DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: February 2015

  • Publish Date: January 31, 2015
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February 3

All movies are 2014/15 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVDDVD | Blu-rayBlu-ray | Blu-ray and DVD Both Blu-ray and DVD

poster Dear White People 79 Watch Trailer

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Justin Simien's debut feature is a Sundance-approved satire examining the state of race relations on the campus of Winchester University through the lives of four black students played by Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Brandon P. Bell. The title comes from the beginning of biracial student Samantha White’s (Thompson) radio show. She’s the president of the all-black residential hall whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. A TV reality show "Black Face/White Place" invades the campus looking for controversy, and black misfit Lionel Higgins (Williams) is asked to join the school's white newspaper staff to cover the story, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.

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The debut films from writer-director Ned Benson, Rigby offers a look at the impact of a traumatic event on a marriage from the dual perspectives of both the wife (Jessica Chastain) and the husband (James McAvoy). We use the plural because Rigby was released as three distinct films last fall. The home video release will include the separate Her 67 and Him 63 films that originally impressed some critics when they debuted as a double feature at 2013's Toronto festival, as well as the inferior, Weinstein-mandated combined edit (Them 57) that pares the twin films down to a mere 122 minutes, interweaving them in the process.

poster John Wick 67 Watch Trailer

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This stylish action tale stars Keanu Reeves as a former hitman who comes out of retirement to take revenge against the gangsters who stole his car and killed his dog. Simple, yes; boring, no, and critics had surprisingly good things to say about John Wick when it debuted in the fall. Chad Stahelski, the stunt man who doubled for Reeves in The Matrix, makes his directorial debut.

poster The Overnighters 89 Watch Trailer

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One of 2014's best-reviewed documentaries, Jess Moss’ film (winner of a special award for "intuitive filmmaking" at last year's Sundance festival) focuses on pastor Jay Reinke of Concordia Lutheran Church in the small town of Williston, North Dakota. As unemployed men come through the town seeking work in the oil fields, Reinke converts his church each night into a shelter and counseling center. But fear of these overnight guests comes to grip the town, testing the pastor’s strength and compassion.

poster Starred Up 81 Watch Trailer

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This well-reviewed British prison thriller stars Jack O'Connell (whose strong 2014 also included the lead role in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken) as a young inmate who is transferred to the same facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn), who may or may not be on his side. The result is a "richly nuanced" and realistic story laced with "brutal" violence. Rupert Friend also stars.

More movie releases on February 3, 2015
54 Blu-ray and DVD ABCs of Death 2 HORROR Amazon
29 Blu-ray and DVD The Best of Me DRAMA | James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan Amazon
50 DVD Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain DRAMA | Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen Amazon
  DVD Coffee Town (2013) COMEDY | Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz Amazon
86 Blu-ray Diner (1982) DRAMEDY | Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg Amazon
40 Blu-ray and DVD Dracula Untold HORROR/ACTION | Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Every Man for Himself (1980) Criterion Collection release Amazon
22 DVD Exists HORROR | Roger Edwards Amazon
62 DVD Food Chains DOCUMENTARY Amazon
29 DVD Hector and the Search for Happiness ADVENTURE/COMEDY/DRAMA | Simon Pegg Amazon
70 Blu-ray Love & Basketball (2000) DRAMA | Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan Amazon
  Blu-ray Lust for Life (1956) DRAMA | Kirk Douglas Amazon
38 Blu-ray and DVD Ouija HORROR/THRILLER | Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto Amazon
  Blu-ray Porco Rosso (1992) ANIMATION [Disney English-language dub] Amazon
75 Blu-ray and DVD The Retrieval DRAMA | Ashton Sanders Amazon
49 Blu-ray Starry Eyes HORROR | Alex Essoe Amazon
47 Blu-ray Tales From Earthsea (2006)ANIMATION [Disney English-language dub] Amazon
47 Blu-ray and DVD Thunder and the House of Magic ANIMATION/FAMILY Amazon
61 DVD Tricked DOCUMENTARY Amazon
40 DVD Video Games: The Movie DOCUMENTARY Amazon
48 Blu-ray and DVD The World Made Straight DRAMA | Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wylie Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD The Big Burn PBS documentary Amazon
  DVD The Bob Newhart Show Season 5 Amazon
  DVD The Bob Newhart Show Season 6 Amazon
75 Blu-ray and DVD Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic Showtime documentary Amazon
  DVD The Saint Set 2 Amazon
  DVD The Wonder Years Season 2 Amazon

