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: The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki 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 1, 2015 we have The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki, Results, Little House on the Prairier, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

Studio Ghibli The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Set

Available on Blu-ray November 17

Disney presents for the first time The Collected Works Of Hayao Miyazaki, including all 11 of Miyazaki’s feature-length masterpieces in one spectacular 12-disc collection available on Blu-ray Exclusively via Amazon.com. Experience the majestic works of one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema. Hayao Miyazaki weaves his unique style of artistry and epic adventure into astonishing tales of triumph, bursting with imagination and wonder.

Content and special features include:

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Ponyo (2008/2009)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)
  • Yuki no Taiyo ( Yuki’s Sun) – A 1972 TV pilot based on an original manga by Tetsuya Chiba, directed by Hayao Miyazaki who was also in charge of storyboards and key animation.
  • Akado Suzunosuke ( Little Samurai) – Three episodes (Episode 26, 27 & 41) of the hit 1972 anime series with storyboarding and more by Hayao Miyazaki.
  • Director Hayao Miyazaki Retirement Press Conference, Uncut Version

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

Results (Andrew Bujalski) Rated R [105 min] – Two mismatched personal trainers’ lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client. Starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, and Giovanni Ribisi

No special features listed at this time

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Available on DVD October 6

Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series (Blanche Hanalis) Rated TV-PG [60 min] – The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West. Starring Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greebush, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson

Special features include:

  • Pilot Movie
  • Original Screen Test featuring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert
  • Six-Part “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon” Documentary
  • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part One – A Place in Television History”
  • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Two – In the Beginning…”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Three – Casting Walnut Grove”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Four – A Day in the Life of ‘Little House'”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Five – Stories to Remember”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Six – A Lasting Legacy”
  • “Look Back to Yesterday” Movie Special
  • “Bless All the Dear Children” Movie Special
  • “The Last Farewell” Movie Special

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD September 8

American Heist (Sarik Andreasyan) Rated R [94 min] – James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. Starring Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, and Jordana Brewster

Special features include:

  • “Creating a Complex Caper: Pulling off American Heist” featurette

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Available on DVD and Digital HD October 6

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

Special features include:

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

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Available on DVD and Digital HD October 6

The Target (Chang) Rated R [98 min] – An ER doctor teams up with an assassination target to rescue his wife, held hostage by corrupt criminals and, in the process, uncovers a conspiracy. Starring Seung-ryong Ryu, Joon-sang Yoo, and Jin-wook Lee

No special features listed at this time

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Available on DVD October 6

Ducky Dynasty: The Complete Eighth Season (Deirdre Gurney) Rated TV-PG [60 min] – Follows a wealthy Louisiana family known for their successful duck-hunting business. Starring Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, and Si Robertson

Special features include:

  • Never-Before-Seen-on-TV Bonus Features

Blood and Glory The Civil War in Color Blu-ray Box Cover Art

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

Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (History Channel Miniseries) Unrated [84 min] – Blood and Glory commemorates one of the most defining moments in American history, one which tore the nation apart, pitting North against South and brother vs. brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union. Using state-of-the-art technology to colorize 500 rare black-and-white photographs, and unprecedented access to government and private archives, Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color brings the emotional stories of these brave men vibrantly to life. Narrated by Robert Clotworthy

Special features include:

  • “Davis is Chosen to Lead” featurette
  • “A Call to Arms” featurette
  • “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation” featurette
  • “The H.L. Hunley Death Trap” featurette
  • “Sherman’s March to Savannah” featurette
  • “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” featurette
  • “Lee’s Reluctant Surrender” featurette
  • “African Americans After the War” featurette

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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Box Office Battlefield: Aloha vs. San Andreas

Box Office Battlefield San Andreas vs. Aloha

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of May 29, 2015 includes Aloha and San Andreas, as well as two limited releases. 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