Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of May 3, 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 Joy, The Choice, Top Gun: Special 30th Anniversary Limited Edition, and more.
Movies on Blu-ray
Joy (David O. Russell) Rated PG-13 [2h 4min] – Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, and Isabella Rossellini
While Joy wasn’t your typical David O. Russell darling per usual when it came to awards season, I found the film to be quite underrated – 2015 was a good year for film though. Loosely based on the true story of Joy Mangano the queen of entrepreneurial endeavors, the journey from Joy-the-housewife to Joy-the-businesswoman is awe-inspiring thanks to Russell’s vision and Lawrence’s acting finesse. I had never known who Mangano was until this movie and thought Joy was just a random story about a woman who did a thing. Little did I know that this Joy would do a thing and then some, and then some more. Joy is rather inspirational for those seeking change in their life. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance definitely fills you with motivation to believe in yourself and to follow your dreams. And although the film isn’t much beyond Joy’s story, unlike David O. Russell’s previous ensemble stories, it’s still a solid piece of entertainment. The special features are somewhat lacking, but if you want a greater sense of Lawrence’s mindset in approaching Joy’s story, they do the the job quite nicely.
Special features include:
- Joy, Strength and Perseverance
- Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Times Talk with Maureen Dowd
- Photo Gallery
The Choice (Ross Katz) Rated PG-13 [1h 51min] – Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events. Starring Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, and Alexandra Daddario
If you’re looking for a mixtape of the best hits from Nicholas Sparks adaptations The Choice is what you seek. Kissing in the rain? Check. Boat ride? Check. Coincidental meet cute? Check. An unfortunate romantic divide between the lovers? Check. Some kind of illness? Check. A house on the lake? Check. It’s all there. All of it. The Choice is the most grating film adaptation from a Nicholas Sparks novel yet. If it weren’t for the actors at least phoning it in to make it seem they were at least interested in each other the movie would be a complete snooze fest, especially for how long the run time is. After The Choice I can’t even imagine what’s left in the tank of creativity for this man. It’s as if he’s just ad-libbing these things now. There’s nothing unique or interesting about this romantic scenario to even warrant its existence. Not even the special features can muster up an ounce of hard evidence for this movie to be deemed necessary; and the box office sales prove it.
Special features include:
- Deleted Scenes
- “Cinematic Choices: Making The Choice” Featurette
- “Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina” Featurette
- “Nicholas Sparks with…” Featurette
- Molly & Moby: Choice Dogs
- Audio Commentary with Director Ross Katz and Actor Benjamin Walker
Top Gun (Tony Scott) Rated PG [110 min] – As students at the Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young flyer learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. Starring Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, and Michael Ironside
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen Top Gun. Though lauded as one of the best action movies around, I’ve never been a big fan of the film. Giving the film a rewatch for its 30th anniversary, there’s definitely a level of appreciation that I can bestow upon its ingenuity and random beach volleyball intermission. The soundtrack, of course, is superb, with “Danger Zone” just as strong as ever after all these years and “Take My Breath Away” forever one of the greatest love ballads to this day. Now older, and possibly a little wiser, I’ve found Top Gun has a deeper story behind its action-oriented facade filled with aerial dog fights. And lastly, no matter how crazy you believe Tom Cruise to be, you cannot deny he is one of the most charismatic actors then and now. Super fans of Top Gun will want to get their hands on this limited edition Blu-ray steel book as it contains all new interviews with Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that really delve deeper into the fun they had making this film.
Special features include:
- Feature film in high definition
- Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts
- Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun
- Multi-Angle Storyboards with optional commentary by Tony Scott
- Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun
- Music Videos:
- Kenny Loggins—“Danger Zone”
- Berlin—“Take My Breath Away”
- Loverboy—“Heaven In Your Eyes”
- Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens—“Top Gun Anthem”
- TV Spots
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
- Survival Training Featurette
- Tom Cruise Interviews
Also Available to Own
- Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition
- The 5th Way
- RWBY: Volume 3
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- Easy Rider: Criterion Collection
- True Crime
- City Heat
- The Last Ship (Season 2)
- Mad About You: The Complete Series (DVD Only)
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- The Revenant – $14.00
- SPECTRE – $12.99
- Sisters – $12.99
- Star Wars: Episode IV-VI – $29.99
- Game of Thrones (Season 1-2) – $19.99 each
- The Martian – $12.99
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – $4.50
- Blade Runner – $4.50
- The Leftovers (Season 1) – $14.99
- Maggie – $9.99
- Room – $12.99
- American Horror Story: Freak Show – $24.99
All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.
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