Netflix Streaming Report: Penguins of Madagascar, The Expendables 3, Serena, and More

Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for July 16, 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 Penguins of Madagascar, The Expendables 3, Serena, and more.

[And sorry for not posting last week, Comic-Con was happening. So this post covers the last two weeks!]

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Penguins of Madagascar (Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith) Rated PG [92 min]Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. Starring Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, and Benedict Cumberbatch

When DreamWorks wants to put out work that is subpar, they can nail it. We know the studio can do better with the likes of Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, so why do they keep pushing these mediocre stories out? Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie is mostly a lost cause, but the action is put together fairly well. The whole premise is just a bore.

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Creep (Patrick Brice) Rated R [82 min] – When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems. Starring Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass

I have not seen this one yet, but I liked Patrick Brice’s The Overnight and I’ve heard Creep is fairly decent. Good horror movies are few and far between lately. Plus it’s got Mark Duplass (The League; Safety Not Guaranteed) doing his thing.

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The Expendables 3 (Patrick Hughes) Rated PG-13 [126 min] – Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, and Antonio Banderas

The Expendables 3 has not crossed my path yet, and I probably wouldn’t mind skipping it either. The series is mindless action with no stakes or any cause to care about our heroes. But if these kind of movies float your boat, be my guest.

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Serena (Susanne Bier) Rated R [109 min] – In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, and Toby Jones

If you want to watch the J-Law/Bradley Cooper film that was pushed back and hidden from everyone because of how bad it is, now’s your chance!

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The Search for General Tso

The Search for General Tso (Ian Cheney) Unrated [71 min] – Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish. Starring Ian Cheney

This is a documentary I have not seen, but I am definitely interested. I’ve heard good things and who doesn’t love a mystery? Especially one so delicious.

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And even more newly uploaded titles:

  • Changeling
  • El Chavo Animado (Seasons 1-4)
  • El Internado (Seasons 1-7)
  • Bible Secrets Revealed
  • God, Guns & Automobiles
  • Goodbye to All That
  • Human Planet
  • Monster Quest (Season 1 & 4)
  • Preacher’s Daughters (Season 2)
  • Storage Wars: Texas (Season 1)
  • The Unwanted
  • Corvette Nation (Seasons 1-2)
  • These Final Hours
  • Chris Tucker Like
  • Violetta (Seasons 1-2)
  • Are We Done Yet?
  • The Last Unicorn (1982)
  • Monsters: Dark Continent
  • Wild Canaries
  • Witches of East End (Season 2)
  • Bitten (Season 2)
  • Faults
  • Hell on Wheels (Season 4)
  • White Collar (Season 6)
  • Knights of Sidonia (Season 2)
  • Baby Boom (1987)

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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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Furious 7, Star Wars Rebels, 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 27, 2015 we have Furious 7, Star Wars Rebels, Once Upon a Time, and more. 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 September 15

Furious 7 (James Wan) Rated PG-13 [137 min] – Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, and Kurt Russell (Watch the trailer)

Special features include:

  • Extended Cut of the Film
  • Back to the Starting Line: Producer Neal Moritz, Chris Morgan and the cast join franchise newcomer director James Wan as they look back at how far the franchise has come bring the latest installment to life.
  • Race Wars: Furious 7 brings the crew back to Race Wars, the iconic, fictional racing event from the very first film. Vin Diesel and a couple hundred friends are back for a full-throttle celebration of all things Fast with special guest-star Iggy Azalea, behind-the-scenes footage of the cars, the sweat and the girls.
  • Snatch and Grab: A behind the scenes look at shooting one of the premier action sequences in the franchise’s history.
  • Making of Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride
  • The Cars of Furious: The car coordinator and his team join the cast and filmmakers for a closer look at the film’s spectacular cars.
  • Flying Cars: People jump out of planes all the time, but not while sitting behind the wheel of a car. This entertaining featurette shows how the Furious 7 team pulled off this jaw-dropping sequence.
  • Tower Jumps: A look at how one of the most exciting stunt sequences of the film, the Abu Dhabi tower jumps, became a reality.
  • Inside the Fight: A combination of fight training footage and interviews takes viewers inside the fierce hand-to-hand fights.
  • Talking Fast: Director James Wan and the cast of Furious 7 break down the movie’s most memorable moments and chat about how the Fast franchise has evolved over the years.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “See You Again” Official Music Video Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth

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Available on Blu-ray August 18

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fourth Season (Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz) Rated TV-PG [44 min] – Soon after Emma and Hook unwittingly bring Elsa of Arendelle to Storybrooke, they encounter the mysterious Snow Queen, whose relentless obsession with both Emma and Elsa has chilling consequences. Meanwhile, it appears Regina has at last found true love with Robin Hood. But how will she react when her happy ending is thwarted yet again by a maddening twist of fate? Starring  Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Michael Raymond-James, Robert Carlyle, and Georgina Haig

Special features include:

  • Defrosting Frozen – An arctic blast hit Storybrooke this year as the characters from Frozen and The Snow Queen took over the first half of the season. Defrost this 12 episode event as we talk to the actors who played Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Snow Queen and, for the first time in forever, explore how Disney Animation’s blockbuster film was adapted for the small screen.
  • Behind the Magic Tour – Join hosts Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin as they take you on an exclusive back stage tour on the stages of Once Upon A Time. See the sets, meet the crew and eat the food as we go behind the scenes and find out what makes Once Upon A Time the most magical show on television.
  • Three Who Stayed – Meet three residents of Storybrooke who decided to stay after the ice wall came down.
  • The Fairest Bloopers of Them All
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD September 1

Star Wars Rebels: The Complete First Season (Simon Kinberg, Carrie Beck, and Dave Filoni) Rated TV-Y7 [30 min] – A brave and clever ragtag starship crew stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. Starring Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Steve Blum

Special features include:

  • Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Season One shorts (Blu-ray exclusive):
    • “The Machine in the Ghost”
    • “Art Attack”
    • “Entanglement”
    • “Property of Ezra Bridger”
  • Rebels Recon: 14 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Star Wars Rebels – The Ultimate Guide
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 2 – A Look Ahead

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 20

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh) Rated TV-G [43 min] – An elf leaves the North Pole to find his dad, who is on the naughty list. Starring Mark Hamill, Jim Parsons, Kate Micucci, and Ed Asner

Special features include:

  • “Elf-in’ All The Way: Inside Buddy’s Recording Sessions.”

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Available on Blu-ray August 17

Knights of Sidonia: The Complete First Series (Yuichi Matsushita and Tatsuya Shishikura) Rated TV-MA [24 min] – A thousand years after the destruction of Earth by gigantic aliens called Gauna, mankind is living on massive spaceships. One of these space ships is Sidonia, which is protected by large piolet controled exosuits called Gaurds. Starring Pete Sepenuk, Reba Buhr, and Ryôta Ôsaka

Special features include:

  • Behind the Scenes Part 1 (8.5 min)
  • Behind the Scenes Part 2 (6.5 min)
  • Press Conference (17.5 min)
  • Advanced Screening (25.5 min)
  • Sounds of Sidonia (10.5 min)
  • Clean Opening Animation
  • Clean Closing Animation

 

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Available on DVD and Digital HD August 18

The Royals: The Complete First Season (Mark Schwahn) Unrated [42 min] – Drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London, who inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny. Stars: Joan Collins, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Merritt Patterson, Jake Maskall, and Elizabeth Hurley

Special features include:

  • “Madness In Great Ones: Creating The Royals” featurette
  • “Behind the Royal Wardrobe” featurette
  • “Private vs. Public: A Modern-Day Monarchy” featurette

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

Texas Rising: The TV Mini-Series (Roland Joffé) Rated TV-PG [450 mins] – Texas Rising tells the story of legendary hero Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas’s intense struggle for independence against the forces of fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Addai-Robinson, and Olivier Martinez

Special features include:

  • “Capturing the Revolution: Filming Texas Rising” featurette
  • “Sam Houston: A Man of the Revolution” featurette
  • “General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico” featurette

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Available on DVD August 4

The Affair (Hagai Levi and Sarah Treem) Rated TV-MA [60 min] – The psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons diner and a teacher who spends his summer at his in-laws’ estate on the island. Starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson

Special features include:

  • Character Profiles: Montauk, Noah, Helen, Alison, and Cole
  • Tale of Two Costumes
  • Happyish: Episode 1 and 2
  • Ray Donovan – Season One: Episode 1
  • Madam Secretary – Season One: Episode 1

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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