DVD Release Calendar: October 2012

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October 2

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posterBlu-ray and DVD Dark Shadows 55 Add to Netflix Queue

The latest collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is a re-imagining of Dark Shadows, the cult TV show from the late 60s and early 70s. In this version of the story, Barnabas Collins (Depp), who two centuries earlier was turned into a vampire and buried alive, wakes up in 1972 to find his beloved home and family in a poor state. As he adapts to this new world and attempts to help his floundering family (including Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Lee Miller, and Chloe Moretz), Barnabas must resist the advances of the witch (Eva Green) who originally cursed him. Burton and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (also the author behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) aimed for more of a comedic tone (not unlike Beetlejuice) that wasn't necessarily present in the original gothic melodrama, but some critics found the results too messy, and neither scary nor funny enough.

More movie releases on October 2, 2012
  Blu-ray Annie (1982) 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition  
  Blu-ray Dark Star (1974) Low-budget campy sci-fi classic made as student film by John Carpenter  
  Blu-ray Double Impact (1991) Jean-Claude Van Damme  
57 Blu-ray and DVD Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Jet Li Add to Queue
41 DVD Grassroots Cobie Smulders, Jason Biggs, Joel Moore, Lauren Ambrose Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Hole dir. by Joe Dante Add to Queue
85 Blu-ray In the Mood for Love (2000) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Iron Sky Udo Kier Add to Queue
43 DVD The Lady Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis; dir. by Luc Besson Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Masters of the Universe (1987)25th anniversary Blu-ray edition  
45 Blu-ray and DVD Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Jane Fonda Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD People Like Us Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Pet Sematary (1989) Fred Gwynne  
  Blu-ray The Princess Bride (1987) 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition  
36 Blu-ray and DVD Red Lights Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver Add to Queue
67 Blu-ray and DVD Sound of My Voice Brit Marling, Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD 90210 Season 4  
  DVD The Abbott and Costello Show Season 1  
  DVD Adventure Time Vol. 3  
  DVD Bonanza Season 4  
  Blu-ray and DVD Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 box set  
  DVD Hart of Dixie Season 1  
  DVD House Complete series box set  
  DVD How I Met Your Mother Season 7  
  DVD It Takes a Thief Season 1  
  DVD Kingdom [UK] Season 1  
56 Blu-ray and DVD Magic City Season 1  
66 DVD New Girl Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Nikita Season 2  
  DVD The Six Million Dollar Man Season 2  

October 9

posterBlu-ray and DVD E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Some of you may only know it from its amazing videogame spin-off, so you may be surprised to learn that E.T. was actually a movie first. Making its debut on Blu-ray in honor of its 30th anniversary (there's a new DVD release as well), Steven Spielberg's all-time classic has been digitally remastered and given a bunch of new bonus features, including a new interview with the director himself. Note that this is the original version of the film, and not the much-derided 2002 "special edition" that digitally substituted walkie-talkies for weapons, added new CGI effects, and had Greedo shoot first. (Well, maybe not that last item.) The newly remastered film will also screen in theaters nationwide the night of October 3rd.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Prometheus 65 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The first sci-fi movie in decades from director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) had fans excited headed into the summer, especially given the rumors (basically true) that Prometheus would be a prequel to the Alien franchise. Unfortunately, the results didn't quite live up to expectations, though many critics did enjoy it (especially on a visual, if not cerebral, level), and it performed well enough at the box office to earn a sequel, which could arrive in 2014. Guy Pearce stars as Peter Weyland, the owner of the Prometheus, the spaceship from which the film gets its name (and the namesake of the mega-corporation Weyland-Yutani that owned the Nostromo), while Michael Fassbender plays the android David. They are joined by Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, and Idris Elba on a mission to an alien planet after evidence is uncovered on Earth that the aliens once visited us.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Raven 44 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

At some point, it might be time to say "nevermore" to the idea of John Cusack taking serious roles. Then again, you may find it funny (as some critics did) to see Cusack portraying writer Edgar Allan Poe as a Holmesian crime fighter who assists a Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) when a serial killer begins turning Poe's stories into gruesome reality. (That didn't actually happen in real life, in case you were wondering.) Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson also star for director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta 62).

posterBlu-ray and DVD Rock of Ages 47 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

If you like big hair, bad wigs, leather pants, fishnet stockings, and the music of Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and more, then you might be ready to embrace Tom Cruise as rock god Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman’s film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. Shankman’s successful 2007 adaptation of Hairspray 81 no doubt helped to convince Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, and Bryan Cranston to lend their comedic chops, dancing feet and singing voices to his latest production, though the presence of all those stars failed to prevent the film from becoming a box office dud.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Shut Up and Play the Hits 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

James Murphy may have pulled the plug on indie dance-rock hitmakers LCD Soundsystem, but at least they went out with a bang. And anyone who didn't get a chance to see Murphy's band play one final hometown concert in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden audience in 2011 can do so now in the new documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, which arrives on home video in an expanded edition (which includes the nearly four-hour concert in its entirety, including appearances by Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts) after a one-night-only theatrical screening earlier this year. In addition to performance footage, the documentary chronicles the 48 hours in Murphy's life before and after the show.

