Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of December 10, 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 Despicable Me 2, Fast and Furious 6, Doctor Who, Mary Poppins, Futurama, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
Despicable Me 2 (Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud) – Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
As a non-fan of this franchise, I’d say those who liked the first one will love the Despicable Me 2. More Minions, gadgets, and wacky Gru hijinks. The 3D works very well and visually DM2 is colorful and lively. However, the story, the stakes, and the character building were just vacant and minimal. I personally didn’t find this movie any fun, but if you’re just looking for more Minion fun then you’re set. If you buy this at Best Buy this week you get a free Minion lunch box. The large assortment of special features included are:
- 3 new mini-movies
- A Gru-some transforamtion
- Combo pack exclusives:
- Deleted scene
- El hombre malo: the villainy of El Macho
- Evil minions
- Feature commentary with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin
- Gadgets galore
- Gru’s girls
- Making of the mini-movies
- The minions
Fast and Furious 6 (Justin Lin) – Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all.
For someone who just “got” the Fast and the Furious franchise this year – I had seen 1, 2, and 4 previously; I watched 5 this year and highly enjoyed myself; and haven’t seen 3 – Fast & Furious 6 is a total delight (read the review here). With more crazier stunts than ever before and a climatic ending that will have you on the edge of your seat, the FF series has never been better. Sadly, due to the untimely death of Paul Walker, this will be his last film if Universal Pictures plans to start from scratch. If you purchase this Blu-ray, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Paul Walker’s charity organization Reach Out WorldWide. The loaded special features included are:
- Deleted scenes
- Extended version of the film
- Feature commentary with Justin Lin
- Gearhead’s delight
- Hand to hand fury
- On the set with Vin
- Planes, tanks, and automobiles
- Take control
- The flip car
- The making of Fast & Furious 6
The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg) – A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Unfortunately I was not able to get out to see this one this year, but I have heard good things about it. Special features included are:
- Alternate Ending
- Outtakes/Deleted/Extended Scenes
- Making of The Hunt
Adore (Anne Fontaine) – A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other’s sons.
This film fell by the wayside and I never had the chance to see this film either. It looked like it had a decent premise, but the Tomatometer says otherwise – 33%. No special features included.
Man of Tai Chi (Keanu Reeves) – A young martial artist’s unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.
Sadly, one more film I wanted to check out but didn’t have the time to check out since it was in theaters for only a week. Special features included are:
- Audio Commentary
- The Making of Man of Tai Chi
Battle of the Year (Benson Lee) – Battle of the Year attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven’t won in fifteen years. Dante enlists Blake to assemble a team of the best dancers and bring the Trophy back to America where it started.
What else can be said about Battle of the Year other than the fact that Josh Holloway had no business being in this film. Sure the dancing was was pretty slick, but the 3D was a complete waste and the characters were just dreadfully under utilized and stock. The film sought out to try and revive the B-Boy movement and failed in glorious fashion. Special features included are:
- This is planet b-boy: inside the culture
- Preparing for battle: training and rehearsals
- Extended dance sequences
- The art of b-boying: a guide to breaking
Mary Poppins (50th Anniversary Edition) (Robert Stevenson) – A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker’s unhappy family.
After watching Saving Mr. Banks I sat down to revisit this timeless classic. You’ll never see the film in the same light again if you partake in that double feature. Mary Poppins definitely holds its own, but is definitely not the best musical out there. The best part of this film is the acting – the actors actually acted back then. They sang, they danced, they did it all. It’s incredible how much Hollywood has changed. Mary Poppins is still a very special movie that everyone should see, but it doesn’t hold the same magic as when you saw it as a kid. Special features included are:
- A magical reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Richard Sherman
- All-new becoming mr. sherman – enjoy a conversation between legendary composer Richard Sherman and actor Jason Schwartzman (who plays Richard Sherman In Saving Mr. Banks) about writing songs for Mary Poppins
- All-new mary-oke sing-along
- Deleted song “Chimpanzoo”
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: the making of Mary Poppins
Big (25th Anniversary Edition) (Penny Marshall) – When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight.
Tom. Hanks. Boom. Special features included are:
- Big theatrical version & extended cut in high definition
- Big Brainstorming audio documentary by Writers/Co-Producers Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
- Deleted scenes, including 5 with intros by Director Penny Marshall
- Big Beginnings
- Chemistry of a classic
- The work of play
- Hollywood backstories: Big
- Carnival party newswrap
- Closed Captioned
Television on Blu-Ray
Futurama Volume 8 (Season 7 Part B) – Futurama is a fun show, but can be pretty repetitive at times. This collection of the final thirteen episodes of the series includes “Forty Percent Leadbelly,” “Saturday Morning Fun Pit,” “Game of Tones,” and “Meanwhile.” Special features included are:
- Audio Commentary on All Episodes
- Precious Trimmings: A Compendium of Deleted Scenes
- Futurama University
- Inside Futurama: The Writers’ Room of Tomorrow
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor – In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.
I’ve never seen anything Doctor Who. Sorry not sorry.
- Mini Episodes
- Behind the Scenes
- Doctor Who Explained
No big game releases again this week. Everyone must be scrambling to get next-gen titles underway.
Deals and Steals
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-Ray) – $9.99 at Best Buy and Amazon
- Cloud Atlas (Blu-Ray) – $9.99 on Amazon
- Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection (Blu-Ray) – $34.99 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