Now Available to Own: Pitch Perfect 2, Arrow, The Flash, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of September 22, 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 Pitch Perfect 2, Arrow (Season 3), The Flash (Season 1), and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) Rated PG-13 [115 min] – After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Adam Devine, Hana Mae Lee, and Ester Dean [Watch the trailer]

With how surprised I was by the first film, blown away really, I still kept cautiously optimistic about the release of Pitch Perfect 2. Could lightning strike twice? Would Elizabeth Banks’ directorial debut be any good? They hooked me with the first film, but would there be any gas left in the tank for a sequel? Honestly, it’s OK. The jokes are there, but it’s become a little too cartoonish. The Barden Bellas have basically gone full Glee. There isn’t as much heart or direction and Beca gets tossed every which way. I like Pitch Perfect 2 for the silly entertainment that it is, but I wanted it to be better. I need more. And I was a little let down. But damn are there a lot of special features to make up for the fact. [Read my full review]

Special features include:

  • Never Before Seen Treblemakers Performance (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The Making of the Riff- Off (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Das Sound Machine Finale Breakdown (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Snoop in the House (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Green Bay Rap (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Line-Aca-Rama (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • The World Chamionships of A Cappella (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • An Aca-Love Story: Bumper and Fat Amy (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Elizabeth Banks’ Directorial Debut (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Legacy: Hailee Steinfeld (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Aca-Camp (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Residual Heat Internship (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Extended Musical Performances
  • The Bellas Are Back

Moonrise Kingdom: Criterion Collection (Wes Anderson) Rated PG-13 [94 min] – A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, and Jason Schwartzman

A Criterion release with all the fixins. Moonrise Kingdom is a great movie. If you haven’t seen it, it’s now on Netflix. If you love the movie, I’d suggest seeking out this Criterion edition due to all the awesome extras.

Special features include:

  • Restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola
  • Selected-scene storyboard animatics
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Exploring the Set of “Moonrise Kingdom,” an original documentary about the film
  • Norton’s home movies from the set
  • Behind-the-scenes, special effects, and test footage
  • Auditions
  • Trailer
  • More!
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, plus a map of New Penzance Island and other ephemera

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

Chain of Command is your run of the mill B-action movie. There isn’t anything special that makes it stand apart from the genre nor does it try to. Every bit of the film is generic down to its core. A harmless romp, Chain of Command doesn’t say much of anything and you could find better uses of your time. I like Steve Austin because his acting is hilarious to watch, but other than that I can’t think of any redeeming qualities for this movie.

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Television Series

Arrow: The Complete Third Season (Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg) – Oliver Queen’s Arrow has become a hero to the citizens of Starling City – but he will quickly discover that doesn’t mean he can lead a normal life in the spectacular third season of the hit series based on the DC Comics character. A new wave of diabolical masterminds – including the insidious and pervasive havoc wrought by the lethal and secretive League of Assassins – threatens all he holds dear. Team Arrow has grown into a powerful force, but the dangers and secrets that bind them together often put them at odds with each other, as the shadows cast by Malcolm Merlyn and the omnipotent Ra’s al Ghul trigger shifts in loyalties and alliances that test them to their core. Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, and David Ramsey

I’ve been resistant of Arrow since its inception. I was burned out by Smallville and being that it is on The CW doesn’t help its case. Also, the outcry of love for Arrow at San Diego Comic-Con didn’t sit right with me. Perhaps I was afraid the hype would be too much and I didn’t want to be let down. It could be also that I have no affinity for the character as well. But given the opportunity, I finally decided to give it a go. The first season is very dry. It doesn’t really get going until the last five episodes. The second season definitely amps up the energy and finds the much needed personality it was lacking in the first season. Now with an established fan base, this third season is stretching its legs and going really heavy in the DC mythology. I found it mildly enjoying as it acts as a true testament to how on board you are with the characters and whether or not you’re willing to go on this journey with them. It doesn’t feel as rewarding as the second season, but it’s not bad.

