We’ve got big ass Xbox Ones, diving to hell, lesbian vampires, and Hackers is 20 fucking years old…
Amazon may have some bad publicity in the last week, but that doesn’t stop this machine of capitalism from chugging along as fast as it pleases. While we’re still another week away from Madden starting the fall gaming season, movies are distinctly nostalgic in their celebrations of anniversaries and classically daring films. So, if you’re looking to get anything new this week, grabbing any of these through Amazon helps out LT at no extra cost to you, which helps the guys behind the scenes make ends meet, as does your wonderful support of the Laser Time Patreon. But enough self promotion for now, as we’re past due of digging into this week’s crop of Amazon offerings…
Xbox One Madden NFL 16 1TB Bundle
Do you still not have an Xbox One? Were you waiting to jump into next-gen, or merely satisfied with owning a PlayStation 4? Well, if they digital gridiron and extra storage are your thing, then this system bundle may finally get you to join Microsoft’s party. This comes with a hard drive twice the size of the launch model, plus a download voucher for next week’s Madden 16, the most up-to-date version of the controller, and NO KINECT, all for $400. Additionally, EA is offering a year of Xbox Live for $45, which is about as cheap as that ever gets.
Helldivers: Super Earth Edition
The PS4 hasn’t had much in the way of retail exclusives, so Helldivers is welcome addition, even if it’s merely the disc version of of a modest PSN hit. Released earlier this year across just about every Sony game machine, Helldivers got some critical acclaim for its fast, twin-stick action, in addition to its engaging co-op. If you missed out on it, Super Earth Edition contains the PS4, PS3, and Vita versions of the game, along with copious amounts of DLC for $40. Sounds pretty good to me, though I’m just as likely to wait for it to be the next PS+ free game.
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal
And now it’s time for your biweekly installment of “anime girls in a PS Vita game.” Sony’s handheld would have next to nothing without the large-eyed young ladies of games like Dungeon Travelers 2, so you’ve gotta give Atlus credit for publishing more original content than the Vita’s parent company. What’s this game about? If you assumed from the cover that it’s dungeon exploration mixed with RPG and dating sim elements, you are right on the money. Though it also features a job system to go with the turn-based action, that seems like a minor excuse for game to feature the 16 cute women in your party in different sexy outfits. Oh well, like I always say, what else are you playing on the Vita?
Hackers (20th Anniversary Edition)
Aging sucks. At one time a film like Hackers felt like an electric version of the all-too-possible future, where sexy, cool kids would use the magic of the internet to topple giants. 20 years later, hacking is more often used by angry conspiracy theorists to terrorize women they’ve never met, and the romantic dreams of blackhats as the next punk movement is long dead. And while the film may not be all that timeless, Angelina Jolie’s pixie haircut and raw sensuality will be, as this HD rerelease of the film can attest. At least now kids of the ’90s can revisit the cult classic to recall a time when the worst thing to worry about online was Fisher Stevens, not 14-year-old libertarians with zero empathy.
Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection
It would seem that Disney Animation has entered another golden age of success, but the group’s quality work predates the global phenomenon of Frozen. The seeds for greatness were sewn by the company returning to its roots of making short cartoons that preceded Disney films. There were retro-flavored fun like Goofy’s guide to installing a home theater, or Mickey returning to his monochrome days of battling Pete. Disney also made Oscar winners like Lorenzo, Paperman, and Feast, touching tales that stirred the emotions of animation nerds the world over. This Blu-ray brings all of Disney’s shorts from this millennium into one place, including this year’s Frozen Fever, all for $20 on ‘zon.
The Hunger [Blu-ray]
This film stars Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie as pansexual vampires, so I think that’s really all you need to know about the film. Directed by the late Tony Scott, this made vampires sexy and queer in ways most American filmgoers weren’t prepared for, as Deneuve’s seduction of a young Susan Sarandon was one of the more erotic mainstream folks had seen in 1983. Now it’s a gay classic that may feel a bit dated, but some aspects are as ageless as the vampires in the film – well, not Bowie’s rapidly aging character, but you know what I mean.
Day for Night [Criterion Collection]
Want to be an effective film snob? Well, then you can’t just name drop François Truffaut, or see the New Wave director’s most famous film, The 400 Blows. You’ve got to dig a little deeper, like with what many call his masterpiece, Day for Night, which is FINALLY getting the Criterion treatment. This film about filmmaking and the perils therein stars Truffaut in the lead role, as a filmmaker trying to course correct his troubled film. The gorgeous movie is as much about making art as the art itself, and you’re bound to be about a dozen times more cultured for having seen this. I guess what I’m say is, anyone out to be a better film snob needs to give this HD remaster a viewing.
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!
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UPCOMING VIDEO GAME PRE-ORDER BONUSES
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.
-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