This post is for those of you who are looking for a DVD or Blu-ray to watch or add to your Netflix queue. I update my Blu-ray and DVD movie list weekly so I can reserve some of the the movies at the library. I might as well share my list with other movie lovers. This week’s DVD releases include Won’t Back Down (giveaway tomorrow), 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With the Devil (giveaway), Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters (review and giveaway), Taken 2, To Rome with Love, The Possession, and About Cherry. I’ve seen Won’t Back Down and Muddy Matters, and hope to see Taken 2 this weekend.
DVDs coming out the week of January 15, 2013
- Won’t Back Down (review and giveaway)
OSCAR Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in this rousing drama inspired by actual events. Frustrated by her dyslexic daughter’s struggles at a failing inner-city school, Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) tries to enroll her somewhere else. When this fails, Jamie recruits a disillusioned but caring teacher (Davis) to try to fix the broken school. Soon, the women find themselves in a tense battle against apathy, hopelessness, and powerful interests. OSCAR Winner Holly Hunter and OSCAR Nominee Rosie Perez** also star in this inspiring story that shows how profoundly parents can affect their kids’ education.
- 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With the Devil (giveaway)
Scare yourself silly and scream with laughter at this hilarious spoof of Hollywood’s hottest horror movies. When a young family, who can’t seem to stop filming themselves, moves into a house that turns out to be haunted, they meet up with a host of creepy characters — including a horny vampire-hunting president who wants to emancipate their dragon-tattooed daughter. With help from the hysterically high-energy “Ghost Brothers” the family sets out to solve the mystery of the haunted house.
- Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters (review and giveaway)
Through mud, garbage and muck, Thomas and his engine friends show that being Really Useful can be a dirty job! See James turn into the Really Muddy Engine, and Thomas get showered with garbage. Watch Peter Sam make a big mess trying to keep things on track, as Thomas creates chaos with the crows and much, much more. Join Thomas and the Steam Team as they make the best of the mess in these exciting muddy and mucky adventures!
- Taken 2
Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the ex-CIA operative who stopped at nothing to rescue his daughter from sadistic kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge, it is Bryan and his wife who find themselves “taken” hostage in Istanbul. To survive, Bryan must enlist the help of an unlikely ally and use his brutally efficient skills to take out his heavily-armed foes one by one.
- To Rome with Love
Romance! Adventure! Hilarity! Italy! Woody Allen leads this all-star cast on a rollicking ride through the streets of one of the world’s greatest cities. Lovers and Fiances, Opera Singers and Architects, the talented and the famous, and the youthful and the wise are all players within this ensemble tour-de-force as their stories and lives magically criss-cross and collide throughout this engaging film.
- The Possession
Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a Dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
- About Cherry
18-year-old Angelica (Ashley Hinshaw, Chronicle) shuffles between school, a dead-end job, her exploitative boyfriend (Johnny Weston) and home, where her life consists of cleaning up after her alcoholic mother (Lily Taylor) and protecting her younger sister from their menacing stepfather. After arranging an escape to San Francisco with her best friend Andrew (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), she soon finds herself dating a coke-addicted attorney (James Franco) and becoming immersed in the local adult film industry, mentored by director Margaret (Heather Graham), who has more than just a professional interest in Angelica’s talents.
DVDs released last week
- Frankenweenie (review)
From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life — with just a few minor adjustments.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Return of Darth Maul
Executive Producer George Lucas presents the story of Darth Maul’s return! This full length Director’s Cut features the return of the vicious Darth Maul, believed dead by the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of The Phantom Menace. Features a widescreen version with Dolby 5.1 Sound!
- House at the End of the Street
Terror hits home in the chilling Unrated Cut of House at the End of the Street — with a shocking added twist you didn’t see in theaters! Academy Awardr Nominees Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Elisabeth Shue star in this edge-of-your-seat horror hit packed with heart-pounding thrills and gripping suspense. Newly divorced Sarah (Shue) and her teenage daughter Elissa (Lawrence) have just moved to the suburbs for a fresh start.
The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast lies Mega City One — a vast violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge jury and instant executioner. The ultimate Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is tasked with ridding the city of its latest scourge -a dangerous drug and the sadistic prostitute turned drug pusher who is using it to take over the city.
STOLEN follows Will Montgomery (Nicolas Cage), a master thief who has been sent to prison for eight years after being double-crossed in a heist gone awry. Upon his release, he’s ready to leave his criminal past behind and rebuild his relationship with estranged daughter, Alison Loeb (Sami Gayle). Montgomery’s former criminal cohorts and FBI agent Tim Harlend (Danny Huston), are all convinced that the $10 Million dollars was hidden away by Montgomery before he was sentenced.
- Hit & Run
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell star in this hilarious, non-stop action-packed comedy costarring Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth and Tom Arnold. A nice guy with a questionable past, Charlie Bronson (Shepard), risks everything when he busts out of a witness protection program to drive his girlfriend (Bell) to Los Angeles for the job opportunity of a lifetime.
In the year 198 BC, Cao Cao (CHOW YUN FAT), Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty, ventured to the east and defeated China s greatest warrior Lu Bu, terrifying every ambitious warlord across the country. Several years later, after taking the Han Emperor under his wing, Cao crowns himself King of Wei. He built a magnificent Bronze Sparrow Island to symbolize his power and rumors spread that he would replace the Emperor.
Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become.
- Game Change
Game Change is a searing, behind-the-scenes look at John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from the decision to select Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate to the ticket’s ultimate defeat in the general election just sixty days later. Told primarily through the eyes of senior McCain strategist Steve Schmidt, who originally championed Palin and later came to regret the choice, Game Change pulls back the curtain on the intense human drama surrounding the McCain team, the critical decisions made behind closed doors and how the choice was made to bring Palin on the ticket.
- Angelina Ballerina: Dance Around the World (review and giveaway coming soon)
Angelina and her friends explore dances from near and far as they boogie, bop, skip and hop around the world in these exciting adventures. In step with a lively Irish Jig, the festive Chinese Dragon Dance, the smooth Cheddar Cheese Slide with a French flair, and more, the mouselings teach each other and themselves about the power of dance..and friendship. Step to some new beats with great friends and global grooves that every young mouseling will love!
- Let’s Go to the Moon (review and giveaway coming soon)
Star Light, Star Bright, let’s go on a space adventure tonight! Barney encourages Riff to always reach for the stars, even when his homemade spaceship doesn’t reach Mars; Baby Bop learns about Mr. Moon’s important job lighting the night for the world, and BJ sees he’s special just the way he is – astronaut or not. Barney and friends discover that the sky is not the limit when you use your imagination!