Netflix Leads 22nd Annual SAG Awards Nominees

The 22nd Annual SAG Awards nominees were revealed this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Anna Faris (CBS’s Mom; Scary Movie) and Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain; Captain America: The Winter Soldier) were joined by SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris to announce this year’s nominations, which will be awarded Live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com, and truTV.com on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 5:00 p.m. (PT).

Actors make up a fairly large chunk of Academy voters, so it’s no surprise that the SAG Awards are a fairly good indicator as to how the Oscars may shape up. I didn’t think my eyebrows could be raised any higher when I saw the list of nominees this morning. Peculiar is one word to put it. Maybe even jarring. If this is how the awards season is going to be, I don’t know if I want any part of it.

First of all, Trumbo leads the film categories with three nods – ensemble, Bryan Cranston for Best Male Actor, and Helen Mirren for Best Supporting Female Actor. The other nominees are spread thin, with two nods each, including Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight, and Steve Jobs. Second, there were a handful of names that have completely come out of left field, including Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold) for Best Actress; and Christian Bale (The Big Short) for Best Supporting Actor. And third, I’m surprised Beasts of No Nation and bested the likes of The Martian and The Hateful Eight for Best Ensemble.

There were also a good handful of snubs that include Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, anyone from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Matt Damon for The Martian, and Will Smith for Concussion. Of course they all can’t be chosen, and today’s nominees have certainly made the playing field rather interesting.

As for the television categories, they’ve all wound up pretty much how you would expect. The only kicker here is that Netflix leads the pack with eight nominations, which also has two in film categories as well. Game of Thrones, Homeland, and House of Cards are all tied at the top with three nods each. My biggest concern about the TV categories is that the industry continues to recognize Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory. It needs to stop.

Despite this year’s SAG Awards nominees not turning out exactly how some may have predicted, many fresh faces were recognized, which is always a good thing. Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Rooney Mara, Christina Ricci, Mark Rylance, Sarah Silverman, Jacob Tremblay, and Alicia Vikander have each earned their first individual Actor nomination with this upcoming SAG Awards.

Everything seems to be quite up in the air after the SAG Awards have shown that it could be anyone’s game. We will be keeping a close eye on the road to the Oscars with the Golden Globes nominations being announced tomorrow. Until then, your nominees are:

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – Trumbo
  • Johnny Depp / James Whitey Bulger – Black Mass
  • Leonardo Dicaprio / Hugh Glass – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – The Danish Girl

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett / Carol Aird – Carol
  • Brie Larson / Ma – Room
  • Helen Mirren / Maria Altmann – Woman In Gold
  • Saoirse Ronan / Eilis – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Silverman / Laney Brooks – I Smile Back

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale / Michael Burry – The Big Short
  • Idris Elba / Commandant – Beasts Of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance / Abel Rudolph – Bridge Of Spies
  • Michael Shannon / Rick Carver – 99 Homes
  • Jacob Tremblay / Jack – Room

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Rooney Mara / Therese Belivet – Carol
  • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander / Gerda Wegener – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet / Joanna Hoffman – Steve Jobs

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

  • Beasts Of No Nation
    • Abraham Attah / Agu
    • Kurt Egyiawan / 2nd I-C
    • Idris Elba / Commandant
  • The Big Short
    • Christian Bale / Michael Burry
    • Steve Carell / Mark Baum
    • Ryan Gosling / Jared Vennett
    • Melissa Leo / Georgia Hale
    • Hamish Linklater / Porter Collins
    • John Magaro / Charlie Geller
    • Brad Pitt / Ben Rickert
    • Rafe Spall / Danny Moses
    • Jeremy Strong / Vinny Peters
    • Marisa Tomei / Cynthia Baum
    • Finn Wittrock / Jamie Shipley
  • Spotlight
    • Billy Crudup / Eric Macleish
    • Brian D’arcy James / Matty Carroll
    • Michael Keaton / Walter Robby Robinson
    • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer
    • Mark Ruffalo / Michael Rezendes
    • Liev Schreiber / Marty Baron
    • John Slattery / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
    • Stanley Tucci / Mitchell Garabedian
  • Straight Outta Compton
    • Neil Brown Jr. / Dj Yella
    • Paul Giamatti / Jerry Heller
    • Corey Hawkins / Dr. Dre
    • Aldis Hodge / Mc Ren
    • O’shea Jackson Jr. / Ice Cube
    • Jason Mitchell / Eazy-E
  • Trumbo
    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje / Virgil Brooks
    • Louis C.K. / Arlen Hird
    • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo
    • David James Elliott / John Wayne
    • Elle Fanning / Niki Trumbo
    • John Goodman / Frank King
    • Diane Lane / Cleo Trumbo
    • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper
    • Michael Stuhlbarg / Edward G. Robinson
    • Alan Tudyk / Ian Mclellan Hunter

