Now Available to Own: Jurassic World, Nurse Jackie, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of October 20, 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 help save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Jurassic World, Back to the Future: The 30th Anniversary Edition, Nurse Jackie, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

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

Jurassic World is an overly bloated sequel machine that never reaches the level of visual storytelling that Jurassic Park is able to achieve. There are no characters to truly resonate with, especially the kids, and the “villain’s” intentions are severely underwritten and almost cartoonish. The entire time while watching Jurassic World it felt as though Trevorrow was angry at the state of the industry and wanted to make it his mission to metaphorically comment on how corporate Hollywood has become. My positive feelings toward this film have greatly waned since I saw it in theaters. It’s a giant spectacle over-hyped by nostalgia.

Special features include:

  • Welcome to Jurassic World
  • Jurassic World: All-Access Pass
  • Innovation Center Tour with Chris Pratt
  • Jurassic’s Closest Shaves
  • Dinosaurs Roam Once Again
  • Chris & Colin Take on the World
  • Delete Scenes

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

Can we please stop with the demonic/satanic possession movies. There’s no original thoughts ehre, the scares are all predictable, and there’s nothing new this movie is trying to say. Granted, The Vatican Tapes does end on a unique turn of events, but the entire time it’s as if you’re watching someone tick off boxes from an exorcism checklist.

Special features include:

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

Back to the Future: 30th Anniversary Trilogy Edition (Robert Zemeckis) Rated PG [116/108/118 min] – A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Crispin Glover, Claudia Wells, and Mary Steenburgen

This is one of the best trilogies ever made. Period. End of discussion.

CONTENT:

  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Bonus Disc with More than Two Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)
  • Collectible Packaging (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)
  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series DVD
  • Bonus Disc with More than 2 Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Back to the Future: A Visual History 64-Page Book
  • Light-Up “Flux Capacitor” Packaging

Special features include:

  • All New Original Shorts: Including Doc Brown Saves the World!, starring Christopher Lloyd.
  • OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean: An inside look at the 2012 restoration of the most iconic car in film history.
  • Looking Back to the Future: A 9-part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the trilogy’s legacy.
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series: 2 episodes (“Brothers” and “Mac the Black”) from the 1991 series featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.
  • Tales from the Future 6-Part Documentary
  • The Physics of Back to the Future
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Michael J. Fox Q&A
  • Eight Archival Featurettes
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Music Videos
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Back to the Future: The Ride
  • Drawn to the Future: New interview with creator/writer Bob Gale and writer John Ludin (TBD)
  • Photo Galleries: Rare archival materials featuring sketches, storyboards and more (TBD)

The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle) [Limited] Rated R [80 min] – Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, ‘The Wolfpack,’ the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes. Starring Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, and Krsna Angulo

I’m not a documentary guy. I enjoy the good ones, but it takes a lot of energy for me to want to watch them. That being said, The Wolfpack is a fascinating true tale that feels unbelievable. The story is absolutely shocking to digest and the way the family presents itself and tells their story is simply incredible. You can’t take your eyes off the screen, every word must be heard.

  • No special feature included

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Terminator Genisys, Z for Zachariah, 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 5, 2015 we have Terminator: Genisys, Z for Zachariah, The Gallows, 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 November 10

Terminator Genisys (Alan Taylor) [7/1 Release] Rated PG-13 [125 min] – John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, and J.K. Simmons [Watch the trailer]

Special features includes:

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

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

Z for Zachariah (Craig Zobel) Rated PG-13 [95 min] – In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors. Starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine,

Special features includes:

  • “The Making of Z for Zachariah” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Interviews with Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie, Director Craig Zobel and Screenwriter Nissar Modi

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Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 13

The Gallows (Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing) Rated R [81 min] – 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone. Starring Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, and Ryan Shoos

Special features includes:

  • The Gallows: The Original Version
  • The Gallows: Surviving the Noose
  • Charlie: Every School Has Its Spirit
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Concept, Original Version and Theatrical Trailers
  • Dolby Atmos

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

Nurse Jackie: The Complete Seventh Season (Liz Brixius, Evan Dunsky, and Linda Wallem) Rated TV-MA [27 min] – A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. Starring Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Merritt Wever, Anna Deavere Smith, Adam Ferrera, Ruby Jerins, Morris Chestnut, and Betty Gilpie

