Sunday, 28 January 2018

Entries to the Asylum ; Monday 22nd January 2018 - Sunday 28th January 2018 [Week 4].

This week has been the busiest game-related week in a little while. Blurays are still dominating but first week in a while that we've had two new-release games (with expensive editions, too!).

Wednesday 24th January 2018

- Genital Jousting Plushie w/ Steam Code [Plush].

Thursday 25th January 2018

- Berserk Season 1 Collector's Edition [Bluray].
- Matinee Collector's Edition [Bluray].

- Colossal Maquette Exclusive w/ Signed Bluray [Bluray].
* Still awaiting the signed bluray - it's on its way separately*

Friday 26th January 2018

- Monster Hunter World Collector's Edition [Xbox One].
- Dragon Ball FighterZ Collectorz Edition [Xbox One].

So this week hasn't been as busy as what some weeks are, but it's definitely been an expensive one in terms of how much the things cost, as both game CEs were £134.99 each, the Colossal Maquette was $155 (before shipping) etc.

I remember when game CEs rarely hit the £100 mark, and when they did it was because they were massive and full of content. Yeah, both of those editions are good-sized, well filled CEs, but just a few years ago they'd have probably hit somewhere around the £99.99 mark each. Glad there's not been a whole lot of expensive game CEs I've dropped money on recently, as they're usually either too big and expensive (getting a little bored of the generic huge statue in a video game CE), or they just don't seem worth the money at all. But that's a rant for another day, haha.

What new stuff did you get this week?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 15th January 2018 - Sunday 21st January 2018 [Week 3].

This past week's deliveries have been quite heavily bluray filled, with only two games arriving. Of the blurays, it's been pretty heavily Suspiria filled! We seem to be getting a lot of Suspiria editions in the Asylum now, as along with the ones below (one of them being a replacement for one we got earlier in the month that arrived completely snapped in half!), we have the Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition from Germany, and the UK Suspiria slipcase version. Definitely want to try and get the third variant of the HiDefNinja Suspiria so that we have the full set, and then will of course need to track down all three Tenebrae Fullslips from HDN also :)

Tuesday 16th January 2018.

- Suspiria Limited Steelbook Edition [Bluray][Replacement].

Here's what the last one showed up like:

Wednesday 17th January 2018.

- Friday the 13th: The Game Kickstarter Reward - Machete Steel Collector's Edition [Xbox One].

Thursday 18th January 2018.

- Suspiria HiDefNinja Black Label Exclusive Fullslip [DI Variant][Bluray].
- Suspiria HiDefNinja Black Label Exclusive Fullslip [QFS Variant][Bluray].

- Summer Wars Hosoda Collection [Bluray].

- It Steelbook [Bluray].

- Jumanji Steelbook [Bluray].

Friday 19th January 2018.

- Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hackers Memory [PS4].

- The Villainess w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Saturday 20th January 2018.

- It w/ Lenticular Slipcover [Bluray].

Apologies for how bad some of the photos are. Hoping to get a really good camera and set up soon for this purpose (and hoping to get a video camera shortly afterwards to get YouTube back up and running!).

On Wednesday, as shown above, we finally received the Kickstarter reward for Friday the 13th: The Game. It was a little disappointing to say the least. The box (which we had to pay £16.95 in customs charges to even receive), contained only the Steelbook (no signed slipcover until a later date), a tiny magnet, a sticker, and a poster. So almost £17 in charges, when I still have a package for the slipcover to be delivered, as well as the Artbook and Soundtrack CD. I will be so annoyed if those all get hit with customs, too. Especially as we've waited this long for the stuff, considering the game came out months ago. I understand that everyone who backed the Kickstarter (for a copy of the game, at least) got a digital copy to tide us over, which they didn't have to do (and was issued as apology for the wait for Backer Rewards), but it just seems like all Kickstarter projects end up being a huge f*cking disappointment in the end. We paid over £300 for this reward, and right now we just feel so let down. We still have a few outstanding Kickstarters (ie: ones we've already backed, but rewards are yet to be shipped), but aside from those, I think we're really gonna have to think harder about what we want to support (and how much we want to pledge) in future, as most things just don't seem to end up being worth it.

