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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — April 2014

New DVD and Blu-ray Releases April 2014
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Get your wallets out, a new month is coming, which means a whole new batch of DVDs and Blu-rays hitting the shelves — from action and adventure to comedy and family fun, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Check out our guide to the best new DVD and Blu-ray releases coming up in April 2014. 

April 1

47 Ronin‘ – Starring Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Ko Shibasaki. A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues‘ – Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, and Paul Rudd. With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Knights of Badassdom‘ – Starring Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, and Peter Dinklage. Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences.

‘The Bag Man’ – Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, and Robert De Niro. A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag.

‘At Middleton’ – Starring Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia, and Taissa Farmiga. Two parents fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children’s college tour.

‘The Pirate Fairy’ – Starring Pamela Adlon, Angela Bartys, and Jeff Bennett. Tinker Bell and her friends embark on an adventure to retrieve the magic blue pixie dust and return it to Pixie Hollow.

April 8

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘ – Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage. The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

August: Osage County‘ – Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Dermot Mulroney. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones‘ – Starring Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, and Gabrielle Walsh. After the death of his neighbor, Jesse begins experiencing unexplainable and terrifying phenomena, and soon discovers that he too has been marked for death.

Grudge Match‘ – Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, and Kim Basinger. A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout — 30 years after their last match.

‘Justin Bieber’s Believe’ – Starring Justin Bieber. A backstage and on-stage look at Justin Bieber during his rise to super stardom.

‘Back in the Day’ – Starring Morena Baccarin, Michael Rosenbaum, and Nick Swardson. When a man heads home for his high school reunion and starts reliving his former teen years, he almost destroys his relationship and friendships in the process.

‘Best Night Ever’ – Starring Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, and Eddie Ritchard. Claire is about to get married and she goes to Las Vegas with her sister and two friends for her bachelorette party. Things quickly spiral out of control.

‘Holy Ghost People’ – Starring Emma Greenwell, Joe Egender, and Brendan McCarthy. On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord — a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost.

Nurse‘ – Starring Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, and Judd Nelson. By day, Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, but by night she seduces and murders cheating men. When she becomes obsessed with her new protege, Abby’s secret life becomes threatened.

April 15

Ride Along‘ – Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Tika Sumpter. Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister.

The Nut Job‘ – Starring Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, and Liam Neeson. An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty‘ – Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, and Sean Penn. A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Philomena‘ – Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, and Sophie Kennedy Clark. A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Black Nativity‘ – Starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson. A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

‘The Invisible Woman’ – Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, and Kristin Scott Thomas. At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ – Starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, and Michelle Monaghan. A straight-laced pharmacist’s uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

‘Date and Switch’ – Starring Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope, and Dakota Johnson. Two guys who make a pact to lose their virginity before prom find their friendship tested when one of them comes out of the closet.

‘Flowers in the Attic’ – Starring Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, and Kiernan Shipka. After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.

April 22

‘Barefoot’ – Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, and J.K. Simmons. The “black sheep” son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who’s been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother’s wedding

‘Big Bad Wolves’ – Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, and Tzahi Grad. A series of brutal murders intertwines the lives of three men.

April 29

The Legend of Hercules‘ – Starring Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, and Scott Adkins. The origin story of the the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

Devil’s Due‘ – Starring Zach Gilford, Allison Miller, and Sam Anderson. After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.

Labor Day‘ – Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Gattlin Griffith. Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

‘Gimme Shelter’ – Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, and Brendan Fraser. A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her dad and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.

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