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Idris Elba / Dci John Luther – Luther
  • Ben Kingsley / Grand Vizier Ay – Tut
  • Ray Liotta / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – Texas Rising
  • Bill Murray / Himself – A Very Murray Christmas
  • Mark Rylance / Thomas Cromwell – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Nicole Kidman / Grace – Grace Of Monaco
  • Queen Latifah / Bessie Smith – Bessie
  • Christina Ricci / Lizzie Borden – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
  • Susan Sarandon / Gladys Mortenson – The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe
  • Kristen Wiig / Delores Dewinter – The Spoils Before Dying

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister – Game Of Thrones
  • Jon Hamm / Don Draper – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek / Elliot – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk / Jimmy Mcgill – Better Call Saul
  • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

  • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison – Homeland
  • Viola Davis / Annalise Keating – How To Get Away With Murder
  • Julianna Margulies / Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess Of Grantham – Downton Abbey
  • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. / Louie – Louie
  • William H. Macy / Frank – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory
  • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman – Transparent

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren – Orange Is The New Black
  • Edie Falco / Jackie Peyton – Nurse Jackie
  • Ellie Kemper / Kimmy Schmidt – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus / President Selina Meyer – Veep
  • Amy Poehler / Leslie Knope – Parks And Recreation

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey
    • Hugh Bonneville / Robert, Earl Of Grantham
    • Laura Carmichael / Lady Edith Crawley
    • Jim Carter / Mr. Carson
    • Raquel Cassidy / Baxter
    • Brendan Coyle / Mr. Bates
    • Tom Cullen / Anthony Gillingham
    • Michelle Dockery / Lady Mary Crawley
    • Kevin Doyle / Mr. Molesley
    • Joanne Froggatt / Anna Bates
    • Lily James / Lady Rose
    • Robert James-Collier / Thomas Barrow
    • Allen Leech / Tom Branson
    • Phyllis Logan / Mrs. Hughes
    • Elizabeth Mcgovern / Cora, Countess Of Grantham
    • Sophie Mcshera / Daisy
    • Lesley Nicol / Mrs. Patmore
    • Julian Ovenden / Charles Blake
    • David Robb / Dr. Clarkson
    • Maggie Smith / Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham
    • Penelope Wilton / Isobel Crawley
  • Game Of Thrones
    • Alfie Allen / Theon Greyjoy
    • Ian Beattie / Ser Meryn Trant
    • John Bradley / Samwell Tarly
    • Gwendoline Christie / Brienne Of Tarth
    • Emilia Clarke / Daenerys Targaryen
    • Michael Condron / Bowen Marsh
    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau / Jaime Lannister
    • Ben Crompton / Dolorous Edd
    • Liam Cunningham / Ser Davos Seaworth
    • Stephen Dillane / Stannis Baratheon
    • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister
    • Nathalie Emmanuel / Missandei
    • Tara Fitzgerald / Selyse Baratheon
    • Jerome Flynn / Bronn
    • Brian Fortune / Othell Yarwyck
    • Joel Fry / Hizdahr Zo Loraq
    • Aidan Gillen / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish
    • Iain Glen / Ser Jorah Mormont
    • Kit Harington / Jon Snow
    • Lena Headey / Cersei Lannister
    • Michiel Huisman / Daario Naharis
    • Hannah Murray / Gilly
    • Brenock O’connor / Olly
    • Daniel Portman / Podrick Payne
    • Iwan Rheon / Ramsay Snow
    • Owen Teale / Ser Alliser Thorne
    • Sophie Turner / Sansa Stark
    • Carice Van Houten / Melisandre
    • Maisie Williams / Arya Stark
    • Tom Wlaschiha / Jaqen H’ghar
  • Homeland
    • F. Murray Abraham / Dar Adal
    • Atheer Adel / Numan
    • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison
    • Alexander Fehling / Jonas Hollander
    • Rupert Friend / Peter Quinn
    • Nina Hoss / Astrid
    • René David Ifrah / Bibi
    • Mark Ivanir / Ivan Krupin
    • Sebastian Koch / Otto Düring
