DVD Release Calendar: June 2013

  • Publish Date: May 26, 2013
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May 28

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 Dark Skies 51 Add to Netflix Queue

A family (including Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) is targeted by a deadly alien force in this sci-fi/horror mash-up directed by Scott Stewart (Legion). It didn't make much of an impression on critics or moviegoers, but neither did anything else released on DVD this slow Memorial Day week.

More movie releases on May 28, 2013
35 DVD Dorfman in Love Sara Rue, Elliott Gould Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Grass is Greener (1960) Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr  
  Blu-ray and DVD Life Is Sweet (1990) Criterion Collection  
76 Blu-ray and DVD Lore German drama Add to Queue
40 Blu-ray and DVD The Numbers Station John Cusack Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Rolling Thunder (1977) William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Beetlejuice Complete series  
  DVD Covert Affairs Season 3  
  Blu-ray and DVD Doctor Who Series 7, Part 2  
67 DVD Longmire Season 1  
48 DVD Red Widow Season 1  
  DVD Suits Season 2  

June 4

posterBlu-ray and DVD Breaking Bad: Season 5 99

If you're like us, you'll be spending the summer re-watching the entire run of Breaking Bad prior to the airing of the acclaimed drama's final eight episodes (beginning August 11th on AMC). If, for some reason, you have yet to watch the show, the early release of season five means that you have no reason not to catch up; remember, 99's aren't exactly a regular occurrence around here.

posterBlu-ray and DVD A Good Day to Die Hard 28 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Blame the foreign markets. There was certainly nothing good about this fifth (and easily worst-reviewed) installment in the Die Hard series, which finds Bruce Willis' John McClane in Russia, where he spends a day battling terrorists and hardly dying with the help of his grown son Jack (Jai Courtney). Critics panned the film as a "bewildering mess," and it tanked at the domestic box office. Yet nearly $240 million in foreign grosses means that yet another installment (tentatively titled Die Hardest) is now in development. Die hard, indeed.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Identity Thief 35 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This high concept R-rated comedy finds criminal Melissa McCarthy stealing the identity of clueless Jason Bateman, who then tracks her down; the result is yet another odd couple road trip movie, and one that critics didn't seem to like much (with most finding it wholly or partially unfunny). Yet distributor Universal was laughing all the way to the bank; the film was enough of a hit that a sequel is in the works.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Warm Bodies 59 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the zombie rom-com comes from 50/50 director Jonathan Levine and stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, and John Malkovich. Critics gave it a surprisingly warm reception, though note that the emphasis here is definitely on romance, rather than horror.

More movie releases on June 4, 2013
  DVD Aroused Documentary Add to Queue
77 DVD Brooklyn Castle Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) Richard Carlson, Julie Adams  
  Blu-ray Earthquake (1974) Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner  
35 Blu-ray and DVD Escape From Planet Earth Animated sci-fi comedy Add to Queue
  Blu-ray The Invisible Man (1933) Claude Rains  
57 Blu-ray and DVD It's a Disaster David Cross, Julia Stiles Add to Queue
45 Blu-ray and DVD The Last Ride Biopic about singer-songwriter Hank Williams Add to Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD Mental Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Midway (1976) Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda  
  Blu-ray The Mummy (1932) Boris Karloff  
  Blu-ray The Odd Couple (1968) Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau  
  Blu-ray Rope (1948) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock  
  Blu-ray The Shadow (1994) Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Adventure Time Seasons 1 & 2 (separate sets)  
  DVD Combat! Season 3  
64 Blu-ray and DVD Falling Skies Season 2  
  DVD Ice Road Truckers Season 6  
64 DVD Major Crimes Season 1  
  DVD Mountain Men Season 1  
  DVD Pretty Little Liars Season 3  
  DVD Rawhide Season 6, Vols. 1 & 2  
  DVD Vexed Series 2  
  DVD Wilfred [Australian version] Complete series  

