Another light week for games allows us to shine the spotlight on some very worthwhile Blu-ray releases, all new this week on Amazon!
Even if the Laser Time dudes will be heading home for Christmas this week, we’ll still be delivering great content the entire time. Case in point, we’ve got a Laser Time focused on Rogue One and other Star Wars stopgaps, a Super Mario Go-inspired Battle Royal, and our last Monday Night Movie of 2016; Home Alone 2: Lost in New York! With most holiday shopping done and dusted, the games on deck are once again pretty paltry, but we do have some great movies worth keeping an eye open for. Don’t forget; pre-orders and new physical game releases on Amazon come with a sweet 20% discount for Amazon Prime members.With that in mind, here’s the games and movies!
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Risky Beats Edition
Is there any platformer mascot as frequently dependable this decade as Shantae? Sure, you’ll enjoy new Mario games when they release, but how often does the portly plumber get a new game? Shantae, on the other hand, has reaching its third new game this decade with Half-Genie Hero, and each game has released on 5-6 different platforms. There’s a reason this game goes everywhere from iOS to PlayStation 4; it’s Wayforward’s platforming magic at its very best. Even though its release isn’t very timely, SHGH still stands out due to its great mixture of top-notch animation with solid platforming. While it’s not Half-Off, if you use Amazon Prime you’ll save yourself 20% on Shantae!
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$20 PlayStation 4 (or Xbox One) Gift Card for The Walking Dead: Season Three – A New Frontier
Even though The Walking Dead is the franchise that shot Telltale into the upper echelon of game developers, the company has shown tremendous restraint from trotting out the zombie franchise. Sure, we’ve had underwhelming stopgaps like 400 Days and Michonne, but truly new seasons have only hit alongside presidential or mid-term elections. Season Three (subtitled A New Frontier) is due out this week with a mammoth two-part intro (meaning only three episodes are to come afterwards), and you can bet those episodes will be in discussion on Vidjagame Apocalypse over the next few weeks.
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven is not the kind of movie I would ever venture into a movie theater to see, to be honest. I find westerns to be far better consumed on a couch during a lazy weekend (unless they’re made by Quentin Tarantino, in which case I’m there on day one), but TM7 is a movie I definitely have plans on checking out now that it’s available on home video. The cast looks fantastic, and I’m intrigued to see what a big budget like TM7’s does for a western. Also, director Antoine Fuqua has shown a great propensity for mixing drama and action with the likes of Training Day and Southpaw, so I’m hopeful that TM7 will work our well, too!
Sully is totally an airplane movie for me; it’s an over-sentimental biopic starring America’s Dad Tom Hanks. However, the topic of a miracle pilot who saved a plane full of passengers during an emergency water landing is probably a bit too iffy to actually watch on the back of a cramped coach seat, so I’ll be seeking out the Blu-ray for this flick. I have a soft spot for the 2012 movie Flight, so another story of a possibly flawed pilot saving the lives of others is like catnip plane wreck for me.
ESPN 30 For 30 Season 2
While you’ll sometimes hear Dave and Hank discuss baseball and UFC around these parts (check out our Major League player rankings and our EA UFC 2 stream), suffice it to say that sports are not exactly Laser Time’s forte. However, we’re all huge documentary fans here, and ESPN’s 30 for 30 series has done a bang-up job teaming great directors, narrators, and talking heads for some of the most interesting sports stories ever told. The second batch of docs present in this set include some of my favorite 30 for 30 episodes, including Catching Hell (the story of Steve Bartman accidentally costing the Cubs a vital postseason out), The Announcement (Magic Johnson’s memorable revelation of testing positive for HIV), and Big Shot (the close-to-home story about how huckster John Spano nearly bought the New York Islanders while lying about his wealth). A lot of these docs are up on Netflix so they’re worth giving a stream, but if you want even more sports info at your fingertips, consider this set!
I tells ya, I haven’t been this excited for a movie solely comprised of two names and a slash since Frost/Nixon! Hitchcock/Truffaut has its hooks in me already, because if there’s one thing I like more than movies, it’s documentaries ABOUT the movie-making process! I recently enjoyed De Palma, which recounted the career of Brian De Palma, and that covered 45 years! H/T only covers an eight-day meeting between two directorial savants, so there’s more time to cover nuance as the two geniuses made revelations about the art form.
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