The Best New Amazon Releases: A Very Rare Celebration


One of the largest anniversary collections ever is out this week, along with some odds and ends in the realm of movies…

Your favorite podcasters are ready for another week of streaming audio and text for the week of gamescom 2015 – ugh, stupid uncapitalized title. And hey, with us into our third month of the Laser Time Patreon we better work hard for the money you pay us, and if you haven’t given yet, you are missing out on some really cool bonus podcasts. Regardless, like clockwork we come to another set of new releases on Amazon. This week is pretty much supported by one really cool collection and then a bunch of smaller games and films that most people have missed. If any of these interest you, be sure to buy them through our links to Amazon, because it helps out LT at no extra cost to you. Now, let’s take a look at that release calendar…

Rare Replay
This massive collection of games is the week’s biggest release by a country mile! After years and years of Rare’s slow decline from industry giant to Kinect Sports maker, it looks like Microsoft is finally ready to fully capitalize on the company’s legacy with Rare Replay. The game is a paltry $30, which nets you 30 classic games that go from the NES all the way to the 360. Other than the Donkey Kong games and Goldeneye, this basically everything, from Banjo to Battletoads to Viva Pinata to Jet Force Gemini to Conker, all in one impressive disc. If you ever had any love for the developer, then you’ll want this one ASAP.

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
In this week’s “Niche Japanese Game Corner” is another from Atlus’ long-running dungeon crawler, Etrian Odyssey. Known for providing hours and hours of content, as well as punishing difficulty, this is a 3DS remake of the first sequel. It promises two versions in one, with a pretty straightforward port as well as a larger upgrade that includes voiced cutscenes and balance fixes. Knowing how long it took me to beat the last Etrian game I played, this one promises a lot of bang for your buck.

$20 for the PlayStation Store to use on Galak-Z
So, I think that the Galak-Z game hitting PS4 downloads today looks all kinds of awesome. It’s a 2D shooter with strong mechanics and a sensibility that’s a tribute to anime classics like Macross. Unfortunately, you can’t actually buy the game on Amazon, but you can get the $20 in PSN cash needed to buy it online. Honestly, for future reference, if you ever need more credit on both PSN or Xbox Live, buying it on Amazon through our links would really help us out. Just putting that out there. And again, Galak-Z looks pretty boss.

Insurgent (The Divergent Series)
You kids today with your sexy teens, and your oppressive sci-fi tropes, and your doomed futures. In my day someone would put out a film called Surf Ninjas and you’d watch it happily! All joking aside, the popularity of things like Divergent always makes me feel old, as I keep seeing trailers for stuff like it or Maze Runner without ever having heard of these best-selling books. Still, if you’re into love stories, intrigue, and high concepts, here’s the next one in the Shailene Woodley starring series.


Innerspace (Blu-ray)
Speaking of the goofy shit we watched in the ’80s, I recall seeing this one so often on Comedy Central and HBO as a lad. Innerspace has Dennis Quaid appear in a rare comedic vehicle, as he shrinks down to live inside the body of Martin Short. Basically it’s just an excuse to have Martin Short act like a crazy person and flail around, something he’s rather excellent at. Meg Ryan is also in it, along with several familiar faces from SCTV, all in HD at last.

Night and the City (Criterion)
I feel a lot of regret about both Criterion releases and classic film noir. I love both those types of films, but I never set aside enough time to watch too much of either of them. This release covers both those categories, with Night and the City being one of the more critically acclaimed films in the genre. All I recognize from it is that Gene Tierney is in it, who my generation first saw in Reservoir Dogs as the cantankerous boss Despite him being decades younger in this film, he still looks basically the same.

Hitman Unrated
This year not only has a new Hitman game, but also a new Hitman film, making this a strong year for bald men who kill for money. And, in case you want to revisit the last time Agent 47 graced movie theaters, the first adaptation is coming back to Blu-ray this week. Starring the very underrated Timothy Olyphant, this film wasn’t exactly good, but I do appreciate that Tim went all the way and shaved his head for the role. Check this out for a cheap price to see if the new movie will improve upon it.


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.

Meanwhile, the US Disney releases never go on sale, yet these are all set at just over $17!




Also, you can pick up the first two volumes of Southern Bastards for under $10!















Fallout 4 *New*
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection *New*
-Pre-order for early access to the Uncharted 4 beta, as well as The Nathan Drake Pack, which includes: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune Drake skin, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Drake Skin, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Drake Skin, Wetsuit Drake Skin, Nepal Drake Skin, Golden AK-47, and Golden 92FS.
J-Stars Victory Vs+ *New*
-Pre-order J-Stars and receive a free PSN code to download a digital version of the J-Stars Victory Vs+ Compendium, which contains over 75 pages of art, insights and information about the game and it’s vast cast of favorite anime and manga characters.
Mighty No. 9 *New*
-Pre-order Mighty No. 9 to receive the Beck Retro Hero DLC, an Artbook, and Poster; Plus Special Offer for PlayStation 4 Customers
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos – ‘Banana Split’ Edition *New*
-Pre-order Onechanbara Z2: Chaos and receive a free upgrade to the ‘Banana Split’ Edition which includes a soundtrack disc, an art book and DLC code for the ‘Strawberries and Banana’ costume
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 
-Pre-order for early access to the Black Ops III beta.
Mad Max  
-Pre-order and unlock The Ripper vehicle early
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
-Pre-order the Day 1 Edition to get a physical map + DLC content which includes: • Adam-ska Special Handgun • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver) • Wetland Cardboard box • Fatigues outfit (Blue Urban Snake Costume) • Metal Gear Online XP boost
Star Wars Battlefront
-Pre-order and get early access to 2 map packs, including one based on The Force Awakens
Batman: Arkham Knight 
Pre-order to play as Harley Quinn. Utilize her unique weapons, gadgets, and abilities. Plus, contains 4 Exclusive Challenge Maps
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
-Pre-order for FREE guaranteed Beta Access

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