February 10

poster Force Majeure 87 Watch Trailer

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One of last year's best films in any language, Ruben Östlund's beautifully filmed and incisive black comedy follows a Swedish family on a ski vacation in the French Alps. There, a near-encounter with an avalanche (and the family members' various reactions to the event) threatens to tear apart the family. Despite winning the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at last year's Cannes and appearing on numerous year-end top 10 lists, Force Majeure was inexplicably snubbed for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.

poster Nightcrawler 76 Watch Trailer

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The directorial debut of writer Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy) tells the story of Lou Bloom, a driven loner who is high on self-help books and desperate for work. He soon finds his calling in the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Though the film as a whole and stars Jake Gyllenhaal (who plays Bloom) and Rene Russo (portraying a local TV veteran who works with Bloom to boost ratings) were neglected by Oscar voters, they picked up numerous honors elsewhere on the awards circuit.

poster Olive Kitteridge 89

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HBO's four-hour miniseries adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout is a passion project for star Frances McDormand, who optioned the book herself and brought Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) on board to direct. Good choices all around: Olive Kitteridge was universally praised by critics and will almost certainly contend for multiple Emmy Awards later this year. Strout's Kitteridge is not a conventional novel but rather a series of 13 interconnected short stories that take place across 25 years in a Maine coastal town, and the miniseries doesn't attempt to include all of the book's plots and characters, though many are here at least briefly, brought to life by a large and talented ensemble that includes Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Murray, Ann Dowd, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Martha Wainwright. But much of the focus is on McDormand's Kitteridge, a gruff middle-school math teacher married to a warm, caring pharmacist (Richard Jenkins).

poster Rosewater 66 Watch Trailer

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Daily Show host Jon Stewart made his directorial debut last year with this adaptation of journalist Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir recounting his 118-day imprisonment following Iran’s riot-inspiring 2009 presidential election. The film is uniquely personal for Stewart because Bahari (played here by Gael García Bernal) was thrown into prison after appearing in a taped interview with The Daily Show’s Jason Jones, an interview his (apparently humor-challenged) interrogators used against him during his confinement. While Stewart may need to stick to his day(-ly) job for a bit longer—Rosewater grossed just $3 million—critics mostly found his first film to be a solid effort, if a bit short of greatness.

More movie releases on February 10, 2015
  DVD The Activist THRILLER | Michael Spears Amazon
32 DVD Addicted THRILLER | Boris Kodjoe, John Newberg, Sharon Leal, Tyson Beckford Amazon
54 Blu-ray and DVD Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day FAMILY/COMEDY Amazon
  Blu-ray A Day in the Country (1936) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Don't Look Now (1973) Criterion Collection release Amazon
61 DVD Exposed DOCUMENTARY [out Friday 13 Feb] Amazon
52 Blu-ray and DVD Felony THRILLER | Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton Amazon
60 Blu-ray and DVD Kill the Messenger DRAMA/THRILLER | Jeremy Renner Amazon
67 DVD Kink DOCUMENTARY Amazon
63 Blu-ray and DVD Laggies DRAMEDY | Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell Amazon
61 DVD Lilting DRAMA | Ben Whishaw Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Lookalike DRAMA/THRILLER | Gillian Jacobs, Jerry O’Connell, John Savage, Justin Long Amazon
  DVD One Small Hitch ROM-COM Amazon
68 Blu-ray and DVD Predestination ACTION/SCI-FI/THRILLER | Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor Amazon
  DVD Race for Your Life Charlie Brown (1977) ANIMATION/FAMILY Amazon
  Blu-ray The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) COMEDY | Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin Amazon
42 DVD The Song DRAMA | Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas Amazon
84 Blu-ray and DVD Stray Dogs FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
64 DVD Through a Lens Darkly DOCUMENTARY Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  Blu-ray and DVD Atlantis Season 2 Part 1 Amazon
  DVD Batman Season 2 Part 1 Amazon
  DVD Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Complete series Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Earth: A New Wild PBS miniseries Amazon
  DVD Hart to Hart Season 4 Amazon
  DVD Mama's Family Season 6 Amazon
64 Blu-ray and DVD Nurse Jackie Season 6 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 2 Amazon
48 DVD Z Nation Season 1 Amazon

