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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — August 2013

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Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy watching a good movie from the comfort of your living room. We’ve got a guide to all the movies hitting DVD and Blu-ray in August, so get your wallets ready.

August 6

Oblivion‘ – Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Olga Kurylenko. A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Mud‘ – Directed by Jeff Nichols. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

The Place Beyond the Pines‘ – Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes. A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

On the Road‘ – Directed by Walter Salles. Starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart. Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

To the Wonder‘ – Directed by Terrence Malick. Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, and Rachel McAdams. After visiting Mont Saint-Michel, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Marina meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane.

West of Memphis‘ – Directed by Amy Berg. An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Aftershock‘ – Directed by Nicolas Lopez. Starring Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart, and Ariel Levy. In Chile, a group of travelers who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare.

Antiviral‘ – Directed by Brandon Cronenberg. Starring Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, and Malcolm McDowell. After becoming infected with the virus that killed superstar Hannah Geist, Syd March must unravel the mystery surrounding her death to save his own life.

August 13

Olympus Has Fallen‘ – Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler, and Morgan Freeman. Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

The Big Wedding‘ – Starring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, and Susan Sarandon. A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.

‘Emperor’ – Directed by Peter Webber. Starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, and Eriko Hatsune. As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

‘What Maisie Knew’ – Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, and Steve Coogan. In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents’ bitter custody battle.

The Company You Keep‘ – Directed by Robert Redford. Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, and Brit Marling. A former Weather Underground activist goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.

August 20

Epic‘ – Directed by Chris Wedge. Starring Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, and Beyonce Knowles. A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours.

Scary Movie 5‘ – Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Starring Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, and Charlie Sheen. A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.

‘No One Lives’ – Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Starring Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, and Derek Magyar. A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.

Amour‘ – Directed by Michael Haneke. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert. Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Killing Season‘ – Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Starring Robert De Niro, John Travolta, and Milo Ventimiglia. Two veterans of the Bosnian War — one American, one Serbian — find their unlikely friendship turn tense with one of them reveals their true intentions.

‘Rapture-Palooza’ – Directed by Paul Middleditch. Starring Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, and John Francis Daley. Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.

August 27

The Great Gatsby‘ – Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.

Pain and Gain‘ – Directed by Michael Bay. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie. A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Kon-Tiki‘ – Directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. Starring Pal Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Gustaf Skarsgard. The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ – Directed by Mira Nair. Starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, and Liev Schreiber. A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.

‘Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s' – Directed by Matthew Miele. A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities.

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