DVD Release Calendar: July 2012

  • Publish Date: June 30, 2012
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July 3

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posterBlu-ray and DVD God Bless America 56 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is the writer and director behind this dark satire that depicts a down-on-his-luck insurance salesman (Joel Murray) who becomes so fed up with the dumbing-down of America that he embarks on a killing spree, targeting only deserving victims like reality show stars. Joining him on his murderous road trip is a high school student (Tara Lynne Barr) who shares his disgust. Many critics considered it a misstep for Goldthwait, though not an egregious one.

More new releases on July 3, 2012
63 Blu-ray and DVD The Hunter Jacek Koman, Morgana Davies, Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe Add to Queue
41 Blu-ray and DVD Jesus Henry Christ Michael Sheen, Toni Collette Add to Queue
  DVD The Pirate Movie (1982) Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins Add to Queue
  DVD Six Pack (1982) Kenny Rogers, Diane Lane, Erin Gray Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Barbarella (1968) Jane Fonda  
75 Blu-ray Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Tom Cruise  
  Blu-ray Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967) Tomas Milian  
  Blu-ray The Entity (1982) Barbara Hershey  
65 Blu-ray The Horse Whisperer (1998) Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas  
41 Blu-ray Phenomenon (1996) John Travolta  
60 Blu-ray Treasure Planet (2002) 10th Anniversary Edition  
52 Blu-ray Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Diane Lane  
  DVD Dynasty Season 6  
  Blu-ray and DVD Inspector George Gently Series 4  
  DVD Man vs. Wild Season 6  
  DVD Mannix Season 7  
  DVD Rocko's Modern Life Season 3  
  DVD Saturday Night Live The Women of SNL  
  DVD Sheena Season 2  
  DVD The Streets of San Francisco Season 3 (Vols. 1 and 2)  

July 10

posterBlu-ray and DVD American Reunion 49 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The first outing for the original American Pie 58 gang since 2003’s American Wedding 43 finds Jim (Jason Biggs), Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), Stifler (Sean William Scott), Oz (Chris Klein), Heather (Menu Suvari), Vicky (Tara Reid), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) returning to East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. Original writer Adam Herz returns, teaming with directors Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz (the guys behind the Harold and Kumar films), and while the result wasn't quite the worst of the four films, it was a relative failure at the box office, so don't expect another reunion.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope 64 Add to Queue

Morgan Spurlock's (Super-Size Me 73) latest documentary is a loving tribute to the die-hard comic, sci-fi, and fantasy fans who flock to San Diego's Comic-Con each summer. Filmed at the convention in 2010, the Joss Whedon- and Stan Lee-produced A Fan's Hope wisely minimizes Spurlock's screen time in favor of telling the stories of five attendees, interspersed with interviews of participants such as Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, and Seth Rogen. Two different collector's editions of the DVD come with action figures of the likes of Lee, Whedon, Spurlock, and Harry Knowles.

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

This divisive drama about a high school student (Anna Paquin) who witnesses—and possibly causes—a fatal accident was hailed by some critics as one of the best films of 2011, though others found it deeply flawed. What's undeniable is the film's tortured journey to the big screen: writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me 85) toiled for six years to edit the film (even turning those duties over to Martin Scorsese at one point) without success, resulting in a lengthy delay that sparked several lawsuits and a finished product that still might not represent the director's true intent. However, the DVD/Blu-ray release (an Amazon exclusive, for now) will include a second version of the film that adds 36 minutes to the theatrical cut, boosting its running time over the three-hour mark. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Kieran Culkin, Olivia Thirlby, and Matthew Broderick also star.

More new releases on July 10, 2012
53 Blu-ray and DVD Being Flynn Paul Dano, Robert De Niro; based on Nick Flynn's memoir Add to Queue
60 Blu-ray and DVD Fightville Documentary Add to Queue
46 Blu-ray and DVD The Flowers of War Christian Bale; dir. by Zhang Yimou Add to Queue
  DVD I Kissed a Vampire Musical Add to Queue
59 DVD On the Ice Indie thriller Add to Queue
60 DVD Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Japanese family film Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Altered States (1980) William Hurt  
37 Blu-ray The Astronaut's Wife (1999) Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp  
  Blu-ray Brainstorm (1983) Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood  
  Blu-ray Chariots of Fire (1981) Best picture winner  
  Blu-ray Coma (1978) Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas  
  Blu-ray Outland (1981) Sean Connery  
  DVD Adventure Time Season 1  
  Blu-ray The Big Bang Theory Season 1 / Season 2  
  DVD Dark Shadows Complete Series  
  DVD Earthworm Jim Complete Series  
  DVD Father Dowling Mysteries Season 2  
  DVD The Glades Season 2  
  DVD iCarly Season 4  
  DVD JEM and The Holograms Season 3  
  DVD Warehouse 13 Season 3  

