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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — July 2013

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Feeling the heat outside this summer? You’re about to feel the heat in your wallet, too — we’ve got a breakdown of new movie releases hitting DVD and Blu-ray this July. Read on to see what you might want to add to your shopping list this month.

July 2

‘The House I Live In’ – Directed by Eugene Jarecki. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, here’s a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of US drug policy.

‘Venus and Serena’ – Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they’ve provoked strong reactions — from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment.

‘Tai Chi Hero’ – Directed by Stephen Fung. Starring Yuan Xiaochao, Qi Shu and Tony Leung Ka Fai. A steampunk martial arts film about the early years of Tai Chi master Yang Luchan, who founded what is now known as the most popular Tai Chi fighting style in the world.

‘Tower Block’ – Directed by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson. Starring Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell and Ralph Brown. Several months after witnessing a murder, residents of Tower Block 31 find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be alive into a battle for survival.

July 9

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor‘ – Directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams and Kim Kardashian. An ambitious married woman’s temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal and recklessness, forever altering the course of her life.

The Host‘ – Directed by Andrew Niccol. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Max Irons. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by possessing humans and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Admission‘ – Directed by Paul Weitz. Starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Wallace Shawn. A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound, alternative-school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

Spring Breakers‘ – Directed by Harmony Korine. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez. Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their Spring Break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

Dead Man Down‘ – Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Starring Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard. In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by a woman seeking retribution.

‘Would You Rather’ – Directed by David Guy Levy. Starring Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs and Sasha Grey. Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

July 16

42‘ – Directed by Brian Helgeland. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Nicole Beharie. The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

Evil Dead‘ – Directed by Fede Alvarez. Starring Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci and Shiloh Fernandez. Five friends head to a remote cabin where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.

Bullet to the Head‘ – Directed by Walter Hill. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa and Sung Kang. After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

The End of Love‘ – Directed by Mark Webber. Starring Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon and Alia Shawkat. When the mother of his infant son unexpectedly passes away, struggling actor Mark grapples with fatherhood and his inability to grow up. And when he sparks with a single mother, he learns how his choices have real-life consequences.

July 23

Trance‘ – Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting.

‘Ginger and Rosa’ – Directed by Sally Potter. Starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert and Christina Hendricks. A look at the lives of two teenage girls – inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa — growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event the comes to redefine their relationship.

‘Starbuck’ – Directed by Ken Scott. Starring Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton and Antoine Bertrand. As his lover announces her pregnancy, a 40-something slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class-action lawsuit against him, their biological father.

‘Graceland’ – Directed by Ron Morales. Starring Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias and Dido De La Paz. When a kidnapping goes wrong, a desperate father risks everything to save his daughter from the men who hold her captive.

‘Kiss of the Damned’ – Directed by Xan Cassavetes. Starring Josephine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia and Roxane Mesquida. The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

‘Pieta’ – Directed by Kim Ki-duk. Starring Min-soo Jo, Jeong-jin Lee and Ki-hong Woo. A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

‘Welcome to the Punch’ – Directed by Eran Creevy. Starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough. Ex-criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives his nemesis, detective Max Lewinsky, one last chance to catch the man he’s always been after.

‘Vehicle 19′ – Directed by Mukunda Michael Dewil. Starring Paul Walker, Naima McLean and Gys de Villiers. A foreign traveler (Walker) unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.

July 30

G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘ – Directed by Jon M. Chu. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki. The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

‘Assault on Wall Street’ – Directed by Uwe Boll. Starring Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk and Edward Furlong. Jim is an average New Yorker living a peaceful life with a well-paying job and a loving family. Suddenly, everything changes when the economy crashes, causing Jim to lose everything. Filled with anger and rage, Jim snaps and goes to extreme lengths to seek revenge for the life taken from him.

‘Black Rock’ – Directed by Katie Aselton. Starring Katie Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth. Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.

‘Flying Lessons’ – Directed by Derek Magyar. Starring Maggie Grace, Cary Elwes and Nikki Deloach. With her life at a crossroads, 25-year-old Sophie Conway returns home to the small town she always wanted to forget. Once home, she is faced with the friends and lovers she left behind, a tangled relationship with her Mother, and Harry Pleasant, an Alzheimer’s Disease patient who, in an opposing way, shares Sophie’s struggle to remember.

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