DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: July 2016

  • Publish Date: June 29, 2016
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July 5

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poster. By the Sea Trailers

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Angelina Jolie Pitt’s third feature as director is also the first film in a decade in which she stars opposite her husband, Brad Pitt. Critics liked it about as much as they enjoyed her first two directorial efforts (In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken)—which is to say, not all that much. Set in the 1970s, By the Sea examines the marriage of Roland, a writer, and Vanessa, a former dancer, as they vacation at a seaside resort in France. Melanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud co-star as young newlyweds, and Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer play two of the local inhabitants in this intimate but disappointing drama written by Jolie Pitt and echoing the films of the decade in which it takes place.

poster . The Family Fang Trailers

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The second feature film directed by Jason Bateman (Bad Words) tells the story of a brother and sister (Bateman and Nicole Kidman) who move back in with their performance artist parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett). It's an adaptation of Kevin Wilson’s 2011 novel by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

poster . I Saw the Light Trailers

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A disappointment on the fall film festival circuit last year, Marc Abraham’s biopic of American singer-songwriter Hank Williams stars Tom Hiddleston as Williams and Elisabeth Olsen as Audrey, his long-suffering wife, in two performances that were actually praised (along with the work of cinematographer Dante Spinotti). Unfortunately, it was Abraham’s script and direction that failed to impress reviewers.

poster . Only Yesterday (1991) Trailers

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Originally released in Japan in 1991, this Studio Ghibli feature from director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) is the rare animated drama targeted at adults rather than families. While the melancholy film (about a 27-year-old woman reflecting on her life) was a hit in its native country, that adult focus is the likely reason that Only Yesterday's official U.S. release didn't occur until 25 years later. Now arriving on home video, this new English-language dub features the voices of Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel.

More movie releases on July 5, 2016
. Blu-ray and DVD The Adderall Diaries DRAMA/THRILLER | James Franco, Amber Heard Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Boy and the World FOREIGN/ANIMATION/FAMILY Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Cabin Fever HORROR/COMEDY Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Code of Honor ACTION | Steven Seagal Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Dog Lover DRAMA | James Remar, Lea Thompson Amazon
. DVD Holidays HORROR/COMEDY/ANTHOLOGY Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The In-Laws (1979) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Jim: The James Foley Story DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Mermaid FOREIGN/FANTASY | Directed by Stephen Chow Amazon
. DVD Mothers and Daughters DRAMA | Selma Blair, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Pack HORROR/THRILLER Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Search Party COMEDY | TJ Miller, Adam Pally Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Term Life DRAMA/THRILLER | Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Vigilante Diaries ACTION | Paul Sloan, Michael Jai White, Jason Mewes Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Death in Paradise SEASON 4 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD House of Cards SEASON 4 Amazon
  DVD Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery TV MOVIE Amazon
  DVD Naruto Shippuden Uncut SET 27 Amazon
  DVD The Real Ghostbusters (The Animated Series) VOLUMES 1-5 SET Amazon
  DVD Saving Hope SEASON 2 Amazon
  DVD Vicious FINALE Amazon

July 12

poster . Belladonna Of Sadness (1973) Trailers

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Like Only Yesterday (above), Belladonna Of Sadness is an adult-targeted Japanese animated feature that was rarely seen in the United States until this year (when it was released in a newly restored version). But this is no Studio Ghibli film. Experimental, ambitious, psychedelic, and truly one of a kind, Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 feature (very loosely based on the 19th century French book Satanism and Witchcraft) is short on narrative but long on ideas and stylistically diverse visuals—some sexually graphic, and many driven by Masahiko Satoh's psych-rock score.

poster . Everybody Wants Some!! Trailers

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Described by the filmmaker as a "spiritual sequel" to his cult hit Dazed and Confused, the latest from Richard Linklater is a 1980s-set comedy that follows a group of college baseball players over the course of a single weekend prior to the first week of fall classes. It may not compete for any awards like Linklater's previous film, Boyhood, but it is still an enjoyable outing, according to reviewers.

poster . Green Room Trailers

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Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s violent but acclaimed follow-up to the also well-reviewed Blue Ruin stars Alia Shawkat and the late Anton Yelchin and as members of a punk band called The Ain't Rights. They find themselves trying to survive in a backwoods bar after witnessing a murder committed by a group of white supremacists led by Patrick Stewart.

poster . Mountains May Depart Trailers

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Award-winning director Jia Zhang-ke offers an ambitious, three-part look at China’s past (1999), present (2014) and future (2025), with each time period depicted in a different aspect ration (as in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel). In 1999, childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son and Zhang names him Dollar. In 2014 they are separated, and, in 2025, Dollar is in Australia, where the English dialogue became a sticking point for some critics.

poster . My Golden Days Trailers

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With his latest, director Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale and Kings & Queen) returns to the story of Paul Dédalus (Matheiu Amalric) that he began in 1996 with My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument. About to return to Paris, Dédalus reflects on his childhood relationships with his mother, his father, and, most of all, the love of his life, Esther. Quentin Dolmaire, making his screen debut, plays the young Dédalus.

