Now Available to Own: Unfriended, Hot Pursuit, Hell on Wheels, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of August 11, 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 Unfriended, Hot Pursuit, Hell on Wheels, Person of Interest, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Unfriended (Levan Gabriadze) Rated R [82 min] – A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.Director: Stars: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig (Watch the trailer)

How well could a studio pull off a full-length feature film told exclusively via Skype? A few shorts have been told through the medium, but nothing as daring as Unfriended has yet to be attempted. And it works. Unfriended cuts itself at the right moment and it never feels as if they’re cheating their way to tell the story. The depth of the mythology is kind of lacking, but the concept is fun and the actors are pretty believable for a low-budget horror. There are enough solid setups and surprises that will keep you invested until the very end.

  • No special features included

Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher) Rated PG-13 [87 min] – An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley, and John Carroll Lynch (Watch the trailer)

Reese Witherspoon hasn’t been jumping on many opportunities to come back to the silver screen. Last year’s Wild proved she still had the acting chops that won her the Oscar in Walk the Line. And as much as I enjoy Legally Blonde, Hot Pursuit is not a return to form for the actress in the realm of comedy. She has a knack for the genre, but Hot Pursuit is not written well for her. The movie is too thin and too goofy to find any ounce of entertainment; unless you like the sound of Sofia Vergara screaming incomprehensibly.

Special features include:

  • The Womance – Reese and Sofía’s on-set crazy-mashup-antics. From dance moves to car crashes, see these women light up the screen and leave us in stitches with their side-splitting comedic styling.
  • Say What? – Watch the hilarity that ensued when Reese and Sofía each tried to speak the other’s language. See Reese get her tongue tied trying to speak Spanish and watch Sofía’s tongue actually go numb from trying to speak English.
  • Action Like A Lady – In this action montage we will see all the crazy fun that went into creating the insane action scenes in the film. From jumping out a ten-foot high window, to a crazy girl fight to commandeering a tour bus during a high-speed shoot out… bring on the laughs.
  • Alternate Ending

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker) Unrated [90 min] – Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping. Staring Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, and Frank Oz

For anyone growing up over the past half century, Big Bird was most likely a big part of your childhood. I Am Big Bird captures the magic and the wonder of what makes the character and the man behind him so special. There’s so many touching behind the scenes moments that even the Grinch would be moved. This is a great nostalgic documentary, but there’s not much of a definitive angle it’s trying to capture. Just the tale of a man and his many talents.

  • No special features included

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Television Series

Person of Interest: The Complete Fourth Season (Jonathan Nolan) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – A former CIA operative is recruited by an enigmatic billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Starring Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, and Michael Emerson

The folks behind Person of Interest continue to keep the series in good spirits with now four seasons under their belt. There are still surprises and wonderful character moments that continue to bring more depth and more intrigue into one of the better written crime dramas on network TV. The fourth season ends on quite the high note, leaving much to be desired for an upcoming with Sarah Shahi returning as a series regular.

Special features include:

  • Music of Interest
  • Going Underground with Root and Finch
  • Person of Interest 2014 Comic-Con Panel
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital HD Digital Copy of the Entire Season

2 Broke Girls: The Complete Fourth Season (Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King) Rated TV-14 [22 min] – Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Starring Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, and Garrett Morris

I’m not sure who continues to green light season after season of 2 Broke Girls, but it has to stop. I’m not one to quit in the middle of a season, but I stopped only a handful of episodes into the first season and never looked back. Given the chance to check out season four, I was curious to see how much this show has changed. As much as I like Kat Dennings quirky indie charming, the writing and the comedy is too corny. And the plot moves at a snails pace with nothing really moving our characters in a particular direction. The show is very stagnant and droll.

Special features include:

  • Gag Reel
  • Unaired Scenes

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Fourth Season (Joe and Tony Gayton) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west. Starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Phil Burke, Robin McLeavy, Dohn Norwood, Christopher Heyerdahl, Common, and Kasha Kropinski

I’ve never bothered with Hell on Wheels before. It’s never struck me as immediate viewing, and I’ve never heard any noise surrounding the show. So I checked out season four since I had the chance to. It’s a very cinematically beautiful show, but basic on all levels. Hell on Wheels seems perfectly content with playing it safe without causing too much of a stir. It’s an interesting period of events to follow, but there just isn’t enough depth to keep this train running.

Special features include:

  • A Look at Season 4
  • The New Characters of Season 4
  • Cheyenne Set Tour
  • Anson Mount Retrospective
  • On the Set with Colm Meaney
  • On the Set with Jake Weber
  • Episode Featurettes

The Knick: The Complete First Season One (Jack Amiel, Michael Begler) Unrated [58 min] – A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. Starring Katrina E. Perkins, Clive Owen, and André Holland

I have not seen this series, but have heard positive things toward it. Nip/Tuck served as a fantastic surgery show based in the present day, and I’d be interested in checking out The Knick for that reason back in the time it’s set.

Special features include:

  • Audio commentaries with Jeremy Bobb, Eve Hewson, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson and creators and executive producers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler
  • Post-op featurettes: Get educated on ground-breaking surgery techniques featured in the series

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Space Invaders – $8.99
  • Nightcrawler – $8.99
  • The Guest – $8.99
  • Edge of Tomorrow – $13
  • Person of Interest (Season 3) – $16.99
  • Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection – $19.96
  • The Spectacular Now – $5
  • Dallas Buyers Club – $8.99
  • The Truman Show – $4.99
  • The LEGO Movie – $13
  • Neighbors – $8.99
  • Ex Machina – $16.99
  • It Follows – $12.69
  • Sin City – $4.75
  • Fargo – $5

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: Back to the Future, San Andreas, Poltergeist, 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 July 18, 2015 we have Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy Edition, San Andreas, Poltergeist, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

[Sorry for missing out last weekend’s post, Comic-Con happened. Here’s upcoming release announcements for the past two weeks!]

Back to the Future 30h Anniversary Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and Digital HD October 21

Back to the Future: 30th Anniversary Trilogy Edition (Robert Zemeckis) Rated PG [116/108/118 min] – A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Crispin Glover, Claudia Wells, and Mary Steenburgen

CONTENT:

  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Bonus Disc with More than Two Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)
  • Collectible Packaging (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)
  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series DVD
  • Bonus Disc with More than 2 Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Back to the Future: A Visual History 64-Page Book
  • Light-Up “Flux Capacitor” Packaging

Special features include:

  • All New Original Shorts: Including Doc Brown Saves the World!, starring Christopher Lloyd.
  • OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean: An inside look at the 2012 restoration of the most iconic car in film history.
  • Looking Back to the Future: A 9-part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the trilogy’s legacy.
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series: 2 episodes (“Brothers” and “Mac the Black”) from the 1991 series featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.
  • Tales from the Future 6-Part Documentary
  • The Physics of Back to the Future
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Michael J. Fox Q&A
  • Eight Archival Featurettes
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Music Videos
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Back to the Future: The Ride
  • Drawn to the Future: New interview with creator/writer Bob Gale and writer John Ludin (TBD)
  • Photo Galleries: Rare archival materials featuring sketches, storyboards and more (TBD)
  • Poltergeist 2015 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and Digital HD October 13

Poltergeist (Gil Kenan) Rated PG-13 [93 min] – A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive. Starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements, and Saxon Sharbino [Watch the trailer]

Special features include:

  • Theatrical Cut in 3D [Blu-ray 3D Only]
  • Extended Cut
  • Alternate Ending
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers

San Andreas Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 13

San Andreas (Brad Peyton) Rated PG-13 [114 min] – In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, and Colton Haynes [Watch the Trailer]

  • Audio Commentary by Director Brad Peyton
  • San Andreas: The Real Fault Line
  • Dwayne Johnson to the Rescue
  • Scoring the Quake
  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Director Brad Peyton
  • Gag Reel
  • Stunt Reel

Marvels Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 18

Agents of SHIELD: The Complete Second Season (Joss Whedon, Jed Whedonm and Maurissa Tancharoen) Rated TV-PG [45 min] – The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge

Special features have yet to be announced

Love and Mercy Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and Digital HD September 15

Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [120 min] – In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. Starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti

Special features include:

  • A California Story: Creating the Look of Love & Mercy” Featurette
  • “A-Side/B-Side: Portraying the Life of Brian Wilson” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with director/producer Bill Pohlad and executive producer/co-writer Oren Moverman

Aloha Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD August 25

Aloha (Cameron Crowe) Rated PG-13 [104 min] – A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him. Starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, and Alec Baldwin [Watch the Trailer]

Special features included:

  • The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha Feature Length Documentary – Narrated by Cameron Crowe, this engrossing and authentic documentary will make viewers feel like they are on set and serve as a behind-the-scenes window into the journey of how the film was made.
  • Cast Gag Reel
  • Original Opening (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Alternate Ending (Blu-ray exclusive
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive
  • Four All-New Featurettes (Blu-ray exclusive
    • The Awe of Space
    • Mitchell’s Film
    • Ledward Kaapana: Music Is Everything
    • Uncle Bumpy
  • Photo Gallery (Blu-ray exclusive
  • Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Cameron Crowe (Blu-ray exclusive

Hot Pursuit Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD August 11

Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher) Rated PG-13 [87 min] – An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley, and John Carroll Lynch (Watch the trailer)

Special features include:

  • The Womance – Reese and Sofía’s on-set crazy-mashup-antics. From dance moves to car crashes, see these women light up the screen and leave us in stitches with their side-splitting comedic styling.
  • Say What? – Watch the hilarity that ensued when Reese and Sofía each tried to speak the other’s language. See Reese get her tongue tied trying to speak Spanish and watch Sofía’s tongue actually go numb from trying to speak English.
  • Action Like A Lady – In this action montage we will see all the crazy fun that went into creating the insane action scenes in the film. From jumping out a ten-foot high window, to a crazy girl fight to commandeering a tour bus during a high-speed shoot out… bring on the laughs.
  • Alternate Ending

Vikings Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 6

Vikings: The Complete Third Season (Michael Hirst) The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes… Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, and Jessalyn Gilsig

Special features included:

  • Blu-ray Exclusive – The Guide to the Gods – An interactive exploration of the various Gods in Nordic mythological lore, which include: Odin, Thor, Loki, Frigg, Baldr, Hel, Freyja, Freyr and Njordr.
  • Blu-ray Exclusive – Extended Versions of All Episodes
  • Athelstan’s Journal (Parts 1 and 2) – Provides insight into the character of “Athelstan,” as he seeks answers about his direction in life and seeking the honorable path.
  • Heavy is the Head: The Politics of King Ragnar’s Rule
  • A City Under Siege: Creating and Attacking Paris
  • Audio Commentary on “Born Again” and “Breaking Point” featuring Michael Hirst and Linus Roache (EXTENDED)
  • Deleted Scenes

Batman 1966 Season 3 DVD Box Cover Art

Available on DVD November 3

Batman: The Complete Third Season (1966–1968) ( William Dozier, Bill Finger, and Lorenzo Semple Jr.) Rated TV-G [30 min] – The Caped Crusader battles evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s parody of the comic book hero’s exploits. Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, and Stafford Repp

Special features have yet to be announced

The 100 Season 2 DVD Box Cover Art

Available on DVD October 13

The 100 (Season 1) (Jason Rothenberg) Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Starring Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, and Thomas McDonell

  • The 100: Unlocking the Mountain – Cast and producers take us inside Mount Weather and share their insights on its secrets and the events that led to the epic season finale.
  • The 100 Pre-Viz Stunts featurette
  • 2014 Comic Con Panel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

The D Train Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and Digital HD September 1

The D Train (Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul) [Limited] Rated R [97 min] – The head of a high school reunion committee travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class and convince him to go to the reunion. Starring Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jeffrey Tambor (Watch the trailer)

Special features include

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy

Hell on Wheels Season 4 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray August 18

Hell on Wheels: The Complete Fourth Season (Joe and Tony Gayton) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west. Starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Phil Burke, Robin McLeavy, Dohn Norwood, Christopher Heyerdahl, Common, and Kasha Kropinski

Special features include:

  • A Look at Season 4
  • The New Characters of Season 4
  • Cheyenne Set Tour
  • Anson Mount Retrospective
  • On the Set with Colm Meaney
  • On the Set with Jake Weber
  • Episode Featurettes

CitizenFour Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray August 25

CitizenFour (Laura Poitras) Rated R [114 min] – A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.Starring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and William Binney

Special features include:

  • Bonus Scenes
  • New York Times Talk with Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and David Carr
  • Film Society of Lincoln Center Q&A with Laura Poitras
  • “The Program” – A New York Times Op-Doc by Laura Poitras

The Blacklist Season 2 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray August 18

The Blacklist: The Complete Second Season (Jon Bokenkamp) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Keen, a new FBI profiler has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List turns himself in and insists on speaking to her. Starring James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Hisham Tawfiq, Amir Arison, and Mozhan Marno

  • Raymond Reddington: Man of the World – This featurette showcases where Red has traveled and how the props and writers on the show imagine the exact places he has visited.
  • Building a Blacklister: Vanessa Cruz – This second featurette highlights the ins and outs of the writers’ minds and how they come up with their favorite villains.
  • Commentaries on Leonard Caul & Tom Connolly with Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath
  • Deleted Scenes
  • After the Game: Luther Braxton
  • Known Associates: Red’s Inner Circle

Mulholland Drive Blu-ray Box Cover Art

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

Mulholland Drive: Criterion Collection Edition (David Lynch) – After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux

Special features include:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Lynch and director of photography Peter Deming, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Lynch, Deming, actors Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, composer Angelo Badalamenti, and casting director Johanna Ray
  • Interviews with Lynch and cast members, along with other footage from the film’s set
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an interview with Lynch from filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s 2005 edition of the book Lynch on Lynch
  • More!

Chain of Command Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray September 22

Chain of Command (Kevin Carraway) Rated R – A special operative witnesses the brutal slaying of his brother right after returning home from his third tour of duty. He finds himself a target of a deadly conspiracy so vast that there’s no one to trust but himself. Starring Michael Jai White, Max Ryan, and Steve Austin

No special features listed for this release at this time

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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Box Office Battlefield: ‘Hot Pursuit’

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Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of May 8, 2015 includes Hot Pursuit and three 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 after the break. Continue reading

First ‘Hot Pursuit’ Trailer Starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara (112 Screenshots)

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for their upcoming female-driven, summer comedy Hot Pursuit. Directed by Anne Fletcher (Step Up; The Proposal; 27 Dresses), the movie sees Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line; Wild) running from the cartel to ensure the safety of Sofía Vergara (Modern Family) to bring her in for protective custody. TV writers David Feeney (New Girl; According to Jim) and John Quaintance (Joey; Whitney) penned the screenplay, which will hit theaters on May 8. You can watch the trailer and check out the screenshots after the jump. Continue reading