DVD Release Calendar: September 2012

  • Publish Date: September 1, 2012
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September 4

All movies are 2012 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVDBoth Blu-ray and DVD

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Five-Year Engagement 62 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Fans of Forgetting Sarah Marshall 67 might enjoy The Five-Year Engagement, which reunites writer/director Nicholas Stoller with writer/star Jason Segel in a romantic comedy about a couple who repeatedly delay their wedding. Emily Blunt plays Segel’s fiance; Alison Brie plays her sister, and Jacki Weaver plays her mother. Filling out the funny supporting cast are Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, and Chris Parnell. It's not as good as that earlier film—for one thing, like the engagement itself, the film's a bit too long and draggy—but many critics found it enjoyable.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Safe 55 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The safest pick this week for action fans (well, the only pick this week), Safe finds Jason Statham starring as a low-rent MMA fighter who takes on the Triads and the Russian Mafia while trying to protect a young Chinese girl. It's actually the best-reviewed film for director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans 48).

More new releases on September 4, 2012
  Blu-ray and DVD The Dark Mirror (1946) Olivia de Havilland  
31 Blu-ray and DVD High School Adrien Brody Add to Queue
  DVD Lisztomania (1975) Roger Daltrey, Ringo Starr
  Blu-ray and DVD A New Leaf (1971) Walter Matthau, Elaine May Add to Queue
24 Blu-ray and DVD Piranha 3DD Danielle Panabaker, David Hasselhoff Add to Queue
57 Blu-ray and DVD Sacrifice Chinese drama Add to Queue
29 Blu-ray and DVD Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day Blair Underwood Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Arachnophobia (1990) John Goodman, Jeff Daniels  
  Blu-ray Hocus Pocus (1993) Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker  
  Blu-ray Re-Animator (1985) Jeffrey Combs  
  Blu-ray Sleepwalkers (1992) Madchen Amick  
  Blu-ray Umberto D. (1952) Criterion Collection  
66 Blu-ray and DVD 2 Broke Girls Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Bored to Death Season 3  
  DVD Criminal Minds Season 7  
  DVD Fantasy Island Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Fringe Season 4  
  DVD Ghost Adventures Season 4  
  DVD The Good Wife Season 3  
  DVD Grey's Anatomy Season 8  
  DVD Grounded for Life Complete Series  
  Blu-ray and DVD Haven Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD How to Make It in America Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Hung Season 3  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Office Season 8  
  DVD Parks and Recreation Season 4  
65 Blu-ray and DVD Person of Interest Season 1  

September 11

posterBlu-ray and DVD Snow White and the Huntsman 57 + Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The campy Mirror Mirror 46 failed to excite critics or ticket buyers earlier in 2012, but Snow White and the Huntsman was able to rescue the fairy tale’s good name, at least at the box office, if not with reviewers. In this much darker (and more violent) re-imagining of the classic story, evil Queen Raveena (Charlize Theron) hires Chis Hemsworth’s Huntsman to find and kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart), but upon discovering her, the big lug has a change of heart and decides to fight on her side as she seeks her rightful place on the throne. Also joining in the battle are dwarfs played by Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, and Nick Frost. Commercial director Rupert Sanders makes his feature debut with this action- and effects-heavy epic that proved to be more successful visually than it did story-wise.

posterBlu-ray and DVD What to Expect When You're Expecting 41 +Queue Trailer

Don't let anyone tell you that a story-less, nonfiction guide to pregnancy would make a terrible movie; it turns out that it would only make a mediocre-to-lousy movie. Chris Rock, Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Rob Huebel, and Jennifer Lopez head the ensemble cast, and they explore various aspects of childbirth through a collection of comedic storylines. (Well, they are supposed to be comedic, at least.)

More new releases on September 11, 2012
49 Blu-ray and DVD Beyond the Black Rainbow Experimental sci-fi thriller Add to Queue
  DVD Entrance Indie horror/thriller Add to Queue
35 Blu-ray and DVD For Greater Glory Andy Garcia Add to Queue
45 DVD Girl in Progress Eva Mendes, Matthew Modine Add to Queue
38 Blu-ray and DVD Goats David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Lewis Black: In God We Rust Stand-up special Add to Queue
49 Blu-ray and DVD Lola Versus Greta Gerwig, Hamish Linklater, Joel Kinnaman Add to Queue
  DVD The Loved Ones Horror Add to Queue
64 DVD We Have a Pope Italian comedy Add to Queue
60 DVD Where Do We Go Now? Lebanese dramedy Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
67 Blu-ray Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) Documentary  
  Blu-ray The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) Dennis Hopper  
74 Blu-ray Titanic (1997) New edition with added footage; also available in Blu-ray 3D [Sep 10]  
  DVD 30 Rock Season 6  
  DVD Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary specials  
77 DVD Appropriate Adult UK miniseries that aired in US on Sundance  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Big Bang Theory Season 5  
  DVD Blue Bloods Season 2  
  DVD Kojak Season 5  
  DVD Private Practice Season 5  
59 Blu-ray and DVD Spartacus: Vengeance  
64 DVD Terra Nova Complete series  
64 DVD Up All Night Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD The Vampire Diaries Season 3  

