High Definition Optical Discs (Blu-ray and HD DVD)

Feb 15 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - February 15, 2011

A lot of older releases on the list this week, and honestly not too much that stands out to me outside of the pick...

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


Denzel Washington and Chris Kline on a train for 2 hours? Oh yes, this is a thrill ride! It actually was fairly entertaining, as the two battle to stop a runaway train. There's a fair share of explosions and chases, making it an appropriate choice for your home theater.


Feb 08 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - February 8, 2011

I'm sorry if you enjoyed Paranormal Activity 2 and were expecting it to be our pick of the week given my propensity to select horror/suspense films, but I've now been bored in both of those films. I honestly intended to watch "I Spit On Your Grave" but didn't get to it, but I've heard it's quite the film, albeit disturbing. Wild Target was quite entertaining in it's own right, and of course Uncle Buck is a classic John Candy comedy which if you haven't seen, you really must.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


Middle Men is the story of how online payments basically began, primarily for the porn industry but then eventually branching out. Based on a true story (how true is up to you, the story is pretty out there), but it includes lots of twists, turns, mafias and of course, women and parties. I found it rather amusing although a bit hectic, and even if only parts are true it's still a good watch. Nowhere close to Social Network, but still quite entertaining performances from Luke Wilison and Giovanni Ribisi.


Feb 01 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - February 1, 2011

Lots of releases this week, just not a lot of them are new I'm afraid. I actually had trouble coming up with some sub-recommendations, which is why the I'm-sure-it's-awful Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 is on there. So let it be known, that is NOT a recommendation!

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


Based off a best selling book and also a similarly titled Let The Right One In film from Sweden, this story surrounds a 12 year old boy who befriends a neighbor girl who just so happens to be a vampire. Now this isn't your typical Blade-like vampire film, as it really revolves more around the lead character Owen and his friendship to the girl. The US version is much bloodier and while I found the Swedish version to have invested more into the character and relationship, I think the US version did an admirable job and should give audiences a good experience.


Jan 30 2011

News - Amazon rolling out Netflix-like unlimited video streaming for Prime subscribers?

This has since been yanked from even the user who reported it, but this would make sense from Amazon's side as they try to really get in the digital streaming game, but you'd have to believe they would charge more than just a Prime membership.

Amazon VOD

That's a nice bonus for the $79 / year package that currently adds a few free shipping bonuses and it would be cheaper on a yearly basis than Netflix's Watch Instantly ($95.88.) As seen above and in the gallery, it consists of "unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows" with selections that mirror the Watch Instantly catalog closely. Resolution is apparently limited to a "pretty solid" 480p SD, but there's no word on audio or subtitle options. We'll wait to hear if anyone else is seeing a similar page before assuming a wide rollout, but it certainly appears that there could finally be a viable competitor to the Netflix juggernaut.

Engadget

Jan 24 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - January 24, 2011

Some decent Blu-rays out this week, nothing earth shattering but we've seen worse weeks. I swear I enjoyed the original Saw, but they are really running out of steam and I'm happy to hear this is the last chapter of the series, which feels like they've had a new one every 9 months for the last 8 years. I haven't seen Secretariat...but it's about a horse...that races...and wins. And I refuse to watch Open Season 3--how this got to a trilogy just shows how parents with children are willing to pay and sit through anything to keep their kids entertained. Luckily, I don't have kids Smile

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


 Red

Red is apparently based off of a comic book series which I had never even heard of, but the plot is simple--a group of former CIA operatives who have since gotten old and entered retirement are brought back into action as they have been put under a hit list from their former employers. Bruce Willis leads the way and does his typical self with some humor and action, but I thought John Malkovich stole the film as he usually does, playing a super paranoid former operative. It's actually a very entertaining film and there were plenty of laughs, and plenty of big explosions. Well worth a rental.


Jan 24 2011

News - Netflix Policy on Simultaneous Streaming Based on Account Plan

I always wondered about this, basically since users could essentially share Netflix accounts to stream, but guess Netflix caught on and have since locked it down pretty tight, only allowing 2 streams at a time.

