Now Available to Own: The Revenant, Ip Man 3, Silicon Valley, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of April 19, 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 Revenant, Ip Man 3, Veep, Silicon Valley, and more.

Movies on Blu-ray

The Revenant Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtThe Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu) Rated R [2h 36min] – A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

As beautiful as The Revenant is, there’s not much of a compelling story within. Sure Leo grunted his way to his Oscar that was past due, but without his performance this movie would be nothing. The plot is basic, it’s essentially a weaker version of Gladiator without the glamorous sets and revenge narrative you can get behind. The movie is as cold as the environments the production was shot on. There’s little to enjoy about The Revenant and even less to take away after it’s all said and done.

Special features include:

  • “A World Unseen” – A Documentary of The Revenant

The Lady in the Van Blu-ray Box Cover ArtThe Lady in the Van (Nicholas Hytner) Rated PG-13 [1h 44min] – A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway. Starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, and Jim Broadbent

My first attempt at watching The Lady in the Van proved unsuccessful because I had little to no interest to anything the plot laid out for me. The relationship between Alex Jennings and Maggie Smith’s characters felt forced and inherently surface level. It always seems as if we’re two steps ahead of discovering who the lady in the van is, and ultimately the climax is hardly satisfying. It’s kind of like Alexander Payne’s Nebraska in the sense that it’s just an old person doing old person things. There just isn’t much to grab hold of to keep your interest from faltering. The Blu-ray offers a decent amount of extras to provide more depth to Miss Shepherd, which actually gives better context and provides a more interesting look at who she was.

Special features include:

  • Playing The Lady: Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of The Lady in the Van
  • The Visual Effects
  • Audio Commentary with Director Nicholas Hytner

Little House on the Prarie Season 9 DVD Box Cover ArtLittle House on the Prairie: Season Nine Deluxe Remastered Edition (Blanche Hanalis) Rated TV-PG [60 min] – The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West. Starring Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greebush, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson

All good things must come to an end. The later years of Little House might not have lived up to the better, first seasons, but the series ended on quite explosively. Little House is definitely one that will be encapsulated in the annals of television history, but it won’t be a show that will age well down the road. And for those who just can’t let go, it’s nice that this disc-set has one of the movie specials along with it.

Special features include:

  • “Bless All the Dear Children” Movie Special

DVD Only

Ip Man 3 Blu-ray Box Cover ArtIp Man 3 (Wilson Yip) Rated PG-13 [1h 45min] – When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Starring Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhan, and Mike Tyson

Like Lady in the Van, Ip Man 3 also took me two tries to watch. But unlike Lady, Ip Man 3 has more going for it. The reason behind my necessary second viewing is because the film’s narrative is disjointed. Two of the film’s central plots don’t feel very cohesive: one focused on Master Ip’s duty to protect his child’s school from gangsters while the other is more centralized around his duty as a husband. Both plots are so loosely connected that it would have been better as separate stories. While I found the relationship between Ip and his wife more forward thinking and thematic compared to the kerfuffle with Mike Tyson and his gang, fans will be pleased to know that there is some really great action sequences throughout the entire film. The fight choreography is beautifully shot and coherent, and there’s never a time when an action beat feels stale. What handful of special features this disc beholds are nice, giving a closer look into the making of the fight scenes, which are always a pleasure to see come to life.

Special features include:

  • Making of Featurette
  • Interview with Donnie Yen & Mike Tyson
  • Behind the Scenes

Pretty Little Liars Season 6 DVD Box Cover Art

Pretty Little Liars Season 6 (I. Marlene King) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend. Starring Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse

At this point in the series what haven’t the Pretty Little Liars gotten themselves into? Well now that we’ve fast forward their lives from Rosewood High School beyond their college years – getting closer to the actors’ real ages – there’s bound to be even more shenanigans the ladies can find themselves getting into. And boy do they know how to attract trouble. While this series is by all means the textbook example for what a teen soap opera with a big budget would be, I find some of the character moments to be rather addicting to follow. The one character I tend to gravitate most to is Emily, and her arc continues to get even more complicated as the series runs its course. And though this show tends to over dramatize the most asinine moments at times, you can’t help but continue to stay glued to the drama.

Special features include:

  • We Love the PLL Ships – featurette
  • A PLL PROM – featurette
  • Inside the 5 Years – featurette
  • HOMECOMING: The PLL’s Return – featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Also Available to Own

  • Silicon Valley (Season 2)
  • Veep (Season 4)
  • Misconduct
  • Love 3D
  • Fifty Shades of Black
  • Haven: The Final Season
  • Norm of the North
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Collector’s Edition)
  • And Then There Were None

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy – $49.99
  • Jaws 2 – $9.99
  • Jaws 3 – $9.99
  • Gravity – $7.50
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind – $7.99
  • American Ultra – $9.00
  • Carol – $17.96
  • Poltergeist (1982) – $14.99
  • Kick-Ass – $4.99
  • Lincoln – $9.97
  • Pulp Fiction – $4.99

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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