July 17

posterBlu-ray and DVD Casa de mi Padre 52 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A Spanish-language comedy starring Will Ferrell? ¡Muy loco! The feature directorial debut for former SNL writer Matt Piedmont, Casa de mi Padre ("House of My Father") finds Ferrell's Armando Alvarez falling in love with his brother's (Diego Luna) fiance but teaming with him to save their family ranch from an evil drug lord (Gael García Bernal). If that sounds like the storyline to a telenovela, well, that's the point (though this, of course, is intentionally funny—or at least tries to be). Ferrell's not the only gringo to show up, by the way; Nick Offerman also has a small role.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Friends with Kids 55 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Writer/actress Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein 72, Ira & Abby 62) made her feature directing debut in the spring with this so-so romantic comedy about two best friends (Westfeldt and Adam Scott) who decide to have a baby together while maintaining a platonic relationship. Their relationship fears are reflected by those of two other couples—the Bridesmaids pairings of Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig and Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph—while Megan Fox and Edward Burn act as temptation for the friendly couple post-baby. Will they remain “just friends?” We'll give you one guess.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 58 + Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Director Lasse Hallström's career has been heading downhill over the past decade, with only one film during that time frame (2007's little-seen The Hoax 70) earning decent reviews. While his latest film was certainly no match for What's Eating Gilbert Grape or Cider House Rules 75, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen served as a modest step in the right direction. The romantic comedy about a British government scientist who is prodded by the British government to join a project to introduce salmon to the wadis of the Yemen stars Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, and Kristin Scott Thomas. It also features a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire 86), based on the acclaimed novel by Paul Torday.

More new releases on July 17, 2012
54 Blu-ray and DVD 4:44 Last Day on Earth Willem Dafoe; directed by Abel Ferrara Add to Queue
40 DVD The Beat Hotel Documentary Add to Queue
57 DVD Extraterrestrial Spanish-language sci-fi comedy Add to Queue
66 Blu-ray and DVD The Fairy Indie comedy Add to Queue
45 Blu-ray and DVD Intruders Clive Owen Add to Queue
48 Blu-ray and DVD Lockout Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace Add to Queue
  DVD Mamitas Indie drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Never Stand Still Documentary Add to Queue
44 DVD Patagonia Rising Documentary Add to Queue
56 Blu-ray and DVD The Three Stooges Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso Add to Queue
80 Blu-ray and DVD The Turin Horse Final film from director Bela Tarr Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Camelot (1967) Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave  
  Blu-ray Down By Law (1986) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Hard to Kill (1990) Steven Seagal  
  Blu-ray High Noon (1952) 60th Anniversary Edition  
  Blu-ray Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter  
  Blu-ray Mean Streets (1973) Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel  
  Blu-ray Singin' in the Rain (1952) 60th Anniversary Edition  
63 DVD Alphas Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night PBS documentary  
  DVD Bonanza Season 3  
  DVD Dan Vs. Season 1  
  DVD Designing Women Final Season  
  DVD Diff'rent Strokes Season 3  
  DVD Eureka Season 5  
72 DVD The Inbetweeners The Complete Series  
  DVD Leverage Season 4  
  Blu-ray and DVD Sanctuary Season 4  

July 24

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Deep Blue Sea 82 Add to Netflix Queue

A few reviewers found the material a bit too dated, but this adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play of the same name by Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives) drew mostly raves from critics, especially for Rachel Weisz's powerful performance as a woman whose life is torn apart when she cheats on her older husband (Simon Russell Beale) with a young war veteran (Tom Hiddleston).

posterBlu-ray and DVD Jiro Dreams of Sushi 77 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This appropriately narrowly focused documentary looks at 85-year-old Jiro Ono, who runs a tiny, unassuming sushi counter in a Tokyo subway station that is considered by some critics to serve the best sushi in the world. A story of one man's lifelong dedication to perfecting his craft, the well-made Jiro also has enough "food porn" on display that you'll definitely want to run out for sushi after watching the film.

