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DVD / Blu-ray New Releases: August 20, 2013: KILLING SEASON, AMOUR

Robert DeNiro Killing Season

The latest Robert DeNiro vehicle will street today. Director Mark Steven Johnson’s Killing Season (2013) showcases DeNiro as a Bosnian war vet living a reclusive life off the grid who is seemingly-serendipitously visited by a Serbian traveler (John Travolta). He and the traveler hit it off trading stories and bonding over hunting until it is revealed the visitor is there to kill him to avenge the deaths of his friends at the vet’s hands several decades ago. A game of cat and mouse ensues in this taut psychological thriller.  Killing Season is available on DVD and Blu-ray for $29.99.

Michael Haneke’s award-winning drama Amour releases today. The film stars Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant as an elderly couple who must cope with the sudden decline in health of one while maintaining their long and loving marriage. Riva, at age 85, has the distinction of being the oldest person ever nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. The film won the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards as well as the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won awards at the British Academy Film Awards, the European Film Awards, the National Society of Film Critics, and the Cesar Awards. Amour is available on Blu-ray for $35.99 and DVD for $30.99.

HBO Home Entertainment releases season three of its hit mob series Boardwalk Empire today. Following in the footsteps of the acclaimed series The Sopranos, this series is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and stars Sopranos actor Terence Winter as well as Steve Buscemi, Dabney Coleman, and Gretchen Mol. The season is available as a seven-disc Blu-ray set for $79.98 SRP or a five-disc DVD set for $59.99.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Epic (2013) hits the shelves today. The animated adaptation of William Joyce’s The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs follows the story of a little girl who discovers a world of forest creatures. This light family fare hails from Ice Age creator Chris Wedge and features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, and Beyonce Knowles. The film aims to be accessible with subtitles in the standard English SDH, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, as well as Slovak, Slovenian, Czech, and Croatian. Epic is available as a three-disc 3D Blu-ray combo pack for $49.99, a standard two-disc Blu-ray combo pack with Digital Copy for $39.99, or a single-disc DVD for $29.98.

Other Notable New Releases Include:

Floating City (2012)

Flight (2012) (Blu-ray)

Standing Up (2013)

Scary Movie 5

Enterprise: Season Two

Red Balls (2013) (Special Blu-ray Edition)

Rapture-Palooza (2013)

Being Human: Season Five (2013)

Santana and McLaughlin Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux 2011 (2013)

Sunrise Earth: National Parks  (2013)

National Geographic Movie Collection: Wildest Weather, Flying Monsters, Sea Monsters, Lewis & Clark, and Forces of Nature (2013) (Blu-ray)

Shadow Dancer (2012)

No One Lives (2012)

No Place on Earth (2012)

Evidence (2013)

Graham Parker & The Rumor: This is Live (2012)

Return to Neverland: Peter Pan 2 (Limited Edition)

Scooby Doo! Stage Fright

Legend of the Legendary Heroes: Complete Series (2010-2011)

The Dragon Pearl (2011)

The Tailor of Panama (2001)

88 Minutes (2007)

The Life of Muhammad (2010)

Raymond Did It (2011) (Blu-ray)

X-Ray/Schizoid (1980/1982)

The Unseen (1980) (Blu-ray)

Charulata (1964) (Blu-ray)

The Big City (1963) (Blu-ray)

On the Double (1961) (Blu-ray)

Off Limits (1953) (Blu-ray)

Knock on Wood (1953) (Blu-ray)

My Favorite Spy (1951) (Blu-ray)

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