The Best DVD and Blu-Ray Releases Of 2012

Best DVD Blu of 2012

JANUARY

Project Nim (Icon Home Entertainment) [Read our full review] [Buy it on DVD]
In a Better World (Axiom) [Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray]
Boardwalk Empire – Season 1 (Warner Home Video/HBO) [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray]
Melancholia (Artificial Eye) [Read our full review] [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]
Roger Dodger (StudioCanal) [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (StudioCanal)  [Read our full review] [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]
Drive (Icon Home Entertainment) [Read our full review] [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]
The Tin Drum (Arrow) [Buy the dual format Blu-ray and DVD edition]

FEBRUARY

Tyrannosaur (Studiocanal) [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray] [Read our original review]
Tabloid (Dogwoof) [Buy on DVD] [Read our original review]
All Quiet On the Western Front (Universal Pictures) [Buy it on Blu-ray]
To Kill a Mockingbird (Universal Pictures) [Buy it on Blu-ray]
Repo Man (Eureka/Masters of Cinema) [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]
The Conformist (Arrow Video) [Buy the Dual Format DVD/Blu-ray from Amazon UK]
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye) [Buy the Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK] [Read our full review]
The Mizoguchi Collection (Artificial Eye) [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD box set]

MARCH

The Ides of March (Entertainment One) [Read our full review here] [Buy on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK]
Contagion (Warner Home Video) [Buy on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK]
Anonymous (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) [Read our full review here] [Buy on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK]
Jane Eyre (Universal Pictures) [Buy it on Blu-ray + DVD & Digital Copy] [Read our full review here]
Rabbit Proof Fence (Optimum Home Enterainment) [Buy the Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) [Buy the Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK]
Naqoyqatsi (Miramax) [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]
Moneyball (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) [Available on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon] [Read our full review here]
Take Shelter (Universal Pictures)

APRIL

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)
Dracula (Universal) [Buy the Blu-ray]
Hugo (EIV) [Read our full review] [Buy it on DVD or Blu-ray]
La Grande Illusion
 (StudioCanal) [Buy the DVD or Blu-ray]
Bad Lieutenant (Fabulous Films) [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

MAY

The Story of Film (Network) [Buy at Amazon]
Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight (Mr. Bongo) [Buy at Amazon]
Into the Abyss (Revolver)
The Jazz Baroness (3DD)
Treme: Season 2 (Warner Bros.)
Shame (Momentum) [Buy at Amazon]
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox)
The Artist (EV) [Buy at Amazon]

JUNE

Blue Velvet (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Lost Highway (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Odd Man Out (Network) [Buy at Amazon]

JULY

Chariots of Fire (Fox)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (StudioCanal) [Buy at Amazon]
Total Recall (Optimum Home Entertainment)
A Fish Called Wanda (MGM Home Entertainment) [Buy at Amazon]

AUGUST

Le Harve (Artificial Eye) [Buy at Amazon]
The Descendants (Fox) [Buy at Amazon]
Marley (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Rumble Fish (Eureka)

SEPTEMBER

Jaws (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Les Enfants Du Paradis (Second Sight) [Buy at Amazon]
All Quiet On The Western Front (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
James Bond: Bond 50 (Fox) [Buy at Amazon]
To Catch a Thief (Paramount) [Buy at Amazon]
That Obscure Object of Desire (StudioCanal) [Buy at Amazon]
The Trial (StudioCanal) [Buy at Amazon]
The Turin Horse (Artificial Eye)

OCTOBER

Lawrence of Arabia (Sony) [Buy at Amazon]
Walkabout (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Dracula (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Frankenstein (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
The Wolf Man (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry (Artificial Eye)
Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection (Paramount) [Buy at Amazon]
Shut Up and Play the Hits (Pulse Films) [Buy at Amazon]
The Curse of Frankenstein (Lionsgate UK) [Buy at Amazon]
Woody Allen: A Documentary (Soda Pictures) [Buy at Amazon]
ET – The Extra Terrestrial (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Glengarry Glen Ross (ITV DVD)
Nostalgia for the Light (New Wave Films) [Buy at Amazon]
The Company of Wolves (ITV DVD) [Buy at Amazon]
The Shawshank Redemption (ITV DVD) [Buy at Amazon]
Homeland: Season 1 (Fox) [Buy at Amazon]

NOVEMBER

Citizen Kane (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Groundhog Day (Sony) [Buy at Amazon]
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Universal) [Buy at Amazon]
Margin Call (Paramount) [Buy at Amazon]
The Man in the White Suit (Studiocanal) [Buy at Amazon]
Singin’ in the Rain (Warner Home Video) [Buy at Amazon]

DECEMBER

Following (Criterion) [Buy Region 1 Blu-ray]
Searching For Sugar Man (Studiocanal) [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray]

The Best DVD & Blu-ray Releases of 2011
> 2012 in Film

The January Catchup

January Backlog 2013

For US and UK audiences, January mostly represents a barren month where studios dump their bad films as the awards season heats up.

It can also be a strange time at the multiplex, as distributors of Oscar and BAFTA front-runners (which this year include Lincoln, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty) seek to get a publicity boost from the nominations.

Meanwhile, a film like Texas Chainsaw 3D is showing in the screen next door.

I always feel like I’m playing catchup given the end-of-year rush to get the contenders out to voters.

On the more commercial side, it is also a salutary reminder that life is too short to waste on bad films (unless there is an interesting angle) and how quickly the hoopla surrounding Best Picture fades into the ether.

At the end of every year I try to watch as many as possible in order to compile an end-of-the-year list, but for various reasons that didn’t happen in 2012 – a shame since this is probably the most interesting set of Oscar nominations in years.

However, I’ve now seen most of the awards season heavy hitters and nearly completed my annual list of the best DVD and Blu-ray discs, both of which will be posted soon.

> Oscar Nominations
> The Best DVD and Blu-rays of 2011