    • Miranda Otto / Allison Carr
    • Mandy Patinkin / Saul Berenson
    • Sarah Sokolovic / Laura Sutton
  • House Of Cards
    • Mahershala Ali / Remy Danton
    • Derek Cecil / Seth Grayson
    • Nathan Darrow / Edward Meechum
    • Michael Kelly / Doug Stamper
    • Elizabeth Marvel / Heather Dunbar
    • Molly Parker / Jackie Sharp
    • Jimmi Simpson / Gavin Orsay
    • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood
    • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood
  • Mad Men
    • Sola Bamis / Shirley
    • Stephanie Drake / Meredith
    • Jay R. Ferguson / Stan Rizzo
    • Bruce Greenwood / Richard Burghoff
    • Jon Hamm / Don Draper
    • Christina Hendricks / Joan Harris
    • January Jones / Betty Francis
    • Vincent Kartheiser / Pete Campbell
    • Elisabeth Moss / Peggy Olson
    • Kevin Rahm / Ted Chaough
    • Kiernan Shipka / Sally Draper
    • John Slattery / Roger Sterling
    • Rich Sommer / Harry Crane
    • Aaron Staton / Ken Cosgrove
    • Mason Vale Cotton / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
    • Mayim Bialik / Amy Farrah Fowler
    • Kaley Cuoco / Penny
    • Johnny Galecki / Leonard Hofstadter
    • Simon Helberg / Howard Wolowitz
    • Kunal Nayyar / Rajesh Koothrappali
    • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper
    • Melissa Rauch / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
  • Key & Peele
    • Keegan-Michael Key / Various Characters
    • Jordan Peele / Various Characters
  • Modern Family
    • Julie Bowen / Claire Dunphy
    • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy
    • Aubrey Anderson Emmons / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson / Mitchell Pritchett
    • Nolan Gould / Luke Dunphy
    • Sarah Hyland / Haley Dunphy
    • Ed O’neill / Jay Pritchett
    • Rico Rodriguez / Manny Delgado
    • Eric Stonestreet / Cameron Tucker
    • Sofia Vergara / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
    • Ariel Winter / Alex Dunphy
  • Orange Is The New Black
    • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren
    • Mike Birbiglia / Danny Pearson
    • Marsha Stephanie Blake / Berdie Rogers
    • Danielle Brooks / Tasha Taystee Jefferson
    • Laverne Cox / Sophia Burset
    • Jackie Cruz / Marisol Flaca Gonzales
    • Catherine Curtin / Wanda Bell
    • Lea Delaria / Carrie Big Boo Black
    • Beth Fowler / Sister Jane Ingalls
    • Joel Marsh Garland / Scott O’neill
    • Kimiko Glenn / Brook Soso
    • Annie Golden / Norma Romano
    • Diane Guerrero / Maritza Ramos
    • Michael J. Harney / Sam Healy
    • Vicky Jeudy / Janae Watson
    • Selenis Leyva / Gloria Mendoza
    • Taryn Manning / Tiffany Pennsatucky Doggett
    • Adrienne C. Moore / Black Cindy
    • Kate Mulgrew / Galina Red Reznikov
    • Emma Myles / Leanne Taylor
    • Matt Peters / Joel Luschek
    • Lori Petty / Lolly Whitehill
    • Jessica Pimentel / Maria Ruiz
    • Dascha Polanco / Dayanara Diaz
    • Laura Prepon / Alex Vause
    • Elizabeth Rodriguez / Aleida Diaz
    • Ruby Rose / Stella Carlin
    • Nick Sandow / Joe Caputo
    • Abigail Savage / Gina
    • Taylor Schilling / Piper Chapman
    • Constance Shulman / Yoga Jones
    • Dale Soules / Frieda
    • Yael Stone / Lorna Morello
    • Samira Wiley / Poussey Washington
  • Transparent
    • Alexandra Billings / Davina Rejennae
    • Carrie Brownstein / Syd Feldman
    • Jay Duplass / Josh Pfefferman
    • Kathryn Hahn / Raquel Fein
    • Gaby Hoffmann / Ali Pfefferman
    • Cherry Jones / Leslie Mackinaw
    • Amy Landecker / Sarah Pfefferman
    • Judith Light / Shelly Pfefferman
    • Hari Nef / Gittel/Gerson
    • Emily Robinson / Rose Boymelgreen
    • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman
  • Veep
    • Diedrich Bader / Bill Ericsson
    • Sufe Bradshaw / Sue Wilson
    • Anna Chlumsky / Amy Brookheimer
    • Gary Cole / Kent Davidson
    • Kevin Dunn / Ben Cafferty
    • Tony Hale / Gary Walsh
    • Hugh Laurie / Tom James
    • Phil Reeves / Doyle
    • Sam Richardson / Richard
    • Reid Scott / Dan Egan
    • Timothy Simons / Jonah Ryan
    • Sarah Sutherland / Catherine
    • Matt Walsh / Mike Mclintock

