DVD Release Calendar: December 2013

  • Publish Date: December 1, 2013
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December 3

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

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 33 +Queue Trailer

You can't blame studios for trying to re-create the young-adult page-to-screen successes of the Twilight and Hunger Games sagas, but like Beautiful Creatures and The Host before it, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones failed to catch fire when it arrived in theaters this summer. In this adaptation of the first book in Cassandra Clare’s series, Lily Collins stars as Shadowhunter Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Brown plays Jace Wayland, Collins’ romantic interest/gateway to the ways of demon hunting. Harald Zwart (last seen remaking The Karate Kid) directs, and the supporting cast includes Lena Headey as Clary’s mother, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the main antagonist, Valentine Morgenstern, and Jared Harris as the Shadowhunter’s tutor, Hodge Starkweather. Oddly, a planned-then-shelved film sequel looks like it might be moving forward after all.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Wolverine 60 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Hugh Jackman’s sixth feature film appearance as Logan/Wolverine (including his cameo in X-Men: First Class) is a step up from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though it still doesn't reach the high standards set by the first two films in the series. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma and Knight and Day), a late replacement for Darren Aronofsky, directs this smaller-scale story that takes Logan/Wolverine to Japan, where he confronts his past and a possible new future with love interest Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto). While overseas, Logan must deal with Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee) and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova).

More movie releases on December 3, 2013
44 Blu-ray and DVD All the Boys Love Mandy Lane THRILLER / Amber Heard Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Drinking Buddies DRAMEDY / Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, Anna Kendrick Add to Queue
60 Blu-ray and DVD Good Ol' Freda DOCUMENTARY Add to Queue
80 DVD Il futuro (The Future) FOREIGN/DRAMA Add to Queue
53 DVD Men at Lunch DOCUMENTARY Add to Queue
34 Blu-ray and DVD The Smurfs 2 FAMILY / Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Hank Azaria, John Oliver Add to Queue
  DVD Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams MUSIC DOCUMENTARY  
73 Blu-ray and DVD The Stone Roses: Made of Stone MUSIC DOCUMENTARY  
55 DVD Things Never Said DRAMA / Omari Hardwick Add to Queue
  DVD Why We Ride DOCUMENTARY Add to Queue
37 Blu-ray and DVD Winnie Mandela DRAMA / Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Dead Like Me Complete series  
  Blu-ray and DVD Duck Dynasty Seasons 1-3 Collectors Set  
  DVD Hawaii Five-0 Complete series (original)  
  DVD Hot in Cleveland Season 4  
  DVD Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Complete series (38-disc set)  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Simpsons Season 16  
  DVD Teen Wolf Season 3 Part 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Transformers Prime Season 3  

December 10

posterDVD Berberian Sound Studio 80 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This British import drew comparisons to Brian De Palma's Blow Out, Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, and the film that influenced both, Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, when it was released in the UK last year. Toby Jones stars as a sound engineer who travels to Rome in 1976 to work on the post-production sound mix of The Equestrian Vortex, a horror film about witchcraft set in an all-girl riding academy. While there, he begins to suffer from his own vortex of madness as he struggles to distinguish between what is real and what is not. This atmospheric thriller also features a great soundtrack by the band Broadcast.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Despicable Me 2 62 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Gru and his scene-stealing minions are back in this somewhat inferior sequel to the 2010 hit Despicable Me. Steve Carell returns as Gru, who attempts to balance fatherhood with a new mission to defend the world against a criminal mastermind, voiced by Al Pacino. Our hero is recruited by Agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) of the Anti-Villain league, but don’t expect their relationship to end there. Gru can probably learn a thing or two from Agent Wilde that could help him with his three young adopted daughters.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Fast & Furious 6 61 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Justin Lin’s fourth and final Fast & Furious movie was huge on screen—do car stunts get any bigger than a plane being pulled to the ground and bursting into flames?—and at the box office, where it collected nearly $800 million worldwide. Picking up where Fast Five left off, the sixth F&F film opens with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and their crew scattered around the world, but when Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs makes them an offer they can’t refuse, they get back together to take down a marauding gang of mercenary drivers led by Luke Evans.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Hunt 76 Add to Netflix Queue

The Hunt centers on a small-town kindergarten teacher (Mads Mikkelsen, earning best actor honors at last year's Cannes) who is falsely accused of sexual abuse. Danish director Thomas Vinterberg has been on a bit of a losing streak since his acclaimed 1998 film The Celebration, but The Hunt landed on several best-of-2012 lists a year ago, and this summer's U.S. release found many critics hailing the drama as a return to form.

More movie releases on December 10, 2013
37 Blu-ray and DVD Adore DRAMA / Naomi Watts, Robin Wright Add to Queue
41 Blu-ray and DVD Angels Sing FAMILY / Harry Connick, Jr., Connie Britton, Lyle Lovett Add to Queue
29 Blu-ray and DVD Battle of the Year DRAMA / Josh Holloway, Chris Brown Add to Queue
48 Blu-ray and DVD Jayne Mansfield's Car DRAMA / Directed by Billy Bob Thornton Add to Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD Man of Tai Chi ACTION / Keanu Reeves Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Mary Poppins (1964) 50th Anniversary Edition  
83 Blu-ray and DVD Museum Hours DRAMA / Mary Margaret O'Hara Add to Queue
69 Blu-ray and DVD Sightseers COMEDY/THRILLER / Directed by Ben Wheatley Add to Queue
48 DVD Some Girl(s) DRAMEDY / Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan Add to Queue
52 Blu-ray and DVD Touchy Feely DRAMA / Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy Add to Queue
19 Blu-ray and DVD The Ultimate Life DRAMA / Drew Waters, Bill Cobbs, Peter Fonda Add to Queue
69 DVD You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet FRENCH DRAMA / Directed by Alain Resnais Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Doc Martin Series 6  
  Blu-ray and DVD Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor  
  Blu-ray and DVD Futurama Vol. 8  
  DVD The Game Season 6  
  DVD The Gene Autry Show Complete series  
  DVD In the Heat of the Night Season 4 / Season 5 (separate sets)  
65 DVD Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight HBO movie  

