DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: January 2016

  • Publish Date: January 3, 2016
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January 5

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poster 81 Experimenter Watch Trailer

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The second 2015 drama (following The Stanford Prison Experiment) to depict one of the 20th century's most infamous psychology experiments, the well-reviewed, stylized Experimenter comes from from writer-director Michael Almereyda (Nadja, Cymbeline). Peter Sarsgaard stars as Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram, whose "obedience experiments” asked ordinary people to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Jim Gaffigan, Anthony Edwards, and Anton Yelchin are among the test subjects, while Winona Ryder plays Milgram's wife.

poster 64 Infinitely Polar Bear Watch Trailer

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In Maya Forbes’ autobiographical debut feature, Mark Ruffalo plays a bipolar father trying to care for two children while his wife is away at school. The film divided critics when it debuted at Sundance back in 2014, though it ultimately finished its theatrical run with more good reviews than bad, thanks to the performances of Ruffalo and co-star Zoe Saldana..

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French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's (Prisoners, Enemy) third English-language feature was one of the critical hits of last year’s Cannes, and could potentially land a few Oscar nominations later this month. Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who begins to question her beliefs when she is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the violent war on drugs. A much-lauded Benicio del Toro plays a mysterious consultant who joins them as they cross the border to apprehend a Mexican cartel leader. Written by Sons of Anarchy actor Taylor Sheridan, the film’s title translates as “Hitman,” and it features cinematography from 12-time Academy Award nominee Roger Deakins.

poster 64 Sleeping With Other People Watch Trailer

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This anti-rom-com from Bachelorette writer-director Leslye Headland stars Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis as ex-lovers who reconnect at a sex addiction meeting a dozen years after losing their virginity together. After many failed relationships, they agree to try to keep things platonic, but that proves just as difficult as sleeping with each other. Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne also star in a film that landed on a few critic top-10 lists despite dividing reviewers overall.

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The story of Philippe Petit’s illicit tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974 had already been chronicled in James Marsh’s Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire. Director Robert Zemeckis, whose last film Flight represented a return to live-action after nearly a decade spent in mo-cap animation, presented a fictionalized, IMAX 3D take on the stunt this fall, which failed to catch on with moviegoers despite fairly strong reviews. (Expect plenty of vertigo-inducing visuals even in 2D on your smaller home screen.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Petit alongside Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, and James Badge Dale.

More movie releases on January 5, 2016
. DVD Ashby ROM-COM/DRAMA | Emma Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Sarah Silverman Amazon
. DVD A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. DVD Captive DRAMA/THRILLER | David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Michael Kenneth Williams Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Close Range ACTION | Scott Adkins Amazon
  DVD Cold Deck DRAMA | Paul Sorvino Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Condemned HORROR Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Deathgasm HORROR/COMEDY Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Green Inferno HORROR/THRILLER | Directed by Eli Roth Amazon
  DVD Hell and Back ANIMATION/COMEDY | Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller Amazon
  Blu-ray The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) COMEDY | Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser COMEDY | David Spade, Christopher Walken Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Love DRAMA | Directed by Gaspar Noe Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Memories of the Sword FOREIGN/DRAMA/ACTION Amazon
. DVD Northern Soul DRAMA/MUSIC Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse HORROR/COMEDY | Logan Miller, Joey Morgan Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Shanghai DRAMA | John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Visit THRILLER/HORROR | Directed by M. Night Shyamalan Amazon
  DVD Wrecker ACTION/THRILLER | Anna Hutchinson, Drea Whiturn Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Ancient Aliens Season 8 Amazon
  DVD The Birthday Boys Season 2 Amazon
. DVD Broad City Season 2 Amazon
  DVD Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 3 Amazon
  DVD Father Brown Season 3 Part 1 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Flesh and Bone Season 1 Amazon
  DVD It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Amazon
. DVD The Last Kingdom Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Legend Complete series set Amazon
. DVD Luther Season 4 Amazon
. DVD Man Seeking Woman Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Party of Five Complete series set Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD True Detective Season 2 Amazon

January 12

poster 53 Irrational Man Watch Trailer

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Woody Allen's latest proved to be his second straight middling effort (following Magic in the Moonlight). Irrational Man is a somewhat more serious tale about a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) who hits upon the perfect cure for his existential blues: murder. Emma Stone and Parker Posey also star.

