Thursday, January 16 2014, 10:03 AM MST
New Release DVD and Blu-ray for January 14, 2014
(KUTV) It's a massive release week with a mix of award hopefuls, blockbusters and a few oddities thrown in for the hardcore fanatics. Critically acclaimed titles due out this week include director James Ponsoldt's adaptation of Tim Tharp's coming-of-age novel The Spectacular Now starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini romantic comedy Enough Said, SXSW drama Short Term 12 featuring Brie Larsons breakout performance as a supervisor at a teenager foster-care facility, director Ryan Coogler's excellent feature-length debut Fruitvale Station, a film based on an incident where a young man was killed by a BART police officer in 2009 and Lee Daniels' The Butler starring Forest Whitaker as long-time White House butler Cecil Gaines and Oprah Winfrey as his wife.
Beyond the Oscar hopefuls are Riddick, the third live-action entry in The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel as a murderous mercenary with a heroic streak and the not-really-a-comedy A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) starring Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch among others.
Horror fans have Kimberly Peirce's Carrie remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the tormented titular character, Adam Wingards festival favorite You're Next and the New Zealand cannibal comedy Fresh Meat to sink their teeth into.
Elsewhere is Cohen Media Group's release of the acclaimed Italian drama Terraferma, Dennis Lliadis' highly original doppelganger party flick 1 (Plus One) and a pair of BBC titles in Top Gear 20 and Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2001.
It's also a rich week for those looking for documentaries as the critically acclaimed 20 Feet from Stardom makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray almost exactly a year after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival. Also this week Josh Fox's releases Gasland II, a follow up to his 2010 natural gas fracking documentary, Our Nixon, a documentary made up of Nixon's home movies and the eye opening How to Make Money Selling Drugs.
Older films getting Blu-ray releases include 1985's A Chorus Line starring Michael Douglas, 1927s Academy Award winning Sunrise, Michael Manns neo-noir Thief starring James Caan and 1955's French noir classic Rififi.
By Ryan Painter
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