New DVD and Blu-ray Releases -- July 2014Britt Hayes |
If you'd rather avoid the crowds and beat the heat, there's plenty of great movies for you to take home this month, from action and sci-fi weirdness to big, bold comedy and critically acclaimed indie favorites. Read on for our guide to the best new DVD and Blu-ray releases hitting shelves in July 2014.
'Afflicted' -- Directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse. Starring Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, and Michael Gill. Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.
'Bad Words' -- Directed by Jason Bateman. Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, and Allison Janney. A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.
'The Raid 2' -- Directed by Gareth Evans. Starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, and Arifin Putra. Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.
'Nymphomaniac Vol. 1' and 'Vol. 2' -- Directed by Lars von Trier. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and Stacy Martin. A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.
'Le Week-End' -- Directed by Roger Michell. Starring Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, and Jeff Goldblum. A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.
'Stage Fright' -- Directed by Jerome Sable. Starring Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, and Allie MacDonald. A snobby musical theater camp is terrorized by a blood-thirsty killer who hates musical theater.
'Kid Cannabis' -- Directed by John Stockwell. Starring Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kenny Wormald, and Ron Perlman. An 18 year old high school drop out and his 27 year old friend start trafficking marijuana across the border of Canada in order to make money and their lives are changed forever.
'Don Peyote' -- Directed by Michael Canzoniero and Dan Fogler. Starring Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, and Anne Hathaway. An unemployed stoner finds direction in his life after a weird encounter with a homeless man preaching about the apocalypse.
'10 Rules for Sleeping Around' -- Directed by Leslie Grief. Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tammin Sursok, and Jesse Bradford. A screw ball sex comedy following two couples and their ten rules to a happy healthy and open relationship.
'Rio 2' -- Directed by Carlos Saldanha. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, and Jemaine Clement. It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law.
'Under the Skin' -- Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, and Lynsey Taylor Mackay. A mysterious seductress preys upon the population of Scotland.
'The Face of Love' -- Directed by Arie Posin. Starring Robin Williams, Ed Harris, and Annette Bening. A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.
'Open Grave' -- Directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Starring Sharlto Copley, Thomas Kretschmann, and Josie Ho. A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.
'Heaven Is for Real' -- Directed by Randall Wallace. Starring Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, and Thomas Haden Church. A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
'Transcendence' -- Directed by Wally Pfister. Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman. A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
'The Single Moms Club' -- Directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Amy Smart. When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.
'Sabotage' -- Directed by David Ayer. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, and Terrence Howard. Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
'Cesar Chavez' -- Directed by Diego Luna. Starring Michael Pena, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson. A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.
'Dom Hemingway' -- Directed by Richard Shepard. Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, and Demian Bichir. After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed.
'Blue Ruin' -- Directed by Jeremy Saulnier. Starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, and Amy Hargreaves. A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
'Make Your Move' -- Directed by Duane Adler. Starring Derek Hough, BoA, and Will Yun Lee. A pair of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs.
'All Cheerleaders Die' -- Directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. Starring Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, and Brooke Butler. A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.
'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn' -- Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Starring Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, and Peter Dinklage. A curmudgeonly man is mistakenly told that he has 90 minutes to live by his doctor and promptly sets out to reconcile with his wife, brother and friends in the short time he believes he has left.
'Noah' -- Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.
'The Other Woman' -- Directed by Nick Cassavetes. Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton. After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.
'Cuban Fury' -- Directed by James Griffiths. Starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, and Chris O'Dowd. Beneath Bruce Garrett's under-confident, overweight exterior, the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Now, one woman is about to reignite his Latin fire.
'The Protector 2' -- Directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Starring Tony Jaa, RZA, and Petchtai Wongkamlao. When the owner of a major elephant camp is murdered, Kham finds himself the number one suspect and on the run from both the police and the deceased's vengeful twin nieces. But luck is on Kham's side when he runs into an Interpol agent sent to Thailand on a secret mission.
'Lullaby' -- Directed by Andrew Levitas. Starring Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund, and Jessica Brown Findlay. A man who's estranged from his family receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off life support within 48 hours.