Now Available To Own: Ender’s Game, The Best Man Holiday, Sherlock, Lightning Returns: FFXIII, and More

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Empty your wallets and check your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available To Own for the week of February 11, 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 Ender’s Game, The Best Man Holiday, Sherlock, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases and see if you should buy, rent, Netflix, or pass ’em after the jump.

Blu-Ray Movies

Ender’s Game (Gavin Hood) Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. Starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin

Despite the so-so commercial response and critical reviews, my take on Ender’s Game is that it was a solid and daring adaptation that chose to rise above controversy. Sure, it’s not the best adaptation out there, but I think the film raises excellent questions that translates well from the book and the actors all do a pretty fine job at portraying their respectful characters. The special effects are all incredible and the tone of the film hits the subject matter perfectly. The pacing is a bit off and there is a certain lack of tension, but overall Ender’s Game works quite well for what it set out to accomplish. It’s just sad it didn’t make that much at the box office. RENT IT! Special features included are:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
  • Ender’s World: The Making of Ender’s Game
  • “Inside the Mind Game” Featurette

The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition (Wolfgang Reitherman) Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. Starring Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, and Bruce Reitherman

For those who don’t like this classic Walt Disney Animation Studios classic can go be a man somewhere else. BUY IT! Special features included are:

  • @DisneyAnimation: sparking creativity- go behind the scenes with today’s top Disney animators
  • Bear-E-Oke – sing-along
  • DisneyPedia: Junglemania!
  • I Wan’na be like you – hangin’ out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Music, memories & Mowgli
  • Over 2 hours of swingin’ bonus:
  • PLUS more!
  • Recently discovered alternate ending
  • Special introductions – by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman

The Best Man Holiday When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited. Starring Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Terrence Howard, and Taye Diggs

Rather one of the most surprising films of 2013, The Best Man Holiday is a fascinating, intimate story of friendship, love, and trust. And although I haven’t seen it, Holiday actually makes me want to see The Best Man. The movie is a little kooky, and at times overly melodramatic, but the cast and the fun that these actors have together is worth the time spent in their universe. RENT IT! Special features included are:

  • Alternate ending
  • Deleted and extended scenes with commentary
  • Smack talk: filming the girl fight scene
  • Additional features:
  • Gag reel
  • Holiday reunion: the making of The Best Man Holiday
  • Feature commentary with writer/director/producer Malcolm D. Lee

All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor) After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. Starring Robert Redford

Although there are very few lines spoken, and we’re talking less than 10 at the most, All Is Lost is a pretty engulfing story of one man’s plight trying to stay alive in the middle of the ocean. It’s very Cast Away meets Life of Pi, which doesn’t make it feel entirely original, but the ending will have you talking. Redford gives a decent performance, but I didn’t feel as though it should be getting the praise as it has been. RENT IT! Special features included are:

  • “Big film, small film” featurette
  • “Preparing for the storm” featurette
  • “The Sound of All is Lost” featurette
  • 3 vignettes: “The Story,”The Filmmaker: J.C. Chandor” and “The Actor: Robert Redford”
  • Filmmaker Commentary

Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour) An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Starring Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, and Abdullrahman Al Gohani

You may have heard loud whispers about Wadjda in the shadows of the night, but if you hadn’t had the chance to check it out, this is a solid must see foreign film. It’s also incredible to note that this is the first Saudia Arabian movie directed by a woman. There is a lot of praise not just for that accomplishment alone, but also for its outstanding lead and wonderful story. RENT IT! Special features included are:

  • Commentary with writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour
  • The making of Wadjda
  • Directors Guild of America Q&A with Haifaa Al Mansour

Austenland (Jerusha Hess) Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman. Starring Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie

Austenland is just absolutely silly. Jennifer Coolidge is your first red flag, but to have Keri Russell visit a resort where everyone pretends they are in a Jane Austen novel so she can find love is just bonkers. But it’s so daring, original, and bonkers that it kind of works. One of those movies that comes off so bad it’s a guilty pleasure kind of thing. You could do a lot worse. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features included are:

  • Commentary with Jerusha Hess and Stephenie Meyer
  • Q&A with Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour and more!

The Counselor (Ridley Scott) A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. Starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem

It’s almost embarrassing to say that this is a Ridley Scott movie. I mean, there are so many things going wrong with this film that it’s hard to even comprehend how all of these great actors didn’t stop to ask what the hell is going on. The Counselor is a complete waste of time for you and everyone else who was a part of it. SKIP IT! Special features included are:

  • The Counselor – theatrical version
  • The Counselor – unrated extended cut
  • Truth of the situation: making the counselor – an immersive experience with feature-length commentary by director Ridley Scott
  • Viral pieces: uncut – laura (never-before-seen), the counselor,
  • malkina and reiner

Killing Kennedy (Nelson McCormick) Based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin… Starring Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Jack Noseworthy, and Casey Siemaszko

If you were interested in seeing why Rob Lowe has been getting all of the attention this awards season, now’s your chance to check it out. RENT IT! Special features included are:

  • Includes both the original and extended feature of Killing Kennedy
  • Camelot’s end: the making of Killing Kennedy
  • Killing Kennedy: an interview with author Bill O’Reilly
  • The Kennedy mystique
  • Virginia is for lovers: tourism commercial

The Armstrong Lie (Alex Gibney) A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong’s improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.  Starring Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, and Betsy Andreu

It’s too soon to have something as big as Lance Armstrong to get his own documentary about his trolling. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features included are:

  • Q&A with Alex Gibney, Frank Marshall, Bill Strickland, Jonathan Vaughters & Betsy Andreu
  • Deleted scenes

Haunter (Vincenzo Natali) The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate. Starring Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, and David Hewlett

From the man that brought you Splice comes a movie I’ve only heard about and missed the chance to see in theaters because it was only available for two days. Haunter is a pretty unique story from what I’ve been told and it puts a pretty cool spin on the haunted house genre. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features included are:

  • Commentary with director Vincenzo Natali
  • Commentary with writer Brian King
  • Behind the scenes
  • Haunter – the complete storyboards by Vincenzo Natali

Diana (Oliver Hirschbiegel) During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, and Geraldine James

Haven’t seen it. Looks like your typical biopic/period piece. Didn’t make big enough waves to make an Oscar buzz. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features included are:

  • Interviews with cast & crew
  • Also includes Diana fashion photo booklet

Rocky: Heavyweight Collection (Various) Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

This has got to be the ultimate collection of Rocky yet, right? We did it? It’s loaded full of great special features and up to snuff in the hi-def category, so why not? If so BUY IT! (IF ITS ON SALE!) Special features included are:

  • 8mm home movies of Rocky (1975)-narrated by director John G. Avildsen and production manager Lloyd Kaufman
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes: makeup, music, directing and camera work
  • Boxing featurettes: three rounds with legendary trainer Lou Duva, the opponents and the ring of truth
  • In the ring: three-part making-of-documentary
  • Interview with a legend: Bert Sugar
  • Sylvester Stallone on Dinah!(1976)
  • Theatrical trailers, TV spots and more!
  • Tributes: Burgess Meredith, James Crabe
  • Video commentary with Sylvester Stallone

Television on Blu-Ray

The Americans: The Complete First Season (Joseph Weisberg) Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. Starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, and Keidrich Sellati

I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard mediocre to decent things about this show. Special features included are:

  • Commentary on “The Colonel” by Joseph Weisberg, Joel Fields and Noah Emmerich
  • Deleted scenes
  • Executive order 2579: exposing The Americans
  • Gag reel
  • Ingenuity over technology
  • Perfecting the art of espionage

Sherlock: The Complete Third Season (Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat) A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, and Rupert Graves

Everyone won’t shut up about Cumberbatch, and they have the right not to. Who doesn’t love Benedict Cumberbatch honestly? Another show that is on my shame list, I’ve heard fantastic things about Sherlock, but what it comes down to is having the time to check it out. Special features included are:

  • “The Fall”
  • “Fans, Villains & Speculation: The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes”
  • “Shooting Sherlock

 

Video Games

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Available for PS3 and Xbox 360) It’s down to the wire, and Lightning only has this one chance to redeem herself and save her soul. It’s going to take grit, it’s going to take guts and it’s going to take a heart full of courage and rock-hard determination. With the clock winding down, all she can do is keep fighting until that last second runs out. Sometimes, every second matters. And sometimes, the only way to save your own soul is to save everyone else’s first.

I haven’t even cracked open Final Fantasy XIII yet. I hadn’t that many good things about it, and the sequel XIII-2 I am told is better, but not great. Is Lightning really all that and a bag of chips to make another game out of Seems like it’s worth the time if you have already invested it in the first two installments and had a decent enough time with them. It definitely has a Majora’s Mask feel to it. New features included are:

  • The Paradigm Shift feature has been replaced with a unique tactical system that will provide a fresh, interactive battle experience with the introduction of a counter attack system!
  • Players can enjoy a variety of different actions by interacting with obstacles and objects. Explore every inch of the world using buildings, decorations, and furniture at your disposal.
  • There are many types of garb, each with their own parameters. A tactical set consists of equipment such as garb and a weapon, along with assigned abilities. During battle, you can swap between three different sets customized to suit your needs.
  • All new abilities
  • Lightspeed, when unleashed in battle, it slows the passage of time, rendering foes helpless before Lightning’s ferocious assault.
  • A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods.

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Saving Private Ryan – $9.99
  • The Master – $11.99
  • Goodfellas – $6.96
  • Ben-Hur – $8.96
  • Dragon Ball Z – $24.99 (Season 1) & $16.96 (S2-3)
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 Combo – $11.99
  • True Blood (Season 1-5 – 7-Disc sets) – $23.99 each
  • T2: Judgement Day – $4.75
  • The Cabin in the Woods – $7.88
  • Blue Valentine – $6

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.

Find me on the Twitter @TyRawrrnosaurus

All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

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