Now Available to Own: What If, The Expendables 3, The Giver, and More

What If Movie Blu-Ray Now Available

Prepare your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of November 25, 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 What If, The Expendables 3, The Giver, and more. Check out the complete list of new releases after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

What If (Michael Dowse) Rated PG-13 [102 min] – Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis, and Adam Driver

Originally entitled The F Word, I had been looking forward to this indie rom com for quite some time. And when it finally came out I found it to be mostly enjoyable. The ending is a bit of a slog, but passable for most romantic comedies these days. It doesn’t really bring much new to the table, but the will they-won’t they premise is executed well and Radcliffe and Kazan have good chemistry together. Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis also add a special something something to the mix. Special features included are:

  • Two Vignettes
    • Blurred Lines
    • Opposites Attract
  • Three Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Two Additional Vignettes (Blu-ray exclusive)
    • Behind the Scenes of “What If”
    • A Modern Love Story

The Expendables 3 (Patrick Hughes) Rated PG-13 [126 min] – Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, and Antonio Banderas

Suffice it to say, I am not a fan of The Expendables series and nothing about them are enjoyable. They are the perfect example of what’s wrong with Hollywood right now. And to prove it, this movie tanked spectacularly at the domestic box office, grossing less than $40 million. Making it PG-13 is just the icing on the cake. Special features, if you’re even interested, includes:

  • The Expendables 3 Documentary
  • “New Blood: Stacked and Jacked” Featurette
  • “The Total Action Package” Featurette
  • “Christmas Runs the Gauntlet” Extended Scene
  • Gag Reel

The November Man (Roger Donaldson) Rated R [108 min] – An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, and Bill Smitrovich

I did not see this movie, but it looks like Brosnan has made his return to the spy world. Special features included are:

  • Audio Commentary by Roger Donaldson, Pierce Brosnan and Beau St. Clair (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Brosnan Is Back! – Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Bringing Belgrade to the Big Screen – Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The Making of The November Man
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Giver (Phillip Noyce) Rated PG-13 [97 min] In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Brenton Thwaites

If you want to learn how not to adapt a highly celebrated novel, watch The Giver. This lifeless movie completely misses every opportunity to make the world of The Giver into something interesting. The narrative is so rushed that nothing feels compelling or earned. And for only 97 minutes, it feels horribly long. Sad thing is, it could have benefited from being longer. Special features included are:

  • Jeff Bridges Presents The Original Script Reading (Featuring Lloyd Bridges)
  • Making The Giver: From Page to Screen
  • Ordinary Human featurette with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder
  • Author Lois Lowry on The Giver
  • Study Guide
  • Press Conference With Filmmakers & Cast (Blu-ray exclusive)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (Tyler Perry) Rated PG-13 [105 min] – Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. Starring Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter, and Larry the Cable Guy

I was surprisingly not terrified when I saw this movie last year. I’m more surprised it took the distributors this long to release the film on home video. It’s not the worst movie in the world, but it’s plot is pretty heavy-handed. Watching a Madea movie for the first time, I’ve go to say that as a character she isn’t as insufferable as I thought she’d be. Special features included are:

  • “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love” First Look
  • “Jolly Follies” featurette

Nymphomaniac Extended Director’s Cut (Lars von Trier) Not Rated [326 min] – 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

I honestly would have rather preferred watching the Lars von Trier’s director’s cut of Nymphomaniac before I saw the theatrical version. Despite being already chock-full of its fair share of visceral BDSM and graphic nudity, von Triers voice was definitely toned down. If you’re going to check out this movie, it’s more beneficial to gain the full monty than some dumb downed version. Special features included are:

  • Volume I: The Characters
  • AXS TV: A Look at Nymphomaniac
  • Original Trailer for Volume I
  • Volume II: The Director, The Sex
  • Original Trailer for Volume II

Television on Blu-Ray

Adventure Time: Finn the Human (Pendleton Ward) (DVD ONLY) – A human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, set out on their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, and Tom Kenny

A special 16-episode collection of some of Finn’s finest moments. Only on DVD, this unique assortment of one of the best animated television series comes equipped with a special nylon backpack similar to that of Finn’s. It seems pretty legit to me.

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

I’m going to try and get a big Black Friday post up this week. Stay tuned for that. [UPDATED: CHECK OUT OUR ULTIMATE BLACK FRIDAY GUIDE TO MOVIES, TV, AND GAMING]

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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