Yoshi and Aladdin have carpet fun this week, and we meet a man called Sting and guy called Lucky…
Halloween candy hasn’t even been given out yet, but it already feels like holiday shopping season has begun. The new games just keep hitting Amazon, along with cool Blu-rays, both new and old, and this week is no exception. Yoshi and Dragon Quest are coming back to consoles, while Aladdin and John Wayne get some overdue HD transfers. And as always, know that if you buy any of this stuff off Amazon through our links, it helps out this site, not unlike the Laser Time Patreon. So, grab your knitting needles and Deloreans, because this list is about to begin…
Yoshi’s Woolly World
If you live outside the US, you might be thinking “Wait, didn’t this come out three months ago?” ‘Tis true, for some reason Nintendo of America decided to launch Yoshi’s Woolly World many weeks after Europe and Japan, but now it’s finally arriving on North American Wii U’s. The reviews for the yarn-ified game are in the good to great range, and I’m always ready to hear Yoshi’s effort-filled grunting. But the real draw might just be the Yarn Yoshi amiibo, which are simply irresistible. You touch Yoshi’s butt to a the Gamepad to activate him! Who cares what the game is like?!?
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below
I know few bigger Dragon Quest fans than myself, and we’ve been an unhappy lot the last five years. Though many DQ games have come to Japan, English localized versions have dried up, leaving US fans like myself to weep. That unspoken embargo ends with Heroes’ release, though it’s not an ideal situation. This spin-off is from the Musou series, and if you don’t like Warriors games, you may not be that hyped for this one. But the reviews say that DQ’s cute monsters and the new-gen graphical gloss on PS4 go a long way, so maybe it’s worth trying after all.
Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition
Not unlike the films themselves, this week sees Telltales Back To The Future games travelling to the present for another chance at success and accolades. After adequate reviews on PC and old consoles, Telltale has given its BTTF games a coat of new-gen paint and added in the original Biff’s voice to its episodic sequels to the movie trilogy. Everyone is getting ready for the day that matches up with when Marty arrived in 2015, so why not play this game, which is the closest thing you’ll ever get to a Part Four. It was even written by BTTF co-creator Bob Gale.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone DLC
Has it really been so long since the release of The Witcher 3? Apparently, because not only has a trio of DLC adventures come and gone, but now Geralt has his first full-on expansion coming to PC and consoles. Hearts of Stone promises to be a new 10-hour plus adventure for players, taking the witchiest of Witchers into No Man’s Land, for sexy, violent adventures no doubt. It’s designed for level 30 or higher Geralt’s, so if you’ve been itching for another round of spells, just in time for the fall, here’s the DLC you’ve been questing for.
The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition
Stop me, oh-ho-ho stop me, if you’ve heard this one before. This is a first-person puzzle game built around a strange narrator, deeper storytelling than it first seems, and dealing with unmanned drones. Portal-alikes are certainly prevalent, but Talos Principle was a surprise hit on PCs late last year, and this deluxe edition gives console fans a chance to finally navel gaze at the introspection and get frustrated by the puzzles. And don’t worry about that cat on the cover. It’ll all make sense once you play the game.
Aladdin: Diamond Edition
We wrote a big-ass Aladdin trivia feature this week, and this is what gave us the inspiration. After waiting and waiting and WAITING, Disney has finally put out a super fancy Blu-ray of one of its most beloved animated features. This release was made all the more important by Robin Williams’ passing, but really any time is the right one to revisit this diamond in the rough. This comes with a bevy of extras, including some never-before-heard outtakes of Robin as Genie.
I feel immense shame I haven’t seen this yet, even though reviews for Tomorrowland weren’t great. It’s directed by Brad Bird, one of my current fave filmmakers, and it’s about how most of Sci-Fi is way too mopey and depressing these days. Still, something just felt off about it and I skipped seeing it in the theater, while later hate-watching the new Fantastic Four movie. Maybe this physical release of the George Clooney feature will get me (and others) to give it a second chance.
WWE: Sting – Into the Light
We might have seen Sting’s final match last month, and if that’s the case, he’s had a hell of a long and successful career. The WCW icon was one of the biggest stars ever, either as a blonde pretty boy, or as the most emo wrestler of all time, which is explored in this WWE bio disc. This digs into his historic career, and also follows him on his way to his first ever WrestleMania match. Sounds great, and I also want to check out how they deal with the decade-plus Sting spent in TNA. WWE can’t just pretend it didn’t happen, right?
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance [Blu-ray]
This is such a terrific and highly underrated film. The Searchers may be John Ford and John Wayne’s most gorgeous and epic collaboration, but this black-and-white morality tale might just be my personal favorite. Seeing icons like Wayne and Jimmy Stewart play off each other as friendly rivals is damn engaging, as is seeing Lee Marvin play one of the most despicable bastards of his whole career, the titular Liberty Valence. Like most great westerns, it’s about the end of the old west, and the heroes that aren’t in the history books. A true classic of American film.
Call Me Lucky
2014 wasn’t easy for Bobcat Goldthwait, who lost his best friend, Robin Williams, as well as going through a messy break-up. As he’s fond of saying, at least he had this very dark (yet funny) documentary to work on throughout. To be honest, I kind of don’t want to spoil this film’s story, but the short version is that it’s about the life of comedian Barry Crimmins. He helped many comics like Bobcat before a personal revelation leads him into a battle against AOL and the US government. This doc goes to some really dark places, but Bobcat films it in such inventive ways that Call Me Lucky always has your attention through its entire runtime.
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The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki is the most celebrated animator of the last 50 years, and for good reason. Films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke are some of the most fully realized worlds ever shown in theaters, capturing the hearts of people from just about every age and part of the planet. Now that he’s retired, Amazon has an exquisite looking special collection of every feature length film Miyazaki directed all in one box set. Plus, there are some fantastic bonuses as well that will likely justify the price. Out this November, this looks like a great gift for those you love most.
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