Home Video Release Calendar: May 2014

  • Publish Date: May 3, 2014
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High-scoring recent additions to Netflix Watch Instantly

The following list includes movies and TV series added to Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming service over the past month with Metascores of 61 or higher.

Title Genre Score Netflix Watch Instantly
The Big Chill (1983) Drama 61 Watch Now + Queue
Boys Don't Cry (1999) Drama 86 Watch Now + Queue
The City of Lost Children (1995) Drama/Fantasy 73 Watch Now + Queue
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) Documentary 85 Watch Now + Queue
Forrest Gump (1994) Drama 82 Watch Now + Queue
Gladiator (2000) Action/Drama 64 Watch Now + Queue
Hannah Arendt (2012) Foreign/Drama 69 Watch Now + Queue
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Action 69 Watch Now + Queue
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Action 83 Watch Now + Queue
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) Action 74 Watch Now + Queue
Legit: Season 1 TV Comedy 69 Watch Now + Queue
Let the Fire Burn (2013) Documentary 86 Watch Now + Queue
Lost Girl: Seasons 1-2 TV Fantasy/Drama 67 Watch Now + Queue
Malcolm in the Middle: Season 1 TV Comedy 88 Watch Now + Queue
Muscle Shoals (2013) Documentary 75 Watch Now + Queue
Raising Hope: Seasons 1-3 TV Comedy 75 Watch Now + Queue
Short Term 12 (2013) Drama 82 Watch Now + Queue
Winged Migration (2003) Documentary 82 Watch Now + Queue

Upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases

May 6

All movies are 2013/14 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVD Both Blu-ray and DVD

poster Veronica Mars 62 Watch Trailer

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Seven years after it was canceled after a three-season run on TV, Veronica Mars returned as a feature film this spring thanks to a revolutionary Kickstarter campaign. Series creator Rob Thomas serves as writer and director for a film that brings teen sleuth-turned-lawyer Veronica (Kristen Bell) back to Neptune for her 10-year high school reunion and a chance to bail Logan (Jason Dohring) out of a jam one more time. Also returning are Wallace (Percy Daggs III), Mac (Tina Majorino), Piz (Chris Lowell), Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen), Eli ‘Weevil’ Navarro (Francis Capra), Vinnie Van Lowe (Ken Marino), and Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni). Though newcomers won't get much out of Veronica Mars the film, critics agree that it's a treat for longtime fans of the series, who will get a chance to spend a few more hours with some of their favorite characters (even as the film comes across as a pilot to a re-booted series that will likely never come).

More movie releases on May 6, 2014
37 Blu-ray and DVD After the Dark SCI-FI/THRILLER | James D'Arcy +Netflix Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD The Art of the Steal CRIME/COMEDY | Kurt Russell, Terence Stamp, Matt Dillon +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Ace in the Hole (1951) Criterion Collection release Buy From Amazon
63 Blu-ray Amistad (1997) DRAMA | Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou
  Blu-ray Bachelor Party (1984) COMEDY | Tom Hanks
  Blu-ray Blazing Saddles (1974) COMEDY | 40th anniversary edition
66 Blu-ray The Bridges of Madison County (1995) DRAMA | Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep
82 Blu-ray and DVD Burn (2012) DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
78 Blu-ray The Deep End (2001) DRAMA | Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic
57 Blu-ray and DVD Generation War FOREIGN/DRAMA | German WWII epic +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Memphis Belle (1990) DRAMA | Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz
41 Blu-ray Revenge of the Nerds (1984) COMEDY | Timothy Busfield, Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong
62 DVD Simon & the Oaks (2012) DRAMA | Bill Skarsgard +Netflix Queue
23 Blu-ray Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) ACTION/THRILLER | Jason Patric, Sandra Bullock
72 Blu-ray and DVD Still Mine DRAMA | James Cromwell +Netflix Queue
23 DVD Truth THRILLER | Sean Paul Lockhart, Rob Moretti +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Weekend at Bernie's (1989) COMEDY | Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Adventure Time Vol. 6
64 DVD Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Lifetime movie +Netflix Queue
  DVD China Beach Season 3
  DVD Eureka Season 3 [new set; includes Season 3.5]
  DVD Laverne & Shirley Season 8
  Blu-ray and DVD Little House on the Prairie Season 2 [remastered]
  DVD The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Season 3
  Blu-ray and DVD Poirot Series 12
  DVD Rookie Blue Season 4
  DVD Your Inner Fish PBS special

