Now Available to Own: American Ultra, Inside Amy Schumer Season 3, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of November 24, 2015. 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 American Ultra, Inside Amy Schumer Season 3, Ricki and the Flash, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

American Ultra (Nima Nourizadeh) Rated R [95 min] – A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo

There’s a lot to like about the concept behind American Ultra, but the execution of the film is pretty lackluster. It’s ugly with very little behind it, and surprisingly Kristen Stewart isn’t to blame. Her and Jesse Eisenberg are actually very good and they have great chemistry together, it’s just a weak, lukewarm narrative that could have used a little more heat before serving up to audiences. The special features are fine, nothing extraordinarily insightful.

Special features include:

  • “Activating American Ultra” Documentary
  • “Assassinating on a Budget” Featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary with Director Nima Nourizadeh

Turkey Hollow (Kirk R .Thatcher) Rated TV-PG [90 min] [DVD Only] – A recently divorced dad and his two kids as they travel to celebrate Thanksgiving with their eccentric Aunt Cly in the rustic town of Turkey Hollow. Exploring the mysterious surrounding woods leads the kids to discover the secret of the legendary Howling Hoodoo. When a scheming neighbor threatens to take Aunt Cly’s farm, the family enlists surprising new friends to help save the farm – and Thanksgiving! Starring Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, and Chris Bridges

This I can’t say I’ve ever taken the time to watch a Lifetime movie in its entirety, but Turkey Hollow is exceptionally bonkers. The acting is egregious to no end with Mary Steenbergen chewing up scenery like she hasn’t had a Thanksgiving meal in ages and Ludicrous making a random appearance as the narrator for the paycheck. The only redeeming factor that Turkey Hollow has is its practical effects and puppetry thanks to Jim Henson, who helped conceived the story too. It’s the kind of movie that’s so bad it’s fun to laugh at.

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Inside Amy Schumer Season 3

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TV Show Releases

Inside Amy Schumer Season 3 (Amy Schumer) [DVD Only] Rated TV-14 [22 min] – Amy Schumer switches from sketches, doing stand up, to interviewing people on the street and people of interest usually following a certain theme. Starring Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, and Mike Houston

Amy Schumer has had an incredible 2015 with an Emmy to prove it for this series. The laughs are non-stop and hit hard enough you might break a rib. Every sketch from her last Fuckable Day to her 12 Angry Men spoof, Inside Amy Schumer proves to be one of the most progressive variety shows on television.

Special features include:

  • Outtakes & Deleted Scenes
  • Exclusive Unaired Sketch
  • Unaired “Amy Goes Deep” Interviews

Additional Releases this Week

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • No Escape
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Doctor Who: The Christmas Specials Giftset
  • George Lopez (Season 6) [DVD Only]
  • Hell’s Kitchen (Season 13) [DVD Only]
  • Shaun the Sheep (Season 1) [DVD Only]

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • I’ll have a Black Friday post up this week. Stay tuned for all the details.

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!


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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Hannibal, Aladdin, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, 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 October 3, 2015 we have Aladdin: Diamond Edition, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Hannibal (Season 3). Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 15

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie) Rated PG-13 [131 min] – Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary by Tom Cruise and director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie
  • Lighting the Fuse
  • Cruise Control
  • Heroes
  • Cruising Altitude
  • Mission: Immersible
  • Sand Theft Auto
  • The Missions Continue

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 13

Aladdin (Ron Clements and John Musker) Rated G [90 min] – When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. Starring Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin

Special features include:

  • The Genie Outtakes – Robin Williams’ Genie outtakes are magically brought to life.
  • Genie 101 – Our host, Scott Weinger (the voice of Aladdin), takes us through the various transformattions of the famous (and formerly famous) celebrity references of the Genie.
  • Ron & John: You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – Directors John Musker & Ron Clements sit down and discuss the experiences of their long-running partnership together at Disney.
  • Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic – Join host Darren Criss as we take “a new fantastic point of view” at the story of how Aladdin went from a classic Disney animated film to become Broadway’s smash hit with Composer Alan Menken and others.
  • Unboxing Aladdin – Our host, Joey Bragg from Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddy, explore the Easter eggs and hidden secrets of Aladdin in this unboxing video.
  • Classic Bonus – ALL classic bonus from the original DVD release, including:
    • Deleted Song / “Proud Of Your Boy” (Original Demo Recording)
    • Deleted Song / “You Can Count On Me”
    • Deleted Song / “Humiliate The Boy”
    • Deleted Song / “Why Me”
    • Deleted Scene / “Aladdin & Jasmine’s First Meeting”
    • Deleted Scene / “Aladdin in the Lap of Luxury”
    • And more!

