Now Available to Own: The Affair, Insurgent, Orphan Black, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of August 4, 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 Insurgent, Orphan Black (Season 3), Far from the Madding Crowd, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Robert Schwentke) Rated PG-13 [119 min] – Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz, and Ashley Judd

Insurgent only made the series more convoluted. With nearly its entire cast completely unbearable, making idiotic character decisions at every turn, Insurgent makes Beautiful Creatures look like an Oscar contender.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher
  • “Insurgent Unlocked: The Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Access” (Feature-Length Documentary)
  • Special Featurettes
  • Marketing Gallery

Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg) Rated PG-13 [119 min] – In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, and Tom Sturridge

I have not seen this movie yet, but I’ve heard it’s an early awards season candidate. I like Carey Mulligan, so I’m down to check it out sometime.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes + Extended Ending
  • Bathsheba Everdene
  • The Suitors
  • Adapting Far From the Madding Crowd
  • The Look of Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Gabriel Oak
  • William Boldwood
  • Sergeant Troy
  • The Locations of Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Thomas Vinterberg
  • Theatrical Trailer

A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman) Rated R [117 min] – Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, and Matthias Schoenaerts

Did not see this movie, but it looked pretty boring. Sorry Professor Snape.

  • No special features listed

True Story (Rupert Goold) Rated R [99 min] – When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse. Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Ethan Suplee

What starts off as one of the more disturbing visual cold openings for a film I have seen in a while, True Story is a fascinating watch. Sadly, with how intriguing the relationship forged between Franco’s Longo and Hill’s Finkel is, the movie fizzles out after the halfway point. I like Felicity Jones, but her part felt completely wasted. Goold tries really hard to create parallels between the two leads, but there is not enough to back up his intentions. And the ending is very anti-climactic.

Special features include:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Mike Finkel Featurette
  • Who is Christian Longo?
  • The Truth Behind True Story
  • The Making of True Story
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Goold
  • Gallery

Innerspace (Joe Dante) Rated PG [120 min] – A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him. Starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan

I had never seen or even heard of Innerspace until I learned of its Blu-ray release. And when I sat down to watch this film I had no real idea what to expect. Innerspace is definitely a very original story that’s kinda fun, but way too long. There’s a lot of pop culture references taken from the movie that we see today; there’s even a recent episode of Archer very similar to the premise of this film. It’s a silly watch for sci-fi comedy fans, but I don’t think it would hold up to modern audiences today; there’s just not a lot there to keep someone’s attention.

Special features include:

  • Commentary with Director Joe Dante, Producer Michael Finnell, Costars Kevin Mccarthy and Robert Picardo and Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren
  • Theatrical Trailer

Blast from the Past (Hugh Wilson) Rated PG-13 [112 min] – A romantic comedy about a naive man who comes out into the world after being in a nuclear fallout shelter for 35 years. Starring Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, and Christopher Walken

The title speaks for itself with this latest Blu-ray transfer. I wasn’t a big fan of Blast from the Past when it first released, but thought I would give it another go. It’s barely passable. The characters are too uninteresting to care about their dilemmas. However, it’s a good concept that worked very well in Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Special features include:

  • Theatrical trailer

Barely Lethal (Kyle Newman) Rated PG-13 [96 min] – A teenage special ops agent coveting a “normal” adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Sophie Turner, and Jessica Alba

What would happen if Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass grew up to be a rebellious teenager? Oh wait, they already touched on it in Kick-Ass 2. And as terrible as that movie was, Barely Lethal does slightly better. There’s more focus on Hailee Steinfeld’s young assassin character as she transitions into high school. There’s also an oddball sensibility that provides a few chuckles. Barely Lethal wants to be edgy, but can’t quite reach the high bar it sets for itself. Perhaps if they went for an R rating they would have had a little more freedom to obtain that edge.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Director Kyle Newman and Actors Dove Cameron and Thomas Mann
  • “Back to School: On the Set of Barely Lethal” Featurette

Child 44 (Daniel Espinosa) Rated R [137 min] – A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, and Joel Kinnaman

Period pieces are not my bag, and Child 44 did not change my opinion of the genre. All the big stars involved are a wasted talent. The movie drags on far too long with a throughline mystery itching to be solved in a more dynamic and colorful way. The climax is unearned and the thrilling case behind the murders is not captivating at all.

