Now Available to Own: Trainwreck, Better Call Saul, Terminator: Genisys, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of November 10, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie and television releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can help save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Trainwreck, Better Call Saul, Terminator: Genisys, and more.

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Trainwreck (Judd Apatow) Rated R [125 min] – Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Lebron James, Tilda Swinton, and Colin Quinn

If you haven’t seen any sketches from Inside Amy Schumer then Trainwreck might be a breath of fresh air. The film is adorable, sweet, and hilarious. The plot, though, feels a bit derivative. Trainwreck is at a level above most romantic comedies, however the final third falls into familiar tropes. It’s a great watch, don’t get me wrong, it might not be the revolutionary romcom you were hoping for.

The special features are fun. With a cast and team like this, the extras on this disc make for a really rousing time. Trainwreck is Amy Schumer’s first feature film, that she also wrote, so it’s nice to see her take on the whole filmmaking process.

Special features include:

  • UNRATED Version
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Line-O-Rama

Exclusive Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Extended Scenes
  • Behind-The-Scenes
  • Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport – The athletes of Trainwreck talk about their experiences under the direction of Judd Apatow
  • The Dogwalker – Daniel Radcliffe plays the dogwalker in this film that Amy and Steven go see at the theater
  • Trainwreck Comedy Tour Featurette – Take a peek backstage at the Trainwreck Comedy Tour featuring comedy all-stars Amy Schumer, Mike Birbiglia, Colin Quinn, Dave Atell, Vanessa Bayer and Judd Apatow.

Terminator Genisys (Alan Taylor) Rated PG-13 [125 min] – John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, and J.K. Simmons [Watch the trailer]

Believe the hype: Terminator: Genisys is pretty bad. It’s not as terrible as Salvation or Rise of the Machines, but Genisys is pretty much useless to the franchise. It’s as if Genisys tried as hard as it could to basterdize the franchise with it’s overly convoluted plot. If you have kids and want to introduce them to The Terminator franchise, raise them knowing only the first two were made. The special features are nothing special; the most interesting tidbit is how they determined Emilia Clarke could be Sarah Connor. Covering special effects is probably one of the most wasted special features these days; computers can make things look fairly believable, we get it.

Special features includes:

  • Family Dynamics – Casting Terminator Genisys and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history
  • Infiltration and Termination – Go behind-the-scenes to San Francisco and New Orleans in a first-hand look at filming locations
  • Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys – Delve into the revolutionary visual effects behind the movie’s incredible action sequences

Mr. Holmes (Bill Condon) Rated PG [104 min] – An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Hattie Morahan

As depressing as it is to see the beloved inspector from Baker Street aged up to the point of senility, I like the idea of Mr. Holmes. It’s a very well to do movie that has all the best intentions with a performance by Ian McKellen that serves the character very well. The energy of Mr. Holmes, however, is sparse as it jumps back and forth in time recollecting a case long forgotten. I wasn’t expecting it to be as thrilling as the BBC’s Sherlock, but it didn’t have to be so drab.

Special features includes:

  • “Icon” Featurette
  • “Story” Featurette

Self/less (Tarsem Singh) Rated PG-13 [117 min] – A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.Director:Writers: David Pastor (screenplay), Àlex Pastor (screenplay)Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, and Derek Luke

I did not see Self/Less but the premise interested me.

Special features include:

  • Inside Self/Less
  • On the Run: The Action of Self/Less
  • Shedding
  • Audio Commentary with Director Tarsem Singh
  • Previews
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Better Call Saul Season 1 (Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould) Rated TV-14 [47 min] – The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael McKean, and Michael Mando

I’m sure many Breaking Bad fans were torn by this series. I, myself, really enjoyed Better Call Saul. It’s absolutely fascinating to see how Jimmy evolves into Saul Goodman and the path he takes and the characters he meets. I hadn’t gotten my hands on a review copy, but based on all the incredible extras BB had, I expect nothing less from BCS.

