DVD Release Calendar: October 2011

  • Publish Date: September 28, 2011
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October 4

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

It's rare that the best film in an ongoing franchise is the fifth installment, but that's precisely the case with Fast Five, which received far better reviews than any previous Fast and Furious flick while also grossing more than any of its predecessors. It also marked a shift in the series away from street racing and toward more general action, which here revolves around a heist storyline set in Rio de Janeiro. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson star.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Scream 4 52 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

David Arquette, Neve Campbell, and Courteney Cox are joined by newcomers Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere for the first Scream movie in a decade. Unlike those Fast and Furious movies, the Scream franchise has seen diminishing returns over time, with each installment scoring lower than the one before it.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Submarine 76 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The directorial debut for British comedian Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) is a Welsh coming-of-age tale centering on a 15-year-old boy who strives to keep his mother from running off with her life coach, while also attempting to lose his virginity to his pyromaniac girlfriend. The quirky, well-reviewed film drew Wes Anderson comparisons upon its limited release this summer, and the soundtrack features original songs by Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys.

More new releases on October 4, 2011
  DVD 4 Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Rolling Stones Bigger set also coming in November  
61 Blu-ray and DVD African Cats Disneynature documentary Add to Queue
72 Blu-ray and DVD Amer (2010) Foreign horror Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Beauty and the Beast (1991)Multi-disc reissue of Disney classic  
  Blu-ray and DVD Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On Live Las Vegas performance Add to Queue
76 DVD Buck Documentary Add to Queue
  DVD The Caller Thriller Add to Queue
49 DVD The High Cost of Living Zach Braff, Isabelle Blais Add to Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD Jig Documentary Add to Queue
83 Blu-ray and DVD The Lion King (1994)Available in multiple editions  
55 Blu-ray and DVD The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway Filmed for HBO Add to Queue
32 DVD Sarah Palin: The Undefeated Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! - The Alpocalypse Tour New live performance  
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
90 Blu-ray Almost Famous (2000) Billy Crudup, Jason Lee  
72 Blu-ray Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Johnny Depp  
75 Blu-ray The Cider House Rules (1999) Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire  
79 Blu-ray Cinema Paradiso (1990) Enzo Cannavale, Philippe Noiret  
54 Blu-ray Dead Alive (1992) Horror; directed by Peter Jackson  
28 Blu-ray Deck the Halls (2006) Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick  
  Blu-ray Harakiri (1962) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Interstella 5555 (2003) Full-length animated musical set to Daft Punk's Discovery album  
64 Blu-ray Jackie Brown (1997) Pam Grier, Robert Forster  
59 Blu-ray Life Is Beautiful (1998) Roberto Benigni  
  Blu-ray Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) Directed by Tim Burton  
94 Blu-ray Pulp Fiction (1994) Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson  
  Blu-ray Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Space Jam (1996)Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny  
TV on DVD
  DVD According to Jim Season 5  
  DVD Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge's Most Wanted  
  DVD The Bionic Woman Season 3  
  Blu-ray and DVD Bored to Death Season 2  
  DVD Boy Meets World Season 7  
  DVD Friday Night Lights The Complete Series  
83 DVD In Treatment Season 3  
  DVD The League Season 2  
  DVD Lie to Me Season 3  
  DVD Meet the Browns Season 2 Vol. 2  
  DVD Melissa & Joey Season 1 Part 2  
68 Blu-ray and DVD Moby Dick 2011 Encore miniseries with Ethan Hawke and Donald Sutherland  
  DVD The PJs Season 3  
  Blu-ray and DVD Prohibition New Ken Burns documentary (PBS miniseries)  
  DVD Upstairs Downstairs Series 5 (1975)  
82 Blu-ray and DVD The Walking Dead Season 1  

October 11

posterBlu-ray and DVD Horrible Bosses 57 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day star as three friends who, after a night of drinking, devise a "foolproof" (i.e., not so foolproof) plan to murder their intolerable bosses (manipulative Kevin Spacey, balding coke addict Colin Farrell, and nymphomaniac dentist Jennifer Aniston) in one of this summer's many R-rated comedies, this one directed by Seth Gordon (The King of Kong). While the cast was a bit stronger than the reviews (Jamie Foxx and Donald Sutherland also make appearances), more critics than not liked the film.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Tree of Life 85 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Long on gorgeous imagery and short on plot, Terrence Malick's mysterious and poetic Tree of Life finally emerged in May after months of speculation, and it earned the prestigious Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes festival. Most but not all critics embraced the abstract, two-hour-plus film, but some moviegoers weren't quite as appreciative. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star.

posterDVD The Trip [Theatrical version] 82 Add to Netflix Queue

In between his numerous other film projects, prolific director Michael Winterbottom found time last year to shoot a six-episode series for the BBC that reunited him with his Tristram Shandy stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. An improvised foodie travelogue, The Trip finds Coogan and Brydon playing versions of themselves as they travel northern England and dine at some of the region's finest restaurants. While that may sound boring, it's anything but; the pair have one hilarious conversation after another throughout their journey. While there are no plans to release the full series in the U.S., this greatly edited version, which screened theatrically in America earlier this year, is now getting a DVD release in the States.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Zookeeper 30 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A rare family-friendly comedy for Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, the PG-rated Zookeeper nevertheless received the same reviews that the company's more adult fare typically earns: terrible. Kevin James stars as the titular zoo employee who receives romantic advice from a group of talking animals voiced by the likes of Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, Don Rickles, and Cher.

