Now Available to Own: The Age of Adaline, Gotham, Super Mario Maker, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of September 8, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. New on shelves this week are The Age of Adaline, Gotham, Super Mario Maker, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

The Age of Adaline (Lee Toland Krieger) Rated PG-13 [110 min] – A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for. Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Ellen Burstyn, and Amanda Crew

In an age where most romantic films have dissolved into some kind of tween fantasy or a sloppy rom com with poop jokes, The Age of Adaline may have a sci-fi concept but at least it proves that Hollywood still has the capacity to produce an original story about love. Harrison Ford and Blake Lively give very genuine and heartfelt performances that truly speak to their talent. It’s not perfect, as some elements like Adaline’s current romance feel forced, however The Age of Adaline tells a good story enough to where you care about her outcome.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Lee Toland Krieger
  • “A Love Story for the Ages” featurette
  • “Style Throughout the Ages” featurette
  • “Discovering Young Harrison Ford: Anthony Ingruber, An Online Sensation” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

American Heist (Sarik Andreasyan) Rated R [94 min] – James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. Starring Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, and Jordana Brewster

Generic, derivative, and lacking any kind of imagination, American Heist simply does not come across as the edgy and stylish cinematic adventure it hopes to be. The title alone says all you need to know about the film. The actors do the best they can, but even the dialogue drags down the movie. Maybe if American Heist came out 20 years ago it would have had folks talking. Instead it wastes the talent of Adrien Brody and my time.

Special features include:

  • “Creating a Complex Caper: Pulling off American Heist” featurette

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Television Series

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season (Eric Kripke) Rated TV-14 [44 min]Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, and Misha Collins

It takes a lot of gusto in order keep a series running for 10 seasons. And you can tell by watching this last season of Supernatural that the show has definitely come under some strain. The plot of Season 10 definitely meanders with little purpose while character motivations are hard to understand at times. There definitely are stronger seasons than this. Supernatural is beyond its prime and I hope the producers reach a satisfying ending rather than driving this beloved show into the ground.

Special features include:

  • A Very Special Supernatural Special
  • Supernatural Theatre: Staging the 200th Episode
  • The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade
  • Supernatural Fans
  • Supernatural at Comic-Con 2014
  • Three (3) Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Gotham: The Complete First Season (Bruno Heller) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – The story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. Starring Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Taylor

So what’s all the hubbub about Gotham? There isn’t much. I enjoy mostly anything to do with Batman, so I was curious as to how they would approach the material. My biggest problem is that all the interconnected stories of the major players in Gotham feel forced. Young Catwoman doesn’t need to be telling young Bruce Wayne how life on the streets is, it could be anyone or it could be learned differently. Why does [Poison] Ivy have to be a sad orphan girl? She doesn’t have to be a part of the show; her character serves no purpose other than a wink to the fans.

We spend most of our time in the Gotham City Police Department and yet we hardly know anyone on the force and are never given any real reason why the cops that are dirty are the way they are. It’s an underdeveloped show with no depth other than the lore of Batman. Efforts are focused in too many which ways that pertain to Batman and not enough on the main characters who actually serve purpose. There are moments where Gotham teases its full potential and allows itself to take a step away from Batman mythology; this is what I find fascinating. When Gotham can separate itself in order to tell an interesting story set within Gotham City, that’s when the show captures my interest.

Special features include:

  • Extended Pilot Episode
  • Gotham Invented: Building Our Gotham
  • Gotham Invented: Paving the Way for the Caped Crusader
  • Gotham Invented: Fractured Villains of Gotham
  • Designing the Fiction
  • The Game of Cobblepot
  • Gag Reel
  • Unaired Scenes
  • DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
  • GOTHAM: The Legend Reborn
  • Character Profiles

More Titles Now Available (I Haven’t Seen These):

  • Homeland: The Complete Fourth Season
  • Ramma 1/2: Set 7
  • Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There
  • American Heist
  • Haven: Season 1 Vol. 1

Video Games

Super Mario Maker [Nintendo] (Available Sept. 11 on Nintendo Wii U) – The Mario experience of your dreams has arrived and is bursting with creativity… including yours! Play a near-limitless number of intensely creative Super Mario levels from players around the world. It’s easy enough to create your own levels with the Wii U GamePad controller that it may feel like you’re simply sketching out your ideas on paper, but you can now bring enemies and objects into a playable course in ways you could only dream of before. What was impossible in traditional Mario games is now impossibly fun, so let your imagination run wild!

I had the chance to play this game at various conventions, but never took it. The concept of the game provides very little appeal to me. However, I commend those who are creative enough to build some pretty unique levels. I see this game being fun for about a week and players growing tired of it thereafter. The novelty of it all will wear off quickly.