Special features include:

  • Postcard Vinyl of Better Call Saul performed by Junior Brown (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Only)
  • All the special features included on the Blu-ray noted below (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Only)
  • Uncensored Episodes (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Cast & Crew Commentaries on Every Episode (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Creating the First Season (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Gag Reel (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Better Call Saul: Day One (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Better Call Saul Music Video (Standard Blu-ray Edition Only)
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • In Conversation: Bob Odenkirk & Michael McKean (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Good Cop, Bad Cop: Becoming Mike (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Kettle Kommentary with Craig & Betsy Kettleman (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Jimmy in the Courtroom with Introduction by “Mijo” Director Michelle MacLaren (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Jimmy Kaleidoscope with Introduction by Co-Creator and Executive Producer Peter Gould (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • Cast & Crew Table Read on “Uno” (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)
  • In the Studio with Junior Brown (Blu-ray Exclusive Only)

Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series (Bruce Timm, James Tucker, and Dwayne McDuffie) Rated TV-PG [22 min] – After fighting off an alien invasion in the previous two-season Justice League series, our heroes find their ranks diminished and – with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace – there maining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. The original seven Justice Leaguers – Batman,Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl – are now joined by an unlimited selection of allies including Green Arrow, Supergirl and Black Canary. Starring Kevin Conroy, George Newbern, Susan Eisenberg, Michael Rosenbaum, Carl Lumbly, Phil LaMarr, and Maria Canals-Barrera

I can’t say I watched very many episodes of JLU, but DC has always had a successful run with its TV series, live-action and animated.

Special features include:

  • Creator’s Commentary on the episodes “This Little Piggy” and “The Return”
  • “And Justice for All”: a featurette on the process of revamping the series with new characters and a new creative direction
  • “Cadmus Exposed”: Mark Hamill and series creative personnel discuss this popular series story arc
  • “Justice League Chronicles”: The series’ writers, producers and directors discuss their favorite moments among final season episodes.

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Spider-Man Trilogy – $12.95
  • Bad Boys I & II – $19.99
  • The Wire: The Complete Series – $79.99
  • Paddington – $9.99
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection – $16.99
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – $17.99
  • Oblivion – $7.99
  • The Walking Dead (Season 4) – $22.99
  • The Hurt Locker – $4.50
  • Godzilla (2013) – $14.99
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $14.99
  • Pacific Rim 3D – $14.99
  • Goodnight Mommy – $17.99
  • The Flash (Season 1) – $34.99
  • Veep (Season 1) – $14.99

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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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Trainwreck, South Park, Empire, 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 September 12, 2015 we have Trainwreck, South Park, The Gift, Amy, 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 and DVD November 10; Digital HD October 20

Trainwreck (Judd Apatow) Rated R [125 min] – Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Lebron James, Tilda Swinton, and Colin Quinn

Special features include:

  • UNRATED Version
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Line-O-Rama

Exclusive Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Extended Scenes
  • Behind-The-Scenes
  • Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport – The athletes of Trainwreck talk about their experiences under the direction of Judd Apatow
  • The Dogwalker – Daniel Radcliffe plays the dogwalker in this film that Amy and Steven go see at the theater
  • Trainwreck Comedy Tour Featurette – Take a peek backstage at the Trainwreck Comedy Tour featuring comedy all-stars Amy Schumer, Mike Birbiglia, Colin Quinn, Dave Atell, Vanessa Bayer and Judd Apatow.

Empire Season 1 Gold Record Edition Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD November 10; Digital HD October 20

Empire: The Complete First Season (Lee Daniels, Danny Strong) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – A father, who runs a successful music business, is diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease and has to choose one of his three sons to take over when he dies. Starring Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Bryshere Y. Gray

Premium Blu-ray special features include:

  • Pilot Episode – Director’s Cut
  • Exclusive Soundtrack Including Never-Before-Released Songs
    • What Is Love (feat. V. Bozeman)*
    • Live in the Moment (feat. Jussie Smollett & Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray)
    • Good Enough (feat. Jussie Smollett)*
    • What the DJ Spins (feat. Terrence Howard)
    • Tell The Truth (feat. Jussie Smollett)
    • No Apologies (feat. Jussie Smollett & Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray)*
    • Keep It Movin’ (feat. Serayah and Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray)*
    • Drip Drop (feat. Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray and Serayah)*
    • Keep Your Money (feat. Jussie Smollett)*
    • I Wanna Love You (feat. Jussie Smollett)*
    • Money For Nothing (feat. Jussie Smollett & Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray)*
    • You’re So Beautiful (Jussie Smollett & Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray)*
    • Conqueror (feat. Estelle and Jussie Smollett)*
    • Power of the EMPIRE (feat. Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray)*
    • Nothing To Lose (feat. Jussie Smollett & Terrence Howard)
    • Whatever Makes You Happy (feat. Jennifer Hudson and Juicy J)*
    • Nothing But A Number (feat. Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray & Naomi Campbell)
  • Collectible Packaging for the Ultimate “EMPIRE” Fan!
  • Featurette: EMPIRE: It’s in the Music
  • Featurette: The EMPIRE of Style
  • Special Feature: Commentary* on the “Pilot”
  • Uncut Music Performances:
    • No Apologies – Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon)
    • I Wanna Love You –Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon)
    • Come Away With Me – Video Medley – Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon)
    • Whatever Makes You Happy (feat. Jennifer Hudson & Juicy J)
    • Keep it Movin – Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem Lyon) and Serayah (Tiana)
    • Tell the Truth – Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon)
    • Nothing to Lose – Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon)
    • Power of The EMPIRE Video Medley – Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem Lyon)
    • For My God – Jennifer Hudson (Michelle)
    • Good Enough – Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon)
    • You’re So Beautiful – Estelle, Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon), Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon), Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem Lyon) feat. Serayah (Tiana)
    • You’re So Beautiful – Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon)
    • Drip Drop (DIRTY i-Tunes) – Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem Lyon) feat. Serayah (Tiana)
    • What is Love Video Medley – feat. Veronika Bozeman

