DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: December 2015

  • Publish Date: November 29, 2015
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December 1

All movies are 2014/15 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVD Both Blu-ray and DVD

poster 85 Amy Watch Trailer

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In his second documentary, director Asif Kapadia (Senna) profiles Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 at the age of 27. Critics found the film gripping and powerful, making it one of the best-reviewed music biopics in recent decades.

poster 81 Goodnight Mommy Watch Trailer

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The latest indie horror hit comes from the writer-director team of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (the wife and nephew of Paradise trilogy director Ulrich Seidl). Brothers Elias and Lucas Schwarz star as nine-year-old twins who welcome their mother home after facial reconstruction surgery. With her face completely bandaged, the inseparable brothers begin to suspect she is not their mother. The result is "brilliantly sinister" “squirm-inducing stuff."

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In the newest film from the writing-directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), recent Emmy nominee Ben Mendelsohn (Netflix’s Bloodline) stars as Gerry, a gambler who doesn’t know when to fold ‘em. But when he teams up with Ryan Reynolds’ Curtis, Gerry is convinced that he’s found his lucky charm. Together, they ramble down the Mississippi to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans, where Gerry hopes he’ll win enough to clear his debts.

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The second film written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach and directed by Baumbach (their first, Frances Ha, was a hit with critics in 2013) follows Tracy (Lola Kirke), a lonely college freshman in New York who is seduced by the increasingly crazy schemes of her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (played by Gerwig). The farce earned more strong reviews for Baumbach, giving him his second critical success in 2015, following While We’re Young earlier in the year.

More movie releases on December 1, 2015
28 Blu-ray and DVD 90 Minutes in Heaven DRAMA | Hayden Christensen Amazon
64 Blu-ray and DVD Assassination FOREIGN/DRAMA/THRILLER Amazon
72 Blu-ray and DVD Being Evel DOCUMENTARY Amazon
49 Blu-ray and DVD Cooties COMEDY/ACTION/SCI-FI/HORROR | Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill Amazon
  DVD Desert Dancer DRAMA | Freida Pinto Amazon
  Blu-ray Downhill Racer (1969) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release Amazon
21 DVD Grace of Monaco DRAMA | Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth Amazon
77 Blu-ray and DVD The Hunting Ground DOCUMENTARY Amazon
53 DVD The Immortalists DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  DVD L.A. Slasher HORROR/COMEDY | Andy Dick, Mischa Barton Amazon
34 Blu-ray and DVD Lost in the Sun ACTION/THRILLER | Josh Duhamel, Josh Wiggins Amazon
23 Blu-ray and DVD Return to Sender THRILLER | Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez, Nick Nolte Amazon
  DVD SlingShot DOCUMENTARY Amazon
11 Blu-ray and DVD Some Kind of Beautiful ROM-COM | Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek Amazon
64 Blu-ray and DVD Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans DOCUMENTARY Amazon
58 Blu-ray and DVD Tokyo Tribe ACTION-ADVENTURE/SCI-FI Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD War Pigs ACTION/DRAMA | Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren Amazon
62 DVD Yakuza Apocalypse ACTION/HORROR/COMEDY | Directed by Takashi Miike Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
77 DVD Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo HBO special Amazon
66 Blu-ray and DVD Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. XXXIV Amazon
80 Blu-ray The Walking Dead Season 5 (Limited edition Blu-ray) Amazon
55 Blu-ray and DVD Zoo Season 1 Amazon

December 8

poster 64 Ant-Man Watch Trailer

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After Edgar Wright departed as director, fans feared the worst for Ant-Man. But this somewhat lightweight (or at least more comedic) final installment of Marvel’s Phase Two isn't a trainwreck, though critics also find it inferior to other recent Marvel films. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, a con man asked by Michael Douglas’ Dr. Hank Pym to protect the secrets of the Ant-Man suit from a new threat led by Corey Stoll’s Yellowjacket. Directed by Peyton Reed (whose fairly unimpressive filmography is topped by Bring It On) and scripted by Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and Rudd after Wright and Joe Cornish took a first crack at it, Ant-Man also stars Judy Greer and Evangeline Lilly.

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This award-winning debut feature from Norwegian writer-director Eskil Vogt (who co-wrote Joachim Trier’s Reprise, Oslo, August 31st and Louder Than Bombs) follows Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Pettersen), a woman who recently lost her sight. In trying to learn how to navigate the world anew, she retreats to the safety of her home, a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But when Ingrid begins to imagine what her husband does when she’s not around, real life and fantasy become confused in surprising ways.

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Ant-Man (above) marks the final installment in Phase Two of the new wave of interconnected Marvel films, which means that it's time for another collector's edition box set. The $220 Phase Two Collection includes six films (dating back to Iron Man 3) on Blu-ray in standard and 3D versions, adds a replica of the Guardians of the Galaxy orb (and other memorabilia), and also features previews of the Phase Three films.