Key features:

  • Play a near-limitless number of Mario levels created by Nintendo and players around the world.
  • Create your own Mario levels by using the Wii U GamePad controller touch screen to add enemies, blocks, pipes and more.
  • Break the conventions of traditional Super Mario gameplay by blending enemies, traps and items into unexpected twists, like Piranha Plant-shooting cannons, power-up-tossing Lakitus, or even Hammer Bros. riding on Bowser while bouncing on trampolines..
  • Touch control, instant editing and a robust online ranking and search system makes creating, playing and sharing a seamless process .
  • Switch between four distinct themes, each with different art styles and features:
  • Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U.
  • Transform into different characters at random with the new Mystery Mushroom item. Expand the roster of possible characters by completing 100 Mario Challenge mode or tapping compatible amiibo.
  • Tap a 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad controller to add a Big Mushroom power-up to your course!
  • Each retail copy of the game will come with a special booklet that offers fun ideas for designing courses.

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • We Are Still Here (Pre-order) – $8.46
  • Edge of Tomorrow – $14.55
  • What We Do In the Shadows – $14.39
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 – $5.99 (each)
  • While We’re Young – $9.99
  • Ex Machina – $14.99
  • The Tree of Lif e- $6.86
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service – $14.99
  • Ghostbusters 1&2 – $9.99
  • Lincoln – $12.99
  • The Help – $9.95

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!


All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki and More

While we provide you with a list of available new releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD looks at all of the recent home video announcements. For the week of August 1, 2015 we have The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki, Results, Little House on the Prairier, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

Studio Ghibli The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Set

Available on Blu-ray November 17

Disney presents for the first time The Collected Works Of Hayao Miyazaki, including all 11 of Miyazaki’s feature-length masterpieces in one spectacular 12-disc collection available on Blu-ray Exclusively via Amazon.com. Experience the majestic works of one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema. Hayao Miyazaki weaves his unique style of artistry and epic adventure into astonishing tales of triumph, bursting with imagination and wonder.

Content and special features include:

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Ponyo (2008/2009)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)
  • Yuki no Taiyo ( Yuki’s Sun) – A 1972 TV pilot based on an original manga by Tetsuya Chiba, directed by Hayao Miyazaki who was also in charge of storyboards and key animation.
  • Akado Suzunosuke ( Little Samurai) – Three episodes (Episode 26, 27 & 41) of the hit 1972 anime series with storyboarding and more by Hayao Miyazaki.
  • Director Hayao Miyazaki Retirement Press Conference, Uncut Version

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 22

Results (Andrew Bujalski) Rated R [105 min] – Two mismatched personal trainers’ lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client. Starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, and Giovanni Ribisi

No special features listed at this time

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Available on DVD October 6

Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series (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

Special features include:

  • Pilot Movie
  • Original Screen Test featuring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert
  • Six-Part “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon” Documentary
  • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part One – A Place in Television History”
  • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Two – In the Beginning…”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Three – Casting Walnut Grove”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Four – A Day in the Life of ‘Little House'”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Five – Stories to Remember”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Six – A Lasting Legacy”
  • “Look Back to Yesterday” Movie Special
  • “Bless All the Dear Children” Movie Special
  • “The Last Farewell” Movie Special

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 8

American Heist (Sarik Andreasyan) Rated R [94 min] – James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. Starring Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, and Jordana Brewster

Special features include:

  • “Creating a Complex Caper: Pulling off American Heist” featurette

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Available on DVD and Digital HD October 6

What We Did on Our Holiday (Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin) Rated PG-13 [95 min] – Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability. Starring Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, and Billy Connolly

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin
  • “Creating Dysfunction: Making What We Did on Our Holiday” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

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Available on DVD and Digital HD October 6

The Target (Chang) Rated R [98 min] – An ER doctor teams up with an assassination target to rescue his wife, held hostage by corrupt criminals and, in the process, uncovers a conspiracy. Starring Seung-ryong Ryu, Joon-sang Yoo, and Jin-wook Lee

No special features listed at this time

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Available on DVD October 6

Ducky Dynasty: The Complete Eighth Season (Deirdre Gurney) Rated TV-PG [60 min] – Follows a wealthy Louisiana family known for their successful duck-hunting business. Starring Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, and Si Robertson

Special features include:

  • Never-Before-Seen-on-TV Bonus Features

Blood and Glory The Civil War in Color Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 6

Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (History Channel Miniseries) Unrated [84 min] – Blood and Glory commemorates one of the most defining moments in American history, one which tore the nation apart, pitting North against South and brother vs. brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union. Using state-of-the-art technology to colorize 500 rare black-and-white photographs, and unprecedented access to government and private archives, Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color brings the emotional stories of these brave men vibrantly to life. Narrated by Robert Clotworthy

Special features include:

  • “Davis is Chosen to Lead” featurette
  • “A Call to Arms” featurette
  • “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation” featurette
  • “The H.L. Hunley Death Trap” featurette
  • “Sherman’s March to Savannah” featurette
  • “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” featurette
  • “Lee’s Reluctant Surrender” featurette
  • “African Americans After the War” featurette

And that’s it for this week. What are you looking forward to picking up when they release?

Stay tuned for more Blu-Ray and DVD announcements every Saturday.


All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

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