Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of November 19, 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 The World’s End, We’re the Millers, and the debut of the Xbox One. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
We’re the Millers (Rawson Marshall Thurber) – A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.
Not the greatest comedy of the year, but certainly better than I had expected. There’s just something about Jason Sudeikis that I am not a fan of. Maybe it’s his engagement to Olivia Wilde. The family has a good chemistry, but their copious amounts of wacky hijinks makes the film feel much longer than it is. It’s It’s definitely not your ordinary family comedy, that’s for sure. It’s definitely a good rental. Special features includes:
- Extended cut – over 8 minutes of new material
- Extreme Aniston
- Gag reel & deleted scenes
- Millers unleashed: outtakes overload – never-before-seen memorable moments
- See more Jennifer and more Jason, and extend the road trip even farther with over 45 minutes of smoking-hot extras, outrageous outtakes and nonstop laughs
- The Miller makeovers
The World’s End (Edgar Wright) – Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.
Perhaps my expectations were set too high, but The World’s End just didn’t do that much for me as I had hoped. But then again, where was all the buzz after its release – it definitely didn’t make a dent in the box office; just shy of $26 million domestically. The World’s End has a lot of re-watchability with how Edgar Wright likes to add so many small or hidden elements to his filmmaking that makes him a master of his craft. I hate to say that I wasn’t over the moon for this film, but it’s the truth. Essential if you’re a fan of the first films of the Cornetto Trilogy. Special features include:
- Additional commentaries, featurettes and more!
- Completing the golden mile – the making of The World’s End
- Deleted scene and out-takes
- Edgar & Simon’s flip chart
- Feature commentary with writers Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
- Signs & omens
- Trivia track
- U-control: storyboard picture-in-picture
2 Guns (Baltasar Kormákur) – A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.
Overly convoluted and far from any kind of fun you’ll have this year. Sure Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg have their little quirks together, but once that magic wears off and grows tired the film becomes a bore. Special features includes:
- The Good, the Bad and the Sexy
- Living Dangerously
- Finding the Vibe
- Audio Commentary with Director Baltasar Kormákur and Producer Adam Siegel
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Undercover and Into Action
Planes (Klay Hall) – A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.
There is a reason this was meant for direct-to-DVD, and now you can find out why if you dare. Special features includes:
- Deleted scenes
- Exclusive! Franz’s song
- Klay’s flight plan
- Meet the racers
- Top ten flyers – count down the world’s most famous aviators with host Colin Cowherd
The To Do List (Maggie Carey) – Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
A comedy that fell way too far under the radar this year. There have been a good handful of raunchy comedies, but nothing was as daring as The To Do List. Aubrey Plaza has proven here that she has the gusto to become a leading lady, given the chance, but has some work to do. With fun cameos and performances by a gang of great comedians, The To Do List is a enjoyable little flick you should seek out. Special features includes:
- Commentary with Bill Hader and director Maggie Carey
- Deleted & extended scenes
- Dirty mouth: naughty word montage
- Maggie Carey: directing her to do list
- The re-do list: gag reel
Television on Blu-Ray
Treme: The Complete Third Season – Something about the name of this show has never caught my appeal. But hey, if you like the show this box set has a good amount of special features.
- Audio Commentaries
- Audio Commentaries with WBGO’s Josh Jackson and NPR Music’s Patrick Jarenwattananon on select music performances within each episode
- Behind Treme: Chef Dinner
- Behind Treme: David Simon
- Behind Treme: Neville Brothers
- Discover more about the songs featured throughout the series with this interactive viewing mode
- Down in the Treme
- Five Audio Commentaries with Creator/Executive Producer David Simon, Executive Producer Nina Kostroff Noble, Supervising Producer/Director Anthony Hemingway, Director Tim Robbins, Writers Anthony Bourdain, Eric Overmyer and George Pelecanos, Music Supervisor Blake Leyh, and cast members Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Clarke Peters and Wendell Pierce
- Music Commentaries
- The music of Treme
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Complete Fifth Season – I can’t say that I remember this season of TNG, but there’s always fun to be had with Picard and his crew. Engage! Special features includes:
- In conversation: the music of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
- Requiem: a remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
- Audio commentaries on Cause And Effect, The First Duty, I, Borg, and The Inner Light
- Deleted scenes (HD)
- “Archival mission logs”
- Episodic promos
- Gag reel (HD)
Xbox One (Releases on 11/22/13) – Well here it is, the answer to Sony’s PlayStation 4. One week later and we’ll see just who wears the biggest trousers in the video game world. In just a mere 24 hours Sony had sold over 1 million PS4 units, does Microsoft have what it takes to compare? The roller coaster of a debut window has certainly had gamers on the edge of their seats. Flip-flopping decisions left and right has had many to stay weary of the tech conglomerate. With a price tag of $499.99, Microsoft is already far behind Sony and their PS4 starting at $399.99. However, the power of the Kinect and its inclusion in the bundle may be the key to its success; if there were enough fun games for the Kinect that is. Both companies have taken a page out of Nintendo’s book by supplying and HDMI cable, which is nice. The big ups Microsoft does have over the PS4 is its apps and access to all the sports, movies, TV, Skype, etc. And the last saving grace for Xbox One is Xbox Live. That has always been the deciding factor for many gamers and can be the stronghold against Sony again.
First-Party titles includes: Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, LocoCycle, Peggle 2, Powerstar Golf, Ryse: Son Of Rome, and Zoo Tycoon
Third-Party titles includes: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Just Dance 2014, Need For Speed Rivals, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Madden NFL 25, Minecraft (Xbox One Edition), NBA 2K14, NBA Live 2014, Skylanders: Swap Force, and Zumba Fitness: World Party
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Releases on 11/22/13 for 3DS) – Drawing from their success of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comes The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. This is a whole new world set in the world of Hyrule we all know and love, but this time Link has some new abilities under his belt. Transform into a “drawing” and move along the walls of dungeons, so you can explore locations Link could never reach before and open up new puzzle elements for thrilling gameplay challenges.
Super Mario 3D World (Releases on 11/22/13 for Wii U) – So we have the first 3D multiplayer Super Mario World game to hit the Wii U. Nintendo continues to bank on its recognizable characters and they continue to prove how well they know their audience. Gamers will have the choice of classic characters to play as: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad. Utilizing each character’s unique abilities to travel through all new 3D environments. The Wii U GamePad has been incorporated as well to help unlock hidden blocks and freeze enemies in place. Not your grandfather’s Super Mario World.
Deals and Steals
- Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy Collection on Blu-ray – $32.99 at Best Buy
- Home Alone: The Complete Collection (First four films) on DVD – $12.99 at Best Buy
- Fast & Furious: 1-5 Bundle on Blu-ray – $36.49 on Amazon
- Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection (1-4) on Blu-ray on Amazon or at Best Buy
- Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection on Blu-ray – $57.13 on Amazon
What will you be taking home this week, tell us in the comments section below?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com