DVD Release Calendar: June 2014

  • Publish Date: May 28, 2014
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June 3

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poster Lone Survivor 60 Watch Trailer

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A six-years-in-the-making passion project for Peter Berg, who wrote and directed the film, Afghanistan war drama Lone Survivor is an adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch (Berg's star on Battleship and TV's Friday Night Lights), Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch star as members of a SEAL team on a 2005 mission called "Operation Red Wings,” during which the four soldiers seek to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd but encounter more than 100 enemy soldiers before they can do so. The intense combat (which occupies most of the running time) thrilled some critics, but left others wanting something more.

poster RoboCop (2014) 52 Watch Trailer

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Eventually, studios will learn that remaking Paul Verhoeven movies is not a good idea. (Remember that new Total Recall?) Sadly, that lesson didn't sink in prior to this remake of Verhoeven's 1987 cult classic about a murdered Detroit cop who is brought back to life by an evil corporation as part man, part machine (then, played by Peter Weller; now, by The Killing's Joel Kinnaman). Despite some interesting casting choices (Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson), the first Hollywood (and English-language) film for Brazilian director José Padilha (Bus 174) added little new to the story aside from updated effects, and American moviegoers mostly stayed away.

More movie releases on June 3, 2014
  DVD Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
72 Blu-ray The Birdcage (1996) COMEDY | Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Robin Williams Amazon
37 Blu-ray and DVD Black Out FOREIGN/ACTION-COMEDY +Netflix Amazon
81 Blu-ray and DVD Cousin Jules DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
36 Blu-ray and DVD Goodbye World DRAMEDY | Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann +Netflix Amazon
75 DVD Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
41 Blu-ray and DVD In the Blood ACTION/THRILLER | Gina Carano, Luis Guzman +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray King & Country (1964) DRAMA | Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay Amazon
72 Blu-ray Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) COMEDY Amazon
61 Blu-ray and DVD The Motel Life THRILLER | Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff +Netflix Amazon
74 DVD Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
53 DVD The Pretty One DRAMEDY | Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson +Netflix Amazon
45 Blu-ray Ravenous (1999) WESTERN/HORROR | Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle Amazon
37 Blu-ray and DVD Son of God DRAMA | Edited from scenes from TV's The Bible +Netflix Amazon
81 DVD The Trouble With the Truth DRAMA | Lea Thompson, John Shea +Netflix Amazon
66 Blu-ray and DVD What's In a Name? FOREIGN/COMEDY +Netflix Amazon
80 DVD When I Walk DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Barbary Coast Complete series   Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Breaking Bad Complete series (new barrel-free box set)   Amazon
65 Blu-ray and DVD Falling Skies Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Glades Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
58 DVD Graceland Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
69 DVD The Killing Season 3 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The New Adventures of Superman Seasons 2 & 3   Amazon
  DVD New Tricks Season 10   Amazon
  DVD Nova: Inside Animal Minds PBS specials   Amazon
  DVD Power Rangers Turbo Vol. 2   Amazon
  DVD Pretty Little Liars Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Rawhide Season 8   Amazon
56 Blu-ray and DVD True Blood Season 6 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Workaholics Season 4 +Netflix Amazon

June 10

poster Alan Partridge 67 Watch Trailer

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Having already appeared in multiple radio and TV series, a web series, live shows, and even in his own book, Steve Coogan’s beloved character finally made the jump to the big screen in this comedy, also known as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa overseas. Alan Partridge finds our hero hosting a mid-morning show on North Norfolk Digital radio until a media conglomerate takes over the station and fires his co-worker, D.J. Pat (Colm Meaney), who promptly takes the station hostage. Will Alan be able to save himself or, perhaps, someone other than himself? The film seemed to go over better with UK reviewers than the Americans, but any fans of the character should be happy with the result, and a sequel is reportedly set to begin filming this summer.

poster Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 57 Watch Trailer

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Well this wasn't exactly the reboot that Paramount was hoping for. Chris Pine (Star Trek) takes on the role of the Tom Clancy-created CIA agent once played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and, most recently (in 2002's The Sum of All Fears), Ben Affleck, though the Shadow Recruit isn't based on a specific Clancy book, and was actually pieced together from the leftovers of various scripts written over the past decade. The action-heavy final result features Ryan's origin story and a terrorist plot against the U.S. economy. Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley also star for director Kenneth Branagh (Thor), who cast himself as the main villain. Many critics found the film average at best, and its failure to attract younger audiences to theaters means that it may be a while before you see Ryan on the big screen again.

poster Non-Stop 56 Watch Trailer

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Whereas the much younger Chris Pine proved not to be much of a draw as an action movie star in Jack Ryan, above, sexagenarian Liam Neeson appears to be literally unstoppable. His latest outing as an ass-kicking badass reunites him with director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown). Neeson plays an air marshal who finds himself implicated in the hijacking of a flight from New York City to London after receiving mysterious text messages threatening the death of a passenger every twenty minutes until a ransom is paid. While the movie may not live up to its advertising—some critics found the film about as fun as actual air travel—it was another success at the box office for Neeson.

poster True Detective: Season 1 87

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Recently nominated for 4 awards from the Television Critics Association—including best overall show of the year—this atmospheric, captivating, and somewhat mystifying HBO drama stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of homicide detectives embroiled in a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in rural Louisiana. The action takes place in three distinct time periods, alternating between 1995, 2002, and 2012. All eight episodes of the gritty, much-discussed series have the rare luxury of consistency behind the camera: every episode was written by novelist Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre). The show will return next season with an all new cast and story, centering on three main characters in California.