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

  • Everest
  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy Or Drama Series

  • The Blacklist
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • The Walking Dead

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT

52nd Annual Sag Life Achievement Award

  • Carol Burnett

Source: Screen Actors Guild

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Now Available to Own: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of September 1, 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 Mad Max: Fury Road, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

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]

Mad Max: Fury Road is the reason we go to the movie theaters. It is the epitome of brilliant storytelling in the most visually cinematic and compelling way. All of its incredible parts create a most spectacular whole. Fury Road keeps your attention the entire time, and is absolutely relentless in making sure everything that happens on-screen adds something meaningful to the story. It’s a near perfect movie. [Read my full review]

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

The D Train (Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul) [Limited] Rated R [97 min] – The head of a high school reunion committee travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class and convince him to go to the reunion. Starring Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jeffrey Tambor (Watch the trailer)

I have not had the pleasure of seeing this movie yet. The D Train feels like more of a Netflix pick than anything else. The whole concept is kind of depressing.

Special features include

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy

Television Series

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season (Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec) Rated TV-14 [43 min] – A high school girl is torn between two vampire brothers. Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder

For a show called The Vampire Diaries, it’s rather more engaging and thrilling than you’d expect. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as Buffy, but it has it’s quirks that makes it stand on its own to deliver digestible content. Scanning through this season, there are a lot of pivotal moments that lead to Nina Dobrev’s inevitable exit from the show. It’s a well deserved ending with a big cliffhanger, but I’m not sure it is strong enough to keep fans on board after Elena’s departure.

Special features include:

  • The Vampire Diaries: Good Bite and Good Luck
  • The executive producers and cast of The Vampire Diaries say a final farewell to Nina Dobrev, Steven R. McQueen, Marguerite MacIntyre, and Michael Trevino, after six memorable years.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Best.Reaction.Ever.
  • Fan reactions to big moments throughout the season will be curated from Twitter, fan sites and other social media, and pieced together to tell the story of season six via fans’ reactions.
  • Ep.615 Audio Commentary
  • Writer/Director Julie Plec provides commentary on her directorial debut
  • The Vampire Diaries: 2014 Comic-Con Panel
  • Come Visit Georgia PSA
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Second Bite: Gag Reel

The Originals: The Complete Second Season (Julie Plec) Rated TV-14 [45 min] – The Original vampire family, from The Vampire Diaries, return and settle in the city they helped build, New Orleans. Starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, and Phoebe Tonkin

You can definitely feel the strain of this series as it tries to live up to its bigger brother, The Vampire Diaries. I can’t say that the characters or story are able to capture my attention as much as Elena and her journey, but The Originals isn’t the worst thing on television. It’s just not something I would want to devote my time to it on a regular basis.

