Now Available to Own: Birdman, Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything, and More

 

TV on Blu-Ray

Game of Thrones (Season 4) (David Benioff and D. B. Weiss) Rated TV-MA [55 min] – In this thrilling fourth season based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling books, the Lannisters’ control over the Iron Throne remains intact, but can they survive their own egos as well as the ongoing threats around them? While an unshaken Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army on Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing ‘Red Viper of Dorne’, arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding. At the Wall, the Night’s Watch seems overmatched against Mance Rayder’s advancing army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe. What’s more, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her fierce trio of dragons and an Unsullied army, is poised to ‘liberate’ Meereen, the largest Slaver City in the east, which could provide her with an imposing force to execute her ultimate plan of reclaiming the Iron Throne for her family. Starring Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Alfie Allen, Rory McCann, Charles Dance, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, and Pedro Pascal

Yes. Everything about this season and then some. The further we go along in this series, the more I believe Weiss and Benioff have been able to hone in on what makes this show work and then cranks it up to 11. There were so many thrilling moments in this season that it’s hard to even think about how they could top it in the upcoming fifth premiering this April 12. Special features included are:

  • In-Episode Guides: In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories.
  • Histories & Lore: Learn about the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves.
  • Audio Commentaries: Commentaries with cast and crew including showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Pedro Pascal, Aiden Gillen and more.
  • Behind the Battle for the Wall: Follow the cast and crew as they create the most ambitious battle to date. This 30-minute documentary explores the challenges of putting together one of the series’ most intense episodes, with never-before-seen material.
  • The Fallen Roundtable: Writer Bryan Cogman sits down with a few of the many cast members who meet their demise in Season 4. From first learning of their deaths to shooting their final scenes, this 30-minute feature sheds light on what it’s like to live and die in world of GoT.
  • The Politics of Power: Revisit the brutal events of Season 3 to see power shifts that define Westeros at the start of Season 4.
  • Bastards of Westeros: Hear Benioff, Weiss and author George R.R. Martin discuss the role bastards play in the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes: Two deleted scenes.

Video Games

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Available for Wii U on February 20th) Do you have the magic touch? Then guide Kirby as he sets off on grand adventures in a hand-sculpted clay world. Draw lines on the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller to create rainbow-colored clay ropes to move Kirby around freely, or tap him to attack enemies or blast through obstacles. Transformations include a submarine, rocket and tank. In underwater levels, Kirby dons a swim mask. If his power level gets too low, a clay bandage appears on his head.

The Rainbow Curse is like any Kirby game we’ve come to enjoy in years past. Like Yoshi’s Wooly World, Rainbow Curse takes a new spin on one of Nintendo’s signature characters and creates a completely different way to play. That’s the beauty of Nintendo, it has so many ways to utilize their IPs while still maintaining a familiarity for all fans to enjoy. Noteworthy features included are:

  • You take control of Kirby with the stroke of a stylus and draw on the GamePad touch screen to guide Kirby through the world.
  • Use the GamePad to control Kirby’s many transformations in unique new ways.
  • The intuitive drawing mechanic is a spiritual successor to Kirby: Canvas Curse for Nintendo DS that builds on the game play and takes it in a new direction.

The Order: 1886 (Available for PlayStation 4 on February 20th) The Order: 1886 is a deep, story-driven single-player experience that introduces players to a unique alternate history and a dark vision of a 19th century Victorian-Era London. It is the dawn of a new age, an age of scientific marvels, but underneath the dense London fog, in the shadows of the Industrial Revolution, enemies both old and new threaten to throw the city and the world into chaos. Watching over the city are humanity’s only protectors, an elite band of Knights known as The Order, and the outcome of this struggle will determine the course of history forever.

When I saw this played during the PlayStation keynote last year, it looked marvelous. I haven’t really ventured into looking too much into this game, but from what I saw it looked like a lot of fun. Noteworthy features included are:

  • Advanced Technology – Wield cutting-edge weapons and gadgets like the Arc Gun, Thermite Rifle, and Monocular, as you struggle to maintain peace and order amidst the growing civil unrest and Half-breed threat against humankind.
  • Filmic Vision – The Order: 1886 transports players into the stunningly realistic and re-imagined Neo-Victorian London, replicating the nuances of actual motion picture cameras and lenses for a more immersive and believable presentation.
  • Seamless Narrative Experience – Full performance capture for characters and scenes, combined with seamless transitions between action and story sequences, work together to bring the rich narrative, rife with conspiracy and intrigue, to life.

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service – $19.99
  • Princess Mononoke – $19.99
  • Tales from Earthsea – $19.99
  • The Wind Rises – $19.99
  • Whisper of the Heart – $19.99
  • Pom Poko – $19.99 (Best Buy)
  • Porco Rosso – $19.99 (Best Buy)
  • Fury – $14.99
  • Mad Men (Season 6) – $12.98
  • The Interview – $13.59
  • Chef – $12.99

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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