DVD Release Calendar: November 2012

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  • Publish Date: October 30, 2012

October 30

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

Jay Roach's comedy depicts the increasingly nasty campaign showdown between aspiring congressmen played by Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. The script comes from Eastbound & Down's Shawn Harwell and Chris Henchy, while the supporting cast includes Dan Aykroyd (in his first live-action film in four years), John Lithgow, and Jason Sudeikis. Reviews obviously weren't great, but it's still more entertaining than any other campaign you could be watching right now.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Ruby Sparks 66 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Six years ago, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris had a surprise critical and commercial hit with their debut feature Little Miss Sunshine 80. They finally returned this summer with a second project, a quirky romantic comedy from first-time screenwriter Zoe Kazan. Ruby Sparks stars Paul Dano as a novelist suffering from writer's block who wills the woman of his dreams (played by Kazan, Dano's real-life girlfriend) into existence. The excellent cast also includes Antonio Banderas, Alia Shawkat, Steve Coogan, Annette Bening, and Elliott Gould. Critics found the film surprising (in a good way), though some felt it didn't quite come together.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Safety Not Guaranteed 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This quirky indie romantic comedy (yes, that makes two this week) was a hit at Sundance with audiences and critics alike and won an award for its screenplay (the debut from Derek Connolly). Mark Duplass stars as a man who places a personal ad in a local newspaper seeking a companion for time travel; three misfit magazine employees, including Aubrey Plaza, investigate. Critics found the film charming and endearing (if a bit ridiculous), with plenty of praise going to Plaza's breakout performance. Even if it isn't a true sci-fi-heavy time travel flick like the new Looper, Safety's ending alone makes it worth at least a rental.

More movie releases on October 30, 2012
50 Blu-ray and DVD Americano Salma Hayek Add to Queue
72 DVD First Position Documentary Add to Queue
74 DVD Polisse French drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Rosemary's Baby (1968) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) Burt Lancaster  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD All in the Family Complete series box set  
56 DVD Coma Miniseries  
66 Blu-ray and DVD Copper Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Metalocalypse Season 4  
  DVD My Favorite Martian Season 3  
  DVD The Streets of San Francisco Season 5  

November 6

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posterBlu-ray and DVD Your Sister's Sister 72 Add to Netflix Queue

Writer-director Lynn Shelton’s follow-up to Humpday 74 finds Mark Duplass (The League) spending a few days in a remote cabin with his late brother's girlfriend and her sister (Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt), with the relationship between the three growing more complicated as the story progresses. The dramedy mostly impressed critics, who admired the film's humor and engaging honesty, if not the ending.

More movie releases on November 6, 2012
43 DVD 360 Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law; dir. by Fernando Meirelles Add to Queue
69 Blu-ray and DVD Arthur Christmas Animated family film from Aardman Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Beaches (1988) Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey  
  Blu-ray Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith  
  Blu-ray and DVD Fire With Fire Straight-to-video title starring Bruce Willis and Josh Duhamel Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Guys & Dolls (1955) Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra  
  Blu-ray and DVD Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest 1986 concert film  
  Blu-ray and DVD Kung Fu Panda Holiday New animated short  
64 DVD Last Call at the Oasis Documentary Add to Queue
54 Blu-ray and DVD The Pact Horror Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Planes Trains & Automobiles (1987) Steve Martin, John Candy  
  Blu-ray and DVD Rashomon (1950) Criterion Collection release  
45 DVD [REC] 3: Genesis Spanish horror sequel Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My Darling - Ireland 1965 Concert film  
  Blu-ray Sunset Boulevard (1950) William Holden, Gloria Swanson  
45 Blu-ray Sweet Home Alabama (2002) Reese Witherspoon  
  Blu-ray They Live (1988) Collector's Edition Blu-ray release  
57 DVD Trishna Freida Pinto; dir. by Michael Winterbottom Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
80 Blu-ray and DVD Call the Midwife Season 1  
  DVD A Carol Burnett Christmas Collection of 4 holiday episodes  
  Blu-ray and DVD Entourage Complete series  
  DVD Law & Order Season 11  
  DVD The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Season 1  
  DVD Regular Show The Best DVD In the World (At This Moment In Time) [16-episode set]  
  DVD Vera Set 2  
  DVD Wolf Lake Complete series  

November 9 (Friday)

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Amazing Spider-Man 66 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

It's never too soon to reboot a franchise, at least if you're a Hollywood executive looking for the next billion-dollar sure thing. Arriving this summer a mere five years after the previous Spider-Man film series drew to a close, this restart introduced Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker, with Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans, Campbell Scott, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field filling out the cast. While the choice of director—(500) Days of Summer 76 helmer Marc Webb—was a bold one, the film earned less enthusiastic reviews than prior Spider-Man films (well, except the forgettable Spider-Man 3), though a $752 million worldwide gross means a sequel is already on the way.

