Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases (8/05/14)

The first weekend of August isn't a bad weekend, at least in terms of box office Tnumbers. Divergent earned $150 million domestically, but wasn't able to win over critics. The only wide release coming out this week that earned good reviews was Oculus, but its reviews were much better than its box office numbers were. Here is Blu-ray and DVD Releases for August 5th, 2014.

New Blu-Ray/DVD Releases

Blu-ray Release for first week of August, 2014

I'll Follow You Down Blu-ray

A mystery that essentially announced the return of Haley Joel Osment to screens (he'll next be seen in a month and change in Kevin Smith's body horror indie Tusk), I haven't seen the product, so I can't vouch for it one way or another. If you're interested, I know you can do worse, so there's that.

12 O'Clock Boys Blu-ray

I can't say that I was aware of this documentary's existence prior to sitting down to write this column, if we're being honest. I'm sure it's solid enough, but I have no way to know for sure. You're on your own here kids with this one.

The Full Monty Blu-ray

A box office hit when it landed in theaters in 1997, director Peter Cattaneo's heartfelt comedy follows a group of six unemployed men who decide that they can each make a living as strippers. The film lands on Blu-ray for the first time with lots of special features, including two commentary tracks, deleted scenes and a retrospective look back at the film's impact over the last two decades.

The Man who Knew Too Little Blu-ray

Bill Murray is a hapless Blockbuster Video employee who, although he believes he's playing along to an interactive murder mystery game, is actually caught up in a diabolical plot involving a high-level political assassination. An underappreciated comedy gem, the film hits Blu-ray this week for the first time.

Need for Speed Blu-ray

Act of Valor helmer Scott Waugh brings the hit video game franchise to life with "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul behind the wheel in a race where the stakes mean absolutely everything. Paul and Waugh re-team for a new audio commentary track, which is accompanied by a variety of featurettes and deleted scenes. If you missed them when the film hit theaters, you can get it in Blu-ray disc now.

DVD Release for first week of August, 2014

Divergent DVD

Shailene Woodley stars in this adaptation of a dystopian Young Adult novel. After the success of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate upped the production budget for this film and it paid off, more or less. The reviews were mixed, but it earned $150 million domestically and $267 million worldwide.

Community: Season Five DVD

I'm still waiting for the screener for this release. I hear the dream of Six Seasons and a Movie isn't yet dead, so fans should be happy.

Oculus DVD

The best-reviewed wide release on this week's list. Unfortunately, it earned less than $30 million at the box office. Extras on the Blu-ray include an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, making of featurette, and the original short film it is based on. If you are a fan of the genre, it is worth picking up.

God's Not Dead DVD

A faith-based film that is clearly aimed at the choir and no one else. This led to a surprisingly strong box office, but terrible reviews. You are either in the target audience and don't care what I think, or you are not in the target audience and you've already moved onto the next release.

Ping Pong Summer DVD

A limited release that earned mixed reviews and opened below the Mendoza Line. Normally I wouldn't have mentioned it, but it is a slow week. Extras include an audio commentary track and a making of featurette, which is fine for this type of release.

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See also: Blu-ray Movies Released This Week | July 22, 2014