DVD Release Calendar: January 2013

  • Publish Date: January 1, 2013
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December 31 and January 1

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

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

Robert Pattinson's first attempt to branch out, post-Twilight, into brainier fare was a mixed bag, at best. An adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel of the same name (which itself received mixed reviews), David Cronenberg's film traces a day in the life of a billionaire as he travels throughout Manhattan in a limousine. If that sounds to you like it doesn't amount to much of a movie, well, that's what some critics thought, too. Several reviewers, however, ranked Cosmopolis among the year's top films.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Justified: Season 3 89

While season 3 lacked the previous season's breakout star (and Emmy-winner) Margo Martindale, the FX drama once again impressed critics and viewers with a terrific string of episodes revolving around a complex new villain played by Neal McDonough. Mykelti Williamson also joined the cast in the third season, along with returning stars Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, and Nick Searcy. Catch up now before the fourth season kicks off on January 8th.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Looper 84 Add to Netflix Queue

One of the best-reviewed sci-fi films in recent years, Looper comes from writer-director Rian Johnson, previously known for the highly stylized dramas Brick 72 and The Brothers Bloom 55. Set in the near future, this thought-provoking, action-filled though inconsistent time-travel tale centers on a mob hitman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who kills people sent back in time from the even more distant future, only to hesitate when one of those targets turns out to be his older self (played by Bruce Willis). Shane Carruth, the director of the time travel cult classic Primer 68, served as a consultant, while Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and (an excellent but underused) Jeff Daniels round out the cast.


More movie releases on December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013
41 Blu-ray and DVD Little Birds Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker Add to Queue
52 DVD Putin's Kiss Documentary Add to Queue
38 DVD The Trouble With Bliss Brie Larson, Lucy Liu, Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Being Human [US version] Season 2  
  DVD Charlie's Angels Season 5  

January 8

posterBlu-ray and DVD Archer: Season 3 75

It wasn't just the presence of Burt Reynolds that made the third season of FX animated comedy Archer its best yet—though, as far as guest casting goes, it doesn't get any more perfect than that. The series became one of TV's most reliably funny half hours thanks to episodes like the 2-part Moonraker take-off "Space Race" (featuring Bryan Cranston), the three-part "Heart of Archness," and the train-based classic "The Limited," and we can only hope for more of the same when it returns for a fourth season beginning January 17th.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Dredd 59 Add to Netflix Queue

It was certainly better than the first time British comic book hero Judge Dredd ventured to the big screen (yep, that would be the 1995 Sylvester Stallone dud), but this brooding, ultra-violent action film wasn't without its own problems on and off screen. Karl Urban (Star Trek) stars as the titular hero, a one-man judge, jury, and executioner in the future dystopian metropolis Mega City One, where residents are getting hooked on a new time-distorting drug called Slo-Mo. The script comes from Alex Garland (28 Days Later 73, Never Let Me Go 69), who reportedly had the final edit of the film after producers lost faith in director Pete Travis (Vantage Point 40).

posterBlu-ray and DVD Frankenweenie 74 Add to Netflix Queue

Tim Burton's second film of 2012 grossed less than half of what Dark Shadows 55 took in but fared far better with critics. A remake of his own 1984 short film, this black-and-white, stop-motion animated tale parodies Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein story with a plot centering on a young boy who brings his beloved pet dog Sparky back to life. The vocal cast includes Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau, and, naturally, there's a Danny Elfman score.

More movie releases on January 8, 2013
45 Blu-ray The Bone Collector (1999) Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie  
54 DVD Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Ryan O'Nan, Michael Weston Add to Queue
51 Blu-ray and DVD The Brothers Grimm (2005) Matt Damon, Heath Ledger  
  Blu-ray Cape Fear (1962) Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum  
68 Blu-ray and DVD Compliance Ann Dowd Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy  
51 Blu-ray Fear (1996) Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon  
50 Blu-ray French Kiss (1995) Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline  
  Blu-ray Grand Hotel (1932) Greta Garbo, John Barrymore  
50 Blu-ray and DVD Hit & Run Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper Add to Queue
31 Blu-ray and DVD House at the End of the Street Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot Add to Queue
45 Blu-ray and DVD Jack & Diane Juno Temple, Riley Keough Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Mrs Miniver (1942) Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon  
  Blu-ray One Fine Day (1996) George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer  
65 Blu-ray and DVD Samsara Non-narrative documentary from the director of Baraka Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Stolen Nicolas Cage Add to Queue
56 Blu-ray and DVD Touchback Kurt Russell Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Criterion Collection (DVD version previously released)  
73 DVD Whores' Glory Documentary Add to Queue
74 Blu-ray and DVD The Wise Kids Indie coming-of-age drama Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 3rd Rock From the Sun Seasons 5 & 6  
  DVD An Idiot Abroad Season 2  
44 Blu-ray and DVD Anger Management Season 1  
  DVD Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Season 2  
62 DVD Dallas [2012] Season 1  
  DVD Dance Moms Season 2, Vols. 1 & 2  
75 Blu-ray and DVD Enlightened Season 1  
  DVD Episodes Seasons 1 & 2  
74 Blu-ray and DVD Game Change HBO movie  
61 DVD The Goode Family Complete series  
79 Blu-ray and DVD The Hour Series 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Inventing David Geffen American Masters documentary  
  DVD Red Dwarf Series X  
  Blu-ray and DVD Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden TV movie  
79 DVD Smash Season 1  

January 15

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Intouchables 57 Add to Netflix Queue

One of the biggest box office hits in the history of French cinema, this 2011 dramedy provoked a more tepid response from American critics upon its release in 2012. Still, The Intouchables, a based-on-a-true-story odd couple tale of a wealthy disabled widower who hires a black Muslim ex-con as his caretaker, has been singled out as one of the best foreign films of the past year by numerous critic groups, and is one of the frontrunners for a foreign-language Oscar nomination later this month.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Taken 2 45 Add to Netflix Queue

After 2009's surprise hit Taken 50 turned Liam Neeson into a bankable action star, a sequel was inevitable, though the new film comes from a different director (Transporter 3's Olivier Megaton). This time, it is Neeson's ex-wife (Famke Janssen) who is kidnapped, with the bulk of the action taking place in Istanbul (not Constantinople). Like the first film, Taken 2 took in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, making a third installment highly likely.

posterBlu-ray and DVD To Rome with Love 54 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Woody Allen's late-career revival in France (in the form of 2011's charming Midnight in Paris 81) failed to translate into ongoing success when he moved to Italy for 2012's disappointing To Rome with Love. The comedy blends four different Rome-set stories, with an ensemble featuring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jessie Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, Roberto Benigni, and, for the first time in six years, Allen himself. Note that two far superior Woody Allen films—Sleeper and Hannah and Her Sisters—are also out on Blu-ray this week.

More movie releases on January 15, 2013
78 DVD 5 Broken Cameras Documentary Add to Queue
33 Blu-ray and DVD About Cherry Ashley Hinshaw, Heather Graham Add to Queue
20 Blu-ray and DVD Branded Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Max von Sydow Add to Queue
68 DVD Detropia Documentary Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray and DVD Farewell, My Queen Léa Seydoux Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Gregory Peck, John Garfield; directed by Elia Kazan  
90 Blu-ray Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest; directed by Woody Allen
  Blu-ray How Green Was My Valley (1941) Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) Criterion Collection  
69 DVD The Other Dream Team Documentary Add to Queue
45 Blu-ray and DVD The Possession Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Sleeper (1973) Diane Keaton; directed by Woody Allen
56 DVD Three Stars Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Tin Drum (1979) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Wake in Fright (1971) Donald Pleasence  
  Blu-ray and DVD Wild River (1960) Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick  
42 Blu-ray and DVD Won't Back Down Holly Hunter, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Being Human [UK version] Season 4  
  DVD Ghost Hunters Academy Complete series  
  Blu-ray and DVD House of Cards [UK version] Complete miniseries  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Jackson 5ive Complete series  
63 DVD Life's Too Short Season 1  
86 DVD Men of a Certain Age Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Merlin Season 4  
  DVD Perry Mason Season 8, Vol. 2  
  DVD Simon & Simon Season 8  
67 DVD Twenty Twelve Complete series  
  DVD The Wild Thornberrys Season 2, Part 3  

January 22

posterBlu-ray and DVD End of Watch 68 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Filmmaker David Ayer has made cops his business, with previous credits including the screenplays for Training Day 70 and S.W.A.T. 45, as well as writing and directing Harsh Times 56 and Street Kings 55. His latest police drama ranks near the top of his best work. End of Watch looks at the friendship of Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, longtime partners who find themselves in over their heads after a major drug cartel bust in South Central Los Angeles. The supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, and Cody Horn.

