DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: December 2016

  • Publish Date: December 1, 2016
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December 6

All movies are 2015/16 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVD Both Blu-ray and DVD

poster Don't Think Twice Trailers

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Mike Birbiglia's well-reviewed follow-up to his 2012 directorial debut Sleepwalk with Me. centers on a New York City improv troupe, where the success of one member impacts the rest of the group in different ways. Birbiglia himself heads up a strong ensemble that also features Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, and Kate Micucci.

poster Jason Bourne Trailers

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It's the fifth installment in the Bourne franchise overall, the fourth for star Matt Damon, and third for director Paul Greengrass. But Jason Bourne ranks with critics as the worst film in the series, with critics complaining about the tedious, redundant, unoriginal story from longtime-editor-turned-first-time-writer Christopher Rouse that is only partially saved by some decent action sequences. Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, and The Night Of's Riz Ahmed also star.

poster Kicks Trailers

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Director Justin Tipping’s debut feature follows 15-year-old Brandon (newcomer Jahking Guillory), a poor, hard-working kid whose new Air Jordans are stolen off his feet by a local thug named Flaco. Determined to get his sneakers back, Brandon and his two best friends go on a risky mission to retrieve them.

poster Mad Max: Fury Road (Black & Chrome Ed.)

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The "Black & Chrome" edition of last year's acclaimed fourth Mad Max film converts the theatrical release to black-and-white. It's available on its own as well as part of a new Mad Max High Octane Collection box set which includes all four Mad Max films as well as documentaries and other features.

poster Other People Trailers

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Out Friday, December 9. In SNL writer Chris Kelly’s debut feature (as both writer and director), Jesse Plemons stars as David, a comedy writer who moves back home to take care of his cancer-stricken mother (Molly Shannon). Bradley Whitford plays David’s father and Maude Apatow and Madisen Beaty are his sisters in a strong cast that also includes June Squibb, Paul Dooley, Matt Walsh, Kerri Kenney, JJ Totah, Retta, John Early, and Zach Woods.

poster The Secret Life of Pets Trailers

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This animated family comedy from the studio behind Despicable Me features the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Albert Brooks, and Jenny Slate.

More movie releases on December 6, 2016
Blu-ray and DVDBetter Off Single COMEDY | Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD The Devil's Dolls HORROR/THRILLER | Christopher Wiehl Amazon
  Blu-ray The Exterminating Angel (1962) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD For the Love of Spock DOCUMENTARY Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD The Frontier DRAMA/THRILLER | Kelly Lynch, Jim Beaver Amazon
DVD The Great Gilly Hopkins FAMILY/DRAMEDY | Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Heart of a Dog Criterion Collection release Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990) THRILLER (new 30th anniversary restoration) Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD The Hollars DRAMEDY | John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD In Order of Disappearance FOREIGN/ACTION/THRILLER/COMEDY | Stellan Skarsgård Amazon
DVD Jack Goes Home HORROR/THRILLER | Rory Culkin, Britt Robertson Amazon
DVD The Late Bloomer COMEDY/DRAMA | Johnny Simmons, Brittany Snow Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Ordinary World COMEDY/DRAMA | Billie Joe Armstrong, Selma Blair Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Phantasm (1979) HORROR (HD remaster) Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Phantasm: Ravager HORROR/FANTASY Amazon
DVD The Remains HORROR/THRILLER | Todd Lowe Amazon
DVD SiREN HORROR | Chase Williamson Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Something For Everyone (1971) COMEDY/DRAMA (HD remaster) | Angela Lansbury, Michael York Amazon
DVD Spa Night DRAMA Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Trash Fire HORROR/ROM-COM | Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur Amazon
DVD The Unspoken THRILLER | Jodelle Ferland, Neal McDonough Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Beauty and the Beast SEASON 4 Amazon
DVD BrainDead SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD The Bureau SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD Family Guy SEASON 14 Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Greenleaf SEASON 1 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures SEASON 1 Amazon
DVD Scream Queens SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD The Secret Agent SEASON 1 Amazon
Blu-ray The Shannara Chronicles SEASON 1 (Blu-ray release) Amazon
  DVD Zoo SEASON 2 Amazon

