DVD Release Calendar: May 2012

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May 1

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 George Harrison: Living In The Material World 75

The former Beatle is the subject of a nearly four-hour documentary by Martin Scorsese that debuted on HBO last fall. Living in the Material World examines not just his time in the Fab Four, but also his solo career and his spiritual life, and features interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, George Martin, Yoko Ono, and more, while also incorporating many minutes of previously unseen footage.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Haywire 67 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The first of two planned 2012 releases for Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, the other, arrives this summer), Haywire re-teams the director with his Kafka and The Limey screenwriter, Lem Dobbs. Former MMA fighter Gina Carano makes her debut as a lead actress in this action-thriller about a freelance black-ops agent who seeks revenge against the forces who have conspired against her. Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton, and Michael Fassbender round out the above-average cast, though the film remains a lightweight trifle despite the starpower.

posterBlu-ray and DVD W.E. 37 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Well, Madonna's second directorial effort didn't turn out much better than her first (Filth and Wisdom 25). W.E. tells two stories, one of the romance between Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward in the 1930s, and the other a modern tale of a woman (Abbie Cornish) obsessed with her connection to Simpson. Critics found the film misguided and Madonna's directing talents lacking.

More new releases on May 1, 2012
  DVD And They're Off Sean Astin, Cheri Oteri Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Bird of Paradise (1932) Kino Classics Edition  
44 Blu-ray and DVD Joyful Noise Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton Add to Queue
22 Blu-ray and DVD New Year's Eve Robert De Niro, Jon Bon Jovi, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
75 Blu-ray About a Boy (2002) Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette  
68 Blu-ray Clueless (1995) Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd  
59 Blu-ray Definitely, Maybe (2008) Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks  
  Blu-ray Jeremiah Johnson (1972) Robert Redford  
43 Blu-ray Meet Joe Black (1998) Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins  
49 Blu-ray Men In Black II (2002) Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones  
  Blu-ray Pillow Talk (1959) Rock Hudson, Doris Day  
TV on DVD
  DVD 10 Items or Less Season 3  
  DVD Benson Season 2  
69 DVD Covert Affairs Season 2  
  DVD Emily's Reasons Why Not The Complete Series  
  DVD Felicity Season 1 / Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Invisible Man The Complete Series  
  DVD Kojak Season 4  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Mystery of Edwin Drood Masterpiece Classic (PBS)  
  DVD Ralphie May: Too Big to Ignore Comedy Central stand-up special  
60 DVD Suits Season 1  
  DVD The Virginian Season 6  
  DVD Wagon Train Season 5  
  DVD Who Do You Think You Are? Season 2  
  DVD Woman of Substance Trilogy Three-miniseries collection  

May 8

posterBlu-ray and DVD Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 40 + Queue Watch Trailer

Do critics just not "get" the antics of comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (best known for their Adult Swim cult hit Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), or do their gross-out, intentionally jarring comedic stylings lose their impact when stretched out over 90 minutes? Judge for yourself when their first feature film, Billion Dollar Movie, arrives on DVD after a brief theatrical/VOD run earlier this year. Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte, Robert Loggia, Ray Wise, and Jeff Goldblum stop by to add to the insanity.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Underworld: Awakening 39 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This fourth film in the vampire vs. Lycans series (the previous films were Underworld 42, Underworld: Evolution 36, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 44) brings back original star Kate Beckinsale as Selene after she sat out the last film. Swedish directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein direct this installment about a newly escaped Selene discovering a world where humans hunt both vampires and Lycans and the possibility that she might have a daughter that is the key to saving the world ... but really this is about Beckinsale, a skin-tight outfit and lots of action. The cast includes Charles Dance, Michael Ealy, Stephen Rea, Sandrine Holt, and India Eisley.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Vow 43 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The highest-grossing film of this year's winter movie season, The Vow is a based-on-a-true-story drama about a woman who is unable to remember her own husband after she is in a severe car accident. Most critics, meanwhile, found the film forgettable, and a bit heavy-handed. Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams star.

