Now Available to Own: Rogue Nation, The Scorch Trials, Ted 2, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of December 15, 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 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Fantastic Four, Ted 2, and more.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie) Rated PG-13 [131 min] – Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg

Having not seen M:I 2-4, Rogue Nation is surprisingly well contained. I can’t say I was lost at all while watching the film and the screenplay does a fine job at filling in details drawn out over the course of the franchise. The only thing I am missing out on is the built camaraderie between characters. The action is wonderful, the energy is high, and the cast is engaging. The Mission: Impossible franchise has always done a good job at raising the bar from what I have seen, and the special features on this disc are quite thorough. And with how real the stunts are and how much effort is put into making this Rogue Nation feel authentic, the special features are definitely worth your time.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary by Tom Cruise and director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie
  • Lighting the Fuse
  • Cruise Control
  • Heroes
  • Cruising Altitude
  • Mission: Immersible
  • Sand Theft Auto
  • The Missions Continue

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Wes Ball) Rated PG-13 [131 min] – After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen, and Patricia Clarkson

As much as I am intrigued by this franchise, The Scorch Trials gets a little too bogged down in the drama and the mystery of W.C.K.D. The cast is still pretty strong and there’s a lot of decent action sequences. But overall, this second chapter didn’t create a spark to make this young adult dystopia stand out from the rest.

Special features include:

  • Janson’s Report
  • Secrets of the Scorch
  • Visual Effects
  • Visual Effects Reel
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Audio Commentary from Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, Joe Hartwick Jr. and Dan Zimmerman
  • Gag Reel
  • Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailers

Ted 2 (Seth MacFarlane) Rated R [115 min] – Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Sam J. Jones, and Morgan Freeman [Watch the Trailer]

I had hoped that Ted 2 would expand upon the heartfelt relationship between Ted and Johnny, and although there are some glimpses of it, Seth MacFarlane favored frat boy humor over character development in this sequel. The movie is funny, but in the end it’s hardly memorable compared to the first film.

Special features include:

  • A Giant Opening Dance Number (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Gag Reel (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Cameo Buddies (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe
  • Roadtripping
  • Creating Comic-Con
  • Feature Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Jessica Barth

Fantastic Four (Josh Trank) Rated PG-13 [100 min] – Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell

What a waste of effort and money on everyone’s part. There wasn’t even a press release or an announcement sending notification that this title has become available. Shows how much importance was placed on trying to salvage this bomb.

Special features include:

  • Powering Up: Superpowers of the Fantastic Four
  • The Quantum Gates
  • Planet Zero
  • Concept Art
  • And More!
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TV Show Releases

Extant Season 2 (Mickey Fisher) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – An astronaut struggles to learn how she became pregnant while on a 13-month-long solo space mission. StarringHalle Berry, Pierce Gagnon, and Grace Gummer

For as much heart as Halley Berry puts into Extant the sadder it is to see this series flounder. Despite ditching many of the first season faults, Season 2 picks up many of its own, dissolving would could be captivating sci-fi. The special features are bountiful on this Blu-ray set, and they do cover a lot of ground. So if you are a fan, it’s worth noting you won’t be disappointed with the extras.

Special features include:

  • Extant: A Look at Season 2
  • Chemistry: Molly & JD
  • The Carnival of the Mind
  • A Tour of the Sets
  • Gag Reel
  • Two Humanichs: Ethan & Lucy
  • The Season Finale
  • Deleted Scenes

CSI: The Finale (Anthony E. Zuiker) Rated TV-14 [60 min] – An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, and George Eads

It’s shows exactly like CSI that make me hate procedurals, which is unfortunate because there are some good ones out there like Sherlock. And the fact that the series finale is wrapped up in a nice DVD all by itself worries me. CSI is such trashy escapism masked by a facade of pretentious dialogue, robotic characters, and nonsense narratives that it boggles the mind as to why it was allotted so much time on air.

