Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of November 12, 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. Not only that, we provide insights on some of the best deals on the Internets to keep your credit card from crying. On shelves this week, you can find titles such as Man of Steel, Turbo, Dexter, and the debut of the PlayStation 4. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
Man of Steel – A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.
The newly envisioned DC Cinematic Universe got off to a decent start this summer with Man of Steel. Many fans still had a bad taste of Superman Returns in their minds, but luckily Zack Snyder and friends were able to churn out a thrilling, action packed re-introduction of the Big Blue Boy Scout (Full movie review here). Seeing Henry Cavill don the famous blue and red tights on the big screen made for a truly epic experience. So how does it compare on the small screen? Very well. The Blu-ray conversion is very crisp and feels just as big as it did in theaters. All of the special features offer tons of interesting tidbits that explore in great detail what went into the reboot of Superman. They include:
- Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel
- Watch the movie with Zack Snyder as he shares the incredible journey to reimagine Superman
- All-out action
- Taking super hero action to spectacular heights of realism
- Planet Krypton
- The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society
Turbo – A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
I wasn’t too impressed with this Ratatouille – Cars – A Bug’s Life hybrid, but it’s a lot better than it looks. Turbo follows the underdog story to a T, and ties in a lot of pop culture references like most DreamWorks animated features tend to do. The voice actors do not try very hard to change their vocal range or make much of an effort to put any emotion into their characters. At least there are a good amount of special features:
- Champion’s corner
- Smoove moves’s music maker
- Team turbo: tricked out
- Meet tito deleted scene
- The race storyboard sequence
- Be an artist!
- Shell creator game
- World of DreamWorks animation
Blackfish – Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.
If you haven’t had the chance to watch Blackfish at one of the various times CNN has been airing it, you can now bring it home to watch at your leisure. I enjoyed the hard-hitting facts and the work that was put in to making this documentary, but was a bit discouraged by the lack of call to action aside from boycotting Sea World. Luckily the special features go further into the story:
- A note from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite
- “Death by Mosquito” in marine parks
- Orca teeth show the stress of Orcas in captivity
- Recollections of a former SeaWorld trainer
- The truth about wild whales
- Alternatives to captivity
- Director and producer commentary
Frances Ha – A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.
Sadly this is one of the few movies I’ve missed this year that I have heard positive words about. I look forward to seeing this on Netflix, which it is on.
- New conversation between filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Baumbach
- New conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley and the film’s cowriter and star, Greta Gerwig
- New conversation between Baumbach, director of photography Sam Levy, and Pascal Dangin
Prince Avalanche – Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
Director David Gordon Green has had quite an interesting career. From Pineapple Express to Your Highness to Eastbound & Down, he has made a living on zany comedies. Taking a huge leap away from his signature M-O, Green has chosen to create a wonderful, slow-burn dramedy with two tremendous actors. The movement of plot is subtle and the second half becomes a bit unhinged, but it is a fun little indie to take in on a rainy day. The special features includes:
- Deleted scene: do the dance
- Paul and Emile
- From the ashes
- Lance LeGault
- Interview with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch
- Interview with director David Gordon Green
- AXS TV: a look at Prince Avalanche
- Commentary with director and crew
Television on Blu-Ray
Dexter: The Complete Series – After seeing this series through the beginning to its most ludicrous end, I can honestly say that this box set would be a complete waste of money, regardless of how cool it would be to own the Dexter Morgan blood slides. The series finale is such a let down that it overshadows how good season 1 and 4 are. Not only does the final episode ruin the credibility of the entire show it will make you question what you could have done with your life instead of wasting almost 100 hours of your life.
Choose from a collectible recreation of the actual blood slide box used by Dexter Morgan to catalog his victims on the show or a sleek, collectible “bust/head” packaging representing an anonymous Dexter kill. Also designed and included specifically for the Complete Series sets is “Grafix: The Art of Dexter,” a collection of photography, fan artwork and iconography and images used in the series’ cutting edge promotional campaigns. Newly included special features are:
- Behind-the-Scenes Cast Interviews, Featurettes and Promos
- All-New The Evolution of Dexter Morgan Documentary
- All-New The Code Documentary
PlayStation 4 – Move over Nintendo, the big boys are back in town and ready to play. Sony’s PS4 comes in hot, with many gamers anxiously anticipating the many new features and incredible new range of graphics this gaming machine can dish out. The PS4 comes with a 500 GB hard drive, a newly designed Dualshock wireless controller (new share button and touch pad added), a micro-USB cable for charging your Dualshock controller, a mono-headset for voice chat, and an HDMI cable all just for $399.99. Some of the launch titles include:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Blacklight: Retribution, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Just Dance 2014, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, Sound Shapes, Super Motherload, Trine 2: The Complete Story, and Warframe
Inustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition) (Available for Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and PS Vita) – One of the biggest fighting games of the year returns in an ultimate package that includes six new characters, over 30 new skins, 60 new S.T.A.R. Labs missions, and a killer new soundtrack featuring artists such as Rise Against, Depeche Mode, Portugal, and more.
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (Only for PS3) – The dynamic PlayStation duo are back. Discover a whole new world of hidden dangers that ask players to restore peace to the galaxy once more.
Deals and Steals
- X-Men (Blu-Ray) – $7.99 at Best Buy
- X2: X-Men United (Blu-Ray) – $7.99 at Best Buy
- X-Men: The Last Stand (Blu-Ray) – $7.99 at Best Buy
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Blu-Ray) – $7.99 at Best Buy
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Blu-Ray) – $14 on Amazon
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barbor of Fleet Street (Blu-Ray) – $4.99 on Amazon
- American Psycho (Blu-Ray) – $5 on Amazon
- West Side Story (4-Disc Blu-Ray) – $17.99 at Best Buy
- Complete James Bond 50 with Skyfall (Blu-Ray) – $139.99 on Amazon
- Mad Men: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-Ray) – $19.99 at Best Buy
- Family Guy Star Wars Trilogy (Blu-Ray) – $14.99 on Amazon
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Wii U) – $29.99 at Best Buy
What will you be taking home this week, tell us in the comments section below?
Check out previous installments of Now Available To Own to see what you’ve been missing out on.
Find me on the Twitter @TyRawrrnosaurus
All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com