New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — November 2014
It's getting a little chillier outside, and while there are plenty of new releases coming to the big screen next month, there's also a lot of great stuff hitting the shelves for you to take home to your smaller screen. From blockbuster action to family-friendly adventure, from the year's best comedies to romance and everything in between, read on for our guide to November's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
'Maleficent' -- Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley. A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
'Hercules' -- Starring Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, and Ian McShane. Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
'A Most Wanted Man' -- Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Daniel Bruhl. A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
'The One I Love' -- Starring Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, and Ted Danson. Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them.
'Planes: Fire and Rescue' -- Starring Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, and Ed Harris. When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter.
'Land Ho!' -- Starring Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorn, and Daniel Gylfason. A pair of former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland.
'The Dog' -- A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for 'Dog Day Afternoon.'
'Frontera' -- Starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, and Michael Pena. A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever.
'About Alex' -- Starring Nate Parker, Jason Ritter, and Maggie Grace. When a group of old college friends reunite over a long weekend after one of them attempts suicide, old crushes and resentments shine light on their life decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink.
'Premature' -- Starring Katie Findlay, Alan Tudyk, and Craig Roberts. A high school senior has to re-live losing his virginity over and over again until he gets it right.
'How to Train Your Dragon 2' -- Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
'Tammy' -- Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, and Mark Duplass. After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.
'Let's Be Cops' -- Starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., and Rob Riggle. Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
'Jersey Boys' -- Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda. The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
'Mood Indigo' -- Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, and Gad Elmaleh. Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
'Deepsea Challenge 3D' -- A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.
'Happy Christmas' -- Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, and Mark Webber. After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.
'Iceman' -- Starring Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, and Shengyi Huang. An imperial guard and the three traitorous childhood friends ordered to hunt him down get accidentally buried and frozen in time. 400 years later and they are defrosted, continuing the battle they left behind.
'I Am Ali' -- Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.
'Drive Hard' -- Starring John Cusack, Thomas Jane, and Zoe Ventoura. A former race car driver is abducted by a mysterious thief and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts them both in the sights of the cops and the mob.
'The Babadook' -- Starring Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, and Noah Wiseman. A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
'22 Jump Street' -- Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Ice Cube. After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.
'If I Stay' -- Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, and Jamie Blackley. Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.
'Into the Storm' -- Starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Matt Walsh. Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.
'And So It Goes' -- Starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, and Sterling Jerins. A self-absorbed realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.
'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' -- Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Josh Brolin. Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
'The Wind Rises' -- Starring Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, and Miori Takimoto. A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
'As the Light Goes Out' -- Starring Bing Bai, Jackie Chan, and Jun Hu. The firefighters of Hong Kong's Pillar Point division battle an out-of-control blaze that threatens to plunge the city into darkness.
'Automata' -- Starring Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, and Dylan McDermott. Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
'Housebound' -- Starring Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, and Glen-Paul Waru. In this dark horror comedy, a young woman is forced to return to her childhood home and live with her eccentric mother, who’s convinced the house is haunted.
'Reclaim' -- Starring John Cusack, Ryan Philippe, and Rachelle Lefevre. A desperate American couple discovers all is not what it seems when they uncover a high-stakes underground scam while traveling abroad. To expose the truth and get back to the U.S., they must risk their lives to save their daughter.
'The Giver' -- Starring Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep. In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
'A Madea Christmas' -- Starring Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, and Tika Sumpter. Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she's coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.
'The Expendables 3' -- Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Jet Li. Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
'The November Man' -- Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, and Olga Kurylenko. An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
'Step Up: All In' -- Starring Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, and Adam G. Sevani. All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
'What If' -- Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver. Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
'A Merry Friggin' Christmas' -- Starring Robin Williams, Lauren Graham, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.