Releasing the Unreleased

Over the last few months the number purchases in the movie/TV and gaming realms I’ve made have been piling up. Here they are.

Back in April I reported on getting a digital copy of Double Dragon II: The Revenge via Hamster’s Arcade Archives. Well, this time I also added the original arcade version of Double Dragon. This was one that Usagi704 also picked up and said I’d probably like how it turned out.

Lately I’ve been afraid that the Yakuza games, despite getting a wide release in the West, would dry up sooner than you’d think. It seems to already have happened to Yakuza 0. I didn’t want to miss out on Yakuza Kiwami so I got it and I will be looking to get 0 soon enough.

A used copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ran me around $20. I was on my wish list long enough and got it along with a unreleased game set to me sent to me in about eight days.

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Onto the movies/TV side, speaking of “unreleased” WWE released a 3 disc set of matches spanning from 1986 to 1995 called Unreleased. It has some decent matches with the two featuring Ric Flair against Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan being quite fun to watch. I also popped huge for seeing Sean Mooney (who?) in the hosting segments.

I bought and watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it was fantastic. Yeah, it was another lackluster villain who posed no real threat despite being told otherwise. However, we’ve come to expect the main characters to be fun and relatable and that’s what we got.

A staple of ’80s television was Miami Vice and on a whim I picked up the whole series on Blu-ray despite never really watching it at the time. I mean, I wasn’t even a teenager during its five season run. It’s a huge 20-disc set and was half the original price.

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Other films I bought were Pleasantville, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Bridge of Spies, and a special edition of Death Wish II with a theatrical and unrated cut of the film.

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On a final topic, I can happily say that the SNES Classic was much easier to obtain than I expected, but it definitely was still on the low end of the quantity of the shipments. The store I work at received only 14 units which was more than the 2-3 they got last year with the NES Classic system. I helped sell an initial 6-7 at midnight, I immediately went on my break and bought mine. A first shift employee asked me if any were left and at 4:30am I sold the last one to him. It might not sound like much, but with just over four hours that supply lasted longer than I expected.

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As far as my experience with the system itself, I’ve only played Street Fighter II Turbo and even did so with Usagi704. It was as fun as a real system and I can’t really complain about the selection of games. Even if some of the games aren’t my speed, it’s understandable why they’re on there. Plus, the quality of the games chosen are of much higher quality than the NES Classic had. Truly less is more in this case.

Thanks for reading and game on!

Classic Television

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Just like I did twice last month, I’ve picked up more classic television shows. It might be less classic to others, but I remember them well. At least one anyway.

Before getting to those, however, I’d like to mention two other items.

The first is E.X. Troopers. It’s an import game on PS3 and is an off-shoot of the Lost Planet series. I liked the original Lost Planet title when I played it last year and this game looked fun after seeing this video review.

I can’t remember the last time I bought a wrestling PPV on DVD. I want to say it was 2003 or 2006, but I have to really be impressed to drop money on an event. I’m happy to report that WWE TLC 2012 lived up to what I heard about it. Every major match was fun to watch whether it involved a weapon or not. My favorite match was definitely The Shield vs. Team Hell No and Ryback. I really liked the idea of having a ladder in a match which didn’t include climbing it to retrieve a belt. That’s not to say John Cena and Dolph Ziggler didn’t have a great match. But sometimes there’s little drama in the slow climb.

Now back to the TV shows.

Outside of knowing about it during the 1980s, I never watched Miami Vice. I was too young to care I guess. I got season 2 and watched the first episode which guest starred Gene Simmons and Penn Jillette. The former was without the famous makeup and the latter had a horrible hairstyle.

A part of Saban’s massive DVD release of all the seasons of Power Rangers includes VR Troopers. I got into the series at the time and yet I was also wondering how Power Rangers was so popular. It might have interested me because it was allowed to be ever slightly more violent because it was aired in syndication. Regardless it’s still quite cheesy at times, but it can still have great storytelling like it did with the “Defending Darkheart” four-parter.

I bought the two volumes completing season one and they’re both in the same style case that Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is in. An error in disc manufacturing for volume two listed all the remaining 26 episodes, but disc one didn’t include “Grimlord’s House of Fear.” This caused the first listed episodes on discs two and three to be the last ones on the previous discs. Shout Factory corrected this by sending out a reprint of the episode list and a new disc one. Unfortunately they don’t mention this on their website. At least once I emailed them they responded quickly and sent the replacement which I received today.

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Details: E.X. Troopers, VR Troopers | Miami Vice, WWE TLC 2012