Now Available to Own: Spirited Away, Chappie, Run All Night, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of June 16, 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 Spirited Away, Chappie, Run All Night, and more.

Spirited Away Blu-Ray

Movies on Blu-ray

Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki) Rated PG [125 mins] – Spirited Away is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. Starring Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers, Lauren Holly, Michael Chiklis, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, and Bob Bergen

My thoughts: This movie is everything. I believe Spirited Away is my first, and definitely my favorite of his catalog. Your first Ghibli movie is typically always the one that sticks with you. BUY THIS NOW!

Special features include:

  • Introduction by John Lasseter
  • The Art of Spirited Away
  • Behind The Microphone
  • Original Japanese Storyboards
  • Nippon Television Special
  • Original Japanese Trailers
  • TV Spots

Chappie (Neill Blomkamp) Rated R [120 min] – In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er

My thoughts: I liked Chappie a lot more than the hive mind. From what was attempted, I got a lot more out of what they were trying to do and really appreciated the story they wanted to tell. Sure there are things they could have improved upon, but I thought it was a very unique film. RENT IT!

Special features include:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Extended Scene: “A Very Bad Man
  • Eight Featurettes
  • We Are Tetravaal” featurette (Blu-ray and DVD exclusive featurette)

Run All Night (Jaume Collet-Serra) Rated R [114 min] – Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son. Starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, and Vincent D’Onofrio

My thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised from what looked like your traditional Liam Neeson action flick. The plot is pretty standard, but the pacing is quick and the action is raw. The ending definitely is very detached and feels like they were out of ideas in how to tie it all up, but Run All Night exceeds my expectations. RENT IT!

Special features include:

  • Shoot All Night – Go behind the scenes with Collet-Serra as his team creates a white-knuckle ride through New York’s underbelly. (Blu-ray only)
  • Action All Night – The film’s cast and crew discuss that special something that has made Neeson a staple of grit and vulnerability on the screen. (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted Scenes

The Cat Returns (Hiroyuki Morita) Rated G [75 mins] – Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. To change her fate, she’ll need to learn to believe in herself and, in the process, she will learn to appreciate her everyday life. Starring Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, Peter Boyle, Elliott Gould, Andy Richter, Rene Auberjonois, Tim Curry, Judy Greer, Andrew Bevis, and Kristen Bell

My thoughts: It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen The Cat Returns. In fact I’ve only seen it once. There’s a very simple story told here and the characters are not very memorable. Not one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies, but still a nice kids film. RENT IT!

Special features:

  • Original Japanese Storyboards
  • Original Japanese Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • The Making of The Cat Returns
  • Behind The Microphone

Unfinished Business (Ken Scott) Rated R [91 min] – A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit. Starring Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, and James Marsden

My thoughts: This movie tries really hard to excel past the typical Vince Vaughn formula, and it does to some extent. Unfinished Business is a very odd movie. The supporting characters are very odd and the film feels very morally ambiguous. In the end it has a good heart, but there isn’t really much of a story to grasp hold of and resonate with. There’s a handful of good laughs at least to enjoy. RENT IT! 

Special features include:

  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes (Blu-ray and Digital HD): Caution: Not safe for work! Keep the party going with 30 minutes of outrageous additional footage you couldn’t see in theaters
  • Show Me Your Business: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, James Marsden, Sienna Miller, and Nick Frost share their wildest, craziest and most memorable experiences on set
  • Gallery: Hilarious stock photo images of Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, and Tom Wilkinson posing in office settings

The Lazarus Effect (David Gelb) Rated PG-13 [83 min] – A group of medical students discover a way to bring dead patients back to life. Starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, and Sarah Bolger

My thoughts: This Pet Sematary knock off is pretty horrendous. Its low budget shows its true colors with subpar special effects and one main set. It comes across as a bottle episode of TV where all the characters are trapped in a single location for the entire run time. Even with the great actors involved, The Lazarus Effect’s terrible script is too much for them to carry the heavy burden. SKIP IT!

