Now Available to Own: Son of batman, Veronica Mars, Revenge of the Nerds, and More

Now Available to Own Son of batman, Veronica Mars, Revenge of the Nerds

Prepare your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of May 6, 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. On shelves this week, you can find titles such as Son of batman, Veronica Mars, Revenge of the Nerds, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases and see if you should buy, rent, or pass ’em after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas) Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery. Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, and Enrico Colantoni

Full disclosure, I have never seen a single episode of Veronica Mars before. This little factor may have had an influence on my lack of enjoyment of this film. Perhaps if I understood the relationship of the characters better from the show and was able to spend more time with them I could have appreciated this fan-driven movie.

Veronica Mars just comes off as a straight procedural, who-done-it film with red herrings and some convenient deductions, but I can definitely see how people can get into the characters. I do want to watch the show eventually, and then I’ll have to rewatch this movie to see if I can find that spark I was missing when I first saw it. BUY IT IF YOU’RE A MARSHMALLOW! WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX IF YOU’RE NOT! Special features includes:

  • By the fans: The making of the Veronica Mars movie: Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell and the entire Veronica Mars cast take you from its record-breaking Kickstarter launch to the first day on set and beyond!
  • More on-set fun: Monkeying around with Kristen Bell, Chris Lowell, Max Greenfield
  • Deleted scenes

Son of batman (Ethan Spaulding) Batman learns he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins. Starring Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, and Thomas Gibson

For those deeply invested in the Batman lore, Son of Batman is a fun, gritty, animated feature that doesn’t pull any punches. It’s fast, violent, and full of that dark Batman edge we all come to enjoy. The plot of it all is a bit linear for a detective such as Batman, but the dynamic between himself and Damian is pretty entertaining to behold. Talia and Nightwing are sadly wasted as an interesting characters, but Alfred has a few good quips. Deathstroke is a formidable foe, but you have to really be a fan of the Batman world because no back story or spark notes are given, you dive head first with this film. BUY IT IF YOU’RE A HARDCORE BATMAN FAN! WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX IF YOU’RE NOT! Special features includes:

  • Strange blood ties: Damian Wayne featurette
  • Designing the characters with Phil Bourassa featurette
  • The Fang and the Demon Head: the League of Assassins featurette
  • A sneak peek at DC Universe’s next animated movie: Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • From the DC comics vault – 4 bonus cartoons

Revenge of the Nerds (Jeff Kanew)  At a big campus, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect.  Starring Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, and Timothy Busfield

I love Revenge of the Nerds. Anytime I see it on TV I am just enamored with how fun, goofy, and smart the comedy was for its time. The movie still holds up after 30 years. Can you believe it’s been that long since its release? The transfer to Blu-ray is done fairly well and the special features are very enjoyable. To hear what the cast went through and the stories they told were great. BUY IT! Special features includes:

  • Commentary by director Jeff Kanew and actors Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield and Curtis Armstrong
  • Deleted scenes
  • I’m a nerd, and I’m pretty proud of it
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Revenge of the Nerds TV pilot

Blazing Saddles (40th Anniversary Edition) (Mel Brooks) To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.  Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, and Slim Pickens

Speaking of old films, Blazing Saddles receives a special anniversary edition. It’s been a long time since I saw this movie, so it’s not very fresh in my mind, but it was just one I had to promote for the sake of Mel Brooks. BUY IT! Special features includes:

  • All-New Featurette starring Mel Brooks:
  • blaze of glory: Mel Brooks’ wild, wild west
  • Additional scenes
  • Commentary by Mel Brooks
  • Back in the saddle vintage featurette
  • Black Bart: the 1975 pilot episode of the proposed TV series spinoff

Napoleon Dynamite (10-Year Anniversary Edition) (Jared Hess) A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. Starring Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Tina Majorino, and Haylie Duff

Gosh, has it been 10 years already? I remember watching this movie the summer leading up to my senior year in high school. Everyone was talking about it. Everyone was mimicking it. If it released today I don’t even think it would have the same traction. It just released at the right time, at the right moment. I think it was just one of those wacky, feel good movies, that are one of the last great quotable comedies. There are so many genuinely classic moments that are ingrained in the history of cinema that it’s hard to ever forget that this film exists, which proves it will withstand the test of time. BUY IT IF YOU STILL LOVE THE MOVIE! Special features includes:

  • “Peluca” original short film with optional Director/Writer, Producer and Actor Commentary
  • Audition clips
  • Cast Commentary by Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries and Tina Majorino
  • Deleted scenes
  • Director/Co-writer, Producer and Actor Commentary
  • MTV on-air promo spots
  • Napoleon sightings
  • On location: Napoleon Dynamite
  • Outtakes, deleted scenes, and Audio Commentary
  • Still gallery
  • The Wedding of the Century
  • World premiere-Jared Hess documentary
  • Still gallery

Television on Blu-Ray

The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete First Season (Arthur Stander)  Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy’s Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy’s time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney. Starring Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Don Knotts

I have never seen The Andy Griffith Show, but it’s one of those shows you always hear about because it just spoke to a generation. Special features includes:

  • “Danny Meets Andy Griffith” (from “The Danny Thomas Show” season 7)
  • The Howards’ on-set home movies
  • Original sponsor spots on select episodes
  • Return to Mayberry television movie
  • “Person to Person” interview with Andy Griffith

I Love Lucy: The Complete First Season A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. Starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley

When I was a young lad I would eat this show up. I’m not sure what it was about Nick at Nite that hooked me, but I Love Lucy is one of those reasons. And for that it will always be a classic in my mind. Special features includes:

  • Original I Love Lucy pilot
  • I Love Lucy: The Very First Show CBS special
  • Audio Commentary on select episodes by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Davis, Bob Carroll, Jr.
  • 13 season one repeat episodes with alternate elements
  • On-set color “home movies”
  • Selected episodes of Lucille Ball’s My Favorite Husband radio series
  • Flubs, guest cast bios, Production Notes, Photo galleries

The Honeymooners “Classic 39” Episodes  A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience. Starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows

Own all 39-episodes of The Honeymooners because YOLO? Another age-old show that you hear your parents talking about, but have probably never seen. It would be worth the gander if you are interested. It has a lot of special features:

  • 60 Minutes‘ Jackie Gleason Profile (10/28/84)
  • 50th Anniversary Special
  • 35th Anniversary Special
  • 60 Minutes‘ Jackie Gleason Profile: Outtakes and Bloopers
  • Person to Person Interview Segment featuring Jackie Gleason (2/3/56)
  • The Adoption Featurette
  • Best Buick Yet Dealer Presentation
  • Two Promos

Video Games

None

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Gravity 3D – $19.99
  • Before Midnight – $9.98
  • Django Unchained – $12.99
  • Mean Girls – $7.99 (Best Buy)
  • Les Miserables (2012) – $14.99 (Best Buy)
  • The Great Gatsby (2013) – $14.99 (Best Buy)
  • Life of Pi (2012) – $14.99 (Best Buy)

All prices come from Amazon.com and sometime Best Buy. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices now if you do not want to order online. 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 and Best Buy

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