Now Available to Own: Mad Men, Tomorrowland, Aladdin, Dope, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of October 13, 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 Tomorrowland, Mad Men: The Final Season Part 2, Aladdin, The Gallows, and more.

*Note: Originally I had said that Mike Tyson Mysteries (Season 1) and The Wolfpack came out this week, nope. They release on October 20, 2015.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Tomorrowland (Brad Bird) Rated PG [130 min] – Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, and Raffey Cassidy [Watch the trailer]

Tomorrowland is the cinematic equivalent to the Disney ride It’s a Small World. Both vibrant and chock-full of wonder and promise, the further into them you go the more likely you’ll want out. There’s many strong themes layered within each, but the bad outweighs the positive messages, making them unmemorable. As soon as Tomorrowland drops you into its titular destination and we meet Hugh Laurie, the film loses its way and becomes a mixed bag of blockbuster action and bloated, unjustified villainry.

Special features include:

  • Remembering the Future: A Personal Journey Through Tomorrowland with Brad Bird – Discover everything there is to know about the making of Tomorrowland through Director Brad Bird’s perspective.
  • Casting Tomorrowland – Join Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, and Raffey Cassidy as they discuss the making of Tomorrowland.
  • A Great Big Beautiful Scoring Session – Famed composer Michael Giacchino invites Disney legend, Richard Sherman to join him in an informal visit to the Tomorrowland scoring stage, told through the personal lens of Michael’s brother, documentarian Anthony Giacchino.
  • The World of Tomorrow Science Hour – Hosted By Futurologist David Nix (Blu-ray and DMA Exclusive) – Believe it or not but Nix used to host a children’s television program about science. Now watch the recently discover outtakes from the show.
  • Animated Short: The Origins of Plus Ultra – An animated story of how Tomorrowland came to be.
  • Brad Bird Production Diaries
  • Blast from the Past Commercial – Go back in time and watch this original commercial for the Blast from the Past store.
  • Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Intro
  • 4 Easter Eggs

Dope (Rick Famuyiwa) Rated R [103 min] – Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure. Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, and Kimberly Elise

Pressured by a white man of power, our hero must enlist the help of his two socially awkward friends to embark on a journey through an industry looked down upon by society in order to save himself and graduate high school in one piece. But enough about 2004’s The Girl Next Door, Dope is this year’s soap box movie that speaks volumes by commenting on society and the way we assume agendas based on appearances and where we come from. Basically, never judge a book by its cover. Dope is really smart and funny, but at times the focus is lost and struggles to get back on track.

Special features include:

  • Dope Is DifferentThe cast and crew discuss the film’s central characters and themes of being unique and authentic.
  • Dope Music – Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky, Rick Fumuyiwa and others delve into the essential role old-school rap and punk rock tracks play in the film.

Aladdin (Ron Clements and John Musker) Rated G [90 min] – When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. Starring Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin

For the first time on Blu-ray, Aladdin makes its debut in a spectacular way. It’s always been a pretty colorful movie, full of reds and blues, and they just pop with this new hi-def transition. Along with the crispness of the format, the movie remains as sharp and witty as you remember it. The real catch is the slew of special features, which peak with Robin Williams outtakes.

Special features include:

  • The Genie Outtakes – Robin Williams’ Genie outtakes are magically brought to life.
  • Genie 101 – Our host, Scott Weinger (the voice of Aladdin), takes us through the various transformattions of the famous (and formerly famous) celebrity references of the Genie.
  • Ron & John: You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – Directors John Musker & Ron Clements sit down and discuss the experiences of their long-running partnership together at Disney.
  • Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic – Join host Darren Criss as we take “a new fantastic point of view” at the story of how Aladdin went from a classic Disney animated film to become Broadway’s smash hit with Composer Alan Menken and others.
  • Unboxing Aladdin – Our host, Joey Bragg from Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddy, explore the Easter eggs and hidden secrets of Aladdin in this unboxing video.
  • Classic Bonus – ALL classic bonus from the original DVD release, including:
    • Deleted Song / “Proud Of Your Boy” (Original Demo Recording)
    • Deleted Song / “You Can Count On Me”
    • Deleted Song / “Humiliate The Boy”
    • Deleted Song / “Why Me”
    • Deleted Scene / “Aladdin & Jasmine’s First Meeting”
    • Deleted Scene / “Aladdin in the Lap of Luxury”
    • And more!

