New DVD and Blu-ray Releases – August 2012
August has a wealth of titles hitting DVD and Blu-ray, from family-friendly titles like 'The Lorax' and 'The Hunger Games,' to darker, critically acclaimed adult fare like 'The Raid,' 'Kill List' and 'Headhunters.' Read on for this month's home video release dates.
'Blue Like Jazz' -- Directed by Steve Taylor. Starring Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde and James Marsden. A sophomore college student moves to the Pacific Northwest to escape his fundamentalist upbringing.
'The Lorax' -- Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda. Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito. This animated adaptation of one of Dr. Seuss' most beloved books follows a young boy and his adventure with The Lorax, protector of the Truffula trees.
'Kill List' -- Directed by Ben Wheatley. Starring Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring and Harry Simpson. A hitman comes out of retirement and takes a job that sends him down a dangerous rabbit hole in this surprising British thriller.
'The Raid: Redemption' -- Directed by Gareth Evans. Starring Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy. A SWAT team fights their way to the top of a massive complex filled with increasingly violent mobsters and criminals to get to the mob boss at the top.
'Snowtown' -- Directed by Justin Kurzel. Starring Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall and Louise Harris. This Australian thriller, based on true events, follows a teen who butts heads with his mom's violent boyfriend and his band of thugs.
'The Hunger Games' -- Directed by Gary Ross. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. A teenage girl takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, an annual fight to the death in this film based on the wildly successful young adult novel by Suzanne Collins.
'Bernie' -- Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. When a mortician befriends and murders a widow in a small town, he struggles to make everyone believe she's still alive.
'The Dictator' -- Directed by Larry Charles. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris and John C. Reilly. A perceived assassination sends a Middle Eastern dictator to America, where he must assimilate with the democratic population and fight to regain his authority.
'Freelancers' -- Directed by Jessy Terrero. Starring Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent. When an NYPD officer is murdered, his son joins the force and teams up with his father's former partner and a group of renegade policemen.
'A Separation' -- Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat. This film chronicles a married couple who must decide to leave the country to make life better for their child, or stay and care for a parent coping with Alzheimer's.
'Apartment 143' -- Directed by Carles Torrens. Starring Kai Lennox, Gia Mantegna and Michael O'Keefe. A team of parapsychologists investigate spooky activity in an apartment building.
'Battleship' -- Directed by Peter Berg. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna. When a naval fleet is attacked by aliens during an annual exercise off the coast of Hawaii, it's up to the brave men and women (and a wacky scientist) to save the day.
'Darling Companion' -- Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest. The story of a woman who loves her husband more than her dog -- and what happens when her husband loses the dog.
'Headhunters' -- Directed by Morten Tyldum. Starring Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Synnove Macody Lund. A headhunter gets in, well, over his head when he attempts to steal a valuable painting.
'The Lucky One' -- Directed by Scott Hicks. Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner. A marine tracks down the woman he believed saved his life during his time fighting in the war in Iraq.
'Monsieur Lazhar' -- Directed by Philippe Falardeau. Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse and Emilien Neron. An Algerian immigrant goes to work at a private school, replacing a teacher who committed suicide in her own classroom.
'The Moth Diaries' -- Directed by Mary Harron. Starring Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon and Lily Cole. Ernessa's arrival at a boarding school coincides with a string of mysterious incidents, leading Rebecca to believe the new girl is a vampire.
'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' -- Directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt. Starring Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven. A pirate sets out to take down his enemies and claim the Pirate of the Year award in this animated adventure.