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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases – April 2012

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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.

April 3

‘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.

April 10

‘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.

April 17

‘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.

April 24

‘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.

‘Return’ — Directed by Liza Johnson. Starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery.

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