DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: April 2017

  • Publish Date: March 30, 2017
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April 4

All movies are 2016/17 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVD Both Blu-ray and DVD

poster Paterson Trailers

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One of 2016's best-reviewed films, Jim Jarmusch’s latest narrative feature was also a critical hit when it premiered at Cannes. It's a low-key character study starring Adam Driver as the title character, a poet/bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, where he lives a simple but fulfilling life with his wife (Golshifteh Farahani) and dog. This is Jarmusch at his most optimistic, wise, and rewarding.

poster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailers

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Arguably the most pointless entry in the growing Star Wars franchise—but obviously still a huge financial success—this first stand-alone tale is directed by Gareth Edwards and set between Episode III and Episode IV. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, who is recruited to aid in a rebel mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. (Spoiler alert: they succeed.) Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Donny Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk also star, and while their characters may be new to you, the film's overfly familiar plot beats and incessant fan service won't be.

More movie releases on April 4, 2017
DVD Actor Martinez DRAMA Amazon
DVD The Book of Love DRAMA | Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel, Maisie Williams, Orlando Jones Amazon
  DVDThe Bounce Back ROM-COM | Shemar Moore, Nadine Velazquez Amazon
  DVD Don't Hang Up HORROR/THRILLER Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Don't Kill It FANTASY/HORROR | Dolph Lundgren Amazon
  Blu-ray Little Nikita (1988) DRAMA | River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD National Bird DOCUMENTARY Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Office Christmas Party COMEDY | Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, TJ Miller Amazon
  Blu-ray Punchline (1988) COMEDY | Sally Field, Tom Hanks Amazon
  DVD Running Wild DRAMA | Sharon Stone Amazon
DVD Youth in Oregon DRAMA/COMEDY | Frank Langella, Billy Crudup Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD DCI Banks SEASON 5 Amazon
  DVD Diff'rent Strokes SEASON 5 Amazon
  DVD The Good Wife COMPLETE SERIES Amazon
  DVD Silent Witness SEASON 18 Amazon
  DVD Sports Detectives SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD The Talk: Race in America TV SPECIAL Amazon

April 11

poster Hidden Figures Trailers

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This well-received adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s nonfiction book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, three African American women who were crucial to the success of NASA’s Mercury and Apollo missions. Directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) and boasting a supporting cast that includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, and Glen Powell, the film was nominated for three Oscars, including best picture.

poster Lion Trailers

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Another best picture nominee this year, Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel), who at 5 years old found himself lost in Calcutta. Unable to find his family, Brierley was adopted by an Australian couple, portrayed in the film by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham. Twenty-five years later, Brierley began his search for his family back in India. It's the debut feature for director Garth Davis, who previously worked on the acclaimed TV miniseries Top of the Lake.

poster Toni Erdmann Trailers

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The #4 highest-scoring film of 2016, the best-reviewed movie at last year's Cannes, and an Oscar nominee in the foreign-language category, this 162-minute German comedy is director Maren Ade’s follow-up to Everyone Else. The film chronicles the strained but loving relationship between Winfried (Peter Simonischek) and his workaholic daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). Winfried’s attempts to get closer to is daughter involve an escalating series of practical jokes, culminating in the alter ego of the title, a “life coach” in a strange wig and fake teeth. Catch it now before the American remake arrives with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig in the lead roles.

More movie releases on April 11, 2017
  Blu-ray 36 Hours (1965) THRILLER | James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Brimstone WESTERN | Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD The Bye Bye Man HORROR/THRILLER Amazon
  Blu-ray The Crucible (1996) DRAMA | Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Ryder Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Kaili Blues FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
  Blu-ray Ludwig (1973) FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Monster Trucks FAMILY/ADVENTURE/SCI-FI | Lucas Till, Rob Lowe Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray The Vampire (1957) HORROR/THRILLER | John Beal, Coleen Gray Amazon
DVD Walking With The Enemy (2014) ACTION/DRAMA | Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD War on Everyone ACTION/COMEDY | Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD White Girl DRAMA | Morgan Saylor Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Criterion Collection release Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Divided States of America TV SPECIAL Amazon
  DVD Father Knows Best SEASON 5 Amazon
  DVD The Great British Baking Show SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD The Great British Baking Show SEASON 2 Amazon
  DVD The Great British Baking Show SEASON 3 Amazon
  DVD Greek SEASON 4 Amazon
DVD Mariah's World SEASON 1 Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Mars SEASON 1 Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Silicon Valley SEASON 3 Amazon
  DVD The Story Of God With Morgan Freeman SEASON 2 Amazon
  DVD Tangled: Before Ever After TV MOVIE Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters MINISERIES Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Veep SEASON 5 Amazon

April 18

poster The Founder Trailers

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Michael Keaton's return to the spotlight after strong turns in Birdman and Spotlight didn't generate the same kind of buzz, though it's not a bad film. Written by Robert Siegel and directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), The Founder chronicles how Ray Kroc (Keaton) wrestled control of McDonald's away from Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman), who established the original fast food burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson, and Linda Cardellini have supporting roles.

poster Split Trailers

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M. Night Shyamalan’s horror film follow-up to The Visit is his best-reviewed feature since 2000's Unbreakable. Split stars James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with dissociative identity disorder. His 23 personalities have been kept in check, but a 24th is about to threaten the lives of three teenage girls played by Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula.