February 17

poster Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 88 Trailer

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Nominated for nine Academy Awards, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s widely praised dramedy offers a look at a few hours in the life and mind of Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero who attempts to revive his career by adapting Raymond Carver’s short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" into a Broadway play. Emma Stone co-stars as Thomson’s daughter, who has recently left rehab and becomes his assistant, and Naomi Watts and Andrea Riseborough play actresses with personal connections to the ex-star. Zach Galifianakis is his friend and producer, and Edward Norton is the egotistical lead actor threatening the production. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity) takes his trademark long takes to the extreme in creating a film that appears to have no cuts whatsoever.

poster The Homesman 68 Watch Trailer

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Tommy Lee Jones’ first feature directorial effort, 2005’s The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, won him the best actor prize and Guillermo Arriaga the best screenplay award at Cannes. Nearly a decade later, he returned with this offbeat, genre-defying adaptation of Glendon Swarthout's novel about a claim jumper (Jones) who joins a pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) in transporting three troubled women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, and Sonja Richter) from Nebraska to Iowa. Critics greatly admired the lead performances in this rather under-the-radar film.

poster The Interview 52 Watch Trailer

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So this is what all the fuss was about? Critics weren't exactly wowed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's follow-up to the solid This Is the End. Their latest comedy stars James Franco (alongside Rogen and Lizzy Caplan) as an American talk show host who is recruited by the CIA to take out North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). Still, The Interview grossed an impressive $40 million (or more) in VOD sales and rentals after the film's theatrical release was infamously canceled (and then slightly uncanceled).

poster Life Itself 87 Watch Trailer

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Another notable Oscar snub, this adaptation of Roger Ebert’s best-selling memoir of the same name finds documentarian Steve James examining the life and career of one of the world’s best-known film critics, chronicling his early days at the Chicago Sun-Times, his on- and off-air relationship with Gene Siskel, his love for his wife Chaz, and his battles with alcoholism and, ultimately, cancer. The fact that film critics are raving about a film focusing on one of their own is not exactly a surprise, but this is certainly a documentary that should appeal to any fan of the movies.

poster St. Vincent 64 Watch Trailer

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In a role tailored to his strengths, Bill Murray stars as the titular Vincent, a cantankerous retiree with a fondness for booze and gambling. Moving in next door is Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother of a 12-year-old boy named Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). When Maggie’s job keeps her away from home, Vincent offers to watch the boy, resulting in an odd friendship that finds him taking Oliver to the track, the local dive bar, and the strip club where his pregnant Russian girlfriend Daka (Naomi Watts) works. This crowd-pleasing (if a bit formulaic) dramedy is the debut feature from longtime commercial director Theodore Melfi, who also wrote the screenplay.

poster The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 89 Watch Trailer

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This 2013 Studio Ghibli production from the 78-year-old co-founder of the studio, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), is nominated for a best animated feature Oscar for its American release last year, which featured an English-language vocal cast that includes Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, and Mary Steenburgen. The story (based on a 10th century fairy tale) begins as a bamboo cutter splits open a stalk and discovers a tiny creature. When he takes it home to his wife, the creature becomes a baby girl who quickly grows into an exquisite young lady who enthralls all who encounter her. As suitors come calling, she gives them impossible tasks to accomplish, all the while protecting her own secret. Critics admired the film's gorgeous hand-drawn visuals.

poster The Theory of Everything 72 Watch Trailer

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Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in this look at the theoretical physicist’s early years at Cambridge, where he met his first wife, Jane Wilde (played by Felicity Jones), and was diagnosed with motor neuron disease. Based on Jane’s memoir, Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, scripted by Anthony McCarten, and directed by James Marsh, who is known more for his documentaries (Man on Wire, Project Nim) than his narrative films (Shadow Dancer, The King), the film earned mostly favorable reviews and five Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best actor for Redmayne (who has a decent chance at winning).

