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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — October 2012

Warner Bros., Focus Features, Twentieth Century Fox

If you’re looking for some horror to get in the Halloween spirit, October has some great DVD and Blu-ray releases for you. Or, if you’d prefer something a little less in-your-face, there are a ton of great indie releases to keep you occupied as fall sweeps in.

October 2

Dark Shadows — Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, and Chloe Moretz. Tim Burton updated the 70s soap opera about an old vampire who awakens from a deep slumber and seeks vengeance on the witch who cursed him and killed his wife.

People Like Us — Directed by Alex Kurtzman. Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. A man goes to settle the estate of his dead father and meets the sister he never knew he had.

‘Peace, Love & Misunderstanding’ — Directed by Bruce Beresford. Starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener. A tightly-wound lawyer from New York takes her daughters on vacation to her hippie mother’s farm.

Sound of My Voice — Directed by Zal ┬áBatmanglij. Starring Brit Marling, Christopher Denham, and Nicole Vicius. A couple go undercover to infiltrate a cult led by an enigmatic woman who claims to be from the future.

‘Iron Sky’ — Directed by Timo Vuorensola. Starring Julia Dietze and Christopher Kirby. The Nazis have been hiding out on a secret moon base since 1945 and planning their return in 2018 in this absurd sci-fi actioner.

Red Lights — Directed by Rodrigo Cortes. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and Robert De Niro. A pair of investigators who make a living debunking paranormal activity investigate a psychic who has resurfaced several years after his greatest detractor died.

October 9

Rock of Ages — Directed by Adam Shankman. Starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, and Russell Brand. Two wannabe music stars pursuing their dreams in Hollywood meet and fall for each other on the Sunset Strip.

The Raven — Directed by James McTeigue. Starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans. When a man begins committing a series of murders inspired by the writing of Edgar Allen Poe, a detective joins forces with the legendary writer to stop him.

‘Crazy Eyes’ — Directed by Adam Sherman. Starring Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, and Jake Busey. An alcoholic womanizer falls for a young woman who refuses to let him take her to bed in this booze-soaked Los Angeles tale.

October 11

Prometheus — Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, and Logan Marshall-Green. A pair of paleontologists believe aliens have left them directions to discover the birth of man, but when they take a crew out to investigate, they find something horrifying.

October 16

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted — Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, and Conrad Vernon. Starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David Schwimmer. A group of animal friends trying to get home to New York find themselves in Europe, where they pretend to be members of a traveling carnival.

Moonrise Kingdom — Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Bill Murray. Suzy and Sam find love at first sight and plan to run away together, turning their tiny New England town upside down.

That’s My Boy — Directed by Sean Anders. Starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. Donny became famous as a teen for an affair with his teacher that left him with a son. After not seeing each other for years, Donny tries to reconnect with his boy when he needs financial assistance.

Chernobyl Diaries — Directed by Bradley Parker. Starring Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, and Olivia Dudley. This found footage flick follows a group of friends who visit the spooky abandoned city of Pripyat, the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

October 23

Magic Mike– Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, and Cody Horn. A professional Miami stripper takes a reckless young man under his wing and inadvertently falls for his more responsible sister.

‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ — Directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, and Denise Richards. When a Wall Street investment banker is pinned as the mastermind behind a Ponzi scheme, he and his family are relocated to Madea’s house.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, and Dominic Cooper. This revisionist tale paints one of our nation’s greatest presidents as a vampire hunter out to stop a group of the undead from destroying our country.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World — Directed by Lorene Scafaria. Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, and Martin Sheen. A man’s wife leaves him on the eve of the end of the world, so he pairs up with his flighty neighbor to reunite her with her family.

Take This Waltz — Directed by Sarah Polley. Starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby. A married woman begins an affair with her artist neighbor and re-examines her life and the meaning of love.

‘Craigslist Joe’ — Directed by Joseph Garner. Zach Galifianakis produced this documentary where a man leaves all his possessions and modern luxuries behind to see if he can rely solely on the help of people from Craigslist.

‘The Invisible War’ — Directed by Kirby Dick. This documentary examines the prevalence of rape in the US military.

October 30

Safety Not Guaranteed — Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake M. Johnson. Magazine employees set out to investigate the author of a classified ad who claims he can travel back in time.

Ruby Sparks — Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Feris. Starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Suffering through writer’s block, a young author writes the girl of his dreams into existence.

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