for-TV movie of the same name about a young girl who discovers that she, her dad, and his girlfriend are not the only things residing in their home. Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes star, while comic book artist Troy Nixey makes his feature directorial debut. Many critics found it derivative, though passable.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Guard 78 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This Irish fish-out-of-water action-comedy finds an American FBI agent (Don Cheadle) pairing up with an unorthodox Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) on the Emerald Isle to stop an international drug smuggling ring. The film was a huge hit in Ireland, and had no problem entertaining American critics as well thanks to its snappy (and profane) comedic dialogue.

posterBlu-ray and DVD I Don't Know How She Does It 38 + Netflix Queue Trailer

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a working mother trying to keep her husband, kids, and bosses happy in this comedy based on the novel by Allison Pearson. Douglas McGrath (Infamous 68) directs a cast that also includes Greg Kinnear as Parker’s husband, Pierce Brosnan as an intriguing new client, and Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Olivia Munn, Jessica Szohr, Sarah Shahi, and Jane Curtin in supporting roles. Critics mainly found it unfunny and out of touch with reality.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Justified: Season 2 91

In its second season on the air, FX's crime drama about a U.S. Marshal with a checkered past (Timothy Olyphant) went from good to flat-out great, and was heralded by many critics as one of the best shows of 2011. The season-long story arc finds Olyphant's Raylan Givens confronting a local drug-dealing family led by Margo Martindale (who won an Emmy for her performance) and trying to manage his longtime nemesis Boyd Crowder (played by the Emmy-nominated Walton Goggins).

More new releases on January 3, 2012
  Blu-ray and DVD Chris Isaak: Live in Concert + Greatest Hits: Live Two concerts  
50 DVD Dog Sweat Iranian drama Add to Queue
33 DVD The Greening of Whitney Brown Family drama Add to Queue
38 DVD I Am Tom Shadyac documentary Add to Queue
69 Blu-ray and DVD The Last Lions Documentary Add to Queue
59 Blu-ray Pearl Jam Twenty Already released on DVD  
54 Blu-ray and DVD Puncture Chris Evans Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Ringo Starr and the Roundheads: Live  
22 Blu-ray and DVD Shark Night Horror Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Live  
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
64 Blu-ray Proof (2005) Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal  
52 Blu-ray Serendipity (2001) John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Eugene Levy, Jeremy Piven  
  Blu-ray She's All That (1999) Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachel Leigh Cook  
58 Blu-ray Unleashed (2005) Bob Hoskins, Jet Li, Morgan Freeman  
TV on DVD
  DVD Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 5  
69 Blu-ray and DVD Mildred Pierce HBO miniseries  
  DVD Royal Pains Season 3 Vol. 1  

January 10

posterBlu-ray and DVD Higher Ground 74 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) makes her directorial debut and stars in this character study about a teen girl who, married and pregnant, immerses herself deeply in religion, only to start questioning her faith later as an adult when her marriage begins to unravel. The generally well-reviewed drama is based on the Carolyn Briggs memoir This Dark World.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Killer Elite 44 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, and Clive Owen star in this action film based on Ranulph Fiennes’ book The Feather Men, which itself claims to be based on actual events involving a hit squad named “The Clinic” that targeted members of the British Special Air Service. (It's not related to Sam Peckinpah's similarly titled 1975 film The Killer Elite.) Director Gary McKendry's feature film debut generally left critics unimpressed despite the strong cast, though action fans could find enough to like here to merit a rental.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Moneyball 87 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

You don't have to be a sabermetrician to enjoy this crowd-pleasing adaptation of Michael Lewis' 2003 nonfiction book about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his statistics-oriented approach to assembling a baseball team. One of the best-reviewed films of 2011—and a likely multiple Oscar nominee—Moneyball stars Brad Pitt (who plays Beane), Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Bennett Miller (Capote 88) directs from a sparkling script by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian.

posterBlu-ray and DVD What's Your Number? 35 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Thirty-five, as it turns out. Actually, this rom-com's titular question doesn't concern the film's low Metascore, but rather the number of past mates for a woman (Anna Faris) who decides to revisit her sexual past in an attempt to find Mr. Right. It's based on the book by Karyn Bosnak; think of it as High Fidelity without the good music (or, apparently, good anything).

More new releases on January 10, 2012
37 Blu-ray and DVD 1911 Jackie Chan Add to Queue
63 DVD Aurora Romanian drama Add to Queue
62 Blu-ray and DVD Film Socialisme Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Add to Queue
73 Blu-ray and DVD Night and Day (2009) Korean dramedy set in Paris Add to Queue
56 DVD Saving Private Perez Mexican action comedy Add to Queue
33 Blu-ray and DVD There Be Dragons Directed by Roland Joffé Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
56 Blu-ray Fever Pitch (2005) Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore  
41 Blu-ray John Tucker Must Die (2006) Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti  
28 Blu-ray Just Married (2003) Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy  
29 Blu-ray Just My Luck (2006) Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine  
60 Blu-ray Never Been Kissed (1999) Drew Barrymore, David Arquette  
48 Blu-ray Shallow Hal (2001) Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black  
TV on DVD
  DVD An Idiot Abroad Season 1  
88 Blu-ray and DVD Boardwalk Empire Season 1  
  DVD Columbo Mystery Movie Collection  
  DVD Hawaii Five-0 [Original series] Season 12  
  DVD thirtysomething Season 1 Vol. 2  

