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DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: May 2016

All movies are 2015/16 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVD | Blu-ray | Both Blu-ray and DVD

Arabian Nights Trilogy

Three of the best-reviewed foreign films of 2015—Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One, Volume 2 (The Desolate One), and Volume 3 (The Enchanted One)—are compiled here into one set. Directed by Miguel Gomes (Tabu), the 382-minute trilogy uses a storytelling structure inspired by the 1001 Nights folk tales to present a variety of stories (in multiple genres, both dramatic and documentary) set in present-day Portugal.

The Club Trailers

Acclaimed director Pablo Larraín's (No) latest Spanish-language drama is set in a secluded, seaside house, home to four former priests and the woman who cares for them. Exiled from their communities as a form of punishment, the priests find their lives further upset by the visit of a Vatican emissary and a newly condemned guest.

Joy Trailers

David O. Russell’s attempt at a fourth consecutive best picture nomination (following The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) hit a slight snag: his film just wasn't very good. Joy traces three decades in the life of Miracle Mop inventor and HSN star Joy Mangano, played by (a possibly miscast) Jennifer Lawrence, and also returns other Russell regulars like Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Critics complain that, thanks to frequent shifts in tone, the film never coheres into something substantial.

Deadpool Trailers

If you find future comic book films slapped with an R rating, you'll have this massive box office hit to thank. Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld’s beloved Marvel creation Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, first appeared in a movie as a live-action character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the Merc with a Mouth's second outing here in director Tim Miller’s R-rated feature proved to be a better showcase. Deadpool managed to impress some (but not all) critics as naughty, comedic, oddball fun that mostly succeeds in deviating from the usual superhero movie formula. Contrary to early reports, this DVD/Blu-ray release does not contain a new director's cut, though its many extras do include deleted and extended scenes.

Mustang Trailers

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s directorial debut about five sisters in a village in northern Turkey won the Europa Cinemas prize in the Directors' Fortnight at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, while also collecting Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in the U.S. for best foreign-language film.

Where to Invade Next Trailers

The title of Michael Moore’s most recent documentary is misleading. It is not America’s tendency toward war that he is investigating; instead, Moore "invades" countries to steal their best ideas. He visits France and takes their school lunch and sex education programs. In Slovenia, he admires how their colleges are free, and he looks at Norway’s prison system. As with many of Moore’s films, your enjoyment might hinge on your feelings about the director and/or the upcoming election.

Theeb Trailers

Another recent Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film, this Jordanian thriller—intended as an Arabic western—follows a boy's struggle to survive in the desert during WWI and the revolt against the Ottoman Empire. First-time feature director Naji Abu Nowar enlisted mostly non-professional actors from Jordan's Bedouin community, and critics had plenty of praise for their performances, especially for the young lead, Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat.

The Witch Trailers

At Sundance a year ago, writer-director Robert Eggers won the U.S. Dramatic Competition Directing Award for this tension-filled debut feature about a Puritan family in 1630 New England who leave their community to start their own farm on the edge of a forest. When their crops fail to grow and their infant child disappears, the family members turn on each other and superstition takes hold.

How to Be Single Trailers

This middling February comedy stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Anders Holm, Damon Wayans Jr., Jason Mantzoukas, Leslie Mann, Jake Lacy, and Nicholas Braun in an adaptation of the novel of the same name (about singles living in New York City) by Liz Tucillo. Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) directs.

Zoolander 2 Trailers

Perhaps a better title would have been Zoolander 2 Little 2 Late. Ben Stiller (who also directs), Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell return for a belated sequel to the 2001 fashion world spoof Zoolander. That film had many fans, but reviewers were much less kind to the new film (finding too little of it actually funny), and it flopped at the box office.

Race Trailers

Stephan James (Selma) stars as Jesse Owens in this biopic about the legendary track and field athlete who faced off against Hitler’s dreams of Aryan superiority at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Directed by Stephen Hopkins (Lost in Space, The Reaping), the aptly titled film explores not only Owens’ skills on the track but also his ability to handle the pressures of being a black athlete in the 1930s.

Triple 9 Trailers

Director John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless) and a fairly impressive cast (Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer, Clifton Collins, Jr.) combine for a so-so cops-as-robbers saga. The title refers to a “999” or “officer down” call, a diversion the crew of cops uses to pull off the impossible heist they’ve been blackmailed into doing by the Russian mob.

View DVD releases from previous months, or take a look at the latest titles just added to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

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