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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — October 2013

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Ready your wallets, we’ve got a whole new batch of great flicks headed to DVD and Blu-ray in October 2013. Some of the year’s best titles and biggest surprises (so far) are hitting the shelves, whether you’re in the mood for apocalypse shenanigans (or you want to cancel the apocalypse), some spooky business, or laughing along with a pair of mismatched lady cops. Read on for our guide to the new DVD and Blu-ray releases coming out this month.

October 1

The Croods‘ – Directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders. Starring Emma Stone, Nicholas Cage and Ryan Reynolds. After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

This Is the End‘ – Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Starring Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson. While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.

‘The Frozen Ground’ – Starring Nicholas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens. An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

October 8

The Hangover Part III‘ – Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam.

The Purge‘ – Directed by James DeMonaco. Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey and Max Burkholder. A family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during “The Purge,” a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.

After Earth‘ – Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith and David Denman. A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.

Much Ado About Nothing‘ – Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and Fran Kranz. A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

‘Europa Report’ – Directed by Sebastian Cordero. Starring Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist and Christian Camargo. An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon.

‘Stuck in Love’ – Directed by Josh Boone. Starring Lily Collins, Logan Lerman and Kristen Bell. An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.

‘Curse of Chucky’ – Directed by Don Mancini. Starring Danielle Bisutti, Brad Dourif and Fiona Dourif. After her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll with which her visiting niece has been playing may be the key to recent bloodshed and chaos.

‘The Lifeguard’ – Directed by Liz W. Garcia. Starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer and Martin Starr. A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager.

October 15

The Heat – Directed by Paul Feig. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock and Marlon Wayans. An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord.

Pacific Rim‘ – Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba and Charlie Day. As a war wages between humankind and monstrous sea creatures, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’ – Directed by Leslie Small and Tim Story. Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 ‘Let Me Explain’ concert tour.

‘Plush’ – Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Starring Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet and Xavier Samuel. A young singer/songwriter, despite being married, becomes involved with her new guitarist, who she soon discovers has a dark past and may be a danger to her and those close to her.

October 22

The Conjuring‘ – Directed by James Wan. Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

The Internship‘ – Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rose Byrne. Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.

The Way, Way Back‘ – Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Sam Rockwell and Liam James. Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and her boyfriend’s daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Before Midnight‘ – Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

Only God Forgives‘ – Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn. Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm. Julian, a drug smuggler thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death.

I Give it a Year‘ – Directed by Dan Mazer. Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall and Anna Faris. Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren’t convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last?

October 29

Monsters University‘ – Directed by Don Scanlon. Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends.

R.I.P.D.‘ – Directed by Robert Schwentke. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Mary-Louise Parker. A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

Byzantium‘ – Directed by Neil Jordan. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Sam Riley. Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

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