Special features include:

  • Second Skins: Creating The Uniforms of Arrow
  • Nanda Parbat: Constructing The Villain’s Lair
  • Two Arrow Audio Commentaries
  • Arrow at Comic-Con 2014
  • The Man Beneath the Suit – Atom’s First Flight
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

The Flash: The Complete First Season (Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Andrew Kreisberg) Rated TV-PG [43 min] – Central City forensic investigator Barry Allen is, always charming and – as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry – now the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and his close friends who know his secret, race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another. Starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavangh, and Jesse L. Martin

While I was busy burning through Arrow, I made time to check out The Flash as I have heard delightfully positive words spoken about the spin-off series. I’ve made it through half of the first season and I am really liking what I’ve seen. There’s far more personality and fun to be had in The Flash than its brooding green-hooded counterpart. There’s a great balance of tone if you like both series. What’s most interesting about The Flash is the scientific details it squeezes in to ensure the physics of the character makes sense. The biggest issue I’m having is with the rotating flavor of the week villain. It gives our hero a fast learning curve to work with, but doesn’t give Barry a lot of time to breath and reflect. It’s always on to the next one. The story progression involving his mother’s murder is exciting and builds up a unique through line, whereas the plot against the Glades in the first season of Arrow felt like it was left on the back burner. The Flash is a grand ol’ time with a lot to gain and easily bingeable.

Special features include:

  • The Fastest Man Alive!
  • Creating the Blur
  • The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test
  • Behind the Story: The Trickster Returns!
  • DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

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More Titles Now Available (I Haven’t Seen These):

  • Toyko Ghoul: The Complete First Season
  • Saint Laurent
  • Results

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Video Games

FIFA 16 (EA Canada) [EA Sports] – Available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Android, and iOS – FIFA 16 innovates across the entire pitch to deliver a balanced, authentic, and exciting football experience that lets you play your way, and compete at a higher level. And with all new ways to play! With innovative gameplay features, FIFA 16 brings Confidence in Defending, Control in Midfield, and gives you the tools to create more Moments of Magic than ever before. Fans new to the franchise, or skilled players looking to improve their game will have a chance to Compete at a Higher Level using the all new FIFA Trainer. Innovation Across the Entire Pitch. New Ways to Play. Compete at a Higher Level.

Although FIFA 16 is just another rehash of a sports game, this latest entry seems like they’ve really upped the ante to provide some great improvements. And most progressive is the fact that you can now play as Women’s National teams. I love playing soccer. Watching it is great if the match is good. But play soccer on a video game level may be my limit.

Key features include:

  • Defensive Agility
  • Defend as a Unit
  • New Tackling Fundamentals
  • Interception Intelligence
  • Passing With Purpose
  • No Touch Dribbling
  • Dynamic Crossing
  • Clinical Finishing
  • FIFA Trainer
  • Skill Games: Basic Level
  • Women’s National Teams
  • FUT Draft Mode

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Iron Man 3 – $14.99
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – $14.96
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $16.99
  • The Return of the Living Dead – $5.96
  • Team America: World Police – $8.99
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2006) [Unrated] – $5.96
  • Arrow (Season 1) – $14.99
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $14.96
  • Pretty Woman – $8.99

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!


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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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Netflix Streaming Report: Moonrise Kingdom, The Bank Job, The Fosters, and More

Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for September 17, 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 Moonrise Kingdom, The Bank Job, The Fosters, and more.

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Moonrise Kingdom: Criterion Collection (Wes Anderson) Rated PG-13 [94 min] – A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, and Jason Schwartzman

Since The Grand Budapest Hotel isn’t available on Netflix, Moonrise Kingdom is your next best bet to get your Wes Anderson fix. It’s really playful and has a great charm with its young lead. The cast is lively, fun, and endearing. if you aren’t keen on Anderson’s more artsy films, check out Moonrise Kingdom, it is far easier to digest.

(Watch it now)

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Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman) Rated R [119 min] A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world. Starring Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, Kaitlyn Dever, J.K. Simmons, and Emma Thompson

I don’t envy anyone trying to weave together interrelated stories to create one cohesive film. And if I thought anyone could pull it together it would be Jason Reitman (Up in the Air; Juno; Thank You for Smoking). Unfortunately he didn’t quite stick the landing. Men, Women & Children is a step above and beyond his previous feature, Labor Day, but the film plays it too safe by delivering something sadly generic and incredibly depressing. There’s a solid cast here, I just wish there was more substance than what you’d come to expect.

