Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of April 26, 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 Ride Along 2, Krampus, Phoenix, Jane Got a Gun, Son of Saul, and more.
Movies on Blu-ray
Ride Along 2 (Tim Story) Rated PG-13 [1h 42min] – As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product. Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, TikaSumpter, Olivia Munn, and Ken Jeong
I’ve never seen Ride Along, so this review is only in context of the sequel itself. Based on my knowledge of the first film from only seeing the trailer, Ride Along 2 does a pretty good job at catching you up on the relationship between Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. If anything, Ride Along 2 could stand on its own for the most part because all of the plot is focused on the duo’s police work in Florida. Even the camaraderie between Cube and Hart needs no explanation. They have good chemistry together and next to nothing is brought up about the previous shenanigans they were involved with in Ride Along. Now the story itself is pretty elementary, there’s not a single beat that someone who has seen one law enforcement buddy comedy hasn’t seen before. The bounty of special features delve deep into the making of this film and provide really solid insights behind the scenes.
Special features include:
- Feature Commentary with Director Tim Story
- The Ride Along Roundtable
- The Ride Diaries
- Kevin & Cube: Brothers In-Law
- The New Recruits
- Inside Black Hammer Vision
- Ride Along with Kevin Hart
- Ride Along With Us
- Behind the Scenes of Ride Along With Us
- Cori’s Wedding Commercial
- Gag Reel
Krampus (Michael Dougherty) Rated PG-13 [1h 38min] – A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home. Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and David Koechner
While I didn’t find Krampus as gleefully delightful as Trick ‘r Treat, I still enjoyed watching the film for its creativity. The idea of a nega-Santa Claus has so much potential to be a wicked movie, but I felt as though what Michael Dougherty presented was pretty tame. Regardless, the practical effects were warmly received and I thought the monsters were all well conceived. There’s a ton of special features on this disc, but the movie isn’t memorable enough to warrant a blind buy.
Special features include:
- Feature Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Michael Dougherty and Co-Writers Todd Casey & Zach Shields
- Krampus and His Minions
- Practical Danger
- Inside the Snowglobe: Production Design
- Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: Krampus
- Dougherty’s Vision
- The Naughty Ones: Meet The Cast
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended Scenes
- Gag Reel
Hot in Cleveland (Suzanne Martin) Rated TV-PG [30min] – Three 40-something best friends from Los Angeles are flying to Paris when their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. Realizing that all the norms from Los Angeles don’t apply anymore, they decide to celebrate a city that values real women and stay where they’re still considered hot. Starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White
After watching this season of Hot in Cleveland, I’ve come to the executive decision that multi-camera sitcoms are not my cup of tea. They really have to strike a chord on all fronts when it comes to character arcs, humor, and relevance. The show feels far too outdated and warms out its welcome fast. If it were not for Betty White this series would not have made it as far as this sixth and final season. At times there’s glimmer of hope that the series is smarter than your average bear, but there’s always something that can dumb it down very quickly. This season had a slew of awesome cameos, including Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, and Robert Wagner. But even they couldn’t help me digest the show any easier.
- No special features included
Also Available to Own
- Jane Got a Gun
- Death Becomes Her (Collector’s Edition)
- Son of Saul
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- Room – $12.00
- Witness – $5.99
- It Follows – $12.99
- The Iron Giant – $9.99
- The Hateful Eight – $17.99
- Minority Report – $9.99
- The Walk – $16.99
- Nightcrawler – $8.99
- Independence Day – $12.99
- The Theory of Everything – $8.99
- Neighbors – $8.99
- Fugitive – $5.99
All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.
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