Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of February 4, 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 Dallas Buyers Club, About Time, Romeo and Juliet, The LEGO Movie Videogame, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.
Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée) In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, and Steve Zahn
There’s a reason Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are eating up all of the awards this year. Three words: Dallas Buyers Club. This dramatic character piece would be nothing without the impeccable performances by McConaughey and Leto. These two extraordinary actors give mind, body, and soul to these roles as you are taken through a whirlwind of a story. The story itself is not as engaging and a bit one-sided, but it’s the journey of Ron Woodroof and Rayon that captivate and steal your attention from anything else. The special features are light, but they include:
- Deleted scenes
- A look inside Dallas Buyers Club
About Time (Richard Curtis) At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, and Lydia Wilson
This movie. If you are a hardcore about your time travel paradoxes and paying very close attention to detail surrounding the mechanics and science of time travel, About Time is not the movie for you. The lead character really has no redeeming qualities and are rather selfish, rules of time travel are thrown out the window in the last half of the movie, and certain elements of the story just do not work, which cause the film to feel very meandering and long. You could give it kudos for trying, but at the end of the day it’s just another silly rom-com trying to draw you in by a niche. The special features included are:
- Deleted scenes with intros by director Richard Curtis
- Blooper reel: making movies is a serious business
- Ellie Goulding “How Long Will I Love You?” music video
- About Tim and time travel (Blu-ray only)
- The look, style and locations (Blu-ray only)
- The world of Richard Curtis (Blu-ray only)
Romeo and Juliet (Carlo Carlei) Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each another. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti and Laura Morante
As one of the most unnecessary and out of the blue remakes to come out of last year, Romeo and Juliet is not a terrible film, it’s just like I said, completely unnecessary. I’m not sure who exactly asked for this to be remade, but the production value on the costumes, hair, and make-up are to be given credit. The script is fine, but it’s just a straight adaptation without any fun nuances or a different perspective. Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld’s performances are reasonable, nothing too chewed up or overly cheesy, and everyone else fits their roles admirably. For a film that is almost two hours long, it definitely feels that way as there is little excitement other than the big sword fight in the middle. But hey, it’s got Paul Giamatti.
Despite the linear and phoned in direction, the cast and crew seen in the special features are very enthusiastic about the production. There was a lot of work put into the costumes, hair, and make-up, which its own special features are warranted. Although Carlei explains his own version of the story, you really can’t tell the difference from any other adaptation before it sans the Leonardo DiCaprio version. If you’re a big Shakespeare fan, it’s worth checking out. It could have been a lot worse. Special features included are:
- Romeo & Juliet: Cast and Crew
- Romeo & Juliet: The Filmmaker’s Version
- Romeo & Juliet: Creating the Look
- Romeo & Juliet: Hair and Make-Up
- Theatrical Trailer
Free Birds (Jimmy Hayward) Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. Starring Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, and Amy Poehler
No. Free Birds was very close to making my worst of 2013, but it just slipped by with a few that were just slightly, somehow, more toxic. It is so idiotic and goofy that even your kids will have a hard time trying to find the humor and fun in it. Even Planes is better, and that’s saying A LOT. You’d be better off taking a bath consisting of only Thanksgiving stuffing than watching this garbage. There are a good handful of special features though:
- Free Birds in high definition
- Birds flipping history
- Animating Free Birds: the main course
- Winging it: animators in action
- Talking turkey with composer Dominic Lewis
- “Shake a Tail Feather” music video
Baggage Claim (David E. Talbert) Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, and Djimon Hounsou
If it wasn’t for the heartfelt message at the end this would almost have been a complete disaster. With how well Talbert surprisingly wrapped up the story with a cute little message about love and life, Baggage Claim is a walking nightmare. Paula Patton, you are better than this. And I have no idea what Adam Brody is doing in this film, but he is practically the saving grace. Special features included are:
- Behind the Scenes with the Director with Optional Commentary by David E. Talbert
- Promotional Featurettes: Fly Girls, Wing Men, The Story, Interview with the Cast
- Audio Commentary with David E. Talbert
- Theatrical Trailer
Escape Plan (Mikael Håfström) When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, and Vincent D’Onofrio
There is almost a good story here, but unfortunately the production called for wrinkled up old action heroes to play the parts of a much more lively story. Arnold and Stallone are not terrible, but the character motivations and story were devoid of any fun that these two had in their heydays. And the ending, my sweet noodly god, what an embarrassment. The special features included are:
- Audio commentary with director Mikael Håfström and co-writer Miles Chapman
- “Executing the plan: the making of escape plan” featurette
- “Maximum security: the real-life tomb” featurette
- “Clash of the titans” featurette
- Deleted scenes
Television on Blu-Ray
The LEGO Movie Videogame [Available on February 7 for Wii U, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and PSVita] One minute, you’re Emmett, just an unassuming guy trying to get through his day-to-day life as a person with his head down and his feet on the ground. The next, you’re being hailed as the savior of a world under the total rule of an evil dictator, and everyone is looking to you to save the day. Using all the resources and know-how at your disposal, it’s up to you to overthrow the cruel ruler and save all of LEGO-kind.
For the kids this should be pretty fun, especially if they enjoy the movie, which comes out this weekend. There are over 90 LEGO people to choose to play as, and there are 15 levels that gamers will be able to explore that can be seen in the movie. I can see a lot of great tie-in to the movie, which will only expand the enjoyment to a whole new level. Players will also be able to bring others in to play co-op, split-screen gameplay.
Fable Anniversary [Only available for Xbox 360] Since the birth of the Fable franchise, fans have grown and evolved with a game that captured hearts and minds by delivering an incredibly immersive storyline and offering you the opportunity to truly become a hero. Fable Anniversary continues that tradition in a visceral experience that grabs your attention and keeps you lost in the world you’ve grown to love. With remastered visuals and audio, Xbox Live Achievements and more, Fable Anniversary provides you with an all-new experience with the popular Xbox RPG.
I really have no experience with this franchise. I assume this would be fun for those who like Fable. It’s been about about nine years since Fable: The Lost Chapters came out for the Xbox; seven for Xbox 360. So congrats Fable fans, you earned it! This release also includes a 10th Anniversary Lion’s Head Avatar Helmet for a limited amount time only.
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- We’re the Millers – $10
- Silver Linings Playbook – $10
- The Walking Dead (Season 1) – $10
- Man of Steel – $9.96
- Django Unchained – $10
- The Conjuring – $10
- The Way, Way Back – $12.79
- Blue Valentine – $5
- Shame – $11.59
- Warm Bodies – $11.99
- X-Men: First Class – $7.99
- Sin City $7.99
- Hot Tub Time Machine – $7.99
- There Will Be Blood – $7.99
All prices come from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match with Amazon now.
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.
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com