December 17

posterBlu-ray and DVD Elysium 61 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

After making a splash in 2009 with his debut film District 9, writer/director Neill Blomkamp returned this summer with another politically charged sci-fi tale, albeit one that's less clever and emphasizes action over originality. Here, the year is 2159, and society's wealthiest citizens have moved to a pristine space station called Elysium, leaving the rest of humanity to fight for survival on a nearly ruined Earth. One of those trying to scrape by on the surface is Matt Damon’s Max de Costa, an ex-con who finds himself in need of special medical procedures to cure his cancer. Unfortunately, those procedures are only available on Elysium, so he decides to go through a dangerous experiment to transform himself into someone capable of breaking into the well-guarded space station. Trying to stop him are Jodie Foster as a government official and District 9 lead Sharlto Copley as a hired gun.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Kick-Ass 2 41 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Kick-Ass and Hit Girl get a little help from a few friends in this sequel to 2010’s far superior Kick-Ass. Joining Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz are Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes, Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity, Clark Duke as Battle Guy, and many other cleverly named good guys. They face off against Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist, who now goes by the moniker The Mother F#!%*r. While they fight crime (and the law) in their spare time, our costumed heroes find it can be just as dangerous going to high school. Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) takes over as director for Matthew Vaughn, but it is Wadlow's script that was the target of the most criticism from reviewers.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Lone Ranger 37 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of 2013's biggest flops—not that it was much of a surprise—Disney’s mega-budget, action-heavy adaptation of the radio serial failed despite the presence of producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, and star Johnny Depp, the team behind The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. (Hint: "radio serial" might not be the best source material for a 21st century summer action blockbuster.) Depp plays Tonto rather than the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer), which means the story is told from the perspective of Depp’s Native American spirit warrior (and which also means yet another heavy make-up job for Depp). Critics found the film tonally discordant and exhausting, a train wreck literally filled with train wrecks.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Prisoners 74 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Director Denis Villeneuve’s (Incendies) English-language debut is a vigilante drama from a Blacklisted script by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). Hugh Jackman stars as a desperate father who kidnaps the main suspect (Paul Dano) in the disappearance of his daughter and her best friend. Maria Bello plays Jackman’s wife, while Terrence Howard and Viola Davis play the parents of the other abducted girl. Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective working the case while Oscar-winner Melissa Leo plays Dano’s mother. Critics were mostly impressed by the thriller when it arrived in theaters this fall.

More movie releases on December 17, 2013
74 Blu-ray and DVD Ain't Them Bodies Saints DRAMA / Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck Add to Queue
49 DVD Devil's Pass THRILLER / Directed by Renny Harlin Add to Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD The Family ACTION/COMEDY / Directed by Luc Besson Add to Queue
21 Blu-ray and DVD Ghost Team One HORROR/COMEDY Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD One Direction: This is Us MUSIC DOCUMENTARY Add to Queue
39 Blu-ray and DVD Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters FANTASY / Logan Lerman Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Burn Notice Season 7  
  DVD Family Guy Vol. 12  
  DVD Gator Boys Season 2  
90 Blu-ray and DVD Justified Season 4  
  DVD The Mod Squad Season 5 Vol. 1 / Vol. 2  
  DVD Psych: The Musical  
  DVD Shameless Season 3 (U.S.)  
  DVD The Sound of Music - Live! NBC special  

December 24

40 Blu-ray and DVD Insidious: Chapter 2 THRILLER / Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins Add to Queue
70 Blu-ray and DVD More Than Honey DOCUMENTARY Add to Queue
68 DVD Una Noche FOREIGN/DRAMA Add to Queue

December 31

posterBlu-ray and DVD Don Jon 66 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

In his debut as a feature writer-director, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Jon Martello, a young man obsessed with his body, his apartment, his car, and, well, porn. He meets Scarlett Johansson's Barbara Sugarman, a loud and proud Jersey girl who craves the romance on display in Hollywood romantic comedies. Her obsession with rom-coms rubs up against his predilection for sexier videos, but Jon is able to learn a few life lessons from Julianne Moore’s Esther. The strong supporting cast also includes Tony Danza as Jon’s father, Glenne Headly as his mother, and Brie Larson as his sister, as well as cameos by Anne Hathaway and Channing Tatum.

More movie releases on December 31, 2013
30 Blu-ray and DVD CBGB DRAMA / Alan Rickman Add to Queue
41 Blu-ray and DVD Hell Baby COMEDY / Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Paul Scheer Add to Queue
1 DVD InAPPropriate Comedy Technically, it's a movie Add to Queue
37 Blu-ray and DVD Last Love DRAMEDY / Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy Add to Queue
51 DVD Love, Marilyn DOCUMENTARY Add to Queue
81 DVD Sister (2012) FOREIGN DRAMA / Lea Seydoux Add to Queue
38 Blu-ray and DVD Sweetwater WESTERN / Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Wolfblood Season 1  

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