Special features include:

  • Reflections of History” featurette

The Last Survivors (Thomas S. Hammock) Unrated [95 min] – A teenage girl fights to protect the last working well in a drought-stricken valley from a greedy water baron. Starring Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart, Max Charles, and Nicole Arianna Fox

Not all post-apocalyptic movies have to revolve around zombies or segregated districts. The Last Survivors is a really intimate and well-intentioned dystopia flick that takes chances. Unfortunately there isn’t much depth or story to create an interesting world in its short run time, which makes the film feel overly long. Haley Lu Richardson is a strong lead for this B-movie flick at least, but that doesn’t make up for the lack of everything else that could help support her.

  • No special features listed

A la mala (Pedro Pablo Ibarra) Rated PG-13 [99 min] – When aspiring actress Maria Laura’s best friend begs her to flirt with her boyfriend to test his fidelity, Maria finds a lucrative new career. After being hired by women across the city, Maria is given a gig that should be business as usual until she ends up falling head over heels for her latest mark. Starring Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann, and Papile Aurora

This movie is also sitting on my shelf. I’ve liked Pantelion Films’ previous releases (Spare Parts; Instructions Not Included), and A la mala looks like it was made in the same vein; kind of goofy, but with a good heart.

  • No special features included

Adult Beginners (Ross Katz) Rated R [90 min] – A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs – only to become their nanny. Starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, and Jane Krakowski

I have not seen this movie nor have I had the opportunity presented to me.

Special features include:

  • The Making of Adult Beginners featurette

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Television Series

The Affair (Hagai Levi and Sarah Treem) [DVD Only] Rated TV-MA [60 min] – The psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons diner and a teacher who spends his summer at his in-laws’ estate on the island. Starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson

I wasn’t going to check this series out until I remembered that The Affair earned an OK amount of awards season buzz last year. Although I’ve only gotten through the first couple episodes, The Affair has tickled my interest and I’m curious to see how the plot pans out through the rest of the season. I really like the his/her storytelling device they use to tell the perspectives of Dominic West and Ruth Wilson’s characters. It’s a unique way to unveil character details as well as build a mystery.

Special features include:

  • Character Profiles: Montauk, Noah, Helen, Alison, and Cole
  • Tale of Two Costumes
  • Happyish: Episode 1 and 2
  • Ray Donovan – Season One: Episode 1
  • Madam Secretary – Season One: Episode

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete First Season (Sam Rolfe) [DVD Only] Unrated [50 min] – The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

I wanted to check out The Man from U.N.C.L.E. original series before the movie adaptation hit theaters this month. I watched the first few episodes and enjoyed it for the most part. The time when this series was made had its limitations, but overall the show doesn’t take itself as seriously as Bond. The episodes could be a little tighter, but I like Napoleon Solo as a semi-charming agent for U.N.C.L.E.. He’s not someone I would want to continually watch because he doesn’t seem to be the most skilled agent, but he comes from a good place. The Russian comes off as a robotic side-kick who slowly learns humanity; a little cliché for these times, but fresh for its original run.

  • No special features included

Orphan Black: The Complete Third Season (John Fawcett and Graeme Manson)  Sarah is in a desperate race to find her missing daughter, but her scorched earth tactics spark a war with Rachel, dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted? Starring Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, and Jordan Gavaris

This is still on my shame list that is begging me to take it off. I’ll watch this series some day…

Special features include:

  • Creating the Castor Clones
  • The Rendition Camp: Behind the Walls
  • Dissecting the Scenes
  • The Look of Orphan Black
  • Team Hendrix: Rockin’ the Suburbs
  • A blooper reel featuring hilarious outtakes from the season

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Chappie – $11.99
  • Nightcrawler – $8.99
  • The Boxtrolls – $8.99
  • The Guest – $8.99
  • Paddingonton – $14.99
  • Fifty Shades of Grey – $14.99
  • End of Watch – $4.99
  • Lucy – $8.99
  • How to Train Your Dragon – $10
  • Ghostbusters 1 & 2 – $9.99
  • The Spectacular Now – $5
  • The LEGO Movie – $13
  • Under the Skin – $9.99
  • Cloverfield – $4.99
  • Fury – $13
  • Sin City – $5
  • Gone Girl – $13
  • Mud – $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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