November 13

posterBlu-ray and DVD 2 Days in New York 62 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This sequel to Julie Delpy's 2 Days in Paris 67 (she again writes, directs, and stars) finds Delpy's Marion broken up with Adam Goldberg's Jack, and now living in New York with their child and her new boyfriend (Chris Rock) and his daughter from a previous relationship. The culture clash comedy begins when Delpy's Parisian family comes to New York on vacation, but critics were all over the map in their response to the film; some found it a lot funnier than others.

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

Coming a year after Pixar's first critical misfire (Cars 2 57) ended an unprecedented string of nearly a dozen major successes, this summer's Brave was the first Pixar film to feature a female lead, and it was the studio's first original story since 2009's Up 88. Unfortunately, it wasn't anywhere close to the creative accomplishment that was the latter film, though it was a step up over the Cars sequel. Brave tells the story of a tough 10th century Scottish princess/warrior named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who decides to go her own way rather than agree to an arranged marriage. Critics found it surprisingly routine, safe, and unoriginal by Pixar standards, though the quality of the animation was a high point.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Queen of Versailles 80 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Well regarded when it premiered at Sundance this year, and again when it reached theaters this summer, The Queen of Versailles documents the epic "riches to rags" story of billionaire timeshare real estate mogul David Siegel, his wife Jackie, and their under-construction 90,000 square foot dream house, the largest and most expensive residence ever built in the United States. When the economy crashes, that house and their exceptionally extravagant lifestyle are threatened. Part voyeurism, part Schadenfreude, and fully entertaining, Queen plays like well-made reality television (director Lauren Greenfield was awarded at Sundance) while also serving as a timely critique of American consumer culture.

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

For Oliver Stone, apparently, you can't go home again. Mired in a 15-year critical slump, Stone last year attempted to resurrect one of his career highlights, Wall Street, but the belated sequel, Money Never Sleeps 59, didn't impress many fans or critics. This year, with Savages, the director returned to the over-the-top violence that worked so well for him in films like Natural Born Killers, but results were again lackluster. Adapted from Don Winslow's novel of the same name, Savages centers on two successful Laguna Beach marijuana growers, played by Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson, who attract the attention of the Mexican drug cartel. After the cartel kidnaps their shared girlfriend, Ophelia (Blake Lively), they must devise a plan to rescue her. Salma Hayek plays the head of the Mexican cartel, and Benicio del Toro is her main enforcer. John Travolta also shows up as a double dealing DEA agent, and Oscar nominee Demián Bichir plays the cartel’s crooked lawyer.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Watch 36 Add to Netflix Queue

When a suburban neighborhood is invaded by aliens (the outer space kind), it's up to neighborhood watch members Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade to save the day. A case of a good cast saving a goofy premise? Not exactly. Despite a script from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad 76 and Pineapple Express 64), this raunchy sci-fi comedy from director Akiva Schaffer (The Lonely Island, SNL digital shorts, Hot Rod 43) earned precisely zero positive reviews from the critics tracked by Metacritic and was a major box office flop this summer.

More movie releases on November 13, 2012
44 Blu-ray Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter  
  Blu-ray and DVD Company Filmed version of recent Broadway production of Sondheim musical starring Neil Patrick Harris
66 Blu-ray and DVD Dark Horse dir. by Todd Solondz Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Empire of the Sun (1987) Christian Bale, John Malkovich; dir. by Steven Spielberg  
72 DVD The Island President Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Lawrence of Arabia (1961) Newly restored version available on Blu-ray only
62 Blu-ray My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) 10th anniversary Blu-ray release  
57 Blu-ray and DVD Natural Selection Rachael Harris, Matt O'Leary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Paul McCartney: Live Kisses Concert film recorded during Kisses On The Bottom tour  
  Blu-ray and DVD Pixar Short Films Collection 2 Compiles the studio's 12 most recent shorts  
  Blu-ray The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) Lana Turner, John Garfield  
  Blu-ray and DVD Trilogy of Life Criterion Collection set of three 1970s films by Pier Paolo Pasolini  
  Blu-ray and DVD Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark  
  Blu-ray and DVD Vamps Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter; dir. by Amy Heckerling Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Weekend (1967) Criterion Collection; dir. by Jean-Luc Godard  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Cagney & Lacey Complete series  
  DVD Dance Moms Season 2 Vol. 1  
  Blu-ray The Dick Van Dyke Show Complete series  
  DVD The Flintstones Complete series  
  Blu-ray Friends Complete series  
  DVD History Detectives Season 10  
  Blu-ray and DVD Lost Girl Season 2  
  DVD Of Two Minds Lifetime movie  
  DVD Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Complete Classic Series Collection  

November 20

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Expendables 2 51 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

That Metascore might not look great, but it's actually better than the one for predecessor The Expendables 45. Plus, you probably don't need reviews to decide whether or not to see The Expendables 2. Either an over-the-top action film starring nearly anyone who has ever been in an over-the-top action film before—including Sylvester Stallone (though he doesn't direct this time), Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis—sounds like your idea of fun, or it doesn't. The end result is pretty much exactly what you'd expect it to be.