Special features include:

  • The Originals: Always and Forever – In this featurette, we will hear from cast and creators on how season two explored new depths of what it means to be a family.
  • The Awakening Web Series – Explore this companion series on Kol Mikaelson (Nathaniel Buzolic) and his quest to form an alliance with the witches of New Orleans in 1914. Also, go behind the scenes with the cast and creators of the digital series.
  • The Originals: 2014 Comic-Con Panel
  • Come Visit Georgia PSA
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Texas Rising: The TV Mini-Series (Roland Joffé) Rated TV-PG [450 mins] – Texas Rising tells the story of legendary hero Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas’s intense struggle for independence against the forces of fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Addai-Robinson, and Olivier Martinez

If you’re a history buff, unlike me, you might find Texas Rising insulting to your intelligence and those historians who truly captured what really happened in 1836. The whole mini-series is over glamorized with spark notes, warped to shape a narrative too simple-minded to take seriously. All the actors do the best with that they’re given and carry on. If the story and dialogue were as pretty as the production and cinematography, Texas Rising may have had a shot at being decent.

Special features include:

  • “Capturing the Revolution: Filming Texas Rising” featurette
  • “Sam Houston: A Man of the Revolution” featurette
  • “General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico” featurette

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More TV Titles (I Haven’t Seen These):

  • Star Wars: Rebels – The Complete First Season (I’m currently watching Star Wars: Clone Wars; I’ve heard good things about this sequel series)
  • Castle: The Complete Seventh Season [DVD Only]
  • Chicago Fire: The Complete Third Season [DVD Only]
  • Chicago PD: The Complete Second Season [DVD Only]
  • Franklin & Bash: The Complete Third Season [DVD Only]
  • Hawaii Five-0: The Complete Fifth Season [DVD Only]
  • Hell’s Kitchen: The Complete Twelfth Season [DVD Only]
  • The League: The Complete Sixth Season [DVD Only] (I like The League, but haven’t caught this season)
  • Nashville: The Complete Third Season [DVD Only]
  • New Girl: The Complete Fourth Season [DVD Only] (I like New Girl, but haven’t caught this season)
  • Scorpion: The Complete First Season

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Video Games

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions) [Konami] (Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC) Taking place nine years after the events of MGSV: Ground Zeroes and the fall of Mother Base, Snake a.k.a. Big Boss, awakes from a nine year coma. The game resumes the story in 1984, with the Cold War still as the backdrop, which continues to shape a global crisis. Snake’s journey takes him into a world where he is driven by a need for revenge and the pursuit of a shadow group, XOF.

Since I didn’t get a review copy and waited patiently for the moment when the Collector’s Edition would become available, I unfortunately haven’t been touched by the critically acclaimed greatness that is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I’ve been a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid franchise ever since I was introduced to Sons of Liberty, MGS2. I had never seen a game like it before. And with the mixture of quirky winks, phenomenal action, and layered storytelling, I was sold instantly. Like any form of entertainment, I try to stay as spoiler free as possible, but from the little gameplay I’ve seen and the trailers, it looks like Hideo Kojima has capped off the series with a masterpiece. I am highly looking forward to this last mission in the Metal Gear universe.