January 17

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Taylor Lautner's attempt to break out of the Twilight box was a flop with critics and moviegoers. This thriller centers on a young man (Lautner) who must unravel the mystery of his life after noticing his photo on a missing persons website. John Singleton returns to directing for the first time since 2005’s Four Brothers 49, and the strong supporting cast includes Lilly Collins as Lautner’s love interest, Jason Isaacs and Maria Bello as his parents (or are they?), as well as Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, and Michael Nyqvist.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Ides of March 67 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

George Clooney's latest directorial effort was certainly better than his previous one (Leatherheads 56), though it was overshadowed by its stars' (Clooney and Ryan Gosling) other fall films. Based on the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, the political thriller follows the back-room dealings of a modern day presidential campaign; Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood round out the cast.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Mysteries of Lisbon 82 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A European television miniseries that gets released theatrically in the United States to tremendous critical acclaim? In 2010, that film was Carlos; in 2011, it is Portugal's Mysteries of Lisbon. The four-and-a-half-hour drama tells a complex and twisty story that spans three decades; think of it as a highbrow soap opera.

More new releases on January 17, 2012
  Blu-ray and DVD Belle de Jour (1967) Criterion Collection  
9 Blu-ray and DVD Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Nick Swardson Add to Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD Courageous Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes Add to Queue
37 DVD Dirty Girl Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy Add to Queue
46 DVD Killing Bono Irish period dramedy Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD Special Treatment Isabelle Huppert Add to Queue
67 DVD United Red Army Japanese period thriller based on a true story Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Bad Girls (1994) Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell
79 Blu-ray Dead Poets Society (1989) Robin Williams  
42 Blu-ray Drive Me Crazy (1999) Adrian Grenier, Melissa Joan Hart  
  Blu-ray Dutch (1991) Ed O'Neill  
  Blu-ray Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Robin Williams  
  Blu-ray Project X (1987) Matthew Broderick  
86 Blu-ray Traffic (2000) Criterion Collection  
TV on DVD
  DVD Adam-12 Season 6  
  Blu-ray and DVD America in Primetime PBS miniseries  
  DVD Delocated Seasons 1 & 2  
  DVD Merlin Season 3  
  DVD Sliders Season 5  
78 Blu-ray and DVD Thurgood HBO movie  
  DVD Webster Season 4  

January 24

posterBlu-ray and DVD 50/50 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Based on screenwriter Will Reiser's own cancer survival story, this mostly praised dramedy (yes, it goes for laughs throughout) finds Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a character based on Reiser, while Reiser's real-world friend Seth Rogen takes that same role in the film. The supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston, Matt Frewer, and Philip Baker Hall.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Paranormal Activity 3 59 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A slight improvement over the second film in the rapidly growing horror series, Paranormal Activity 3 moves the action back in time to the 1980s and brings in yet another new director—or, rather, directors—in Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who helmed the controversial "documentary" Catfish 65.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Real Steel 56 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum 48) departs from his usual comedy template to direct this drama about boxing robots and family bonds starring Hugh Jackman as a washed-up fighter trying to survive by building low-end robots for underground boxing events. After bottoming out, he teams up with his estranged son (played by Dakota Goya) and a robot named Atom to try for one last comeback. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, and Lost’s Evangeline Lilly and Kevin Durand. Despite only so-so reviews, the film performed well enough that a sequel is in the works.

More new releases on January 24, 2012
45 DVD Another Happy Day Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn, Demi Moore Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Godzilla (1954) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl Bollywood rom-com Add to Queue
59 DVD The Lie Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, Mark Webber Add to Queue
57 DVD Limelight Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Moment of Truth (1965) Criterion Collection  
47 DVD Restless Directed by Gus Van Sant Add to Queue
63 DVD Revenge of the Electric Car Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD U2: From the Sky Down  
59 Blu-ray and DVD The Whistleblower Rachel Weisz, Benedict Cumberbatch Add to Queue
58 Blu-ray and DVD The Woman Horror Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen  
  Blu-ray Manhattan (1979) Woody Allen  
  Blu-ray Notorious (1946) Cary Grant  
  Blu-ray Rebecca (1940) Laurence Olivier  
  Blu-ray See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder  
  Blu-ray Spellbound (1945) Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman  
  Blu-ray Stir Crazy (1980) Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder  
  Blu-ray Stripes (1981) Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy  
  Blu-ray The Toy (1982) Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason  
  Blu-ray Wings (1927) Clara Bow  
TV on DVD
  DVD Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 6 Part 2  
  DVD Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Season 1  
  DVD Kojak The Complete Movie Collection  
  DVD Mannix Season 6  
  DVD Meet the Browns Season 4 Episodes 61-80  

January 31

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, 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 effects)

Comments (1)

  • JRath  

    Already pre-ordered Drive. Other than that, a pretty slow month.

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