What are your thoughts on Kickstarter projects? What new stuff have you received this week?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Friday, 19 January 2018

Asylum Reviews: Sweet Virginia.

I went into Sweet Virginia with very little in the way of preconceived notions of what the film was to be. It was nice, getting to see a movie without it being built up in my head beforehand. As much as you can try to go into a movie with a clear, open mind; you will usually have seen trailers, articles and whatnot beforehand (even if you try to avoid them). We try not to watch trailers for big movies we're looking forward to, since they now tend to give away a lot of the main plot points, taking away a lot of the unexpected enjoyment out of movies. All I knew of Sweet Virginia prior to watching was that Jon Bernthal is in it; and the following description:

Sweet Virginia is a tense, violent neo-Western from the producers of The Raid 1 and 2 that will have you gripped from start to finish. As layered as it is tense this is a tight, brutal thriller with a meticulously crafted plot that starts with a gruesome murder scene and doesn’t let up from there. And it’s all carried along by a first-rate performance from The Punisher himself, John Bernthal.

Here in the Asylum, we are huge fans of The Raid and The Raid 2. That, along with a pretty decent cast was enough to have us intrigued. 

As stated above, the movie starts with a murder scene, however gruesome is maybe a slight push. It's a cold-hearted murder, from a visibly emotionless killer. Throughout the entirety of the movie, Elwood, played by Christopher Abbot, is completely emotionless is almost everything that he does. Now that is not a criticism, by any means. It adds a certain level of tense, fear of the unknown type uneasiness to his character, and he does so brilliantly. 

Similarly, Jon Bernthal is fantastic in his role of Sam, owner of the Sweet Virginia motel. He battles with quite a few issues in the movie, from his relationship with a married woman; alcohol; and his physical health. Bernthal's performance is very convincing. Again, grieving widows Lila (Imogen Poots) and Bernie (Rosemarie DeWitt - who I recognised from Black Mirror, Arkangel) are great too, and believably played. The characters, and the actors playing them are definitely well written, directed and acted.

Unfortunately the story is where it falls a little flat. There are lots of very interesting plot points, but it feels like waaaay too much information was scribbled down in the writing process, with very little weeded out. Sam's backstory, of being a former Rodeo, felt shoehorned in. Why did we need it? His health conditions, maybe - his years as a Rodeo have left him with a limp and frequent shakes after too many knocks to the head. I feel that if we were to remove the randomly spliced in clips of Rodeo and the Rossi 56 top (and various other Rodeo related things, news clippings, etc) framed behind the hotel reception, then it wouldn't really be a detriment to the movie at all.

Even without the Rodeo backstory, there's still a lot of information in this movie. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, although it definitely lost a few points due to the convoluted plot. There's way too much information to sink in, and you end up feeling quite lost due to the info overload.

By the end, I knew this would be a movie I'd unlikely watch ever again. It's middle of the road: neither genuinely awful, nor fantastic.

The cast did a great job at somehow holding my interest throughout, and the film did make me feel very uneasy, which fits with what it was trying to do.

I think when it all comes down to it, I'd give Sweet Virginia a 5.5/10 (possibly a 6/10, at a push).

Have you seen Sweet Virginia? What were your thoughts on it?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 8th January 2018 - Sunday 14th January 2018 [Week 2].

Aaand, as before - some things are possibly missing as I'm struggling to date all of the photos I've taken of recent arrivals, so changes will be made as and when I discover the need, haha.

Tuesday 9th January 2018.

- Dunkirk Filmbook Edition [Bluray].
- Detroit w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- The Villainess Limited Special Edition Mediabook [Bluray].

Wednesday 10th January 2018.

- Drive PretzMedia OneClick Collector's Edition [Bluray].

Sunday 14th January 2018.

- Power A Twin Docking Station w/ two Battery Packs [Accessories].

So from here on, you can expect a brand new Entries to the Asylum post every Sunday. Some weeks will naturally have more than others, but having some regularity to these posts will prevent them from going months again without update.

- V x

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 1st January 2018 - Sunday 7th January 2018 [Week 1].

