Now Available to Own: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Hayao Miyazaki Collection, and Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of November 17, 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 The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki, and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

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

In its attempt to bring back the sexy spy genre, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. succeeds to some degree thanks to Guy Ritchie’s filmmaking style. The cast is beautiful and the locations are extravagant, but the characterization and the plot are lukewarm. The Blu-ray is host to a decent amount of special features that if you liked this movie you’d be enamored not to fall in love with the behind the scenes process.

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

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [Extended Edition] (Peter Jackson) Rated PG-13 [144 min] The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? Starring Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, and Evangeline Lilly

I’m sure most who love everything Middleearth know by now to wait for the Extended Editions. They never lack in awesome special features and the additional scenes always prove to add more value in the story. However, including additional scenes to the already bloated Hobbit franchise enacts the opposite effect. The additional scenes bring hardly anything we couldn’t have already gained through the story itself and makes the experience even worse since the film itself is quite terrible. My glimmer of hope that the extra scenes may improve the story, but sadly they did not. If you do want this film, the special features are abundantly thorough and give good insights into the chaos of The Battle of the Five Armies.

Special features include:

  • Commentary with director/producer/writer Peter Jackson and co-producer/writer Philippa Boyens
  • The Appendices – The Appendices Parts XI and XII showcase a chronological history of the filming of The Battle of the Five Armies, documenting the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
  • New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3
The Collected Works Of Hayao Miyazaki – Disney presents, for the first time, 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.
Unfortunately I was not able to get my paws on this to review, but I think it’s still worth mentioning if you are a fan of Studio Ghibli like me. I think the price point, $215 on sale, is wildly too high compared to many box sets I’ve seen. Not including the collectible booklet or the packaging, if you’re putting a value on the set based on the movies alone they’re almost $20 per movie, which is what each Ghibli film typically sells for on sale. I’d wait until it price drops down to a more reasonable level.

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

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • John Wick – $8
  • Men In Black Trilogy – $15
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – $8
  • Divergent – $8
  • Orphan Black (Season 1) – $14.99
  • A Most Violent Year – $8
  • Paddington – $9.99
  • The: The Complete Series – $89.99
  • Maleficent – $14.99
  • Christmas Vacation – $7.99
  • Elf – $7.99
  • Blue Jasmine – $6.99
  • Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology – $24.99

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: Jurassic World, Paper Towns, 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 29, 2015 we have Jurassic World, Paper Towns, Black Sails, 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 October 20

Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow) Rated PG-13 [124 min] – Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Nick Robinson

Special features include:

  • WELCOME TO JURASSIC WORLD: An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World. Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations.
  • JURASSIC WORLD: ALL-ACCESS PASS: Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
  • INNOVATION CENTER TOUR WITH CHRIS PRATT: Chris Pratt gives a tour of the Innovation Center, a museum/exhibit, built just for the movie.
  • JURASSIC’S CLOSEST SHAVES: Clips from all films in the franchise showing “near death” or extremely scary encounters with dinosaurs.
  • DINOSAURS ROAM ONCE AGAIN: Behind the scenes look at the making of Jurassic World’s visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life, and actors filmed scenes.
  • CHRIS & COLIN TAKE ON THE WORLD: Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow (Director) interview each other and discuss Jurassic World as well as the other Jurassic Park movies.
  • DELETED SCENES

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

Paper Towns (Jake Schreier) Rated PG-13 [109 min] – A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door. Starring Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Jake Schreier and John Green
    • Minivan
    • Margo Leaves Clues
    • Be Yourself
    • Teenage Rebellion
  • Alternate Scene: “Shake It Off”
  • Paper Towns: The Making Of
    • Playing out the Strings
    • Building a Paper Town
    • John Green on Set
  • John and Nat: Lightning Round
  • John and Cara: Lightning Round
  • Gag Reel
  • Promotional Featurettes: Van Chats
    • Memorable Moments
    • Coming of Age
    • Road Trips
    • Lurlene
  • Audio Commentary by Jake Schreier and John Green
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and Digital HD November 17

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [Extended Edition] (Peter Jackson) Rated PG-13 [144 min] The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? Starring Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, and Evangeline Lilly

Special features include:

  • Commentary with director/producer/writer Peter Jackson and co-producer/writer Philippa Boyens
  • The Appendices – The Appendices Parts XI and XII showcase a chronological history of the filming of The Battle of the Five Armies, documenting the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
  • New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 20