posterDVD The Imposter 77 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of the better documentaries released in 2012, The Imposter recounts the story of a missing Texas boy who is reunited with his family over three years after vanishing without a trace at the age of 13. The catch? It's not him after all, but a French con man whose imperfect impersonation of the child inexplicably fooled family members and government officials until a private investigator caught on to the truth. The story is told partially by the imposter himself, supplemented with dramatizations of key scenes, resulting in a film described by critics as stylish and thrilling.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Paperboy 45 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The very definition of a divisive film, Lee Daniels' over-the-top follow-up to Precious 79 has been the subject of ridicule from many reviewers, while also showing up on few critics' top-ten lists for 2012 and receiving Oscar buzz for Nicole Kidman's performance. The pulpy Southern drama is, like the director's previous film, based on a novel (by Pete Dexter, who, unlike Sapphire, doesn't get a shout-out in the title), and centers on a journalist (Matthew McConaughey) and his brother (Zac Efron) who attempt to free a death row inmate (John Cusack) at the request of his pen pal/groupie (Kidman). Is it "great trash" (Roger Ebert) or "bizarrely dull" (Nathan Rabin)? Judge for yourself in the comfort of your own home.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Searching for Sugar Man 79 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

An early favorite to win this year's Academy Award for the best documentary of 2012, Searching tells the story of superstar folk singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Never heard of him? If you're from America, you're not alone; the Detroit-based artist dropped out of the music business in the early 1970s after two poorly received albums. His music, however, caught on in a major way in South Africa, a fact that escaped the singer's notice until a fan tracked him down decades later, leading to the unlikely career revival depicted here.

More movie releases on January 22, 2013
71 DVD Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story Documentary Add to Queue
55 Blu-ray and DVD For a Good Time, Call... Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Lauren Miller Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Frontier Horizon (1939) John Wayne  
76 Blu-ray and DVD Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Directed by Takashi Miike Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Ivan's Childhood (1962) Criterion Collection (DVD version previously released)  
79 Blu-ray and DVD Keep the Lights On Julianne Nicholson, Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD King of the Pecos (1936) John Wayne  
30 Blu-ray and DVD Nature Calls Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The New Frontier (1935) John Wayne  
51 Blu-ray and DVD Nobody Walks John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby Add to Queue
83 Blu-ray and DVD Pina (2011) Criterion Collection; Dance documentary directed by Wim Wenders Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Quiet Man (1952) 60th anniversary ed.; stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara  
  Blu-ray The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave  
67 Blu-ray and DVD Trust (1990) Adrienne Shelly, Martin Donovan; directed by Hal Hartley  
58 Blu-ray and DVD Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Jean-Claude Van Damme Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Kendra Season 4  
61 Blu-ray and DVD The Men Who Built America Complete miniseries  
66 DVD Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis TV documentary  
  DVD Scarecrow and Mrs. King Season 4  

January 29

posterBlu-ray and DVD Hotel Transylvania 47 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack) makes his feature film debut as the final of six (!) directors attached at one time to this computer-animated comedy project, which depicts a gathering of famous monsters ranging from Dracula and Frankenstein to hunchbacks, werewolves, and invisible men. The voice cast includes Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Fran Drescher, and Jon Lovitz. As to be expected from such a troubled production, it wasn't exactly a critical success, but huge box office receipts mean that a sequel is headed to theaters in 2015.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Seven Psychopaths 66 Add to Netflix Queue

Acclaimed Irish playwright Martin McDonagh follows his feature film debut, the cult hit In Bruges 67, with another blackly comedic crime caper (with a greater emphasis, this time, on the comedy) that stars Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken as a pair of dog thieves who pick the wrong pet owner to steal from: a psychotic Los Angeles gangster played by Woody Harrelson. Colin Farrell, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, and Gabourey Sidibe also star, and most reviewers enjoyed its twisted, off-beat, and self-aware sensibility.

More movie releases on January 29, 2013
53 Blu-ray and DVD The Awakening Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Rebecca Hall Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Conclusion of animated film  
62 Blu-ray and DVD Citadel Horror Add to Queue
22 Blu-ray and DVD The Cold Light of Day Bruce Willis, Henry Cavill, Sigourney Weaver Add to Queue
  Blu-ray The Duellists (1977) Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel  
62 DVD Hello I Must Be Going Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, Melanie Lynskey Add to Queue
40 Blu-ray and DVD Paranormal Activity 4 Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Katie Featherston Add to Queue
66 Blu-ray and DVD Tales of the Night French animation Add to Queue
  Blu-ray That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) Directed by Luis Buñuel  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Downton Abbey Series 3  
  DVD Hey Arnold! Season 3  
  DVD Misfits Season 2  
67 DVD Pan Am Complete series  

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Comments (1)

  • riddler645  

    I'm actually pretty excited for Dredd. I was surprised by how much it's become the internet's go to surprise hit film of the year.

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