May 13

poster Her 90 Watch Trailer

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The first feature from Spike Jonze in four years tells the story of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a heartbroken letter-writer-for-hire who strikes up a new relationship with Samantha, an advanced mobile operating system that puts Siri to shame and has the voice of Scarlett Johansson. Amy Adams co-stars as Theodore’s best friend, Rooney Mara plays his ex-wife, and Olivia Wilde meets him for a blind date. For the first time in four features, Jonze takes solo writing credit, and the result is among 2013's best films, and the recipient of five Academy Award nominations.

poster I, Frankenstein 30 Watch Trailer

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If the year ahead can bring the umpteenth Godzilla movie, why not revisit Frankenstein, too? Here's one good reason not to do so: I, Frankenstein. Though it gets a few points for being an unconventional take on Frankenstein's monster, based on Underworld star Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel, critics felt that it didn't even meet the already-low quality bar set by the Underworld films. Unsurprisingly, the film (which stars Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski) also flopped at the box office.

poster Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 76 Watch Trailer

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After first making a name for himself as one of the best (and most original) music video directors in the business, Michel Gondry captivated critics and moviegoers with his second feature film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But since then his filmography is littered with failures and only modest successes, though he does get points for mixing things up in terms of genres and budgets. This, the second of Gondry's two 2013 releases, is the director's first documentary, and it is about as unconventional and whimsical an example of the format as you would expect. The film, which consists of an animated (literally) conversation between Gondry and linguist/activist Noam Chomsky, offers insight into both men, resulting in Gondry's best reviews in quite some time.

poster Stranger by the Lake 82

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After collecting a prize for best director in the Un Certain Regard section at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Alain Guiraudie’s erotic, psychological drama was named the best film of 2013 by Cahiers Du Cinema. Stranger by the Lake follows Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) as he spends his summer at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. When he meets Michel (Christophe Paou), he falls blindly in love, but his love is tested when a murder occurs at the lake, and he and Michel become the primary suspects. Sex, death and desire combine to make an incredibly suspenseful film.

More movie releases on May 13, 2014
75 DVD After Tiller DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
33 DVD Chlorine DRAMEDY | Kyra Sedgwick, Vincent D'Onofrio +Netflix Queue
61 DVD Generation Iron DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
  Blu-ray Overlord (1975) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release
49 Blu-ray and DVD Stalingrad FOREIGN/DRAMA | Russian WWII film +Netflix Queue
36 Blu-ray and DVD That Awkward Moment COMEDY | Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron +Netflix Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Afterlife Series 1
  DVD Barney Miller Season 5
  DVD Doctor Who Series 2 Part 2
  Blu-ray Dragon Ball Z Season 4
  Blu-ray and DVD Eastbound & Down Season 4 Buy From Amazon
  DVD Kendra on Top Season 2
  DVD Longmire Season 2 Buy From Amazon
94 DVD Louie Season 3 [Amazon exclusive] Buy From Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Magic City Complete series Buy From Amazon
79 Blu-ray and DVD Orange Is the New Black Season 1 Buy From Amazon

May 20

poster About Last Night 62 Watch Trailer

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Though Edward Zwick's 1986 rom-com About Last Night... (itself based on David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago) wasn't exactly crying out for a remake, Hollywood requires that every movie be remade at least once. And the resulting, ellipsis-free reboot turned out to be better than expected. Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Joy Bryant star for director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), and critics found that the excellent lead performances mostly made up for any shortcomings in the script.

poster Like Someone in Love 76

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Abbas Kiarostami’s follow-up to Certified Copy seemed to exasperate most critics when it debuted at Cannes two years ago, but reviewers seemed to warm to it when it made its way to theaters last year. The Tokyo-set drama depicts a quirky love story (of sorts) between a college student moonlighting as a call girl (Rin Takanashi) and a retired professor (Tadashi Okuno), with complications arising when the girl’s jealous boyfriend believes the older gentleman to be her grandfather. This Criterion Collection release includes a making-of documentary among other bonus features.

