Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of October 1, 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 The Hangover Part 3, The Purge, American Horror Story: Asylum, Pokémon X and Y, Just Dance 2014, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
The Hangover Part 3 – Honestly, I had completely forgotten The Hangover Part 3 released this year. I’m sure many other people have too. It’s not that it was a terrible film, (full review here), but it was pretty much a waste of effort. There were some interesting moments, and you could offer kudos to the fact that the Todd Phillips broke formula, but at the end of the day, it was just a very lifeless comedy. It wouldn’t be a terrible rent out of Redbox or Netflix if you’re interested to see where the Wolfpack is at these days. Check out the full list of special features on the Blu-ray:
- Replacing Zach: The Secret Auditions
- The Wolfpack’s Wildest Stunts
- Pushing The Limits: Relive the awkward moments of working with children and animals
- Inside Focus: The real chow
- Is Ken Jeong really Leslie Chow?
- Extended scenes
After Earth – Another completely forgettable film this year. Aside from the visual effects, the acting is completely wooden and the story is utterly intolerable. Many of the serious moments in After Earth that are suppose to convey a real sense of dread, tension, or drama are almost laughable at how bad they are. After Earth is final nail in the coffin of M. Night Shyamalan. A few flops can be expected from any filmmaker, but a mass majority of their latest features? Surprisingly enough, the film was able to make back its budget, and then some, thanks to foreign box office sales, but many movie goers may be too worn out with the director to attempt another go at his work. Check out the special features:
- A father’s legacy – Jaden and Will Smith on and off screen
- 1,000 in 300 seconds – on location with the cast and crew
- The nature of the future – explore the beautiful landscapes where After Earth was filmed
- Xprize After Earth challenge – the winning team’s video, with an introduction by Jaden Smith
- Alternate opening – a never-before-seen version of the film’s opening sequence, created using state-of-the-art animation
- Building a world – a glimpse into the creation of the After Earth universe
- The animatics of After Earth – never-before-seen storyboards and animatics
- Pre-visualizing the future – a next-generation approach to action sequences
Much Ado About Nothing – Here’s a little Joss Whedon picture that flew very low under the radar this summer amidst the explosions and big popcorn blockbusters. The little indie movie that could filmed for only two weeks at Whedon’s home in order to pull this project off. If you’re not a fan of Shakespeare, Much Ado can be a bit much at the beginning if one is not use to the Shakespearean dialogue. But Much Ado has great payoff for those willing to stick it out. The actors are all fantastic and having the story take place in modern times, the out of place dialogue makes this film a joy to behold. Special features included are:
- Director’s Commentary with Joss Whedon
- Commentary with Cast and Joss Whedon
- Much Ado About Making Nothing
- Bus Ado About Nothing
- “Sigh No More” Music Video
The Purge – What was a beautiful concept fell flat with in the execution. If you watched the trailer and listened to the hype leading up to The Purge, you may have gone in expecting a very different movie once the credits had rolled (fulll Review Here). There are a lot of good things about this film making it into theaters, and there are a lot of bad things to be said about how this film made it into theaters. I believe that if they let this one sit a bit longer and writer/director James DeMonaco (Jack; Skinwalkers) took his time, this could have been a very fun movie. Alas, there was no enjoyment to be had other than the broken promise of a good time. There is sadly one special feature:
- Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge“
Europa Report – With Gravity out in theaters now, it might be worth your while to check out this indie darling. If you’d like a little more sci in your fi than Europa Report is the film for you. There are a lot of unique questions that are raised on this mission to Europa, the sixth closest moon to Jupiter. When watching this movie, the situations these astronauts get themselves into keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time; but in a different way. It’s not overly exciting or full of action, but Europa Report brings a special kind of excitement that we haven’t seen in science fiction movies these days. The special features included are:
- Exploring the visual effects of Europa Report
- The musical journey of Europa Report
- Behind the scenes photo gallery
- Theatrical trailer
Television on Blu-Ray
American Horror Story: Asylum – Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy. These two men have been terrorizing audiences for quite some time. The duo that has brought us Nip/Tuck and Glee have created something disgustingly special with American Horror Story. This show is like a train wreck; there is nothing good to come out of watching it, but you can’t look away. It’s the perfect show to hate watch because it has such great ideas and concepts, but yet the show is absolutely bonkers. Watch if you dare. The special features to the complete season of Asylum includes:
- Deleted scenes
- The creatures
- The orderly
- Welcome to Briarcliff Manor
- What is American Horror Story: Asylum?
Bones: The Complete Eighth Season – I don’t get the avid fascination with procedurals, but Bones has a ton of people caught up in its “story,” whatever that may be. The special features included are:
- Bare Bones: total fandom-onium
- Commentary on select episode
- Deleted scenes
- Dying to know: Bones answers your questions!
- Gag reel
Robot Chicken: The Complete Sixth Season – The folks at Robot Chicken are doing everything right. The writing continues to be sharp and never light on content; the animation is light and fun; and the dark comedy is simply fantastic. If you’re looking for a Blu-ray set that delivers a ton of special features and behind the scenes goodies, Robot Chicken will not let you down:
- Who the F*** is Zeb featurette
- Channel Flips
- Chicken Nuggets
- Deleted Animatics
- Kirkman on Kirkman featurette
- My First Time featurette
- Our First Ladies featurette
- Post-Apolcalyptic Future of Holidays
- The Benefits of Robot Chicken
- The Dirt on Seth and Matt featurette
- The Inside Joke featurette
- The Making of Robot Chicken Season 6
- The Wilson Identity: From People to Puppets
- They Came to Play featurette
Beyond: Two Souls (Available only for PS3) – If you thought you were getting your monies worth with the Ellen Page doppleganger in The Last of Us, think again. Beyond: Two Souls actually stars Ellen Page as well as Willem Dafoe. This psychological thriller will have gamers a bit confounded in which the story is told. Developers, Quantic Dream, have chosen to tell the tale of Jodie Holmes out of chronological order, and may frustrate players who want a straightforward narrative. Luckily the incredible acting from Page makes up for any disconnect with the main character. The simplistic gameplay and weak combat is not the game’s saving grace. Moreover, the decision making mechanics are somewhat loose depending on the situation the character is put through. Beyond is compelling enough to risk a borrow from a friend or possibly a used buy.
Just Dance 2014 (Available for Wii, Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360) – With over 40 of the hottest new tracks to groove to, Just Dance 2014 will have players up and moving to the beats of Lady Gaga’s “Applause”, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, as well as One Direction’s “Kiss You.” Play On Stage mode to take on the spotlight or join a virtual multiplayer to show others around the world that you’ve got what it takes. There’s also a Just Sweat mode for anyone seeking a good workout in the comfort of their home, or you can change things up and play with the choreography for each track.
Pokémon X and Y (Available on 10/12 for Nintendo 3DS) – Pokémon fans, get ready to be thrown into a brand new region called Kalos. With all new features, Pokémasters will have a whole slew of new experience to keep them coming back for more. The all new Player Search System (PSS) will allow gamers to find others nearby playing X and Y who you can connect with to trade or battle. Don’t like leaving the comfort of your own home? Try the new Battle Spot mode or visit the Global Trade Station to trade and battle folks around the world.
Not only are there all new ways to connect with others, but there are a slew of new types of Pokémon to round up like an new Fairy-type, Sylveon. There are also Mega Pokémon to watch out for that allow regular Pokémon to temporarily Mega Evolve only during battles. In Pokémon X and Y you will find Horde Encounters, Sky Battles, and of course three new starter Pokémon: Chespin (Grass-type), Fennekin (Fire-type), and Froakie (Water-type).
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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