Now Available to Own: Inside Out, Vacation, The End of the Tour, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of November 3, 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 Inside Out, Toy Story that Time Forgot, The End of the Tour, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen) Rated PG [94 min] – After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Lewis Black, and Phyllis Smith [Watch the trailer]

One of the most emotionally fueled movies of the year, literally, Inside Out proves Pixar still has a lot of amazing original story ideas left in their brain trust. It’s a fantastic exploration of the mind through colorful characters and impeccably crafted visuals. All of the special features on this disc consist of a ton of juicy tidbits that make the experience even more inspiring. A new short furthering the story of the characters, “Riley’s First Date,” is really cute and proves that these two features actually warrant the necessity of a sequel. The deleted scenes puts into light the importance of editing and storytelling because Inside Out would have been a completely different movie with the way they originally conceived Joy. Inside Out is by far one of the best uses of your time this year.

Special features include:

  • Riley’s First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film)
  • Lava (Theatrical Short Film, Presented in 2D & 3D)
  • Story of the Story
  • Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out
  • Mixed Emotions
  • Mapping the Mind
  • Our Dads, the Filmmakers
  • Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out
  • The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • Riley Grows Up
    • Joy’s Decline
    • Misdirection
    • Construction
  • Audio Commentary
  • Mind Candy
  • Inside Out Trailers

Toy Story That Time Forgot (Steve Purcell) Rated TV-G [22 min] – It’s a post Christmas play date and the toys have to go up against the fearsome and aggressive new dino toys. Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, Emily Hahn, and Wallace Shawn

This has to be one of the best short films Pixar has made so far in the Toy Story universe. It has a lot of heart, the new toys are hilarious, and the little world created for this short is well thought out. In these seasonal, longer shorts, Pixar is putting more emphasis on secondary characters. In Toy Story of Terror it’s Jesse, and here in Toy Story That Time Forgot it’s Trixie. These bite-sized shorts bring a lot of joy to my face and I hope they continue making them.

Special features include:

  • Reptillus!
  • Commentary
  • Toy Story Goes to Comic-Con
  • My Unexpected Friend
  • Battlesaurs Animated Opening
  • Deleted Scenes with Intros & Outros:
    • Battlesaurs Christmas
    • Light of Play
    • Prisoners of Bone
    • SOS
    • Trixie’s Proposal

Vacation (John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein) Rated R [99 min] – Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons. Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins

Vacation adds fuel to the fire in that it proves we need to stop creating comedy sequels years past their predecessors. Happy Gilmore is a wonderfully entertaining movie, and the idea of developing a sequel is groan worthy; exactly how I felt every minute watching Vacation. The jokes are terribly eye-roll inducing and the characters are all moronically hardly resonating. The best thing Vacation has to offer are the various cameos.

Special features include:

  • Return to Walley World
  • The Griswold Odyssey
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Georgia

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

I’ve never read any of David Foster Wallace’s works, but after watching The End of the Tour a foundation of interest has been built. The dynamic between Eisenberg and Segel is absolutely incredible to watch because the their interactions on screen feel wholeheartedly organic. I was hanging on every word the two exchanged as if I was watching magic happen before my eyes or a debate I actually cared about. In this characterization of Wallace himself, as portrayed by Segel, the author comes across as a very layered and complex individual and I’m now intrigued at how his persona would be carried into his writing.

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

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

I’m not entirely sure who thought remaking Jon Favreau’s Elf into a stop-motion animated film with Buddy, but it was completely unnecessary. The live-action Will Ferrell movie is already enough of a children’s movie to be fun for all ages, and choosing Jim Parsons (CBS’s The Big Bang Theory) as the voice for Buddy, in a musical nonetheless, was a poor choice too. Buddy’s already kind of annoying with his child-like humor and by giving him the voice of Jim Parsons makes him unbearable, especially when he sings.

Special features include:

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

Batman: The Complete Third Season (1966–1968) ( William Dozier, Bill Finger, and Lorenzo Semple Jr.) Rated TV-G [30 min] – The Caped Crusader battles evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s parody of the comic book hero’s exploits. Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, and Stafford Repp

The original Batman series starring Adam West is all about fun detective high jinks. There isn’t any overarching plot threads, it’s not very serialized, and all of the characters maintain their surface level comic roots. The third season boasts some pretty good episodes if you’re a collector.

