Now Available to Own: The Big Short, Brooklyn, Game of Thrones, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of March 15, 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 Big Short, Brooklyn, Sisters, Game of Thrones Season 5, Carol, and more.

Movies on Blu-ray

Brooklyn 2015 Movie Blu-ray Box Cover ArtBrooklyn (John Crowley) Rated PG-13 [111 min] – An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, and Domhnall Gleeson

Something about this movie touched me. Not in the sick, perverted way, but I had a profound resonating experience. Having moved away from my home to where I am now, and not knowing a soul, I understand a lot of the feels Eilis Lacey has. I’ve never read the book, but I would be hard pressed to believe anyone would think this was a poor adaptation from the pages to the screen. Saoirse Ronan is at the top of her craft, earning herself a well deserved Oscar nomination. The chemistry between herself and Emory Cohen is sweet and charming. Everything about Brooklyn is so elegantly, well put together that it’s worth every second of your time.

Special features include:

  • 11 Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Director’s Commentary (Blu-ray only)
  • Six promotional featurettes
  • Audio commentary by director, John Crowley
  • Photo gallery

The Big Short Blu-ray Box Cover ArtThe Big Short (Adam McKay) Rated R [2h 10min] – Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, and Brad Pitt

If any movie exuded more confidence last year it was The Big Short. Even in explaining its big boy, financial terms, this movie does not hold your hand. The Big Short is exciting, playful, smart, funny, and well cast. It’s a movie that will make you feel feelings. It’s been awhile since I felt such a wave of emotions come over me after seeing a film, which in this case were anger and frustration. How could our government allow the subject matter of this film be overseen? The Big Short is a spectacular ride that demands your attention. The special features are ripe full of sharp commentary, presenting you excellent commentary on how involved the actors were invested and what this film meant to its filmmakers. While some may have overlooked The Big Short in theaters due to its overbearing content, I suggest you give this film the ol’ college try. It’s highly worth a watch.

Special features include:

  • In the Tranches: Casting (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The Big Leap: Adam McKay (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Unlikely Heroes: The Characters of The Big Short (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The House of Cards: The Rise of the Fall (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Getting Real: Recreating an Era (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)

Carol Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtCarol (Tood Haynes) Rated R  [118 min] – An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, and Jake Lacy

If there’s one movie that has figured out how to cinematically show the many nuances of how we feel about and fall in love it is Carol. Between the incredible performances from Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett to the romantic period setting of 1950’s New York, Carol is magnificent.

Special features include:

  • Q&A with cast and filmmakers
  • Behind the Scenes Gallery featuring cast and crew

Sisters Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtSisters (Jason Moore) Rated R [118 min] – Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. Starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, John Cena, and John Leguizamo

Tina Fey and Amy Schumer can practically do anything they want. And they should be allowed to. These powerhouse, comedic geniuses are some of the biggest voices in their field, and to reunite them again after Baby Mama should be a treat to behold, right? Sisters delivers too much of the same jokes over and over again, hitting you over the head with contrived themes that this dynamic duo are above. Neither of them wrote or directed Sisters, but they did produce it. There’s just too much familiarity and not enough fresh material to really champion their efforts. You’ll want to believe that this film would work after coming off of 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation, but sadly you’ll walk away disappointed. The Blu-ray does come packed full of an abundant special features, and you’d probably have more fun watching the behind the scenes than the film itself.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • The Improvorama
  • Feature Commentary With Director Jason Moore, Star/Producer Tina Fey, Star/Executive Producer Amy Poehler and Writer Paula Pell
  • How to Throw a Party (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Grown-Up Parties Suck (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The Alex Chronicles (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The Kate And Pazuzu Chronicles (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • A Teen Movie … For Adults (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The Original Sister (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Pool Collapse Visual Effects (Blu-ray exclusive)

Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip Blu-ray Box Cover ArtAlvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Walt Becker) Rated PG [1h 32min] – Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Starring Jason Lee, Jesica Ahlberg, Josh Green, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, and Justin Long

Looking past the annoying, winky sequel title, The Road Chip surpasses expectations, which doesn’t say much based on the unbearable nature of how the property has been handled. I wanted to give this film a chance because why would anyone go through the effort to make a fourth film in a franchise if there isn’t any perceived chance of earning a profit? I’m not sure who asks for these sequels to be made. Boomers full of nostalgia? Kids? Either way, these have to stop. And if you can’t get enough of the ear-shattering vocals from their musical numbers, the special features have you covered. Oy vey.