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This first spinoff from the Despicable Me franchise serves as an origin story for the titular yellow creatures. It’s 1968, and the Minions are headed to Villain-Con in hopes of finding a new master. They do—in the form of Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), the first ever female super-villain. With a plan to obtain Queen Elizabeth’s crown, she leads three Minions to London, where they face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind from annihilation. That Metascore might be Minion-yellow, but somewhat middling reviews didn't stop the film from grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide this summer amidst a formidable marketing push.

More movie releases on December 8, 2015
  Blu-ray and DVD The Crooked Way (1949) DRAMA/THRILLER | John Payne Amazon
  DVD Emptying the Skies DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) COMEDY | Mackenzie Astin Amazon
34 Blu-ray and DVD Jellyfish Eyes Criterion Collection release Amazon
58 DVD Jobriath A.D. DOCUMENTARY [out Friday 12/11] Amazon
68 Blu-ray and DVD The Kindergarten Teacher FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
53 Blu-ray and DVD Knock Knock HORROR/THRILLER | Keanu Reeves Amazon
47 Blu-ray and DVD One & Two DRAMA/THRILLER/FANTASY | Kiernan Shipka, Timothée Chalamet Amazon
52 Blu-ray and DVD Partisan DRAMA/THRILLER | Florence Mezzara, Jeremy Chabriel, Vincent Cassel Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Speedy (1928) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray Tabu (1931) DRAMA | Directed by F.W. Murnau Amazon
32 Blu-ray and DVD The Transporter Refueled ACTION/THRILLER | Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson Amazon
62 DVD Xenia FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
  Blu-ray You Can't Take It With You (1938) COMEDY | James Stewart, Jean Arthur Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Doc Martin Season 7 Amazon
  DVD Family Guy Season 13 Amazon
84 Blu-ray and DVD Hannibal Season 3 Amazon
  DVD The Mind of a Chef Season 4 Amazon
34 DVD The Unauthorized Full House Story TV movie Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Under the Dome Season 3 Amazon
  DVD The Wild Thornberrys Complete series set Amazon
  Blu-ray The X-Files Complete series collector's edition Blu-ray set (also available as individual seasons on Blu-ray) Amazon

December 15

poster 27 Fantastic Four Watch Trailer

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Looking for some post-Thanksgiving turkey? Despite its lackluster predecessors, this franchise reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank somehow managed to become the worst Fantastic Four film to date. (Roger Corman's 1994 effort never reached theaters, so it doesn't have a Metascore, but even that film has some cheesy low-budget charm.) Wasting a talented cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Kate Mara (House of Cards), and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as the titular heroes, the film is plagued by poor special effects and a much-maligned screenplay (from five writers, three of whom are credited) that borrows from the original comics as well as the more modern Ultimate Fantastic Four series.

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The fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise didn't quite meet the high bar established by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the most critically acclaimed and financially successful installment in the series. But Rogue Nation is another solid entry in the series, and it's certainly not without action. Screenwriter-turned-director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is the fifth director in five films, working from a script by Drew Pearce and Will Staples that pits the IMF against the Syndicate—an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are. Tom Cruise (once again doing many of his own stunts), Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames all return, joined by Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon McBurney.

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After taking a drubbing from critics (and at the box office) for A Million Ways to Die in the West, writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane returned to the more comfortable, modern confines of talking teddy bears, porn, and weed with this sequel to Ted that finds the titular character hoping to become a father. Mark Wahlberg returns as Ted's best buddy (and sperm donor) Johnny, while newcomers include Amanda Seyfried and John Slattery, plus Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and Dennis Haysbert. Like many sequels, it's inferior to the original.

poster 75 Time Out of Mind Watch Trailer

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Writer-director Oren Moverman's (The Messenger, Rampart) latest drama stars Richard Gere as a homeless man struggling to reconnect with his daughter (Jena Malone). Gere actually panhandled on the streets of New York in preparation for his role in the film, and it paid off in the form of good reviews.

