New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — March 2014
Spring is in the air, and we know you’ve love to spend all your time outside, but there’s plenty of reasons to hang out inside, too: take all the great movies heading to DVD and Blu-ray this month, for instance. Read on for our guide to the best new DVD and Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves in March 2014.
‘12 Years a Slave‘ – Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Sarah Paulson. In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
‘The Grandmaster‘ – Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Starring Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, and Jin Zhang. The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
‘The Last Days on Mars’ – Directed by Ruairi Robinson. Starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, and Romola Garai. A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.
‘Cold Comes the Night’ – Directed by Tze Chun. Starring Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, and Logan Marshall-Green. A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.
‘Hours’ – Directed by Eric Heisserer. Starring Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez, and Nancy Nave. A father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
‘Oldboy‘ – Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Samuel L. Jackson. Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘ – Directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
‘The Book Thief‘ – Directed by Brian Percival. Starring Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, and Emily Watson. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
‘Homefront‘ – Directed by Gary Fleder. Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, and Winona Ryder. A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.
‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘ – Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman. A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
‘Out of the Furnace‘ – Directed by Scott Cooper. Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Zoe Saldana. When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ – Directed by Felix Van Groeningen. Starring Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, and Nell Cattrysse. Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.
‘Beyond Outrage’ – Directed by Takeshi Kitano. Starring Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, and Takeshi Kitano. As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.
‘Enemies Closer’ – Directed by Peter Hyams. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Everett Scott, and Orlando Jones. Deep within a forest on the US-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.
‘Jamesy Boy’ – Directed by Trevor White. Starring Taissa Farmiga, Mary-Louise Parker, and James Woods. A young gang member turns his life around in prison, thanks to the friendship he forms with a convicted murderer who becomes his mentor.
‘Frozen‘ – Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad. Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
‘American Hustle‘ – Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence. A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
‘Saving Mr. Banks‘ – Directed by John Lee Hancock. Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and Colin Farrell. Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.
‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom‘ – Directed by Justin Chadwick. Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, and Terry Pheto. A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
‘Kill Your Darlings‘ – Directed by John Krokidas. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, and Michael C. Hall. A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
‘Here Comes the Devil’ – Directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano. Starring Laura Caro, Francisco Barreiro, and Michele Garcia. A married couple’s lost children return from hiding in a cave, but there’s something very wrong with them.
‘Reasonable Doubt’ – Directed by Peter Howitt. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, and Erin Karpluk. A District Attorney has his life turned upside down when he’s involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder.
‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ – Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
‘Delivery Man‘ – Directed by Ken Scott. Starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders. An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
‘Chinese Zodiac’ – Directed by Jackie Chan. Starring Jackie Chan, Qi Shu, Xingtong Yao. A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts –12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.
‘The Truth About Emanuel’ – Directed by Francesca Gregorini. Starring Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, and Alfred Molina. A troubled girl becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother.
‘Welcome to the Jungle’ – Directed by Rob Meltzer. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adam Brody, and Rob Huebel. A company retreat on a tropical island goes terribly awry.