New DVD and Blu-ray Releases: January 2015
January is imminent, and what better way to start off the new year than treating yourself to some (or all) of the fantastic films heading to DVD and Blu-ray? There’s plenty of awesomeness to take home to your small screen, including many 2014 favorites—gone girls, killer houseguests, and even an ass-kicking Scarlett Johansson. From some of the past year’s biggest hits to smaller indie favorites, read on for your guide to January 2015’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
‘Boyhood’: Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette. The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.
‘The Guest’: Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, and Sheila Kelley. A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
‘Get on Up’: Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, and Dan Aykroyd. A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
‘Horns’: Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, and Max Minghella. In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples.
‘No Good Deed’: Starring Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, and Leslie Bibb. An unstable escaped convict terrorizes a woman who is alone with her two children.
‘Left Behind’: Starring Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, and Cassi Thomson. A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.
‘Two Night Stand’: Starring Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, and Jessica Szohr. A snowstorm forces two people who made an online connection to unwillingly extend their one-night stand as the blizzard goes through the night.
‘Dinosaur 13': A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.
‘The Longest Week’: Starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, and Billy Crudup. Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and … in love.
‘Gone Girl’: Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Carrie Coon. With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
‘Men, Women and Children’: Starring Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Kaitlyn Dever. A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.
‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’: Starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, and David Harbour. Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
‘Love Is Strange’: Starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei. After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing—a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.
‘The Two Faces of January’: Starring Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, and Viggo Mortensen. A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.
‘Wetlands’: Starring Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, and Marlen Kruse. The adventures of an eccentric girl who has strange attitudes towards hygiene and sexuality, and longs for the reunion of her divorced parents.
‘Honeymoon’: Starring Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, and Ben Huber. A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night.
‘Bad Turn Worse’: Starring Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffman, and Jeremy Allen White. Three Texas teens hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when one of them steals from the wrong man.
‘Young Ones’: Starring Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.
‘The Identical’: Starring Ashley Judd, Blake Rayne, and Ray Liotta. Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock ‘n’ roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father.
‘Jessabelle’: Starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, and Joelle Carter. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return—and has no intention of letting her escape.
‘Middle of Nowhere’: Starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, and Lorraine Toussaint. When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Rudy drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband’s well-being while he’s incarcerated—leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
‘Bird People’: Starring Josh Charles, Anäis Demoustier, and Roschdy Zem. In an airport hotel on the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer abruptly chucks his job, breaks things off with his wife, and holes up in his room. Soon, fate draws him and a young French maid together.
‘Fugly’: Starring John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, and Radha Mitchell. A Latino comic’s near-death experience forces him to revisit his personal and professional highs and lows.
‘Alien Abduction’: Starring Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, and Riley Polanski. A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.
‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’: Starring Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, and Harry Shum Jr. Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York’s Chinese underworld in the 1980s.
‘Lucy’: Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, and Min-sik Choi. A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
‘The Boxtrolls’: Starring Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, and Nick Frost. A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.
‘The Drop’: Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini. Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living—no matter the cost.
‘Annabelle’: Starring Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, and Alfre Woodard. A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
‘White Bird in a Blizzard’: Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, and Christopher Meloni. In 1988, a teenage girl’s life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.
‘The Green Prince’: Starring Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, and Sheikh Hassan Yousef. The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.
‘The Zero Theorem’: Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton. A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
‘Rudderless’: Starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, and Felicity Huffman. A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.
‘The Internet’s Own Boy’: The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
‘By the Gun’: Starring Tully Banta-Cain, Ben Barnes, and Paul Ben-Victor. Nick, a young Boston Italian, trying to find purpose in the ideology of the mafia and finding his world turned upside down.
‘Wolves’: Starring Jason Momoa, Lucas Till, and Alain Moussi. A boy is trying to find out about his family history and stumbles upon a town of lycans.
‘Fury’: Starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, and Shia LaBeouf. April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
‘The Book of Life’: Starring Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, and Diego Luna. Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
‘The Judge’: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga. Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
‘Before I Go To Sleep’: Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong. A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
‘My Old Lady’: Starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Maggie Smith. An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.
‘The Remaining’: Starring Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos, and Bryan Dechart. Friends gather at a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events forcing them to examine life, love and faith as they must choose between redemption and survival.
‘Falcon Rising’: Starring Michael Jai White, Neal McDonough, and Laila Ali. Chapman is an ex-marine in Brazil’s slums, battling the yakuza outfit who attacked his sister and left her for dead.
‘Days and Nights’: Starring Katie Holmes, William Hurt, and Allison Janney. Reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and fragile nature of love. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” set in rural New England in 1984.
‘Big Driver’: Starring Maria Bello, Ann Dowd, and Will Harris. A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack.
‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’: Starring Sean Astin, Steve Blum, and Rosario Dawson. The world appears to be at peace following the events of ‘Justice League: War,’ until the Queen asks the League to find her lost son. As they set out on their mission, troops led by the Ocean Master continue to pursue them.
‘Miss Meadows’: Starring Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, and Callan Mulvey. A story centered on a proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante.
‘Open Windows’: Starring Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, and Neil Maskell. A jilted fan soon finds himself pulled into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse after he accepts the opportunity to spy on his favorite actress via his laptop.
‘The Color of Time’: Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Jessica Chastain. A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams’ life.