Garfield and Mad Max hit the road this week, plus Chris Farley is remembered along with some odds and ends in the realm of movies…
In the wake of nationwide turmoil, corruption, and a terrible Fantastic Four film, is there any reason to be excited for this week? I mean, other than the unstoppable Laser Time Patreon, of course. Well, this week’s Amazon releases are some of the strongest crop in months, with a super varied selection. We’ve got major game remakes (sort of), exciting downloadable titles, two intimate documentaries, and the god damn best action film of the last decade. It almost makes the shittiness of that Fantastic Four film forgettable… almost…
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
So, this one is kind of a trick, but is still worth listing here anyway. This rerelease of the original Gears of War for the Xbone doesn’t come out for another two weeks BUT if you’d like to purchase the downloadable version of it now and prep your copy early, you can do it on Amazon this very instance. As a general rule, you can buy a lot of different new-gen games as download codes via Amazon, and it helps support Laser Time even more than a physical copy. So, the next time you’re about to buy something on the Xbox One or PSN digital stores, maybe head to Amazon through our links first? Oh, and also, like, Gears of War is cool or whatever.
$20 for the PlayStation Store to use on Everybody’s Gone To Rapture
Much like last week with Galak-Z, PS4 is getting another promising-looking downloadable this week in the form of Everybody’s Gone To Rapture, a timed indie exclusive in the style Sony is so fond of. This ponderous walk through the British countryside after seemingly every person has vanished is an interesting exploration of the connections between people, and the legacy’s they leave behind. You can grab it on the PSN store, but not via an Amazon link, so if you need to add cash to your wallet to grab the game, be sure to purchase some credit via our Amazon link, ok?
Toy Soldiers: War Chest Hall of Fame Edition
The Toy Soldiers series has certainly gone through some changes. Began as a kind of real-time tower defense title featuring off-brand G.I. Joes, the franchise has shifted from a Microsoft exclusive to a multiplattform series under Ubisoft that ALSO looks to be the oddest crossover of all. It brings together He-Man, Cobra Commander, and Ezio of Assassin’s Creed fame into one wild battlefield, with the promise of more characters to come. The reviews aren’t out for it yet, but the concept should be intriguing enough for kids of the ’80s to give it a try on either PS4 or Xbone.
How did this never exist before this week? Why wasn’t this released in 1999 for the PSone? Oh, wait, actually there was a Garfield Kart a few years ago, made for touchscreen devices. Oh man, is this a retail port of a free-to-play app? Oh, I hate Mondays… Anyway, if you’ve been waiting for a Nintendo device to finally host a drag race between Odie, Nermal, Arlene, and, oh, let’s say Pookie, your childhood dream (or nightmare) is coming true.
Mad Max: Fury Road (Digital)
I’ve seen a lot of fun films this summer, but none were anywhere near as throatpunchingly, astoundingly, sandblasted awesome as Mad Max: Fury Road. Next to this Mad Max, every other action film looks like a boring board meeting between corporate managers. I love this film so much that I’ll even gush about it weeks ahead of the physical release, just as Fury Road becomes available for download or streaming on digital services like Amazon. If you somehow slept on this one, now, now, NOW is the time to see this, so get on it and witness this already.
I Am Chris Farley
This right here is probably the saddest release of the week, because it’s hard to look at Chris Farley without loving his work and regretting many of his life choices. The giant-sized kid was a ball of comic energy that was out to entertain every single person he knew, and he seemed like a person born to be on Saturday Night Live and star in comedies. But he also struggled from a number of addiction-related issues that would eventually take his life. This new documentary features interviews with some of his best friends, several of whom seem on the verge of crying as they recall Farley’s rise and fall. You can get to know him better by grabbing this on disc this week.
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Two “I Am [BLANK]” films in one week? Unlike Farley, Caroll Spinney has had an impressively long career as a puppeteer, working on Sesame Street for decade after decade as generations of children got to know Big Bird through him. This documentary takes a closer look at the man behind the feathers, not unlike Being Elmo from a few years ago (hopefully without any post-release scandal). As much as I love Big Bird myself, I hope his other iconic character – Oscar The Grouch – gets ample screen time too. Though, if he didn’t, that’d give him another thing to complain about.
SPECIAL SALES NEWS! PRE-ORDER AMAZING MIYAZAKI BOX SET
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!
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Fallout 4 *New*
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Batman: Arkham Knight
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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
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