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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — March 2013

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Get your wallets ready — there’s some great movies hitting DVD and Blu-ray in March 2013. There’s plenty of stuff for everyone to enjoy, from big, sweeping epics to family-friendly adventures.

March 2 (Saturday) 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2‘ – Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. After the birth of the half-vampire/half-human Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

March 5

Wreck-It Ralph‘ – Directed by Rich Moore. Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Red Dawn‘ – Directed by Dan Bradley. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, and Adrianne Palicki. A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Playing for Keeps‘ – Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. A former sports star who’s fallen on hard times starts coaching his son’s soccer team as a way to get his life together. His attempts to become an adult are met with challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.

‘The Intouchables’ – Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.

The Bay‘ – Directed by Barry Levinson. Starring Kristen Connolly, Christopher Denham, and Jane McNeill. Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Lay the Favorite – Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Vince Vaughn. Beth, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, falls in with Dink, a sports gambler who swoons for her as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy, earning the initial ire of Dink’s wife, Tulip.

March 12

Life of Pi‘ – Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan. A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Rise of the Guardians‘ – Directed by Peter Ramsey. Starring Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, and Isla Fisher. When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Hitchcock‘ – Directed by Sacha Gervasi. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson. A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of ‘Psycho’ in 1959.

Smashed‘ – Directed by James Ponsoldt. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, and Nick Offerman. A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

‘Sound City’ – Directed by Dave Grohl. A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

This Must Be the Place‘ – Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, and Judd Hirsch. Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during WWII.

March 19

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ – Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, and Richard Armitage. A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an “unexpected journey” to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

Zero Dark Thirty‘ – Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Pratt. A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL Team 6 in May, 2011.

Bachelorette‘ – Directed by Leslye Headland. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson. Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

Rust and Bone‘ – Directed by Jacques Audiard. Starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

March 22 (Friday) 

Les Miserables‘ – Directed by Tom Hooper. Starring Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Anne Hathaway. In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

This Is 40‘ – Directed by Judd Apatow. Starring Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel. A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of ‘Knocked Up.’

March 26

Parental Guidance‘ – Directed by Andy Fickman. Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei. Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids’ 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods.

Killing Them Softly‘ – Directed by Andrew Dominik. Starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins. Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob-protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

The Collection‘ – Directed by Marcus Dunstan. Starring Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, and Christopher McDonald. A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as “The Collector” is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl from the killer’s booby-trapped warehouse.

‘A Royal Affair’ – Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard. A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

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