December 13

poster Ben-Hur (2016) Trailers

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William Wyler's 1959 epic (itself one of Hollywood's first remakes, as well as an adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel) is considered one of the best films ever made. This new version from director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) wasn't even one of the best films of August. Jack Huston takes on the titular role (made famous by Charlton Heston) as the prince-turned-slave-turned-chariot racer, while Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbæk, Toby Kebbell, and (playing the newly enlarged role of Jesus) Rodrigo Santoro star. The result is one of 2016's biggest box office bombs.

poster Bridget Jones's Baby Trailers

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Fans waited 14 years for another Big Fat Greek Wedding on the big screen, so a mere 12 years for a new Bridget Jones rom-com is comparably quick. While the first two films—2001‘s Bridget Jones’s Diary and 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason—were based on novels by Helen Fielding, this third film has been tackled by at least three writers–Fielding, One Day author David Nicholls, and Emma Thompson (who also has a role in the film). Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are back as Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy, but Hugh Grant‘s Daniel Cleaver has been replaced by Patrick Dempsey’s billionaire American, Jack Qwant.

poster Equity Trailers

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When it premiered to good reviews at Sundance this year, Equity was billed as the “first female-focused Wall Street drama.” Meera Menon’s second feature stars Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn as Naomi Bishop, a senior investment banker struggling to balance business and ethics as she guides the IPO for a new tech company.

poster Florence Foster Jenkins Trailers

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It's a true story so strange that it's now been told in two different recent films. Unlike the French drama Marguerite, which changed some of the details (including the names and setting), Florence Foster Jenkins sticks closer to the actual story. The Stephen Frears-directed film stars Meryl Streep in what could be an Oscar-nominated performance as the eponymous New York heiress and socialite who believed her singing voice to be quite beautiful—so much so that she made plans to perform at at Carnegie Hall. The reality? Her voice was painfully awful. Hugh Grant plays her husband, St. Clair Bayfield, who tried to shield her from the awful truth.

poster Little Men Trailers

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After the critical success of 2012’s Keep the Lights On and 2014’s Love Is Strange, writer-director Ira Sachs returned to Sundance earlier this year with another film co-written by Mauricio Zacharias. Focusing on how the friendship between middle schoolers Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri) is impacted by the dispute between Jake's father (Greg Kinnear), and Tony's mother (Paulina Garcia) over a rental property, Sachs once again impressed critics with his humane approach to common modern problems.

poster Southside With You Trailers

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The first of two 2016 films depicting a young Barack Obama (with Barry due later this month), Southside With You takes a narrow focus by depicting the first date between Barack Obama and future First Lady Michelle Robinson. Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star in writer-director Richard Tanne’s fictionalized look at their first day together, which was warmly received by critics at Sundance.

poster Suicide Squad Trailers

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Thanks to the critical and domestic box office disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. and DC Comics had a lot riding on August's Suicide Squad adaptation by writer-director David Ayer (Fury). Unfortunately, this story of a misfit group of criminals doing the government’s dirty work scored even lower with critics, who found the film bloated and confused. (It nevertheless grossed over $700 million, so expect a sequel.) Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie head the ensemble.

More movie releases on December 13, 2016
  Blu-ray and DVD The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Criterion Collection release Amazon
DVD Brother Nature COMEDY | Taran Killam, Gillian Jacobs, Bobby Moynihan Amazon
DVD Disorder DRAMA/THRILLER | Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger Amazon
DVD Hooligan Sparrow DOCUMENTARY Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD I Am Not a Serial Killer THRILLER | Max Records, Christopher Lloyd Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Kampai! For the Love of Sake DOCUMENTARY Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Let's Be Evil SCI-FI/HORROR/THRILLER | Elizabeth Morris Amazon
  Blu-ray The Lodger (1944) THRILLER | Merle Oberon, George Sanders Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Morgan SCI-FI/HORROR/THRILLER | Toby Jones, Kate Mara Amazon
  Blu-ray Moving Violations (1985) COMEDY | John Murray, Jennifer Tilly Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD No Pay, Nudity DRAMA/COMEDY | Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane Amazon
  Blu-ray The Park Is Mine (1986) ACTION-ADVENTURE | Tommy Lee Jones, Helen Shaver Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Roma (1972) Criterion Collection release Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Shelley DRAMA/HORROR Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story WESTERN | Trace Adkins, Judd Nelson, Kim Coates Amazon
  Blu-ray Sudden Fear (1952) THRILLER | Joan Crawford, Jack Palance Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 19-2 SEASON 3 Amazon
  DVD 800 Words SEASON 1 Amazon
DVD American Gothic SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD Death in Paradise SEASON 5 Amazon
  DVD Duck Dynasty SEASON 10 Amazon
  DVD Father Brown SEASON 4 Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Fear the Walking Dead SEASON 2 Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Harley and the Davidsons MINISERIES Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Legend of Korra COMPLETE SERIES Amazon
  DVD Newhart SEASON 7 Amazon
  Blu-ray The Twilight Zone COMPLETE SERIES (Blu-ray release) Amazon

