Now Available to Own: Ex Machina, It Follows, Adventure Time, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of July 14, 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 Ex Machina, It Follows, The Longest Ride, Adventure Time, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Ex Machina (Alex Garland) Rated R [108 min] – A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. Starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Sonoya Mizuno

Easily one of the best movies of the year. Ex Machina sits with you long after the credits roll. From the performances to the story and basically everything about this movie is fantastic. If you’re looking for a movie to stimulate your mind, play with your imagination, and captivate you beyond belief, Ex Machina is your movie.

Special features included:

  • “Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina” 5-Part Featurette
  • SXSW Q&A with Cast and Crew
  • Eight Behind-the-Scenes Vignettes

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Rated R [100 min] – After a young girl gets involved in a sexual confrontation, she is followed by an unknown force. Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe

Another incredible movie from earlier this year. It Follows is a tremendous genre film that is riveting, terrifying, and downright eerie. There’s an incredible sense of creativity and wonder when watching the movie because it feels as if a lot of care and planning went into the development of the story and its characters. The world and the rules Mitchell built within framework is engaging and wondrous.

Special features includes:

  • Critics’ Commentary hosted by The Nerdist’s Scott Weinberg, featuring Eric D. Snider (MovieBS), Britt Hayes (Screencrush), Samuel D. Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop), Alison Nastasi (Flavorwire) and Eric Vespe (AICN)
  • A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace
  • Poster Art Gallery

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut) (Bryan Singer) Rated PG-13 [131 min] – The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a pretty long movie in and of itself. I would consider this Rogue Cut a semi-director’s cut that is more for the fun of adding a different character then really helping the story. The original version is edited very cleanly without the additional content with Anna Paquin. However, there’s even more content sprinkled within that makes it fun to watch. I would prefer the theatrical cut, but the new bonus features are pretty awesome in this edition.

Special features include

  • Both the Theatrical Cut of the Film and the Rogue Cut of the Film
  • Commentaries
    • Director Bryan Singer and Composer/Film Editor John Ottman (Rogue Cut)
    • Director Bryan Singer and Producer/Writer Simon Kinberg (Theatrical Version)
  • Second Screen App
  • Mutant vs. Machine [A 9-part making-of documentary]
  • X-Men: Unguarded
  • Gallery: Storyboards, Costumes & Concept Art
  • Fantastic Four Sneak Peek
  • Digital HD

The Longest Ride (George Tillman Jr.) Rated PG-13 [139 min] – The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he’s trapped in an automobile crash. Starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, and Jack Huston

I was surprised I didn’t hate this film as much as I thought I would. For as drawn out as it The Longest Ride is, the dual story lines worked to a certain extent. I found that I cared more about the couple from the past than the present. The climax and twist felt very forced, but in the world of Nicholas Sparks it makes perfect sense.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks
  • Beyond the Ride
  • Bringing it to Life
  • Meet The Real Bull Riders
  • Luke’s Bull Riding School
  • Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr. and Oona Chaplin
  • Gallery

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (John Madden) Rated PG [122 min] – As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, and David Strathairn

As heartfelt as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is, the wonder and excitement gets a little lost in its sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes across too generic, but the cast holds it up as best as they can. Obviously, this film is definitely targeted for a specific audience, but TSBMH has its charms.

Special features include:

  • Story
  • Cast
  • Returning to the Marigold Hotel
  • Blossoming Relationships
  • The Marigold Wedding
  • Filming in India
  • Gallery

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Andy Fickman) Rated PG [94 min] – After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Starring Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, and Daniella Alonso

I did not see this movie. And I probably, hopefully, never will.

