Blu-Ray Tuesday Haul : More Ghibli!

Welcome to this Tuesday’s Blu-Ray haul! Before I picked some things up, I went to Rita’s. It’s been hot as balls here lately, so I’ve been going there pretty much every day. Recently, I’ve been getting their frozen drinks instead of their Italian ices. It makes it easier to consume while I drive, and it doesn’t make a sticky mess all over my car and myself. My driver’s side door is all stuck together when I open it because some of the Italian ice once shot out of the cup. Note to self : Clean interior with AmourAll wipes. Anyway, the frozen drinks allow for one or two flavors to be mixed. Last time I mixed Florida Orange (my newly discovered favorite) and Green Apple (def. top 5 favorite). This time, I mixed Lemon and Key-Lime.

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It was okay. I feel like every time I go to Rita’s, all the good flavors are already gone. Most of the time, I get stuck with Lemon or Mango. It’s very rare that I ever get a favorite flavor. My #1 flavor is Fruit Punch (or is it Tropical Punch?), and that’s almost never available. Anyway, after Rita’s, I headed to Target and Best Buy.

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I picked up Spirited Away, Run All Night, and the Blomkamp set at Target. Spirited Away is definitely one of the most popular Studio Ghibli films, one of Hayao Miyazaki’s best, and I can’t believe it’s taken so long for it to arrive on Blu. It was the first Ghibli film I ever saw; way before I was ever interested in them.

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Run All Night is another spectacular Liam Neeson thriller. In between all the Taken films, Neeson has actually done some quite entertaining movies. A Walk Amongst The Tombstones and Run All Night were fantastic roles for Neeson, even though every movie he’s in is pretty much the exact same. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’d enjoy Liam Neeson in anything.

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The Blomkamp set brings together director Neill Blomkamp’s first three movies : District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. Although not chronologically correct, the front of the set features Chappie in between the other two. I’m just nitpicky about those sorts of things, but I’ll allow for it this time. I am a huge fan of Blomkamp’s work (although I have not seen Chappie yet). His films always seem to be so ambitious, but at the same time they have a lot of interesting themes that anyone can relate to. Blomkamp’s films also happen to have some of the best CGI around these days. I absolutely can’t wait to see what he does with the Alien franchise. I couldn’t have picked a better director to tackle it. I initially went to Target for an exclusive steelbook version of Chappie that released today. I should have been there at opening. I wasn’t, and that’s on me. I called around 10 or so to a couple surrounding locations to find that they were all sold out, of course. One employee at my local Target said over the phone that one person came in and bought them all. Fucking eBay scalpers. I hate ’em. They buy all the exclusives and then sell them on eBay for twice the price. There should be a limit to how many people can buy. One per customer. It’s bad enough when Target only gets like 8 of them. Anyway, to make a long story short, I don’t have the steelbook to show you.

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Next, I went to Best Buy to pick up The Cat Returns, because Target didn’t have it. And isn’t that great, another Studio Ghibli film that doesn’t come with a slipcover, much like current copies of Ponyo. I have never seen this film, but it’s Ghibli, so it’s worth it. I was looking for the Top Gun 3D set because I watched it for the first time on Netflix over the weekend (yes, I had never seen Top Gun before) but they didn’t have it. Before I left, I pre-ordered Batman : Arkham Knight for the PlayStation 4. With certificates from pre-ordering The Witcher III and Arkham Knight, and Gamer’s Club Unlocked, I’ll walk out with Arkham Knight for only $18.

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When I came home, Band of Brothers and The Pacific were waiting for me. Now, these should be among the first few things a person should purchase on Blu-Ray, but I’ve never owned them until now. I assume it’s because the price had never been right until last week. I just had to jump on it. I’ve seen Band of Brothers, but I have never seen The Pacific at all. I can’t wait to watch them both on Blu.

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Well, that concludes the Tuesday Blu-Ray haul for this week. Next week will be a very small haul, and then there’s nothing being released for a few weeks. My wallet will be thanking me! On some other news, I’m still pushing forward with Dying Light. I’m in the second city now, and about 50% done the main story. I still hope to be done by the month’s end.

Until next Tuesday! Happy hunting!

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