poster The Monuments Men 52 Watch Trailer

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Though it was billed as something akin to an Oceans 11-style caper set during WWII, George Clooney's fifth feature as director (and the third he's co-written with producing partner Grant Heslov) failed to enchant critics when it arrived in theaters earlier this year (after being delayed from a 2013 awards-season release). Clooney’s adaptation of Robert M. Edsel’s nonfiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville as a group of art experts turned into unlikely soldiers, tasked with finding valuable stolen artwork before the Nazis destroy it.

poster Pompeii 39 Watch Trailer

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It's a disaster, all right. Combine director Paul W. S. Anderson with a B-list cast (headlined by Game of Thrones's Kit Harington), cheesy-looking CGI effects, and subject matter that seems instantly dated in its costume-y, overly dramatic splendor, and you have a future candidate for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, should that show ever get revived. Anderson was actually given his largest budget to date by a wide margin—$100 million—but the film didn't come close to recouping its costs. In the director's defense, it's not his worst film. (This is.)

More movie releases on May 20, 2014
40 Blu-ray and DVD 3 Days to Kill THRILLER | Kevin Costner, Amber Heard +Netflix Queue
67 DVD 16 Acres DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
61 DVD A Birder's Guide to Everything COMEDY | Kodi Smit-McPhee +Netflix Queue
77 DVD God Loves Uganda DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
62 Blu-ray and DVD Grand Piano THRILLER | Elijah Wood, John Cusack +Netflix Queue
77 DVD The Great Flood DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
47 DVD In Secret DRAMA | Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac +Netflix Queue
28 Blu-ray and DVD McCanick THRILLER | David Morse, Cory Monteith +Netflix Queue
41 DVD Raze HORROR | Zoë Bell +Netflix Queue
30 Blu-ray and DVD The Right Kind of Wrong ROM-COM | Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning +Netflix Queue
48 DVD Stay DRAMA | Taylor Schilling, Aidan Quinn +Netflix Queue
30 Blu-ray and DVD Vampire Academy HORROR/COMEDY | Zoey Deutch +Netflix Queue
63 DVD Weekend of a Champion DOCUMENTARY +Netflix Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
43 DVD Amish Mafia Season 1
  DVD Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1
  Blu-ray and DVD Call the Midwife Season 3
  DVD Happy Days Season 5
  DVD L.A. Law Season 2
  DVD Mountain Men Season 2
  Blu-ray and DVD Nikita Season 4 Buy From Amazon
  DVD Warehouse 13 Season 5 / Complete series (separate sets) Buy From Amazon
83 DVD Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley HBO special

May 27

No major releases this week.

More movie releases on May 27, 2014
63 Blu-ray and DVD Cheap Thrills COMEDY/THRILLER | Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, David Koechner +Netflix Queue
77 Blu-ray and DVD Child's Pose FOREIGN DRAMA +Netflix Queue
30 Blu-ray and DVD Endless Love DRAMA | Alex Pettyfer, Gabrilla Wilde +Netflix Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD House in the Alley FOREIGN HORROR +Netflix Queue
68 Blu-ray and DVD Journey to the West ACTION-COMEDY | From the director of Kung Fu Hustle +Netflix Queue
62 Blu-ray and DVD The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Criterion Collection release Buy From Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Red River (1948) Criterion Collection release Buy From Amazon
72 DVD Run & Jump DRAMA | Maxine Peake, Will Forte +Netflix Queue
24 DVD Saving Grace B. Jones (2012) THRILLER | Tatum O'Neal, Michael Biehn +Netflix Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD The Bob Newhart Show Complete series [Shout! Factory set] Buy From Amazon
  DVD Covert Affairs Season 4
  Blu-ray Longmire Seasons 1 & 2 Blu-ray set Buy From Amazon
  DVD Pioneers of Television Season 4
  DVD Suits Season 3
  DVD Wallander [Swedish version] Season 3


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Comments (1)

  • FleshWorld  

    Glad to see that the big chill is finally streaming Netflix. No movie in my life has glorified the use of drugs more than that movie, which is not a bad thing. That movie really glorifies the value of old friends. Love it.

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