More movie releases on June 10, 2014
61 DVD Adult World COMEDY | Emma Roberts, John Cusack +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD All That Heaven Allows (1955) Criterion Collection release Amazon
57 Blu-ray and DVD Amen (2002) FOREIGN DRAMA | Directed by Costa-Gavras Amazon
  DVD The Anonymous People DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
55 Blu-ray and DVD Capital FOREIGN DRAMA | Directed by Costa-Gavras +Netflix Amazon
42 Blu-ray and DVD Devil's Knot DRAMA | Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Elias Koteas +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Fractured THRILLER +Netflix Amazon
33 DVD Haunt HORROR | Jacki Weaver +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Kismet (1955) MUSICAL | Howard Keel Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD L'eclisse (1962) Criterion Collection release Amazon
87 DVD The Missing Picture DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
74 Blu-ray and DVD Omar FOREIGN DRAMA +Netflix Amazon
48 Blu-ray and DVD Patrick: Evil Awakens HORROR/SCI-FI | Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths +Netflix Amazon
44 DVD Perfect Sisters HORROR/THRILLER | Abigail Breslin, Mira Sorvino +Netflix Amazon
32 DVD The Secret Lives of Dorks COMEDY +Netflix Amazon
51 DVD The Short Game DOCUMENTARY/SPORTS +Netflix Amazon
54 DVD A Short History of Decay COMEDY | Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin +Netflix Amazon
76 Blu-ray and DVD Tim's Vermeer DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Unacceptable Levels DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
63 Blu-ray and DVD Visitors DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD The Chisholms Complete series   Amazon
82 Blu-ray and DVD Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey Complete series +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Doctor Who Series 3 Part 1   Amazon
74 Blu-ray and DVD Klondike Complete miniseries +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Major Crimes Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
75 Blu-ray and DVD Ray Donovan Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
60 DVD Resurrection Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 +Netflix Amazon

June 17

poster Ernest & Celestine 86 Watch Trailer

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A surprise but deserving Oscar nominee for best animated feature, this charming French/Belgian cartoon—featuring hand-drawn artwork rather than computer animation—is based on Gabrielle Vincent's children's book series about an orphan mouse who befriends a bear after he tries to eat her. This American theatrical version features an English-language dub with voices provided by Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, William H. Macy, and Jeffrey Wright.

poster The Grand Budapest Hotel 88 Watch Trailer

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Taking place across three different time periods (1985, 1968, 1932)—depicted in three different aspect ratios (2.35, 1.85, 1.33)—Wes Anderson’s follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom stars Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave, a concierge at an isolated European hotel, and newcomer Tony Revolori as Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Together, they get caught up in a battle for a family fortune and the theft and recovery of a priceless painting. Once again Anderson has created his own highly stylized world, inhabited by some returning players (Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson) and a few welcome rookies (Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Tom Wilkinson). The result is the director's highest-grossing and best-reviewed release to date.

poster Joe 73 Watch Trailer

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Many critics saw last year’s Prince Avalanche as a welcome return to form for director David Gordon Green. This year, he managed to impress critics again, while also pulling off the tricky feat of giving Nicolas Cage his first good role (and good movie) in years. This adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel stars Cage as an ex-con who is just trying to stay out of trouble until he meets Gary (Tye Sheridan of The Tree of Life and Mud), a kid he feels he needs to protect. Once again, Green works with cinematographer Tim Orr to bring the South to vivid life, though it is Cage's performance that shines the most.

poster The Lego Movie 82 Watch Trailer

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Though The LEGO Movie could have easily been a cheesy cash-in (or a mere commercial to sell more expensive toy bricks), this animated comedy from Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) is one of 2014's most pleasant surprises, a fun and funny film that is (as of this writing) the year's highest-grossing film to date. The voice cast features Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and Will Ferrell.