Special features include:

  • Creating Fear: The Making of The Lazarus Effect
  • Playing God: The Moral Dilemma (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes (Blu-ray only)
  • Includes Digital HD (Blu-ray only)

The Wrecking Crew (Denny Tedesco) Rated PG [101 min] – A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby. Starring Lou Adler, Herb Alpert, and The Association

My thoughts: I grew up listening to oldies. Don’t ask me why, it’s just one of those things that kind of happens. And i don’t regret it at all. If you love the classics, The Wrecking Crew is a really hands-on look into the music industry of the era. It’s a straight-forward documentary with great perspective. BUY OR RENT OR STREAM!

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes:
    • Musicians
    • Engineers
    • Artists
    • Producers/Arrangers
    • Songs
    • Themes
    • Musician Jokes

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón) Rated R [122 min] – A story about love deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control. Starring Liliana Ackerman, Luis Manuel Altamirano García, Alejandro Angelini, and Damián Benítez

My thoughts: I unfortunately have not seen this film, but it looked good and the reviews are good. RENT IT!

Special features include:

  • New video interview with director Damián Szifron
  • Making of featurette
  • Original Trailer

Beyond the Reach (Jean-Baptiste Léonetti) Rated R [95 min] – A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert. Starring Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, and Martin Palmer

My thoughts: With Arnold, Sean Penn, Stallone, Travolta, and many other aging actors getting back into action these days, Beyond the Reach doesn’t feel as tired as you’d expect with Michael Douglas in the forefront. There’s enough tension to keep your interest in the so so story. RENT IT!

Special features include:

  • The Making of Beyond the Reach
  • Six Wheeling: Inside and Outside the Ultimate Ride

Time Lapse (Bradley King) Not Yet Rated [104 min] – Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. Starring Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, and George Finn

My thoughts: I saw Time Lapse last year during the San Diego Film Festival. With high-expectations based on positive word-of-mouth, I was let down because I don’t think that the end of the film brings the story to a good conclusion. Time travel movies are hard, but I can’t give it a pass purely on the ambition of the filmmaker. It’s definitely refreshing and tries something new though. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

  • An in-depth look behind the scenes of creating Time Lapse
  • Two filmmaker commentaries
  • Deleted Scene with commentaries

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Television Releases

The Newsroom: The Complete Third Season (Aaron Sorkin) Rated TV-MA [55 min] A news anchor’s life is stirred up when he’s forced to work with a new team of colleagues. Starring Jeff Daniels, Margaret Judson, and Emily Mortimer

My thoughts: I sadly have not seen an episode of this show, but now that it’s over I will have to sit down and binge.

No special features listed

Two and a Half Men: The Complete Final Season (Lee Aronsohn and Chuck Lorre) [22 min] – A hedonistic jingle writer’s free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house. Starring Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, and Angus T. Jones

My thoughts: I’ve never really liked Two and a Half Men, I particularly hate the theme song. I thought I’d give this season a try just to check it out in a post-Charlie Sheen world. Ashton Kutcher really doesn’t bring any substance to the sitcom and provides a very weird vibe. I would honestly prefer Charlie Sheen because at least it felt more honest. This is just a stretch that I’m sure many fans are glad to see is now over. SKIP IT!

Special features included:

  • Gag Reel

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • American Sniper – $12.49
  • Interstellar – $12.99
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service – $12.49
  • Birdman – $10
  • The Wire: The Complete Series – $85.99
  • Gone Girl – $12.99
  • Snowpiercer – $8
  • Draft Day – $7.99
  • Nightcrawler – $13.99
  • Castle in the Sky – $17.99
  • Silver Linings Playbook – $8
  • Workaholics (Season 5) – $12.99
  • Everly – $9.99
  • The Descendants – $4.99
  • Big Eyes – $13
  • The Sandlot – $4.99
  • West Side Story – $5

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!


All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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