Now Available to Own: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fargo, The Evil Within, and More

'X-Men Days of Future Past' Teaser Trailer

Prepare your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of October 14, 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 X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fargo, The Evil Within, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer) The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult

One of my favorite movies of the year. Days of Future Past is a wild ride, combining the best of both new and old. And not only does it succeed as a prequel sequel, it completely washes out the bad taste of the less successful entries in the series. (Check out my review.) And for those fans hungry for extra content, this Blu-ray does not disappoint. Seeing both legions of Singer’s X-Men and Vaughn’s First Class come together behind the scenes is a sight to behold. Special features included are:

  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer
  • Gag Reel
  • Kitchen Sequence
  • Classification: M
  • X-Men: Reunited
  • Double Take: Xavier & Magneto
  • Sentinels: For A Secure Future
  • Gallery: Trask Industries
  • Second Screen App
  • Theatrical Trailers

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Rob Minkoff) The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, and Leslie Mann

When DreamWorks Animation is on, they are on, but there are those features that just downplay their creative abilities. Not sucking as hard as Shrek, Peabody is just your average children’s animated feature, but slightly convoluted. What I appreciate from this film is the infusion of some really adult themes, however the execution within the story doesn’t click. But if you love animation and are a champion of the studio, there are a ton of extras to eat up. Special features included are:

  • All New Rocky & Bullwinkle Adventure (3D Blu-ray Only)
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Show – See the premiere episode of the original 1959 television show.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman Segments [4:54] – Watch five segments from the original television series including:
    • “Robin Hood,”
    • “Leonardo Da Vinci,”
    • “Louis XVI,”
    • “William Shakespeare,”
    • “Ludwig Van Beethoven.”
  • History’s Greatest Mysteries – A Dog and his Boy
  • Peabody’s Paw Print on History – We take part in the excitement as Mr. Peabody gets his pawprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Cast members Ty Burrell (voice of “Mr. Peabody”) and Max Charles (voice of “Sherman”), join filmmakers Rob Minkoff (director), Alex Schwartz (producer) and Tiffany Ward (executive producer) for the festivities. Also on hand (or paw?) are some of Mr. Peabody’s very famous furry friends, including Lassie, Beethoven, Rin Tin Tin, and a very adorable dog named George Clooney.
  • Time Travel Memory Match game
  • The WABAC Jigsaw Puzzle game

Television on Blu-Ray

Fargo: The Complete First Season (Noah Hawley) A drifter named Lorne Malvo arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman

Based on its Emmy takeaway, Fargo has definitely shot up to my must-watch list of the year. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the film, Fargo, but I wouldn’t mind venturing back into the crazy world the Coen brothers created. Special features included are:

  • Audio Commentary on “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”
  • Audio Commentary on “Eating the Blame”
  • Audio Commentary on “The Heap”
  • This is a True Story
  • Greetings From Bemidji
  • Shades of Green
  • Deleted Scenes

Penny Dreadful: The Complete First Season (John Logan) Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Starring: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Another show that has escaped me, but I have heard good things. I wouldn’t go as far as to say this is an immediate watch, but I would say it’s worth a try. Anything with Eva Green is just awesome these days, right? Special features included are:

  • What is a Penny Dreadful?
  • Literary Roots
  • Coming Together
  • The Artisans Pt. 1 and Pt. 2
  • The Grand Guignol
  • Sex and Prostitution in the Victorian Age
  • British Exploration & the Search for the Nile
  • The Science of Medicine
  • Ray Donovan: Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2

Video Games

The Evil Within (Available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC) Developed by Shinji Mikami — creator of the seminal Resident Evil series — and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Experience a disturbing reality as you try to break free from warped machinations that could only exist in the most horrifying worlds. Face twisted creatures and experience true terror, all heightened by cutting edge lighting and animation made possible by a customized version of the id Tech 5 engine.

As I’ve stated before, horror games are just not my cup of tea. But I can appreciate their craft. The Evil Within looks like total, unrelenting nightmare fuel. The key features included are:

  • Pure Survival Horror Returns – Shinji Mikami, the father of survival horror, is back to direct a chilling new game wrapped in haunting narrative. Tension and anxiety heighten dramatically as you explore the game’s tortured world. You’ll have limited resources at your disposal as you fight for your survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.
  • Brutal Traps and Twisted Creatures – Face unthinkable horrors and cruel traps as you struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. Turn evil against itself by using the same diabolical devices against overwhelming deadly creatures.
  • Unknown Threats in an Uncertain World – Mysterious and wicked fears loom ahead in a world that warps and twists around you. Corridors, walls, doors, and entire buildings change in real-time, ensnaring players in a reality where threats can appear at any time and from any direction.
  • The New Face of Horror – Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story weave together to create an immersive world that will bring players to the height of tension. Defeat insurmountable terror and experience the ultimate thrill by discovering The Evil Within.

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (Available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC) Sleeping Dogs is an open-world action game set on the exotic island of Hong Kong with brutal martial arts combat, thrilling street races and a celebrated, gripping story. Entirely remade for the new generation of consoles and the very latest PCs The Definitive Edition includes all previously available content and a wealth of new technological upgrades.

I’ve never played the regular version, but it seemed like your run of the mill GTA/Max Payne open world mission based game. I’m not a big fan of the repetitiveness of these types, but you’re free to do whatever you’d like. The added key features includes:

  • “Sleeping Dogs” fully remastered for next gen
  • Enhanced Special Effects
  • Rendering improvements
  • Increased pedestrian density
  • Up res characters/detail
  • Combat tuning
  • Social improvements
  • Includes total of 24 pieces of downloadable content including the storyextending episode

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Firefly – $14.49
  • Hocus Pocus – $9.99
  • Warm Bodies – $7.88
  • Gravity – $12
  • Ender’s Game – $12
  • Snowpiercer – $14.95
  • Hot Tub Time Machine – $4.50
  • Space Jam – $5.99

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.


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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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