poster 92 The Look of Silence Watch Trailer

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Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to the award-winning The Act of Killing is a companion piece to that documentary about mass killings in Indonesia, and once again critics were almost unanimously impressed. The winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 71st Venice International Film Festival focuses on a family of survivors whose youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by confronting the men who killed his brother. Expect an Oscar nomination later this month.

poster 80 The Martian Watch Trailer

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This crowd-pleasing space adventure strives for scientific accuracy in its tale of stranded astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), who must survive for over a year on Mars with meager supplies while NASA (on Earth) and his crew (in space) try to figure out how to rescue him. Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andy Weir’s best-selling novel of the same name also boasts a surprisingly strong supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, and Donald Glover. Though it conceptually shares quite a bit with the recent Gravity, the stakes here feel somewhat lower throughout due to Scott's more lighthearted approach—though to label the film a "comedy," as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recently did, would be inaccurate.

poster 82 The Second Mother Watch Trailer

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Critics loved this Brazilian dramedy about a woman who leaves her own daughter behind while she moves to the big city to take a job as housekeeper and nanny for a wealthy family. The film's soapier plot elements make it accessible to larger audiences while it also explores issues of class and family in ways that are natural rather than preachy, according to reviewers.

More movie releases on January 12, 2016
  Blu-ray and DVD The American Friend (1977) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Bed Sitting Room (1969) COMEDY | Dudley Moore, Peter Cook; directed by Richard Lester Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Bitter Rice (1947) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Contracted: Phase II HORROR/THRILLER Amazon
  Blu-ray Figures in a Landscape (1972) ACTION-ADVENTURE | Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell Amazon
. DVD Flutter DRAMA/THRILLER | Joe Anderson Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Hotel Transylvania 2 ANIMATION/FAMILY | Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD How I Won the War (1967) COMEDY | Michael Crawford, John Lennon; directed by Richard Lester Amazon
. DVD In The Basement FOREIGN/DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Knack and How to Get It (1964) COMEDY | Michael Crawford; directed by Richard Lester Amazon
  DVD Making Rounds DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Out 1 (1971) 13-disc multi-format set includes full 13-hour version of Jacques Rivette's film (and a 4-hour cut) Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension HORROR Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Sinister 2 HORROR | Shannyn Sossamon Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD This Changes Everything DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. DVD Uncle John DRAMA/THRILLER | John Ashton Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD All of My Heart TV movie Amazon
  DVD Hill Street Blues Season 7 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Maison Close Season 2 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Mr. Robot Season 1 Amazon
. DVD Sherlock The Abominable Bride (TV movie) Amazon
  DVD So You Said Yes TV movie Amazon
  DVD The Wonder Years Season 4 Amazon

January 19

poster 73 All Things Must Pass Watch Trailer

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A must for music fans of a certain age, Colin Hanks' directorial debut is a documentary focusing on the rise and fall of record store chain Tower Records. Critics had plenty of good things to say about a bittersweet but engrossing film that also features appearances by Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen, and Dave Grohl.

poster 87 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Watch Trailer

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One of 2015's most overlooked gems (and one of the year's best-reviewed films), this coming-of-age tale is an adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel by first-time feature writer-director Marielle Heller. English actress Bel Powley stars as Minnie Gotze, a teenager in 1976 San Francisco, who begins an affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, played by Alexander Skarsgård. Christopher Meloni and Madeleine Waters also star in a film praised for its honest portrayal of burgeoning female sexuality.

poster 82 Eden Watch Trailer

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There was a good 2015 film about the electronic music scene after all, and it certainly wasn't We Are Your Friends. This latest critically lauded gem from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love) is a based-on-true-events tale spanning two decades in the life and relationships of a French club DJ. His story unfolds against the backdrop of the rise of electronica duo Daft Punk. Felix de Givry, Greta Gerwig, Laura Smet, and Pauline Etienne star.

