Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of May 12, 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 Mortdecai, Still Alice, Bob’s Burgers, and more which you can find after the jump.
Movies on Blu-ray
Mortdecai (David Koepp) Rated R [106 min] – Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold. Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Olivia Munn
As you would suspect, this movie is pretty much garbage. It doesn’t quite reach the level of fun camp that Austin Powers shot for and accomplished, and makes for a very awkward and very boring film to watch. It wants to be playful but doesn’t commit to the ridiculous realities that its main character lives in. While Depp and the cast do a fine job, the story and direction are pretty atrocious. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features include:
- Stolen Moments: The Making of Mortdecai Featurette
- The Art Of Noise: Making Music for Mortdecai Featurette
Still Alice (Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) [LIMITED] Rated PG-13 [101 min] – Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Starring Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, and Hunter Parrish
Yes, Julianne Moore’s Oscar winning performance is a sight to behold. It’s an emotional roller coaster that only aims down. If you want to have a depressing night, but watch a great movie in the mean time, definitely seek out Still Alice. RENT IT! Special features include:
- Directing Alice: Making of Featurette
- Finding Alice: The Cast, filmmakers and Alzheimer’s experts discuss what when into Creating an accurate depiction of Alice Howland’s Disease
- Three Deleted Scenes
Tracers (Daniel Benmayor) Rated PG-13 [94 min] – Wanted by the Chinese mafia, a New York City bike messenger escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger. Starring Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Adam Rayner
Let’s just say that Taylor Lautner’s career is exactly where many predicted it would be in a post-Twilight world. Tracers is unbearable on many levels. Between the wretched dialogue and the poorly shot action and the zero chemistry amongst everyone involved, this one is a clear winner for what’s shown in Hell. SKIP IT! Special features include:
- “The Art of Motion: The Making of Tracers” featurette
- Director’s Pitch Reel
The Cobbler (Thomas McCarthy) Rated PG-13 [99 min] – Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. Starring Dan Stevens, Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi
I haven’t seen this film, but have heard it’s pretty terrible. It doesn’t look that terrible, but I can see the reasoning behind it. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features include:
- The Making of The Cobbler
- Additional Trailers
Bob’s Burgers (Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive) [DVD Only] Rated TV-PG [30 min] – Bob’s Burgers centers on the Belcher family (consists of Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise) who own a hamburger restaurant. Bob’s burgers are really delicious and appear to be better than his rivals’ but when it comes to selling burgers, his kids aren’t really helpful, as more customers head over to Jimmy Pesto’s restaurant. Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy
The fourth season of Bob’s Burgers is as similar as any other of its previous seasons. There’s very little differentiation between anything this show does. It has some funny moments, but it’s pretty much vanilla. The show does excel in its ability to plant jokes only for them to mature and reward in the very end. I value this show as something I can have on in the background and not feel overly distracted by when I’m doing other things. WATCH IT ON NETFLIX!
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Revolution: The Complete Series (Eric Kripke) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, a group of revolutionaries seeks to drive out an occupying force posing as the United States Government. Starring Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, and Elizabeth Mitchell
I haven’t seen this show and have not heard anything good nor bad about it. WATCH IT ON NETFLIX!
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Nikita: The Complete Series (Craig Silverstein) Unrated [60 min] – A rogue assassin returns to take down the secret organization that trained her. Starring Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, and Melida Clarke
I have not seen this show too, but I have heard fairly decent words about it. There’s a pretty strong cult following, but it obviously didn’t make a huge enough impact to keep the show going. WATCH IT ON NETFLIX!
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Video Game Releases
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix) [Available only on PlayStation 4] – Final Fantasy X tells the story of Tidus, a star blitzball player who journeys with a young and beautiful summoner named Yuna on her quest to save the world of Spira from an endless cycle of destruction wrought by the colossal menace known as “Sin”. Final Fantasy X-2 returns to the world of Spira where High Summoner Yuna travels with her companions Rikku and Paine to unravel the mysteries of the messages hidden in the spheres she hunts, not knowing that the answers she seeks may change everything.
Final Fantasy X basically was the catalyst to start me on my path as an advocate for Sony. I had never owned a PlayStation at the time, and only knew the joys of Nintendo. I love Super Mario RPG and saw that it had similar game mechanics and a story that really captivated me visually and emotionally. The gameplay is absolutely fantastic and the many directions it takes you is an incredible experience to play through. Final Fantasy X-2 isn’t as strong narratively, but it has its perks. It’s more of a fun romp that is kind of a what-if scenario, acting as a continuation of the story, but isn’t as grand of a spectacle as X.
I haven’t played the HD remaster, but it looks really pretty. You get a art calendar if you buy the limited edition. Key features include:
- Cross-Save Functionality – Players can transfer their save and continue their progress across the PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation 3 system, and the PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system.
- Ability to Switch Between Original and Remastered Soundtrack – Play Final Fantasy X with the beautifully remastered soundtrack or, new to the PlayStation 4 system version, switch back to the original classic tracks.
- Remote play – Supported for the Playstation Vita handheld entertainment system.
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- My Neighbor Totoro – $19.99
- The Guest – $14.99
- Lucy – $14.99
- The Theory of Everything – $14.99
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 Pack – $7.88
- Howl’s Moving Castle – $18.21
- Ghost in the Shell – $9.96
- Kick-Ass – $7.99
- Mad Max: The Road Warrior – $5.99
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $14.99
- The Terminator – $7.50
- Grave of the Fireflies – $13.62
- Scarface – $8.99
- Paddington – $17.99
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – $8.99
- The Breakfast Club: 30th Anniversary Edition – $10
- Super Troopers – $4.99
- The Blues Brothers – $8.99
- WALL-E – $14.96
- Pitch Perfect – Aca Awesome Edition – $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