More movie releases on October 9, 2012
20 DVD 30 Beats Justin Kirk Add to Queue
63 Blu-ray and DVD A Cat in Paris Animated family film Add to Queue
31 DVD Crazy Eyes Jake Busey, Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, Tania Raymonde Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Dead Ringer (1964) Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford  
  Blu-ray Dial M for Murder (1954) dir. by Alfred Hitchcock; 3D Blu-ray release  
  Blu-ray Ice Station Zebra (1968) Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Rock Hudson  
  Blu-ray Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Rick Moranis, Steve Martin  
  Blu-ray and DVD Magical Mystery Tour (1967) Newly restored version of Beatles film  
  Blu-ray Red Dawn (1984) Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen  
59 DVD Restless City Sy Alassane, Sky Grey, Tony Okungbowa, Danai Gurira Add to Queue
  Blu-ray Strangers on a Train (1951) dir. by Alfred Hitchcock  
  Blu-ray and DVD What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) Bette Davis; 50th anniversary edition  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Bones Season 7  
  Blu-ray and DVD It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7  
  Blu-ray and DVD The League Season 3  
  DVD The Lucy Show Season 6  
49 DVD Whitney Season 1  

October 16

posterBlu-ray and DVD Chernobyl Diaries 32 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The latest pseudo-documentary-style chiller from Oren Peli (though he only co-writes and produces here, and avoids the "found footage" gimmick he so loves) finds six young tourists stuck in an abandoned city near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which, naturally, turns out to be not quite as abandoned as originally thought. Critics dismissed the film as generic.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Mad Men: Season 5 88

It may have set a record for futility at this year's Emmys by failing to win in any of the 17 categories in which it was nominated, but the fifth season of AMC's period drama was still an accomplished season of television, though many TV critics admitted that it wasn't exactly Mad Men's best season. Season 5 centered a bit less on the office and more on the new marriage between Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Megan (Jessica Paré), which means you see a bit less of characters like Joan and Peggy (Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss, both nominated for Emmys along with Hamm) than you might like. Still, any season that includes a Roger Sterling (John Slattery) acid trip and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) getting punched in the face is worth a look or two.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Moonrise Kingdom 84 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Wes Anderson's latest comedy was co-written by Roman Coppola (who previously teamed with the director on The Darjeeling Limited 67) and stars Anderson regulars like Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman alongside newcomers Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, and Edward Norton, though the real stars are the terrific young leads (Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman) who play a pair of teen runaways in love on a small New England island in the 1960s. Wes Anderson's second-highest-grossing film to date (after The Royal Tenenbaums 75) also earned the auteur some of the best reviews of his career, though its extreme Wes Anderson-ness (save for a font change or two) might be off-putting to anyone on the fence about his prior films.

More movie releases on October 16, 2012
40 DVD 2016: Obama's America Add to Queue
83 Blu-ray Avatar (2009) New 3D Blu-ray release  
73 Blu-ray and DVD The Forgiveness of Blood Criterion Collection Add to Queue
  Blu-ray The Funhouse (1981) Kevin Conway  
68 DVD Last Ride Hugo Weaving Add to Queue
  Blu-ray A League of Their Own (1992)20th anniversary Blu-ray edition  
59 Blu-ray and DVD Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Ben Stiller, Chris Rock Add to Queue
75 DVD Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Neil Young Journeys Tour documentary directed by Jonathan Demme  
  Blu-ray Pete's Dragon (1977) 35th anniversary Blu-ray edition  
  Blu-ray Sterile Cuckoo (1969) Liza Minnelli  
  Blu-ray Terror Train (1980) Jamie Lee Curtis  
31 Blu-ray and DVD That's My Boy Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg Add to Queue
70 DVD Turn Me On, Dammit! Norwegian comedy Add to Queue
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
63 Blu-ray and DVD Alcatraz Complete series  
  DVD Chappelle's Show Complete series box set  
  DVD Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule Seasons 1 & 2 box set  
  DVD Columbo Complete series box set  
  DVD Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 11 Part 2  
52 DVD The Firm Season 1  
  DVD Flashpoint Season 4  
  DVD Gunsmoke Season 6 Vol. 2  
  DVD Psych Season 6  
  Blu-ray That '70s Show Season 2  
  DVD Touch Season 1  

October 23

posterBlu-ray and DVD Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 42 + Queue Watch Trailer