Special features include:

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Case Closed
  • CSI: SIGN OFFS – The Finale Cast Says Goodbye
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Audio Commentary by Serie Creator Anthony E. Zuiker

Additional Releases this Week

  • He Named Me Malala (DVD Only)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Dick Tracy
  • Marco Polo: Season One
  • Teen Wolf: Season 5 Part 1

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • The Flash (Season 1) – $19.99
  • The Hayao Miyazaki Collection – $184.99
  • The Man from UNCLE – $14.99
  • Edward Scissorhands – $7.99
  • Gotham (Season 1) – $19.99
  • Whiplash – $9.99
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – $9.99
  • Mad Men: The Complete Series – $109.99
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service – $9.99
  • Spy – $9.99
  • Young Adult – $5
  • Wild Tales – $11.99
  • Peak Blinders (Season 1) – $14.99
  • American Sniper – $13.98
  • The Interview – $6.99
  • What If – $9.99

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: Ant-Man, The Man from UNCLE, Ted 2, 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 October 17, 2015 we have Ant-Man, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ted 2, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

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Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 8

Ant-Man (Peyton Reed) Rated PG-13 [117 min] – Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Peña [Watch the trailer]

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd
  • Making Of An Ant-Sized Heist: Set your watch and count down the action in this behind-the-scenes look at how to pull off a heist movie, including Scott Lang’s heist “family,” Ant-Man’s costume, plus amazing stunts and effects.
  • Let’s Go To The Macroverse: Shrink down to size in this fascinating look at creating the world from Ant-Man’s perspective, from macro photography through the subatomic.
  • WHIH NewsFront: A collection of content, including a glimpse at the future of Pym Technologies with Darren Cross, anchor Christine Everhart’s interview with soon-to-be-released prisoner Scott Lang on his notorious VistaCorp heist, and more.
  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 17

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Guy Ritchie) Rated PG-13 [116 min] – In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, and Elizabeth Debicki

Special features include:

  • Spy Vision: Recreating ’60s Cool
  • A Higher Class Of Hero
  • Metisse Motorcycles: Proper-And Very British
  • The Guys from U.N.C.L.E.
  • A Man of Extraordinary Talents
  • U.N.C.L.E: On-Set Spy

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 15

Ted 2 (Seth MacFarlane) Rated R [115 min] – Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Sam J. Jones, and Morgan Freeman [Watch the Trailer]

Special features include:

  • A Giant Opening Dance Number (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Gag Reel (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Cameo Buddies (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe
  • Roadtripping
  • Creating Comic-Con
  • Feature Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Jessica Barth

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD November 24

No Escape (John Erick Dowdle) Rated R [103 min] – In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed. Starring Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Thanawut Kasro

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Erick Dowdle and Writer/Producer Drew Dowdle
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Gallery

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

Knock Knock (Eli Roth) Rated R [99 min] – When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. Starring Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas [Watch the Trailer]

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary by Eli Roth, Lorenza Izo, Nicolás López and Colleen Camp
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Eli Roth
  • “The Art of Destruction: The Making of Knock Knock” Featurette
  • Still Gallery

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

Goodnight Mommy (Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz) [Limited] Rated R [99 min] – Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize. Starring Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, and Hans Escher

Special features include:

  • “A Conversation with Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala”

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Available on Criterion Blu-ray January 19

Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan Coen and Joel Coen) A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake

Special features include:

  • New 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring writers Robert Christgau, David Hajdu, and Sean Wilentz
  • The First Hundred Feet, the Last Hundred Feet, a new conversation between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directors Joel and Ethan Coen about the evolution of their approach, from Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Inside “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a forty-five-minute 2013 documentary
  • Another Place, Another Time (2014), a 101-minute film documenting an Inside Llewyn Davis tribute concert, featuring Joan Baez, Mumford & Sons, Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White, and others
  • New piece on the history of “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song),” featuring music producer T Bone Burnett and the Coens
  • New piece about Dave Van Ronk and the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties, featuring music writer and historian Elijah Wald
  • Sunday, a short 1961 documentary by Dan Drasin about the riots that took place in Washington Square Park after folk musicians were prevented from gathering and playing there
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones

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Available on DVD and Digital HD December 15

Teen Wolf (Season 5 Part 1) (Jeff Davis) Rated TV-14 [41 min] – A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it. Starring Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, and Tyler Hoechlin

Special features include:

  • Gag Reel
  • Special Effects Breakdown: Jeep Flip
  • Special Effects Breakdown: Building a Character
  • Special Effects Breakdown: Building a Scene

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Available on DVD and Digital HD December 1

Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos (Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste and Rodolfo Riva-Palacio Alatriste) Rated PG-13 [98 min] – Toto, a young chick born the run of the litter, rises to the occasion when a rancher threatens his home and his family. Starring Bruno Bichir, Carlos Espejel, and Angélica Vale

Special features include:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (English-language cast)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (Spanish-language cast)

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.