(Watch it now)

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The Fosters: The Complete Third Season (Brad Bredeweg and Peter Paige) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – Teenager Callie Jacobs is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive and foster children.Creators: Stars: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, Danny Nucci, and Cierra Ramirez

If you’re ever in the market for a series that bridges the gap between daytime soaps and young adult women, ABC Family has cracked the code. Their half-hour sitcoms are a different story. Armed with a slew of carefully targeted program is so craftily put together, ABC Family is unlike any other channel out there. The Fosters is a good show, full of many feels and maybe too much coincidental drama that you’d think you’re back in Degrassi High. There are a lot of topical situations that The Fosters nails on the head with acute precision and grace, but if you can’t believe that so much drama can befall one family you might want to look elsewhere.

(Watch it now)

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The Bank Job (Roger Donaldson) Rated R [111 min] – Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London’s Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don’t realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets – secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal. Starring Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore

I’ve never seen The Bank Job, but it’s on Netflix in case you need your Jason Statham fix.

(Watch it now)

Also newly available on Netflix streaming this week:

  • Madam Bovary
  • God Bless the Child
  • About Elly
  • Why Did I Get Married
  • Portlandia (Season 5)
  • Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 4)
  • Ax Men (Season 4)
  • Reality (2014)
  • Myth Hunters (Series 1)
  • The Beast (1975)
  • Reservation Road
  • Skin Trade

What will you be watching this weekend?

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


 

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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Justified, Unfinished Business, Orphan Black, McFarland USA, and More

Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD Justified, Unfinished Business, Orphan Black, McFarland USA, 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 April 18, 2015 we have  Justified, Unfinished Business, Orphan Black, McFarland USA, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect from them after the break. Continue reading

The 85th Academy Award Winners (Live Blog)

2013 Oscars Live Blog

The big night is here, The 85th Annual Academy Awards live on ABC. All of the red carpet madness begins at 4pm PST today, but the actual ceremony doesn’t begin until 5:30 pm. If you’re late to the party, we’ve got you covered. I’ll be live blogging throughout the whole show just so you can catch up on anything you may have missed. See all of the winners as they are announced live, right here, at Turn The Right Corner. Continue reading

2013 Oscar Winner Predictions

2013 Oscar Winner Predictions

In one day, the biggest spectacle of glitz and glamor will invade our televisions, The 85th Annual Academy Awards. Just to have a little fun with the celebration, I have filled out my ballot and am ready for what’s in store for the big show. Check out my predictions after the jump, the answers may surprise you. Continue reading

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners (Live Blog)

2013 Golden Globe Winners

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards are today, Sunday, January 13 at 5 pm PST, shot live from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. For those of you who cannot tune in on time, do not fret, we’ve got you covered. Turn The Right Corner will be live blogging the event so you’ll know the winners as they are announced. In case your rabbit ears fizzle out or you locked yourself out of your home, stay posted to TTRC in case you miss anything. Continue reading

‘Lincoln’ Doesn’t Win Big at the 18th Critics’ Choice Awards

2013 Critics Choice Awards Winners

As we head further into the depths of awards season, it begins to get down to the nitty gritty as to who will walk away with Oscar gold. Lincoln was nominated for a record breaking 13 awards at the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, but only took home three. Many good choices were picked this year and the entire list of winners can be found after the jump.  Continue reading

Oscar Nominees Announced for the 85th Academy Awards

2013 Academy Awards Nominees

This morning at the butt crack of dawn, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. With my predictions set, I was feeling pretty confident in my selections. Of course, the Academy loves trolling and proves me wrong. There are a few big snubs as always, but I guessed most of the nominees correctly. Take a look at the complete list of Oscar nominees after the break. Continue reading

Predicting the 2013 Oscar Nominees

2013 Oscar Nominee Predictions

Before all of the hubbub of the Oscars begins, it’s always fun to run down the categories and guess which films, directors, actors, and actresses will be nominated before they are announced. Personally, 2012 wasn’t that much of a spectacular year in my mind, but there are certain performances that stand out more than others. See my picks after the jump. Continue reading

The Pick of the Litter: My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2012

Top 10 Best Favorite Movies of 2012

2012 was quite an interesting year at the cinema. While such films as Magic Mike and Pitch Perfect took audiences by surprise, there were many that did not fulfill our expectations, like The Dark Knight Rises. A lot of hits and misses this year too, but as I sifted through the weaker entries I managed to pull out 10 shining stars that that I could claim as my favorites of the 2012. Check out the full list after the break. Continue reading