Netflix is now limiting how many devices can be watched at one time on the Unlimited Watch Now plan. The originally had it where 4 devices could watch at a time and now they limited it down to 2 devices that can watch at a time, which upsets me because I have 3 devices on my Netflix causing me to switch to the Netflix 3 dvds at a time so 3 devices can watch at the same time.

Hacking Netflix

Jan 18 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - January 18, 2011

Does 90+ minutes of watching Ryan Reynolds trapped in a box sound like a good time for you? If so, you are going to be ecstatic about Buried. Honestly, the movie was much better than I thought it would be, and Reynolds does a pretty good job of keeping it flowing. Paper Man was a pretty entertaining film as well, also with Reynolds who seems to be in everything. Death Race 2 was just painful to watch. And Freakonomics was an oddly designed documentary, where they literally had an entire section on the corruption of Sumo Wrestling, and then followed up by bribing students for better grades--read the book if you haven't yet, will probably learn more anyways.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


I'm picking Takers more as an overall solid Blu-ray rental than something I think is worthy of ownership. The cast does an admirable job (except for TI...who I found dreadful), and even Paul Walker did his typical performance. The plot is simple, these guys are all thieves and planning one big heist--original, I know. But I found the movie went by fairly well paced, and kept my attention throughout. And some of the action scenes looked great on my home theater. Don't expect an Oscar-winning performance from anyone, but it is a good ride while it lasts.


Jan 13 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - January 11, 2011

Oh Piranha, how you tempted me greatly to be the pick of the week. Your combination of style, substance, and absurd amount of blood and gratituitous nudity made you a worthwhile competitor. For those younger audiences, Raging Bull and Once Upon A Time in America are CLASSICS and pretty much established Robert Deniro in the world. If you haven't seen either, you can do much worse.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


I have to admit to being very skeptical about this movie, it seemed like it would be rather repetitive and not entertaining, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the cast did a great job, and boy do they make Mark Zuckerberg out to be not a very nice guy. Which I normally would believe except the guy gets fantastic reviews from his employees. Nonetheless, this movie will open your eyes to just the ridiculous size of Facebook today, and how it got there. The movie is fairly long but flew by, definitely worth a watch!


Dec 28 2010

News - Blu-ray Releases - December 28, 2010

Absolutely weak selection of movies this week, so bear with me.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


 

Have to be honest, I wasn't a big fan of this 4th? 5th? Installment of the Resident Evil series of movies, based off the mega popular video game. To be fair, I actually enjoyed the first few of them, but man these last two were just uninspired in my opinion. This one clearly was driven for the 3D viewers and the effects are just "meh" as is the plot. But hey, there's still lots of action and lots of zombie killing. The lead villain though, man that was a boring performance!

Dec 15 2010

News - Blu-ray Releases - December 14, 2010

Solid selection of movies this week. I've heard good things about MicMacs, a foreign film but not seen it yet. Same about Despicable Me, with Steve Carrel's voice. Cyrus is a drama featuring the super funny Jonah Hill...curious to see how that's going to work out. I really need to jam on my movie watching!

Btw, those of you interested in Alien Anthology, Amazon UK has a special deal today for the whole set for $40 (when converted to US Dollars) shipped!

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


I'm sure most of you thought I was going to pick The A-Team as my pick of the week, but I was so underwhelmed by it. As I've mentioned in the forums, if you like the idea of A-Team but think it was weak as well, I highly recommend The Losers from last year...similar presence but MUCH better IMO.

Okay so onto the Other Guys, which was a fun comedy with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell as desk detectives who have their adventures as they try to be hero cops. Some of it was lame of course, but I found myself laughing enough to definitely recommend. Samuel L Jackson & The Rock have cameos which were pretty darned funny as well. For surround sound freaks, there are some chases and gun fights as well to keep you entertained.

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