DVD Release Calendar: October 2013

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October 1

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posterBlu-ray and DVD This Is the End 67 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of the better examples of the end-of-the-world comedy genre that has achieved sudden ubiquity in 2013, this End marks the directorial debut of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who previously wrote the screenplays for Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet , and The Watch . Rogen stars alongside James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, and they (as well as other celebrities in smaller roles) all play fictionalized versions of themselves as a global apocalypse intrudes on a Hollywood party they're attending. Critics found a lot to laugh at in the gross-out humor, even though it was a "one-joke premise."

More movie releases on October 1, 2013
63 Blu-ray and DVD 100 Bloody Acres Horror/comedy Add to Queue
  DVD Abandoned Mine Thriller Add to Queue
55 Blu-ray and DVD The Croods Animated Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Dead Before Dawn Horror/comedy Add to Queue
37 Blu-ray and DVD Frozen Ground Nicolas Cage, John Cusack Add to Queue
  DVD Morning Jeanne Tripplehorn Add to Queue
76 DVD An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Live action/animation Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Wizard of Oz (1939) 75th Anniversary Edition  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Awkward. Seasons 1-2  
34 DVD Beauty & The Beast (2012) Season 1  
  Blu-ray The Big Bang Theory Season 1 / Season 2 (new Blu-ray release; separate sets)  
  DVD Cagney & Lacey Vol. 4, Vol. 5 Part 1, Vol. 5 Part 2 (separate sets)  
  DVD China Beach Season 1  
  DVD Diagnosis Murder Season 5  
  Blu-ray and DVD Downton Abbey Seasons 1-3 limited edition box set  
73 Blu-ray and DVD Glee Season 4  
  DVD Happy Endings Season 3  
  DVD Hell's Kitchen Season 10  
  DVD Highway to Heaven Season 2  
  DVD How I Met Your Mother Season 8  
77 DVD Latino Americans PBS documentary miniseries  
  DVD Magnum, P.I. Complete series  
  DVD The Mod Squad Season 4, Vols. 1 & 2 (separate sets)  
  DVD Murder, She Wrote Complete series  
  DVD New Girl Season 2  
71 Blu-ray and DVD North America Documentary miniseries  
  DVD Party of Five Season 6  
  DVD Wings Seasons 1 & 2  

October 8

posterBlu-ray and DVD After Earth 33 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

For director M. Night Shyamalan, that Metascore counts as an improvement after a decade of rapidly declining Metascores, but don't mistake After Earth for a good movie. This summer flop is a sci-fi adventure set on a human-free Earth a thousand years in the future, where a father and son (played with surprisingly little charisma by real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith) must survive among native (and alien) life forms after crashing their spaceship. The film is actually based on an idea by the elder Smith, who enlisted another screenwriter (The Book of Eli's Gary Whitta) before Shyamalan got his turn at crafting the story.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Europa Report 68 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

For a much better summer sci-fi thriller—albeit one with fewer big names attached—head for this under the radar "found footage"-style tale about an international crew of astronauts on an exploratory mission to find signs of life on Europa, Jupiter’s fourth moon. Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) star for director Sebastián Cordero (Chronicles). Despite a somewhat unoriginal story, critics admired the director's slower-paced, visually rich style and embrace of a more realistic approach.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Hangover Part III 30 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Mercifully the concluding chapter in the Hangover trilogy, this summer comedy underwhelmed critics even more than the disappointing middle installment. Reuniting its stars and director, the third film breaks from the established formula—there's no wedding, and no morning-after storyline—though it does return to the Vegas strip, while also taking place partially in Tijuana. Returning stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, and Heather Graham are joined by newcomers John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy.

posterDVD The Look of Love 57 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A lower-profile disappointment, this British biopic reunited director Michael Winterbottom with his frequent star, Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy, The Trip), but it could not replicate their past magic. Coogan plays the infamous British pornographer, club-owner, real estate developer, multi-millionaire, and so-called "King of Soho" Paul Raymond in a dramedy that spans decades and includes scenes shot in black-and-white and color, constantly changing to match the film styles of each period. Critics found the film shallow and perfunctory, though not without its moments.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Much Ado About Nothing 78 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

In between heavily hyped projects for Marvel (The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Joss Whedon gathered a few of his friends and took a couple of weeks to film this Shakespeare adaptation in his own Santa Monica home. The no-budget, black-and-white comedy retains the original play's language while transporting the setting to the present day, and critics had a good time with the result. You'll spot plenty of Whedon regulars in the ensemble, including Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, and Reed Diamond.

posterBlu-ray and DVDThe Purge 41 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A surprise (albeit minor) hit this summer, this no-budget horror tale features a high-concept plot that asks what would happen if the government sanctioned a 12-hour period during which all criminal activity was legal. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star as a husband and wife who allow a desperate man (Edwin Hodge) into their home on that special night. The critics found the story fairly stupid, but it earned enough money that a sequel is in development.