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (Tadayoshi Yamamuro) [Limited] Not Rated [93 min] – One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza’s army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans. Starring Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, and Masaharu Satô

Special features include:

  • The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: They’re Back! (in-the-booth “making of” footage)
  • The Return of Dragon Ball Z (cast interviews & red carpet footage)
  • Textless Closing Song
  • U.S. Trailer
  • Trailers

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Available on Blu-ray October 20

Testament of Youth (James Kent) Rated PG-13 [129 min] – A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I – a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. Starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, and Dominic West

No special features listed

She's Funny That Way Blu-ray Box Cover Art

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

She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich) [Limited] Rated R [93 min] – On the set of a playwright’s new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production. Starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Kathryn HahnT

Special features include:

  • Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Peter Bogdanovich and Co-Writer/Producer Louise Stratten
  • “Behind the Scenes of She’s Funny That Way” Featurette

Black Sails Season 2 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD November 3

Black Sails: The Complete Second Season (Robert Levine and Jonathan E. Steinberg) Black Sails begins in 1715, with the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean at its apex. The former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory, controlled by a few dozen of the most notorious pirate captains in history. The most feared among them is Captain Flint. Starring Zach McGowan, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy

Special features include:

  • Inside The World of Black Sails
  • The Man O’ War
  • Expanding Worlds
  • High Seas Action
  • History’s Influence

Turbo Kid Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 5

Turbo Kid (François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell) Unrated [93 min] – In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a comic book fan dons the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord. Starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, and Michael Ironside

Special features include:

  • “Bloody Wasteland” – The Making of Turbo Kid (25 min)
  • “T is for Turbo” (5 min)

We Are Still Here Blu-ray Box Cover Art

 

Available on Blu-ray October 6

We Are Still Here (Ted Geoghegan) Not Rated [84 min] – In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice. Starring Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, and Lisa Marie

Special features include:

  • Commentary with Writer-Director Ted Geoghegan and Producer Travis Stevens
  • Behind the Scenes – Geoghegan and Stevens discuss the genesis of the project and the challenges and successes of bringing the script to life.
  • Trailer
  • Teaser

Hidden DVD Box Cover Art

Available on DVD October 6

Hidden (Matt and Ross Duffer) Rated R  [83 min] – A family takes refuge in a fallout shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, and Emily Alyn Lind

No special features listed

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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Now Available to Own: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, Unbroken, and More

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Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of March 24, 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 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, Unbroken, and more, which you can find after the jump. Continue reading

Now Available to Own: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, Unbroken, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of March 24, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie and television Blu-ray and DVD releases as well as new video game offerings that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. We’ve also compiled some slick deals that can save you some coin. New on shelves this week are The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, Unbroken, and more.

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Movies on Blu-Ray

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Peter Jackson) Rated PG-13 [144 min] The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? Starring Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, and Evangeline Lilly

Remember in The Fellowship of the Ring when Gandalf exclaimed to the group, “run you fools!”? I believe he was prophesying about the production of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which happens to be the worst of all six Middle-earth films. A glorious display of CGI vomit, there are more visual effects shots than there are actors and crew involved in its production. And aside from vestige of real people on screen, the story is stretched so paper thin that there is hardly any story to follow at all, making it feel like everything you’re watching is amounting to nothing. There is no soul or reasonable plot to hold on to and resonate with. SKIP IT. Special features included are:

  • Recruiting the Five Armies
  • Completing Middle-earth
  • The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
  • The Last Goodbye Music Video
  • New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 3

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall) Rated PG [124 min] – A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. Starring Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, James Corden, and Emily Blunt

For such a wonderful cast, Into the Woods is fairly dull and lifeless. There isn’t anything really memorable about any of the iconic Grimm fairytale character. Not only that, the movie just doesn’t have enough fun with the concept of its shared universe to really make good on its promise. The actors sing well, but all the songs sound the same and none of them stand out either. And in the end, the film becomes a real mess at the end. RENT IT. Special features included are:

  • Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back”
  • There’s Something About The Woods
  • The Cast As Good As Gold
  • Deeper Into The Woods
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Music & Lyrics
  • 5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)

Unbroken (Angelina Jolie) Rated PG-13 [137 min] – After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Starring Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, and Garrett Hedlund

I was not able to catch Unbroken in theaters because by the time it hit during the holiday season. There were so many movies out during Christmas and Unbroken had many bad reviews, so I chose to avoid watching the overly long biopic that seemed way too cookie cutter for me. It’s a story that we’ve seen a thousand times and I couldn’t find anything new about the story it was telling to pique my interest. RENT IT! Special features included are:

