With Netflix and other streaming services out there perhaps making it a bit easier to perhaps save some money and also not having to find space for another movie on the shelf, the question I’ve heard more than once is, ‘Why would you pay money for a movie/season of a tv show when you could just wait and catch it with everything for 8 bucks a month’?
…. and I have a very good answer for that.
There are plenty of movies that Netflix doesn’t offer. Yes, they have plenty of titles I’ve wanted to catch and never did (Sons of Anarchy is a good example of this), but more often than not, streaming services do not always instantly offer up new releases and sometimes I don’t want to wait to see it again.
Here are the some, (but certainly not all) of the big titles I’m excited to see in my own collection for the rest of 2013.
Walking Dead: Season 3
Released on: August 27, 2013
I can remember reading The Walking Dead graphic novel before it was ever rumored to be turned into a TV show, and like any geek who knows their zombies, I was skeptical when I brought home Season 1 sight unseen. I am unfortunate in the fact I am unable to catch each episode as it is released on TV, but being one that likes to watch a whole season of 6 episodes in one sitting, I was not disappointed. There were no huge divergent plots from the source material. No corny over-acting like in some zombie ventures, and most importantly…. no…. running …. zombies!
Season 2 gave this ardent student in zombie-ology enough to enjoy, even with Lori and all her excessive drama, little girls who couldn’t stay put, and men with crossbows who make me wish that if the zombies ever do rise up, I’ll have the good fortune to run into someone like him.
If you’re reading this and haven’t seen any of the episodes (or even more unlikely, heard of this series)….. do so! I’ll admit that zombies are not everyone’s cup of un-dead tea, but it’s a series that excels in making you care about the characters and hope they don’t end up as zombie food. And of course, Andrew Lincoln isn’t hard on the old corneas either….
I’ve tried, and succeeded for the most part, at not running across any spoilers for Season 3, so I can’t wait to have a whole season of shuffling surprises to catch up with.
Supernatural: Season 8
Released on: September 10, 2013
After 7 seasons of watching this brother team trek across America in one kick-ass 1967 Chevy Impala, one might wonder what shenanigans are left to get themselves into. When we left the Winchesters, they were dealing with demons and angels and a whole host of things that go bump no just at night like usual, only this time we had the added threat of Purgatory. Oooooo…….
I’m not going to summarize the seasons up until this point, as that would both take far too long, and take away the fun of watching it for yourself, but Supernatural falls into the same category as The Walking Dead as one that I can’t catch when it’s shown on TV throughout the season, so I won’t be able to give my two cents on Season 8 now, but I have no doubt that since I own all the other seasons, I’ll be adding this one as well.
…. so if you’re a die hard fan of this series, only another month or so to wait until you’ll have Dean and Sam all to yourself.
And if two guys fighting weird creatures doesn’t sound appealing to you, Star Trek: Into Darkness will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on the same day.
Iron Man 3
Released on: September 24, 2013
Returning for the third time in this latest installment of the Iron Man series, Robert Downey Jr. gives us a Tony Stark with a little more heart and arc powered soul than before. This time they focused more on who he was as a person, showing that dealing with aliens isn’t something you can just easily shrug off, and less on how it was just another big spectacle full of explosions.
….. Sure, there were plenty of things blowing up, but you also spent more time with Stark at his most vulnerable than we’ve seen him before, making him the Avenger I’m most excited to see in the next sequel.
I won’t go out on a limb and say it was better than the first, and it’s not a movie that will revolutionize the way we look at movies forever, but it was a fun, engaging , and a smartly done film that will have me checking around to see if there’ll be any extra goodies bundled up with this one, because I wouldn’t say no to a mini arc-reactor that’s for sure!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition)
Released on: November 5, 2013
So we’ve got a bit of time to wait for this one to show up, but I am one who enjoyed Peter Jackson’s re-entry into Middle Earth. I am working on my stance on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so I won’t go into too much detail into what I thought of how this title translated from book to screen (…..that geek debate on this one will be coming) but I will say that I think that Jackson did an amazing job with the material he had to work with. Not that Tolkien was a bad writer, much the opposite, but there’s a lot of things he could of elaborated on in his writing, that left Jackson to.
I have heard people’s firm outrage at how “Things were changed from the book”, or how some of the dwarves didn’t ‘look like dwarves’, or how it was just all too big and too much and ‘How the hell could they take one book and make it into three movies?!’. All that aside, if you watch this movie on its own, and not relating it to its source material, it’s a film that captivates. Their casting of Martin Freeman as Bilbo was perfect, as well as choosing those in lead roles, such as Richard Armitage, (and I’ll be good for now, and not gush to an embarrassing degree on my thoughts on that actor…) who give their role a weight and depth that will make the next two movies a pleasure to watch.
The extended version will have an extra 13 minutes not seen in the previous cut, which doesn’t sound like a massive amount, but I’m not complaining, since there’s apparently a staggering 9 hours of special features to look forward too, which is nice since the special features on the regular cut were a bit sparse. I’ll also be interested to see if they’ll offer this with extra items, such as the replica of the city of Gondor as they did with The Lord of the Rings extended versions.
Only 3 months to wait……