The Best New Amazon Releases: Battleborn On The Fourth Of July


Gearbox’s newest shooter loads up, we declare our Independence Day, and Maverick feels the need for speed with this week’s roundup of Amazon’s top new releases!

May is finally here, which means we’ve got another big Marvel movie to look forward to, while Laser Time’s punmaster (and Amazon roundup writer) Dave Rudden celebrates another birthday. We’ve also got a new batch of Monday Night Movies, and these fantastic new releases! On the gaming front, one of the year’s biggest shooters loads up while some classics hit the Blu! Even if you’re not up for one of these games or movies, clicking any Laser Time Amazon link will send some cents back to your boys here at the LT. Also, if you buy the physical edition of any game listed here during launch week and have Amazon Prime, you’re gonna get a NOICE 20% discount. Now, onto the stuff!

Who got a fighting game in this first-person shooter? As to be expected from the house that brought you Borderlands, Battleborn is crazy out the butt. You pick from over two dozen characters (from a standard space marine to a mushroom-headed healer to a steampunk robot sniper) and take to the battlefield whether it be the single-player campaign where unlikely allies band together to save the galaxy’s final star or the multiplayer, where each of these weird warriors face off. I (Dave Rudden) am actually reviewing this game for IGN, so keep it tuned to Laser Time this week as we stream the dub-B and talk about it on VGA! If PS4 is not where you wanna be born, consider joining the battle on Xbox One or PC. If you get in during Battleborn’s infancy and you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get a nifty 20% discount!

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
What the? I thought the gaming industry declared the term “definitive” would only apply to previous-gen games with gussied-up framerates and all their DLC. Well, if any game was going to break the convention, it was the delightful download-only Metroidvania adventure Ori and the Blind Forest. Mikel adored the game back when he reviewed it for IGN, and I’ve enjoyed the hours I’ve put in too. However, those of you who shied away from the original release are reaping the true benefit as you get more story, more places to explore, and an improved quicktravel system that lets you easily hop between lush locales. If you wanted to get a download code for OATBFDE whilst also helping out Laser Time, buy a batch of random numbers and letters through the link!

Independence Day: Anniversary Edition
Wow… we really hit the movie section of the Amazon roundup right quick this week. While most games take cover from Battleborn, the Blu-rays out this week are a wonderful mix of all-time classics, guilty pleasures, and big new flicks. For our pop-culture sensibilities, the 20th anniversary rerelease of Independence Day is shooting nostalgia into our hearts much like how the alien ships dropped devastating laser beams onto the White House and other top monuments. With Independence Day: Resurgence releasing next month, you can be assured that we’ll be watching the original for Monday Night Movie, so welcome this Blu-ray to Earf… or your own collection.

Top Gun 30th Anniversary Steelbook
While ID4’s MNM status is still TBD, we’re for sure rewatching Top Gun when Tom Cruise’s airborne vehicle takes flight for its 30th Air-niversary next month. Will Maverick still seem as cool as he did in 1986 long before Cruise hopped on Oprah’s couch? Will we still cry when Goose gets cooked? Will we find the serenading of Kelly McGillis creepy? Most importantly, will we still have the need for speed (and not the EA franchise)? We’ll find out for sure in two weeks, but if you want a hard copy early, this three-decade anniversary steelbook is for you.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Oh man, what is there to say about this classic movie that hasn’t been said before? I mean, you’ve got Cleopatra/Maggie Simpson herself playing a lady that people are afraid of in an early role way back before she married that construction worker, probably. And now it’s here on Blu-ray, so you’ll totally be able to see all of the fur on Ms. Woolf in glorious 1080p! Okay, confession time; I’ve never actually seen this movie, but I’ve heard good things. Maybe now I’ll give it a whirl since it’s on Blu-ray. Do you think Redbox has this one in stock?

Airwolf: The Complete Series
Now here’s a classic! In a banner week for military aviation fiction, we have the entirety of the wonderfully weird Airwolf saga. Featuring a CRIME SOLVING helicopter that included the incomparable Ernest Borgnine amongst its crew, this weekly action show spent three seasons as a solid CBS episodic adventure, but when the show moved to the fledgling USA Network for its final season, the budget cuts made for some interesting changes, like the inability to shoot new helicopter footage for a show centered on a helicopter. It’s a wonderful slice of mid-80s television insanity, and you can have the whole thing in high-definition now!

Hey, a new movie! David O. Russell has been on quite a roll this decade. After “The Fighter,” which has been criminally under looked among his oeuvre, DOR has been on a roll with the team of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper by his side (and frequent appearances from Bobby De Niro). Joy didn’t quite get the critical acclaim of Silver Linings Playbook and  American Hustle, but I’ll watch any movie where J-Law plays a mouthy housewife. And this time she plays a FAMOUS mouthy housewife who ruled over QVC with her handy cleaning inventions. Oh, Joy!

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.








Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
-Pre-order from today and get the Amazon exclusive Snow Camo Weapon Skin
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
-Pre-order Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to obtain all the following items: Covert Agent Packs, Digital OST Sampler, Extra In Game Mission and Digital Books
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
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Gears of War 4
-Pre-order Doom to get the exclusive Demon Multiplayer Pack, which includes one unique Demon-themed armor set with three skin variations, six Hack Modules, six exclusive metallic paint colors, and three exclusive id® logo patterns that can be applied to weapons or armor.
Mafia III
-Pre-order from today and get the and get the “Family Kick-Back” incentive, which includes 3 custom themed cars and weapons, which have a high value with in-game benefits.
LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition
-Pre-order for early access to Empire Strikes Back character pack, which includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia in cold weather gear, the cybernetic Lobot and the Ugnaughts of Cloud City, as well as the deadly bounty hunters Bossk, Dengar, and Boba Fett in his original concept art white armor

One thought on “The Best New Amazon Releases: Battleborn On The Fourth Of July

  1. Top notch work here Dave! Hopefully mrs. Goodman lets you off with just a mild thrashing for that Virginia Woolf guff.

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