Key Game Features:

  • Open-World game design allowing players ultimate freedom on how to approach missions and overall game progression
  • Fox Engine delivers photorealistic graphics, thoughtful game design and true new-generation game production quality
  • Online connectivity that carries the experience beyond the consoles to other devices to augment the overall functionality and access to the game

“Day 1 Edition” Content (Physical Version):

  • MAP
  • Adam-ska Special Handgun [DLC Item]
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver) [DLC Item]
  • Cardboard Box (Wetland) [DLC Item]
  • Fatigues (Blue Urban Snake Costume) [DLC Item]
  • METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST [DLC Item]

Collector’s Edition Content (Physical Version Only):

  • Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm
  • Collectible SteelBook
  • Behind the Scenes Documentary & Trailers Blu-ray Disc
  • MAP
  • Exclusive Packaging
  • WEAPON & SHIELD PACK [DLC Items]
    • Windurger S333 Combat Special Revolver
    • Adam-ska Special Handgun
    • Maschinen Taktische Pistole 5 Weiss Special Handgun
    • Rasp Short-Barreled Shotgun Gold
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Olive Drab)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (White)
    • Personal Ballistic Shield (Gold)
  • CARDBOARD BOXES [DLC Items]
    • Cardboard Box (Rocky Terrain)
    • Cardboard Box (All-Purpose Dryland)
    • Cardboard Box (Wetland)
  • SNAKE COSTUMES [DLC Items]
    • Fatigues (Black Ocelot)
    • Fatigues (Gray Urban)
    • Fatigues (Blue Urban)
    • Fatigues (All-Purpose Dryland)
  • Other [DLC Item]
    • “VENOM SNAKE” Emblem
  • MGO BOOST [DLC Item]
  • METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST [DLC Item]
  • MGO Items [DLC Items]
    • Metal Gear Rex Helmet
    • AM MRS-4 GOLD Assault Rifle
    • WU S. PISTOL GOLD

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Mad Max Anthology – $49.98
  • Toy Story of Terror! – $9.99
  • Dredd – $4.99
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – $5.99
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little – $9.99
  • Ex Machina – $14.99
  • Pulp Fiction – $4.99
  • Kingpin – $9.99
  • The Hurt Locker – $4.99
  • An Education – $6.56

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

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Furious 7, Star Wars Rebels, 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 June 27, 2015 we have Furious 7, Star Wars Rebels, Once Upon a Time, 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, DVD, and Digital HD September 15

Furious 7 (James Wan) Rated PG-13 [137 min] – Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, and Kurt Russell (Watch the trailer)

Special features include:

  • Extended Cut of the Film
  • Back to the Starting Line: Producer Neal Moritz, Chris Morgan and the cast join franchise newcomer director James Wan as they look back at how far the franchise has come bring the latest installment to life.
  • Race Wars: Furious 7 brings the crew back to Race Wars, the iconic, fictional racing event from the very first film. Vin Diesel and a couple hundred friends are back for a full-throttle celebration of all things Fast with special guest-star Iggy Azalea, behind-the-scenes footage of the cars, the sweat and the girls.
  • Snatch and Grab: A behind the scenes look at shooting one of the premier action sequences in the franchise’s history.
  • Making of Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride
  • The Cars of Furious: The car coordinator and his team join the cast and filmmakers for a closer look at the film’s spectacular cars.
  • Flying Cars: People jump out of planes all the time, but not while sitting behind the wheel of a car. This entertaining featurette shows how the Furious 7 team pulled off this jaw-dropping sequence.
  • Tower Jumps: A look at how one of the most exciting stunt sequences of the film, the Abu Dhabi tower jumps, became a reality.
  • Inside the Fight: A combination of fight training footage and interviews takes viewers inside the fierce hand-to-hand fights.
  • Talking Fast: Director James Wan and the cast of Furious 7 break down the movie’s most memorable moments and chat about how the Fast franchise has evolved over the years.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “See You Again” Official Music Video Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth

Once Upon a Time Season 4 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray August 18

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fourth Season (Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz) Rated TV-PG [44 min] – Soon after Emma and Hook unwittingly bring Elsa of Arendelle to Storybrooke, they encounter the mysterious Snow Queen, whose relentless obsession with both Emma and Elsa has chilling consequences. Meanwhile, it appears Regina has at last found true love with Robin Hood. But how will she react when her happy ending is thwarted yet again by a maddening twist of fate? Starring  Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Michael Raymond-James, Robert Carlyle, and Georgina Haig

