Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of January 12, 2016. Every Tuesday we run down new movie and television releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can help save you some coin. New on shelves this week are The Martian, Sinister 2, Mr. Robot, and more.
Movies on Blu-ray
The Martian (Ridley Scott) Rated PG-13 [141 min] – During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jeff Daniels
I didn’t really know what to expect going into this film. What I knew about The Martian is the basic premise and from what I had seen in the trailers. It sounded like a pretty solid story. Suffice it to say, The Martian is a pretty good time. All of the performances are full of energy and charisma, the direction and pace kept me on the edge of my seat, and the story is really enthralling. It would hard to believe anyone else but Matt Damon in this role. It’s definitely one of 2015’s best films.
Special features include:
- Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction
- Occupy Mars: Casting and Costumes
- 5 Theatrical In-World Pieces
- Ares III: Refocused
- Gag Reel
- Production Gallery
Sinister 2 (Ciarán Foy) Rated R [97 min] – A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death. Starring James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, and Dartanian Sloan
Having fallen asleep in the theaters near the end of Sinister 2, I had to give it another go to ensure that it wasn’t just my low energy levels that kept me from seeing the final act of the film. Sadly, it is Sinister 2 that I found to suck the life out of me. The movie is completely boring and everything about the story is rather uninteresting. The kill tapes are unimaginative and the suspense is meager at best. Bagul will not go down as one of the horror villain greats down the road.
Special features include:
- Extended Kill Films (Blu Ray Only)
- Deleted Scenes
- Time to Watch Another: The Making of Sinister 2
- Feature Commentary with Director Ciarán Foy
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Gregory Plotkin) Rated R [88 min] – Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.Director: Stars: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, and Dan Gill
As much as I wanted The Ghost Dimension to be an awesome finale to the Paranormal Activity franchise, unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards. Introducing the 3D aspect to the innovative found footage series was a nice touch, but all of the characters are completely grating and the story lackluster. The more the PA movies strained to make the stories connect through “Toby” the more the films failed each other. This isn’t the worst in the franchise, it’s really hard to beat the horrendous fourth entry, but it’s close with how unrewarding the ending is.
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Additional Blu-ray Releases this Week
- Hotel Transylvania 2
- Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
- Mr. Robot Season 1
- The Stanford Prison Experiment
- Irrational man
- The Devil Wears Prada (10th Anniversary Edition)
- The Look of Silence
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- Kung Fu Panda 2 – $9.99
- Kiki’s Delivery Service – $17.29
- Kung Fu Panda – $9.96
- How to Train Your Dragon – $9.99
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $9.99
- Sherlock Holmes Collection – $10.49
- Deathgasm – $12.99
- The King’s Speech – $5
- Princess Mononoke – $17.99
- Saving Mr. Banks – $13.99
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – $14.99
- Like Crazy $8.99
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