Now Available to Own: American Sniper, Orange is the New Black, The Witcher 3, 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 19, 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 American Sniper, Orange is the New Black, The Witcher 3, and more which you can find after the jump.

Movies on Blu-ray

American Sniper (Clint Eastwood) Rated R [132 min] – Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and Kyle Gallner

Rubber baby! I liked American Sniper as a well done, suspenseful action thriller. Bradley Cooper did a mighty fine job as a reserved, hardened soldier. However, everything else is done fairly poorly and I never believed any of the familial problems were earned. It’s like if you’ve seen one movie about post traumatic stress disorder you’ve seen them all and there is no need to show how he descends into it, which makes for terrible story telling because everyone is different. It’s a passable movie, but not one worth rewatching. RENT IT! Special features included are:

  • One Soldier’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper
  • The Making of American Sniper

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Steve Pink) Rated R [93 min] – When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past – which is really the present. Starring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, and Adam Scott

This movie is pretty atrocious. I love the first movie. It’s got a certain meta spunk to it that you can’t help laugh at the absurdity of it all. This sequel, however, is just garbage. Plain and simple. There is too much randomness to it and the jokes wear thin. It doesn’t really feel like a movie about anything and the characters have just become repulsive. SKIP IT! Special features included are:

  • Unrated & Theatrical Versions
  • Commentary by Director Steve Peck and Writer Josh Heald
  • The Making of Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • The Future as Seen from the Tub
  • You’re in the Hot Tub Now!
  • Deleted Scenes / Extended Scenes
  • Bloopers and Gerneal F%#! Ups by the Cast

Cymbeline (Michael Almereyda) Rated R [98 min] – A gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. A drug kingpin is driven to desperate measures. Starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson, and John Leguizamo

If you liked Joss Whedon’s modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and you like Sons of Anarchy, this may be the film for you. I think the movie is stretched to thin to make it believable for this generation, but it has ambition. There are just certain things, the way Shakespeare writes, that doesn’t mesh well with the biker gang characters. Whedon’s Much Ado is more grounded and simple that really makes the film work. Cymbeline has very little personality and isn’t that fun to watch either, despite it’s decent cast. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features included are:

  • Audio Commentary with Screenwriter/Director Michael Almereyda, Actor Ethan Hawke and Anthony Holden (Blu-ray and DVD Exclusive)
  • “Behind the Scenes of Cymbeline” featurette
  • Extended Interviews with Cast and Crew

Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) Rated R [140 min] – In a Russian coastal town, Nikolai is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits his old Army friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. Starring Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, and Vladimir Vdovichenkov

I haven’t seen this movie yet. I’m sorry. I’ve only heard great things though. RENT IT! Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Andrey Zvyagintsev & Producer Alexander Rodnyansky
  • The Making of Leviathan
  • TIFF Q&A with Director Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Deleted Scenes

Television Releases

Orange is the New Black (Season 2) (Jenji Kohan) Rated TV-MA [55 min] – From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious original series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. Starring Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba, and Jason Biggs

Season 2 of OITNB is a breath of fresh air compared to the first season. Less focus is placed on Piper and there’s more emphasis on the other kooky characters that inhabit Litchfield. It’s a lot more fun, greater depth of character is built, and it’s just an overall better story this time around. It’s hard to argue to buy it since it’s available any time on Netflix – and most people have an account. But you should BUY IT! if you like the show enough. The special features, including the commentary would be worth checking out:

  • Audio commentaries with cast and crew (on episodes “Hugs Can Be Deceiving” and “You Also Have a Pizza”) (Blu-ray and DVD exclusive)
  • “Back Before the Potato Sack” featurette
  • “Orange Peeled” featurette
  • “A Walk Around the Block” featurette
  • “The VEE.I.P. Treatment” featurette

Glee: Tine Final Season (Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy) [DVD ONLY] Rated TV-PG [44 min] –  A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own. Starring Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chord Overstreet, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, and Melissa Benoist

Ryan Murphy isn’t the greatest in letting his shows end. Nip/Tuck kind of fizzled out after they moved to LA and American Horror Story seems to be on its last legs as well. Whenever a new project comes along he just can’t focus on his older children, he’s more concerned about taking care of new babies. Glee became neglected after the third season and the old guard graduated from high school. This final chapter of the series is somewhat bittersweet, but also a little disjointed, focusing more on just tying up loose ends just for the sake of it and not really focusing on character development to justify the means. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX! Special features include:

  • “Glee” Music Jukebox
  • “Glee” The Final Curtain
  • Looking Back Video Yearbook

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Series (Terence Winter) Chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster. Starring Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paul Sparks

I haven’t seen this show unfortunately, but have heard mostly good things. From what I know the first few seasons are great, but I didn’t hear much hubbub about it in later seasons. BUY IT if you’re a fan I guess? Special features included:

  • Building The Boardwalk
  • Shooting The Series
  • Designing The Series
  • Visual Effects
  • The Final Shot: A Farewell To Boardwalk Empire
  • Anatomy Of A Hit

Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces (Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and others) [DVD Only] – From the brilliant minds of maestro Carl Stalling and animation legends including Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones, comes 18 musical treasures. Join the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in classics including Corny Concerto, What’s Opera, Doc? and Rabbit of Seville. Dive deeper into the vaults with gems like Three Little Bops, I Love to Singa and Rhapsody in Rivets. Let’s go to the symphony with this must-own collection of Musical Masterpieces! Starring Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bill Roberts, Bea Benaderet, and Norman Nesbitt

This is the collection of all collections. Looney Tunes are the absolute best to raise your kids on. And all of these shorts are just hands down classics. Not only are they all entertaining, but just very well made and delightfully fun, especially for the time from when they were made. BUY IT! Special features include:

  • 18 Featured Shorts:
    • Corny Concerto
    • Rabbit of Seville
    • What’s Opera, Doc?
    • Three Little Bops
    • Hillbilly Hare
    • Rhapsody in Rivets
    • Pizzicato Pussycat
    • Back Alley Oproar
    • I Love to Singa
    • And more
  • It Hopped One Night: The Story Behind One Froggy Evening!
  • Wagnerian Wabbit: The Making of What’s Opera, Doc?
  • Merrie Melodies: Carl Stalling and Cartoon Music
  • Sing-a-Song of Looney Tunes

Video Game Releases

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED) [WB Games] (Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC) – No one could possibly imagine that the chaos of today was just the beginning, the start to the dark danger of tomorrow. Who could predict that the terrible pillaging done by the Nilfgaardian Empire, the ravaging of the Northern Kingdoms and the uncertainty of these restless, miserable times are mere child’s play compared to the otherworldly threat that looms closer than ever? Don the sword of Geralt of Rivia once again — but this time, the rise and fall of monarchs and battles with legendary monsters are nearly fond memories compared to the danger you now face. This time, that which matters most and those dearest to your heart are in peril. It’s time to embark on your most personal quest yet to save your loved ones and protect the world from an ancient threat.

To be completely honest, I know absolutely nothing about this franchise. I know of its existence, but that’s about the extent of my history of this series. From what I’ve heard and read, this game is the absolutely bees knees. Key features include:

  • Live the engrossing storyline based on Andrzej’s Sapkowski’s seven-book series, full of expansive gameplay with consequential choices and deeply integrated quests that affect relations with NPCs and population and avoid well-known quest patterns
  • Explore a vast open-world environment, from the rugged archipelago of Skellige, to the port city of Novigrad, to the war-ravaged No Man’s Land, which is 30 times bigger than The Witcher 2 and requires horse riding and sailing to traverse
  • Experience the varying ecosystems, cultures and atmospheres in each part of the world — each will continue daily life if left to itself, but features an interactive environment that is shaped by and dependent on your decisions
  • Prove your combat skills in dynamic and brutal sequences with unique and diverse enemies, rooted in traditional RPG mechanics that depend on character development stats to interact with AI opponents
  • Choose from a broad range of obtainable abilities and skills that mix advanced swordsmanship with the Witcher’s magic signs and alchemical boosters, and experience smooth, varied combat movement thanks to 96 combat animations
  • Utilize the tactical options at your disposal during battle, such as magic signs, potions, oils, bombs and traps, instead of relying on correct attack sequencing — the combat mechanics do not require you to take part in QTEs
  • Hone your Witcher Senses system to strike at your opponents’ weak points by using Geralt’s knowledge of beasts, and capture the real feel of being a huntsman by finding clues in the surroundings, preparing bait and more to track down enemies
  • Harness the Witcher Senses mechanic to discover tracks and clues invisible to mortals, examine dead bodies to find essential information and detect magic and danger with the Witcher medallion — a talisman that vibrates with the approach of anomalies
  • Enjoy an expanded sign casting system — each of the five signs have two different modes of use to create diverse possibilities during combat and allow you to use magic in a creative way
  • Access the highly intuitive Alchemy system to create fortified potions, bombs, blade coatings, new pyrotechnic devices, concoctions for specific monster types and more with additional control over the effects of drinking elixirs

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Captain America: The First Avenger – $15
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $17.99
  • Howl’s Moving Castle – $16.73
  • Grave of the Fireflies – $9.99
  • Catch Me if you Can – $7.88
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – $4.88
  • 22 Jump Street – $10.99
  • Thor: The Dark World – $17.99
  • Up in the Air – $4.88
  • Iron Man Trilogy – $22.96
  • Trick ‘r Treat – $4.88
  • Watchmen – $7.88
  • Life of Pi – $4.99 R
  • WBY – $9.96
  • The Venture Bros. (Season 3 & 5) – $12.96
  • John Wick – $17.99
  • Hairspray – $5
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – $9.96
  • Heathers – $6

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!


New Movie TV Video Game Releases on DVD and Blu-ray

You can find me on Twitter @TyRawrrnosaurus

All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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