More movie releases on July 12, 2016
. DVD 13 Cameras DRAMA/HORROR Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Carnival of Souls (1962) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. DVD The Dark Horse DRAMA Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Divergent Series: Allegiant ACTION-ADVENTURE | Shailene Woodley, Theo James Amazon
. DVD Jia Zhangke, A guy from Fenyang DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. DVD Marguerite & Julien FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Miracles from Heaven DRAMA | Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers Amazon
. DVD My Big Night FOREIGN/COMEDY Amazon
  Blu-ray The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) WESTERN | Henry Fonda Amazon
. DVD The Preppie Connection DRAMA | Thomas Mann, Lucy Fry Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Road Games THRILLER | Andrew Simpson Amazon
  DVD Stressed to Kill THRILLER/COMEDY | Armand Assante Amazon
. DVD Sworn Virgin FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
  Blu-ray Yellow Sky (1948) WESTERN | Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Adventure Time VOL. 12 Amazon
  DVD America's Test Kitchen SEASON 16 Amazon
. DVD Colony SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD The Defenders SEASON 1 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Dresser TV MOVIE Amazon
  DVD Emergency! COMPLETE SERIES Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD iZombie SEASON 2 Amazon
  DVD My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic SEASON 5 Amazon
  DVD Naked and Afraid XL SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love TV MOVIE Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Slasher SEASON 1 Amazon

July 19

poster . Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailers

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If you were dismayed by early casting choices (e.g., Ben Affleck as Batman) and worried by the trailers, then your worst fears were probably confirmed by the actual movie, and its reviews. Critics didn't particularly like this "cluttered," "overstuffed," "forgettable," "lumbering," and "incoherent" sequel to the 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel that returns director Zack Snyder and star Henry Cavill. Joining the fun (or not) this time around are Jesse Eisenberg as a particularly grating Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. This "Ultimate Edition" release adds 30 minutes to the already bloated theatrical cut (which is also included on the Blu-ray), but critical reaction suggests that the longer version actually improves the movie's storytelling considerably, though it falls short of solving all of the film's problems.

poster . Miles Ahead Trailers

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Don Cheadle makes his feature directing debut with this unconventional biopic of Miles Davis. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle stars as the legendary jazz musician in a film that has earned generally positive early reviews despite its fictional framing story of Davis searching for a stolen recording with a Rolling Stone reporter played by Ewan McGregor.

poster . O.J.: Made in America

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A year that has already given us an O.J.-centered TV classic in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson has somehow delivered another. While the latter series was a fictionalized look at Simpson's murder trial, this five-part miniseries—technically part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series—is a documentary, and broadens the scope considerably to encompass O.J.'s life before and after the trial as well as a history of race relations in Los Angeles. The result may just be the most critically acclaimed TV program of the year—and one that you may actually be hearing from at next year's Oscars, thanks to a clever strategy of screening the eight-hour "film" in a few theaters before debuting it on television.

More movie releases on July 19, 2016
. Blu-ray and DVD Elvis & Nixon COMEDY | Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Kill Zone 2 FOREIGN/ACTION/THRILLER Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Night and Fog (1955) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD A Perfect Day COMEDY/DRAMA | Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Perfect Match ROM-COM | Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura, Donald Faison Amazon
. DVD Rio, I Love You DRAMA/ANTHOLOGY Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD A Touch of Zen (1971) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. DVD Underdogs ANIMATION | Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD The 100 SEASON 3 Amazon
  DVD Bitten SEASON 3 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Magicians SEASON 1 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD O.J.: Made in America MINISERIES Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Orphan Black SEASON 4 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Person of Interest SEASON 5 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Person of Interest COMPLETE SERIES Amazon
  DVD Royal Pains SEASON 8 Amazon
  DVD Sisters SEASON 5 Amazon

July 26

poster . Barbershop: The Next Cut Trailers

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Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer return for the third installment in the comedy series, which picks up a decade after the events of 2004’s Barbershop 2: Back in Business. Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday) directs.

poster . Sing Street Trailers

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Set in 1980s Dublin, this crowd-pleasing musical from writer-director John Carney (Once, Begin Again) follows 14-year-old Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), whose bickering parents move him from a private school to an inner-city public school, where he’s bullied. But when he meets the stunning Raphina (Lucy Boynton), Conor is inspired to start a band, and, luckily for him, his older brother (Jack Reynor) is ready to mentor him.

More movie releases on July 26, 2016
. DVD Born to Be Blue DRAMA/MUSIC | Ethan Hawke Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Boss COMEDY | Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Criminal ACTION/THRILLER | Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Hardcore Henry ACTION | Sharlto Copley Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD I Am Wrath ACTION/THRILLER | John Travolta Amazon
. DVD L'attesa (The Wait) FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
. DVD A Light Beneath Their Feet DRAMA | Taryn Manning Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The New World (2005) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. DVD Paul Verhoeven's Tricked FOREIGN/DRAMA/COMEDY/DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. DVD The Russian Woodpecker DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. DVD A Strange Course of Events FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Doctor Who SERIES 5 PART 2 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Jack Irish SEASON 1 Amazon
  DVD Mystery Science Theater 3000 VOL. XXXVI Amazon

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Comments (1)

  • FleshWorld  

    Everybody Wants Some is BRILLIANT! An absolute must see - esp if you love Dazed & Confused.

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