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 24

American Ultra (Nima Nourizadeh) Rated R [95 min] – A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo

Special features include:

  • “Activating American Ultra” Documentary
  • “Assassinating on a Budget” Featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary with Director Nima Nourizadeh

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 24

Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme) Rated PG-13 [101 min] – A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, and Sebastian Stan

Special features include:

  • Getting Ready for Ricki: The Making of Ricki and the Flash — Cast and Crew Walk Through Creating a Rock Goddess and Finding the Heart of the Story
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Featurette: Rediscovering Rick Springfield(Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Cast Photo Gallery(Blu-ray exclusive)

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 1

Cooties (Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion4) Rated R [88 min] – A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, and Alison Pill

Special features include:

  • “Circle, Circle. Dot, Dot…Catching Cooties” Featurette
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Audio Commentary
  • “Talking Cooties” Featurette
  • The Cootietary – Audio Commentary with the Cast & Crew

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

Hannibal: The Complete Third Season (Bryan Fuller) Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. Starring Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Caroline Dhavernas

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
  • “Getting the Old Scent Again: Reimagining Red Dragon” Featurette
  • “Beyond the Mind Palace” Featurette
  • “Hannibal on the Run” Featurette
  • Avid Fannibals
  • “Hannibal: Season 3: Killer Intentions” Featurette
  • Post Mortem with Scott Thompson (Webisodes)
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

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Available on DVD December 8

Family Guy (Seth MacFarlane) Rated TV-14 [22 min] – In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another. Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry

Special features include:

  • On the Road to Springfield Featurette: The Making of “The Simpsons Guy
  • Commentary on “The Simpsons Guy
  • Commentary on “Turkey Guys”
  • Commentary on “The 2000 Year-Old Virgin”
  • Commentary on “Stewie, Chris, & Brian’s Excellent Adventure”
  • Commentary on “Once Bitten”
  • Commentary on “Roasted Guy
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Baby Ways
  • Who Let the Dog Out

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.


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Box Office Battlefield: American Ultra, Sinister 2, and Hitman: Agent 47

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of August 21, 2015 includes American Ultra, Sinister 2, and Hitman: Agent 47, along with a batch of limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em? Find out below!

Last weekend, Straight Outta Compton brought gangster rap back into the forefront of the pop culture conversation. Its debut earned a lot of attention and is quite the reigning champ to dethrone. With three wide releases vying for the top spot, can the boys from NWA keep rolling on their high? This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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American Ultra (Nima Nourizadeh) Rated R [95 min] – A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 47% • Audience – 56%

My Review:

Ultimately, American Ultra will be a weird throwaway film at the end of the day that no one will remember. It has a solid concept that both Eisenberg and Stewart execute well with great chemistry, but there’s hardly anything memorable about the film. It’s mostly boring, all of the other characters involved are asinine aside from Britton, and the Topher Grace is the most horribly cartoonish villain I’ve seen in a long time. The action is engaging and fun, and the relationship between Eisenberg and Stewart has a refreshing dynamic, but American Ultra doesn’t quite work as well as it thinks it does. NETFLIX IT!

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Sinister 2 (Ciarán Foy) Rated R [97 min] – A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death. Starring James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, and Dartanian Sloan

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 12% • Audience – 37%

My review:

To be completely honest, I kept nodding off and took a few power naps while watching this film. I would say I digested at least 85% of the film, and from what I saw it wasn’t hard to guess where the movie was going or how it would end. Sinister 2 is boring. The characters are underwritten, their motivations and personalities are terribly weak. Being a sequel, I expected the home movies to be far more creative and disturbing, but they were really subpar and hardly imaginative. Sinister 2 continues the odd tonal balance of humor and horror that kept me from liking the original, which didn’t need a sequel to begin with. The first 15 seconds of the first film is all you need to see. SKIP IT!

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Hitman: Agent 47 (Aleksander Bach) Rated R [96 min] – An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry. Starring Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, and Ciarán Hinds

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 8% • Audience – 52%

Their reviews:

“Comes to life during the action scenes, if only slightly.” – Scott Weinberg (Nerdist)

“Hitman: Agent 47 is a second missed opportunity to translate one of the more adaptable video games into a satisfying movie experience.” – Kofi Outlaw (ScreenRant)

My take:

I picture a goblin named Franklin held captive in a cage at 20th Century Fox that the execs call on for when nothing original has sparked their interest. And Franklin has been beaten down so much, it mustered up its last bit of energy to softly whisper the idea of a Hitman sequel before his untimely demise. Because honestly, who asked for a Hitman sequel? There aren’t even enough gamers in the world who keep up with the series to even justify the creation of another flop of a movie. The action may be choreographed by the folks who helped on John Wick, but that looks like all Hitman: Agent 47 has going for it. Coming from screenwriter Skip Woods, who brought us X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, I expect a similar outcome. RIP Franklin. SKIP IT!

