Now Available to Own: Boyhood, Horns, Archer: Vice, The Guest, and More

Boyhood Now Available on Blu-Ray Criterion

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of January 6, 2015. Each week we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. On shelves this week you can find Boyhood, Horns, Archer, The Guest, and more. Check out the complete list after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

Boyhood (Richard Linklater) Rated R [166 min] – The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Elijah Smith

My favorite movie of the year, hands down. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on a truly cinematic experience. Sadly, although it was originally supposed to be released through Criterion, Paramount picked it up. Perhaps we’ll see a special release from the content heavy home video distributor down the line. Special features included are:

  • Feature film in high definition
  • The 12 Year Project
  • Q&A with Richard Linklater and the Cast

The Guest (Adam Wingard) Rated R [99 min] – A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. Starring Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, and Maika Monroe

The folks that brought us the wildly entertaining horror You’re Next are back at it again. Not exactly a horror per say, but definitely a rousing thriller that is both fun and refreshing to watch. Special features included are:

  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett
  • Q&A with Dan Stevens
  • Feature Commentary with Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett

Horns (Alexandre Aja) Rated R [120 min] – In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, and Joe Anderson

As much as I looking forward to Daniel Radcliffe donning some gothic horns, I was sadly disappointed with how lackluster this film turned out. The direction is a mess and the characters are very poorly written. And I’m not sure what kind of accent Radcliffe was going for, but it was pretty awful. I rather enjoyed director Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes remake and Piranha was stupid fun, but horns is just plain bad. Special feature included are:

  • The Making of Horns

Get on Up (Tate Taylor) Rated PG-13 [138 min] – A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, and Viola Davis

Sadly I missed what has been on a lot of other critic’s most underrated films of the year. Since Chadwick Boseman (42) has been making waves in the biopic business and now moving on up to the Marvel business as Black Panther, I’m interested to see his performance here. Special features included are:

  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Tate Taylor
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Full Song Performances
  • Extended Song Performances
  • Long Journey to the Screen
  • Chadwick Boseman: Meet Mr. James Brown
  • The “Get On Up” Family
  • On Stage with the Hardest Working Man
  • The Founding Father of Funk
  • Tate Taylor’s Master Class

No Good Deed (Sam Miller) Rated PG-13 [84 min] – Terri is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin, a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb, and Kate del Castillo

I missed this home invasion thriller. It looked fairly well done, but it didn’t seem like it had a niche to capture my interest for a full film that would allow me to enjoy being confined in this house for 84 minutes. Special features included are:

  • Making a Thriller Featurette
  • Two Featurettes (Blu-ray exclusive):
    • The Thrill of a Good Fight
    • Good Samaritan

Left Behind (Vic Armstrong) Rated PG-13 [110 min] – A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction. Starring Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson, and Chad Michael Murray

I didn’t even want to bother. Special features included are:

  • Behind the Scenes Featurette and Slideshow
  • Interviews with the Cast and Crew
  • Official Trailer
  • Author’s Reflections
  • Films to Believe in
  • Promotional Videos

Continue Reading for TV Releases and Blu-Ray Deals->>

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