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

Sep 21 2010

News - September 21st Blu-ray Releases

Human Target almost made my pick of the week, mainly because it was the MissingRemote community which turned me on to it after a bad first experience, and now it's one of my regular shows. Robin Hood is the newest big release coming out, but having not seen it and being iffy on its worthiness, I had to go with a more reliable pick.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

I think Skirge is the only person in the world who's not a fan of this show, but maybe together we can convince him to pick up or rent Season One and give it another shot. If only for poor Manny's sake. One of the most popular comedy shows out, this fun family sitcom features Sofia Vergara and the former Al Bundy, all piled together in one town. I find it very enjoyable even as reruns since I've had to show so many people episodes who have never seen it.



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 14 2010

News - September 14th Blu-ray Releases

When I saw Big Bang Theory's Season 3 available, it took every ounce of control to NOT select that. I figure most of us probably already know about it, so it's too obvious a pick. Feast was too bloody to recommend to a whole group. I hope everyone has already seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a Jack classic!

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Another pick this week from a movie that I had low expectations for but was pleasantly surprised. Being a fan of the original 8-bit video game, I was very curious to see how it translated on the big screen. Jake Gyllenhall was pretty convincing, although Ben Kinsley was a bit much for my tastes in his role. But the scenery was beautiful and the action stunts well choreographed. Chalk this up to another fun filled ride that looks great on your home theater.



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 07 2010

News - September 7th Blu-ray Releases

Lots of releases this week, most older than new with some good ones like The Black Dahlia, Mars Attacks! and I was really tempted to go with Poltergeist as my pick simply due to its classic nature in the horror genre.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

MacGruber  **

I am fully prepared for some flames for this request, but let me start by saying I was already a fan of the short SNL skits and Will Forte in general. That being said, the main reason I'm recommending this is because it simply made me laugh. Of course it's ridiculous, of course there are lots of dumb jokes, but if you enjoyed the MacGruber character from the skits I think you'll enjoy this as well. I wasn't a huge fan of Val Kilmer's role as the archenemy, but Ryan Phillipe was surprisingly very amusing. A good time if you're prepared for it.



           

          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.

                         
          Aug 31 2010

          News - August 31st Blu-ray Releases

          Right off the bat, I know I'm going to get a hard time for NOT picking Sam Raimi's awesomely classic Evil Dead. In my defense, I loved that movie, but I really didn't like it nearly as much as I had hoped having seen Army of Darkness first. So there you go. House 5th season is a great one as usual, and can't think of a worse movie idea than Marmaduke. Heard good things about Sons of Anarchy but never watched it.

          MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

          Michael Caine has been around and played all sorts of characters, from ring leaders to Bruce Wayne's butler, always doing an awesome job of getting into the character. I had heard nothing but positive reviews about Harry Brown, but it was still as good as expected. The plot is Harry lives in an area in England run by a small gang which torments the citizens (it's better than I'm making it sound), and then Harry can't take it anymore. Great movie with good amounts of drama and suspense.



          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.

                         
          Aug 24 2010

          News - August 24th Blu-ray Releases

          Lots more to choose from this week from last, but still not that many great ones that stand out. Obviously the Lost Complete Collection will excite many people, but that was too obvious a selection. I love LOST, but not sure I could watch every episode again. I was thoroughly bored through Dorian Gray for what it's worth. Another great Kung-fu classic in Shogun Assasin for those fans out there.

          MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

          Fans of the site and this particular weekly piece will know my inclination to go with nostalgic pieces, and that's just waht this is. Time Bandits is a film I grew up watching and just remember being awed by all the locations and characters the film created and got you involved with. Sean Connery is brilliant in his role, and the film is just a really great all around film for all ages. Seriously, if you have never seen or heard of it please check it out...lots of fun!



           

          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.

                         
          Aug 17 2010

          News - August 17th Blu-ray Releases

          I can't remember the last time I had such a difficult time with such few Blu-ray releases. Cemetary Junction looks like it has potential I suppose. Nanny McPhee if you have kids I'd imagine?

          MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

          Hamlet ** 

          Shakespear's always a good solid recommendation right? Kenneth Branagh is a quality actor and he's got the accent down. Okay, I'm not all excited about this pick so I'll just end it 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.

                         
          Aug 14 2010

          News - Blockbuster Continues to Struggle; September 30th Deadline

          If you've been following our news surrounding Blockbuster for a while you won't be surprised by their Q2 quarterly financial filings. While I don't like to see any company have financial issues like this, for years Blockbuster has failed to evolve their business model and continued to charge ridiculous prices for movie rentals.

           

          It's not a fair fight: Blockbuster has been struggling with a huge debt for years while nimble competitors like Netflix and Redbox stole DVD rental market share. Blockbuster issued Q2 results  that revealed increased losses, the closure of another 507 stores in the first half of 2010, renegotiated leases, and announced a temporary reprieve to restructure the debt payments before a September 30th deadline.

          Blockbuster warned that even if they do recapitalize the debt, "It is possible that even a successful and efficient implementation of the recapitalization initiatives we are pursuing will require us to make a filing for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code."

           

          Aug 14 2010

          News - Interesting Netflix vs. Redbox Infographic

          Pretty interesting Saturday graphical read on Netflix compared with Redbox if you're interested. Click through to get the full graphic which is much larger than the below.

           

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          Aug 10 2010

          News - August 10th Blu-ray Releases

          Bit of a slower week this time, but still some jewels here. Legend of Fong Sai Yuk is AWESOME if you are anything of a kung-fu fan, with a very young Jet Li showing off his stuff. Haven't seen The Joneses yet, but as a fan of Californication it's definitely on my to-do list. And then who can forget National Lampoon's Vacation, a classic in its own right.

          MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

          Date Night  **

          I should start by saying I went into this movie already loving Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, so even if I hadn't seen this it would have been my pick. That being said, the movie honestly started out a bit slow for me. But BOY did it pick up after that and gave me some belly-aching laughs! It's a fun ride and the chemistry between the two stars was fantastic to watch. It was a great time and a great movie for...well....a Date Night (couldn't help myself)



            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.

                         
          Aug 03 2010

          News - August 3rd Blu-ray Releases

          Lots of good releases this week including some classics being released such as Breakfast Club and Fargo. Splinter was a fun gruesome fest, as was the classic Kalifornia. Honestly wasn't too big a fan of Bull Durham, but there are out there so it's out on BD now as well. Oh and Charlie's Angels, how could I have missed that. One last note, I've included the artwork below of A Prophet--this was a fantastic french film (I know, subtitles...but worth it!) about a guy that ends up in a mob-run prison and the adventure...well worth the time I promise!

          MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

          Fair warning before you read this--if you are against even the idea of watching kids curse and kill people, then this movie is NOT for you. I was unfamiliar with the comic series of the same name, so I wasn't sure what to expect outside of the reviews I had read or seen of it. There seemed to be a fair amount of either LOVE or HATE for this movie, and I can understand why. It's rather taboo, but the movie deals with some young children who take it upon themselves to battle crime. Nicolas Cage plays the father of one of them, and I was very surprised with his performance. The movie is action packed, full of fight scenes and it does not hold back on the blood. It was a very fun ride, as long as you know what you're getting into before you begin. Definitely not for the squeamish.



          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.

                         
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