More new releases on October 11, 2011
62 Blu-ray and DVD Beautiful Boy Maria Bello, Michael Sheen, Kyle Gallner, Alan Tudyk Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Four Feathers (1939) Criterion Collection  
37 Blu-ray and DVD Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Based on the children's books Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Leap Year Erotic drama from Mexico Add to Queue
41 Blu-ray and DVD Lucky Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor Add to Queue
50 DVD Septien Indie dark comedy Add to Queue
72 Blu-ray and DVD Terri Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Bad Seed (1956) Horror  
  Blu-ray Cream: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2005)Live performance  
42 Blu-ray The Family Man (2000) Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni  
  Blu-ray Scrooge (1970) British musical version with Albert Finney  
TV on DVD
  DVD Aqua Teen Hunger Force Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Season 1  
  DVD Bonanza Season 2 Vol. 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Bones Season 6  
  Blu-ray and DVD Chuck Season 4  
  DVD Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box 7  
  DVD Ghost Hunters Season 6 Part 2  
  DVD Gunsmoke Season 5 Vol. 1  
  DVD History Detectives Season 9  
  DVD Jem and The Holograms Complete series  
52 DVD Workaholics Season 1  

October 14 (Friday)

posterBlu-ray and DVD Green Lantern 39 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The worst-reviewed and lowest-grossing entry among this summer's crop of superhero films, Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as the DC Comics hero, a test pilot who becomes the first human given the power-granting ring that all Green Lanterns posses. Critics found it silly and over-reliant on CGI.

October 18

posterBlu-ray and DVD Bad Teacher 47 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Neither the best nor the worst of this summer's R-rated comedies, Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed middle school teacher who is more interested in drinking and seducing a substitute teacher played by Justin Timberlake than in teaching her students. Lucy Punch and Jason Segel also star, and the film is directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard).

posterDVD Pearl Jam Twenty 48 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The core of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary celebration (which also includes a 2-CD set and a book) is this documentary directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous). The movie uses rarely- (or never-before-) seen archival footage to chart the rise of the Seattle grunge band from its origins in Mother Love Bone through the present day, and includes plenty of live performance footage.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 45
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The fourth film in the Pirates franchise is the first not to be directed by Gore Verbinski; instead, Rob Marshall (Chicago) helmed what turned out to be the worst-reviewed and lowest-grossing (in the U.S.) installment in the series, though it performed well overseas. The cast includes newcomers in Ian McShane (Deadwood) and Penelope Cruz, while Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Keith Richards return.

More new releases on October 18, 2011
76 Blu-ray and DVD Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Documentary Add to Queue
64 Blu-ray and DVD A Better Life Directed by Chris Weitz Add to Queue
  DVD The Captains Documentary directed by William Shatner Add to Queue
  DVD Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said? Stand-up special Add to Queue
33 DVD Grave Encounters Horror Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Kuroneko (1968) Criterion Collection  
72 Blu-ray and DVD The Last Circus Spanish comedy Add to Queue
43 Blu-ray and DVD Monte Carlo Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez Add to Queue
60 Blu-ray and DVD The Names of Love French comedy Add to Queue
68 DVD Page One: Inside The New York Times Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Red State Horror movie directed by Kevin Smith; John Goodman stars Add to Queue
  DVD Talking Heads: Chronology Live performances from 1975-1983  
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
73 Blu-ray Cape Fear (1991) Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Nick Nolte  
  Blu-ray The Crow (1994) Brandon Lee  
23 Blu-ray Darkness Falls (2003) Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield  
60 Blu-ray The Goonies (1985) Josh Brolin, Sean Astin  
TV on DVD
30 DVD Gigolos Season 1  
  DVD Greek Season 4  
  DVD Little House on the Prairie Complete 9-season set  
  DVD McMillan & Wife Complete Series  
  DVD Pawn Stars Season 3  
  DVD The Real L Word Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3  
49 Blu-ray and DVD V Season 2  

October 25

posterBlu-ray and DVD Attack the Block 75 Add to Netflix Queue

This low-budget British alien invasion comedy-thriller about a group of inner-city hoodlums who find themselves saving the world didn't get much of a theatrical release in the U.S., but you'll want to seek it out on video. One of the summer's best-reviewed films, Attack the Block is the directorial debut for comedian Joe Cornish, and features a score by Basement Jaxx. Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) is the cast member you'll recognize.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Captain America: The First Avenger 66
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While Green Lantern (see above) was this summer's worst superhero film, Captain America was its best. Set during WWII, the Marvel adaptation centers on Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who joins America's secret super-soldier program to battle the Nazi weaponry wiz Red Skull. If you haven't seen it yet, you'll want to do so before next summer's big event arrives: the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers.

More new releases on October 25, 2011
  DVD Atrocious Horror Add to Queue
82 Blu-ray and DVD City of Life and Death Chinese war drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Father of Invention Kevin Spacey Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Identification of a Woman (1982) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Island of Lost Souls (1932) Criterion Collection  
54 Blu-ray and DVD A Little Help Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Peter Gabriel: New Blood - Live in London Concert performance  
71 Blu-ray and DVD Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Finnish fantasy/horror/comedy Add to Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD Shaolin Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse Add to Queue
74 Blu-ray and DVD Winnie the Pooh Animated Disney film Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray The Conversation (1974) Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford  
  Blu-ray Dazed and Confused (1993) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray The House By the Cemetery (1981) Italian horror  
  Blu-ray Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Set of all three films  
  Blu-ray Zombie (1979) Italian horror  
TV on DVD
  DVD Barney Miller The Complete Series  
  DVD The F Word Series 5  
  DVD It Takes a Thief The Complete Series  
  DVD Luther Series 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Robot Chicken Season 5  
  DVD Wagon Train Season 4  

Comments (2)

  • CRL  

    Whoops. My bad, thought you meant the character. Should have realized before I hit submit...

  • CRL  

    For Pirates, It's 'Blackbeard', not 'Deadwood'.

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