Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of January 28, 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 Rush, Bad Grandpa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
Rush (Ron Howard) The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Starring Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, and Alexandra Maria Lara
Full of adrenaline pumping, fast cut action with two solid actors bouncing off of each other like brothers, Rush is a pretty thrilling time. There’s great drama, a good score, and nice cinematography compliment, there’s never a dull moment throughout its two hour run time. My only beef is that the film really doesn’t let you pick a side, and the messages become a bit distorted with two lead actors fighting over screen time. Luckily there is a bounty of decent special features:
- Deleted scenes
- Explore the film’s writing, filming, casting, locations and costumes
- Race for the checkered flag: the making of Rush
- Ron Howard: a director’s approach
- The real story of Rush
Bad Grandpa (Jeff Tremaine) 86-year-old Irving Zisman takes a trip from Nebraska to North Carolina to take his 8 year-old grandson, Billy, back to his real father. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris, Georgina Cates
Surprisingly the Jackass team was able to pull off a viable narrative throughout the fart and penis jokes. Bad Grandpa is pretty predictable in its themes, as well as overly gratuitous and sometimes meandering. Once the shock value wears off after the first five minutes everything else seems pretty standard. Special features included are:
- Alternate real-life reactions
- Behind-the-scenes antics
- Deleted scenes
- New unrated cut and theatrical film (Blu-ray only)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn) Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Terry Crews, and Neil Patrick Harris
I had many high hopes for Cloudy 2, but the delivery was sub-standard and missed its mark (read my review). It’s beautifully animated, creative with its puns and food animals, but the story is just too weak to make it stand out in the world of animation these days. The story is too basic, the villain comically one dimensional, and the characters didn’t really grow or learn anything new. However, the Blu-ray release has so many special features you could almost forgive it:
- Filmmaker commentary
- Anatomy of a foodimal
- Production design: back in the kitchen
- Awesome end credits
- Cloudy café: who’s on the menu?
- Building the foodimals
- The mysterious sasquash
- Delicious production design
- Cody Simpson “La Da Dee” music video & making-of
- 4 deleted scenes (Blu-ray only)
- Foodimal-Funimal App (Blu-ray only)
- 4 fun mini-movies (Blu-ray only):
- “Attack of the 50-foot gummi bear”
- “Steve’s first bath”
- “Super manny”
- “Earl scouts”
Last Vegas (Jon Turteltaub) Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. Starring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline
Think Grumpy Old Men meets The Hangover and you can save yourself 90 minutes of your life and a few bucks t take your girl out on a nice date to Chili’s or something. The special features included are:
- Filmmaker Commentary
- It’s going to legendary
- Four legends
- The Flatbush tour
- Shooting in Sin City (Blu-ray only)
- The Redfoo Party (Blu-ray only)
- Supporting ensemble (Blu-ray only)
The Fifth Estate (Bill Condon) A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, and Alicia Vikander
This soulless, unemotionally detached film is perhaps one of the worst movies of yesteryear. Lifeless and utterly boring, you’re better off sticking your finger in a pencil sharpener to find yourself better entertainment. Special features included are:
- In-camera graphics
- Scoring secrets
- The submission platform
- Trailers and TV spots
Television on Blu-Ray
Downton Abbey: The Complete Fourth Season – Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants.
I haven’t seen one episode of this. I probably should. Special features included are:
- Go behind the scenes and witness the making of Season 4!
- Over 30 minutes of bonus video
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4 and Xbox One) As a young woman, Lara Croft is in search of adventure — and herself. She embarks on an exploratory quest when her hunt for adventure comes looking for her. Now, stranded away from civilization and equipped with only her instincts and the ability to push herself beyond the threshold of human endurance, Lara must look inside and find what she needs to fight for her survival.
Despite it being one of the best games of 2013, Tomb Raider made peanuts compared to what it should have. Crystal Dynamics is looking to make up lost ground in this completely refined and remastered rerelease. Everything is the same gameplay and story wise, but this Tomb Raider takes the experience to next-gen consoles utilizing TRESS FX technology for more realistic hair, sweat, and clothing. Cool? Don’t get me wrong, it is a great game, I highly enjoyed it. But updated graphics for a game that just released less than a year ago feels a bit silly.
However, with this Definitive Edition, you’ll also receive all of the DLC, including the Tomb of the Lost Adventurer, six outfits for Lara, a digital mini artbook, and The Beginning digital comic. That definitely makes it worth looking into.
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- The Amazing Spider-Man – $4.99
- Drive – $4.99
- Mad Men Season 4 – $10.99
- Spring Breakers $9.96
- Crazy, Stupid, Love. – $6.96
- From Up on Poppy Hill – $12.99
- She’s Out of My League – $4.99
- Mad Men Season 5 – $14.94
All prices come from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match with Amazon now.
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