Checking through our list of films currently scheduled for release this week on DVD and/or Blu-ray disc, shown below are those that fall into the mystery, suspense, thriller and adventure categories.
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The Conspirator (2011)
In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell), 26, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.
Against the ominous backdrop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war ero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John (Johnny Simmons).
As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life. Directed by Robert Redford. (PG-13; 122 minutes)
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This post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires.
The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (PG-13; 87 minutes)
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Jane Eyre (2011)
Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Judi Dench star in this new adaptation of the Gothic romantic suspense novel by Charlotte Brontë.
When orphaned governess Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall she’s intrigued by her brooding wealthy employer Rochester (Fassbender). His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever. (PG-13, 120 minutes)