DVD Release Calendar: August 2012

  • Publish Date: August 4, 2012
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August 7

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posterBlu-ray and DVD Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 46 Add to Netflix Queue

In this musical CGI version of the classic Dr. Seuss story (previously adapted for television in the 1970s), Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) goes searching for a tree to impress Audrey (Taylor Swift), the girl of his dreams, only to learn about the story of The Lorax and his nemesis, the tree chopping Once-ler. Danny DeVito provides the voice of The Lorax, and Ed Helms is the Once-ler, while Rob Riggle voices the evil mayor bent on keeping Ted’s hometown treeless. Critics were divided, with many disapproving of the extra material added to turn the brief story into a full-length feature.

More Dr. Seuss adaptations:

Horton Hears a Who! 71, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 46, The Cat in the Hat 19
More new releases on August 7, 2012
42 DVD Bel Ami Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman Add to Queue
48 Blu-ray and DVD Blue Like Jazz Based on the book by Donald Miller Add to Queue
42 DVD Girlfriend Shannon Woodward, Jackson Rathbone, Amanda Plummer Add to Queue
82 Blu-ray and DVD Marley Documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Adventures in Babysitting (1987) 25th anniversary edition; Elisabeth Shue  
  Blu-ray Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman  
61 Blu-ray Bound (1996) Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly; dir. by Wachowski brothers  
36 Blu-ray Clue (1985) Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan  
76 Blu-ray Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) 15th anniversary edition; John Cusack, Minnie Driver  
79 Blu-ray High Fidelity (2000) John Cusack, Jack Black  
  Blu-ray The Incredible Mr Limpet (1964) Don Knotts  
  Blu-ray Johnny Guitar (1954) Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden  
  Blu-ray Rio Grande (1950) John Wayne  
59 Blu-ray Romy & Michele's High School Reunion (1997) 15th anniversary edition; Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow
46 Blu-ray Spaceballs (1987) 25th anniversary edition; John Candy, Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis  
  DVD Born Free Season 1  
56 DVD Dance Moms Season 1  
  DVD Dirty Jobs Collection 8  
  DVD Garrow's Law Series 3  
55 Blu-ray and DVD Grimm Season 1  
  DVD Gunsmoke Season 6 Vol. 1  
  DVD Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt TV movie  
  DVD My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding  
  DVD Parenthood Season 3  
  DVD The Rookies Season 2  
  DVD Squidbillies Vol. 5  
64 Blu-ray and DVD Strike Back Season 1  

August 14

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Raid: Redemption 73 Add to Netflix Queue

Can a small-budget, foreign-made film have action sequences that rival those of any American summer blockbuster? The Raid: Redemption emphatically answers that question in the affirmative. This hyperkinetic martial arts import (made in Indonesia by a Welsh director, Gareth Evans) is almost more videogame than movie: it follows a police SWAT team as they storm a drug lord's apartment complex, going from room to room and floor to floor to clear out the baddies. Don't worry about the subtitles; the plot is minimal, and violence is universal, especially when it is as well-executed as it is here. An American remake is already in the planning stages (naturally), as are a pair of sequels, beginning with The Raid: Retaliation.

More new releases on August 14, 2012
28 DVD Hick Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Rory Culkin Add to Queue
67 DVD Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment Documentary Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray and DVD Kill List UK crime thriller dir. by Ben Wheatley Add to Queue
  Blu-ray La Promesse (1996)Criterion Collection; dir. by Dardenne brothers  
85 DVD Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Documentary Add to Queue
76 Blu-ray Rosetta (1999) Criterion Collection; dir. by Dardenne brothers  
66 DVD The Snowtown Murders Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Lucas Pittaway Add to Queue
41 DVD Tonight You're Mine Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
36 Blu-ray Cradle 2 The Grave (2003) Jet Li, DMX  
  Blu-ray Death Wish III (1985) Charles Bronson  
  Blu-ray Death Wish IV (1987) Charles Bronson  
  Blu-ray Fallen (1998) Denzel Washington, John Goodman  
  Blu-ray Jaws (1975) Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider  
36 Blu-ray A Man Apart (2003) Vin Diesel, Timothy Olyphant  
  Blu-ray New Jack City (1991) Wesley Snipes  
52 Blu-ray Romeo Must Die (2000) Jet Li, Aaliyah  
75 Blu-ray The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Shaft (1971) Richard Roundtree  
81 DVD Community Season 3  
63 Blu-ray and DVD Dexter Season 6  
  Blu-ray and DVD Glee Season 3  
  DVD Happy Endings Seasons 1 & 2  
  DVD Pawn Stars Vol. 5  
  DVD Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 10  
  DVD Vega$ Season 3 Vol. 2  

August 18 (Saturday)

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Hunger Games 67 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

In a dystopian future controlled by the Capitol, each district must offer up a girl and a boy tribute to participate in a televised battle to the death. By now, you no doubt know that's the basic premise of The Hunger Games, the first film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling book trilogy, and you also know that it managed to live up to massive expectations preceding its release this spring (especially at the box office, where it grossed nearly $700 million worldwide). Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, joined by Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. Director Gary Ross (Pleasantville 71, Seabiscuit 72) will not return for the second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which arrives in theaters on November 22, 2013.

August 21

posterBlu-ray and DVD Bernie 75 Add to Netflix Queue

Richard Linklater's return to filmmaking for the first time since 2009's Me and Orson Welles 73 came and went earlier this year, but critics enjoyed this eccentric dark comedy that stars Jack Black as a much-loved small-town mortician who murders a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) for her money. A district attorney played by Matthew McConaughey eventually investigates, only to run into trouble when the town rallies to the mortician's defense. Based loosely on a true story, Bernie not only served as a return to form for the director, but also allowed Black his most original role and best performance in years.