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With a strong cast (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal), this based-on-true-events adventure follows two expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. Director Baltasar Kormákur shot on location in Nepal and in the Italian Alps to try to capture the harrowing experience of scaling Everest in 3D.

poster 72 Straight Outta Compton Watch Trailer

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One of 2015's most pleasant surprises was director F. Gary Gray's biopic about legendary West Coast hip hop outfit N.W.A., which is now the highest-grossing film by a black director in history. Gray actually got his start directing music videos (including clips for N.W.A.'s Ice Cube and Dr. Dre) before jumping to features with Friday in 1995, written by and starring Ice Cube. The latter's real-life son O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays his father alongside Corey Hawkins as Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, with the film following the group as they turn their experiences on the streets of Compton into the controversial music that made them into stars. Paul Giamatti co-stars as their manager, Jerry Heller. The Blu-ray release includes a new director's cut of the film alongside the theatrical version.

More movie releases on January 19, 2016
. DVD The Cut FOREIGN/DRAMA | Directed by Fatih Akin Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Gilda (1946) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. DVD A Girl Like Her DRAMA | Hunter King, Jimmy Bennett, Lexi Ainsworth Amazon
  Blu-ray The Guardian (1990) HORROR | Directed by William Friedkin Amazon
  Blu-ray The Ice Pirates (1984) SCI-FI/COMEDY | Robert Urich, Anjelica Huston, Mary Crosby Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Jem and the Holograms FANTASY/FAMILY | Aubrey Peeples Amazon
. DVD Learning to Drive DRAMA/ROM-COM | Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson Amazon
  Blu-ray Of Mice & Men (1992) DRAMA | John Malkovich Amazon
. DVD Samba DRAMA/COMEDY | Omar Sy Amazon
  Blu-ray Serial (1980) COMEDY | Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Christopher Lee Amazon
. DVD Stonewall DRAMA | Jeremy Irvine, Johnathan Rhys Meyers Amazon
  Blu-ray The Undesirable (1915) DRAMA | Directed by Michael Curtiz Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Woodlawn DRAMA | Sean Astin, Jon Voight Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
. Blu-ray and DVD 12 Monkeys Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Adventure Time Vol. 11 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Continuum Season 4 Amazon
  DVD The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Little House on the Prairie Season 8 (remastered) Amazon
  DVD The Saint Seasons 3 & 4 set Amazon
  DVD Sisters Season 3 Amazon
  DVD Swamp People Season 6 Amazon

January 26

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Appearing on a surprising number of critics' year-end top 10 lists, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s first feature film in eight years (following Flight of the Red Balloon) also earned him the best director prize at Cannes last year. The martial arts-filled drama tells the story of a young girl who is abducted by a nun and trained to be an assassin, only to face a difficult personal decision when the man she loves becomes her latest target.

poster 59 Goosebumps Watch Trailer

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The first big-screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s 62-volume Goosebumps children's book series starts with familiar tropes—new kid in town Zach (Dylan Minnette) falls for his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush)—but there is a twist. Her father happens to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), and the monsters that everyone reads about in his books are actually real. Stine keeps them locked up in his books, but when they get out and begin to terrorize the community, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, and their friends (Ryan Lee, Ella Wahlestedt) to save the town.

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This crowd-pleasing film—a documentary that plays like a rom-com—follows Indian-American actor Ravi Patel (who can be seen in the debut season of Master of None) as he explores the possibility of an arranged marriage as a solution to his dating woes. Naturally, it doesn't go all that well. Patel himself directs alongside his sister Geeta Patel.

More movie releases on January 26, 2016
. DVD A Brilliant Young Mind DRAMA/COMEDY | Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall Amazon
. DVD Brush with Danger ACTION/THRILLER Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Burnt DRAMEDY | Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller Amazon
. DVD In My Father's House DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The New Girlfriend FOREIGN/DRAMA | Directed by François Ozon Amazon
. DVD The Wannabe DRAMA/THRILLER | Vincent Piazza, Patricia Arquette Amazon
  Blu-ray The Wrong Man (1956)DRAMA | Henry Fonda Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Black Work Miniseries Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Da Vinci's Demons Season 3 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Doctor Who Series 9 Part 2 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Downton Abbey Season 6 Amazon
  DVD The Facts of Life Season 8 Amazon
  DVD Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise TV movie Amazon
  Blu-ray The Monkees Complete series set (Blu-ray)  
. DVD UnReal Season 1 Amazon

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