Special features include:

  • Featurettes
    • Security Force: The cast of Paul Blart 2
    • Back In The Saddle
    • Le Reve
    • No Animals Were Harmed…
    • Sales Tactics With Richie Manervini
    • Real Cops
  • Six Deleted Scene
  • Gag Reel
  • Photo Gallery

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TV Show Releases

Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season (Pendleton Ward) – A human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, set out on their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, and Tom Kenny

Despite creator Pendleton Ward stepping down in the middle of this season, Adventure Time still captures the magic and fun of the Land of Ooo. For those who have not seen this series, it’s an eclectic mix of adult and childish humor for all ages to enjoy. And that’s kind of the incredible thing about Adventure Time. After five seasons, the series still runs strong with new hijinks for Finn and Jake to encounter.

Special features include:

  • Adventure Time Forever Featurette
  • Animatic Clips
  • Special Snail Hunt

Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell (Chris ‘Casper’ Kelly and Dave Willis) Unrated [11 min] – A live-action workplace comedy about Gary, an associate demon, as he attempts to capture souls on earth in order to climb the corporate ladder of the underworld. Starring Matt Servitto, Craig Rowin, and Henry Zebrowski

As far as Adult Swim content goes, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell is some of the strongest comedy as of late. It’s completely bizarre and inherently bonkers. This world that Kelly and Willis has created works majestically in the best, weirdest way imaginable. It’s as if Ugly Americans had a baby with Workaholics to create this wacky, live-action comedy. And those two series alone should pique your interest to digest this show. It’s short, focused, and to the point in order to get the best laughs for your time.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Promos
  • Commentaries
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Original Short
  • Screen Tests

Little House on the Prairie (Blanche Hanalis) Rated TV-PG [60 min] – The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West. Starring Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greebush, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson

I’ll be honest, I’ve never watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Not that it wasn’t my era, because I enjoyed watching shows like The Munsters, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and I Love Lucy. The blu-ray transfer of this beloved show is absolutely stunning for the age of the series. For me, the content is little to be desired, but for those who want something with wholesome values and family-oriented entertainment, LHotP holds up, even in its sixth season. A testament to television production back in the day.

Special features include:

  • “The Little House Phenomenon – Part Six: “A Lasting Legacy”

Sailor Moon R: Season 2 Part 1 (Episode 47-68) (Junichi Satō, Kunihiko Ikuhara, and Takuya Igarashi) After their epic battle, the Sailor Guardians are called back to action when some new and powerful enemies appear! Ail and An are alien siblings bound to the mysterious energy-devouring Makai Tree. And the Black Moon Clan, led by Prince Demande, has the power to destroy all of future Crystal Tokyo! Things get complicated when a mysterious pink-haired girl falls from the sky, demands the Legendary Silver Crystal, and claims Mamoru for her own! Could there also be a new Sailor Guardian? Starring Keiko Han, Annelie Berg, and Michelle Ruff

It’s been a long while since I’ve seen this show, I’m not even sure I made it this far. But Sailor Moon is still pretty relevant and I’d love to revisit it some day.

Special features include:

  • 96-page Full Color Booklet
  • AX Cast Interviews
  • Dub Recording Behind-the-Scenes
  • Art Gallery
  • Opening and Ending Songs
  • Trailers

Powers: The Complete First Season (Brian Bendis and Charlie Huston) [60 min] – Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner. Starring Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor, Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, Olesya Rulin, and Logan Browning

Haven’t seen it, but have heard mixed reviews.

Special features include:

  • Policing the All Powerful: Envisioning and Filming Powers
  • From One Visual Medium to Another: The Art and Adaptation of Powers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Ghostbusters 1& 2 (Limited Edition) – $39.99
  • What We Do in the Shadows – $16.99
  • Tarantino Collection – $57.99
  • Spider-Man Trilogy – $18.49
  • Fifty Shades of Grey – $17.49
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series – $29.99
  • Rick and Morty (Season 1) – $14.99
  • Spirited Away – $19.84
  • Taken – $5
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $9.99
  • Ponyo – $16.49
  • The Tree of Life – $6.99
  • Ex Machina – $16.89
  • My Neighbor Totoro – $17.28
  • Orange is the New Black (Season 1) – $12.99
  • Akira – $14.90
  • Boyhood – $14.96
  • 12 Years a Slave – $7.99

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!


All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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