More movie releases on December 15, 2015
  Blu-ray Blood Rage (1987) HORROR Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Burroughs: The Movie (1983) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray The Car (1977) HORROR | James Brolin Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Drown DRAMA Amazon
  Blu-ray Eugenie (1970) HORROR Amazon
61 Blu-ray and DVD He Named Me Malala DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray The Last Horror Film (1982) HORROR/THRILLER/COMEDY Amazon
43 Blu-ray and DVD Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ACTION/SCI-FI/THRILLER | Dylan O’Brien Amazon
  DVD Sex, Death and Bowling DRAMEDY | Adrian Grenier Amazon
51 DVD Slow Learners ROM-COM | Adam Pally, Sarah Burns Amazon
39 DVD The Strongest Man FOREIGN/COMEDY Amazon
81 DVD Top Spin DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) FOREIGN/HORROR/THRILLER Amazon
58 Blu-ray and DVD Wolf Totem FOREIGN/ADVENTURE Amazon
  Blu-ray Zombie High (1987) HORROR/COMEDY | Virginia Madsen, Sherilyn Fenn, Paul Feig Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD A Chef's Life Season 3 Amazon
  DVD CSI Finale (TV movie) Amazon
63 Blu-ray and DVD Extant Season 2 Amazon
48 Blu-ray and DVD Marco Polo Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Teen Wolf Season 5 Part 1 Amazon
  DVD Vet School Season 1 Amazon

December 22

poster 64 Nasty Baby Watch Trailer

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Writer-director Sebastian Silva (Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus) impressed critics at Sundance with this story of a gay couple (Silva and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe) who try to help their friend (Kristen Wiig) have a child. Alia Shawkat, Mark Margolis, and Reg E. Cathey also star.

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If the reborn Mystery Science Theater 3000 needs new subject matter, it may want to start here. The previously unimpeachable Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement) directs this original story by Jason Fuchs that imagines the beginnings of J.M. Barrie’s classic character, Peter Pan. Levi Miller plays Peter, a 12-year-old boy who is whisked away from his orphanage to a world of pirates, fairies and mermaids called Neverland. With the help of Tiger Lilly (Rooney Mara) and James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), he battles the feared Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). The result—easily one of 2015's biggest box office flops—looks something like Tim Burton at his most overindulgent, and critics interpreted the title as a command.

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Tobey Maguire stars as legendary American chess genius Bobby Fischer, while Liev Schreiber plays his Russian rival Boris Spassky, in this biopic from director Edward Zwick and screenwriter Steven Knight (Locke) that focuses on their famous 1972 "Match of the Century."

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The latest from writer-director Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip) stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as best friends who escape to a quiet country retreat, only to slip into hysteria. Critics have mentioned Bergman’s Persona and Polanski’s Repulsion as touchstones.

More movie releases on December 22, 2015
xx Blu-ray and DVD 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown ACTION/THRILLER | Dean Ambrose Amazon
  Blu-ray The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) HORROR Amazon
41 Blu-ray and DVD Dragon Blade ACTION-ADVENTURE | Jackie Chan, John Cusack Amazon
  Blu-ray Nightmares (1983) HORROR Amazon
26 Blu-ray and DVD War Room DRAMA Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Defiance Season 3 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Dominion Season 2 Amazon
  DVD First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb TV special Amazon
  DVD The Nanny Season 5 Amazon
  DVD The Wiz Live! TV special Amazon

December 29

poster 28 Hitman: Agent 47 Watch Trailer

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"Finally, a great video game adaptation!" is what precisely no one is saying about this misguided attempt to reboot the movie franchise based on the Hitman games. Rupert Friend (replacing the late Paul Walker) takes over the role of Agent 47 from Timothy Olyphant, who played the anonymous assassin in 2007’s Hitman. Along with Hannah Ware, he faces off against Zachary Quinto and a seemingly endless supply of soldiers.

poster 51 A Walk in the Woods Watch Trailer

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Great cast, best-selling source material. But a look at that Metascore confirms what the end-of-summer release date already suggested: it's a disappointment. Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star (with Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Schaal in support) in an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling memoir of the same name, which humorously recounts the author's struggles to hike the 2,200-mile trail in its entirety. Redford spent a decade attempting to bring the book to the big screen, and as recently as last year it looked like Larry Charles (Borat) would direct from a script by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine). Charles dropped out and was replaced by fellow TV veteran Ken Kwapis, while the final script is credited to newcomers Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman. Their take is stale, sitcom-y, and tiresome, according to critics. But it's still better than the Hitman movie.

More movie releases on December 29, 2015
71 Blu-ray and DVD Bone Tomahawk WESTERN/HORROR | Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson Amazon
37 Blu-ray and DVD Heist ACTION/THRILLER | Robert De Niro, Dave Bautista Amazon
33 DVD Jenny's Wedding DRAMEDY | Katherine Heigl Amazon
36 Blu-ray and DVD The Perfect Guy DRAMA/THRILLER | Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan Amazon
28 Blu-ray and DVD Some Kind of Hate HORROR/THRILLER | Ronen Rubinstein Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Live Free or Die Season 2 Amazon
71 Blu-ray and DVD Ray Donovan Season 3 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Shameless Season 5 Amazon

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Comments (1)

  • Hautewerk  

    Any confirmation on Black Mass being released on December 22?

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