Netflix Streaming Report: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and More

Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for August 6, 2015. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix Watch Instant has been kind enough to supply us with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Welcome to Me, The Skeleton Twins, and more. Also see what’s new to Netflix Streaming this August.

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Michael Showalter and David Wain) Rated TV-MA [30 min] – Follow the counselors and campers on their first day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981. Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Showalter, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Marguerite Moreau, Lake Bell, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, H. Jon Benjamin, Christopher Meloni, David Bloom, and Hailey Sole

To be honest, I don’t remember much about Wet Hot American Summer from when I first saw it a few years back. It didn’t leave any kind of impression on me and it has never been one that I’d say I would revisit. But after seeing First Day of Camp, I am inherently intrigued to rewatch the film, which is also available to stream on Netflix. This new series – or miniseries if they choose not to make another season – is absolutely fantastic. I dislike David Wain’s They Came Together, but the satire and overall goofiness of this world works within the confines of the story. All of the actors are incredible, and maybe it’s the 14-year gap that has made Wet Hot even better with age.

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The Skeleton Twins (Craig Johnson) Rated R  [93 min] Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship. Starring Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, Bill Hader, and Luke Wilson

One of my favorite movies of 2014, The Skeleton Twins is a real honest character study of a brother-sister duo that have found each other on hard times. Together, their story is both loving and poignant. Hader and Wiig rock the socks off this film.

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Welcome to Me (Shira Piven) Rated R [105 min] – When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Starring Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, and Wes Bentley

And if you want a Wiig double feature night you can watch Welcome to Me. It’s not as well structured as The Skeleton Twins, but if you feel as though there isn’t enough sad characters in your life definitely fire this one up and let the emotions take flight. Wiig puts on another impactful performance, but the story and character could have been a little stronger.

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The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow) Rated R [131 min] – During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty

Relive the reason why James Cameron’s Avatar lost the Academy Award for Best Picture. And rightfully so.

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Three Kings (David O. Russell) Rated R [114 min] – In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help. Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube

I’ve never seen Three Kings, but have liked David O. Russell’s recent works: The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle. So now’s your chance to go back and check out one of his earlier works.

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Also newly available on Netflix streaming this week:

  • Kill Me Three Times
  • The Book of Love (2013)
  • Windtalkers
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
  • Asylum (2005)
  • Sorority Row (2009)
  • Benny and Joon
  • Blue Crush
  • Can’t Buy Me love
  • Starship Troopers
  • Daylight (1996)
  • Batman and Robin
  • Dear Frankie
  • The Doors (1991)
  • Electric Slide (2014)
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • Good Morning Killer
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me
  • Lassie (2005)
  • The Man from Nowhere
  • Marvin’s Room
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • Outcast (2014)
  • Quills (2000)
  • Reading Rainbow: Volume 1
  • The Royals (Season 1)
  • Russell Brand: End the Drugs War
  • Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
  • Taking Lives
  • The Substitute
  • Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns
  • Undisputed
  • War (2007)
  • The Way (2010)
  • Windwalker
  • Wing Commander

What will you be watching this weekend?

Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.


All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

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Now Available to Own: Maggie, House of Cards, Slow West, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of July 7, 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 Maggie, House of Cards, Slow West, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Maggie (Henry Hobson) Rated PG-13 [95 min] – A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, and Laura Cayouette (Watch the trailer)

You won’t find Arnold in too many indie films, but from what he brings in Maggie, I want more. Too often do we see the gun-toting badass we know Schwarzenneger can be, but this softer, more dramatic side of the actor is fantastic as well. The movie itself doesn’t quite all add up – the pacing is a bit slow and the movie feels stretched thin – but it’s a solid concept.

Special features include:

  • “Making Maggie” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene
  • Cast & Crew Interviews
  • Audio Commentary with Director Henry Hobson

Slow West (John Maclean) Rated R [84 min] – Slow West follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, and Ben Mendelsohn

Not your ordinary Western, Slow West dials in some quirky indie personality that doesn’t quite deliver on its promise. There are some fun moments, but the movie doesn’t feel as cohesive as we need it to be. (Read my full review)

Special features include:

  • “On Strange Land: Making Slow West” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Kill Me Three Times (Kriv Stenders) Rated R [90 min] – Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment. Starring Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, and Alice Braga

Despite a kooky performance by Simon Pegg, Kill Me Three Times is terribly bland and mostly uninteresting. There’s so many twists and turns the plot wants to take you on, but none of them are rewarding or built up well enough to care.

Special features included are:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • AXS TV: A Look At Kill Me Three Times
  • Theatrical Trailer

Absolution (Keoni Waxman) Rated R [96 min] – When a contract killer (Steven Seagal) encounters a girl on the run from a mob boss (Vinnie Jones) with powerful political ties, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the government agency that hired him for the mission. Starring Steven Seagal, Byron Mann, and Howard Dell

It’s a Steven Seagal movie. You kind of know what you’re getting yourself into. The film is cheap, and Seagal’s goatee is only but one offender of great action films. There’s nothing interesting said or inspired by Absolution.

Special features include:

  • “Behind the scenes of Absolution” featurette
  • Cast Interviews
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Keoni Waxman, Actor Josh Barnett and Producer Binh Dang

5 Flights Up (Richard Loncraine) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [92 min] – A long-time married couple who’ve spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away. Starring Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon, and Carrie Preston

Haven’t seen it. Supposedly it’s decent.