June 11

posterBlu-ray and DVD Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 21 + Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of several adult-oriented fairy tale projects to hit theaters in 2013 (see elsewhere on this page), Witch Hunters plays the classic Hansel and Gretel story as an R-rated horror-comedy-adventure, with the action picking up 15 years after the events you read about as a child; the siblings (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) are now a bounty-hunting tandem hired to target an evil sorceress (Famke Janssen). (For some reason, though, they have modern weaponry.) The film's release was delayed for a year, but perhaps it should have stayed on the shelf; critics found that it failed on pretty much every level. Wrote The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, "This movie is a case in point. It's a film which is so demeaningly bad, so utterly without merit, that there is a kind of purity in its awfulness." (Not the film's worst review, by the way.)

posterBlu-ray and DVD House of Cards: Season 1 76

Netflix's first major original series (now arriving on DVD/Blu-ray for those folks not signed up with the streaming service) is a bleak political thriller that's a loose remake of the acclaimed British miniseries of the same name. This House of Cards comes from director/producer David Fincher (The Social Network) and writer Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), reportedly working with a $100 million budget. Kevin Spacey produces and stars as a ruthless U.S. congressman with White House aspirations; he's joined in the cast by Robin Wright and Kate Mara, though the real star is the relatively unknown Corey Stoll, who quickly impressed critics. Note that the above Metascore is based on reviews for the first few episodes only; we have also compiled subsequent reviews for the season as a whole. A second season is expected next year.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Oz the Great and Powerful 44 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

One of the highest grossing films of 2013 so far, Oz is a $200 million, visually dazzling, 3D prequel to the story told in 1939's The Wizard of Oz, and director Sam Raimi's first film since 2009's Drag Me to Hell (and first big-budget production since his Spider-Man trilogy). James Franco stars as the title character (who is shown as a younger man, rising from his humble beginnings as a small-time Kansas magician), while Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz play the witches. Critics found little great about the film, with many feeling that Franco was miscast.

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

Aiming to be just that, Wrong is the latest surreal oddity from Rubber director Quentin Dupieux. The absurdist comedy features a story loosely revolving around a man searching for his missing dog, though that isn't entirely relevant. Critics were divided (as they were for Dupieux's previous film), with some dismissing it as "weird for weirdness's sake" but others much more amused.

More movie releases on June 11, 2013
71 DVD 11 Flowers Chinese drama Add to Queue
76 DVD Dead Man's Burden Western Add to Queue
29 Blu-ray Driven (2001) Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds  
  Blu-ray Enter the Dragon (1973) 40th anniversary edition  
52 DVD Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder Documentary Add to Queue
34 DVD Knife Fight Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen Add to Queue
40 DVD Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Rockshow (1980) Paul McCartney and Wings concert film (new full-length cut)  
52 Blu-ray and DVD Snitch Dwayne Johnson, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon Add to Queue
57 DVD The Taste of Money Korean drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Wild Strawberries (1957) Criterion Collection (Blu-ray release)  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Burn Notice Season 6  
  Blu-ray The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 3  
  DVD Fairly Legal Season 2  
  DVD Ghost Hunters Season 8 Part 2  
  DVD In the Heat of the Night Season 8  
57 Blu-ray and DVD Killing Lincoln TV movie  
  DVD Misfits Season 3  
  DVD Necessary Roughness Season 2  
57 Blu-ray and DVD The Newsroom Season 1  
  DVD Perry Mason Season 9 Vol. 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Philadelphia Experiment Syfy TV movie (remake of the 1980s film)  
  DVD Rizzoli & Isles Season 3  
  DVD Tosh.0 Vol. 3  
  DVD Wagon Train Season 8  
61 DVD Wedding Band Complete series  
  DVD The Wild Thornberrys Season 3  

June 18

posterBlu-ray and DVD 21 & Over 34 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, writers of the original The Hangover (you know, the good one), step behind the camera for the first time, and the results are disappointing for all ages. The raunchy comedy features a similar compressed time frame, centering on a student who goes out to celebrate his 21st birthday with a pair of friends the night before a big exam, though critics found a major lack of originality, humor, and intelligence.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Jack the Giant Slayer 51 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Bryan Singer's first directing gig since Valkyrie in 2008 is a CGI-heavy take on the classic fairy tales "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Jack the Giant Killer." Slayer stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Jack, and he's joined in the cast by Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, and Ewan McGregor. The delayed film was preceded by poor early buzz, was met by indifferent reviews, and went on to become one of the year's biggest box office flops. But, hey, here it is.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Quartet 64 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