Special features includes:

  • “The Last Patient at All Saints” Featurette
  • “Final Shift” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Last Dance: Flash Mob with Edie Falco
  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes

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

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

Special features includes:

  • “Icon” Featurette
  • “Story” Featurette

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Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 6

Final Girl (Tyler Shields) Rated R [90 min] – A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. 13 years later, at 18 she will approach a group of sadistic teens who killed blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins. Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Alexander Ludwig

No special features included

Home Alone 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray Box Cover Art

25th Anniversary Collection Available on October 6

Home Alone: 25th Anniversary Collection (Chris Columbus) Rated PG [103 min] – An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern

Discs includes:

  • Home Alone – 4K Blu-ray Restoration, DVD and Digital HD
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York –Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
  • Home Alone 3 – DVD
  • Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House – DVD
  • Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist – DVD

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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Box Office Battlefield: We Are Your Friends vs. No Escape

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of August 28, 2015 includes We Are Your Friends, No Escape, and Z is for Zachariah. 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, Straight Outta Compton continued its dominance over the competition, holding its own against three opposing new releases. This weekend the boys from the hood will have to face up against Zac Efron and Owen Wilson. Who will come out on top? Drop that bass! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

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We Are Your Friends (Max Joseph) Rated R [96 min] – Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune.Starring Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, and Jonny Weston

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 42% • Audience – 52%

My Review:

With strange tonal correlations, We Are Your Friends serves as a unique character study in the world of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) comparative to Magic Mike in the realm of male entertainers. I’ve never seen director Max Joseph’s documentaries before, but he has quite the refreshing style for feature films. However, the story is brisk and leans heavily on plot conveniences to move the story along. It wants to be a Soderbergh-esque character drama so badly but doesn’t have the depth to quite reach those heights. And despite its youthful visual flair, the end result isn’t as captivating as the potential it beholds. Ratajkowski is distractingly gorgeous and fairs well opposite more seasoned actors, Bently and Efron, who both do a pretty stand up job. I wish We Are Your Friends didn’t come down to such a simple ending because it wants to be so much more. As far as the music goes, I don’t listen to EDM, but I didn’t mind listening to it in the film and thought it integrated really well. RENT IT!

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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

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 41% • Audience – 71%

Their reviews:

“The B-movie kicks of scenes like the one in which Jack, with the assistance of some speed ramping, hurls his children across rooftops into his wife’s arms as part of an escape plan, never overcome the rankness of the underlying premise.” – Alison Willmore (Buzzeed)

“I respect No Escape’s attempt at intense, hyper-realism, but that realism tends to be undercut by a bad guy with cheesy scars on his face like The Lion King.” – Vince Mancini (FilmDrunk)

My take:

From what I gather from only seeing the trailer and a few review headlines, No Escape looks like a really silly concept that executes tension and action favorably for us viewers. Something about the tone and the extreme thrill of the situation reminds me of Taken, even down to its ridiculous plot. Didn’t this family research what kind of area they were moving to before heading off to restart their lives? RENT IT!

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Z for Zachariah (Craig Zobel) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [95 min] – In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors. Starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine,

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 80% • Audience – 64%

Their reviews:

“While the film isn’t without a few tonal flaws, the performances — particularly Robbie’s — keep the story grounded in a sublime, post-apocalyptic reality.” – Max Nicholson (IGN Movies)

“This minimalist but deeply affecting morality play slowly tugs you in.” – Jeanette Catsoulis (New York Times)

My take:

Out in very limited release, I’ve been waiting for Z for Zachariah since the buzz out of Sundance. I’m not keen on its loose adaptation of the source material by adding Chris Pine into the mix, but I’m open to accepting the film on its own merits. I think the cast has a lot to offer and I’m excited to check it out once it hits theaters near me. MATINEE IT!

So here we have a weekend with titles consisting of terrorism in a foreign estate and EDM. Such choices for moviegoers to choose from. And last weekend’s films were pretty much DOA. Compton had a fairly strong second weekend, but theaters are so full of different options now that it may not stick it out for a third weekend in a row at the top. Then again, there really is very few good options for audiences to see. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend will be:

Winner: Straight Outta Compton

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