No special features included

Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis) Rated PG-13 [109 min] – Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes

Haven’t seen this one either, I’ve heard good things, but the story didn’t interest me.

Special features include:

  • The Making of Woman in Gold
  • Feature commentary with Director Simon Curtis and Producer David M. Thompson
  • Stealing Klimt Documentary Trailer
  • Neue Galerie New York Press Conference

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TV Show Releases

House of Cards: The Complete Third Season (Beau Willimon) Rated TV-MA [50 min] – A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. Starring Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Kate Mara, and Robin Wright

I’m sorry. I haven’t seen this yet, but I’m working up to it! :(

Special features include:

  • “Backstage Politics: On the Set of House of Cards”- An extensive behind-the-scenes look into the creation of House of Cards, Season 3.
  • “A Death in New Mexico” – A featurette that chronicles the surprising Chapter 39 (Blu-ray exclusive featurette)

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • The Book Thief – $7.99
  • Rick and Morty – $14.99
  • Mrs. Doubtfire – $10.99
  • Taken – $5
  • The Princess Bride – $5
  • The Usual Suspects – $5
  • Another Earth – $7.99
  • Shameless (Season 4) – $16.99
  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – $12.99
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $9.99
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – $6.99
  • Shame – $7.99
  • Slow West – $14.99
  • Ghost in the Shell – $9.96
  • Enough Said – $7.99
  • Ex Machina (Preorder) – $16.67
  • Veep (Seasons 1-2) – $13.99

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: Cinderella, Unfriended, 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 June 13, 2015 we have Cinderella, White God, Unfriended, What We Do in the Shadoes and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below Cinderella 2015 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere September 15

Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh) Rated PG [112 min] – When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods. Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter (Watch the trailer) Special features included are:

  • A Fairy Tale Comes to Life: Filmmakers and cast reflect on Cinderella‘s enduring power, along with the many joys and challenges of bringing this iconic tale to life.
  • Costume Test Fun: See the work of Academy Award-winning® Costume Designer Sandy Powell (The Aviator, 2004) and share some lighthearted moments with the cast.
  • Staging The Ball: You’re invited behind the scenes for the making of the Palace Ball sequence, including its spectacular set, stunning costumes and more. It’s a lavish and massive undertaking…and a magical day on set.
  • Ella’s Furry Friends: Discover how the movie’s animal stars honed their memorable performances.
  • Alternate Opening, Ella’s Childhood: View moments from Ella’s idyllic childhood that do not appear in the movie. Introduction by Branagh.
  • Frozen Fever: It’s Anna’s birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever – but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.
  • Deleted Scenes with introduction by Kenneth Branagh (DMA Exclusive)
    • Serving (0:56)
    • The Mourning (4:24)
    • Getting to Know You (2:00)
    • The Search for Cinderella (1:14)
    • Dear Kit (2:57)

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Available Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand August 11; Digital HD July 28

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) No special features yet announced. What We Do In the Shadows Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on July 21

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi) Unrated [86 min] – Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer Special features included are:

  • Commentary by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  • Behind the Shadows
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Video Extras
  • Interviews
  • Promo Videos
  • Poster Gallery

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Available on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Blu-ray Combo Pack September 15

Monkey Kingdom (Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill) Rated G [81 min] – A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia. Narrated by Tina Fey Special features included are:

  • A Special Thank You from Disneynature
  • Tales From The Kingdom
  • On The Set of Monkey Kingdom with Jane Goodall and Wolfgang Dittus
  • Disneynature Monkey Kingdom: The Conservation Story
  • It’s Our World Music Video Performed by Jacquie Lee

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD July 7

Kill Me Three Times (Kriv Stenders) Rated R [90 min] – Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment. Starring Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, and Alice Braga Special features included are:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • AXS TV: A Look At Kill Me Three Times
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD August 4

True Story (Rupert Goold) Rated R [100 min] – When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse. Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Ethan Suplee Synopsis: After journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) is fired from The New York Times for embellishing a story, he learns that accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) has been claiming to be him. Hoping this story will save his career, Finkel begins interviewing Longo in prison. But soon, the men find themselves in an eerie game of cat and mouse. Special features included are:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Mike Finkel Featurette
  • Who is Christian Longo?
  • The Truth Behind True Story
  • The Making of True Story
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Goold
  • Gallery

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

Person of Interest: The Complete Third 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 Special features included are:

  • Music of Interest – Step inside the studio of Composer Ramin Djawadi for an intimate look at his process along with Show-Runners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman as they discuss scoring sequences and key elements of music themes in Person of Interest.
  • Going Underground with Root and Finch – Michael Emerson and Amy Acker give us a one on one tour through the newly created Subway Headquarters with the Production Designer, Rick Butler.
  • Person of Interest 2014 Comic-Con Panel – Executive Producers Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Greg Plageman (Cold Case) are joined by the series’ stars for a special Q&A at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital HD Digital Copy of the Entire Season

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Available on wide release Blu-ray June 23

Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland) Rated PG-13 [86 min] – A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother’s favorite musician. Starring Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, and Mary Steenburgen Special Features:

  • Behind-the-scenes recording of the soundtrack
  • Deleted scenes

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Available on DVD August 11

2 Broke Girls (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

  • Gag Reel
  • Unaired Scenes

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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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Cinderella, White God, Unfriended, and More

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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 June 13, 2015 we have Cinderella, White God, Unfriended, What We Do in the Shadoes and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect from them after the break. Continue reading