More movie releases on October 8, 2013
  Blu-ray and DVD Home Run Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD I Married a Witch (1942) Criterion Collection  
73 Blu-ray and DVD Laurence Anyways French-Canadian drama from Xavier Dolan Add to Queue
34 DVD The Lifeguard Kristen Bell Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Nothing Left to Fear Anne Heche Add to Queue
78 Blu-ray and DVD Resolution Horror Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD Stuck in Love Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 90210 Season 5  
  DVD Adventure Time Volume 3: Jake vs Me-Mow  
64 Blu-ray and DVD American Horror Story: Asylum  
  DVD Bomb Girls Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Bones Season 8  
  DVD Centennial Miniseries  
  DVD The Guild Complete Megaset  
  DVD Marvel's Avengers Assemble Vol. 1  
  DVD The Middle Season 3  
  DVD Psych Season 7  
  Blu-ray and DVD Robot Chicken Season 6  
  DVD The Six Million Dollar Man Season 4  
  DVD White Collar Season 4  

October 15

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Heat 60 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The rare buddy-cop action-comedy to feature female leads (for that, you'll likely have to thank the female-centered summer comedy hit Bridesmaids, which Paul Feig also directed), The Heat stars Sandra Bullock as a no-nonsense FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy as her industry-standard "loose cannon" partner. Feig also wrote the script—though he allowed his stars to improvise as well—while his cast also includes Michael Rapaport, Tony Hale, and Kaitlin Olson. Critics generally found the "bawdy" summer film to be funny, even if it was a bit of "a mess."

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Guillermo del Toro’s first film as director in five years is a robots vs monsters extravaganza designed for 3D and IMAX screens (you have one of those at home, right?). Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam stars as a washed-up pilot who is paired up with a trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) to drive an outdated robot known as a Jaeger in a war against gigantic monsters known as Kaiju. Also starring are Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and del Toro regular Ron Perlman. The film wasn't a huge hit in the U.S. (despite unexpectedly solid reviews), but it performed very well elsewhere in the world—so much so that it became summer's highest-grossing live-action non-sequel.

More movie releases on October 15, 2013
  DVD Birdemic 2: The Resurrection No Metascore, but we can verify that it's still terrible  
26 Blu-ray and DVD The Colony Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton Add to Queue
78 DVD Dirty Wars Documentary Add to Queue
88 Blu-ray and DVD Drug War Hong Kong actioner from Johnnie To Add to Queue
82 Blu-ray and DVD A Hijacking Danish thriller Add to Queue
58 Blu-ray and DVD Jug Face Horror Add to Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Stand-up concert film Add to Queue
47 Blu-ray and DVD Maniac Elijah Wood Add to Queue
  DVD Plush Directed by Catherine Hardwicke Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Bewitched Complete series  
57 Blu-ray and DVD Defiance Season 1  
  DVD Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 12  
83 DVD The Fall Series 1  
  DVD Gentle Ben Season 1  
  DVD Hart of Dixie Season 2  
  DVD Hey Arnold! Season 5  
  DVD In Cold Blood Miniseries  
  DVD The IT Crowd Complete series  
  DVD The Partridge Family Complete series  
  Blu-ray and DVD Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5  
70 Blu-ray and DVD Vikings Season 1  

October 22

posterBlu-ray and DVD Before Midnight 94 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The best-reviewed film released so far this year brings back the characters of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke)—last seen in Before Sunset—for the third film in Richard Linklater's trilogy (which isn't necessarily over). This time the pair visit Greece, after first meeting in Vienna in Before Sunrise and crossing paths again in Paris nine years later. Critics found the film intelligent and thought-provoking, while also being darker and riskier than the first two in the series.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Conjuring 68 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of the best-reviewed horror films of the year so far, The Conjuring comes from James Wan, creator of the Saw series and director of 2011’s Insidious. Based on the files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, this 1971-set haunted house tale stars Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Patrick Wilson, and Vera Farmiga.