Linklater's best: Before Sunset 90, The School of Rock 82, Waking Life 82, Dazed and Confused 78, Before Sunrise 77; more...

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Dictator 58 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Sacha Baron Cohen's third film with director Larry Charles, following the hit Borat 89 and the less successful Bruno 54, broke with their past mockumentary formula to offer a more conventional scripted comedy. The comedian stars as General Admiral Alladeen—a character inspired by the likes of Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein—who is deposed from his position as dictator of the fictitious third-world country Wadiya and exiled to America. Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris also star. Despite the middling Metascore, there are at least some laughs to be found here, and probably more so on the unrated home video release, thanks to the inclusion of over 30 minutes of deleted and extended scenes.

posterBlu-ray and DVD A Separation 95 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The first Iranian film to win the Academy Award for best foreign language film, A Separation was also the best-reviewed movie of 2011, period—no other release matched its sky-high 95 Metascore. Of course, this drama about a dissolving marriage may not have been the happiest film to come out last year (especially when you throw in a father suffering from Alzheimer's disease), but critics praised its depth, realism, and complexity, with several noting that it had the narrative pull (though not the pacing) of a thriller while also providing a window into a culture typically hidden from American moviegoers.

More new releases on August 21, 2012
57 Blu-ray and DVD Chimpanzee Disneynature documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Home Run Showdown Matthew Lillard, Dean Cain, Annabeth Gish Add to Queue
33 Blu-ray and DVD Virginia Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan Add to Queue
81 Blu-ray and DVD Weekend Criterion Collection Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) Donald Pleasence  
  Blu-ray Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) Donald Pleasence  
  Blu-ray The Rescuers (1977) + The Rescuers Down Under (1990) Combo set  
  Blu-ray WarGames (1983) Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman, WOPR  
  DVD The Adventures of Tintin Season 3  
  DVD The Closer Season 7  
  Blu-ray and DVD House Season 8  
  DVD Mike & Molly Season 2  
  DVD NCIS Season 9  
  DVD NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3  
  DVD Perry Mason Season 7 Vol. 1  
66 DVD Revenge Season 1  

August 28

posterBlu-ray and DVD Battleship 41 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

What sunk this Battleship, among other things, was a silly alien invasion storyline and ads that made it look like a Transformers knockoff. Based loosely (and we do mean loosely) on the Hasbro board game, the effects-laden action film reunites Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch with director Peter Berg, though perhaps both were out of their league here. Kitsch plays a directionless stud who follows his brother (Alexander Skarsgård) into the Navy, dates the daughter (Brooklyn Decker) of the commander of the Pacific fleet (Liam Neeson), and eventually is the only person (along with Rihanna) standing between Earth and its imminent destruction. Typically, a film that grosses $300 million worldwide would not be labeled a flop, but given that Battleship's production budget alone was over $200 million, flop is what it was.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Homeland: Season 1 91

The best-reviewed new series of the 2011-12 season aired not on HBO, but its pay-cable competitor Showtime. Adapted from an Israeli series by producers (and 24 vets) Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the terrifically plotted terrorism thriller Homeland never descended into the silliness that plagued 24, remaining tense and believable throughout its freshman season. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis received much-deserved Emmy nominations for their riveting performances as a mentally unhinged CIA agent and POW-turned-politician (and possible terrorist collaborator), respectively, while Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin (V, Firefly) also excelled in supporting roles. Catch up before the second season launches on September 30th.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Monsieur Lazhar 83 Add to Netflix Queue

A nominee for best foreign language film at last year's Oscars (where it lost to A Separation), this acclaimed French-Canadian drama was adapted from a one-character play, Bashir Lazhar, by playwright Évelyne de la Chenelière. Both play and film center on an Algerian immigrant schoolteacher in Montreal who takes over a sixth-grade classroom traumatized by the suicide of their previous instructor and uses unorthodox methods to help the kids cope with their grief. Reviewers praised the film as affecting and real.

More new releases on August 28, 2012
41 Blu-ray and DVD Darling Companion Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline Add to Queue
  DVD Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe Stand-up special Add to Queue
72 Blu-ray and DVD Headhunters Norwegian thriller based on Jo Nesbø's novel Add to Queue
44 Blu-ray and DVD Life Happens Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Justin Kirk Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Lonesome (1928) Criterion Collection  
50 Blu-ray and DVD Lovely Molly Horror film from Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez Add to Queue
39 Blu-ray and DVD The Lucky One Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling Add to Queue
39 Blu-ray and DVD The Moth Diaries Lily Cole, Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon Add to Queue
73 Blu-ray and DVD The Pirates! Band of Misfits From Aardman Animations Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Quadrophenia (1979) Criterion Collection  
51 Blu-ray and DVD Think Like a Man Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
92 Blu-ray Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Extended edition 5-disc set  
94 Blu-ray Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Extended edition 5-disc set  
88 Blu-ray Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)Extended edition 5-disc set  
  DVD Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 7  
81 Blu-ray and DVD Boardwalk Empire Season 2  
  DVD In Plain Sight Season 5  
  DVD Jersey Shore Season 5 Uncensored  
  Blu-ray and DVD Jersey Shore Shark Attack Syfy original movie  
66 Blu-ray and DVD Once Upon a Time Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Poirot Season 6  
68 Blu-ray and DVD Sons of Anarchy Season 4  
  DVD The Streets of San Francisco Season 4  
  DVD Two and a Half Men Season 9  
80 Blu-ray and DVD The Walking Dead Season 2  

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