December 20

poster The Magnificent Seven (2016) Trailers

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Antoine Fuqua’s remake of John Sturges' 1960 western (which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic The Seven Samurai) stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier as the seven outlaws-turned-heroes and Peter Sarsgaard as their evil industrialist nemesis. It boasts a screenplay co-written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO's True Detective), but critics found the result uninspired and forgettable.

poster Sully Trailers

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Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort examines the story behind the “Miracle on the Hudson” water landing in 2009. While audiences may already be familiar with the event itself—when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after losing power in both engines—less is known about the aftermath of the landing and the subsequent investigation into Sully’s choices that day. As in 2013’s Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks plays a real-life character under immense pressure. Hanks, Eastwood, and the film itself could be headed to Oscar nominations next month.

More movie releases on December 20, 2016
Blu-ray and DVD 31 HORROR/THRILLER | directed by Rob Zombie Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Dad's Army COMEDY | Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones Amazon
DVD The Disappointments Room DRAMA/HORROR/THRILLER | Kate Beckinsale Amazon
DVD Goat DRAMA | Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Greater DRAMA/SPORTS/FAMILY | Christopher Severio Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Hitchcock/Truffaut DOCUMENTARY Amazon
DVD It Had To Be You ROM-COM | Cristin Milioti Amazon
DVD Maximum Ride ACTION-ADVENTURE/SCI-FI | Allie Marie Evans Amazon
DVD Roseanne for President! DOCUMENTARY Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Doctor Who SERIES 8 PART 2 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love TV SPECIAL Amazon
DVD Hairspray Live! TV SPECIAL Amazon

December 27

poster American Honey Trailers

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At May’s Cannes Film Festival, writer-director Andrea Arnold (Wuthering Heights, Fish Tank) won the Jury Prize for the third time for this, her first film set in the United States. Honey combines two classic American teen movie genres—the coming-of-age story and the road trip movie—as it follows Star (newcomer Sasha Lane), a wild child who leaves her troubled home when she falls for a magazine subscription salesman played by Shia LaBeouf (in an unsurprisingly divisive performance).

poster Snowden Trailers

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In his first feature film since 2012’s Savages, Oliver Stone, never one to shy away from controversy (even courting it sometimes), takes on the Edward Snowden story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the CIA and NSA worker who exposed the vast illegal surveillance activities of his employers. Stone looks to be focusing on Snowden’s personal journey, while also fictionalizing what Laura Poitras’ Academy Award-winning documentary Citizenfour captured with so much immediacy. Critics found it a bit too tame, however.

More movie releases on December 27, 2016
Blu-ray and DVD Dog Eat Dog ACTION/DRAMA/THRILLER | Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD The Dressmaker DRAMA | Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD In a Valley of Violence WESTERN | Ethan Hawke, John Travolta Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD A Man Called Ove FOREIGN/DRAMA/COMEDY Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD When the Bough Breaks DRAMA/HORROR/THRILLER | Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Close to the Enemy MINISERIES Amazon
  DVD Ray Donovan SEASON 4 Amazon
DVD Undercover SEASON 1 Amazon
Blu-ray and DVD Versailles SEASON 1 Amazon

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Comments (2)

  • JasonDietz  

    @pastor43: Unfortunately the calendar had to sit this month out, but it will return in February.

  • pastor43  

    Have the DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar been discontinued? Always look forward to the release calendar to prepare for upcoming DVD's. Thanks.

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