  • Inside Unbroken: Fifty Years in the Making
  • Inside Unbroken: The Fight of a Storyteller – Director Angelina Jolie
  • Inside Unbroken: The Hardiest Generation
  • The Real Louis Zamperini
  • Cast and Crew Concert Featuring Miyavi
  • Prison Camp Theater: Cinderella
  • Louis’ Path to Forgiveness

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Video Games

Bloodborne (From Software) [Available for PlayStation 4] Introducing Bloodborne, the latest Action RPG from renowned Japanese developer FromSoftware, makers of the hit Dark Souls series, coming exclusively to the PlayStation®4 system. Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.

From what I can tell, Bloodborne has this Van Helsing like vibe. It scored very well across the board from critics. To me, it just seems like there’s a slew of horror games out there and this doesn’t have too much to differentiate itself from the pack. Key features included are:

  • A Terrifying New World – Journey to a horror-filled gothic city where deranged mobs and nightmarish creatures lurk around every corner.
  • Strategic Action Combat – Armed with a unique arsenal of weaponry, including guns and saw cleavers, you’ll need wits, strategy and reflexes to take down the agile and intelligent enemies that guard the city’s dark secrets.
  • A New Generation of Action RPG – Stunningly detailed gothic environments, atmospheric lighting, and advanced new online experiences showcase the power and prowess of the PlayStation 4 system.
  • Ever-changing Chalice Dungeons to Explore – Use holy chalices to gain entrance to a network of vast underground ruins, filled with traps, beasts, and rewards, to explore and conquer alone or with others. These procedurally generated dungeons offer brand new challenges to master, and can be uploaded or shared with friends.

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $17.99
  • The Book of Life – $!4.99
  • Whiplash – $14.99
  • Alice in Wonderland (60th Anniversary) – $9.96
  • Cloverfield – $5
  • Nightcrawler – $17.99
  • Where the Wild Things Are – $5
  • The Croods – $9.99
  • Nacho Libre – $5
  • Constantine – $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

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Boardwalk Empire, Big Eyes, and More

Screenshot The Hobbit Battle of The Five Armies Thraduil and Gandalf

We’ve got another full week of home video release announcements to share with you Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD. While we provide you with a list of releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon looks at all of the pre-order announcements. For the week of February 21, 2015, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Boardwalk Empire, Big Eyes, and more have been given release dates. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features they’ll have after the break. Continue reading

Box Office Battlefield: The Hobbit 3, Annie, and Night at the Museum 3

Box Office Battlefield The Hobbit 3, Annie, and Night at the Museum 3

The weekend warriors of December 19, 2014 includes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Annie, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars, Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Continue reading

‘Birdman’ Leads Nominees in 21st Annual SAG Awards

'Birdman' Leads Nominees in 21st Annual SAG Awards

In the immortal words of Shang Tsung from the hit video game series Mortal Kombat, “It has begun.” With the announcement of the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations, the awards season has officially kicked off. Ansel Elgort and Eva Longoria announced the nominees this morning with Birdman leading the pack with four nods. Find out who is in the running at this year’s SAG Awards after the break. Continue reading

Final ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Trailer Continues to Focus on Thorin (87 Screenshots)

The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies Movie Trailer

The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies continues to build the plight of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his quest for glory. If you’re looking for a movie this holiday season that has nothing to do with its title character, you’re in luck! There are no Hobbits in these parts, best be looking somewhere else. Check out the trailer after the break. Continue reading

2014 Year End Movies Preview: 66 Releases to Expect in Theaters

2014 Year End Movies Preview 61 Releases to Expect in Theaters

With Labor Day come and gone, the summer movie season has officially ended. September marks the beginning of the fall movie season, which in turn slowly evolves into Oscar season. There were many great movies the past few months, but the final third of the year promises many great flicks such as Interstellar, Big Hero 6, Inherent Vice, Whiplash, Mockingjay Part 1, and many more. Check out all 66 films you can see this fall/winter season after the break. Continue reading

‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Comic-Con Trailer Prepares for War (51 Screenshots)

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Comic-Con Trailer

After making a huge splash at Comic-Con this past weekend, Warner Bros. has released its first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. You’re getting pretty much the same content from the comfort of your own home or desk, but without having to wait in line for hours on end. Will Peter Jackson’s final film in The Hobbit trilogy come to a satisfying conclusion? See for yourself after the break. Continue reading