Check Out This Week’s “Colossal” New DVD and Blu-ray Releases

August comes in swinging with a jaw-dropping amount of new releases to kick off the month. In fact, there are so many new releases now available that we want to jump right in. From a wildly inventive kaiju story that deals with issues like lowered expectations and toxic masculinity to the latest season of a 1950s frontier classic TV show, here’s what titles are now available.


The hard-drinking Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is understandably shocked to learn that she’s somehow controlling a towering reptilian monster that’s been trampling Seoul. Meanwhile, friend and bar owner Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) seems to cause a giant robot to appear in the same region. Can Gloria and Oscar temper their various bad behaviors if it means saving the good people of South Korea from certain destruction? Offbeat, metaphorical sci-fi comedy also stars Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens.

Going In Style

Office buddies for their entire lives, retired Brooklyn steelworkers Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman), and Albert (Alan Arkin) found themselves financially squeezed between the gentrification of their neighborhood and the pillaging of their ex-employer’s pension fund. The fed-up oldsters elected to try and reclaim what was theirs…by staging a heist at the boss’s bank! Economic anxiety-fueled remake of the ‘79 comedy caper classic co-stars Ann-Margret, Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd.

The Circle

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) was pinching herself at having landed a job with The Circle, the Bay Area tech concern that was the force of the moment in social media. However, as she becomes fully steeped in the life-consuming corporate culture espoused by charismatic CEO Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks)–as well as integral to his global marketing of perniciously invasive technologies–the dream position stands revealed as a nightmare. Unsettling adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel co-stars John Boyega, Patton Oswalt, Bill Paxton, and Glenne Headly.


In this impressive, action-packed account of one of the most controversial public figures of the century, Gregory Peck delivers a superb performance as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur. The military maverick defies enemies in World War II, Korea, and the White House, as the film follows the outspoken MacArthur in action from the Philippines to Inchon, to the consequential remarks that that led President Truman (Ed Flanders) to force his retirement. With Russell Johnson.

The Devil’s Brigade

William Holden stars as a tough U.S. Army officer assigned to form a crack commando outfit out of a bunch of American military convicts and a well-trained Canadian unit. Despite their different backgrounds, the mismatched soldiers prove to be formidable fighting force, which earns them a dangerous mission as they’re ordered to capture a nearly inaccessible Nazi stronghold. Based on fact, this action-packed WWII epic co-stars Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards, and Carroll O’Connor.

The Lovers

Heartfelt and offbeat, this insightful comedy focuses on Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts), a long-married couple whose romantic flames haven’t been fanned in years. On the precipice of divorce, and both engaging in affairs on the side, Mary and Michael are shocked when they slowly find themselves falling back in love with one another. What does this mean for their looming breakup…and how will it affect their respective lovers (Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters)? With Tyler Ross, Jessica Sula.

Don’t Knock Twice

Troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton) has little interest in reconnecting with her estranged mother Jess (Katee Sackhoff), a sculptor and recovering drug addict who has managed to clean up her act. Chloe has a change of heart, however, when she discovers that the urban legend of a witch who appears after two knocks on the door is actually true, and she needs mom’s help to fight off the malevolent monster. Javier Botet, Nick Moran, Pooneh Hajimohammadi also star in this supernatural horror tale from the U.K.


After another day at his work grind just like all the others, depressed Manhattan lawyer Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) went home to the ‘burbs, climbed up in the attic of his detached garage…and stayed there. As his wife (Jennifer Garner) and family tried to deal with his seeming disappearance, and his retreat stretched from hours into weeks, will the life he had ever be salvageable? Distinctive drama drawn from an E.L. Doctorow short story co-stars Jason O’Mara, Beverly D’Angelo, Ian Anthony Dale.

The Drowning

After child psychologist Tom Seymour (Josh Charles) and his wife (Julia Stiles) rescue Danny Miller (Avan Jogia), an ex-convict, from drowning, Tom realizes that the man they just saved was once the 11-year-old boy he helped get convicted of murder. Even as Miller becomes obsessed with Tom, the doc begins to wonder if his evaluation was right all those years ago. John C. McGinley also stars in this moody psychological thriller, based on the novel “Border Crossing” by Pat Barker.

The Ottoman Lieutenant

In 1914, idealistic Philadelphia nurse Lillie Rowe (Hera Hilmar) was moved enough by the exploits of Christian missionary Jude Gresham (Josh Hartnett) to ferry a supply truck to his hospital in Anatolia. On reaching Constantinople, she accepts escort to the outpost from the suave Ottoman officer Ismail Veli (Michiel Huisman)–and soon finds herself torn between duty and a forbidden attraction. Lush romantic drama co-stars Ben Kingsley, Haluk Bilginer.

House on Willow Street

Four kidnappers thought they were in for a quick and easy payday when they grabbed the daughter (Carlyn Burchell) of a diamond merchant and spirited her away to an abandoned warehouse. Unfortunately, it develops that their victim is a subject of demonic possession…and they’re now the ones praying for a rescue that isn’t coming. Sanguine shocker from South Africa co-stars Sharni Vinson, Steven John Ward, Gustav Gerderner, Zino Ventura.

Daniel Boone: Season Five

Nearly a decade after “Davy Crockett,” Fess Parker donned a coonskin cap once more to play another early American hero–18th-century frontiersman and explorer Daniel Boone–in this 1964-70 NBC drama. Set in the Kentucky wilderness of the late 1700s, the series also starred Patricia Blair as Daniel’s wife, Rebecca, and tomahawk whiz Ed Ames as their Indian ally, Mingo. All 26 episodes from the series’ fifth season are included in this six-disc set.