September 18

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 62 + Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Not your typical summer fare—though don't mistake this British dramedy for something weighty—Marigold stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, and Dev Patel. Director John Madden has done solid work in years past (Shakespeare in Love 87) and recently (The Debt 65), and the story, based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, is a genial tale of British retirees spending their waning years in a not quite refurbished hotel run by an young entrepreneur in Jaipur, India. Critics were mostly charmed, though not blown away.

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Cabin in the Woods 72 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

Normally when a movie is shelved for over a year, it suggests problems with the finished product, but that's not the case for meta-thriller Cabin in the Woods, which was delayed only due to its studio's (MGM) financial problems and stands as one of the most accomplished horror films of the year. Cabin's clever (and frequently funny) script was co-written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Drew Goddard (Buffy, Cloverfield, Lost), who also directs for the first time, and the film is intended as a tongue-in-cheek homage to classic horror films, with a bit of a sci-fi twist thrown in for good measure. Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) star.

posterDVD Steve Martin: The Television Stuff

Here's a wild and crazy idea: release material from one of the all-time funniest comedians at the peak of his powers on home video. Seems like a no-brainer, yet Steve Martin's numerous television specials have been unavailable on DVD ... until this month, when Shout! Factory collects nearly six hours of footage into this Television Stuff box set. This 3-disc set includes Martin's only two stand-up performances ever recorded in their entirety (both from the late 1970s), four sketch comedy specials that originally aired on NBC, his Oscar-nominated short film The Absent-Minded Waiter, and an assortment of TV appearances spanning from 1966-2005, supplemented with new commentary by the comedian himself.

More new releases on September 18, 2012
30 Blu-ray and DVD The Babymakers Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider; dir. by Jay Chandrasekhar Add to Queue
31 Blu-ray and DVD Battlefield America Teen dance movie Add to Queue
76 Blu-ray and DVD Chico & Rita Animated Oscar nominee Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Children of Paradise (1945) Criterion Collection  
52 Blu-ray and DVD Detachment Adrien Brody Add to Queue
61 Blu-ray and DVD The Game (1997) New Criterion Collection edition; dir. by David Fincher
  Blu-ray and DVD The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Disney
54 Blu-ray and DVD Hysteria Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy Add to Queue
57 Blu-ray and DVD Katy Perry: Part of Me Tour documentary Add to Queue
46 Blu-ray and DVD The Magic of Belle Isle Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Les visiteurs du soir (1942) Criterion Collection  
  Blu-ray and DVD Michael Jackson Live At Wembley 7.16.1988 Concert performance  
82 DVD Oslo, August 31st Norwegian drama Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Paul Simon: Live In New York City Concert performance  
65 DVD The Salt of Life Italian comedy Add to Queue
66 DVD Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Documentary Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
60 Blu-ray Devil's Advocate (1997) Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino  
70 Blu-ray Ed Wood (1994) Martin Landau; Dir. by Tim Burton  
  Blu-ray Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Includes all four films  
  Blu-ray Judge Dredd (1995) Sylvester Stallone  
  DVD Army Wives Season 6  
  DVD Body of Proof Season 2  
  DVD Castle Season 4  
  DVD Get a Life Complete series  
  Blu-ray and DVD Hawaii Five-0 Season 2  
  Blu-ray and DVD Inspector Lewis Series 5  
  DVD The Mentalist Season 4  
  Blu-ray and DVD Modern Family Season 3  
  DVD Rawhide Season 5 (Vols. 1 & 2)  
  DVD Retro Game Master Game Center CX Collection (contains 14 episodes of Japanese cult hit)
  DVD Shazam! Complete series  
70 DVD Suburgatory Season 1  
  Blu-ray and DVD Supernatural Season 7  

