Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of January 7, 2014. 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 Act of Killing, Runner Runner, Duck Dynasty, Archer, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
The Act of Killing (Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and others) A documentary that challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
The Act of Killing is a must see for any documentary enthusiast. One of the most fascinating true stories of our time, the story told here is absolutely unnerving and yet so intriguing. The truths revealed in this film can be discomforting, but the progression of Anwar Congo’s view, the main subject, is incredible.
The Blu-ray consists of two versions of the film. I saw the theatrical cut, but would be interested to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes in the director’s cut. The special features are pretty beneficial to those who became infatuated by the storytelling and would like to learn more of the harsh realities of the coup in Indonesia. This is definitely one of the most compelling, hard-hitting, and worthwhile documentaries you could spend your time on. The special features included are:
- Two versions of the film: 122-minute Theatrical Cut and 166-minute Director’s Cut
- 45-minute interview with director Joshua Oppenheimer on Democracy Now!
- VICE Presents: Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris on The Act of Killing
- Deleted scenes
- 40-page booklet featuring an essay by Executive Producer Errol Morris
- Audio Commentary with Director Joshua Oppenheimer and Executive Producer Werner Herzog
Runner Runner (Brad Furman) When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
This movie is a complete waste of talent and energy. Poor Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Anthony Mackie, and Gemma Arterton could have done so much more with their lives than to waste it on this. This is the type of movie you would see an episode of CSI or some miserable crime procedural based off of. And it only has one special feature, lame.
- Blu-Ray exclusive: House of Cards – the inside story of online poker
Thanks for Sharing (Stuart Blumberg) A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.
Here’s a movie that has some kind of potential, but decides to squander it with “too much going on” syndrome. Each story, particularly the one with Josh Gad and Pink, have something going for them, but Blumberg decides it best to make each story cut in on the other as frantically as possible and whenever he felt convenient. Cutting just one subplot from this movie could have helped it breathe a little bit. The special features included are:
- Deleted/extended scenes
- “One step at a time: making Thanks for Sharing” featurette
- Gag reel
- Commentary with writer/director Stuart Blumberg and writer Matt Winston
Closed Circuit (John Crowley) A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.
- Secrets Behind the Camera: Closed Circuit
We Are What We Are (Jim Mickle) The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.
Unfortunately I missed this little horror gem. I keep hearing it’s name surrounded by a flurry of positive buzz and I would like to see it for myself. No special features unfortunately.
I’m So Excited (Pedro Almodóvar) When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.
I had a lot of hope for this Almodóvar feature. This director just came off of The Skin I Live In, one of my favorite movies of 2011, and it ends up just being meh. There plot becomes very one note and the characters are too weak to carry the entire story. I actually hoped this would have been more of a musical based on the marketing, but nope, it wasn’t. They are a colorful bunch, but just not enough energy to keep me invested. The special features included are:
- Presenting I’m So Excited!
- Making I’m So Excited!
Television on Blu-Ray
Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1 – 4 (Each sold separately) – If you’re fan of this show, which I haven’t seen, you can expect to find the standard fair of deleted scenes, webisodes, cast interviews, and other featurettes regarding the show on each package.
Archer: The Complete Fourth Season – Archer is one of the most underrated television shows out there. You say silly cartoon, I say a masterful, comedic work of art.
- Fisherman’s Daughter
- Archer Live!
The Following: The Complete First Season – I haven’t had a chance to check out this show, but I have heard mediocre to decent things. There are a heck of a lot of special features:
- From a Dark Place: Executive Produer’s Audio Commentary on the Pilot with focus points
- The Thrill of Horror: An in-depth look at creator Kevin Williamson’s journey to bring The Following to television
- The Cult of Joe Carroll: Cast and Producers examine the psychological underpinning of the Followers
- The Following Production Chronicles
- The Followers Den
- The Poe Mask
- The Following: Free Megan
- Season Finale Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Available January 9 for PC)
Wii Fit U (Available January 10 for the Wii U)
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill 1 & 2, T2: Judgement Day, Total Recall, Sin City, The Dark Knight and more (Exclusive steel book Blu-Rays) $9.99
- All HBO Shows (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, etc.) 50% off
- Buy 2 Get 1 Free (Jurassic Park Trilogy, Back to the Future Trilogy, Pitch Perfect, Ted, and more)
All deals this week courtesy of Best Buy.
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