More movie releases on April 18, 2017
DVD Before the Flood DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray Broken Arrow (1950) WESTERN | James Stewart Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Buena Vista Social Club (1999) Criterion Collection release Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Donnie Darko (2001) New 4K remaster (4-disc limited edition release) Amazon
DVD Don't Blink: Robert Frank DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray A Farewell to Arms (1957) DRAMA | Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Love Thy Nature DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray The Mephisto Waltz (1971) HORROR | Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Ocean Waves (1993) FOREIGN/ANIMATION Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Punching Henry COMEDY | Henry Phillips, Tig Notaro, JK Simmons Amazon
  Blu-ray The Scar (1948) DRAMA | Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Sleepless ACTION/THRILLER | Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan Amazon
  Blu-ray Spencer's Mountain (1963) DRAMA | Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Amazon
  Blu-ray Sunset in the West (1950) WESTERN | Roy Rogers, Trigger Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Woman of the Year (1942) Criterion Collection release Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 800 Words SEASON 2 PART 1 Amazon
  DVD Chrisley Knows Best SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD Hawaii Five-0 (1968) COMPLETE SERIES Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Home Fires SEASON 2 Amazon
  DVD Kidnapped MINISERIES Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Killjoys SEASON 2 Amazon
  DVD Years of Living Dangerously SEASON 2 Amazon

April 25

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Ever wanted to see Anne Heche and Sandra Oh beat each other until they’re bloodied? Then Catfight is the film for you. In fact, writer-director Onur Tukel (Summer of Blood) has them fight three times in this ungainly combination of ferocious physical comedy and savage satire.

poster The Girl With All The Gifts Trailers

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This adaptation of M.R. Carey’s apocalyptic zombie novel is set at a secure base in a near-future England where only a small group of children are immune to a fungal disease that turns humans into flesh eating “hungries." But one little girl in particular, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), might be the key to saving the world. When the base is breached, Melanie escapes with her teacher (Gemma Arterton), a sergeant (Paddy Considine), and a single-minded researcher (Glenn Close).

poster La La Land Trailers

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The shortest-tenured best picture "winner" in Oscar history at about 45 seconds, writer-director Damien Chazelle’s musical follow-up to his critical hit Whiplash is nevertheless one of the most honored movies released last year. Emma Stone, whose (actual) Oscar win was one of six for the film, stars as an aspiring actress who begins a rollercoaster romance with a struggling jazz pianist played by Ryan Gosling. With great chemistry between the leads, six original songs and Chazelle’s energetic appropriation of various movie musical styles, this might not be the film that convinces those who don’t like musicals to finally embrace them, but it’s definitely going to try.

poster Tampopo (1985) Trailers

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An homage to classic film tropes as well as a wholly unique cinema classic itself, Juzo Itami's episodic comedy is a variation on the "spaghetti western"—but only if you replace the spaghetti with ramen noodles and the West with 1980s Japan. You'll definitely want to eat before you watch Tampopo, which follows a ronin (technically, a truck driver) on his quest to aid a noodle shop owner make the perfect bowl of ramen. The result is one of the best food films ever made. This Criterion Collection release features a new 4K remaster and marks the first appearance of the film on DVD or Blu-ray in North America.

More movie releases on April 25, 2017
  Blu-ray and DVD Anatahan (1953) FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
DVD Bokeh SCI-FI/THRILLER | Maika Monroe, Matt O'Leary Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD The Daughter DRAMA | Geoffrey Rush, Paul Schneider Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Detour THRILLER | Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley Amazon
  Blu-ray I Bury the Living (1958) HORROR/THRILLER | Richard Boone Amazon
  Blu-ray Man of La Mancha (1972) MUSICAL | Peter O’ Toole, Sophia Loren Amazon
DVD Mean Dreams THRILLER | Bill Paxton Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Mifune: The Last Samurai DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray Ophelia (1963) FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
  Blu-ray The Optimists (1973) DRAMA | Peter Sellers Amazon
  Blu-ray The Pied Piper (1972) FAMILY/FANTASY | Jack Wild, John Hurt, Donald Pleasence, Donovan Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Rumble Fish (1983) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray The Screaming Skull (1958) HORROR/THRILLER | John Hudson, Peggy Webber Amazon
  Blu-ray Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies (1969) COMEDY Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Underworld: Blood Wars ACTION/HORROR | Kate Beckinsale, Theo James Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Three Brothers (1981) FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
  Blu-ray The Vampire Bat (1933) Restored version Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
Blu-ray and DVD Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution TV MOVIE Amazon
DVD The Affair SEASON 3 Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Animal Kingdom SEASON 1 Amazon

More on home video

View DVD releases from previous months, or take a look at the latest titles just added to stream on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, or HBO Go/HBO Now.


Comments (2)

  • DanBurrito  

    "Pointless"? "Incessant Fan Service"? Maybe, but it's still one of the most mature and emotionally satisfying "Star Wars" movies to date.

  • JRath  

    Damn. Someone's super salty about Rogue One with that description...

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