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 3

The End of the Tour (James Ponsoldt) [Limited] Rated R [106 min] – The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’ Starring Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, and Mamie Gummer

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary by Director James Ponsoldt, Screenwriter Donald Margulies, and Actor Jason Segel
  • “Behind the Tour” Featurette
  • A Conversation with Composer Danny Elfman
  • Deleted Scenes

The Gift 2015 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 27

The Gift (Joel Edgerton) Rated R [108 min] – A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years. Starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, and Allison Tolman

Special features include:

  • Alternate Ending [with Optional Introduction by Writer/Director Joel Edgerton]
  • Deleted Scenes [with Optional Introduction by Writer/Director Joel Edgerton]
  • Karma for Bullies
  • The Darker Side of Jason Bateman
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Joel Edgerton

South Pakr Season 18 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 6

South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) Rated TV-MA [22 min] – Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. Starring Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • #SocialCommentary on all episodes
  • Mini Commentaries by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, on all episodes

Southpaw Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 27

Southpaw (Antoine Fuqua) Rated R [123 min] – Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker, Naomi Harris, and 50 Cent

Special features include:

  • Deleted scenes
  • Southpaw: Inside the Ring
  • Q&A with Cast
  • Extended Training Montage

Pixels 3D Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 27

Pixels (Chris Columbus) Rated PG-13 [105 min] – When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, and Brian Cox

Special features include:

  • Two Featurettes
    • Q*Bert – The adorable digital bit hopper comes to life in PIXELS!
    • Dojo Quest – A look at the new classic arcade game that gave life to the unstoppable Lady Lisa.
  • Game On Music Video by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Good Charlotte

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:

  • Dolby Atmos Audio (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
  • Six Featurettes:
    • The Creator of the Machine – PAC-MAN creator Toru Iwatani was on-set and had a cameo, we hear from him about his experience and his take on PIXELS.
    • The Space Invader – The winner of an arcade contest had a walk on role in the film.
    • PAC-MAN – A detailed look at the PAC-MAN action sequence. From Mini Coopers and stunts to visual effects, see how PAC-MAN chomps his way into real life.
    • Donkey Kong – See the cast perform stunts on a giant reconstruction of the classic platform game and watch as Donkey Kong goes from bits to BIG.
    • Centipede – The giant insect attack was the creation of visual and special effect planning as well as the patience of countless performers.
    • Galaga – This 80’s arcade favorite leads the alien invasion, take an inside look at the attack on Guam.

Self:Less Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 10

Self/less (Tarsem Singh) Rated PG-13 [117 min] – A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.Director:Writers: David Pastor (screenplay), Àlex Pastor (screenplay)Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, and Derek Luke

No special features listed

The Vatican Tapes Blu-ray Box Cover Art

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

The Vatican Tapes (Mark Neveldine) Rated PG-13 [91 min] – A priest and two Vatican exorcists must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman. Starring Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Peña, Dougray Scott, and Djimon Hounsou

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Mark Neveldine, Cinematographer Gerardo Madrazo and Actress Olivia Taylor Dudley
  • “Tale of the Tapes” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes

Amy 2015 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

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

Amy (Asif Kapadia) [Limited – 7/3] Rated R [128 min] – The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. Starring Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, and Russell Brand

Special features include:

  • Previously Unseen Performances by Amy Winehouse
  • Previously Unseen Scenes (Deleted Scenes)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Asif Kapadia
  • Interviews with Friends and musicians

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 15th Anniversary 4K Release

Available on Blu-ray April 16

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)  Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.  Starring Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang

Limited Edition Rerelease Details:

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed that it plans to celebrate the 15th anniversary of acclaimed director Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with a brand new Blu-ray release. Advertised as Mastered in 4K, the release will be available for purchase on April 5, 2016.

In addition to the standard release, Sony will have available for sale a Limited Edition Blu-ray which will street on the same date.

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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