Prepare your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of July 15, 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 Under the Skin, Black Dynamite, Orphan 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
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) An alien seductress preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, and Dougie McConnell
One of the best movies to release this year (read my review), Under the Skin is a fascinating look at sexuality and gender roles in our era. There is a very haunting tone set from the very beginning that can unnerve many and pique the interest of some who are willing to go down this rabbit hole. Under the Skin is a very slow burn film that rewards your patience if you are open minded and like to interpret the strong themes behind the narrative. Scarlett Johansson’s performance alone is worth the watch.
Half of this movie is shot guerrilla style with many of its moments unscripted and shot impromptu with hidden cameras, which provides a pretty interesting watch for the making of featurette. The downside of this Blu-ray is the lack of special features. As stated above, the subject matter is very intriguing and I would have liked to have gone a little more in depth with the filmmaker in the adaption process and other aspects of creating the film.
- “Making of Under the Skin” featurette
Rio 2 (Carlos Saldanha) It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, and
The first Rio never interested me and the second movie definitely turned me off. From what I hear, the sequel is almost unbearable. If you love this movie, there is a slew of special features for your enjoyment:
- Deleted Scene – Practice
- Rio Refresher
- Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil◦ The Bodybeats of the Barbatuques
- How to Play the Barbatuques!
- Rhythmic Rio
- The Upbeat Uakti Jam
- Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
- Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends
- Music, Dance, Sing-Along Machine
- Music Machine
- You Be the Judge
- “What is Love?” Music Video by Janelle Monáe
- “I Will Survive” Multi-Language Sequence
- Still Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers