DVD Release Calendar: May 2013

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  • Publish Date: April 29, 2013

April 30

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posterBlu-ray and DVD The Guilt Trip 50 Add to Netflix Queue

Seth Rogen stars as an inventor who decides to take his mother (Barbra Streisand), on the road with him as he tries to sell his revolutionary organic cleaner in this comedy written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses). Over the course of eight days and 3,000 miles, mother and son share plenty of awkward moments that eventually bring them closer together, while sharing scenes with the likes of Adam Scott, Colin Hanks, Yvonne Strahovski, Danny Pudi, Casey Wilson, and Dale Dickey. Critics liked the cast, but many felt they were betrayed by a weak script.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Not Fade Away 65 Add to Netflix Queue

With his first feature film, David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, stays in his native New Jersey but shifts his focus away from the mob and onto the '60s and the influence of music and pop culture on a generation of suburban kids. In this coming-of-age story, Chase’s stand-in is Doug (John Magaro) whose insistence on pursuing rock ‘n’ roll fame full time goes against his working class father’s wishes. The film also explores class dynamics through Doug’s relationship with the much wealthier Grace (Bella Heathcote). Chase brings in a familiar face—James Gandolfini—to play Doug’s tough but loving father, while another Sopranos vet, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, serves as music supervisor.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Silver Linings Playbook 81 Add to Netflix Queue

Easily director David O. Russell's (The Fighter) highest-grossing film to date, this feel-good dramedy was one of the surprise hits of late 2012, and it ultimately earned eight Academy Award nominations. Based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 debut novel, the film tells the story of a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who, after being released from a mental institution, moves back in with his sports-obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) and strikes up a relationship with an odd, mentally unstable girl (Jennifer Lawrence). All four of those actors were nominated for Oscars (though only Lawrence won), and they're joined by Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, and Julia Stiles.

More movie releases on April 30, 2013
49 Blu-ray and DVD Broken City Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Cloak and Dagger (1946) Gary Cooper  
48 DVD Crazy Wisdom Documentary Add to Queue
56 Blu-ray and DVD The Details Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Tobey Maguire Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Enforcer (1951) Humphrey Bogart  
  Blu-ray Funny Girl (1968) Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif  
74 Blu-ray and DVD History of the Eagles Documentary about the band, with extensive bonus footage Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Lonely Trail (1936) John Wayne  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Men (1950) Marlon Brando  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Miracle of the Bells (1948) Fred MacMurray, Frank Sinatra  
71 DVD Only the Young Package also includes the documentary Tchoupitoulas81 Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Pals of the Saddle (1938) John Wayne  
47 Blu-ray and DVD Parked Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy  
72 Blu-ray Strictly Ballroom (1992) Directed by Baz Luhrmann  
  Blu-ray and DVD Three Faces West (1940) John Wayne  
  Blu-ray The Vampire Lovers (1970) Ingrid Pitt, Kate O'Mara  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Combat! Season 1  
  Blu-ray Friends Seasons 1, 2 (separate sets)  
  Blu-ray Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3  

May 7

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

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie's adaptation of Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot came up a bit short despite (or as a result of) starring Tom Cruise as the title character, a former military investigator turned drifter who is caught up in a series of sniper killings. Many critics found it dull and overly violent, though they did welcome filmmaker Werner Herzog in a rare on-screen role as the film's villain.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Safe Haven 34 Add to Netflix Queue

"Safe" is a good descriptor for the recent output of director Lasse Hallström, with this film his second melodramatic adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romance novel, this one starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Few critics had nice things to say about the film, with more than one suggesting that it was the worst Sparks adaptation to date.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Upstream Color 80 Add to Netflix Queue

This challenging, unconventional film is the second feature (and first in nine years) from Shane Carruth, whose debut was the cult classic time-travel thriller Primer 68. Directing, writing, photographing, editing, scoring, and distributing the film himself, Carruth stars alongside Amy Seimetz in a film that almost defies explanation, lacking in some portions conventional narrative structure or even dialogue, though it does blend some elements of sci-fi, romance, and heist film. The result is a true "experience" that walks a line between sensual, transcendent beauty and enigmatic, oblique academic exercise, with most critics (who have been praising the film since its Sundance premiere) coming down on the side of the former.