As you can see from the last 2017 post that just went up, I've tried to incorporate a slightly new feature into my Entries to the Asylum posts: links! Now if you hover over the format in the square brackets at the end of each item, it will give you the link of where I ordered from. Some items I can't give links for (private sales, etc) and some things such as where a variety of different stock may be more applicable (ie: the MRMDVD link below, or any sellers of custom items) will just take you to the main webpage, but I really hope this is something that will help a lot of you find items that you might otherwise be unsure about. If there's anything else you'd like further info on, don't hesitate to ask!

Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

- The End is Night First Pressing [Switch].
- Suspiria Limited Steelbook Edition [Bluray].
- The Apartment Limited Edition [Bluray].

Thursday 4th January 2018.

- MultiRegionMagic Samsung Bluray Player.
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Hosoda Collection [Bluray].
- Dracula Collector's Edition [Bluray].

Again, some things may be added continuously here as remembered - sorry!

- V x

Entries to the Asylum; Sunday 5th November - Saturday 31st December 2017.

Due to the staggering amount of time since the last Entries post I did, there's a good chance some things are left off this update. Anything I remember, I will come back and add at a later date. Going forward, with my plan for 2018 (and further), I will be doing a post each week - going live each Sunday - to recount everything that has arrived within the previous seven days. Because we are two weeks in to 2018 now - today you will be treated to this post, plus the posts for Week 1 and Week 2 of 2018. Enjoy!

Monday 6th November 2017.

- Your Name Steelbook Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 7th November 2017.

- Creepozoids w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Digimon Adventure Tri: Pt 2 - Determination [Bluray].

Thursday 9th November 2017.

- War Games Steelbook Edition [Bluray].

Friday 10th November 2017.

- I am a Hero Steelbook Edition [Bluray].
- Demon Wind Limited Edition w/ Lenticular [Bluray].
- Blood Beat Limited Edition [Bluray].
- The Corpse Grinders Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Shivers Steelbook Edition [Bluray].

Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

- Super Lucky's Tale [Xbox One].
- Sonic Forces Bonus Edition [Xbox One].
- LEGO City Undercover [Xbox One].

Thursday 23rd November 2017.

- Redline w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Sunday 3rd December 2017.

- Suspiria Special Edition [Bluray].

Wednesday 6th December 2017.

- Gangsta Collector's Edition [Bluray].
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Collector's Edition [Switch].
- Atomic Blonde Steelbook Edition [Bluray].
- Fantastic Mr. Fox Steelbook Edition [Bluray].
- Baby Driver Limited Collector's Edition Fullslip [Bluray].

Thursday 7th December 2017.

- Westworld Season 1 Collector's Edition [Bluray].
- Donnie Darko Steelbook Edition [Bluray].

Friday 8th December 2017.

- Shin Godzilla w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- September 2017 Indie Box: Torchlight II [PC].

Tuesday 12th December 2017.

- Liquid Sky Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Ice Cream Man Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Disconnected Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Psychos in Love Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Orgy of the Dead Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Snapshot Limited Edition [Bluray].
- My Chauffeur Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Hangs Upon Nothing Limited Edition [Bluray].

Monday 18th December 2017.

- Carrie Limited Edition [Bluray].

Friday 22nd December 2017.

- Digimon Adventure Tri: Pt 3 - Confession Collector's Edition [Bluray].

Saturday 23rd December 2017.

- Get Out @material.chick Custom Fullslip.
- Kong: Skull Island @material.chick Custom Fullslip.

Sunday 24th December 2017.

- How the Grinch Stole Christmas Deluxe Edition [Bluray].

Monday 25th December 2017.

- Undertale Collector's Edition [PS4].
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Collector's Edition [Xbox One].
- Firewatch Original Score [Vinyl].
- Firewatch "Crime by the Numbers" Notebook Set [Merch].
- Firewatch Shoshone Map [Merch].
- Firewatch Tank Vest [Clothing].
- Firewatch Lookout Poster [Artwork].
- Kill Bill Vol 1 Novamedia OneClick Edition [Bluray].
- Kill Bill Vol 2 Novamedia OneClick Edition [Bluray].
- Oldboy Plain Archive Limited Box [Bluray].
- J.T. Studio Yoru & Yoku Splash Variant [Figures].
- Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love [Vinyl].
- God of War Collection Omega Edition [PS3].
- XBlades Royal Edition [Xbox 360].
- Anno 1404 Collector's Edition [PC].
- Okami [Xbox One].
- Hello Neighbour [Xbox One].
- Minions Limited Collector's Edition Fullslip [Bluray].
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 [Xbox One].