September 25

posterBlu-ray and DVD The Avengers 69 Add to Netflix Queue Watch Trailer

The year's highest grossing film to date, The Avengers unites Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America under the guidance of Joss Whedon, directing just his second feature (following the Firefly spinoff Serenity 74). Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth reprise their starring roles from the previous films, joined by Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). They must match wits with Tom Hiddleston's evil Loki, though they would appear to have him outnumbered. The Blu-ray release contains some notable deleted and alternate scenes, including a drastically different opening sequence that would have altered the tone of the film, and a new three-minute introduction for the character of Captain America.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Bond 50

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first film featuring Britain's most famous secret agent with this massive box set collecting every one of the official James Bond films (i.e., all those but Never Say Never Again and the original Casino Royale). Nine of the 22 films were previously unavailable in Blu-ray, and all come with bonus features (totaling over 120 hours of extra content). The set includes two newly produced featurettes, and helpfully includes an empty slot for you to add the separately purchased disc for Skyfall when it hits stores next year. (After that, you're out of luck.)

posterBlu-ray and DVD Damsels in Distress 67 Add to Netflix Queue

One of the most unique films released this year, this charming college-set farce isn't for everyone, but fans of its writer/director, Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona), will find plenty to like. The elusive Stillman's first film since 1998's The Last Days of Disco 76, Damsels managed to sneak onto a few critic top 10 lists at the end of 2011 despite screening only at festivals (it finally made it into theaters this spring). The unconventional comedy adds song and dance to Stillman's usual smart, stylized dialogue as it explores the lives of a group of college girls led by the perfectly cast Greta Gerwig. Adam Brody also stars.

posterBlu-ray and DVD Klown 62 Add to Netflix Queue

While raunchy comedies have become a staple of the summer moviegoing experience, this Danish entry manages to push the boundaries of discomfort just a little bit further. Based on an equally raunchy Danish TV show created by and starring Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen (as Frank and Casper), this feature-length comedy escalates their hijinks to the extreme when Frank takes his girlfriend’s 12-year-old nephew on a planned weekend of debauchery with Casper to prove that he can be a good father. (Is he successful? What do you think?) Mia Lyhne and Iben Hjejle (Laura in High Fidelity) play their respective girlfriends. Mikkel Nøgaard, who directed most of the TV episodes, helms this feature as well, and it won Best Picture (Comedy) at Fantastic Fest and Best Film at Fantasia.

More new releases on September 25, 2012
  Blu-ray and DVD Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Straight-to-video animated feature Add to Queue
53 Blu-ray and DVD Delicacy French romance Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD Eating Raoul (1982) Criterion Collection
77 Blu-ray and DVD Gerhard Richter Painting Documentary Add to Queue
80 DVD Goodbye First Love French drama Add to Queue
66 DVD Pink Ribbons, Inc. Documentary Add to Queue
37 Blu-ray and DVD The Samaritan Samuel L. Jackson Add to Queue
75 DVD Sleepless Night French-language action film Add to Queue
19 DVDSoldiers of Fortune Christian Slater, James Cromwell Add to Queue
59 Blu-ray and DVD Surviving Progress Documentary Add to Queue
  Blu-ray and DVD The Tall Man Jessica Biel Add to Queue
Older movies debuting on Blu-ray
  Blu-ray Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection 15-film set  
67 Blu-ray The American President (1995) Michael Douglas, Annette Bening  
  Blu-ray Dave (1993) Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver  
62 Blu-ray and DVD American Horror Story Season 1  
  DVD Charlie's Angels The Complete Series (original)  
  DVD CSI Season 12  
  DVD CSI: Miami Season 10  
  DVD CSI: New York Season 8  
  DVD Desperate Housewives Season 8 (Also available: Complete series)  
  DVD Family Guy Vol. 10  
  DVD G.I. Joe: Renegades Season 1. Vol. 2  
  DVD Gossip Girl Season 5  
74 Blu-ray and DVD Key & Peele Season 1  
  DVD Law & Order: SVU Season 13  
75 Blu-ray and DVD Portlandia Season 2  
  DVD Rescue Me Complete series  
  DVD The Thick of It Seasons 1-3  
  DVD Touched by an Angel Season 6  
  DVD Wallander Season 3  

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Comments (2)

  • Tranquilbez22  

    The Avengers has been out in Australia for about a week. Why do the U.S get it on the 25th?

  • pkindieboy  

    I haven't seen The Avengers, just wait til DVD!

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