Now Available to Own: Snow White, Bridge of Spies, Batman: Bad Blood, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of February 2, 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 Snow White, Bridge of Spies, Batman: Bad Blood, and more.

Movies and Television on Blu-ray

Bridge of Spies Blu-ray Box Cover ArtBridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg) Rated PG-13 [135 min] – An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, and Amy Ryan [Watch the Trailer]

Spielberg brings his A game in Bridge of Spies. Though the movie is a little over two hours, the film is still tight and ripe with some of the best cold war tension. But the movie isn’t all serious and political. Tom Hanks delivers a very humble, fish out of water performance as he tries to facilitate the prisoner exchange in the most unbiased way possible. It’s a great movie about principles, moral fiber, and upholding your values.

Special features include:

  • “Berlin 1961: Re-creating The Divide” – Experience the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and Frederic Pryor’s arrest through a mix of archival imagery, behind-the-scenes moments and firsthand accounts.
  • “U-2 Spy Plane” – Witness the making of the spectacular U-2 plane crash sequence with archival voiceover by U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, and a cameo by his son, Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
  • “Spy Swap: Looking Back On The Final Act” – Relive a page of Cold War history on the Glienicke Bridge while shooting the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.
  • “A Case Of The Cold War: Bridge of Spies” – Delve deeper into the film’s characters and the real-life people on whom they’re based, and discover why the history behind “Bridge Of Spies” still resonates today.

Snow White Blu-ray Box Cover ArtSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, Larry Morey, Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, Perce Pearce, and William Cottrell) Rated G [83 min] – Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs, but the queen learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. Starring Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, and Lucille La Verne

Disney fans will now have to be on the look out for the all new Walt Disney Signature Collection as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs kicks off the inaugural entry. This new special line of Blu-ray titles are the next installment of collectibles proceeding the Platinum and Diamond Editions. Considering that Snow White is the very first feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios back in 1937, the transfer is gorgeous. Compared to Cinderella, the story holds up much better. And for the hardcore Disney fanatics, the special features are full of rich content that brings even more depth inside to the making of the film.

Special features include:

  • In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White.
  • Iconography – Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.
  • @DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.
  • The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.
  • Snow White in Seventy Seconds – Rap along with this hip reimagining of the story.
  • Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.
  • And MORE!

Our Brand is Crisis Blu-ray Box Cover ArtOur Brand Is Crisis (David Gordon Green) Rated R [107 min] – An American woman, well-versed in political campaigns, is sent to the war-torn lands of South America to help install a new leader but is threatened to be thwarted by a long-term rival. Starring Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Joaquim de Almeida [Watch the Trailer]

While I have never seen the 2005 short film Our Brand is Crisis was based on, my intrigue for the feature film stems from the gender-swap of the main character who was originally supposed to be played by George Clooney. The movie doesn’t lean heavily at all on the fact that the lead character is a woman, which makes the film a great lesson in casting and how we should consider this option for any film when writing characters. With that said, I think Sandra Bullock does a solid job at being a hardened political adviser, but the story is pretty passionless. I’m not a very political person, and the movie doesn’t engage well enough to get behind its politics or care about the turmoil that is rested on such an important democratic vote.

Special features include:

  • Sandra Bullock: A Role Like No Other featurette.

The Last Witch Hunter Blu-ray Box Cover ArtThe Last Witch Hunter (Breck Eisner) Rated PG-13 [106 min] – The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history. Starring Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

As much as I believed The Last Witch Hunter to be completely unwatchable, my expectations were happily shocked to find the film to be somewhat tolerable. By no means is it a good movie. The Last Witch Hunter is highly convoluted in lore that doesn’t build the world as much as it confuses and it also isn’t that fun. It has a great cast and the action is OK, but it’s pretty dry and lacks personality. There are times when The Last Witch Hunter has some fully fleshed out moments, but all these small parts aren’t enough to benefit the whole.

Special features include:

  • “Crafting the Magic: The Last Witch Hunter” Featurette
  • Animated Short Films – The Origins of the Axe and Cross
  • The Last Witch Hunter Sizzle Reel / “Paint It, Black”
  • Audio Commentary with Director Breck Eisner
  • Deleted Scenes

Freeheld Blu-ray Box Cover ArtFreeheld (Peter Sollett) Rated PG-13 [103 min] – New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon

Like Our Brand is Crisis, I had not seen the short documentary film of which Freeheld was adapted from. Freeheld, however, is an Oscar award winning short doc. Be that as it may, despite the story itself to be quite compelling, the execution and delivery is very drab. The whole production feels paint by numbers and has an almost made-for-TV quality to it. There’s a lot of time gaps and character conveniences that make everything so surface level. There’s not enough time or development to really care about such an important cause, which is rather unfortunate for such an esteemed cast of actors.