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Box Office Battlefield: Ted 2 vs. Max

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of June 26, 2015 includes Ted 2 and Max, as well as the limited release of A Little Chaos. 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 below!

Last weekend, Jurassic World continued to dominate cinemas, snubbing Inside Out and destroying Pixar’s track record for always coming in first on their opening weekends. And over the past week Jurassic World became the fastest film to gross $1 billion worldwide, breaking Furious 7’s record of 17 days and crossing the line in an astonishing 13. Will the joke be on previous contenders with Seth MacFarlane coming back with Ted for Round 2? Where’dya pahk the fahking cah Boo Boo? This is the Box Office Battlefield:

Ted 2 Movie Title LogoTed 2 (Seth MacFarlane) Rated R [115 min] – Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Sam J. Jones, and Morgan Freeman

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 45% • Audience – 75%

My review:

I liked Ted. Seth MacFarlane held nothing back with his foul-mouthed teddy bear comedy that had a clever mix of heartfelt bromance and disgusting fraternity humor. After that mess of a follow-up film, A Million Ways to Die in the Westmy review, I wasn’t sure if the writer/director/star/producer could pull Ted of a second time. But when we look at comedies, it all comes down to the viewer’s sense of humor. To me, I very much enjoyed Ted 2. I believe the jokes are sharp, full of hilarious pop culture references, and built up with enough set up to where most are rewarding. Some of the humor can go over your head if you’re not a huge film or TV buff, but there’s plenty here to get you by. Sadly the message of the film gets stretched very thin and inherently lost at times. Ted 2 is cohesive and makes sense, but the emotions it wants you to feel aren’t as strong as the first. Ted is not essential viewing to understand this sequel, but there are a handful of jokes that relies on your knowledge of it. MATINEE IT!

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Max (Boaz Yakin) Rated PG [111 min] – A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. Starring Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, and Lauren Graham

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 38% • Audience – 76%

Their reviews:

“Though the lead performance would do Lassie and Rin Tin Tin proud, the increasingly ludicrous, cliché-packed plot generates not an ounce of suspense.” – Sheri Linden (The Hollywood Reporter)

“Mr. Yakin opts for bullets, explosions and blood vengeance when handcuffs and perp walks would do the job. Not that “Max” has any clear or coherent sense of mission.” – A.O. Scott (New York Times)

My take:

Max looks like manipulative Hallmark dribble that could have been a decent inspirational film back in the ’90s. The twist that it looks to inject into the movie looks forced and overly cheesy. Based on the reception by critics, Max does not seem like a very fun nor entertaining piece of cinema worth your dollars. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman) [Limited] Rated R [117 min] – Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, and Matthias Schoenaerts

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 41% • Audience – 47%

Their reviews:

”While he shines in his supporting role as the satisfyingly complex king, it’s hard not to imagine what the film would have looked like with Rickman as the romantic lead.” – Kate Erbland (The Dissolve)

“It’s a shame such a talented artist couldn’t create a more memorable film, but the overlong “A Little Chaos” bogs down in a lackluster love story.” – Stephanie Merry (Washington Post)

My take:

As Alan Rickman’s second time in the director’s seat, this period piece looks very polished. However, there doesn’t seem to be a solid plot worth building a story around to capture any kind of attention. I’m not big on period pieces to begin with, although some do catch my fancy, but I find no intrigue here other than the star-studded cast. And based on what other critics are saying, I think there isn’t enough here to set it apart from other similar titles. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

This past week Jurassic World continued to defeat Inside Out, but that could be due to the fact that kids are in daycare and parents are working. Families cannot attend movies together except at night. And even then, both films were neck and neck. Ted debuted in 2012 with $54 million with a similar RT score to Ted 2. The film is very similar in tone, maybe even a little sillier. I found myself laughing more often this time around. I think audiences may latch onto this one more because it’s less about Mark Wahlberg’s character and more about Ted. But on the other hand, Ted 2 is rated R, which restricts many moviegoers from seeing it. I think it will open a little higher than its predecessor, but not by much. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Inside Out


Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

‘Ted 2’ Super Bowl Trailer Throws a Perfect Spiral with Tom Brady [33 Screenshots]

Ted 2 Super Bowl Trailer

There have been a few movie trailers during Super Bowl XLIX that played into the hands of football fans tonight, but none of them have hit as close to home as Ted 2. With the help of Tom Brady, this new teaser trailer is a hilarious sneak peak into Seth MacFarlane‘s sequel. Check out the expanded trailer with more footage not aired during the big game after the break. Continue reading