Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of October 15, 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 Pacific Rim, The Heat, Vikings Season 1, Rocksmith 2014, LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
Pacific Rim (Also available in 3D BD) – From the depths of the mind behind Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy saga comes Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. What was a rock ’em sock ’em adventure on the big screen has now become available to own, which could hurt the viewing experience (watch the trailer here). Pacific Rim is a large and in charge, special effects thrill ride that benefited from the theater going experience. Viewing it on a TV definitely handicaps the energy of the movie, but it’s still a gas to enjoy if you haven’t seen it yet. Pacific Rim isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch, but it is far from a bore. And since this has been del Toro’s baby for quite some time, there are plenty of special features for consumers to set their sights on:
- Audio Commentary
- Focus Points – 13 featurettes exploring different aspects of the film, including the Kaiju, robot design, inside the drift, and more
- The Director’s Notebook
- The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
- The Shatterdome
- Deleted Scenes
- Drift Space
- Blooper Reel
The Heat – One of the breakout comedies of the summer, The Heat benefited from a solid casting job. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy start off rocky, but their onscreen chemistry builds much like their character’s relationship in the film. However, the story suffers from stereotypical procedural shlock that never elevates the movie into something unique or enjoyable to watch. The Heat could be meant for a nice rent on a cold, rainy night, but I wouldn’t go so far as to purchase just yet. The only thing I would be interested in would be the MST3K commentary. Check out the rest of the special features below:
- 5 commentaries including Paul Feig and Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Acting master class
- Deleted, alternate & extended scenes
- Mullins family fun
- Von bloopers
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain – Kevin Hart decided it best to document his stand-up during his 2012 ten-country, 80-city tour. For fans of the actor/comedian, Let Me Explain is a great look into the life of Kevin Hart, but as a story or documentary, there isn’t much to gain out of watching it. There are a handful of good special features, but nothing to convince me to say this is a strong buy or rent. Maybe if it pops up on Netflix I’d give it a shot.
- Let Me Explain theme song video “The Narcissist” featuring American Antagon1st
- Let Me Explain title song video featuring Snoop Dogg, Method Mad, Erick Sermon and RL
- “Pop Off” music video by Doeshun featuring Ray Ray & Rick
- “Backstage Pass” behind-the-scenes featurette
- “No No No, Let Us Explain” featurette
Maniac – Someone let Frodo out of the Shire and now he’s on a killing spree. From the writer of such classic horrors as The Hills Have Eyes remake and High Tension comes a very twisted indie horror about a sadistic mannequin shop keeper (Elijah Wood). I haven’t seen this yet myself, but it has been on my “must watch” list based on all of the fantastic buzz. This is definitely worth the rent for those in the mood for some good horror this October. Special features include:
- The making of Maniac documentary
- Commentary with star Elijah Wood, director Franck Khalfoun, and executive producer Alix Taylor
- Deleted scenes
- Poster gallery
Television on Blu-Ray
Defiance: The Complete First Season – I’m not so sure how Defiance will do on home video because it is part of a bigger picture, but perhaps the filmmakers have developed a fun way for gamers to interact with it as well, just like the show. I haven’t really heard anything good or bad about the series, but it’s not something that has been drawing much of a crowd to begin with. Special features include:
- Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution
- Behind the Scenes with Jesse Rath
- Making Defiance
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
Star Wars: Clone Wars: The Complete Fifth Season – It’s good to see something out of the Star Wars universe getting some positive vibes. Season 6 is complete, with season 7 in the works. Now would be a good time to catch up with all 108 episodes before it’s completely overrun with 40 or so more episodes coming. There’s only been good buzz coming to my ears surrounding the show. Now if only the live action prequels could have been this good. Special features include:
- 20 adventure-packed episodes
- Exclusive to Blu-ray for a limited time: Jedi Temple Archives: extensive database of early test animation, concept art and 3D turnarounds
- Video commentary on each episode
Vikings: The Complete First Season – History Channel is really making an effort to ensure its viewers receive the truth. I’m no expert of Norse men battling to the death, but I’m sure they’re missing dragons on this show. Special features include:
- Includes 9 episodes with extended and alternate scenes.
- The Armory Of Vikings – an interactive feature that allows viewers to learn more about the history and legacy of Vikings armory and weapons.
- Conquest and Discover: The Journey Of The Vikings – an interactive feature that allows viewers to learn more about the locations and places Ragnar traveled to in his journey through Season One
- Warrior Society: Viking Culture & Law – featurette that takes a closer look inside the fascinating system of laws, practices and rules employed by Vikings.
- Birth Of The Vikings: featurette that provides an all-access look at the creation of VIKINGS.
- Forging The Viking Army: Warfare And Tactics – featurette that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process of casting and creating the epic battle scenes of Vikings
- Deleted Scenes
- Commentary from Michael Hirst
LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes (Available on 10/22 for all platforms) – Become your favorite Marvel super hero in LEGO form! With more than 100 characters from the Marvel universe, there’s no end to the fun. LEGO: MSH includes the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine and The Hulk. I remember playing one of the first LEGO games for the PC where you were some sort of detective, and now everyone seems to love these LEGO games. They’ve gotten nothing but solid street cred in my book. I think this would be worth the look into if they follow the story cannon well. Players will go to locations such as New York City, Stark Tower, Asteroid M, an abandoned Hydra Base, the X-Mansion, and Asgard. You’ll also have the chance to create the super hero of your dreams with customizable characters
Rocksmith 2014 (Available on 10/22 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC) – Coming with the game version with no cable for $59.99, the cable included version for $79.99, or the full bundle with guitar for $199.99 Rocksmith 2014 has you covered. Rocksmith has been overhauled and re-imagined featuring new menus and in-game interfaces for a better learning experience. Gamers will receive feedback and play along with more than 50 hit tracks. The 2014 Edition is backward compatible with songs from the original too. Master mode has been altered to give users the chance to learn songs by memory more easily; Guitarcade has more than 10 mini games to help excel your skills; and Session mode gives you the full band experience.
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.
Find me on the Twitter @TyRawrrnosaurus