Each month, movie lovers search for new DVD releases and are often offered titles that are not worth their time, so let’s take a look at DVD releases in August that are worth watching and the full list of DVD release dates. This spring and summer were full of movie blockbusters, and many of them are coming to DVD in August.
New DVD Releases in August Available Now
High Rise is currently available on DVD and is an adaptation of the classic novel by J.G. Ballard. This sci-fi drama stars Tom Hiddleston, who plays a doctor that lives in an upper-class high-tech skyscraper. Life seems perfect for the doctor at first, as he builds relationships with the building’s eccentric tenants, but the skyscraper’s flaws are soon revealed as power outages start occurring frequently and class warfare and anarchy ensue.
Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg give powerful performances in this gripping drama currently available on DVD. A widower and his children must learn to cope with new details that were revealed regarding the death of his wife, who was a war photographer.
A Hologram for the King
A Hologram for the King was a hit among critics and audiences alike. This DVD was released in early August and is a must for lovers of Tom Hanks’ movies. Rotten Tomatoes sums up the premise of this dramatic comedy available on DVD.
“Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).”
Fathers and Daughters
The first of two Russell Crowe movies featured on this list of new DVD releases, Fathers and Daughters is a powerful drama about a widowed father and famed author who retreats to a mental health center to cope with his loss. His daughter, years later, falls for an aspiring author. This movie received mixed reviews by critics, but the majority of audiences enjoyed this film. Perhaps not worth buying on DVD, it is still worth the rental cost at the local Redbox and was released on August 9.
Most film adaptations of games do not do well among moviegoers, but Angry Birds is one of the few exceptions to the rule. Although this wouldn’t be considered a blockbuster hit or the price of a theater ticket, Angry Birds is worth the price of the DVD for a family night in.
Jason Sudeikis and Danny McBride lend their voices to this animated comedy about an island entirely populated by flightless, happy birds. However, Red (Sudeikis), Chuck, and Bomb (McBride) are not happy birds and are considered outsiders. The island is visited by green pigs, and it’s up to the outsiders to find out what they are up to.
Blindspot Season 1
The first season of this popular television series is now available on DVD. Blindspot is about an unknown woman who suffers from amnesia and can’t recall why she is mysteriously covered with tattoos. The FBI comes to the realization that each tattoo is a clue to an unsolved crime.
The Nice Guys
This comedic crime drama stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and is a throwback to the buddy-comedy movies of yesteryear. The Nice Guys takes place during the 1970s in Los Angeles and centers on a private eye (Gosling) and a hired enforcer (Crowe). The duo stumbles upon a conspiracy while investigating the death of a famous porn star who supposedly committed suicide. The Nice Guys hits DVD on August 23.
This powerful nine-part miniseries is an update of the classic and is as revealing as the original. This story tells the tale of a family that tries to survive and overcome the sufferings of slavery while building a legacy. Roots arrives on DVD on August 23.
— Roots on HISTORY (@RootsSeries) July 18, 2016
Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 1
From the Evil Dead trilogy fame, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are reunited in the comedy-horror television series. The show is a sequel to the trilogy and is a hit among audiences and critics alike. The chainsaw-handed hero (Campbell) reluctantly steps up to the plate when otherworldly supernatural beings threaten mankind. Ash vs. Evil Dead is as hilarious as it is gory, and the cult classic DVD releases on August 23.
The Jungle Book
This updated Disney film is based on the classic collections of author Rudyard Kipling and the DVD releases on August 30. The official website for The Jungle Book gives the synopsis of this family adventure.
“In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mowgli, man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Scarlett Johansson.”
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