Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of September 24, 2013. Each week we run down new releases in movies, television series, and video games that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. On shelves this week, you can find titles such as Iron Man 3, The Kings of Summer, V/H/S/2, Hannibal Season 1, Modern Family Season 4, FIFA 14, and More. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
Iron Man 3 – A very controversial superhero film of the post-Avengers era (full review here), Iron Man 3 split many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans down the middle. Although the action was pretty spectacular and the effects superb as ever, some folks had a hard time choking down the villains and minor plot holes. I certainly felt that it was worth a trip to the theaters to kick-off the Summer – see a full review of Iron Man 3 here – but it honestly isn’t a film that has stuck with me down the road. Iron Man 3 isn’t terrible or even bad, and it is far superior to Iron Man 2, but there is a level of oomph missing that made The Avengers and the first Iron Man so special. Perhaps the special features can make up for some of the films minor downfalls:
- Marvel One –Shot: “Agent Carter” – A special Marvel short film on Peggy Carter
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Audio Commentary
- “Iron Man 3 Unmasked”
- “Deconstructing the Scene: Attack on Air Force One”
- “Exclusive Behind The Scenes Look- Thor: The Dark World”
The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition – For a cool $100, contained within this ultimate trilogy set are some pretty hefty collector items, such as a 48-page hardcover book full of production stills and behind the scenes imagery, Mondo art cards, and special commentary from Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner. There is also a full retrospective, “The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy,” that covers the vast stories behind the making of the Nolan trilogy, with exclusive interviews from Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.
V/H/S/2 – There are many horror films I consume every year, but V/H/S/2, in particular, was at the top of my must see list. Having admired V/H/S for its bold, creative efforts in a time where horror has been stagnant, the film has been a disturbing and memorable addition to the genre. V/H/S/2 is no different, if not better than the first. All of the new stories within this anthology are more horrifying than their predecessors. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is filled to the brim with special features, but if you’re a true horror fan you will get the BD/DVD/VHS combo pack to watch V/H/S/2 in the format it was meant for. The special features include:
- Tape 49 Rewind
- Dissecting Phase I Clinical Trials
- Inside Safe Haven
- Slumber Party Alien Abduction: Behind the Lights
- A Ride in the Park: I Dare You
- AXS TV: A Look at V/H/S/2
- Behind the Scenes Photo Galleries
- Filmmaker Commentary
- Theatrical Trailers
The Kings of Summer – The Kings of Summer is the first of four wonderfully delightful coming of age stories to be released this year. I came into Kings with no expectations whatsoever and I walked away feeling overly satisfied. Kings has the right amount of comedy to balance out the teenage angst and drama. The actors are simply fun to watch; you couldn’t ask for a more likable cast. The Blu-ray hosts a slew of great special features that go beyond commentary from the cast, which justifies this film as a solid buy.
Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition – Just in time for October, you can get John Carpenter’s horror classic with all new audio commentary and a special featurette that looks back, on location, of where it all began. Halloween is the quintessential horror film that started the revolution of American slasher films.
Room 237 – I’ve heard interesting things about this conspiracy theory documentary, but nothing all too positive. It would be an interesting rent, but not something I could recommend based on the negative feedback it has received.
I Spit On Your Grave 2 – Was any really asking for a sequel to this?
Hannibal: The Complete First Season – Dr. Lecter made his small screen debut on NBC to much of the delight of TV addicts everywhere. Talk about this series could heard minimally, but those who did were favorable toward it. And it also helps that Mads Mikkelsen plays the infamous serial killer very well from what I’m told. Special features include:
- Audio Commentaries for specific episodes
- “Hannibal Reborn”
- “A Taste for Killing”
- “A Symphony for the Slaughter”
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scenes (across multiple discs)
Modern Family: The Complete Fourth Season – I have yet to sit down and watch this show. It keeps winning award, but all this time, something tells me that it doesn’t quite deserve all of the praise it has been getting. Am I wrong to assume?
South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season – Can you believe we are going into a seventeenth season this week?
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series – I’m sure all Whovians had their sonic screwdrivers ready in anticipation for this release.
FIFA 14 – Soccer
futbol fans everywhere are always excited for the latest game to come out of the FIFA series, and FIFA 14 doesn’t look to change players’ minds. Fans will get to experience a new feature called “Pure Shot” and a brand-new ball physics system that will transform shooting, For those looking for engaging online play, there are new features and live services that connect fans to the sport and to each other through EA SPORTS Football Club.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – If you wanted to experience the new Fox Engine that is going into Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, then you might want to check out PES 2014. Along with the revolutionary Fox Engine, PES 2014 includes six new key features: TrueBall Tech, Motion Animation Stability System, Heart – each player in the game now employs mental attributes, PES ID, Team Play, and The Core.
What are you taking home this week?
Check out previous installments of Now Available To Own to see what you’ve been missing out on.
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