Now Available to Own: SPECTRE, Crimson Peak, The Leftovers, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of February 9, 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 SPECTRE, Crimson Peak, The Leftovers Season 2, Grandma, and more.

The Leftovers Season 2

Source: Bustle

Movies and Television on Blu-ray

Spectre Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtSPECTRE (Sam Mendes) Rated PG-13 p148 min] – A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, and Dave Bautista

As grounded and stylish as the Daniel Craig Bond films have become, rebooting the franchise to a sharp new age, Sam Mendes has taken a sharp left turn with SPECTRE. It is by far the most BOND-y of Craig’s tenure as the International super spy, bringing the character back to quippy British humor, thinly layered romance, absurd villainy, lavish locations, and over the top vehicular mayhem. For what it’s worth, SPECTRE is solid popcorn entertainment, but this latest entry with Daniel Craig tries too hard to tie all of the strings together from the previous films. It’s not crafty storytelling, and is by far almost as weak as Quantum of Solace. But if you’re looking for a throwback to old Bond movies give this one a try.

Special features include:

  • SPECTRE: Bond’s Biggest Opening Sequence (Blu-ray Only)
  • Video Blogs
    • Director – Sam Mendes
    • Supercars
    • Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci
    • Action
    • Music
    • Guinness World Record
  • Gallery (Blu-ray Only)

The Leftovers Season 2 Blu-ray Box Cover ArtThe Leftovers Season 2 (Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta) Rated TV-MA [60 min] – Revolves around mysterious disappearances, world-wide, and specifically follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 people. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, and Carrie Coon

It took me awhile to power through the first season of The Leftovers due to its dower tone, but if you haven’t already heard, the second season is by far a huge step in the right direction for the series. The character arcs are stronger, the mood is more optimistic, and the universe feels more lived in. The Leftovers definitely comes into its own this season, but introduces some wildly fantastical elements that feel quite jarring since they weren’t alluded to or teased in the first. It’s a welcome change though. Sadly, the third season will be the last.

Special features include:

  • No special features included

Crimson Peak Blu-ray Box Cover ArtCrimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro) Rated R [119 min] – In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam

I was hoping for the best in Crimson Peak after del Toro’s lackluster Pacific Rim, but unfortunately all the director has proven to me is that he has a great sense of production design and casting. The story and the characters are hardly as imaginative or well-fleshed out as the haunting manor. There are some pretty terrifying effects and the atmosphere can be chilling, but without a decent narrative, Crimson Peak remains lifeless.

Special features include:

  • Feature Commentary with co-writer and Director Guillermo Del Toro
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak
  • Beware Of Crimson Peak
  • I Remember Crimson Peak
  • A Living Thing
  • A Primer on Gothic Romance
  • Crimson Phantoms
  • Hand Tailored Gothic

99 Homes Blu-ray Box Cover Art99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani) Rated R [112 min] – A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, and Clancy Brown

Flying low under 2015’s radar is 99 Homes. This dark look into the housing market provides must-see performances from both Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and especially Michael Shannon. Like The Big Short, the film can easily make you upset at how corrupt and maddening the downfall of the economy has been. And that’s a trait all films should take into consideration, making you feel an emotion rather than just walking away enjoying the film because you think it’s good.

Special features include:

  • Director’s Commentary with Ramin Bahrani
  • Deleted Scene

Love the Coopers Blu-ray Box Cover ArtLove the Coopers (Jessie Nelson) Rated PG-13 [107 min] – When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Alex Borstein, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, and Timothée Chalamet

Based on the soulless trailer I was looking forward to a burning a pile of garbage. However, I was quite taken aback after viewing Love the Coopers. Of course, the film offers the cliche holiday tropes, but not in a way that it’s in your face about it. The formulaic story is its worst offender due to its predictive nature. Otherwise, the cast is pretty solid, the script isn’t offensive, and the general message hits its mark. Love the Coopers
won’t be everyone’s new, go to holiday film, but if you find yourself flipping through the channels come December, trying to decide if you should watch A Christmas Story for the umpteenth time, this wouldn’t be a bad choice to land on.

Special features include:

  • Making the Coopers” Featurette
  • “Rags the Dog” Featurette
  • “Fun on Set” Featurette
  • Music Video by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

MI-5 Blu-ray Box Cover ArtMI-5 (Bharat Nalluri) Rated R [104 min] – When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. Starring Kit Harington, Peter Firth, and Jennifer Ehle

An adaptation based on the British television series, Spooks, MI-5 thrusts Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington into a suspenseful thriller. With some surprising twists and turns, the movie builds tension fairly well and keeps the urgency of the mission a high priority. Although the production has many positives, MI-5 feels a little stuffed to the brim and carries the derivative weight of many action thrillers before. Regardless, it’s a good straight-to-video pick compared to others of its kind.

Special features include:

  • The Making of MI-5″ Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Additional Releases this Week

  • Grandma
  • Freaks of Nature
  • The Carol Burnett Show – The Lost Episodes: Treasures from the Vault (DVD Only)
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise (DVD Only)
  • Touched by an Angel (DVD Only)
  • Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series (DVD Only)

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Dope – $6.96
  • Arrow (Season 3) – $16.96
  • The Martian – $14.99
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $14.99
  • The World’s End – $5
  • The Final Girls – $14.99
  • Howard the Duck – $9.99
  • Men in Black Trilogy – $15
  • Trainwreck – $12.99
  • Moonrise Kingdom – $5
  • The Imitation Game – $9.96
  • Babe – $5
  • Jaws – $7.88

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!


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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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