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Here's one to watch on your Google Goggles (or perhaps with beer goggles). Shawn Levy (still looking for his first good film) directs Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in a comedy about two unemployed salesmen who get into the Google internship program despite being just a wee bit older than the average intern. Once inside the Googleplex, it's old school vs. new school as they match wits with the brilliant and much more tech-savvy generation represented by Max Minghella, Dylan O'Brien, Josh Gad, and B.J. Novak. John Goodman plays their former employer, and Aasif Mandvi plays their new boss. Don't expect another Wedding Crashers; critics found the film a waste of a good cast.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Only God Forgives 37 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of 2013's most disappointing films so far, Only God Forgives reunites the director and star of 2011's terrific Drive—Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling—for another similarly brooding, stylish action-thriller, only one that proved to be a complete misfire in the eyes of many reviewers. Gosling trained in the art of Muay Thai for his role as an American criminal living in Bangkok on a mission to avenge the death of his brother. Giving him those orders is the true leader of the crime organization: his mother, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. Most critics deemed the film shockingly dull (despite also being shockingly gory), though a few loved it.

posterDVD The Way, Way Back 67 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

You may know Nat Faxon and Jim Rash from their starring roles on TV sitcoms Ben & Kate and Community, respectively, or perhaps from their Oscar win (along with Alexander Payne) for writing the adapted screenplay for The Descendants. For The Way, Way Back, in addition to writing the script, they step behind the camera for the first time with an Adventureland-esque coming-of-age dramedy set at a water park. The 14-year-old protagonist, played by Liam James (The Killing), gets a job at the park to escape a terrible summer vacation with his mother, her boyfriend, and his daughter. Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, and Rob Corddry also star. While it was dinged a few points for a lack of originality and for being a "minor" work, most critics found it entertaining, funny, relatable, and filled with strong performances.

More movie releases on October 22, 2013
28 Blu-ray and DVD As Cool As I Am Claire Danes, James Marsden Add to Queue
50 Blu-ray and DVD I Give It a Year Rose Byrne, Anna Faris Add to Queue
39 Blu-ray and DVD Just Like a Woman Sienna Miller Add to Queue
40 DVD Molly's Theory of Relativity Indie dramedy Add to Queue
61 DVD Paradise: Faith Second film in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy Add to Queue
66 DVD Shepard & Dark Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Uninvited (1944) Criterion Collection  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Call the Midwife Seasons 1 & 2  
  DVD Kindred: The Embraced Complete series  
  Blu-ray and DVD Nikita Season 3  
39 Blu-ray and DVDPrimeval: New World Season 1 (complete series)  

October 29

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

Director Neil Jordan is no stranger to the vampire film, having directed 1994's Interview with the Vampire, but his return to genre lacks bite, according to some reviewers, who found the result a bit lifeless. (Still, most critics preferred it to Hollywood's recent vampire output). Adapted from a play called A Vampire Story, Byzantium stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother-daughter vampire duo who pissed off the wrong vampires a few centuries ago, and those leads both earned praise from multiple critics, as did the film's visuals.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Monsters University 65 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. 78 checks in with John Goodman’s Sulley and Billy Crystal’s Mike Wazowski in college as they train to become professional scarers. Even though their nemesis Randall Boggs (voiced by Steve Buscemi) is back, they spend most of their time fighting each other. As they prepare to try out for the scare program, the pair’s toughest opponent turns out to be Dean Hardscrabble, voiced by Helen Mirren. The story nods to many of the college classics familiar to older viewers while providing plenty of laughs for the kids and more than a few new monsters for their parents to buy. (Look for fraternity initiations and the monster version of the Greek Games from Revenge of the Nerds). Fortunately, it will be the last Pixar sequel for a while, as both this film and the recent Cars 2 were the worst-reviewed Pixar releases to date.

posterBlu-ray and DVD R.I.P.D. 25 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

R.I.P.D. was D.O.A. at the box office this summer, earning back just under $34 million (in the U.S.) of its reported $130 million production budget. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star as mismatched members of an undead police force in this action-comedy adaptation of the Dark Horse comic Rest In Peace Department by director Robert Schwentke (RED). Aside from Bridges' performance, critics enjoyed nothing about the film.

More movie releases on October 29, 2013
42 Blu-ray and DVD Bounty Killer Matthew Marsden, Kristanna Loken Add to Queue
53 DVD Free Samples Indie dramedy Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD La Notte (1961) Criterion Collection  
67 DVD Out in the Dark Palestinian/Israeli drama Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Burning Love Season 1  
  DVD Damages Complete series  
74 DVD Family Tree Season 1  

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