DVD Release Calendar: November 2011

  • Publish Date: October 26, 2011
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November 1

All movies are 2011 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVDBoth Blu-ray and DVD

posterBlu-ray and DVD Cars 2 57 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

It had to happen sometime: after 11 stellar movies—all with green Metascores—Pixar finally made a bad film. Okay, so "bad" is only relative; few critics hated the movie, and Cars 2 still grossed over half a billion worldwide. The film is available in multiple DVD and Blu-ray versions; the priciest is an 11-disc "Director's Edition" box set that includes both Cars films and extra extras.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Crazy, Stupid, Love 68 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The Year of Ryan Gosling got off to a strong (if somewhat overlooked) start this summer with this romantic comedy directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris). Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon round out the cast for this tale of the ups and downs of adult singlehood.

posterDVD Tabloid 75 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The latest nonfiction film from acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) is a funny, surreal, and, yes, ripped-from-a-tabloid story that seems too crazy to be true—except that it is. Tabloid tells the story of a genius Miss Wyoming beauty pageant winner whose quest for love leads from one implausible event to another, and includes abducting a Mormon missionary in England and cloning a dog in Korea.

More new releases on November 1, 2011
  DVD 6 Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Rolling Stones 2-DVD set  
28 Blu-ray and DVD Bunraku Action Add to Queue
75 DVD His Way HBO documentary Add to Queue
  DVD Hot Coffee HBO documentary Add to Queue
23 Blu-ray and DVD An Invisible Sign Jessica Alba Add to Queue
62 DVD The Last Mountain Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Lindsey Buckingham: Songs From the Small Machine - Live in L.A.
59 DVD Magic Trip Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon
18 Blu-ray and DVD The Nutcracker (2010) released on DVD as "The Nutcracker: The Untold Story" Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Placebo: We Come in Pieces
72 DVD Rejoice and Shout Gospel music documentary Add to Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Directed by Wayne Wang Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon Blu-ray release is 11/15
37 Blu-ray and DVD Trespass Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage; directed by Joel Schumacher Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Usher: OMG Tour Live from London
52 Blu-ray and DVD Water for Elephants Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray The Big Country (1958) Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston  
  Blu-ray A Christmas Carol (1951) Alastair Sim  
67 Blu-ray Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) Sam Rockwell, George Clooney  
  Blu-ray Cop Land (1997) Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro  
  Blu-ray The Grateful Dead Movie (1977) Live performances from 1974; includes new bonus materials
  Blu-ray Hook (1991) Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts  
  Blu-ray Phantom of the Opera (1925) Lon Chaney  
  Blu-ray Quigley Down Under (1990) Tom Selleck  
38 Blu-ray Scrooged (1988) Bill Murray  
  Blu-ray Toy Story 3D Trilogy Box set of all three Toy Story films in Blu-ray 3D  
  DVD Californication Season 4  
  DVD Deadliest Catch Season 7  
  DVD Hell's Kitchen Season 6  
  DVD How the States Got Their Shapes Season 1  
78 DVD Luther Series 2  
54 DVD Mr. Sunshine Season 1  
  DVD Rawhide Season 4, Vol. 2  
  DVD Transformers Beast Wars The Complete Series  

November 8

posterBlu-ray Blue Velvet (1986) 75Watch Trailer

Arguably David Lynch's best film, Blue Velvet introduced themes—namely, a secret layer of darkness and violence hidden beneath a small town's sunny and friendly (and log-filled!) veneer—that would resurface in later works such as Twin Peaks. Frequent Lynch collaborators Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, and Dean Stockwell head the cast, and the film rebooted the career of Dennis Hopper thanks to his unforgettable turn as the gas-huffing sociopath Frank Booth. Blue Velvet's debut on Blu-ray in this 25th Anniversary edition includes over 50 minutes (!) of never-before-viewed deleted scenes (which reportedly look and sound great), making this a must for any die-hard Lynch fan.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Change-Up 39 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Neither the first, last, nor best R-rated comedy of the summer, The Change-Up finds married father Jason Bateman and irresponsible single friend Ryan Reynolds magically swapping bodies after a night of drinking and public urination. Separating this film from the numerous Freaky Friday clones that have come before—other than an elevated level of raunchiness—are a script by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover) and direction by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers). Critics found the film crude and unoriginal.