More movie releases on May 7, 2013
  Blu-ray Band of Outsiders (1964) Criterion Collection (Blu-ray release)  
61 Blu-ray and DVD Barrymore Christopher Plummer Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Brubaker (1980) Robert Redford  
  DVD Citizen Hearst Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray The Great Escape (1963) Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough  
68 Blu-ray Heaven (2002) Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi  
43 Blu-ray Jersey Girl (2004) Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez  
  Blu-ray Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) Ted Neeley; directed by Norman Jewison  
57 Blu-ray and DVD Mama Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Add to Queue
42 DVD Mighty Fine Chazz Palminteri, Andie MacDowell Add to Queue
75 Blu-ray An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) Debra Winger, Richard Gere  
64 Blu-ray One Hour Photo (2002) Robin Williams  
46 Blu-ray and DVD The Oranges Allison Janney, Catherine Keener, Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester Add to Queue
  DVD Rihanna 777 Documentary  
39 Blu-ray Runaway Bride (1999) Richard Gere, Julia Roberts  
  Blu-ray Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock  
74 Blu-ray and DVD Starlet Dree Hemingway Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Superman: Unbound Animated feature  
  Blu-ray Verdict (1982) Paul Newman, Jack Warden, James Mason  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 30 Rock Season 7  
  Blu-ray The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 2  
  DVD Felicity Seasons 3 and 4 (separate sets)  
  DVD Flashpoint Season 5  
78 Blu-ray and DVD Fringe Season 5  
  DVD Gunsmoke Season 8 (Vols. 1 and 2)  
  DVD Have Gun Will Travel Season 6 (Vols. 1 and 2)  
  DVD Private Practice Season 6  
  DVD Rookie Blue Season 3  
  DVD Royal Pains Season 4  

May 14

posterBlu-ray and DVD Cloud Atlas 55 Add to Netflix Queue

One of 2012's best films, or an incoherent and deeply flawed disaster that ranks among the year's worst? Reactions to this ambitious and expensive adaptation of David Mitchell's "unfilmable" 2004 novel spanned the full spectrum between those two extremes, though the movie was an unequivocal failure at the box office, grossing a woeful $27 million in the U.S. It took three directors—Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and the Wachowskis (The Matrix)—to create the film's six connected stories spanning multiple genres, multiple continents, and hundreds of years (from 1850 to the distant future), with many of the film's stars (including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Susan Sarandon) playing multiple characters.

posterBlu-ray and DVD A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III 28 +Q

Certainly one of 2013's most disappointing releases so far, Charles Swan comes from writer-director Roman Coppola, a frequent Wes Anderson collaborator whose only prior film (2002's CQ 56) suggested promise. Here, a great cast (including Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, Katheryn Winnick, Patricia Arquette, and more) is wasted on a "feeble" and "painful" comedy.

More movie releases on May 14, 2013
51 Blu-ray and DVD 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD 3:10 to Yuma (1957) Criterion Collection  
41 Blu-ray and DVD Back to 1942 Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins Add to Queue
28 DVD If I Were You Marcia Gay Harden, Aidan Quinn Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Jubal (1956) Criterion Collection  
40 Blu-ray and DVD Leonie Emily Mortimer, Christina Hendricks Add to Queue
31 Blu-ray and DVD Texas Chainsaw 2013 horror movie released theatrically as Texas Chainsaw 3D Add to Queue
19 Blu-ray and DVD Tomorrow You're Gone Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, Willem Dafoe Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray The Unbelievable Truth (1989) Directed by Hal Hartley  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 3rd Rock From the Sun Complete series  
  DVD 30 for 30: Survive and Advance ESPN documentary  
73 Blu-ray and DVD The Bletchley Circle Miniseries  
  DVD Combat! Season 2  
  DVD Dance Academy Season 1 (Vols. 1 and 2), Season 2 (Vols. 1 and 2)  
81 Blu-ray and DVD Dexter Season 7  
  DVD Fraggle Rock Season 3  
  DVD Hey Arnold! Season 4  
26 DVD Liz & Dick TV movie  
  DVD My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Season 2  
  DVD Mythbusters Collection 9  
  DVD Roseanne Season 9 / Complete series (separate sets)  
  DVD That '70s Show Complete series (new set)  

