DVD Release Calendar: April 2013

  • Publish Date: March 27, 2013
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April 2

All movies are 2012/13 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVDBoth Blu-ray and DVD

posterBlu-ray Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One [Box set]

Delayed from last fall to correct the design of its briefcase packaging, this collectors edition box set includes Blu-ray copies of the first six movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Iron Man 79, The Incredible Hulk 61, Iron Man 2 57, Thor 57, Captain America: The First Avenger 66, and The Avengers 69 (the latter three are also included on Blu-ray 3D). A bonus disc adds previously unreleased footage (deleted and extended scenes) from each film as well as new featurettes, plus a preview of the films coming in Phase Two.

More movie releases on April 2, 2013
33 Blu-ray and DVD The Baytown Outlaws Billy Bob Thornton, Clayne Crawford, Eva Longoria Parker Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Hello, Dolly! (1969) Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau  
53 Blu-ray and DVD John Dies at the End Horror-comedy directed by Don Coscarelli Add to Queue
73 Blu-ray and DVD Knuckleball! Documentary Add to Queue
52 DVD LUV Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Michael Rainey Jr. Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Stitches Horror Add to Queue
48 Blu-ray and DVD The Sweeney Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray That Thing You Do! (1996) Charlize Theron, Liv Tyler, Tom Everett Scott, Tom Hanks  
61 DVD White Elephant Argentinean drama Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
44 Blu-ray and DVD The Bible Miniseries  
63 DVD Dark Matters: Twisted But True Season 1  
  DVD Flipper Seasons 2, 3, and 4 (separate sets)  
54 Blu-ray and DVD Hemingway and Gellhorn HBO movie  
  DVD Route 66 Season 4  

April 9

posterDVD Hyde Park on Hudson 55 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

In June 1939, King George VI (of The King’s Speech fame) became the first English king to visit the United States, spending a weekend with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Director Roger Michell's (Notting Hill) drama recounts the events of the weekend and also addresses rumors about FDR's affair(s), including a liaison with distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, though it does so only semi-successfully, according to critics. Bill Murray stars as FDR, and he's joined by Laura Linney and Olivia Williams.

More movie releases on April 9, 2013
46 DVD Bad Kids Go to Hell Judd Nelson, Ben Browder Add to Queue
  DVD Down the Shore James Gandolfini, Famke Janssen Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy Stand-up special  
  Blu-ray and DVD Gate of Hell (1953) Criterion Collection  
69 DVD In Another Country Isabelle Huppert Add to Queue
  DVD The Kitchen Ensemble comedy Add to Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD Late Bloomers William Hurt, Isabella Rossellini Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray Naked Lunch (1991) Criterion Collection  
42 DVD Reincarnated Documentary about Snoop Lion Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Richard III (1955) Criterion Collection  
48 Blu-ray and DVD Womb Eva Green, Matt Smith Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
75 Blu-ray and DVD Boss Season 2  
  Blu-ray The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 1  
  DVD Family Ties Season 6  
71 DVD Inside Men Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Merlin Season 5  

April 16

posterBlu-ray and DVD Django Unchained 81 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Quentin Tarantino rewrites history once again, this time with a revenge story set in the pre-Civil War south, and the result is his highest-grossing film to date. Jamie Foxx stars as the freed slave Django, who is enlisted by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz, winning an Oscar for his performance) to settle an old score. In return, he helps Django rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). In typical Tarantino fashion, there's an eclectic soundtrack, plenty of extreme violence, and dialogue that's several levels above other action films.

More movie releases on April 16, 2013
62 Blu-ray and DVD Dragon Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro Add to Queue
67 DVD Future Weather Perla Haney-Jardine, Amy Madigan Add to Queue
52 DVD One Day on Earth Documentary Add to Queue
75 Blu-ray and DVD Repo Man (1984) Criterion Collection; enjoy it with a plate o' shrimp  
54 DVD Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber, Martin Starr Add to Queue
71 DVD Trashed Documentary Add to Queue
67 DVD A Whisper to a Roar Documentary Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Counting Cars Season 1  
  DVD Flash Gordon [2007 version] Complete series  
  DVD Fraggle Rock Season 2  
  DVD In the Heat of the Night Season 8  
  Blu-ray and DVD Spies of Warsaw Miniseries  
  DVD Stoney Burke Complete series  

April 23

posterBlu-ray and DVD Gangster Squad 40 Add to Netflix Queue

Despite a strong ensemble cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, and Emma Stone, the third feature from director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) didn't make much of an impression on critics or moviegoers when it was finally released (delayed from last fall) in January. Based loosely on a true story, the period drama looks at the cops battling gangster Mickey Cohen in late 1940s Los Angeles.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Impossible 73 Add to Netflix Queue

Juan Antonio Bayona’s follow-up to 2007‘s The Orphanage is a drama based around the deadly tsunami of 2004. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as the parents of three boys struggling to survive and reunite following the devastating natural disaster. The impressively constructed opening tsunami sequence alone is probably worth a rental.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Promised Land 55 Add to Netflix Queue

Based on a short story by Dave Eggers, this middling drama looks at a small town's fight attempts to prevent a natural gas fracking operation from coming online. Originally set to be Matt Damon's directorial debut (he remains in the cast, and wrote the screenplay with his co-star, John Krasinski), the film is instead helmed by Gus Van Sant, who previously worked with Damon on Good Will Hunting and Gerry. Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, and Rosemarie DeWitt also star.