More new releases on November 8, 2011
  Blu-ray and DVD 13 Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Alpocalypse HD "Weird Al" Yankovic concert film
28 Blu-ray and DVD Atlas Shrugged Part 1 Based on the Ayn Rand novel Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD Great Directors (2010) Documentary Add to Queue
33 Blu-ray and DVD In My Sleep (2010) Philip Winchester, Lacey Chabert Add to Queue
58 Blu-ray and DVD Life in a Day Documentary Add to Queue
31 DVD The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning Add to Queue
78 DVD Putty Hill Sky Ferreira Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
69 DVD The Sleeping Beauty Directed by Catherine Breillat Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Absence of Malice (1981) Paul Newman, Sally Field  
67 Blu-ray Bolt (2008) Blu-ray 3D version  
  Blu-ray The Cannonball Run (1981) Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett  
48 Blu-ray Chicken Little (2005) Blu-ray 3D version  
  Blu-ray The Collector (1965) Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar  
  Blu-ray Executive Decision (1996) Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal  
  Blu-ray Fanny and Alexander (1983) Criterion Collection  
61 Blu-ray The Fisher King (1991) Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges  
  Blu-ray Frankenhooker (1990)  
  Blu-ray Gia (1998) Angelina Jolie  
  Blu-ray Little Big Man (1970) Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Richard Mulligan  
  Blu-ray Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard  
  Blu-ray One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Marlon Brando, Karl Malden  
86 Blu-ray To Die For (1995) Nicole Kidman  
  Blu-ray and DVD Band of Brothers / The Pacific Combined gift set  
56 DVD Bedlam Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Doctor Who Series 6, Part 2  
  DVD Law & Order The Complete Series  
  DVD The Wild Thornberrys Season 2, Part 1  

November 11 (Friday)

posterBlu-ray and DVD Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 87
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All good things must end sometime, and the riveting final Harry Potter film wrapped up the series on a high note, scoring the best reviews for any installment in the series. While this final film will be available separately, all eight Harry Potter films will also be bundled together in a "Complete Collection" box set on DVD or Blu-ray the same day, though it (and all Harry Potter releases) will only be sold through the end of the year.

November 15

posterBlu-ray and DVD Beginners 81 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Though it slipped under the radar when it was released in theaters earlier this year, this second directorial effort by former music video director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) is one of the year's best-reviewed films. The loosely autobiographical dramedy centers on a man (Ewan McGregor) who begins a new relationship with an actress (Mélanie Laurent) while reflecting back on his late father (Christopher Plummer), who came out as a gay man very late in life before succumbing to terminal cancer.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Inni Add to Netflix Queue

Fans of the atmospheric Icelandic band Sigur Rós haven't had a new studio album from the band in three years. While that won't change this year, Inni might help to tide things over. While Inni includes a 2-CD live album with songs drawn from throughout the band's history, the highlight here is a 75-minute, black-and-white concert film (on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray) shot during the same 2008 tour by director Vincent Morisset, who has also worked with Arcade Fire. The heavily stylized movie, which also incorporates archival footage dating back to the 1990s, captures Sigur Rós as a stripped-down four-piece, working with some of the darker songs in the band's catalogue; as a result, Inni is, in almost every way, the opposite of the group's previous concert film, Heima.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy

Want three masterful films by one of the all-time great filmmakers working at the top of his game? Polish director Kieslowski's trifecta of Blue (1993), White (1993) and Red (1994)—together, representing the colors of the French flag and its ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity—are beautiful to look at, a delight to listen to (especially Blue, which features Zbigniew Preisner's wondrous score), and range from deeply moving to darkly comedic to poetic and thought-provoking. This Criterion Collection package adds documentaries, new interviews, some "cinema lessons" by the late director, a handful of short films by Kieślowski, new subtitles, and more.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Larry Crowne 41 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