Special features include:

  • “The Making of Freeheld” Featurette
  • “Freeheld to Freedom: Ocean County Then and Now” Featurette
  • Oscar-winning Documentary Short “FREEHELD”
  • Audio Commentary with Director Peter Sollett and Actors Julianne Moore and Ellen Page

Man Up Blu-ray Box Cover ArtMan Up (Ben Palmer) Rated R [88 min] – A single woman takes the place of a stranger’s blind date, which leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.Starring Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, and Olivia Williams

What I like about Man Up is that this meet cute is a little out of the ordinary. However, the chemistry between the two characters feels forced and inherently rushed since the whole movie takes place over the course of one day. Pegg and Bell are cute together, but their characters are not a couple you would root for at the end of the day.

Special features include:

  • Gag Reel
  • Simon and Lake Interview Clips
  • “The Seven Beats of Man Up” Featurette

Batman Bad Blood Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtBatman: Bad Blood (Jay Oliva) Rated PG-13 [Runtime N/A]– Bruce Wayne is missing. Alfred covers for him while Nightwing and Robin patrol Gotham City in his stead. And a new player, Batwoman, investigates Batman’s disappearance.Director:Writer: J.M. DeMatteisStars: Stuart Allan, Morena Baccarin, Steve Blum

Out of the most recent slew of animated Batman films, Bad Blood is my favorite out of the bunch. But that isn’t saying too much. Son of Batman and Batman vs. Robin were pretty lackluster with little surprises. Bad Blood is fun because it invites a lot of characters to play in the Gotham sandbox. Although this is a benefit, it’s also one of its downfalls because if you aren’t familiar with the mythology of this universe than Bad Blood may feel overstuffed.

Special features include:

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
  • Putting the Fight in the Gotham – Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but he is also a formidable fighter. This documentary reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in the latest animated film offering, Batman: Bad Blood.
  • Expanding the Family of Batman – From the Golden Age to today’s current super heroes, the Batman family has both increased in numbers and, occasionally and dramatically, lost some of its members. Each family member brings about a new shade to the Batman mythos while providing an exciting new perspective to the storytelling. This documentary is about the introduction of Batwoman and Batwing into the Batman family in this all-new animated film.
  • From the DC Comics Vault – Two 22-minute Episodes
    • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “The Knights of Tomorrow”
    • Batman: The Animated Series – “Avatar”

From Dusk Till Dawn Blu-ray Box Cover ArtFrom Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (Season 2) (Robert Rodriguez) A Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers. Starring D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, and Eiza González

The novelty of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series was a cute idea. The cult classic film starring George Clooney is ripe with wacky B-movie delight, but now two seasons into the series adaptation the charm of it all feels overcooked. Not even introducing new characters is enough to bring up the energy to something more than its base level story. The camp of it all is entertaining to a certain degree, but otherwise forgettable.

Special features include:

  • Audio commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez and Cast & Crew
  • Inside the Episode (1-10)
  • 2015 New York Comic Con Panel Discussion
  • Featurettes:

DVD Only

Meadowland DVD Box Cover ArtMeadowland (Reed Morano) Rated R [105 min] – In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, Sarah and Phil come unhinged, recklessly ignoring the repercussions. Phil starts to lose sight of his morals; Sarah takes off on a potentially disastrous journey, falling deeper into her own fever dream. Starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, John Leguizamo, Ty Simpkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, and Elisabeth Moss

Meadowland is beyond awful. Without the director’s guidance, I can’t see this ship setting sail beyond it’s redundant themes and over the top dower tone. Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson play the part of depressed parents well, but the the character motivations are written so terribly that nothing they do makes sense at all to the average human being.

  • Special features not yet announced

The Man from UNCLE Season 2 DVD Box Cover ArtThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. Season 2 (Sam Rolfe) 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. Starring Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

If you were left as disappointed by the film adaptation as I was, then you’ll want to seek out the TV series to justify the franchise’s existence. The camaraderie of the characters is more tasteful and classic, and they are actually a part of the U.N.C.L.E. organization. Though the movie brings more depth to the characters, the subtle nature of the show gives it a more iconic and classier feel.

  • No special features listed

Additional Blu-ray Releases this Week

  • From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 2)
  • Truth
  • Suffragette
  • Falling Skies (Season 5)
  • Falling Skies – The Complete Series
  • Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo
  • Martyrs (2016)
  • Show Me a Hero
  • The Keeping Room

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Goosebumps – $15
  • The Man from UNCLE – $9.99
  • The World’s End – $5.99
  • Moonrise Kingdom – $5
  • The Martian – $15
  • The James Bond Collection – $88.23
  • This is 40 – $5
  • Seabiscuit – $5
  • Trainwreck – $12.99
  • The 100 (Season 1) – $11.96
  • The Leftovers (Season 1) – $16.96
  • The Gift – $12.99
  • The Originals (Season 2) – $14.96
  • Role Models – $5
  • Room (Pre-Order) – $16.99
  • Birdman – $7.99
  • The Longest Ride – $7.99
  • Revenge of the Nerds – $5.99
  • Arrow (Season 1) – $14.96
  • Shameless (Season 4) – $14.49

All prices from 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!

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