More new releases on May 8, 2012
59 Blu-ray and DVD The Front Line Korean war drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Mother's Day Horror; directed by Darren Lynn Bousman; also in theaters 5/4 Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Playback Horror; Johnny Pacar and Christian Slater star Add to Queue
  DVD Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008) Icelandic thriller upon which Contraband was based Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Gizmo
  Blu-ray La haine (1995) Criterion Collection  
TV on DVD
64 DVD The Big C Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Chuck Season 5  
  DVD Fantasy Island Season 2  
  DVD Vega$ Season 3 Vol. 1  

May 15

posterBlu-ray and DVD Albert Nobbs 57 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The recipient of two Oscar nominations (for star Glenn Close and supporting actress Janet McTeer) before it even reached theaters in 99% of the country, the otherwise unspectacular Albert Nobbs stars Close as a woman who lives in disguise as a man for two decades to secure decent work at a Dublin hotel in male-dominated 19th century Ireland, but comes to regret the decision to do so after falling in love. Close first played the role on stage in the play The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs during the 1980s, and the actress herself adapted the play for the screen, along with John Banville (Booker Prize-winning novelist of The Sea). Mia Wasikowska and Brendan Gleeson also star, while Rodrigo García (Mother and Child 64) directs.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Being John Malkovich 90 (Criterion Collection)

Malkovich, Malkovich! It has taken 13 years, but this 1999 dark comedy classic from director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman finally gets the Criterion treatment it deserves. John Cusack stars as an office drone/aspiring marionette artist who discovers a portal into the mind of actor John Malkovich (for 15 minutes at a time), while Catherine Keener and Cameron Diaz co-star. The Criterion release adds extra audio commentary from Michel Gondry, a new documentary by Lance Bangs, a conversation between John Malkovich and John Hodgman, and more.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Chronicle 69 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This winter release from first-time filmmaker Josh Trank blends "found footage"-style filmmaking that's all the rage in the horror genre with teen drama and superhero tropes. And the results ... are surprisingly good. Three high school students (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan) stumble across a way to gain super powers, and while they start with mischievous pranks, their new abilities quickly lead to something darker and more dangerous.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Grey 64 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Another somewhat unexpected winter success story (though the presence of star Liam Neeson is increasingly a guarantee of an early-year hit), thriller The Grey follows a group of survivors of an Alaskan plane crash who must deal with the harsh elements and a pack of hungry grey wolves. It turned out better than director Joe Carnahan's previous effort, The A-Team 47.

posterBlu-ray and DVD One for the Money 22 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of the worst-reviewed films of 2012 so far, One for the Money further prolongs the disaster that is Katherine Heigl's movie career. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Janet Evanovich, the action-comedy stars Heigl as bail enforcement agent Stephanie Plum, a plum role that could have lead to a lucrative franchise had this first installment not been such a critical and commercial dud.

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

Similar subject matter was explored a bit more deftly in TV's The Shield, but director Oren Moverman's dramatized look at the LAPD's infamous Rampart corruption scandal drew acclaim for the lead performance of Woody Harrelson, who previously teamed with the director in The Messenger 77. The entire cast is actually one of the stronger aspects of Rampart, with Ice Cube, Ned Beatty, Anne Heche, Steve Buscemi, and Sigourney Weaver among the other stars.

More new releases on May 15, 2012
  Blu-ray and DVD 1900 (1977) Three-disc Collector's Edition of Bernardo Bertolucci classic  
  DVD Diana Ross: Live in Central Park Concert performance  
69 DVD Kinyarwanda Drama set during the Rwandan genocide Add to Queue
64 DVD Michael Austrian drama Add to Queue
90 DVD My Perestroika Documentary Add to Queue
58 DVD Norwegian Wood Based on Haruki Murakami's best-seller Add to Queue
71 DVD The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Documentary Add to Queue
94 Blu-ray and DVD We Were Here Documentary Add to Queue
65 DVD Windfall Documentary Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Before and After (1996) Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson  
  Blu-ray Born Yesterday (1993) Melanie Griffith, John Goodman, Don Johnson  
  Blu-ray D.O.A. (1988) Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan  
40 Blu-ray Duets (2000) Gwyneth Paltrow, Scott Speedman, Huey Lewis  
41 Blu-ray Holy Man (1998) Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum  
  Blu-ray Mr. Wrong (1996) Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Pullman  
  Blu-ray The Odessa File (1974) Jon Voight  
  Blu-ray The Order (2001) Jean-Claude Van Damme  
  Blu-ray Terminal Velocity (1994) Charlie Sheen  
53 Blu-ray White Squall (1996) Jeff Bridges  
TV on DVD
54 DVD Dog Bites Man The Complete Series  
  DVD Flashpoint Season 4  
  DVD Freak Show The Complete Series  
  DVD Hazel Season 3  
63 Blu-ray and DVD Hell on Wheels Season 1  
  DVD Riverboat The Complete Series  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Universe Season 6  
  DVD Victorious Season 2  

