Now Available to Own: Her, That Awkward Moment, Orange is the New Black, and More

Her Movie 2013 Screenshot Joaquin Phoenix

Prepare your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of May 13, 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 Her, That Awkward Moment, Orange is the New Black, 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

Her (Spike Jonze) A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, and Rooney Mara

As my favorite movie of 2013, Her is an absolutely amazing cinematic experience to behold. Beautiful and moving, Her reaches the deepest pools of human emotion through the help of a computer operating system run on artificial intelligence. The performances are brilliant, Scarlett Johansson’s voice acting is superb, and the production design and cinematography is gorgeous. The score by Arcade Fire is magic to the ears. (Read my full review)

The Blu-ray transfer is stunning and sharp, the pastel colors along with the dark and light scenes work well on the small screen. The only downside to this Blu-ray is the lack of special features. I would have loved to have had a chance to hear an audio commentary from Spike Jonze who won the Oscar for best screenplay and his thoughts on the script. There is a nice 15-minute documentary about modern relationships that is truly heartfelt and fun to watch, but the other two featurettes are pretty much the same, showing clips from the making of the movie. Regardless, BUY IT! Special features includes:

  • The untitled Rick Howard project: Creating Her
  • Love in the modern age: Intimate conversations about love and relationships in our time
  • How do you share your life with somebody

That Awkward Moment (Tom Gormican) Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?” Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots.

Although I had an OK time in the theaters, That Awkward Moment is kind of a shell of a movie. It’s very superficial and cliché, while adding nothing new to the rom-com genre we haven’t seen before. Except this is from the male perspective. I think the cast does well together, and the jokes are funny, but nothing really holds this movie together when the drama unfolds. (Read my full review) RENT IT! Special features includes:

  • Threesome: more awkward moments
  • Meet the charecters featurettes
  • Blu-Ray Exclusives:
  • Moment of truth: behind the scenes
  • Extended gag reel

I, Frankenstein (Stuart Beattie) Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, and Virginie Le Brun

I didn’t even bother with this movie, and neither should you. One critic, Alfonso Duralde, claims its “Incoherent, ugly and lacking in any kind of flash or dazzle.” SKIP IT! Special features includes:

  • Audio Commentary with Co-writer/Director Stuart Beattie
  • Audio Commentary with Filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide and Kevin Grevioux
  • “Creating a Monster” featurette
  • “Frankenstein’s Creatures” featurette

 

Television on Blu-Ray

Orange is the New Black: The Complete First Season (Jenji Kohan) The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. Starring Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba, and Jason Biggs

I just watched season one recently on a weekend binge about a month ago, and I have to say I quite enjoyed this as much as everyone said I would. The characters in Orange is the New Black are lively, fun, fleshed out well, and full of surprises. The dramatic situations and hijinks these inmates get themselves into are filled with tension, excitement, and lots of stomach churning anxiety. You never know what’s going to happen for these characters at any moment. There’s a decent amount of special features on the Blu-ray, but nothing that spectacular if you were just so-so with the show. It’s on Netflix for free, so I don’t think you would have to rush out to buy this immediately, but think about it. The special features includes:

  • “New Kid on the Cell Block” featurette
  • “Mother Hen: Red Runs the Coup” featurette
  • “It’s Tribal” featurette
  • “Prison Rules” featurette
  • Episode Commentary “I Wasn’t Ready” with Producers Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann and Mark Burley
  • Episode Commentary “Can’t Fix Crazy” with Producers Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann and Mark Burley
  • Gag Reel

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Fourth Season (Ben Best, Jody Hill, and Danny McBride) Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school. Starring Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

I’ve watched a few episodes of Eastbound & Down when it first aired. It was funny. But I haven’t really found the urge to go back and watch it all the way through. I think it just takes a lot for me to want to watch Danny McBride be Kenny Powers. Special features includes:

  • Audio Commentaries with cast and crew including Danny McBride, Steve Little, Ken Marino, Jillian Bell, Tim Heidecker
  • Exclusive deleted scenes
  • Hilarious outtakes

Dragon Ball Z: The Complete Fourth Season (Daisuke Nishio) Goku is still missing in action after the destruction of the planet Namek, as the fourth season of Dragon Ball Z opens. With Goku unavailable, Gohan and the other Z-fighters must defeat Garlic Jr., who has reemerged from the Dead Zone with his accomplices, the Spice Boys. Gohan saves the Earth by ramping up his powers and destroying the planet Makyo, the source of Garlic’s strength. Before the dust can settle a new menace arrives: A largely robotic version of Frieza and his more powerful father, King ColdStarring Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat, Daisuke Gōri, Mayumi Tanaka, and Kenji Utsumi

Probably the worst season of Dragon Ball Z, but it’s passable as an introduction to Trunks. Special features includes:

  • Dragon Ball Z Retrospective: Part 4
  • Cast Interviews
  • Textless Opening Song
  • Textless Closing Song
  • U.S. Trailer

Video Games

None

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • The Wolverine – $15
  • Zodiac – $10.99
  • Hugo – $4.99
  • You’re Next – $14.96
  • Hot Fuzz – $7.50

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 and special feature lists come courtesy of IMDb.com and Best Buy

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