No relation to the 1981 film of the same name that also starred Maggie Smith, this Quartet is the directorial debut for 75-year-old Dustin Hoffman and is based on a play by Ronald Harwood (who also wrote the film's screenplay). Smith stars as an opera singer whose arrival at a retirement home disrupts the lives of her peers. Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Michael Gambon also star.

posterDVD Rectify: Season 1 80

Called "the best new show you haven't watched" by our sister site TV.com, this six-episode drama (recently renewed for a longer second season) is the Sundance Channel's first original drama series and comes from a few of the producers behind Breaking Bad (Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson). Created by actor Ray McKinnon (Deadwood), Rectify stars Aden Young as a wrongly convicted prisoner who is set free after two decades on death row and must readjust to life in the outside world. Critics had mostly raves for a series that is short on action but works as a deep, engaging character study.

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

This Hitchcockian thriller marked the English-language debut for director Chan-wook Park, best known for his cult hit Oldboy (currently being remade by Spike Lee). This creepy look at a young girl’s coming of age stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew Goode, and serves as the screenwriting debut for actor Wentworth Miller. Stoker divided critics when it debuted at Sundance in January, and further split them upon release in March, though more critics liked the film than didn't.

More movie releases on June 18, 2013
39 Blu-ray and DVD The Brass Teapot Juno Temple, Michael Angarano Add to Queue
44 Blu-ray and DVD Come Out and Play Horror Add to Queue
  Blu-ray The Howling (1981) Collector's edition  
36 Blu-ray and DVD The Last Exorcism Part II Ashley Bell Add to Queue
36 DVD Let My People Go! Comedy Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Marketa Lazarova (1967) Criterion Collection  
19 Blu-ray and DVD Movie 43 Comedy anthology Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Safety Last! (1923) Criterion Collection  
62 DVD Supporting Characters Comedy Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Things to Come (1936) Criterion Collection  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Body of Proof Season 3  
  Blu-ray and DVD Call the Midwife Season 2  
  DVD Drop Dead Diva Season 4  
  DVD Fraggle Rock Season 4  
80 DVD Web Therapy Season 2  
56 Blu-ray and DVD Wilfred [U.S. version] Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Workaholics Season 3  

June 25

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Call 51 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Halle Berry stars in this creepy but rather routine thriller as a 911 operator who attempts to save a kidnapped girl (Abigail Breslin) who phones for help. The film comes from director Brad Anderson, who has done superior work in the past (most notably, 2008's Transsiberian)

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 44 + Queue Watch Trailer

Veteran TV director Don Scardino (30 Rock) returned to feature directing for the first time in nearly 15 years with this PG-13 comedy about rival magicians penned by the team behind Horrible Bosses. Steve Carell stars as a Vegas magician who attempts to enlist his former partner (Steve Buscemi) to regain his mojo after a street magician (Jim Carrey) becomes the most popular act in town. Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini also star. Don't expect anything incredible here; reviewers found it funny in parts but mostly let down by its script.

posterBlu-ray and DVD No 81 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

If there's any movie to say yes to this week, it's this entertaining, based-on-a-true-story drama from director Pablo Larraín, nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. The film stars Gael García Bernal as an ad man who attempts to bring down Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1980s, through a clever advertising campaign. Critics mostly loved it, though a few complained about the intentionally shoddy look of the film, which was designed to mimic 1980s-era videotape.

More movie releases on June 25, 2013
  Blu-ray Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984) Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm  
82 Blu-ray and DVD In the Family Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Into the White Rupert Grint Add to Queue
68 Blu-ray and DVD A Place at the Table Documentary Add to Queue
99 Blu-ray and DVD Shoah (1985) Criterion Collection  
43 Blu-ray and DVD Upside Down Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD CSI: NY Season 9  
  Blu-ray and DVD Inspector Lewis Series 6  
  DVD MADtv Season 3  
  Blu-ray and DVD Nova: Australia's First 4 Billion Years PBS special  
  DVD Peter Gunn Season 2  

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Comments (1)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Rectify is the best show on this page. Second is Longmire but tell me this: why do certain companies wait until the week before the next season of a show airs to put out the previous season on DVD?? Why not make it 2 weeks or a month so we can potentially catch up on what we missed?? Think!

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