Special features include:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Story So Far
  • Cue the Chipmunks: The Great Big Chipmunks Music Finale
  • Our Furry Planet
  • Alvinisms
  • WETA and the Chipmunks: Animators’ Reference Reel
  • Ultimate Playlist:
  • Music Videos (with optional Sing-Along)
  • Lyric Videos
  • Munk Rock
  • RedFoo “Squeaky Wiggle” Dance Instructional
  • After the Party: A Munkumentary

Steve Jobs The Man in the Machine Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtSteve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (Alex Gibney) Rated R [128 min] – A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. Starring Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

If you haven’t been painted the full spectrum of who Steve Jobs was from the various biopics, his own biographic novel, the multitude of videos online, and the vast array of articles detailing his every move, then Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is just for you. Despite feeling too familiar with the business/tech genius, the film does portray his story in a rather satisfying way that never bores. Knowing what we do about Jobs, the biopic still manages to intrigue because he was such a fascinating and brilliant human being. Definitely a feature to check out if you’re into documentaries.

  • No special features listed

Game of Thrones Season 5 Blu-ray Box CoverGame of Thrones Season 5 (David Benioff and D. B. Weiss) Rated TV-MA [55 min] – The War of the Five Kings, once thought to be drawing to a close, is instead entering a new and more chaotic phase. Westeros is on the brink of collapse, and many are seizing what they can while the realm implodes, like a corpse making a feast for crows. Starring Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Alfie Allen, Rory McCann, Charles Dance, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, and Pedro Pascal

Game of Thrones still manages to hold up very well after five big seasons. There is so much depth to this world that David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have brought to life from the pages of George R. R. Martin’s celebrated books that it’s hard to believe how well they’ve been able to pull this series off. The growth in fanbase is astonishing when you think about how geeky everything about this franchise is. Twenty years ago, I’m sure you would have been laughed at for obsessing over whether Jon Snow will return for the sixth season or not. I don’t think that Season 5 is as strong as some of its predecessors, but it’s an OK season overall. Very transitional for bigger moments to come.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentaries – Twelve audio commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Iain Glen, Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie and more.
  • Anatomy of an Episode: Mother’s Mercy – Details about the creation of “Mother’s Mercy,” from the writing table all the way through to visual effects
  • The Real History Behind Game of Thrones – In a two-part series, historians and George R.R. Martin discuss the era known as “The Wars of the Roses” and other historical events that served as inspiration for his novels
  • Deleted Scenes – 4 deleted scenes
  • A Day in the Life – Inside look at the production process of Season 5
  • New Characters/New Locations – Explore the new societies, cultures and locations from Season 5
  • The Dance of Dragons – An in-depth look at the story behind the Targaryen civil war (BD exclusive)
  • In-Episode Guide – Provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories (BD exclusive)
  • Histories and Lore – Explore the mythology of Westeros and Essos from character perspectives in 14 history pieces with feature illustrations (BD exclusive)

Also Available to Own

  • Love 3D
  • Doctor Who: The 5th Series Part 1 (DVD Only)
  • Cedar Cove: Season 3 (DVD Only)
  • CHiPs: Season 4 (DVD Only)
  • The Nanny: Season 6 (DVD Only)

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Carol – $17.99
  • Minions – $18.49
  • Cowboy Bebop (The Complete Series) – $27.99
  • Room – $14.99
  • Self/Less – $13.99
  • Evil Dead 2 – $4.75
  • Mud – $4.75
  • Gravity – $8
  • Insidious: Chapter 3 – $9.18
  • Interstellar – $8
  • Thor: The Dark World – $18.99
  • John Wick – $8
  • Freddy vs. Jason – $5.89
  • Man of Steel – $9.96
  • Glee (Season 4) – $10
  • Penguins of Madagascar – $10
  • The Usual Suspects – $4.75
  • West Side Story – $10.98

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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