Special features include:

  • Defrosting Frozen – An arctic blast hit Storybrooke this year as the characters from Frozen and The Snow Queen took over the first half of the season. Defrost this 12 episode event as we talk to the actors who played Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Snow Queen and, for the first time in forever, explore how Disney Animation’s blockbuster film was adapted for the small screen.
  • Behind the Magic Tour – Join hosts Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin as they take you on an exclusive back stage tour on the stages of Once Upon A Time. See the sets, meet the crew and eat the food as we go behind the scenes and find out what makes Once Upon A Time the most magical show on television.
  • Three Who Stayed – Meet three residents of Storybrooke who decided to stay after the ice wall came down.
  • The Fairest Bloopers of Them All
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries

Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD September 1

Star Wars Rebels: The Complete First Season (Simon Kinberg, Carrie Beck, and Dave Filoni) Rated TV-Y7 [30 min] – A brave and clever ragtag starship crew stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. Starring Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Steve Blum

Special features include:

  • Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Season One shorts (Blu-ray exclusive):
    • “The Machine in the Ghost”
    • “Art Attack”
    • “Entanglement”
    • “Property of Ezra Bridger”
  • Rebels Recon: 14 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Star Wars Rebels – The Ultimate Guide
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 2 – A Look Ahead

Elf Buddy's Christmas Musical Blu-ray Box Cover Art

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

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh) Rated TV-G [43 min] – An elf leaves the North Pole to find his dad, who is on the naughty list. Starring Mark Hamill, Jim Parsons, Kate Micucci, and Ed Asner

Special features include:

  • “Elf-in’ All The Way: Inside Buddy’s Recording Sessions.”

Knights of Sidonia Season 1 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray August 17

Knights of Sidonia: The Complete First Series (Yuichi Matsushita and Tatsuya Shishikura) Rated TV-MA [24 min] – A thousand years after the destruction of Earth by gigantic aliens called Gauna, mankind is living on massive spaceships. One of these space ships is Sidonia, which is protected by large piolet controled exosuits called Gaurds. Starring Pete Sepenuk, Reba Buhr, and Ryôta Ôsaka

Special features include:

  • Behind the Scenes Part 1 (8.5 min)
  • Behind the Scenes Part 2 (6.5 min)
  • Press Conference (17.5 min)
  • Advanced Screening (25.5 min)
  • Sounds of Sidonia (10.5 min)
  • Clean Opening Animation
  • Clean Closing Animation

 

The Royals Season 1 DVD Box Cover Art

Available on DVD and Digital HD August 18

The Royals: The Complete First Season (Mark Schwahn) Unrated [42 min] – Drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London, who inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny. Stars: Joan Collins, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Merritt Patterson, Jake Maskall, and Elizabeth Hurley

Special features include:

  • “Madness In Great Ones: Creating The Royals” featurette
  • “Behind the Royal Wardrobe” featurette
  • “Private vs. Public: A Modern-Day Monarchy” featurette

Texas Rising Blu-ray Box Cover Art

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

Texas Rising: The TV Mini-Series (Roland Joffé) Rated TV-PG [450 mins] – Texas Rising tells the story of legendary hero Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas’s intense struggle for independence against the forces of fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Addai-Robinson, and Olivier Martinez

Special features include:

  • “Capturing the Revolution: Filming Texas Rising” featurette
  • “Sam Houston: A Man of the Revolution” featurette
  • “General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico” featurette

Showtime's The Affair Season 1 DVD Box Cover Art

Available on DVD August 4

The Affair (Hagai Levi and Sarah Treem) Rated TV-MA [60 min] – The psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons diner and a teacher who spends his summer at his in-laws’ estate on the island. Starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson

Special features include:

  • Character Profiles: Montauk, Noah, Helen, Alison, and Cole
  • Tale of Two Costumes
  • Happyish: Episode 1 and 2
  • Ray Donovan – Season One: Episode 1
  • Madam Secretary – Season One: Episode 1

And that’s it for this week. What are you looking forward to picking up when they release?

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