May 22

posterBlu-ray and DVD Red Tails 46 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This fictionalized, effects-heavy depiction of a real-life group of African-American fighter pilots in World War II known as the Tuskegee Airmen was a passion project for George Lucas, who didn't direct much of the film ( Anthony Hemingway is credited) but did produce and heavily promote it. Unfortunately, his good intentions weren't enough to rescue Red Tails from mediocre reviews. Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard star.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Secret World of Arrietty 80 + Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The latest animated film from Japan's legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away 94, Ponyo 86) is an adaptation of Mary Norton’s 1952 book The Borrowers, about a family of tiny people who secretly coexist with humans. Unlike Ghibli's best-known films, it wasn't directed by Hayao Miyazaki (though he did produce and co-write the screenplay); making his directorial debut instead was animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi. This Disney-released version adds new English dialogue voiced by a cast that includes Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler, and Will Arnett.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Sherlock: Season 2

The BBC's acclaimed, modern-day retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories is back for a second run of three, two-hour episodes, airing on PBS' Masterpiece series beginning May 6th and arriving on DVD on the 22nd. The excellent Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, next year's Star Trek sequel) stars as the brilliant but drug-addled detective, while Hobbit-sized Martin Freeman (The Office) is his friend and co-investigator Dr. Watson. This time, the mysteries are drawn from Doyle's stories "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and "The Final Problem," and a third season will follow next year.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Woman in Black 62 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Daniel Radcliffe made his post-Harry Potter debut in February's supernatural thriller (based on Susan Hill's 1983 novel) that proved to be a surprise critical and commercial success. Radcliffe stars as a lawyer who travels to a remote village to wrap up the affairs of a deceased client, only to be haunted by a scorned woman's vengeful ghost. Ciarán Hinds and Janet McTeer also star.

More new releases on May 22, 2012
67 DVD Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Documentary Add to Queue
82 Blu-ray and DVD Certified Copy Criterion Collection  
55 Blu-ray and DVD Perfect Sense Ewan McGregor, Eva Green Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Sade: Bring Me Home - Live 2011 Concert performance  
  DVD The Strange Case of Alice Cooper (1979)First DVD release of 1979 performance film  
31 Blu-ray and DVD This Means War Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Castle in the Sky (1986) Hayao Miyazaki's animated feature, with Disney's new English-language dubbing
  Blu-ray Whisper of the Heart (1995) Another Studio Ghibli animated film re-dubbed (in English) by Disney
TV on DVD
  DVD The Dean Martin Variety Show Uncut  
65 DVD The River Season 1  
  DVD Rizzoli & Isles Season 2  
  DVD Route 66 The Complete Series  
  DVD S.W.A.T. The Final Season  
61 DVD Teen Wolf Season 1  

May 29

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

Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut and stars in an adaptation of Shakespeare's violent tragedy. The action is transported to the present day (think gun battles and explosions, though it retains much of the original dialogue), as a general-turned-politician seeks a brutal revenge on the city that banished him. Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler, and Jessica Chastain help round out the cast.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Goon 64 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Sean William Scott stars as a bouncer turned semi-pro hockey player (specifically, an enforcer who uses his fists more than his stick) in a comedy based on the life story of Doug Smith, which was captured in the book he co-wrote with Adam Frattasio, Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey. Jay Baruchel (who also stars) and Evan Goldberg (Superbad 76) wrote the script, and Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight 42) directs. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, who plays a rival enforcer, as well as Alison Pill and Eugene Levy.

posterBlu-ray and DVD We Need to Talk About Kevin 68 + Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel We Need To Talk About Kevin stars Tilda Swinton as a mother struggling to come to terms with the horrible actions taken by her sociopathic son, played by Afterschool’s Ezra Miller. John C. Reilly plays the father, and Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood provides the score (as he did for There Will Be Blood). This is Ramsay’s first film since 2002’s Morvern Callar 78, and her style combined with the difficult subject matter didn't sit well with some viewers and critics, though reviews were still mostly positive, and Swinton was universally praised.

More new releases on May 29, 2012
51 DVD 96 Minutes Brittany Snow, Evan Ross Add to Queue
36 Blu-ray and DVD Gone Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley Add to Queue
44 DVD Lula, the Son of Brazil Portugese-language drama Add to Queue
40 DVD Man on a Ledge Jamie Bell, Sam Worthington Add to Queue
  DVD One Direction - Up All Night: The Live Tour Concert performance  
73 Blu-ray and DVD Sing Your Song Documentary about Harry Belafonte Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Summer Interlude (1951) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Summer with Monika (1953)Criterion Collection  
TV on DVD
  DVD Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 11 Part 1  
  DVD Drop Dead Diva Season 3  
  DVD Maverick Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Rookie Blue Season 2  
  DVD Royal Pains Season 3 Vol. 2  
74 Blu-ray and DVD True Blood Season 4  
  DVD Wing Commander Academy The Complete Series  

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