Not to be confused with Steven Spielberg's upcoming—and slightly more historically accurate—Lincoln, this rewriting of history (based on the hit mash-up novel) finds Mr Lincoln battling vampires on his path to the presidency after they murder his mother. Benjamin Walker stars in his first feature, having earned the role in part due to his Broadway performance as another American president in the musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-stars as Mary Todd Lincoln and Dominic Cooper plays Henry Sturgess, Lincoln’s vampire pal. Also starring for director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted 64) are Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, and Alan Tudyk. Is it ridiculous enough to be entertaining? The majority of critics thought not.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Magic Mike 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The second of three consecutive films pairing director Steven Soderbergh with star Channing Tatum (following January's Haywire 67 and preceding next year's psychological thriller The Bitter Pill with Rooney Mara), summer hit Magic Mike finds Tatum playing a stripper who mentors a younger colleague played by Alex Pettyfer (a role based on Tatum's real-life experience as a teen stripper in Florida). Cody Horn plays Pettyfer’s sister and a love interest for Tatum; Matthew McConaughey (in a role he was born to play) is the proprietor of the strip club, and his dancers include Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Adam Rodriguez. Unlike the director's most recent films, Magic Mike achieves something closer to the light, comedic tone of the Ocean’s movies, and critics almost universally praised the result. Thanks to surprisingly strong box office results, a sequel is in the planning stages.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 59 + Queue

Though end-of-the-world films are seemingly ubiquitous these days, this is the only one so far to treat the apocalypse as a romantic comedy. With an asteroid due to obliterate life on Earth in a matter of days and society starting to crumble, Steve Carell is dumped by his wife, and so he goes on a quest to find his high school sweetheart and spend his remaining hours with her. Along for the ride is his neighbor, played by Keira Knightley. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World marks the directorial debut for Lorene Scafaria, who previously wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 64 (and also penned the screenplay here). Critics found it sweet and surprisingly emotional, though many also noted a lack of chemistry between the two leads.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Take This Waltz 68 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Actress Sarah Polley made her directorial debut in 2007 with the impressive Away from Her 88, and her belated sophomore effort Take This Waltz doesn't quite reach those heights, though it's far from a failure. The new film's biggest highlight is star Michelle Williams, who plays Margo, a married woman whose eyes begin to wander, landing on her neighbor Daniel, whom she happens to meet while on a work trip. Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman also star in a film that walks a fine line between humor and drama, and though some critics felt it too quirky for its own good, many admired Polley's insightful observational skills.

More movie releases on October 23, 2012
66 Blu-ray and DVD The Ambassador Documentary Add to Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD Crooked Arrows Brandon Routh Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Fear and Desire (1953) First DVD/Blu-ray release of Stanley Kubrick's 1953 debut Add to Queue
75 DVD The Invisible War Documentary Add to Queue
42 Blu-ray and DVD Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection Tyler Perry Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Criterion Collection  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Vol. 2 Collection of various Kovacs TV appearances  
  DVD Fantasy Island Season 3  
  DVD Happy Endings Season 2  
  DVD In Search of... Complete series box set  
  DVD Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 8  
67 Blu-ray and DVD Lost Girl Season 1  
  DVD McMillan and Wife Complete series box set  
  DVD Meet the Browns Season 7, Episodes 121-140  
  DVD Perry Mason Season 7 Vol. 2  
  DVD Peter Gunn Complete series box set  
  DVD Sanctuary Complete series box set  
  DVD Shazam! Complete series box set  
  Blu-ray and DVD Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4  
  DVD Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman Season 3  
  DVD Upstairs Downstairs Season 2  

October 30

posterBlu-ray and DVD Ruby Sparks 66 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Six years ago, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris had a surprise critical and commercial hit with their debut feature Little Miss Sunshine 80. They finally returned this summer with a second project, a quirky romantic comedy from first-time screenwriter Zoe Kazan. Ruby Sparks stars Paul Dano as a novelist suffering from writer's block who wills the woman of his dreams (played by Kazan, Dano's real-life girlfriend) into existence. The excellent cast also includes Antonio Banderas, Alia Shawkat, Steve Coogan, Annette Bening, and Elliott Gould. Critics found the film surprising (in a good way), though some felt it didn't quite come together.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Safety Not Guaranteed 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

This quirky indie romantic comedy (yes, that makes two this week) was a hit at Sundance with audiences and critics alike and won an award for its screenplay (the debut from Derek Connolly). Mark Duplass stars as a man who places a personal ad in a local newspaper seeking a companion for time travel; three misfit magazine employees, including Aubrey Plaza, investigate. Critics found the film charming and endearing (if a bit ridiculous), with plenty of praise going to Plaza's breakout performance. Even if it isn't a true sci-fi-heavy time travel flick like the new Looper, Safety's ending alone makes it worth at least a rental.

More movie releases on October 30, 2012
50 Blu-ray and DVD Americano Salma Hayek Add to Queue
72 DVD First Position Documentary Add to Queue
74 DVD Polisse French drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Rosemary's Baby (1968) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) Burt Lancaster  
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD All in the Family Complete series box set  
56 DVD Coma Miniseries  
66 Blu-ray and DVD Copper Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Metalocalypse Season 4  
  DVD My Favorite Martian Season 3  
  DVD The Streets of San Francisco Season 5  

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