Now Available to Own: Exodus: Gods and Kings, Penguins of Madagascar, Annie, and More

Now Available to Own Exodus Gods and Kings, Penguins of Madagascar, Annie, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of March 17, 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 Exodus: Gods and Kings, Penguins of Madagascar, Annie, Song of the Sea, Top Five, and more. Check out the complete list after the jump.

Movies on Blu-Ray

Penguins of Madagascar (Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith) Rated PG [92 min]Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. Starring Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, and Benedict Cumberbatch

This movie is pretty awful. DreamWorks continues to resort to immature comedy that is beneath them when we know they can deliver fantastic movies such as Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. They can produce great stories with diverse characters and emotional stakes, but here, Penguins of Madagascar is nauseatingly overwrought with terrible jokes and finds itself devoid of any kind of connection to the characters. Special features on this release includes:

  • Top Secret Guide to Becoming an Elite Agent
  • “He is Dave” Music Video
  • Flipper Slap Shake Waddle and Roll
  • “Celebrate” Music Video by Pitbull
  • Do The Penguin Shake with tWitch
  • Deleted Scene
  • Madagascar Mash Up
  • Global Flight Plan
  • Cheezy Dibbles Ad
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery

Annie (Will Gluck) Rated PG [118 min] – Business tycoon and mayoral candidate Benjamin Stacks launches a campaign to take in Annie, a young girl who has been living with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan since her parents left her as a baby. Starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz (Watch the trailer)

I can’t seem to find anything remotely memorable from this remake of Annie. Will Gluck is capable of creating moving comedies that can excel the genre (Friends with Benefits; Easy A), and yet we find him wasting his talents here. There’s nothing new nor exciting about this remake that you can’t get from the original other than the influx of modern technology and social media. Special features included are:

  • Directors Commentary
  • The Making-of Annie
  • Youre Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile Music Video
  • Bloopers (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Something Was Missing Deleted Song with Jamie Foxx(Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Sing-Alongs: Hard Knock Life, I Dont Need Anything But You, I Think Im Gonna Like It Here, Opportunity, & Tomorrow(Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Four All-New Featurettes: Its a Hard Knock Camp, Fun with Sandy the Dog, A Day on Set With Quvenzhané, & Moonquake Lake On Set!(Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Tomorrow Around the World(Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Photo Gallery(Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Trivia Track(Blu-ray exclusive)

Top Five (Chris Rock) Rated R [102 min] – A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, and Kevin Hart

I wanted to walk out of this movie liking it more than I did, but Top Five is just so-so. It’s fairly well written, however it meanders at times. There’s some heart that can be seen sprinkled throughout that doesn’t quite connect as well as the more outrageous moments. The movie points out a lot of good topics to roast, but ultimately you don’t become as attached to Rock’s character enough to care about his struggle. Special features included are:

  • Feature Audio Commentary By Actor/Director Chris Rock
  • Featurettes:
    • Never Just A Movie: Chris Rock and Top Five
    • The Making of Top Five
    • Andre Allen Standup Outtakes
    • Top Five moments you didn’t see in theaters
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • Andre’s Rap
    • First Day Your Movie Comes Out
    • Theses Shoes

Movies now on Blu-ray I haven’t seen, but also now available:

Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott) Rated PG-13 [150 min] – The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. Starring Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton, and Aaron Paul

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition (Blu-ray Only)
  • The Exodus Historical Guide, a Feature length Trivia Track (Blu-ray Only)
  • Keepers of the Covenant Documentary including 14 Enhancement Pods (Blu-ray Only)
  • The Lawgiver’s Legacy: Moses Throughout History (Blu-ray Only)
  • The Gods and Kings Archive (Blu-ray Only)
  • Promotional Featurettes including the HBO First Look (Blu-ray Only)
  • 11 Galleries (Blu-ray Only)

Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) Rated PG [93 min] – Saoirse, a little girl who can turn into a seal, goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit world and other magical beings like her. Starring Lucy O’Connell, Colm Ó’Snodaigh, and Kevin Swierszcz

  • Audio Commentary with Director Tomm Moore
  • Behind the Scenes with Optional Commentary from Director Tomm Moore
  • Animation Tests with Optional Commentary from Director Tomm Moore
  • The Art of Song of the Sea
  • Conceptual Trailer
  • U.S. Trailers

Muck (Steve Wolsh) Unrated [90 min] – After narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, long forgotten and buried underneath the marshes of Cape Cod, a group of friends emerge from the thick, marshy darkness, tattered and bloody, lucky to be alive. They have already lost two of their friends in the marsh, presumably dead. They stumble upon an empty Cape Cod vacation house alongside the foggy marsh and break in to take shelter. Starring Kane Hodder, Lachlan Buchanan, Puja Mohindra, Bryce Draper, and Lauren Francesca

  • No Special Features Available

Vice (Brian A. Miller) Rated R [96 min] – Julian Michaels has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes, and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian’s mercenaries and a cop (Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down VICE, and stopping the violence once and for all. Starring Thomas Jane, Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers, Johnathon Schaech, Bryan Greenberg, and Colin Egglesfield

  • Dolby Atmos
  • Audio Commentary with Director Brain A. Miller and Actors Ambyr Childers and Brain Greenberg
  • Behind The Scenes of ‘VICE’
  • Cast And Crew Interviews
  • Trailer Gallery

Son of a Gun (Julius Avery) Rated R [108 min] – After breaking out of prison, Brendan Lynch, Australia’s most notorious criminal, enlists 19-year-old JR to accompany him and his crew on a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. Starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, Tom Budge, and Nash Edgerton.

  • “Partners in Crime: The Making of Son of a Gun” featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Julius Avery

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