More movie releases on April 23, 2013
60 Blu-ray and DVD Any Day Now Alan Cumming, Frances Fisher, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva Add to Queue
79 Blu-ray and DVD The Central Park Five Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Copacabana (1947) Groucho Marx, Carmen Miranda  
  DVD Family Weekend Matthew Modine, Joey King, Kristin Chenoweth Add to Queue
46 Blu-ray and DVD Flirt (1995) Directed by Hal Hartley  
  Blu-ray The Great Gatsby (1974) Robert Redford, Mia Farrow  
74 Blu-ray and DVD Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Documentary Add to Queue
20 Blu-ray and DVD A Haunted House Essence Atkins, Marlon Wayans Add to Queue
68 Blu-ray Jurassic Park (1993) 3D Blu-ray release  
  Blu-ray and DVD Magic Town (1947) James Stewart, Jane Wyman  
  Blu-ray and DVD Pierre Etaix box set Criterion Collection; five films including The Suitor and Yoyo  
70 Blu-ray and DVD Wuthering Heights James Howson, Shannon Beer, Solomon Glave Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Maverick Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Mr. Selfridge Miniseries  
  DVD Touched by an Angel Season 7  

April 30

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Guilt Trip 50 Add to Netflix Queue

Seth Rogen stars as an inventor who decides to take his mother (Barbra Streisand), on the road with him as he tries to sell his revolutionary organic cleaner in this comedy written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses). Over the course of eight days and 3,000 miles, mother and son share plenty of awkward moments that eventually bring them closer together, while sharing scenes with the likes of Adam Scott, Colin Hanks, Yvonne Strahovski, Danny Pudi, Casey Wilson, and Dale Dickey. Critics liked the cast, but many felt they were betrayed by a weak script.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Not Fade Away 65 Add to Netflix Queue

With his first feature film, David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, stays in his native New Jersey but shifts his focus away from the mob and onto the '60s and the influence of music and pop culture on a generation of suburban kids. In this coming-of-age story, Chase’s stand-in is Doug (John Magaro) whose insistence on pursuing rock ‘n’ roll fame full time goes against his working class father’s wishes. The film also explores class dynamics through Doug’s relationship with the much wealthier Grace (Bella Heathcote). Chase brings in a familiar face—James Gandolfini—to play Doug’s tough but loving father, while another Sopranos vet, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, serves as music supervisor.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Silver Linings Playbook 81 Add to Netflix Queue

Easily director David O. Russell's (The Fighter) highest-grossing film to date, this feel-good dramedy was one of the surprise hits of late 2012, and it ultimately earned eight Academy Award nominations. Based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 debut novel, the film tells the story of a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who, after being released from a mental institution, moves back in with his sports-obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) and strikes up a relationship with an odd, mentally unstable girl (Jennifer Lawrence). All four of those actors were nominated for Oscars (though only Lawrence won), and they're joined by Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, and Julia Stiles.

More movie releases on April 30, 2013
49 Blu-ray and DVD Broken City Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Cloak and Dagger (1946) Gary Cooper  
48 DVD Crazy Wisdom Documentary Add to Queue
56 Blu-ray and DVD The Details Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Tobey Maguire Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Enforcer (1951) Humphrey Bogart  
  Blu-ray Funny Girl (1968) Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif  
74 Blu-ray and DVD History of the Eagles Documentary about the band, with extensive bonus footage Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Lonely Trail (1936) John Wayne  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Men (1950) Marlon Brando  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Miracle of the Bells (1948) Fred MacMurray, Frank Sinatra  
74 Blu-ray and DVD Neighboring Sounds Brazilian thriller Add to Queue
71 DVD Only the Young Package also includes the documentary Tchoupitoulas 81 Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Pals of the Saddle (1938) John Wayne  
47 Blu-ray and DVD Parked Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy  
72 Blu-ray Strictly Ballroom (1992) Directed by Baz Luhrmann  
  Blu-ray and DVD Three Faces West (1940) John Wayne  
67 Blu-ray and DVD The Unbelievable Truth Directed by Hal Hartley  
  Blu-ray The Vampire Lovers (1970) Ingrid Pitt, Kate O'Mara  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Combat! Season 1  
  Blu-ray Friends Seasons 1, 2 (separate sets)  
  Blu-ray Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3  

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Comments (1)

  • MarcDoyle  

    Silver Linings Playbook my personal movie of the year for 2012. If you haven't seen it, it's my money recommendation for this month. The Central Park Five and Django are outstanding choices as well.

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