More movie releases on November 20, 2012
  DVD Archers Of Loaf - What Did You Expect? Concert film  
  DVD Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements Documentary  
  Blu-ray and DVD Heaven's Gate (1980) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Ramrod (1947) Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake  
  Blu-ray Tarantino XX Box set collection of 8 movies written and/or directed by Quentin Tarantino  
  Blu-ray That's Entertainment! Trilogy Blu-ray set of all three films  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Trap (1959) Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Diff'rent Strokes Season 4  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Dust Bowl PBS miniseries  
  Blu-ray and DVD Game of Thrones Season 1 collector's edition  
  DVD McMillan and Wife Complete series  
  DVD Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Complete series  
  DVD Transformers Prime Season 2  

November 27

posterBlu-ray and DVD Lawless 58 Add to Netflix Queue

A Prohibition-era drama based on the family memoir The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant, this second collaboration between director John Hillcoat and writer/musician Nick Cave (the first being The Proposition 73) looks at the bootlegging exploits of Virginia's Bondurant brothers, played by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clarke. The brothers come up against a ruthless lawman played by Guy Pearce and a Thompson gun-wielding gangster played by Gary Oldman, while Jessica Chastain, as a dancer turned business partner, and Mia Wasikowska, as a sheltered preacher’s daughter, lend a female counterpoint to the testosterone-filled fist fights and shootouts. Given the talent involved, reviews for the late summer release were somewhat disappointing, with some critics finding it uneven and a bit lifeless.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Luck (Season 1) 75

Yes, it's hard to follow at times—especially if you have no prior knowledge of the racing industry. And no, the first season doesn't tie up all of its storylines, which, thanks to a much-publicized (and permanent) production shutdown after several horses died during the filming of season 2, means you'll never get answers to all your questions. But take a chance on the first and only season of HBO's Luck and you'll be rewarded with terrific performances, David Milch's (Deadwood) one-of-a-kind dialogue, and the most visually stunning horse-racing sequences ever put to film, courtesy of Michael Mann (Heat) and his fellow directors. Dustin Hoffman heads a cast that also includes Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, Jason Gedrick, Richard Kind, and Michael Gambon.

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

This stop-motion animated comedy from Laika, the studio behind the well-received Coraline 80, was another critical success, though its box office fortunes were a bit more modest. The story here follows Norman, voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, whose ability to talk to all kinds of dead creatures comes in handy when he needs to save his town from a centuries-old witch’s curse. John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Chris Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, and Jeff Garlin provide voice talent for Chris Butler’s original script, which he co-directs with Sam Fell (Flushed Away 74, The Tale of Despereaux 53).

More movie releases on November 27, 2012
18 Blu-ray and DVD The Apparition Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton Add to Queue
53 DVD Burning Man Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths Add to Queue
43 Blu-ray and DVD Step Up Revolution Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Hot in Cleveland Season 3  
  DVD In Search Of... Complete series  
  Blu-ray Stargate: Atlantis Seasons 1-5 (sold separately)  

November 30 (Friday)

posterBlu-ray and DVD Men in Black 3 58 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

It took eight years and way more than eight rewrites to get Men in Black 3 into theaters, with the result falling somewhere in between the first two films (Men in Black 71, Men in Black II 49), though it suffers from seeming a bit dated and unnecessary. This time around, Will Smith’s Agent J must time travel back to 1969 to prevent the assassination of Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K, where Josh Brolin gets to do his best Tommy Lee Jones impression as the young Agent K. Also in the cast for director Barry Sonnenfeld (making his first trip behind the camera since 2006’s RV 33) are Emma Thompson and Alice Eve as old and young Agent O, plus Jemaine Clement, Rip Torn, Bill Hader, Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Stuhlbarg, and over a hundred aliens created by Rick Baker.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Sparkle 54 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A remake of the 1976 film that itself was inspired by the story of The Supremes, this latest Sparkle stars American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and features the final on-screen performance by the late Whitney Houston. Some critics dismissed the remake as "schmaltzy" and soapy and call both this new film and the original one inferior to the similar Dreamgirls.

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