In his second (and inferior) directorial effort, Tom Hanks stars as a middle-aged man who is laid off from his longtime job at a Wal-Mart-like retailer. No worries, though; much like any regular person who has recently lost a job, he enrolls at a community college, where he makes new friends, falls in love with Julia Roberts, lives happily ever after, and runs into Nia Vardalos' predictable, sitcom-y script.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (1984) Watch Trailer

While you may have seen Fritz Lang's 1927 silent sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis before, Giorgio Moroder's altered, Reagan-era version—long out of print but now restored by Kino Lorber—is something else entirely. The famed record producer and pop artist tinted the film in color, added sound effects and subtitles, and filled the soundtrack with music by early-1980s pop stars like Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Loverboy, Freddie Mercury, and more. The result is akin to watching early MTV filtered through German expressionism, and you'll either love it or hate it.

More new releases on November 15, 2011
  Blu-ray and DVD Assassins Creed: Lineage (2009) Collection of 3 shorts that aired on YouTube  
72 Blu-ray and DVD Bellflower Action/Drama Add to Queue
11 DVD Fading of the Cries Horror/fantasy Add to Queue
37 Blu-ray and DVD Flypaper Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD Griff the Invisible Australian comedy Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Main Street Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Ozzy Osbourne: God Bless Ozzy Osbourne Add to Queue
  DVD Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie Documentary Add to Queue
59 DVD The Tree Charlotte Gainsbourg Add to Queue
56 DVD Turtle: The Incredible Journey Documentary Add to Queue
52 DVD The Weird World of Blowfly Documentary Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
38 Blu-ray The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005) Cayden Boyd, David Arquette, George Lopez
69 Blu-ray The Big Lebowski (1998) Jeff Bridges, John Goodman  
  Blu-ray Evil Dead 2 (1987) 25th Anniversary Edition  
75 Blu-ray Infernal Affairs (2002) Andy Lau, Tony Leung  
  Blu-ray My Fair Lady (1964) Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison  
  Blu-ray The Rules of the Game (1939) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray West Side Story (1961) 50th Anniversary Edition  
  DVD American Restoration Vol. 1  
59 Blu-ray and DVD Being Human Season 1  
  DVD Crime Story The Complete Series  
  Blu-ray Farscape The Complete Series  
  DVD Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand-Up Revolution  
  DVD It Takes a Thief The Complete Series  
  DVD TV's Lost Christmas Shows Collection Two separate volumes  

November 22

posterBlu-ray and DVD Conan the Barbarian 36 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Whether you call it a reboot or a remake, the 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian seems simply regrettable, in retrospect. The film bombed with critics and audiences, and grossed less than the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger version even before accounting for inflation. Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) stars as the title character originated by Robert E. Howard in the 1930s, but the blame seems to fall on the shoulders of director Marcus Nispel, who has a long history of cruddy remakes.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Super 8 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Like many J.J. Abrams projects, the shrouded-in-secrecy Super 8 was probably more intriguing before it actually arrived in theaters and its exact details became known. Still, as an homage to 1980s-era Steven Spielberg classics (Spielberg himself produced the film), a showcase for a talented group of relatively unknown young actors, and a spooky and visually appealing sci-fi action film, Super 8 pleased plenty of critics and moviegoers, even if it struck some as overly familiar.

posterDVD Talking Heads: Chronology

This new concert DVD provides a rare glimpse at one of the most important bands to emerge from the New York scene in the mid-1970s, the David Byrne-fronted Talking Heads. Chronology compiles performance footage from various stages of the band's career from 1975 through 1983, including film from some of their early CBGB sets. Also included is commentary from all four band members and a 1978 interview with Byrne, while the deluxe edition adds a 48-page photo book.