Other Titles Now Available

  • Black Sails Season 2
  • The Final Girls
  • Before We Go
  • Californiacation
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Part 01
  • Doctor Who: Series 9 Part 1
  • Fairy Tail: Collection 5
  • She’s Funny that Way
  • Tiger House
  • Best of Enemies
  • A LEGO Brickumentary

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • 300: Rise of an Empire – $14.99
  • Spy – $13.75
  • The Lord of the Rings [Extended Edition Trilogy] – $46.99
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – $14.99
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $14.99
  • Insidious: Chapter 3 – $14.99
  • The Sixth Sense – $4.99
  • Man of Steel 3D – $14.99
  • Ponyo – $12.99
  • White God – $14.99
  • A Christmas Story – $7.99
  • Hannibal (Season 3) – $19.98
  • Elf – $7.99
  • Howl’s Moving Castle – $12.99

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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All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Vacation, Penny Dreadful, 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 19, 2015 we have Vacation, Penny Dreadful, and Happyish. 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 November 3

Vacation (John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein) Rated R [99 min] – Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons. Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins

Special features include:

  • Return to Walley World
  • The Griswold Odyssey
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Georgia

Penny Dreadful Season 2 Blu-ray Box Cover Art

Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 6

Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season (John Logan) Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Starring: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Special features include:

  • Video Production Blog
  • Reeve Carney Round Table
  • History of the Occult
  • Character Profile
  • Evelyn Poole’s Mansion
  • Interview/Behind the Scenes

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Available on DVD October 6

Happyish (Shalom Auslander) Rated TV-MA [30 min] – On his birthday, Thom Payne gets the gift of insignificance and also a new boss. He suspects his ED pills are interfering with his anti-depressants, leaving him with neither happiness nor… happiness. In a culture that reveres youth – a culture he helped create – Thom needs to figure out what his purpose is now that he’s halfway to death and nobody cares what he thinks. Because in a world where any Kardashian is trending up, perhaps the wise among us would heartily embrace trending down. Starring Kathryn Hahn, Steve Coogan, Sawyer Shipman

No special features announced yet.

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: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation vs. Vacation

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of July 31, 2015 includes Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Vacation, and the limited release of The End of the Tour. 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, thankfully, Ant-Man came out on top for the second weekend in a row, smushing the hopes and dreams of another Adam Sandler bomb to reign supreme. It’s as if the lord has answered the prayers of critics and audiences have finally seen the light. But how will Marvel stack up against the larger than life Tom Cruise? Or will a remake sequel conquer all? Toast. This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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Vacation (John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein) Rated R [99 min] – Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons. Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 23% • Audience – 60%

My review:

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues wound up being terrible and vastly unimpressive compared to the first – a nine year gap. Dumb and Dumber To was leagues behind its predecessor and very mean spirited – a 20 year gap. Could a sequel to Vacation be any good after 32 years? NOPE. The thing about the new Vacation is that it’s lacking any kind of spirit or functionality. There’s more sense of purpose and direction in the original that this version aborts. Every joke and heartfelt moment feels absolutely forced like Chris Farley in a little coat. The only thing that Vacation has going for it are the cameos. If Chris Hemsworth can outshine the entire lead cast then you have issues. I laughed a handful of times, but Vacation is not a competent film not worth its name. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!

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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

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 93% • Audience – 92%

My review:

Full disclosure: I’ve only seen the first Mission: Impossible film and didn’t have time to watch II through Ghost Protocol before I went in to see Rogue Nation. And to be honest, I don’t think it even mattered. I liked Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. There’s a lot of fun to be had despite not fully understanding the relationships between some of the characters. I’m familiar with Ving Rhames and Tom Cruise’s partnership from the first film, and they’ve gone on to do the sequels together, but being thrown into the fifth movie and not knowing who Simon Pegg or Jeremy Renner’s characters are, it was easy to catch up. Other than that, the action is done really well and the story direction is sharp. There are some twists, but McQuarrie never leads you astray. There’s a playfulness and energy in Rogue Nation that makes a big difference between the Mission: Impossible franchise and a James Bond film. Rogue Nation’s quirky personality has definitely piqued my interest to see the other movies and makes for a solid standalone entry if you’re not caught up and want to check it out. SEE IT!

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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

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 89% • Audience – 89%

My review:

I’m not going to pretend I’m a literature geek, because I’m not. Far from it. I’ve never heard of David Foster Wallace until I saw The End of the Tour. Without knowing his works or who he was as a person, there’s a lost perspective that fans of his may gain from seeing this incredible film. Although I was unfamiliar with Foster Wallace going in, The End of the Tour plays out as a rich character study that is both fascinating and mesmerizing. Jason Segel’s performance is on point, creating a flawless and beautiful dynamic against Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of David Lipsky. The two bounce dialogue off each other like clockwork, as if they’ve been old friends conversing naturally for decades. Which is why The End of the Tour is so special. The whole film would have fallen apart if not for these two great actors making words from a page sound brilliantly organic while you watch them perform on screen. SEE IT!

Ant-Man has had it’s fun. It was a good run Marvel had introducing a not so popular character into the mainstream. But now a larger franchise has entered the arena. All the previous entries of the Mission: Impossible series have received a fresh rating aside from the second film. Their box office grosses have all been stellar. And although Tom Cruise’s draw hasn’t been phenomenal lately with Edge of Tomorrow or Oblivion, coming in with a known franchise has its advantages. On the other side of the coin is Vacation, a sequel that’s pretending to be a reboot of a popular and beloved National Lampoon’s movie. No one asked for this to be made, and no one is going to see it. The comedy is so putrid that it’s going to propel audiences away. Far, far away. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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