DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: May 2016

  • Publish Date: April 28, 2016
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May 3

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

poster Arabian Nights Trilogy

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Three of the best-reviewed foreign films of 2015—Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One, Volume 2 (The Desolate One), and Volume 3 (The Enchanted One)—are compiled here into one set. Directed by Miguel Gomes (Tabu), the 382-minute trilogy uses a storytelling structure inspired by the 1001 Nights folk tales to present a variety of stories (in multiple genres, both dramatic and documentary) set in present-day Portugal.

poster. The Club Trailers

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Acclaimed director Pablo Larraín's (No) latest Spanish-language drama is set in a secluded, seaside house, home to four former priests and the woman who cares for them. Exiled from their communities as a form of punishment, the priests find their lives further upset by the visit of a Vatican emissary and a newly condemned guest.

poster . Joy Trailers

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David O. Russell’s attempt at a fourth consecutive best picture nomination (following The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) hit a slight snag: his film just wasn't very good. Joy traces three decades in the life of Miracle Mop inventor and HSN star Joy Mangano, played by (a possibly miscast) Jennifer Lawrence, and also returns other Russell regulars like Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Critics complain that, thanks to frequent shifts in tone, the film never coheres into something substantial.

More movie releases on May 3, 2016
  DVD 400 Days SCI-FI/THRILLER | Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The 5th Wave SCI-FI/ACTION | Chloë Grace Moretz Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Choice DRAMA | Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer Amazon
  DVD The Challenger ACTION/DRAMA | Michael Clarke Duncan Amazon
  Blu-ray City Heat (1984) DRAMA | Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds Amazon
. DVD East Side Sushi DRAMA | Diana Torres Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Easy Rider (1969) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Emelie HORROR/THRILLER | Sarah Bolger Amazon
. DVD Glassland DRAMA | Jack Reynor, Toni Collette Amazon
. DVD Henry Gamble's Birthday Party DRAMA Amazon
  DVD Hostile Border DRAMA | Jesse Garcia Amazon
. DVD Hyena Road DRAMA Amazon
. DVD Jack of the Red Hearts DRAMA/FAMILY | AnnaSophia Robb Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Janis: Little Girl Blue DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray A Kiss Before Dying (1956) DRAMA/THRILLER | Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Messenger DOCUMENTARY Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Remember DRAMA/THRILLER | Christopher Plummer Amazon
. DVD A Royal Night Out COMEDY/DRAMA | Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley Amazon
. Blu-ray True Crime (1999) DRAMA | Clint Eastwood Amazon
  Blu-ray Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) DRAMA | Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 10 That Changed America PBS series Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Airwolf Complete series set Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 2 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Last Ship Season 2 Amazon
  DVD Lexx Complete series set Amazon
  DVD Mad About You Complete series set Amazon

May 10

poster . Deadpool Trailers

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If you find future comic book films slapped with an R rating, you'll have this massive box office hit to thank. Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld’s beloved Marvel creation Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, first appeared in a movie as a live-action character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the Merc with a Mouth's second outing here in director Tim Miller’s R-rated feature proved to be a better showcase. Deadpool managed to impress some (but not all) critics as naughty, comedic, oddball fun that mostly succeeds in deviating from the usual superhero movie formula. Contrary to early reports, this DVD/Blu-ray release does not contain a new director's cut, though its many extras do include deleted and extended scenes.

poster . Mustang Trailers

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Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s directorial debut about five sisters in a village in northern Turkey won the Europa Cinemas prize in the Directors' Fortnight at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, while also collecting Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in the U.S. for best foreign-language film.

poster . Where to Invade Next Trailers

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The title of Michael Moore’s most recent documentary is misleading. It is not America’s tendency toward war that he is investigating; instead, Moore "invades" countries to steal their best ideas. He visits France and takes their school lunch and sex education programs. In Slovenia, he admires how their colleges are free, and he looks at Norway’s prison system. As with many of Moore’s films, your enjoyment might hinge on your feelings about the director and/or the upcoming election.