San Andreas (Brad Peyton) Rated PG-13 [114 min] – In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, and Colton Haynes [Watch the Trailer]

Nothing could prepare us for the real life devastation that would befall upon the U.S. if the entire state of California were to crumble into the Pacific Ocean, but you can brace yourself for the lunacy and pure cheeseball one-liners embedded within San Andreas. If it weren’t for the Rock’s Rockyness there would be little enjoyment to be found. I can’t even imagine the pleasure the special effects team found in themselves by killing millions of people digitally. But I’m sure their sick grins pail in comparison to execs’ who greenlit this disastrous disaster piece.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Brad Peyton
  • San Andreas: The Real Fault Line
  • Dwayne Johnson to the Rescue
  • Scoring the Quake
  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Director Brad Peyton
  • Gag Reel
  • Stunt Reel

The Gallows (Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing) Rated R [81 min] – 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone. Starring Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Cassidy Gifford, and Ryan Shoos

I missed the release of The Gallows this summer due to Comic-Con, but I had high hopes after seeing the first preview of the film at WonderCon. Sadly, the excitement of the teaser faded quickly as headlines started pouring in about its quality. I try to give all horror movies a chance as many mainstream critics tend to be unjust toward genre movies. The Gallows is a mid-level horror that plays out almost entirely in real time and invites some OK scares. Half of the characters are unlikable and the ending is mediocre. I’d give it a go on Netflix whenever it comes out.

Special features includes:

  • The Gallows: The Original Version
  • The Gallows: Surviving the Noose
  • Charlie: Every School Has Its Spirit
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Concept, Original Version and Theatrical Trailers
  • Dolby Atmos

The Little Death (Josh Lawson) Rated PG-13 [96 min] – The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Starring Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, and Josh Lawson

I’m honestly surprised this has a PG-13 rating and then again I’m not. The Little Death plays itself too safe and isn’t the raunchy sex comedy it desperately wants and needs to be. Each story within this interwoven neighborhood of sexual deviants is playful, but as a whole the stories don’t come together well enough to create a satisfying movie. It is widely unique, but feels more like an afterthought rather than a complete film.

  • No special feature included.

Team America: World Police (Trey Parker) Rated R [98 min] – Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love. Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Elle Russ

It’s hard to find a reason why I need to justify the sanctity of Team America: World Police. There’s puppet sex, Matt Damon, and incredible acting. Could you ask for anything more?

  • No special feature included.

Matchstick Men (Ridley Scott) Rated PG-13 [116 min] – A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former’s teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly. Starring Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, and Sam Rockwell

They don’t make Nic Cage movies like they use to. One of the classier Cage movies that reeks of Cage-ness, Matchstick Men is a dazzling look into the world of con artists and parenting. It’s a whirlwind of plots that mesh well together to form a unique and entertaining piece of cinema.

Special features include:

  • Tricks of the Trade: Making Matchstick Men – Follow the Director through an intimate day-to-day account of the filmmaking process
  • Part I: Preproduction
  • Part II: Production
  • Part III: Postproduction
  • Commentary by Director / Producer Ridley Scott, Writer Nicholas Griffin and Writer / Producer Ted Griffin

Witness (Peter Weir) Rated R [112 min] – A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. Starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, and Lukas Haas

Fresh off the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as his second stint as Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford takes it down a few pegs to deliver a simpler story during a simpler time. Witness is thrilling and not of this time. It won the Oscar for Best Editing and Best Writing/Screenplay back in 1986, and it would be hard to imagine a studio attempting to make a film of its nature today. But somehow the film hasn’t shown it’s age too much and still works well.

  • No special feature included.

Kiss the Girls (Gary Fleder) Rated R [115 min] – Police hunting for a serial killer are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time. Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Cary Elwes

The content of Kiss the Girls almost sounds too close to some of the content we’re seeing in many of the procedurals or crime dramas of today. With the caliber of Morgan Freeman at the forefront, Kiss the Girls stands tall. However the actor isn’t entirely able to support the picture all on his own as it buckles under the weight of its empty antagonist.

  • No special feature included.

Along Came a Spider (Lee Tamahori) Rated R [104 min] – A congressman’s daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school by an insider who calls Det. Alex Cross, sucking him into the case even though he’s recovering from the loss of his partner. Starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott, and Monica Potter

Bordering on the edge of parody, Along Came a Spider is the follow up to Kiss the Girls with Det. Alex Cross (Freeman). It plays out almost as if it were a fake trailer you’d see within a movie. I don’t think the director really had a great handle on the tone or content to really make this as gripping as the original novel intended it to be.

  • No special feature included.

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