The Best New Amazon Releases: Good Dinosaurs and Dead Dinosaurs

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Far Cry goes prehistoric, the Walking Dead returns to games, and Pixar… um… also goes prehistoric with this week’s new releases!

It’s the final week of February, and even though this is the shortest month, there’s no shortage of great new games and movies. From stellar shooters to Blu-rays angling for some post-Oscar love, there’s sure to be some sweet new release worth your time and money. The best part is, anything you buy here (or during the visit to Amazon if you’re buying something completely different) helps us here at Laser Time. Here’s the best of what’s new this week…

Far Cry Primal
Given how versatile the Far Cry template is, it’s kinda weird we’ve only really used it to explore war-torn former vacation destinations (with a brief detour into a neon-tinged dragon dimension). Far Cry Primal may not have the next Vaas or Min, but you can decimate pre-historic predators and craft their carcasses into new weapons and clothes as you explore the wide-open prehistoric world of FCP. If PS4 isn’t your prime destination for prehistoric Far Cryin, here are links to the Xbone and PC versions.

The Walking Dead: Michonne
For as much fame as The Walking Dead has brought Telltale games, the adventure game publisher has been downright stingy with new chapters. After the original won game of the year awards in 2012 and the sequel earned all new acclaim in 2014, we’ve been waiting quite awhile a new chapter of gut-wrenching moral choices. Now we have a new three-episode series focusing on one of the Walking Dead’s most beloved characters; the samurai sword-weilding badass, Michonne. Though it’ll be weird to see a familiar face in a Telltale Walking Dead game after the series moved away from Glenn and company in the course of a single episode, we have high hopes that stronger ties to source material won’t dilute the violence and tough choices that are part and parcel of the most popular zombie franchise in the world.

Pokemon Yellow, Blue, and Red
After the fantastic one-two punch of Project X Zone 2 and Fire Emblem Fates, perhaps you’re in the market to go fully nostalgic with a classic portable game. Why not go with the franchise that made Nintendo portables viable after we all got tired of Tetris. If you somehow never saw where the Pokemans phenomenon began, you can play the original Red and Blue versions, or the better one that ties into the cartoon back when it had Brock and was still awesome. If you’re still in the market for a 3DS, keep an eye open for the limited edition Pokemon 3DS, as it could pop up in the wild again!

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
After a trial run on EA Access last week, the world at large can now join the war between the undead and the undergound-loving flora. I’ve put a lot of time into PVZGW2 over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it as it gives you a tony of great online content with the option to play just about anything on your own thanks to some great bot options and a surprisingly extensive campaign. The Xbone seems to be the place to be for this one (and if you have EA Access you can play free for 10 hours), but the shootin should be fine on PS4 and PC.

The Good Dinosaur
Here’s a sentence I’ve always wanted to write… Pixar movies are like sex and pizza; even when they’re bad, they’re still kinda good. While you probably won’t remember The Good Dinosaur in 10 years time in the same way that you’ll never forget Toy Story, Up, and Inside Out, TGD’s adorable talking kids and prehistoric creatures rendered by the best animation house in the world is still worth two hours of your time. Plus, they still got John Ratzenberger doing a voice, so I’ll be watching just to see what Cliff Clavin sounds like as a dinosaur.

Spotlight
With the Academy Awards happening this weekend, the time to catch all of the noms is nigh. If Laser Time’s 2016 Academy Award extravaganza has piqued your interest, you can pick up Spotlight in HD before the Oscars air this Sunday! While it isn’t a frontrunner, this tale about print journalists doing a massive expose on pedophile priests has the insane level of gravitas that Oscar voters crave. Plus, it’s yet another notch in the wonderful renaissance of Michael Keaton, which has been great to observe over the last year. He may have been robbed last year, but at least he’s not giving up doing great work!

The Graduate: Criterion Collection
The movie that launched a hundred Simpsons references now has a worthwhile Blu-ray set! If you’ve ever wondered why someone yelled behind a glass window during a wedding, asked someone if they were seducing them, or sat in the back of a bus with a twinge of regret, why you’re missing out on one of the most-referenced films of all-time! Heck, you’ll hear enough about this movie on a Sam Etic-centric episode of Talking Simpsons, and its place in the classic movie lexicon cannot be denied, even if the plot itself about a privileged-yet-unhappy college graduate spawned a generation of Zach Braff movies.

Miyazaki fans should not miss this sale!

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. Currently it’s less than $180, which is a fucking STEAL. If you love animation, BUY THIS.

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