July is going to be a fairly quiet month in terms of Blu-ray and DVD releases, but there are a few things to look forward to. In the last few months, we've seen superhero flicks like Deadpool, animated flicks like Kung Fu Panda 3 and cool sets like the Game of Thrones steelbooks hitting the schedule. This month, fans can check out the latest DC comics flick when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the schedule (the Digital edition came out in June). There are some other gems coming out, so be sure to check out the full list, below.
In addition, if you are looking for the June releases, head here.
I Saw The Light Blu-ray
Marc Abraham's Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light is a slow-paced look at the life and career of Hank Williams, Sr. who died at the untimely age of 29 in 1952 thanks to alcohol abuse. The movie picks up with the marriage of Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) and Audrey Sheppard (Elizabeth Olsen) and jumps right into their life together. The two leads are the big draw, here, especially Hiddleston, who picks up a southern accent and all of the interesting vocal quirks it takes to sing Hank Williams songs. The rest of the movie focuses on Audrey and Hank's frequently estranged relations, Hank's burgeoning music career, and the drunkenness that became an apparent problem for the musical icon. There's a moment when Williams is so drunk he just keeps opening the same garage door over and over and it's merely foreshadowing for what is to come. Still the spot-on performance is worth a watch and the music should keep you interested. The Blu-ray doesn't feature a slew of extras worth watching, but deleted scenes, a musical performance and two featurettes are available on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's disc. You can order your own copy here.
Other July 5 Blu-ray and DVD Releases
By The Sea
House Of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season
Code Of Honor
Only Yesterday Blu-ray
The Dark Knight Trilogy Special Edition
The Adderall Diaries
Week of July 5 Early Digital Releases
It's So Easy and Other Lies
Allegiant, the third movie based on a title in Veronica Roth's popular Divergent series, certainly is the weakest in terms of source material. While the film franchise has done a lot to take the basic concept of the novels and streamline them and make them more interesting, Allegiant faced the added challenge of having the final book split into two films. The complicated plot features Jeff Daniels in a big role and also focuses on more information about Tris and the true meaning of being divergent. Unlike Tris, Robert Schwendtke's film isn't truly exceptional, but it is serviceable in the telling of a story that fans of the books really love and as a bonus the Lionsgate Home Entertaintment Blu-ray comes with a pretty sweet holographic cover. Extras on the disc include audio commentary, but it's just from the producers so there's no real star factor. Extras to check out include "Battle in the Bullfrog" and "Allegiant: Book to Film." Order the latest in the movie franchise, here.
Week of July 12 Early Digital Releases
Outlaws & Angels (July 15)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Blu-ray
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't get the best critical reception in theaters, but its extended cut, a.k.a. the Ultimate Edition, has been getting a much better reaction from fans. The movie's R-rated violence makes the story feel more intense, but its the extra 30 minutes of content that truly improve the movie. It addresses and expands upon many plot elements that the theatrical version left hanging, like the Africa storyline and Clark Kent investigating Batman. The tone and characterizations are still the same, but if you wanted a more cohesive version of Batman v Superman, then the Ultimate Edition is definitely worth a watch. The Digital release has been available for a few weeks now, but is now available on Blu-ay with a slick set of extras, including crowd-pleasers that look at the Batmobile and Batcave. One extra, "Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants" features director Zach Snyder talking about the lead heroes and the decisions that were made while creating the film. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's set as a whole is pretty snazzy. Check it out here.
July 19 Blu-ray and DVD Releases
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition
Orphan Black: Season 4
Person of Interest: The Complete Series
Person of Interest: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
The Return of the Living Dead Collector's Edition Blu-ray
The Magicians: Season One
Bitten: The Complete First Season
The 100: The Complete Third Season DVD
The Boss, Blu-ray
Melissa McCarthy is the master at creating characters that may not always be likeable but are still sympathetic during certain circumstances. She does this extremely well in The Boss, the latest Universal Pictures Home Entertainment title that was written and directed by McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone. The premise follows McCarthy as Michelle Darnell, a former orphan who grew into a money-making mogul, although she did it without improving her people skills. Eventually, she ends up in prison for a so-stated "white collar crime" and when she gets out she decides to stay with her former employee, Claire (Kristen Bell) and Claire's daughter, Rachel (Ella Anderson). Shenanigans ensure. While formulaic and very McCarthy-esque, there are still laughs to be had in The Boss, especially when Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates show up in suprising roles. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's set is pretty standard and comes with the gag reals and deleted scenes that are typically far better with comedies than dramas. An alright alternate ending is also included. This may be one that's better as a rental than a to own, but hey, Prime Day does happen this month. Treat yourself here.
July 26 Blu-ray and DVD Releases
2016 Stanley Cup Champions
Barbershop 3: The Next Cut
Born To Be Blue
I Am Wrath
Week of July 26 Early Digital Releases