Now Available to Own: Selma, Goodfellas, Fifty Shades of Grey, and More

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Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of May 5, 2015. Every Tuesday 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. New on shelves this week are Selma, Goodfellas, Fifty Shades of Grey, Masters of Sex, and more which you can find after the jump.

Movies on Blu-ray

Selma (Ava DuVernay) Rated PG-13 [127 min] – Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, that changed the United States for ever. Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, and Lorraine Toussaint (Watch the trailer)

I liked Selma. It has a lot of wonderful, well-done political tension that many films fail to bore out when tackling subjects of this nature. The movie approaches civil rights with unwavering finesse with a strong performance by David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. Even if these kinds of stories aren’t your bag, Selma is a fairly engaging story that has a good balance of energy and drama to keep your attention. RENT IT if you’re interested, or BUY IT if the topic catches your fancy. Special features included are:

  • The Road to Selma
  • Recreating Selma
  • “Glory” Music Video featuring John Legend and Common
  • Historical Newsreels
  • Photo Gallery
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
  • Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation
  • Commentary by director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo
  • Commentary by director Ava DuVernay, director of photography Bradford Young and editor Spencer Averick

Goodfellas: 25 Year Anniversary Edition (Martin Scorsese) Rated R [146 min] – Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, and Frank Sivero

What can be said about Goodfellas that hasn’t been said over the past 25 years? It’s a fantastic piece of cinema that will go down as an American classic. The cast is stellar, the story more than entertaining, and the script is just fantastic. The 25th Anniversary has all the special features the 20th Anniversary edition has plus a very awesome, new documentary that is a terrific look back with the cast and crew. It’s exciting to hear from them after the film has had such acclaim all these years. BUY IT! Special features included are:

  • ALL-NEW Documentary includes interview with the Director, cast and some of your all-time favorite movie gangsters! Join some of Martin Scorseses greatest gangsters Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson and Joe Pesci to discover what its like to work for perhaps the greatest gangster director of them all.
  • Commentary with Martin Scorsese
  • Commentary with ex-gangster Henry Hill and ex-FBI agent Edward McDonald
  • Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film
  • Cast and crew documentaries
  • Trailers
  • Four Warner Bros. mob-themed cartoons

Fifty Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson) [Available May 8] Rated R [125 min] – Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, and Eloise Mumford (Watch the trailer)

For as much buzz and hype around this franchise, I expected a lot more. Sure you can say this was toned down for theaters, but did you see Blue is the Warmest Color? Have you seen Nymphomaniac? This movie is child’s play in the most generic way possible. I would give all credit for this film being remotely bearable thanks to the director because the writing and the story is absolutely garbage. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features included are:

  • Alternate Ending to the Film
  • The World of Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The World of Fifty Shades of Grey—Friends and Family
  • Behind the Shades
  • E.L. James & Fifty Shades
  • Fifty Shades: The Pleasure of Pain
  • 360° Set Tours of Christian and Ana’s apartments including the Red Room
  • Music Videos from Skylar Grey, The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding
  • Behind the Scenes of The Weekend’s “Earned It” Music Video

The Pyramid (2014) (Grégory Levasseur) Rated R [89 min] – An archaeological team attempts to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid only to find themselves hunted by an insidious creature. Starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, and Denis O’Hare

This movie is the reason why people are fatigued of “found footage” horrors. Firstly, it doesn’t even adhere to its own rules; there will be camera angles outside the ones we know of that are focused on the characters – be a found footage movie or not, you can’t have both. Secondly, the dialogue and the set up is terribly generic. And lastly, the movie isn’t scary. SKIP IT! Special features included are:

  • New Extended Ending!
  • Partners
  • Fear
  • Space Archaeology
  • Egyptian Myths
  • Image Gallery

Lost River (Ryan Gosling) Rated R [95 min] – A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.Director:Ryan GoslingStars:Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan

Way too art house for my liking. You have to dig pretty deep to find meaning in a lot of what Ryan Gosling is throwing down in his directorial debut. I don’t think it’s the actor’s faults, they do what they can with the minimal substance they are given. And the two different story arcs of the characters, Hendricks and De Caestecker’s are just way too distant to complement each other. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

No special features included

The Last Five Years (Richard LaGravenese) Rated PG-13 [94 min] – Based on the musical, a struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair. Starring Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Meg Hudson, and Natalie Knepp

Didn’t have a chance to see this. It looked mediocre at best. Lots of sing talking. Special features included are:

  • Sing-a-long version
  • A conversation with composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown

Black Sea (Kevin Macdonald) Rated R [115 min] – In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold. Starring Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and David Threlfall

Missed this one in theaters too and was not sent a screener. I heard it was pretty thrilling though. Special features included are:

  • A Dive into the Black Sea
  • Feature Commentary with Director Kevin Macdonald

Black or White (Mike Binder) Rated PG-13 [121 min] – A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. Starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs, and Anthony Mackie

I also have not seen this. It looked way too on the nose to be nuance about the subject matter. Special features included are:

  • Shades of Gray: The Making of Black or White
  • Kevin Costner Featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Family First Featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital HD (Blu-ray only)

Television Releases

Masters of Sex (Season 2) (Michelle Ashford) Rated TV-MA [60 min] – Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution. Starring Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, and Caitlin FitzGerald

Haven’t see this show, but heard great things. Special features included are:

  • The Men of Sex: Actors’ Roundtable – A cast roundtable featuring the men on what it means to be a “man” on this show, including Michael Sheen, Teddy Sears, Beau Bridges, Jocko Sims & Kevin Christy. (BD Exclusive)
  • The Women of Sex – A featurette exploring the show’s powerful women, behind the scenes and in front of the camera. (BD Exclusive)
  • Making History Featurette – An exploration of the time period shift from the ’50s to the ’60s, including the introduction of Alcoholics Anonymous, diet pills and the start of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Deleted Scenes (BD Exclusive)

Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1) (Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers) [60 min] – Set in the early 1980s, series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. Starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Mackenzie Davis

Unfortunately I have not seen an episode of this series either, but it’s on Netflix now. Special features included are:

  • Inside Episodes
  • Re-Making The 80s
  • Rise Of The Digital Cowboys
  • Setting The Fire: Research And Technology

White Collar (The Complete Sixth Season) (Jeff Eastin) [DVD Only] [40 min] – A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman. Starring Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen, and Sharif Atkins

I know nothing about this show, but my roommate watches it. He says it’s good. Special features included are:

  • “White Collar:” Case Closed – A Retrospective
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary on episode “Au Revoir” featuring Jeff Eastin, Tim DeKay and Willie Garson
  • Audio Commentary on episode “Au Revoir” featuring Jeff Eastin and Matt Bomer

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • The  Last Five Years – $7.99
  • Life of Pi – $5
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – $5
  • The Terminator – $7.50
  • Penny Dreadful (Season 1) – $20
  • The Imitation Game – $15
  • American Horror Story (Season 1) – $17.99
  • Wild – $15 Chronicle – $5
  • Big Eyes – $15
  • The Internship – $5
  • The Breakfast Club – $10
  • Supertroopers – $5
  • Ratatouille – $14.96
  • Iron Man 3 – $15
  • X-Men – $5
  • Mad Men: Final Season Part 1 – $14.49
  • Only God Forgives – $7.99
  • Breaking Bad (Season 4) – $12.49

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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