- V x

Friday, 12 January 2018

Collecting Asylum Remastered.

I f**ked up a lot last year. Not intentionally, but I've neglected the site quite a bit throughout 2017 (and in all honesty, pretty much every year since it's inception). I've almost disappeared from the forums that made my collection what it is today, and aside from Instagram - my posts have severely depleted.

Over the past few years, my collection - and collecting habits - have evolved. I've grown smarter in that I can control my I must have every variation of every edition in existence type addiction. Sure, I still slip up at times, and yes we do still own multiple variations of some things - and naturally will not get rid of anything already within the collection - but I've massively improved my ability to reign myself in when required. This, as well as my lack of time lately has been a big part of me falling away from the forums and friends I've made there, which is definitely something I want to fix, as well as getting this place to be somewhat respectable again.

I take a greater sense of pride in my collection now, and want to show it off more, and get the website into full swing. Aim for the true potential of Collecting Asylum. Succeed, even if just a tiny bit.

I'm a lot busier these days than when I first set this place up (which makes me angry at the old me for not doing more with all the time I had!). When I started, I was unemployed, and had one small child. Now, I work full time whilst simultaneously doing two qualifications (one being a degree), and having two kids (aged 7 and 2) in the house. Of course Allan is here too, but the website mostly comes down to me, so trying to squash in time to do it alongside everything else can be a bit of a struggle.

I'm on a computer all day in work too so sometimes when I get home, the laptop is the last thing I want to see. But I'm going to have to power through that if I want to see Collecting Asylum improve.

I have been planning a schedule for this place over the past couple of weeks. Nothing is set in stone yet, but I'm gonna have a little play around to see what works and then get things going.

This isn't the first time I've written a post like this, I know. I do fully intend on it being the last of its kind however. I am taking a back seat from some of the organising duties on forums (just to reduce stress a little) but am aiming to be more active again within them, to reconnect with the people that have been there since the beginning.

So I promise you, you will soon see a new lease of life within Collecting Asylum - and I hope you all keep coming back for more.

- V x

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Asylum Unboxing: Absolver Special Reserve Limited Edition [PS4].

- This is a very long overdue unboxing, due to the fact that I have been ill a lot recently, busy with work and then we had no internet for a week (which was unbelievably frustrating). So, my apologies guys! -

So a while ago I received this stunning Limited Edition from the team over a Special Reserve Games - you may remember me posting about their previous amazing release, Shadow Warrior 2, and they've done it again - knocked the ball out of the park with this one!

The outer box is stunning, the artwork is very well done and it's interesting to see how their editions differ with each new game.

The Prospect Mask, which is a fully wearable replica is gorgeous. A little heavy when on (but that's probably down to the fact that I'm short and not strong at all, lol), but manageable. 

The detailing on the mask is fantastic, and really adds a lot of quality to the finish.

The base has a plinth that the mask rests upon, whilst there's a small gap in the base for the bottom of the mask to slot into.

Underneath the base, with all of the details of who was involved in the creation of this release.


PS4 physical copy - numbered and limited to 3250 (for the Prospect Mask Edition, there are additional copies of the standalone game available also).

A small artbook containing artwork from the game.

And finally, some stickers. I love stickers, but I have one issue with them in editions - I never want to use them on anything, as I'd then be leaving my edition incomplete, so part of me thinks there's not much point including them in editions (unless it's just a random throw in, like what Edmund McMillen used to do for his store), but I'm happy to have them anyway :)

The game itself is fantastic also, so a full review of that will come once it's ready too!

If you're interested in this edition, then you better move quickly to SRG's website, as it won't be around forever - this link will take you to all of the variations (as it is available for PC, PS4, as a standalone PS4 copy or as a standalone mask)!

Definitely can't recommend Special Reserve Games and their stunning editions enough.

Do you have any SRG editions? What do you think about them?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Reviews: Party Hard 2 [Xbox One].

After really enjoying the first Party Hard, I was desperate for more. And when PH2 was released in 2018 I was so excited, but it wasn’t...