More movie releases on February 17, 2015
  Blu-ray 1969 (1988) DRAMA | Robert Downey, Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Dern Amazon
  Blu-ray An Autumn Afternoon (1962) Criterion Collection Blu-ray release Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) MUSICAL/COMEDY | Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Caveman (1981) COMEDY | Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Dennis Quaid Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Cult of the Damned (1969) aka Angel, Angel, Down We Go Amazon
36 Blu-ray and DVD Dumb and Dumber To COMEDY | Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey Amazon
31 Blu-ray and DVD Dying of the Light DRAMA/THRILLER | Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD How to Murder Your Wife (1965) COMEDY | Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Kiss Me Stupid (1964) COMEDY | Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Le Pont du Nord (1981) FOREIGN/DRAMA Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Muscle Beach Party (1964) MUSICAL/COMEDY | Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello Amazon
  DVD Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Road to Hong Kong (1962) COMEDY | Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Joan Collins Amazon
68 DVD Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) DOCUMENTARY Amazon
31 Blu-ray and DVD V/H/S: Viral HORROR Amazon
85 DVD Watchers of the Sky DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray The Wild Angels (1966) DRAMA | Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
  DVD Breaking Amish: LA Season 1 Amazon
70 DVD The Chair Season 1 Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Doctor Who "Last Christmas" special Amazon
94 Blu-ray and DVD Game of Thrones Season 4 Amazon
64 DVD The Sixties CNN miniseries Amazon
84 DVD Sleepless in America Nat Geo documentary Amazon
  DVD Wahlburgers Season 2 Amazon

February 24

poster Beyond the Lights 73 Watch Trailer

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The director of Love & Basketball returned last fall with a well-reviewed romance that finds a rising music star (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) unable to deal with the pressures of stardom until she meets a cop (Nate Parker) who gives her a reason to succeed. Most critics found it entertaining, intelligent, and well written.

poster Big Hero 6 74 Watch Trailer

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This story of robotics genius Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) and his brother Tadashi’s creation, Baymax (Scott Adsit), a Healthcare Companion robot whom Hiro tweaks to become a superhero, is the first Disney animated movie based (loosely) on a Marvel comic book. When a mysterious supervillain threatens the metropolis of San Fransokyo, Hiro and the balloon-like Baymax team up with friends Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) to form a superhero team without any superpowers to speak of (though they do have a few really cool robotic suits). Directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), the film was yet another Oscar-nominated hit for Walt Disney Animation following 2012’s Wreck It Ralph and 2013’s Frozen.

poster Horrible Bosses 2 40 Watch Trailer

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The hapless trio of 2011’s Horrible Bosses—Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis—try to go into business for themselves in this inferior 2014 sequel, but when they get swindled by the father-and-son team of Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine, they devise a plan to recoup their money. (Hint: it involves kidnapping the son.) The twist comes when Pine’s Rex wants in on the ransom scheme. Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also return for new director Sean Anders (That’s My Boy).

poster Whiplash 88 Watch Trailer

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The recipient of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at last year's Sundance festival, Damien Chazelle’s debut feature is also one of eight Academy Award best picture nominees this year. Whiplash's simple but intense story follows the contentious relationship between Miles Teller’s Andrew Neiman, an aspiring jazz drummer at a renowned music conservatory, and J.K. Simmons’ Terence Fletcher, the demanding conductor who doesn’t hesitate to use face-slapping and chair-throwing to get the best out of his students. Simmons picked up his first career Oscar nomination for his supporting performance, and is widely expected to win.

More movie releases on February 24, 2015
  Blu-ray 52 Pick-Up (1986) THRILLER | Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret Amazon
77 DVD Code Black DOCUMENTARY Amazon
  Blu-ray Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) FOREIGN/DRAMA | Directed by Ang Lee Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Fellini Satyricon (1969) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968) COMEDY | Jason Robards, Elliott Gould Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Watership Down (1978) Criterion Collection release Amazon
  Blu-ray Wild Orchid (1990) DRAMA | Mickey Rourke, Carre Otis Amazon
TV on DVD/Blu-ray
78 DVD The Game Season 1 [BBC America series] Amazon
  DVD .hack//SIGN Complete series set Amazon
  DVD The Italian Americans PBS miniseries Amazon
  Blu-ray and DVD Midsomer Murders Set 25 Amazon
  DVD Mountain Men Season 3 Amazon
68 Blu-ray and DVD Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Amazon

 

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Comments (2)

  • JasonDietz  

    @Hautewerk: The 2/17 release of Birdman was confirmed after this article was published, but we have added it to the calendar.

  • Hautewerk  

    Where's Birdman on this list? The whole Internet tells me February 17?

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