Now Available to Own: Zootopia, Anomalisa, Rick and Morty, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of May 24, 2016. Every Tuesday we run down new movie and television releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. New on shelves this week are Zootopia, Anomalisa, Ricky and Morty Season 2, Hail, Caesar! and more.

Zootopia Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtZootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush) Rated PG [108 min] – In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Nate Torrence, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, and Shakira

We’re almost halfway through 2016 and Zootopia has to be my favorite movie of the year so far. It’s so smart and so well put together that it’s near impossible to find any big faults. Zootopia is adorable, witty, ambitious, and thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end. The story is wildly original, the animation is impeccable, and the world the Disney animators have created is incredibly fleshed out. I can only assume future stories will delve deeper into the animal kingdom as the movie does not feature any amphibians, reptiles, or fish. There’s so much more to this world I want to explore and if they continue with the kind of heart they’ve shown in Zootopia, it will be a sequel worth waiting for.

Special features include:

  • Zoology: The Roundtables
  • The Origin of an Animal Tale
  • Research: A True-Life Adventure
  • Z.P.D. Forensic Files
  • Scoretopia
  • Deleted Characters
  • Deleted Scenes:
  • “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira

Anomalisa Blu-ray Box Cover ArtAnomalisa (Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman) Rated R [1h 30min] – A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. Starring David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan

While I appreciate the story Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson have delivered, I can’t get past how unlikable the main character of Michael is. Anomalisa is truly poignant in its themes, but it’s hard to root for someone who is this expressively miserable and unsympathetic. Harrowing and melancholy, this sad tale of Michael is absolutely haunting in the most existential way possible. The production and design is remakrable. The filmmakers truly took stop-motion animation to a whole new level. To see how it was done within the special features is very fascinating. There’s a lot of care that went into the making of Anomalisa. It’s definitely a movie I want to revisit in the future, but at this moment in my life it doesn’t resonate with me.

Special features include:

  • Featurettes:
    • None of Them are You: Crafting Anomalisa
    • Intimacy in Miniature
    • The Sound of Unease

13 Hours Blu-ray Box Cover Art13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Michael Bay) Rated R [2h 24min] – As an American ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos. Starring John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, and James Badge Dale

There isn’t much to say about Michael Bay’s latest achievement in celebrating his limitless access in featuring military machinery. Quite frankly, not much happens to warrant most of 13 Hours’ excessive run time – I honestly fell asleep watching it, woke up with 30 minutes left to go, finished the movie, went back to the parts I missed, fell asleep again, and had to start all over. 13 Hours is a slog of a movie that is unrelenting in it’s bro-ish nature and xenophobic rough necks. The camaraderie among the actors themselves is the strongest aspect of this film, however the brocaliber reached cannot balance out how vanilla it is. I would like to point out how brutally violent the special effects look, giving it a wildly surreal nuance that feels believable. The disc, while harboring some bonus material, is not too diverse as the three special featurettes come off a bit repetitive. Most of what is detailed is how close Michael Bay got to mirroring the environment in which the story took place and who these soldiers were.

Special features include:

  • For the Record: Finding the Truth Amid the Noise
  • Uncovering Benghazi’s Secret Soldiers
  • Preparing for Battle: Behind the Scenes of 13 Hours

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan Director's Cut Blu-ray Box Cover ArtStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Director’s Cut (Nicholas Meyer) Rated PG [1h 53min] – With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Bibi Besch, and Ricardo Montalban

Hailed as one of the greatest science fiction film of all time, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has never done that much for me. The last time I watched this film in its entirety was after Star Trek Into Darkness came out to compare and contrast how terribly J.J. Abrams floundered in retelling Khan’s story. Rewatching it again for this special Director’s Cut Blu-ray release, I was more taken by the story of friendship, humanity, and the meaning of life than I had in the past. The contrast of character between Kirk and Khan is some of the most evolved storytelling this franchise has ever seen. Wrath of Khan took Star Trek beyond what anyone could have fathomed. Although the Director’s Cut doesn’t really add much to the story itself, the special features on this disc, including the all-new 30-minute featurette, “The Genius Effect,” give fans a well-versed run through of every step that went into making this movie.

Special features include:

  • Director’s Edition in high-definition
  • Theatrical Version in high-definition
  • Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer (Director’s Edition & Theatrical Version)
  • Commentary by director Nicholas Meyer and Manny Coto (Theatrical Version)
  • Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda (Director’s Edition)
  • Library Computer (Theatrical Version)
  • The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan (NEW)
  • Production
  • The Star Trek Universe
  • Farewell: A Tribute to Ricardo Montalban
  • Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rick and Morty Season 2 Blu-ray Box Cover ArtRick and Morty (Season 2) (Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland) An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not so bright grandson. Starring Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, and Spencer Grammer

Rick and Morty is unbelievable. How a group of people can be this damn creative and outrageously funny blows me away. The ingenuity that goes into conceiving these quick bites of humor is on another plane of existence. Not only is the humor unapologetic and wickedly clever, you can’t help but be won over by the dynamic relationship Morty has with his grandpa Rick. Nothing is impossible in the world Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have evolved in Season 2, and yet the show is so crafty in never overstepping its boundaries by making something so unbelievable that it wouldn’t fit in its canon. It’s ever so apparent in the episode commentaries, which is the icing on the cake because it’s just a bunch of guys who sound like they are creating something for themselves and having fun doing it. By far, Rick and Morty is one of the best series running on television right now.

Special features include:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Animatics for every episode
  • Commentaries for every episode
  • Deleted Animatic Sketches
  • Also includes Plumbus Manual Premium
  • Blu-ray Disc only: UltraViolet Digital Copy

The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 DVD Box Cover ArtThe Shannara Chronicles (Alfred Gough and Miles Millar) Rated TV-14 [42min] – Series of adventures, war, and evil that occur throughout the history of the Four Lands. Starring Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, Poppy Drayton, and James Remar

I had heard that The Shannara Chronicles is absolutely bonkers, but I found it to be more tame than anything else. It is your standard YA fantasy fare that has ambition, but is executed poorly in character development and motivations. It’s a very slow burn that doesn’t quite pay off. When the series dives deeper into the mythology and lore from the books it only brings more questions than answers. The world isn’t fully developed to really understand the stakes or know what exactly is going on at all times. Shannara has some potential, but it doesn’t stand apart from the Immortal Instruments and Beautiful Creatures of our time.

Special features include:

  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Meet the Characters
  • Exploring New Zealand
  • Terry Brooks interview
  • Making of the Dagda Mor

Also Available to Own This Week:

  • Hail Caesar!
  • The Martian [Extended Edition
  • Vinyl (Season 1)
  • Game of Throne (Season 3 Limited Edition Steel Book)
  • Game of Thrones (Season 4 Limited Edition Steel Book)
  • A War
  • The Other Side of the Door
  • Kill Your Friends
  • Roots: The Complete Original Series
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • Touched with Fire
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Complete Series
  • Independence Day 4K (Extended Cut)
  • Fairy Tale: Part 20

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!

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