The Best New Amazon Releases: Oscar’s Twilight


A barrage of Oscar noms hit Blu-ray, while definitive editions of Twilight Princess and Mortal Kombat X come to consoles!

We’re still basking in the glow of the Academy Awards (listen to our Oscar Time 2016 episode, BTW), so please forgive this week’s roundup for being a bit more movie-heavy than usual. Since consoles are playing it safe with re-releases (we couldn’t even include HEHvay RAYne on PS4 since the digital-only game isn’t on Amazon yet), we want to celebrate the epic movies that caught the eyes of Hollywood during its biggest night of the year. If any of the games or movies catch your eye, please use the links to purchase those. If you’ve got another ‘zon purchase to make, please click on an item and then pick out your own stuff… no matter what you buy during that visit, we get a few nickels here and there. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, remember, most new games some with a schweet 20% discount!

Mortal Kombat XL
It’s a downright surprise that Mortal Kombat X has been so under-the-radar since its release last year. Sure, we loved the truly disgusting gore when it released (we even did an MKX Fatality reaction video), and yes, Street Fighter V has stolen some of the limelight as of late, but how could we forget that MKX has assembled an all-star roster of Mortal Kombat’s greatest characters alongside horror movie icons like Jason, Leatherface, the Predator and a Xenomorph from Aliens. If you bought the game last April, you had to wait for each of those kameo kharacters to release and buy them either individually or part of season passes, but good things come to those who wait, and that thing is Mortal Kombat XL, which kollects all of the extra characters into one convenient pakkage. You can get it a physical version on PS4 (link above), a physical version on Xbox One, a digital kode for PS4, or a digital kode for Xbox One. There’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the XL!

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
The Zelda remake train continues! After the 3DS brought back both Nintendo 64 LoZs, the Wii U concludes the GameCube era with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Yes, Twilight Princess was better known as a Wii launch title than one of the final dying gasps of the ‘Cube, but you can bet that most folks who get TP on Wii U will be doing so due to the lack of waggling necessary to complete what was Link’s longest adventure to date. And of course, there’s the high-definition visuals that, while not quite on par with Wind Waker’s timeless style, look damn good with some spit and polish. The physical version comes with a Midna/Link Amiibo that will also be compatible with the Wii U’s first original Zelda game, but if you want to spend a little less, you can get a Wii U digital code for $10 less.

The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition
If you’re looking for a Diablo-style game with more of a Japanese, tilt, this might be the game for you. While it recieved middling reviews two years ago on the PlayStation 3, The Witch and the Hundred Knight (TWATHK) should be a bit better suited for newer consoles. In particular, the game-breaking bug that would randomly reset the game to the main menu with no save data HAS to be fixed by now, right? Do they still have the console Seals of Quality that promise games won’t break on a massive scale like that?  Anywho, this obscure PlayStation game of the month comes via Nippon Ichi Software, who have a generally high batting average with the Disgaea and Prinny franchises, so it should be functionally fun if they fixed that aforementioned issue.

Poor Sly. In a year with a particularly weak crop of Best Supporting Actor nominations, we all thought Stallone had the category all sewn up. However, that mild-mannered dude from Bridge of Spies won, but the more important thing is that Sly was nominated in the first place. While Rocky 2-5 and Balboa are all fine films, Creed was the first movie in the series since the original to earn an Oscar nomination for a non-soundtrack category. That’s for good reason because it’s damn close to the series’ best movie and Sly’s performance as an aging mentor was the best we’ve seen from Rocky in years. Michael B. Jordan was robbed of a Best Actor nom for his role as young man trying to live up to a legacy he has a uneasy connection with. Though his time will come, we can only hope that Sly delays the next Expendables to find another award-winning role like the Italian Stallion.

Speaking of overlooked Best Actors; Jacob Tremblay’s role as Room’s 5-year-old shut-in Jack was amazingly earnest and real without the precociousness that permeates so many child-driven movies. However, Brie Larson totally deserved the statue for her role as Joy, a woman who has had to maintain normalcy for the sake of her child and then change everything while attempting to maintain her sanity. While Spotlight is a great movie, Room made a strong case as the year’s best film with an innovative conceit, a great cast, and amazing cinematography on a relatively small budget. It’s gut-wrenching, tense, adorable, and emotional, and one of the best movies in years.

The Danish Girl
As the only Oscar-winning actor to come from a movie that didn’t get a Best Picture nom, Alicia Vikander’s role as the wife of the eponymous character carried a lot of gravitas that the academy rightfully recognized. The last few Oscar races were filled to the brim with period pieces and biopics, and yet period piece/biopic The Danish Girl didn’t quite get the level of accolades it should have, given its daring look at the kind of central character you rarely see in movies. Between this movie and Ex Machina, you’ve got a pretty great double feature for an actress who’s had one of the greatest years of all time.

Strange Brew
More like Brew-ray, amirite? While it’s not exactly a visual marvel that commands purchase on a high-def disk, there’s no denying that Strange Brew was a highly influential movie. From the dim-witted beer-drinking duo played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, you have the template that spawned other party-loving and/or endearingly stupid duos like Wayne & Garth, Harry & Lloyd, and Bill & Ted. It also was one of the first major roles for one of the most underrated comedic actors of the 80s and 90s. If you loved Rick Moranis’ amazing performances in the likes of Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, or Honey I Shrunk the Kids, you owe it to check out this role that put him on the comedy map.

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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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
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Mighty No. 9
-Pre-order Mighty No. 9 to receive the Beck Retro Hero DLC, an Artbook, and Poster; Plus Special Offer for PlayStation 4 Customers
Kingdom Hearts III
Star Fox Zero
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Dark Souls III

2 thoughts on “The Best New Amazon Releases: Oscar’s Twilight

    -From someone who loved Creed.

    Also, Sly deserved the Oscar.

  2. “It’s a downright surprise that Mortal Kombat X has been so under-the-radar since its release last year.” I don’t know, since MK is the only fighting game series I’m actually good at, it seemed active and semi in the news throughout last year (updates, DLC and something you don’t see much of in new released games; newly discovered secrets long after the fact). Anyway, X was great and I’ve been trying out the new DLC characters and anyone who thought Leatherface was an odd choice, dam, he may be one of the most violent characters in the whole game. Plus stage fatalities are back, even in the old stages.

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