Now Available to Own: Nymphomaniac, The Raid 2, and Bad Words

The Raid 2 Berandal Movie Screenshot Train Fight

Prepare your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of July 8, 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 Nymphomaniac, The Raid 2, and Bad Words. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

The Raid 2: Berandal (Gareth Evans) Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force. Starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Julie Estelle, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Donny Alamsyah, Alex Abbad, Roy Marten, Ken’ichi Endo, and Very Tri Yulisman

If you haven’t seen The Raid: Redemption, you need to stop what you are doing and go blind buy it immediately. And then while you’re at it, blind buy The Raid 2: Berandal with it because you will not find any action movies as intense or invigorating as this. You think you’ve seen it all with Ong-bak or any Jackie Chan movie. Wrong. You’re so wrong. The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2: Berandal will kick your ass and not stop. They are the greatest action movies of our time. Special features included are:

  • A violent ballet: the choreography
  • Director commentary
  • Gang war deleted scene
  • Q&A with Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and Joe Trapanese
  • Ready for a fight: on location
  • The next chapter: shooting a sequel

Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (Lars von Trier) – A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, and Connie Nielsen

Lars von Trier, love ’em or hate ’em, the man creates unique, polarizing films that spark attention and demand discussion. Nymphomaniac isn’t a bold exploration on sexuality as it is a visual spectacle of bodies thrusting into each other for the sake of shock value. There are some interesting themes and dark humor sprinkled throughout, but von Trier is the kind of filmmaker that you have to get, which can make his movies a difficult watch for most. It is not as beautifully well made as Melancholia, but Nymphomaniac has its moments; particularly in the second half.

When you endure this four hour long escapade of sexual realization it needs to be seen in one sitting, the cutting off point is a detriment to the narrative. However, the four hour run time is exhausting and some of its parts feel like a slog. Nymphonamiac is not a terrible film by any means, but it is one you have to really be able to keep your attention to. The disc extras are OK. They mostly comprise of cast interviews. The special features included are:

  • The Characters
  • The Director
  • The Sex
  • AXS TV: A Look at Nymphomaniac

Bad Words (Jason Bateman) A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult. Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, and Allison Janney

Bad Santa. Bad Teacher. Bad Words. The unofficial trifecta of antihero comedies that attempt to get rise out of audiences with some of the most offensive humor. Although not as well put together as Santa or Teacher, Bad Words does measure up to the level of humor, but fails when it tries to reach that emotional core. As Bateman’s first directorial feature, it’s not a terrible first attempt, it just needed to have a little more refining to work out some of the kinks to create a strong resonance. Special features includes:

  • Feature Commentary with Director Jason Bateman
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • The Minds and Mouths Behind Bad Words

Television on Blu-Ray

None

Video Games

None

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • X-Men: First Class – $7.99
  • Sin City – $7.99
  • Space Jame – $7.99
  • The Way, Way Back – $7.99
  • Stoker – $7.99
  • Don Jon – $7.99
  • Big – $7.99
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $7.99
  • Easy A – $7.99
  • Chronicle – $7.99
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – $7.99
  • Kick-Ass – $7.99
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 – $7.99
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2 – $7.99
  • Fargo – $7.99
  • Napoleon Dynamite – $7.99
  • Almost Famous – $7.99
  • Mean Girls – $7.99

All prices this week come from BestBuy.com. Amazon.com, 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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