posterBlu-ray Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1

For its first-ever Blu-ray release, the premiere season of Star Trek: The Next Generation has been painstakingly converted into high definition, with recomposited special effects (that are vastly improved compared to the original) and new 7.1 surround sound, as well as new bonus features. Sure, the first season is easily TNG's worst—remember, when watching the reruns on TV, it's safe to change the channel if you don't see Riker's beard—but if consumers don't show any interest in this set, we may not get the same enhanced treatment for the subsequent (superior) seasons. In celebration of the Blu-ray release, two of the season's better episodes ("Where No One Has Gone Before" and "Datalore") will also be given a rare theatrical screening in about 500 cineplexes nationwide on the night of July 23rd.

More new releases on July 24, 2012
38 Blu-ray and DVD Brake Stephen Dorff Add to Queue
82 Blu-ray and DVD Footnote Israeli drama Add to Queue
  DVD Meeting Evil Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Wilson Add to Queue
30 Blu-ray and DVD My Way South Korean war drama Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD Silent House Horror Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray The Last Days of Disco (1998) Criterion Collection  
63 Blu-ray Life (1999) Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence  
  Blu-ray Metropolitan (1990) Criterion Collection  
65 Blu-ray Mystery Men (1999) Ben Stiller, Geoffrey Rush, Greg Kinnear  
78 DVD Boss Season 1  
  DVD Childrens' Hospital Season 3  
  DVD Michael Wood's Story of England Miniseries  
  DVD The Real McCoys Season 1  
  DVD Touched by an Angel Season 5  
59 DVD Treasure Island Syfy movie  
  DVD The Untouchables Season 4  

July 31

posterBlu-ray and DVD Hatfields & McCoys 68 Add to Netflix Queue

America's most infamous (and possibly most bloody) family rivalry, the long-running feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys was a surprise hit for the History Channel when it aired as an original three-part miniseries in May. Kevin Costner, who also produces, stars as the head of West Virginia's Hatfield clan, while Bill Paxton plays his former Civil War buddy turned Kentucky rival Randall McCoy. Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, and Mare Winningham also star, and the series is directed by frequent Costner collaborator Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld).

posterBlu-ray and DVD Le Havre [Criterion Collection] 82 + Queue Watch Trailer

The first feature from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki (The Man Without a Past) in five years was a hit at last year's Cannes, and similarly impressed American critics upon its limited release here last fall. Described as a "political fairy tale," the black comedy revolves around the relationship between a shoeshine man and a young African refugee facing deportation in the French harbor city of Le Havre. The DVD/Blu-ray release comes via Criterion, which means there are plenty of extras, including interviews and footage from Cannes.

More new releases on July 31, 2012
34 Blu-ray and DVD ATM Alice Eve, Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck Add to Queue
45 Blu-ray and DVD Detention Dane Cook, Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke Add to Queue
71 DVD Last Days Here Documentary about Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD LOL Miley Cyrus Add to Queue
48 Blu-ray and DVD We The Party Mario Van Peebles, Michael Jai White Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Body and Soul (1947) John Garfield  
  Blu-ray Force of Evil (1948) John Garfield  
  Blu-ray Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell  
  Blu-ray La Grande Illusion (1937) Jean Gabin, Erich Von Stroheim  
  Blu-ray How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable  
  Blu-ray River Of No Return (1954) Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum  
  Blu-ray The Seven Year Itch (1955) Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell  
  Blu-ray There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor
  DVD The Magic School Bus Complete Series  
  DVD Melrose Place Season 7  
  DVD Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. XXIV  
81 DVD The Weight of the Nation HBO documentary miniseries  

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Comments (3)

  • slavewire  

    10 days ago I saw the list for August on here, which included DVD releases of The Hunger Games, Battleship, The Raid Redemption, etc.
    But now that page disappeared?

  • ret  

    Hey!!! This is August! Your "Upcoming Releases" for DVD's is stuck in July! Instead of featuring such worthless crap as Best and Worst Director Duos (Puh-leez!!!), why don't you concentrate on providing the basics that you purport to provide? And you're asking for input as to how to improve the site? Jeez!!! Are you clueless?

  • MarcDoyle  

    My pick for the month: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I'm not a sushi person, yet that movie made me crave it in the worst way. It's also a great movie about dedication to your craft and the pursuit of excellence.

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