Please note the following:
Most new DVDs are very popular! But don't be discouraged. If you place a hold on a dvd that we own, you will get it before patrons from other libraries.
To place a hold on one of these dvds, just click on the title or the cover art. This will bring you to the catalog record for that film and you can then place your hold.
Also note: Most of our feature film dvds are widescreen editions. If you prefer full screen, you will need to go to a different record in the catalog. But remember, you only get first preference (over patrons from other libraries) on Norfolk dvds.
(Plot synopses and cast lists courtesy of Metacritic.com unless otherwise noted.)
Warner Home Video recently communicated a policy change to all product distribution channels including all wholesalers and retailers. Beginning with the release of Crazy, Stupid, Love , all libraries and video rental outlets purchasing Warner Home Video new release DVD and Blu-ray products will experience a 28-day release delay. These new "rental versions" will contain a single disc and be without bonus materials. (Statement released by our supplier on 10/18/11.)
Norfolk PL has decided to order the more popular, "in demand" Warner Brothers releases from Amazon to avoid the 4 week wait for the "rental versions" being offered by our usual supplier. There will most likely be a slight delay in processing these films, as Amazon doesn't "pre-ship" as our supplier does. Please be patient. We're doing our best to get these dvds to you as quickly as possible.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. has decided to release to wholesale outlets at the same time as retail outlets. Evidently, the above-mentioned policy didn't really work out for them. Thank you for your patience. We are now back to "normal."
New UPDATE: Universal Studios has now decided to do the same thing that Warner just STOPPED doing - hold back copies of dvds to wholesalers (i.e. our supplier) for one month after the retail copy has been released. Consequently, we will be ordering these from Amazon so that our patrons can get them closer to the actual release date.
Available April 16th
- Starring: Christoph Waltz, Don Johnson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson
Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Available April 23rd
- Starring: Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara and Jerry Wooters, who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. "Gangster Squad" is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD's efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.
- Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Oaklee Pendergast, Tom Holland
An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
(Ordered from Amazon due to Universal Pictures policy. May be a day or two late in arriving.)
Aailable April 30th
- Starring: Barry Pepper, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Kyle Chandler, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe
A neo-noir about a New York City private eye who gets pulled into a shady mayoral election.
- Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Tobey maguire
When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy's backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder.
- Starring: Adam Scott, Barbra Streisand, Kathy Najimy, Seth Rogen
An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.
- Starring: Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Stiles, Robert De Niro
Life doesn’t always go according to plan...Pat Solitanohas lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain posositive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear
in both of their lives.
Available May 7th
The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite series, FRINGE, returns for its fifth and final season to deliver a climactic conclusion.in all worlds. Picking up from events depicted in season four's flash-forward episode, the seemingly peaceful Observers seized control of our universe in 2015. Now, in 2036, they have become ruthless rulers who stand unopposed. What awaits in the future, however, is the Fringe Team's final stand, which will bring together all they have witnessed in preparation for the final battle to protect our world. Joining Fringe scientist Water Bishop, FBI agent Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop and the Fringe team is Olivia and Peter's now-grown daughter, Etta, in a final season filled with struggle, surprises, and sacrifice.
- Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Samuel West
In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Gerermany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy, Franklin’s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy – and through her, for us all – a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.
- Starring: Richard Jenkins, Rosamund Pike, Tom Cruise, Werner Herzog
When five people are shot dead, a trained military sniper becomes the primary perp. The only chance he has to clear his name rests in the hands of one man: Jack Reacher. Based on the novel "One Shot" by Lee Child.
- Starring: Isabelle Nélisse, Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier, Nikolaj Coster Waldau
Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they? (Ordered from Amazon. See note above.)
- Starring: David Lyons, Irene Ziegler, Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Mimi Kirkland
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of
Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
Available May 14th
- Starring: Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Tom Hanks
Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a story that unfolds in multiple lifetimetimes as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Each member of the ensemble cast appears in multiple roles as the story moves through time.
Coming May 21st
- Starring: Alice Englert, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons
Beautiful Creatures tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.
- Starring: Essence Atkins, Marlon Wayans
In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other "found footage" movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm and Kisha who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the houseouse that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship... or, more importantly, his sex life.
- Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, John Patrick Amedori, Johnny Knoxville
A drug cartel leader busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexico border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
- Starring: Clifton Collins Jr., Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte
Parker is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead. Determined to make sure they regrety regret it, Parker tracks them to PalmBeach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie, a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.
- Starring: Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, John Krasinski, Matt Damon
A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
- Starring: Catherine Zeta Jones, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Rooney Mara
A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
(Ordered from Amazon. See note above.)
- Starring: Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken
A pair of aging con men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment -- to kill his comrade.
- Starring: Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Rebel Wilson
High school senior Carson Phillips was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could ever offer. He was on a path to greatness, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot. Demonstrating that life is what happens while you’re busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend, and a home life that includes a mother who’s more interested in the bottle than her son’s future and an estranged father who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée.
True Blood is HBO’s sexy, scary, wildly entertaining drama series from Oscar®- and Emmy®-winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. In addition to returning cast favorites – human/faerie waitress Sookie Stackhouse, her vampire suitors Bill Compton and Eric Northman, soul-searching pal Tara, shape-shifting boss Sam, rakish brother Jason, clairvoyant Lafayette and teen-vamp Jessica – Season 5 introduces a whole new wave of otherworldly characters. There’s Vampire Guardian Roman, president of the Vampire Authority, who wants co-existence between humans and vampires; vampire zealot Salome (yes, the Salome), intent on recreating the world in God’s vampyric image; Authority Chancellor Nora, who shares the same maker as Eric; werewolves J.D. and Martha, who want a reluctant Alcide to take his
rightful place as packmaster; and many more. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, True Blood Season 5 goes deep into the battle between the Vampire Authority and “vampire fundamentalists” – a political power play whose outcome could decide not only the fate of Sookie and her Bon Temps friends, but of all human existence.
Coming May 28th
- Starring: Annie Thurman,J.K. Simmons, Jake Washburn, Josh Hamilton,, Keri Russell,
A thriller centered on an alien disguised as a human and a boy tagged for abduction.
Coming June 4th
Good Day to Die Hard
- Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney
John McClane and his son take on local forces in Russia.
Falling Skies - Season 2
Tom (Noah Wyle) returns from the alien ship but the resistance group questions who's side is he really with.
- Starring: Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, John Cho, Melissa McCarthy
When a mild-mannered businessman learns his identity has been stolen, he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief, a deceptively harmless-looking woman. (Ordered from Amazon. See note above.)
- Starring: John Malkovich, Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer
A zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims. (Ordered from Amazon. See note above.)
Coming June 11th
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
- Starring: Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Peter Stormare
Catching up with Hansel and Gretel 15 years after their incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into bounty hunters who hunt witches.
Newsroom - Season One
Aaron Sorkin's latest drama is set at a fictional cable news channel where anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) leads a group of reporters and staff striving to make a hard-hitting news program.
Oz the Great and Powerful
- Starring: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz
This is a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum, told from the point of view of the Wizard. It tells how the Wizard arrived in Oz and how he became the ruler.
- Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jon Bernthal, Rafi Gavron, Susan Sarandon
A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.
Coming June 18th
Jack the Giant Slayer
- Starring: Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci
A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.
- Starring: Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay
- Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on... and it does.…
- Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman
A teenage girl mourning the death of her father deals with an uncle who mysteriously shows up to meet the family.
Coming June 25th
- Starring: Abigail Breslin, Halle Berry, Justina Machado, Michael Imperioli, Morris Chestnut, Roma Maffia
In order to save a young girl's life, a 911 operator must confront a killer from her past.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
- Starring: Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jay Mohr, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Steve Carell
After breaking up with his longtime stage partner, a famous but jaded Vegas magician fights for relevance when a new, "hip" street magician appears on the scene.
- Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall
Adam and Eden live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Their budding but illicit romance ends when Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with her.
This web site is a real find for film buffs. You can find the name of that film you can't quite remember by searching by actor(s) or even by partial title. You can cross-reference by clicking on the actor in the cast list and find a list of all of his movies. Also listed (besides cast) are writers, directors and crew. TV shows are in the database as well. So, last week when I watched an episode of "House" and recognized 2 actors but couldn't remember from where (!) I was able to search (by season and episode list) and find the answers which would normally have either kept me up or come to me in a flash at 2 a.m. Give it a try. [Link] www.imdb.com.