May 21

posterBlu-ray and DVD Beautiful Creatures 52 Add to Netflix Queue

Richard LaGravenese directs this adaptation of the supernatural teen romance novel of the same name, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, and Emmy Rossum. While the book was the first in a four-part series, the movie will likely be a stand-alone project; it was able to achieve Twilight-esque mediocrity (according to critics) but could not come anywhere near that film's box office success.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Last Stand 54 Add to Netflix Queue

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role since leaving the governor's mansion finds him playing a small-town sheriff whose day off is ruined by a drug kingpin attempting to escape to Mexico. Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville, and Forest Whitaker also star in the English-language debut for director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil 67). Some critics had fun with it; others found it too dumb and pointless.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Side Effects 75 Add to Netflix Queue

Allegedly director Steven Soderbergh's final feature film project (though he also has an HBO movie due next month), this psychological thriller reunites the director with his Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns for a story about a young woman (Rooney Mara) who turns to a variety of pharmaceuticals to deal with the stress of her husband's (Channing Tatum) impending release from prison; we won't spoil what the side effects might be, other than to say that the film weaves multiple genres and perspectives, offering constant surprises. Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones also star.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Stand Up Guys 41 Add to Netflix Queue

The second narrative feature film directed by actor Fisher Stevens (following 2002's Just a Kiss 39), this sub-par getting-the-gang-back-together crime comedy centers on a trio of retired gangsters on one last assignment. Critics only partially faulted the three leads—Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin—which much of the blame instead falling on the lousy script.

More movie releases on May 21, 2013
43 Blu-ray and DVD The ABC's of Death Horror anthology Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Captain America (1990) Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox  
  Blu-ray and DVD A Common Man Ben Kingsley Add to Queue
87 DVD Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters Documentary Add to Queue
80 Blu-ray and DVD Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Special edition  
  Blu-ray and DVD Medium Cool (1969) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Special edition  
  Blu-ray National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo  
77 Blu-ray and DVD Neighboring Sounds Brazilian thriller Add to Queue
43 Blu-ray and DVD Parker Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Public Enemy (1931) James Cagney  
77 Blu-ray and DVD The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane Documentary  
  Blu-ray Sommersby (1993) Richard Gere, Jodie Foster  
41 Blu-ray and DVD Struck by Lightning Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney Add to Queue
20 Blu-ray Vegas Vacation (1997) Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid  
  Blu-ray White Heat (1949) James Cagney  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Laverne & Shirley Season 6  
  DVD Mel Brooks: Make a Noise American Masters (PBS) documentary (airs May 20th)  
52 DVD Perception Season 1  
  DVD Saving Hope Season 1  
  DVD Teen Wolf Season 2  
73 Blu-ray and DVD True Blood Season 5  

May 28

posterBlu-ray and DVD Dark Skies 51 Add to Netflix Queue

A family (including Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) is targeted by a deadly alien force in this sci-fi/horror mash-up directed by Scott Stewart (Legion). It didn't make much of an impression on critics or moviegoers, but neither did anything else released on DVD this slow Memorial Day week.

More movie releases on May 28, 2013
35 DVD Dorfman in Love Sara Rue, Elliott Gould Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Grass is Greener (1960) Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr  
  Blu-ray and DVD Life Is Sweet (1990) Criterion Collection  
76 Blu-ray and DVD Lore German drama Add to Queue
40 Blu-ray and DVD The Numbers Station John Cusack Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Rolling Thunder (1977) William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Beetlejuice Complete series  
  DVD Covert Affairs Season 3  
  Blu-ray and DVD Doctor Who Series 7, Part 2  
67 DVD Longmire Season 1  
48 DVD Red Widow Season 1  
  DVD Suits Season 2  

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Comments (1)

  • jerrycurlan  

    Silver Linings Playbook is a no-brainer DVD purchase. And Beautiful Creatures was much better than I thought it'd be. It's dripping with style.

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