More movie releases on June 17, 2014
40 Blu-ray and DVD Almost Human SCI-FI/HORROR +Netflix Amazon
16 DVD Authors Anonymous COMEDY | Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein +Netflix Amazon
67 Blu-ray and DVD The Final Member DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Hearts and Minds (1974) Criterion Collection release Amazon
58 DVD Jimmy P. DRAMA | Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Judex (1963) Criterion Collection release Amazon
52 Blu-ray and DVD The Machine SCI-FI/THRILLER | Toby Stephens, Denis Lawson +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  DVD Test DRAMA | Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch +Netflix Amazon
76 DVD Vic + Flo Saw A Bear FOREIGN/THRILLER +Netflix Amazon
25 Blu-ray and DVD Walk of Shame COMEDY | Elizabeth Banks +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD DCI Banks Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Death in Paradise Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Escape Artist Masterpiece Mystery presentation +Netflix Amazon
  DVD The Good Witch's Gift Hallmark Channel movie +Netflix Amazon
80 Blu-ray and DVD House of Cards Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Red Data Girl Complete series   Amazon
  DVD Red Shoe Diaries Season 1   Amazon
  DVD Regular Show Season 3   Amazon
  DVD Scott & Bailey Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Teen Wolf Season 3 Part 2 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Tosh.0 Vol. 4 (Collas Plus Exposed Arms)   Amazon

June 24

poster 300: Rise of an Empire 48 Watch Trailer

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It's not the box office dud that we predicted, though it also isn't a memorable film. This belated sequel to the more successful 300 introduces a new director—Noam Murro, who had never directed an action or effects-based film before—and a mostly new cast (not that you can tell, under all those CGI enhancements), led by Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom). The original film's director, Zack Snyder, co-wrote the screenplay for this naval-themed outing, basing it on Frank Miller's graphic novel Xerxes.

poster Enemy 60 Watch Trailer

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Of course there would have to be two different movies reaching theaters this spring about doppelgangers. While currently playing The Double seems to be the better of the two, a majority of critics also liked (at least somewhat) this existential thriller, an adaptation of José Saramago's novel The Double. (Movie The Double is based on a Dostoyevsky story, not Saramago's.) Re-teaming with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, Jake Gyllenhaal plays two roles: Adam Bell is a history professor with a girlfriend (Mélanie Laurent), and Anthony Claire is an actor with a pregnant wife (Sarah Gadon). After Adam sees Anthony in a movie, he tracks his doppelganger down, initiating a series of dangerous events for both men (and the women in their lives).

poster A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Pop star(s) + movie? That's usually a formula for a naked cash grab, more commerce than art. Of course, the usual rules don't apply to The Beatles, whose movies are one part of their enduring legacy. And none of their films topped this influential screwball comedy classic. Directed by the great Richard Lester, A Hard Day's Night depicts a day (or two) in the life of the Fab Four, playing irreverent, stylized versions of themselves at the height of Beatlemania. This new Criterion Collection release features the newly restored film with your choice of mono, stereo, or 5.1 audio mixes, a variety of old and new documentaries, and numerous additional interviews, shorts, and bonus features.

poster Winter's Tale 31 Watch Trailer

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While adapting an "unfilmable" novel for your directorial debut may be a gutsy choice, it's also, apparently, a stupid one. Veteran screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (an Oscar winner for A Beautiful Mind, and definitely not one for Batman & Robin) opted to take on Mark Helprin's epic fantasy set in an alternative, magic-filled New York City (and spanning the entire 20th century) with a relatively low $60 million budget. Hurricane Sandy added another obstacle, delaying production and the release of the film. A fairly strong cast (Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Will Smith, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, and Jessica Brown Findlay) was unable to overcome the film's clunkiness, with the result so bad that even the book's numerous fans may find little to like. If you must watch it, you'll probably want to listen to this afterward.

More movie releases on June 24, 2014
76 DVD Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
68 DVD Anita DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
46 Blu-ray and DVD Blood Ties THRILLER | Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, James Caan +Netflix Amazon
61 Blu-ray and DVD FrackNation DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
54 DVD Pandora's Promise DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Redwood Highway DRAMA | Shirley Knight, Tom Skerritt +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Repentance THRILLER | Forest Whitaker, Mike Epps +Netflix Amazon
63 Blu-ray and DVD Rob the Mob DRAMA | Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Andy Garcia +Netflix Amazon
51 DVD The Wedding Video COMEDY | Lucy Punch, Robert Webb +Netflix Amazon
44 Blu-ray and DVD Wolf Creek 2 HORROR/THRILLER | John Jarratt, Shannon Ashlyn +Netflix Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD The Boondocks Season 4 / Complete series (separate sets)   Amazon
77 Blu-ray and DVD The Bridge Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Code:Breaker Complete series   Amazon
  DVD Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
  Blu-ray Dragon Ball Z Season 5   Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Duck Dynasty Season 5 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD I Spy Complete series   Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Lost Girl Season 4 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD Mama's Family Season 4   Amazon
85 Blu-ray and DVD Masters of Sex Season 1 +Netflix Amazon
  DVD NYPD Blue Season 6   Amazon
  Blu-ray Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 (remastered)   Amazon
  DVD Unforgettable Season 2 +Netflix Amazon
50 DVD Witches of East End Season 1 +Netflix Amazon


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