More movie releases on May 10, 2016
  Blu-ray Back Roads (1981) COMEDY/DRAMA | Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Boy HORROR/THRILLER Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Creative Control DRAMA | Benjamin Dickinson Amazon
. DVD Eisenstein in Guanajuato DRAMA/COMEDY | Directed by Peter Greenaway Amazon
  Blu-ray Father of the Bride (1950) COMEDY | Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor Amazon
. DVD I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD In a Lonely Place (1950) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) THRILLER | Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen Amazon
  Blu-ray Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974) FOREIGN/HORROR Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Regression THRILLER | Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis Amazon
  Blu-ray Symptoms (1974) HORROR Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Synchronicity SCI-FI/THRILLER | Chad McKnight Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Wildlike ADVENTURE/THRILLER | Bruce Greenwood, Ella Purnell Amazon
  Blu-ray You'll Like My Mother (1972) THRILLER | Patty Duke, Richard Thomas Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Beauty & The Beast Season 3 Amazon
  DVD Doctor Foster Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Have Gun Will Travel Complete series set Amazon
. DVD The Jim Gaffigan Show Season 1 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Killjoys Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Newhart Season 5 Amazon
. DVD Scream Season 1 Amazon
  DVD The Untouchables Complete series set Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD War & Peace Miniseries Amazon

May 17

poster . Theeb Trailers

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Another recent Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film, this Jordanian thriller—intended as an Arabic western—follows a boy's struggle to survive in the desert during WWI and the revolt against the Ottoman Empire. First-time feature director Naji Abu Nowar enlisted mostly non-professional actors from Jordan's Bedouin community, and critics had plenty of praise for their performances, especially for the young lead, Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat.

poster . The Witch Trailers

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At Sundance a year ago, writer-director Robert Eggers won the U.S. Dramatic Competition Directing Award for this tension-filled debut feature about a Puritan family in 1630 New England who leave their community to start their own farm on the edge of a forest. When their crops fail to grow and their infant child disappears, the family members turn on each other and superstition takes hold.

More movie releases on May 17, 2016
  Blu-ray Candy (1968) COMEDY | Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Ringo Starr Amazon
  Blu-ray Dark Passage (1947) THRILLER | Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Dementia THRILLER/HORROR Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Dirty Grandpa COMEDY | Robert De Niro, Zac Efron Amazon
  DVD Helicopter Mom COMEDY | Nia Vardalos Amazon
  Blu-ray I Saw What You Did (1965) THRILLER | Joan Crawford Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Naked Island (1960) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  DVD No Letting Go DRAMA | Kathy Najimy Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD A Perfect Day DRAMA | Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Program DRAMA/SPORTS | Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd Amazon
  Blu-ray Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971) Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
. DVD Angie Tribeca Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Cop Rock Complete series set Amazon
  DVD The Facts of Life Season 9 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Mr Selfridge Season 4 Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Orange Is the New Black Season 3 Amazon
  DVD Xena: Warrior Princess Complete series set Amazon

May 24

poster . How to Be Single Trailers

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This middling February comedy stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Anders Holm, Damon Wayans Jr., Jason Mantzoukas, Leslie Mann, Jake Lacy, and Nicholas Braun in an adaptation of the novel of the same name (about singles living in New York City) by Liz Tucillo. Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) directs.

poster . Zoolander 2 Trailers

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Perhaps a better title would have been Zoolander 2 Little 2 Late. Ben Stiller (who also directs), Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell return for a belated sequel to the 2001 fashion world spoof Zoolander. That film had many fans, but reviewers were much less kind to the new film (finding too little of it actually funny), and it flopped at the box office.

More movie releases on May 24, 2016
  Blu-ray and DVD The Chase (1946) THRILLER | Robert Cummings, Peter Lorre (newly remastered) Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Finest Hours ACTION-ADVENTURE/THRILLER | Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD A Married Woman (1964) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD The Player (1992) Criterion Collection release Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Rise of the Legend FOREIGN/ACTION/DRAMA Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Risen DRAMA | Joseph Fiennes Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Call the Midwife Season 5 Amazon
  DVD Lou Grant Season 1 Amazon
  DVD Major Crimes Season 4 Amazon
. DVD Outsiders Season 1 Amazon
  DVD The Wonder Years Season 5 Amazon

May 31

poster . Race Trailers

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Stephan James (Selma) stars as Jesse Owens in this biopic about the legendary track and field athlete who faced off against Hitler’s dreams of Aryan superiority at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Directed by Stephen Hopkins (Lost in Space, The Reaping), the aptly titled film explores not only Owens’ skills on the track but also his ability to handle the pressures of being a black athlete in the 1930s.

poster . Triple 9 Trailers

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Director John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless) and a fairly impressive cast (Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer, Clifton Collins, Jr.) combine for a so-so cops-as-robbers saga. The title refers to a “999” or “officer down” call, a diversion the crew of cops uses to pull off the impossible heist they’ve been blackmailed into doing by the Russian mob.

More movie releases on May 31, 2016
  Blu-ray City of Women (1980) FOREIGN/DRAMA | Marcello Mastroianni Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Gods of Egypt ACTION/FANTASY | Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Amazon
. Blu-ray and DVD Pride + Prejudice + Zombies ACTION/COMEDY | Lily James Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy Criterion Collection release Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
. Blu-ray and DVD The Last Panthers Miniseries Amazon
  DVD Suits Season 5 Amazon

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