Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of July 21, 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 What We Do in the Shadows, Robot Chicken, and more.
Movies on Blu-ray
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
Flying low under the radar, What We Do in the Shadows is one of the best well-kept secrets of the year. It’s hilariously constructed and an absolutely great time. It’s a brisk 86 minutes, but it felt longer for some reason. I guess that’s because there isn’t much that goes on in the film other than the reality that you’re with these vampires. But all the set ups and gags are tremendously humorous.
Special features include:
- Commentary by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
- Behind the Shadows
- Deleted Scenes
- Video Extras
- Promo Videos
- Poster Gallery
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa (Seiji Mizushima) Rated PG-13 [105 min] – Edward Elric, an alchemist from an alternate world, races to prevent the Thule Society from harnessing alchemy to wage war on his home. Starring Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, and Jason Liebrecht
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen The Conqueror of Shamballa. I watched it swiftly after I encountered the series. It’s not as memorable to me as The Sacred Star of Milos, which is on Netflix now. But if you want to save your money, the full Japanese version with English subs is on YouTube right now.
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TV Show Releases
Robot Chicken: The Complete Seventh Season (Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Mike Fasolo) Rated TV-MA [11 min] – From creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, ‘Robot Chicken’ is stop-motion animation with a demented twist. Starring Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich
I don’t get around to watching TV much. When I do, it’s typically thanks to screeners or on Netflix. But when I was a wee younger, if nothing else was on, I’d always keep Adult Swim on late at night and watch episodes of Robot Chicken. I had no idea that the show got cancelled, after the sixth season, but I’m glad that they revived the series to get this seventh one made. This season was dark. Maybe it’s changed that way over time? I don’t recall so much death and illicitly explicit sexual humor. Like, this season is really, really dark. I still like it, but the change from goofy, pop culture satire to goofy pop culture satire with more adult humor and penises was quite jarring. In a hilarious way though.
Special features include:
- Commentary on all Twenty Episodes
- Bonus Christmas Special with Commentary
- Cut Sketches
Blu-Ray Deals and Steals
- Lucy (2014) – $8
- Interstellar – $10
- Under the Skin – $9.99
- Archer: Vice – $14.96
- Byzantium – $7.99
- It Follows – $12.89
- Rick and Morty (Season 1) – $14.99
- The Book Thief – $7.99
- The Cell – $7.48
- Begin Again – $10
- Matchstick Men – $9.99
- Ex Machina – $16.84
- The Muppets (2011) – $12.30
- Another Earth – $7.99
- The Sandlot – $5
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