New DVD and Blu-ray Releases: August 2015
There’s plenty of great stuff to see at the theater next month, but if you’re looking to stay in (and avoid the dreadful heat), there are also a bunch of great titles hitting DVD and Blu-ray. A handful of major releases you may have missed, as well as acclaimed indies, comedies and a couple of horror flicks are hitting shelves in August, giving you plenty to choose from. Read on for our guide to August’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Far From the Madding Crowd: Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen. In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Insurgent: Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort. Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
True Story: Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones. When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo — who has taken on Finkel’s identity — his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.
Child 44: Starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace. A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
A Little Chaos: Starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Mathias Schoenaerts. Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles.
Adult Beginners: Starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale. When a narcissistic entrepreneur’s business fails at launch time, he heads back home to stay with his sister and get his life in order.
The Salvation: Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Eric Cantona. In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family’s murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.
The Dead Lands: Starring James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare and Te Kohe Tuhaka. After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father’s murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.
Barely Lethal: Starring Jaime King, Samuel L. Jackson and Madeleine Stack. A teenage special ops agent coveting a “normal” adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.
Burying the Ex: Starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario. A guy’s regrets over moving in with his girlfriend are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie.
Jackie and Ryan: Starring Katherine Heigl, Ben Barnes and Clea DuVall. A modern day train hopper fighting to become a successful musician, and a single mom battling to maintain custody of her daughter, defy their circumstances by coming together in a relationship that may change each others lives forever.
Madame Bovary: Starring Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller and Paul Giamatti. The beautiful wife of a small-town doctor engages in extramarital love affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
Ride: Starring Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson. A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
Every Secret Thing: Starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning. A detective looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant’s death.
Hot Pursuit: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara and Robert Kazinsky. An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.
Unfriended: Starring Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer and Courtney Halverson. A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
Little Boy: Starring Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson and David Henrie. An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
5 to 7: Starring Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe and Olivia Thirlby. An aspiring novelist enters into a relationship with a woman, though there’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening.
Lambert and Stamp: A documentary that reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who.
Strangerland: Starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes. A family finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumors of their past.
The Riot Club: Starring Sam Claflin, Max Irons and Douglas Booth. Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
Aloha: Starring Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams. A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watch-dog assigned to him.
Citizenfour: A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
Two Days, One Night: Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Catherine Salee. Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Big Game: Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila and Ray Stevenson. A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite.
Skin Trade: Starring Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman. After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests, NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters: Starring Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall and Tamara Taylor. In an alternate universe, very different versions of DC’s Trinity fight against the government after they are framed for an embassy bombing.
Lila and Eve: Starring Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis and Aml Ameen. Two distraught mothers, whose children were gunned down in a drive-by, team up to avenge their deaths after local authorities fail to take action.
October Gale: Starring Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman and Tim Roth. A doctor takes in a mysterious man who washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound. Quickly they both learn the killer has arrived to finish the job, while a storm has cut them off from the mainland.
The Runner: Starring Nicholas Cage, Sarah Paulson and Connie Nielsen. In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.