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Grandma (Paul Weitz) [Limited] Rated R [79 min] – Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future. Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, and Judy Greer

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 93% • Audience – 80%

Their reviews:

“This is Tomlin’s first leading role in a film in 27 years, and even though she is sharing the screen with multiple generations of fine actors, nearly every moment in this movie is all hers.” – Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Weitz strips everything down for efficiency in “Grandma.” The writing is relentlessly on point, and often lacks breathing room, but some films settle for being workable showcases for their interpreters.” – Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)

My take:

Grandma looks like a quirky romp of a film that wants to be hip and cool, but checks off all the indie tropes you could possibly imagine. Critics have positively lauded this film, and I’ll give it a chance, but there isn’t anything within the trailer that stands out to me as something fresh or original. RENT IT!

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6 Years (Hannah Fidell) [Limited] Unrated [85 min] – A young couple bound by a seemingly ideal love, begins to unravel as unexpected opportunities spin them down a volatile and violent path and threaten the future they had always imagined. Starring Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge, and Joshua Leonard

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 50% • Audience – 38%

Their reviews:

“[The two leads’] heartbreaking performances imbue this familiar Austin-set narrative with a fiery edge.” – Eric Kohn (indieWIRE)

“[6 Years] too often veers toward melodramatic overstatement, inspiring little empathy or understanding despite the committed performances of promising young leads Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield.” – Justin Chang (Variety)

My take:

While watching the trailer for 6 Years I felt a few similarities to Like Crazy. I like that film to a certain extent, but it didn’t have a strong voice or opinion to get behind. And when the credits roll, you’re sitting there in a melancholy state feeling empty. I have an itch that’s telling me this is how 6 Years will end up making me feel. NETFLIX IT!

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Digging for Fire (Joe Swanberg) [Limited] Rated R [85 min] – The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. Starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Anna Kendrick, Jenny Slate, and Brie Larson

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 67% • Audience – 52%

Their reviews:

“A happy couple’s submerged tensions come to the surface in Joe Swanberg’s tender, wildly imaginative comic drama.” – Richard Brody (The New Yorker)

“With all the pretty, vapid Los Angeles navel-gazers lounging by swimming pools and engaging in pointless (and seemingly endless) conversations, the results feel like a sub-par Henry Jaglom movie, conceived on the quick after a location became available.” – Alonso Duralde (TheWrap)

My take:

Swanberg has been on a hot streak for me lately, from the works I have seen. Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas I quite enjoyed – I haven’t seen 24 Exposures – but Digging for Fire seems a little more aimless than his typical mumblecore films. It has a stellar cast that I’d love to see in this kind of setting, but again DFF it looks a little too loose to keep my attention. And from those who have seen it seem to be a bit iffy. NETFLIX IT!

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She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich) [Limited] Rated R [93 min] – On the set of a playwright’s new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production. Starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Kathryn Hahn

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 38% • Audience – 40%

Their reviews:

“Broad, occasionally clunky, sometimes funny, scattered with poignant grace notes, and, in its own peculiar way, endearing.” – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (AV Club)

“Even the cinematography is ill-advised, since it’s literally off-color; warm tones meant to evoke romantic feelings come off as a jaundiced homage to Woody Allen, from whom many of this film’s tropes have been not-so-piquantly purloined.” – Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal)

My take:

I’m not the biggest fan when it comes to interconnected stories, but when executed well the tool can really heighten the experience and enjoyment of a film. She’s Funny That Way looks like it is trying too hard. Everything in the trailer looks uncomfortably forced and as if the actors are just phoning this one in for the paycheck. SKIP IT!

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Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) [Limited] Rated R [90 min] – As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel. Starring Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer, and Samantha Bee

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics –64% • Audience – 64%

Their reviews:

“Learning to Drive is a richly observed, crosscultural character study that coasts along pleasurably on the strengths of its virtuoso leads.” – Michael Rechtshaffen (Los Angeles Time)

“The film seems to take its method entirely from Darwan’s quiet, methodical patter about how to move safely across lanes and through intersections. It’s good advice for driving, but less helpful for drama.” – Mark Jenkins (NPR)

My take:

I think Learning to Drive looks like a paint by numbers Oscar film that would have been recognized as an indie darling 30 years ago. NETFLIX IT!

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Some Kind Of Beautiful (Tom Vaughan) [Limited] Rated R [100 min] – A drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, and Malcolm McDowell

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 0% • Audience – 39%

Their reviews:

“The problem, however, is that the script by Matthew Newman doesn’t do enough to make [Richard] either lovable or reprehensible.” Chris Knight (National Post)

“Hayek swings for the fences, but none of the gags she’s tasked with delivering are funny, not even when she desperately pantomimes various breathless expressions men make when they orgasm.” – Simon Abrams (Village Voice)

My take:

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The three new options this weekend are so niche and poorly reviewed that I would find it hard to believe that anyone is going to go see them. They each have such a small targeted demographic that movie goers will be spread out all over the place this weekend. Straight Outta Compton had such rave reviews and positive word of mouth that it makes a strong case to keep its competition at bay. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Straight Outta Compton

Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes