Now Available to Own: Magic Mike XXL, Insidious 3, The Leftovers, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of October 6, 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 Magic Mike XXL, Insidious: Chapter 3, Penny Dreadful (Season 2), The Leftovers (Season 1), and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs) Rated R [115 min] – Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance. Starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, and Amber Heard [Watch the trailer]

Magic Mike XXL stands out as one of the better films of the year simply because it has an acute ability to balance character drama with silly, entertaining charm. This Magic Mike isn’t as dark and brooding as its predecessor. XXL is the film moviegoers were hoping for the first time around. There are moments that feel like the movie is dragging, but overall it’s quite enjoyable.

Special features include:

  • The Moves of Magic Mike XXL
  • Extended Malik Dance Scene
  • Georgia

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) Rated PG-13 [105 min] – High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, and Connie Britton

Another great film from earlier this year. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an incredible cinematic experience. And after you’ve seen it, despite the sadness of it all, there’s a revelatory moment at the end that makes repeat viewing more enjoyable with every watch.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • This is Where You Learn How The Movie Was Made
  • Abstract: Movie for Rachel
  • A Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Greg Gaines and Earl Jackson Productions (Shorts Montage)
  • Audio Commentary by Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Greg’s Trailer, Gallery
  • And more!

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Leigh Whannell) Rated PG-13 [97 min] – A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. Starring Lin Shaye Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell [Watch the Trailer]

As a big step up from Insidious: Chapter 2, Chapter 3 does an OK job at filling in character gaps of our ghost hunters. Unfortunately, there isn’t as much time devoted to team building as one would hope because most of the time is dedicated to haunting our protagonist. There are some good frights, but Insidious: Chapter 3 still fails to capture the magic of the first Insidious.

Special features include:

  • Origin Story: Making Chapter 3 Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Being Haunted: A Psychic Medium Speaks Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Macabre Creations Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Stunts: The Car Crash Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Cherry Glazerr: Tiptoe Through the Tulips Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)

We Are Still Here (Ted Geoghegan) Not Rated [84 min] – In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice. Starring Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, and Lisa Marie

It’s been a good while since I’ve seen a haunted house story that I haven’t been bored to tears by. Not since The Conjuring has anything really worked for me. We Are Still Here is not groundbreaking, but it is a solid B-movie flick that has a unique story surrounding the origins of the house that kept my interest engaged. It also has a bloody good finale.

Special features include:

  • Commentary with Writer-Director Ted Geoghegan and Producer Travis Stevens
  • Behind the Scenes – Geoghegan and Stevens discuss the genesis of the project and the challenges and successes of bringing the script to life.
  • Trailer
  • Teaser

Final Girl (Tyler Shields) Rated R [90 min] [DVD Only] – A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. 13 years later, at 18 she will approach a group of sadistic teens who killed blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins. Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, and Alexander Ludwig

On the other side of the coin, Final Girl is the purest example of how a promising B-movie can fail. The concept has all the best intentions and it could have been fantastic, but the acting and the characters are awful. And I’m surprised. With Breslin and Bentley at the forefront, Final Girl should succeed. I’d love to see this remade with a little more attention to detail and better direction.

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Eaters (Johnny Tabor) Rated R [90 min] [DVD Only] – After their friend goes missing, five road-tripping friends must confront a violent biker gang, but after they narrowly escape, their nightmare goes from bad to spine-chilling. Starring Marcelle Bowman, Robert Dean, and Tristan Parrish Moore

Nothing is more basic than Eaters. I like road trip thrillers as much as the next horror fan, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of my favorites, but when there is no intensity or empathy for our protagonists then all is lost. Never did I care about any of the little rascals lost on their way to Timbuktu, or the bikers who are wrapped up in a contrived drug scheme. The folks they encounter that stir the pot are hardly frightening and have no depth to them to be afraid either.

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Rumble in the Bronx (Stanley Tong) Rated R [87 min] – A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills. Starring Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, and Françoise Yip [Watch the Trailer]

This is classic Jackie Chan. I remember growing up as a young lad and catching Rumble in the Bronx on TNT or some cable channel. I always stopped when I reached this point. It seemed to be on all the time. There’s something about the goofiness of the story, Chan’s incredible fight choreography, and the terrible dubbing that creates something magical.

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Jackie Chan’s First Strike (Stanley Tong) Rated PG-13 [107 min] – This installment of Chan’s Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead. Starring Jackie Chan, Jackson Liu, and Annie Wu [Watch the Trailer]

But if you’re looking for a more serious Chan movie, First Strike is what you seek. A year after Bronx, Chan’s follow up feature is more hard-hitting, non-stop action. Of course the whole scenario the plot is wildly exaggerated like most Chan films, but that’s why we love them. Another fine Jackie Chan classic.

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What We Did on Our Holiday (Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin) Rated PG-13 [95 min] [DVD Only] – 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

What would happen if the psycho wife from Gone Girl and the tenth Doctor took a mini vacay as a family? What We Did on Our Holiday is your answer. Not quite as childish as the promotional images imply, WWDOOH does its best in teaching life-long, adult lessons through the perspective of precarious British children. And you can’t have any kind of family comedy without a kooky grandfather, right? There’s a lot that works here better than it should, and perhaps U.S. studios could learn a thing or two about family comedies from this foreign flick.

Special features include:

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

When Marnie Was There (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) Rated PG [103 min] – A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect. Starring Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, and Susumu Terajima

Sadly, I missed this film in theaters and haven’t had a chance since to check it out. When Marnie Was There is a Studio Ghibli film in a post Hayao Miyazaki retirement world. So I am interested in seeing how it holds up without him.

Special features include:

  • The Making of When Marnie Was There
  • Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of When Marnie Was There
  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast
  • Foreign Trailers and TV Spots
  • US Trailer

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Inside Out, The Walking Dead, Dope, 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 15, 2015 we have Mad Men: The Complete Collection, Justified: The Complete Collection, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

Inside Out Pixar Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 3

Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen) Rated PG [94 min] – After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Lewis Black, and Phyllis Smith [Watch the trailer]

Special features include:

  • Riley’s First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film) – Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom and Dad’s emotions handle “Riley’s First Date?”
  • Lava (Theatrical Short Film, Presented in 2D & 3D) – Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.
  • Story of the Story – Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.
  • Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out – Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they’ve faced and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
  • Mixed Emotions – Inside Out’s filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one’s distinct personality and visual identity.
  • Mapping the Mind – Inside Out’s artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen – the human mind.
  • Our Dads, the Filmmakers – Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.
  • Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out – What is the sound of a memory forming? Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges – and the unique solutions – involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.
  • The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing – Learn more about the crucial role of an animation film editor, who helps take the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions, to the final, polished film you see onscreen.
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • Riley Grows Up – In this scene from a version of the film where the primary relationship was between Joy and Fear (then named Freddie), the emotions begin to notice a change in Riley.
    • Joy’s Decline – Joy’s struggles to make sense of the limitations on Riley’s behavior that seem to be springing up at every turn.
    • Misdirection -Joy and Freddie encounter a group of Riley’s “retired” imaginary friends, including an early version of Big Bong.
    • Construction – Joy is guided through Riley’s mind by a radical non-conformist, Bing Bong, outraged by the demolition of older areas like Imagination Park.
  • Audio Commentary – Commentary includes participation from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.
  • Mind Candy – A montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for Inside Out.
  • Inside Out Trailers – A collection of domestic and international trailers made for Inside Out.

The Walking Dead Season 5Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Limited Edition Blu-ray w/ Digital HD December 1

The Walking Dead (Scott M. Gimple) Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yuen, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney, and Danai Gurira

Special features include:

  • Audio commentaries featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Tom Luse, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yuen.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Inside The Walking Dead
  • The Making of The Walking Dead
  • The Making of Alexandria
  • Beth’s Journey
  • Bob’s Journey
  • Noah’s Journey
  • Tyreese’s Journey
  • A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz
  • A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt
  • Rotters in the Flesh

Doep 2015 Movie Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

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

Dope (Rick Famuyiwa) Rated R [103 min] – Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure. Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, and Kimberly Elise

Special features include:

  • Dope Is DifferentThe cast and crew discuss the film’s central characters and themes of being unique and authentic.
  • Dope Music – Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky, Rick Fumuyiwa and others delve into the essential role old-school rap and punk rock tracks play in the film.

 

Insidious Chapter 3 Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

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

Insidious: Chapter 3 (Leigh Whannell) Rated PG-13 [97 min] – A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. Starring Lin Shaye Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell

Special features include:

  • Origin Story: Making Chapter 3 Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Being Haunted: A Psychic Medium Speaks Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Macabre Creations Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Stunts: The Car Crash Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Cherry Glazerr: Tiptoe Through the Tulips Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)

Max 2015 Movie Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 27

Max (Boaz Yakin) Rated PG [111 min] – A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. Starring Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, and Lauren Graham

Special features include:

  • Working with Max: Meet the dogs that play “Max” and see inside tricks of the trade!
  • Hero Dogs: A Journey – Get a behind-the-scenes look at amazing military trained K9s.

Cop Car 2015 Movie Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and Digital HD September 29

Cop Car (Jon Watts) Rated R [86 min] – A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, and Shea Whigham

Special features include:

  • Their First and Last Ride: The Making of Cop Car

Edward Scissorhands 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray October 13

Edward Scissorhands: 25th Anniversary Edition (1990)PG-13  |  105 min  |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  14 December 1990 (USA)8.0Your rating:-/10Ratings: 8.0/10 from 325,686 users   Metascore: 74/100Reviews: 569 user | 103 critic | 19 from Metacritic.comAn uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful girl.Director: Tim BurtonWriters: Tim Burton (story), Caroline Thompson (story), 1 more credit »Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

Special features include:

  • Tim Burton Featurette
  • Audio Commentary by Tim Burton
  • Audio Commentary by Danny Elfman

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: Insidious: Chapter 3, Spy, and Entourage

Box Office Battlefield Insidious Chapter 3, Entourage, and Spy

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of June 5, 2015 includes Insidious: Chapter 3Spy, and Entourage as well as a slew of limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over others and determine who will be victorious. Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em? Find out after the break. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: The Future of Blumhouse Productions and Jason Blum’s Favorite Horror Film

jason Blum Interview WonderCon 2015 Blumhouse Productions

After Blumhouse ProductionsWonderCon panel this weekend, members of the press got the chance to sit down with founder and CEO Jason Blum to have a more direct conversation about studio happenings and his views on the horror genre. From his favorite scary movie to reviving Blumhouse of Horrors to his love of the supernatural, the man behind your nightmares opens up on these topics and more. Read the interview after the jump. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: Director Leigh Whannell Shares Villainous ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Details

WonderCon 2015 Insidious Chapter 3 Lin Shaye Leigh Whannell Interview

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak with writer/director/actor Leigh Whannell at WonderCon to learn more about what we can expect from the third installment of the Insidious franchise. As a prequel, Insidious: Chapter 3 takes fans back in time to discover how Elise (Lin Shaye), Specs (Whannell), and Tucker (Angus Sampson) came together to become the ghost hunters we know and love. After the jump, learn about his writing process and how he conceived the film’s main antagonist. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: Saturday Schedule [Insidious: Chapter 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Gotham, and More]

WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Saturday Schedule

WonderCon 2015’s schedule continues with the unveiling of Saturday’s big panels. The second day of the con in Anaheim, CA is packed full of big panels, including a first look at TNT’s The Last Airship; a Q&A with the stars and producers of Fox’s Gotham; Walt Disney Animation Studios explores the world of Big Hero 6; Warner Bros. will be providing an inside look at Mad Max: Fury Road; and Blumhouse Productions will be showcasing footage from Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3. Check out the full Saturday schedule for WonderCon 2015 after the break. Continue reading

Second ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Trailer Brings Out the Dead [96 Screenshots]

Insidious Chapter 3 Screenshot Lin Shaye Elise Rainier 6

Tapping the well once more, Blumhouse is laying it all out on the table in this latest trailer hoping for the next installment of the Insidious franchise to succeed. Set before the first film, Insidious: Chapter 3 plans to explore the “origins” of our favorite spirit hunters and their first case together. For the spoiler sensitive out there be warned, this new trailer features a lot of money shots and story elements that you might want to savor for your theater outing. Check it out after the jump at your own risk. Continue reading