Now Available to Own: 300: Rise of an Empire, Masters of Sex, and More

Box Office Battlefield 300 Rise of an Empire, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Grand Piano

Prepare your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of June 24, 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 300: Rise of an Empire, Masters of Sex, Star Trek: TNG, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

300: Rise of an Empire (Noam Murro) Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson, and Jack O’Connell

This movie is great fun when Eva Green is on screen, but unfortunately Rise of an Empire doesn’t have the same energy that the original had. Sullivan Stapleton just doesn’t have that spark Gerard Butler was able to captivate and hold my attention. Visually it’s more of the same bloody good show, and if that’s what you’re looking for you’re in for a treat. The 3D doesn’t really add much to the experience unless blood and limbs flying at your face is something you enjoy; it’s just that this is a more darker movie in the way that the color palette works with more blacks and blues rather than reds and whites. (Read my full review.)

Within the special features there are a slew of great little tidbits to behold. If you’re interested in seeing how they took the battle from land to see than this is a worthy purchase. I find the more fascinating extras, like I said, to be anything with Eva Green in them. She steals the show. The special features included are:

  • The 300 Effect
    • 3 Days in Hell
    • Brutal Artistry
    • A New Breed of Hero
    • Taking the Battle to the Sea
  • Real Leaders & Legends
  • Women Warriors
  • Savage Warships
  • Becoming a Warrior

Winter’s Tale (Akiva Goldsman) A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, and Jennifer Connelly

I never saw this movie because I heard it’s one of those movies that is so bad that it can’t possibly be so bad that it’s good. I would definitely wait until this is out on Netflix if you truly want to bask in its terribleness. Special features included are:

  • Winter’s Tale: A Timeless Love
  • Characters of Good & Evil
  • Additional Scenes

Enemy (Denis Villeneuve) A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, and Sarah Gadon

Another film I haven’t seen due to limited release, but have wanted to because I’ve heard good things. The premise is interesting and the fact that Gyllenhaal plays two characters piques my interest. Special features includes:

  • “Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy” featurette

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