Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of October 22, 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 Conjuring, Before Midnight, Nikita Season 3, Batman: Arkham Origins, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
The Conjuring – Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. This will go down as one of the most terrifying films of the decade, perhaps even of all time. James Wan has perfected his craft of chills and thrills with The Conjuring. The Aussie-born filmmaker has come along way since his $1 million smash genre-defying, Saw. If you’re looking for sheer terror this Halloween season, look no further. (If you’d like to win a free copy of The Conjuring on Blu-ray, enter our giveaway!) Despite the minimal extras on the Blu-ray, they seem to be very hefty in substance. Any horror fan would find these special features to be very worthwhile:
- A life in demonology – the real demonologist and paranormal experts from The Conjuring take you inside their life’s work and into their personal occult cellar, where they keep haunted and unholy relics from their many cases
- Scaring the “@$*%: out of you – director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) welcomes you into his world and gives an inside look at the secrets that scare the “@$*%” out of moviegoers time and time again
- The Conjuring: face-to-face with terror – relive the real-life horror as the Perron family comes together to reflect back on the farmhouse they shared with diaboloical spirits for nearly a decade
The Internship – Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. Not much can be said about The Internship, it’s practically forgettable. It’s not a very good movie, but it’s not a very terrible movie either. It’s just kind of there with its very cliché tropes and familiar comedic beats (read the full TTRC review here). Even the special features are very minimal and uninspiring:
- Unrated version
- Audio commentary with director Shawn Levy
- Deleted scenes
- Any given Monday
The Way Way Back – Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. The second of four big dramatic, coming of age films of the year. TWWB is filled with great comedy, touching character moments, and great acting by the young lead (Liam James) and Sam Rockwell. From the Oscar winning duo that wrote The Descendants, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash create a fairly decent film for their debut as directors. Despite the characters needing a little more background and depth, the overall film works very well for what it is trying to accomplish. Special features include:
- Behind-the-scenes featurettes: Tour of the water park, the filmmakers: Jim and Nat
- Deleted scenes
- Ensemble featurette
- More laughs with the hilarious cast and filmmakers in The Making of The Way, Way Back
Before Midnight – We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy is one of the most emotionally engaging and character driven series of films you will ever see. Period. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are once again utterly fantastic as Celine and Jesse. Even as we come into the third film of the series, there just isn’t enough time spent with these characters because of how invested you are in them. By the end you’ll be begging for more just like the end of its predecessors. Before Midnight is incredibly captivating and one of the most honest depictions of a “relationship” you can find on film. This is also the first movie of the series to come out on Blu-ray. Special features includes:
- Commentary with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater
- Revisiting Jesse & Céline
- Q&A with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy And Richard Linklater
Only God Forgives – Julian (Ryan Gosling), a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death. Although very beautiful and visually interesting to watch, Only God Forgives is a slog of a film. Sorry Baby Goose, they all can’t be winners. Special features includes:
- Behind the scenes
- Director interviews
- Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Nicolas Winding Refn
- The music of Only God Forgives with Cliff Martinez
Television on Blu-Ray
Nikita: The Complete Third Season – There must be something compelling and unique about this remake/adaptation that is driving this series into a fourth season. I think Maggie Q is great, and Lyndsey Fonseca adorable, but there must be a pretty interesting story to have a show that doesn’t have too much buzz continue on for this long. The extras on these discs is very, very minimal:
- Gag reel
- Unaired scenes
Batman: Arkham Origins (Available on 10/25 on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC) – Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the Arkham Origins showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged. Many gamers were scared stiff at the thought of another Arkham game without Rocksteady Studios. But Origins is coming out whether you like it or not. And I gotta say, playing the game at Comic-Con cleared all doubts. The game feels exactly the same with great new features. I’m really excited for the storyline to unfold and can’t wait to see what the full game has in store.
Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (Available on 10/25 for PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS) – As an official sequel, Blackgate is the immediate followup to the story arc completed with Arkham Origins. It’s a pretty unique and interesting concept to throw at gamers who may not have a Vita or 3DS. It’s great incentive to buy one of them if you loved the story line of Origins and want to continue playing in the world.
What will you be 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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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com