With the nearest open movie theaters hard to find, many fans look to home entertainment more than ever. If the kids are quarantined at home also, purchases, rather than rentals, start to look better and better for the inevitable repeat viewings. But with so many, it’s hard to know where to begin or what to afford. In this ongoing series, Superhero Hype takes a look at some of the better deals Amazon.com has running as of publication time. Please note that all deals are subject to change or sell out at any time based on supply and demand. These are the deals for Feb 17.
Harley Quinn: The Complete First and Second Seasons [Blu-ray]
Don’t get HBO Max? Then the only way to enjoy this outstanding Harley Quinn cartoon is on the Warner Archive Blu-ray. Made to order only and not sent to stores, this collection brings together both seasons of the gleefully anarchic take on the DCU. Watch Harley flat-out murder several major Bat-villains, find her true love in Poison Ivy, and actually make Kite-Man a character you’ll care about.
GODZILLA: THE SHOWA-ERA FILMS, 1954–1975 (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Fifteen movies. $126. That’s a pretty good deal, especially since every single one is guaranteed to feature a guy in a giant lizard suit stomping the crap out of a toy city. Each film includes original Japanese audio as well as the lovably cheesy English dubs, and deluxe packaging includes a hardcover book with deeper analysis. Plus new and archival interviews! The Showa era spans from the original Godzilla (Japanese and US versions) to Terror of Mechagodzilla.
Preacher, The Final Season [Blu-ray]
In its last year, Preacher truly pushed the limits of what can be shown on basic cable, with a selfish God, mentally disabled Messiah, repeated circumcision as torture, and Nazis in the service of Heaven. Still, people these days actually believe crazier conspiracies than that.
The Incredible Hulk (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)
It may be the Most Maligned Marvel, but The Incredible Hulk still counts as mostly canon, and we’re gonna be seeing Tim Roth’s Abomination return soon. Plus $12.99 is insanely cheap for an MCU 4K, a price only made possible because it’s Universal rather than Disney.
Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection (Blu-ray)
The first long-term Doctor of the modern Who era, David Tennant helped the new incarnation fully find its feet. Now, in 15 discs, relive the entire run with the debut of River Song, return of Sarah Jane, and exit of Rose Tyler. Allons-y!
Futurama: Volume 7 [Blu-ray]
Why not Futurama volume seven why not? The first half of the final season includes the return of Nixon’s head, Zapp Brannigan dating Leela’s mom, and a nature documentary featuring curiously familiar animals.
Dawn Of The Dead (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]
Before Zack Snyder‘s Army of the Dead hits Netflix, catch up on his first round with zombies — and indeed, his first major movie before the Zack Snyder style became fully formed. George Romero fans were outraged that the zombies-in-a-mall classic got remade, but the final product pleased more than expected, and gave a big push to Snyder and screenwriter James Gunn.
Before Venom and The Invisible Man, Leigh Whannell directed this underseen but expertly executed sci-fi actioner about an artificial intelligence that bonds with Logan Marshall-Green and gives him super skills. There’s no talk of turds in the wind, but Green’s physicality should remind viewers of a certain Hardy type of hero.
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Running significantly longer than the ’70s show that inspired it, Battlestar Galactica is widely hailed as a perfect example of how to remake. Although, like so many shows beloved by sci-fi fans, it did have an ending that left folks vocally upset. Beginning with the miniseries and spanning five discs, this set comes loaded with commentaries and extras. So say we all.
Monster Hunter (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)
Finally, on March 2nd, Monster Hunter comes home on a physical disc. With the previous iteration of the Resident Evil franchise ended, Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson set their sights on new video game monsters. Also featuring international action star Tony Jaa. Don’t expect anything deep, but the fights should be killer.