Where no remaster has gone before… Blu Trek and the severed head of George W. Bush are our standouts this week. Shop The ‘Zon, support Laser Time, and win a$20 Amazon Gift Card!
Not a whole lot going on for fans of film and vijagamez this week. However, fans of excellent television have reason to care in triplicate! Which is good, because the notable releases this week actually merit discussion, and we just so happen to give away a FREE $20 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky so-and-so just for commenting in this article. Anyway, this is where we tell you that below you’ll find the easiest way to support Laser Time, as we count down Amazon’s latest media releases, list upcoming video game discounts and pre-order bonuses, as well as showcase a list of kickass comic recommendations from Cape Crisis. Clicking into Amazon through ANY of our links below, or over on the right hand sidebar, and buying ANYTHING helps support Laser Time. NOTE: YOU DON’T HAVE TO PURCHASE THE SPECIFIC ITEM IN THE LINK. Just enter answer Amazon through any link, then shop for what you want during that visit. It’s the easiest way to help your pals at Laser Time keep the ship afloat, especially if you don’t want to Donate or buy a T-shirt. And yeah, to compensate you for your time, we’ll five one commenter a $20 Amazon gift card!
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 1 Blu-ray
You don’t have to be a Star Trek or even a TNG fan to appreciate just how fantastic this Blu-ray release is on a technical level. Here’s a show filmed long, long ago during the final analog frontier. Productions shot digitally and on film are far easier to restore in High Definition, but as a smaller-budgeted TV show, TNG didn’t have that luxury. A lot of the show was shot on murky of-the-era video stock once thought to be forever doomed to Standard Def, so all you have to do is take one look at the any comparison shot nerds are juxtaposing throughout the web to appreciate the seemingly impossible goal Paramount is pulling off. Imagine talking that footage of you on the Slip N’ Slide your dad filmed on a camcorder the size of Run DMC’s first boombox. Then imagine the tape is stored in a studio warehouse the size of Comic-Coon’s convention center, and once you find the tape, you have to comb over every frame reduce the interlacing and enhance clarity 100 fold.
Paramount managed to track down every scrap of filmed TNG footage from a show that bowed almost two decades ago -this season specifically wrapped back in 1988!- and painstakingly restore it to something that look it was shot yesterday. (To put that in perspective, Laser Time hasn’t even existed a year and there are already elements and pieces of it lost forever.) Even if the 1st season of Next Gen ain’t your bag, this is still a process worthy of support (plus the price is more than fair considering the overhaul and original DVD seasons went for over twice as much.) I’m not even sure if any other old non-Star Trek shows will (financially) merit such a loving restoration, but a solid success for TNG could send a message to studios that says we’re willing to pay up to ensure our favorite programs from the 80s and 90s needn’t remain doomed to wallow in SD ugliness for the rest of eternity. Fraggle Rock: Just sayin’…
Game of Thrones: Season 1
Wha?! Are you confused? Didn’t the first season of George “Double R” Martin’s glorious union with Home Box Office release some months ago? So why a “new” edition? Oh, is it to add new features, or perhaps fix the somewhat heinous load times? Nope! Apparently, the producers recently dropped a factoid bomb in the commentary that pointed out they used the severed head of former President George W. Bush in one of the scenes. Not as a brash political statement, mind you. Simply because the wanted to use anything the production had lying around, so they found an unused Dubya noggin, slapped a wig on it, then stuck in on a pike, in a move to no doubt intimidate those Lannister scoundrels. This reissue does nothing but excise that brief scene entirely. Okay, one the one hand, early adopters like me are sitting on a bit of a collector’s item, on the other… does anybody seriously care about tarnishing the legacy of George W. Bush?! It seems to me that even hardline rightwingers treat him like the Poochy of US Presidents, and much like his detractors, are happy to forget he ever existed. Well, either way, the Bush Administration has made one last move to infuriate people with taste, and from beyond the grave, no less! Cheney, you magnificent bastard!
Wow, is this really the sole notable video game release of the week? Prototype 2’s a great game and all, but this is a downloadable PC port of a something that came out months ago… oh well, at least it’s ten buck cheaper than the console versions. And if you’re in the market for less-than-new games, please note that heavy hitters like Gears of War 3, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 have been reduced to less than $20 right here
Boss – Season 1
I began watching this show on Netflix Streaming and enjoyed it quite a bit. But if you’re like me, and didn’t watch the shows immediately, the were cruelly ripped off Netflix once its deal with Starz corroded. So now, it’s not like I have choice – I gotta buy the discs to finish watching this solid, mature saga of big city political corruption. For one, it’s great to see Fraiser Crane throwing his weight around like a hardass, all cursing and bangin’ prostitutes. More importantly, for me anyway, are the on-location shoots that only premium cable channels seem to bother with nowadays. Part of the reason Batman Begins and The Dark Knight look so visually distinct is that they were filmed largely in Chicago. It’s weird that this is such an uncommon practice, but those aforementioned films even subconsciously resonate in my brain as defiantly “not LA or New York,” and here, it also makes Boss’ locations appear unlike any I’ve seen before.
UPCOMING VIDEO GAME AMAZON BONUSES – Pre-order and support Laser Time
Listed in order of release date
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance
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Persona 4 Arena *NEW*
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The Last Story *NEW*
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Sleeping Dogs 360 | PS3
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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron 360 | PS3 *NEW*
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Borderlands 2 360 | PS3 | PC
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Resident Evil 6 360 | PS3
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Assassin’s Creed III 360 | PS3
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