The Best New Amazon Releases: Mulder & Scully VS Jaws At 10 Cloverfield Lane

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With E3 preempting new game releases, it’s movie city this week with a handful of hot new movies and shows joining some classics on Amazon’s Blu-ray shelves.


It’s E3 week! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying our E3 Live Reaction Streams, but maybe you’re one of our fans who tend to enjoy our takes on movies and TV more than vidjagarms. While you may have to tune out metric tons of hot takes on Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, you can rest assured that there are no middling games crammed onto store shelves this week. As a matter of fact, there are NO games this week. That’s kind of insane, isn’t it? I mean, we still get new movies at the multiplex during Oscar week, but since every major publisher and developer is shmoozing it up at E3, there’s no new games on Amazon. Fortunately, Hollywood is picking up the slack with tons of new movies and shows to celebrate. However, odds are you’ve probably got a handful of conferences and trailers to sort through, so I’ll cede the floor to this hot new Blu-rays!

10 Cloverfield Lane
Here’s one of the best surprises of 2016. Firstly, who ever thought we’d get another Cloverfield movie eight years after the modestly successful original played in theaters and everyone who cared finally saw the titular monster? And that it would go in a completely different direction while keeping true to the original film’s universe? Mostly because it was originally conceived as an original movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a great, compact thriller featuring John Goodman at his creepiest (and fattest). Even if things go a little screwy in the movie’s final minutes, the rest of 10CL is one of the most intense movie-watching experiences of 2016.

The X-Files Event Series
Hey, that’s Fox’s name above, not mine. In my book, it’s X-Files Season 10 (or X-Files: I Want 2 Believe). Either way, it’s the first full season of adventures for Mulder and Scully since the year 2000 and it was… kind of okay? Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster was one of the funniest X-Files episodes ever, and there were two decent episodes (the haunted medical facility and the premiere), and the rest I probably won’t ever watch again. Still, as a person who’s purchased every other season on DVD (fortunately a few years after each season was retailing for $100 or more), I still want to believe… that there’s room on my DVD shelf for this Blu-ray set.

London Has Fallen
I’m curious to watch London Has Fallen in the same way that I was weirdly curious about Home Alone 2. Just like how it seemed inconceivable that Kevin McCallister could once again find himself separated from his parents for a second-consecutive vacation, I can’t believe that a president (played by Aaron Eckhart) could once again find himself in mortal danger with the same secret service agent (Gerard Butler) on call to protect the life of America’s commander-in-chief. I dunno, after the events of Olympus Has Fallen, wouldn’t the president basically be put in a protective bubble for the remainder of his term? Anywho, if you’re aching for 90 more minutes of guys from the British Isles playing the president and the man paid to protect him, here you go!

Jaws 2, 3, & 4
Yeah, the original Jaws has been on Blu for quite awhile, but what about all them sequels? Granted, the Jaws sequels are joked about almost as much as the Rocky sequels, but at least I could tell you about the further exploits of Mr. Balboa. While I’ve seen each of the three subsequent Jaws movies, I couldn’t tell you much about the further adventures of the world’s foremost killer shark. Um, Roy Scheider comes back for the second one, Jaws 3 is in 3D, Michael Caine is in one, and Roy Scheider’s character’s wife kills Jaws in one, too. Anywho, you can buy Jaws 2 via the link above as well as the links in this here sentence for Jaws 3 and  Jaws 4. Enjoy a bunch more hours of that iconic theme and gruesome underwater deaths!

Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2
We’re approaching the fifteenth anniversary of the original Jeepers Creepers, which may not be a good spot for Thirty Twenty Ten coverage but is a good time to celebrate the original horror flick where Justin Long and other young-at-the-time pals try to escape the titular monster. With rumors swirling of a third movie in development, this is a good time for JC to be resurrected in Blu-ray form. As far as early 2000s horror movies go, Jeepers Creepers is pretty noteworthy, and this is the best way to fully appreciate them!

The Bourne Classified Collection
Speaking of returning film franchises, Matt Damon is returning to one of his most famous roles next month (sorry, Hawkeye). While the entire Bourne oeuvre has been on Blu-ray for years now (and rightfully so, since those movies have great cinematography), Universal has packed them together in an economical package with a great box to boot. Granted, it’ll be awkward when you put this next to the Blu-ray of the next Bourne movie, but for now this will look pretty snazzy. Also note the complete lack of Renner on that box. At least he has SOME representation on the Marvel Blu-ray cases…

Ballers: Season 1
And we close out the movie/TV show-filled Amazon roundup with something I’ve yet to watch a second of despite having an HBO Go account for years. I do mean to, especially since this is The Rock’s first return to episodic television since he was in every Monday Night Raw in the late 90s and early 2000s. Also, this show (about a retired football star-turned-agent) has drawn comparisons to Entourage, which would normally turn me away, but if you replaced that show’s annoying cast with Dwayne Johnson I’d definitely be willing to give it a shot. The Rock has turned worse roles into gold before, so I’ll likely be playing Ballers at some point in the future.

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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