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

Nov 17 2010

News - November 16th Blu-ray Releases

A whole lot of 3D releases this week, and me without my 3D tv, so I'll have to rely on Swoon and Andrew to let me know how they are. Other than that big push for 3D, a fairly lackluster week for releases.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 
 
I guess this caught me off guard that this all-time classic had not been released on Blu-ray yet. While not going to benefit much (the movie is definitely not an action or special effects movie), but it really is one of the all time greatest movies I've ever seen. If you have not seen this, please do. Story is about Andy Dufrain, who is a prison inmate eager to escape for a crime he claims he didn't commit. I know it sounds unexciting, but trust me...you'll thank us!

 

Nov 09 2010

News - November 9th Blu-ray Releases

No way I was going to recommend "Grown Ups" which was a pretty painful movie IMO--and I consider myself an Adam Sandler fan. Knucklehead and Locked Down look fairly entertaining as well but I haven't had a chance to view them yet. My heart wanted to select "Tremors" as the pick, which is one of my all time favorite gore-monster movies and definitely worth a watch if you happened to have missed it during the 90's.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 
I watched this one with a comic book geek who happened to know (and inform me) about the backstory behind the graphic novel of the same name. Had I not known that, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as much as I did. It's a fairly chaotic movie, but I'm a Michael Cera fan and just watching him in fight scenes was pretty surreal. A fun ride nonetheless as crazy as it felt, definitely worth a rent.



Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

               
Nov 03 2010

News - November 2nd Blu-ray Releases

Not too much to pick this week, and I apologize for being a day late on these.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 
Easy pick for me, since I was really unimpressed with Toy Story 3. Goonies is a classic favorite of mine growing up and really has withstood the test of time. Nothing fancy here, just a journey for a group of kids on quite a journey.



Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

               
Oct 26 2010

News - October 26th Blu-ray Releases

My heart wanted to pick the Lakers Finals movie with my pick, but alas I chose against it. The Elf collector edition looks like a lot of fun. And seeing as I could not make it through the first Sex & The City, I won't even attempt to see the second. The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second of the trilogy from Sweden and has been getting quite good reviews. And then there's my close 2nd pick of the week, the Alien Anthology edition, with all the Alien goodness rolled into a single offering in Blu-ray!

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 
Not sure how much I really need to explain here about Mr. Marty McFly who travels back, then forward, then back in time with help of Doc in his classic DeLorean. It's a classic film and the trilogy is together on Blu-ray. Still all great movies which so far have easily withstood the test of time!



Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

               
Oct 19 2010

News - October 19th Blu-ray Releases

Good list of films this week. Apocalypse Now comes out with it's 154th release (j/k), but it doesn't make it any less of a great movie as it's been all these years. Psycho gets itself an anniversary collector edition as well, and then some Harry Potter releases on Blu-ray as well.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 
So I don't normally recommend movies I have not seen before, but I'm a pretty big fan of the Predator series of movies (blame it on the DC Comics). Of course the Arnold version was the tops, but I still found enjoyment in all the sequels and even the "Aliens vs Predator" series, so I expect to enjoy this one featuring Adrian Brody and a cast of outlaws who get dropped into the Predator's planet and are basically the game for them to become legit Predator warriors.



Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

               
Oct 12 2010

News - October 12th Blu-ray Releases

Long list of movies...probably the longest list I've ever posted for releases with recognizing the fewest titles. Go figure.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

This already came out on Blu-ray months ago, but in case you haven't bought it yet, now you can get this super duper extreme version, which includes the following extras in addition to the movie:

Picture-in-picture commentary with the stars and director
Deluxe full-color 28-page wedding photo album
CD Soundtrack sampler with 5 songs from the movie
More pictures from the missing camera
Map of destruction
The madness of Ken Jeong action mash-up
Three Best Friends song
The Dan Band perfoms Fame

Is that enough for owners of the original (with limited extras) to re-buy it? I'm going to pass, but it's definitely the best release out and if you did not yet buy, here's a great version to get.



Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

               
Oct 05 2010

News - October 5th Blu-ray Releases

Not a ton of new releases this week, but lots of classics coming out with Blu-ray versions for your enjoyment. The Last of The Mohicans was a phenomenal film, as was Rocky and the Exorcist of course. New releases include the way overrated Karate Kid, which in my opinion is an awful rehash of the original. Haven't seen Splice or A Nightmare on Elm Street, but I'm sure being a horror fan I should enjoy both.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

The collectors edition of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodrigues fun with both Grindhouse and Planet Terror films combined. I found both of these movies were underrated and very enjoyable, and of course the spoof trailer for "Machete" has now become its own movie itself due to the attention it garnered here. 



Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

               
Sep 28 2010

News - $30 for PPV? Sure Hollywood.

So this is a deal that Sony, Warner Bros and Walt Disney are talking about whereby movies would be available AFTER their theatrical release but before their On-Demand/Rental dates, and the price being thrown around is $20-$30. You read that correct, THIRTY DOLLARS! That's more than the price of a Blu-ray disc of the same movie a few months later. I understand Hollywood's motivation to try to increase sales but this seems pretty poorly thought out and I can't imagine this taking off. Then again, the studios will eventually work with the On-Demand providers once the movie is ready so the "work" involved is quite minimal.

Hollywood studios have been looking for ways to generate additional sales from movies as DVD purchases decline. A so- called “premium” service would let consumers see movies on TV without waiting as long as the typical three to four months for DVDs or cable companies’ $4 or so on-demand showings.

But let me play devil's advocate. In today's era where DVD Rips of movies are released a few days if not weeks before the actual release date, is there even a doubt that pirates would spend the $30 to purchase one copy and then distribute this HD version across the net? A lot of people have no problem NOT pirating a movie that they can just wait a week and get the rental disc, but if you're talking about multiple months ahead of time...that's pretty tempting and could end up being more damaging than the profits it would net (if any).


 

Sep 28 2010

News - September 28th Blu-ray Releases

Solid amount of releases this week. I haven't watched it but heard conflicting reports on Get Him to The Greek, but I rather enjoyed the character so maybe I'll like it. Other than that, a few good releases of older movies like Nightmare Before Christmas and the original 1933 version of King Kong. My pick though?

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Raise your hand if you're at all surprised? No? Me neither. Arguably the most anticipated Blu-ray release of the year, Iron Man 2 continues where the first film left off, following the always entertaining Tony Stark (Downey) as he continues on as the superhero. Lots of action, lots of laughs...I was very pleased with it all and couldn't wait for the BD release!



Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

               
Sep 23 2010

News - Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy After Online Rivals Gain

By no means does this mean that Blockbuster is no more, but it's big news nonetheless when a corporation as large as Blockbuster announces this type of news. Hopefully they will evolve their business model and provide a better service which will save their business.
The company listed assets of $1.02 billion against debt of $1.46 billion on a Chapter 11 petition filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The company said it reached a deal with a group of bondholders on a plan of reorganization and secured a $125 million loan to finance operations.

 

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