More new releases on November 22, 2011
  Blu-ray and DVD 12 Angry Men (1957) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Carjacked Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff Add to Queue
52 Blu-ray and DVD The Devil's Double Biographical drama; directed by Lee Tamahori Add to Queue
24 Blu-ray and DVD The Family Tree Comedy/drama Add to Queue
71 Blu-ray and DVD Making the Boys Documentary Add to Queue
59 DVD Sarah's Key Kristin Scott Thomas Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray The Birth of a Nation (1915) Three-disc special edition  
86 Blu-ray Rushmore (1998) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Three Amigos (1986) Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short  
  DVD Boy Meets World The Complete Series  
  Blu-ray and DVD Doctor Who Series 6 (complete)  
  DVD The L Word The Complete Series  
  DVD Law & Order: UK Season 2  
  DVD McMillan and Wife The Complete Series  
  DVD Meet the Browns Season 3, Ep 41-60  
  Blu-ray and DVD Nova: Fabric of the Cosmos PBS miniseries  
  DVD The Office [UK] 10th Anniversary Special Edition (with new bonus features)  
  DVD Perry Mason Season 6, Vol. 2  
  DVD Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman Season 2  

November 29

posterBlu-ray and DVD 30 Minutes or Less 49 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Jesse Eisenberg plays a pizza delivery boy who's forced to rob a bank in 30 minutes or less after having a bomb strapped to his chest by two criminals in an action-comedy that is based on real-life events. While nowhere near as successful as director Ruben Fleischer's previous film Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less features another strong cast that also includes Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Another Earth 66 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

A hit at this year's Sundance festival, the low-budget sci-fi drama Another Earth, like Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia, ponders the sudden appearance of another planet near our own. While the latter film takes a more menacing approach (the other planet is on a collision course with Earth), here the new planetary body is Earth's twin, and its appearance triggers a tragedy that brings together characters played by William Mapother and Brit Marling (who co-wrote) and forces them to ponder the meaning of fate. Reviews were generally positive, though critics were slightly less pleased than Sundance audiences.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Our Idiot Brother 60 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

An R-rated comedy starring Paul Rudd with a poster that looks like that? Believe it or not, it's not a Judd Apatow production. Still, Rudd shines in this uneven comedy as a naive, overly earnest man who interferes in the lives of his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer). It's the second film from former Lemonheads member-turned-director Jesse Peretz, who developed the story with his own sister.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Tucker & Dale vs. Evil 65 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Another popular film at Sundance this year was this horror-comedy starring Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Tyler Labine (Reaper) as a pair of vacationing rednecks who are mistaken for killers by a group of preppy college kids. When violently terrible things start happening to the (dwindling) group of college students, the misunderstanding only grows worse.

More new releases on November 29, 2011
31 Blu-ray and DVD 5 Days of War Directed by Renny Harlin Add to Queue
36 Blu-ray and DVD The Art of Getting By Emma Roberts, Freddie Highmore, Michael Angarano Add to Queue
86 Blu-ray and DVD Cave of Forgotten Dreams Documentary; directed by Werner Herzog Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Chillerama Horror anthology Add to Queue
48 Blu-ray and DVD One Day Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess Add to Queue
63 Blu-ray and DVD Reel Injun (2010) Documentary Add to Queue
37 DVD Seven Days in Utopia Robert Duvall Add to Queue
39 Blu-ray and DVD Snowmen Family drama Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Horror Express (1972) Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing  
  DVD 30 Rock Season 5  
  DVD Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 6, Part 1  
  DVD Hot in Cleveland Season 2  
  DVD The Six Million Dollar Man Season 1  
  DVD Smallville Season 10 (also: The Complete Series)  
  Blu-ray and DVD VH1 Storytellers: Dixie Chicks  

Comments (1)

  • MarcDoyle  

    I'll recommend the second season of Luther, the film Bellflower, and the Blu-Ray release of The Big Lebowski. You can go wrong with any of these. Check 'em out.

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