New DVD and Blu-ray Releases – April 2012
This month is a fantastic one for DVD and Blu-ray releases, especially for those of you still trying to catch up on those prestigious winter award nominees. If you’ve got the cash, we’ve got some suggestions.
‘Tyrannosaur’ — Directed by Paddy Considine. Starring Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, and Eddie Marsan. A self-destructive man enduring violent visions meets a young Christian shopkeeper who might be his last chance at salvation.
‘War Horse’ — Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis. This sprawling historical drama follows a young man who joins the war after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry.
‘We Bought a Zoo’ — Directed by Cameron Crowe. Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomas Haden Church. A man move his hardship-stricken family out to the country to purchase an old zoo he hopes to renovate.
‘The Darkest Hour’ — Directed by Chris Gorak. Starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, and Rachael Taylor. A group of beautiful young people band together to evade invisible, sinister alien forces in Moscow.
‘Into the Abyss’ — Directed by Werner Herzog. Acclaimed director Werner Herzog examines a death row inmate and the system that surrounds him in this harrowing documentary.
‘The Iron Lady’ — Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent. Streep conquers as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; in her twilight years she conjures the image of her deceased husband and communicates with him her struggles and reservations.
‘Sleeping Beauty’ — Directed by Julia Leigh. Starring Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, and Ewen Leslie. A young college student is drawn into a world of shady morals when she allows men to pay for the opportunity to touch (but not have sex with) her naked body while she’s placed under sedation.
‘The Divide’ — Directed by Xavier Gens. Starring Lauren German, Michael Biehn, and Milo Ventimiglia. This post-apocalyptic thriller follows a group of survivors as they mentally disintegrate in a basement in the days following a nuclear attack.
‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ — Directed by Brad Bird. Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg. When Ethan Hunt and the IMF are accused of a bombing and subsequently shut down, it’s up to Hunt and Co. to clear their names in this highly praised action sequel.
‘Shame’ — Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. A man coping with sex addiction in New York is visited by his wayward, irresponsible sister in this intense, gripping drama.
‘Contraband’ — Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi. A former criminal must obtain several million in illegal counterfeit bills to save the life of his brother-in-law.
‘The Innkeepers’ — Directed by Ti West. Starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, and Kelly McGillis. This spooky, effective slow-burn follows two friends and amateur ghost hunters working the front desk during the last weekend of business for the Yankee Pedlar Inn.
‘Let the Bullets Fly’ — Directed by Wen Jiang. Starring Yun-Fat Chow, Wen Jiang, and You Ge. Set in the 1920s in China, ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ is the story of a thief who poses as a mayor and tries to bring down the corrupt man who rules the small town.
‘Pariah’ — Directed by Dee Rees. Starring Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans. A young, homosexual teenager tries to find balance amid her chaotic life and an outlet for her repressed identity in this touching drama.