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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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, 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 25, 2015 we have Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

Avengers Age of Ultron Blu-ray Box Art

Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD October 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon) Rated PG-13 [141 min] – When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it’s up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemswort, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and James Spader (Watch the trailer)

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Making-of Featurettes
  • Gag Reel

Mad Max Fury Road Blu-ray Box Art

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

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) Rated R [120 min] – In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, and Zoë Kravitz [Watch the trailer]

Special features include:

  • Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road
  • Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels
  • The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa
  • The Tools of the Wasteland
  • The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome
  • Fury Road: Crash & Smash
  • Deleted Scenes

Pitch Perfect 2 Blu-ray Box Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 22

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]

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 Championships 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

Entourage Movie Blu-ray Box Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 29

Entourage (Doug Ellin) Rated R [104 min] – Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut. Starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven

Special features include:

  • The Gang – Still Rockin’ It
  • Hollywood, Baby!
  • The Making of Hyde
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Meet the Newest Member of Entourage
  • Lucas Ellin is Jonah Gold

Bates Motel Season 3 Blu-ray Box Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 29

Bates Motel: The Complete Third Season (Anthony Cipriano) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – A modern re-imagining and prequel to the movie Psycho. This story begins with the earlier years of a teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma who live in an old house overlooking the adjoining motel which they are renovating. The house and hotel both come with secrets of their own as does the new town which the Bates’ now call home. Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Broken Psyche: Creating Norma-n

Sleepy Hollow Season 3 Blu-ray Box Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD September 15

Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Second Season (Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) Rated TV-14 [45 min] Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Starring Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Orlando Jones

Special features include:

  • A Salute to Sleepyheads
  • Commentary on “Mama” by Nicole Beharie and Mark Goffman
  • Commentary on “The Akeda” by Tom Mison and Mark Goffman
  • Commentary on “Tempus Fugit” by Tom Mison and Mark Goffman
  • Mysteries & Mythology: The Secrets of Season Two
  • Monsters & Mayhem: The Creatures of Season Two
  • Hollow History
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag reel

American Horror Story Freak Show Blu-ray Box Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 6

American Horror: Story: Freak Show (Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk) Rated TV-MA [43 min] – An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven and a freak show. Starring Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Michael Chiklis, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Emma Roberts, Finn Wittrock, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates

Special Features:

  • “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Extra-Ordinary Artists
  • Two Heads Are Better Than One
  • The Camp
  • Freaklore: The Spectre of Edward Mordrake
  • The Premiere

Homeland Season 4 Blu-ray Box Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD September 8

Homeland: The Complete Fourth Season (Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa) Rated TV-MA [55 min] – When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been “turned”. Starring Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and Damian Lewis

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Character Profiles
    • Peter Quinn: The Assassin
    • Aasar Khan: Lieutenant- Colonel
    • Fara Sherazi: The Analyst
  • From Script to Screen
  • Caught in the Crosshairs
  • Brody’s Return
  • Storming the Embassy

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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Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

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Pitch Perfect will always hold a special place in my heart. It proves that something so terribly marketed can overcome even the lowest of expectations. It came across as a mashup between Stomp the Yard and Glee. I wouldn’t be wrong in thinking this as for the most part it is, but Kay Cannon’s (30 Rock; New Girl) incredibly slick script and Jason Moore’s (Dawson’s Creek; One Tree Hill) keen direction pulled together one of the most entertaining movies of 2012, in my opinion. Pitch Perfect 2 delivers a few good surprises, but comes off slightly disjointed within a familiar routine. Thankfully the film maintains the franchise’s quick-witted dialogue and provides exciting new performances with its delightful cast. Continue reading

Box Office Battlefield: Pitch Perfect 2 vs. Mad Max: Fury Road

Box Office Battlefield Mad Max Fury Road vs. Pitch Perfect 2

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of May 15, 2015 includes Mad Max: Fury Road vs. Pitch Perfect 2. 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

Second ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Trailer is Aca-Patriotic #Merica [111 Screenshots]

Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Screenshot Barden Bellas Pillow Fight

Hot on the heels of its big Super Bowl spot featuring the Green Bay Packers earlier this month, a second full-length trailer has debuted for Pitch Perfect 2. The Barden Bellas will be back in action this May as they look to take on the world as Mighty Ducks 2 style as Team USA in the A Capella World Championships held in Copenhagen, Denmark. You’ll find the latest, patriotic trailer after the jump. Continue reading

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Super Bowl Trailer Pits the Bellas Vs. Green Bay Packers [52 Screenshots]

Pitch Perfect 2 Super Bowl Trailer

Who knew Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, TJ Lang, Josh Sitton, Don Barclay, and Jordan Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers had the power of singing covers of songs without any instruments, but from their mouths. The latest teaser of Pitch Perfect 2 came unexpectedly during Super Bowl XLIX today and welcomed the Barden Bellas into the big leagues. Check out the trailer after the break and see why the Packers are too Bootylicious for you. Continue reading

First ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Trailer Takes The Bellas on an Aca-Adventure Across the Globe to Crush Foreign Oppressors (101 Screenshots)

Pitch Perfect 2 Teaser Trailer and Poster

The Barden Bellas have returned to crush it following their unexpected smash hit that took the world by storm in 2012. Universal has released the first teaser trailer and poster for Pitch Perfect 2 to the sweet tune of “Cups,” obviously. Winning the National Championship wasn’t enough, and now the Bellas will be taking their vocal range across the pond. Watch the new trailer after the break. Continue reading

Elizabeth Banks Confirmed to Direct ‘Pitch Pefect 2’

Elizabeth Banks Confirmed to Direct 'Pitch Pefect 2'

It has been officially confirmed that Effie Trinket Elizabeth Banks will be making her feature length directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2. Banks will bring her keen comedic talents to as she was the producer of the first Pitch Perfect. This is a caglorious news. Learn more after the break.  Continue reading