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

Mar 23 2010

News - Blockbuster and Warner Bros. Announce New Agreement

Anyone surprised by THIS announcement? I think everyone knows Blockbuster had a LOT (everything?) to do with the ridiculous 30-day window that Netflix and Redbox have agreed to with the major studios.

{joomsay link=http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/news//2010/03/blockbuster_and_warner_bros_announce_new_agreement.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+hdtv+%28HDTV+Magazine%29 [HDTV Mag]}"This new agreement reflects our strategy to be the only multi-channel provider for movies. We are excited to offer our customers the best home entertainment from Warner Bros., such as The Blind Side and Sherlock Holmes, with significantly greater availability in BLOCKBUSTER® Stores and through BLOCKBUSTER By Mail, as well as digitally through BLOCKBUSTER On Demand®," said James W. Keyes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Blockbuster Inc. "This agreement reinforces Blockbuster's position as the most convenient source for new movies, and we are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to get hot new movies as soon as they are released. This gives Blockbuster a full four week lead before either kiosk or other subscription services can offer any Warner Bros. titles."{/joomsay} 

Mar 23 2010

News - March 23rd Blu-ray Releases

Just a couple good ones this week. I haven't seen the Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I have heard relatively good things. As much as I liked Brothers, I had to go with a football movie that's actually pretty good. One thing I do have to comment on is what a HUGE disappointment The Men Who Stare at Goats was--I had such high hopes and was utterly bored throughout.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

The Blind Side (Limited-Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo +
			Digital Copy)
I will admit to being a Sandra Bullock fan. Not sure she deserved the Oscar for this performance, but she did her usual good job. The film was well done, kept you interesting while keeping the message behind it. I enjoyed the final slideshow at the end, where you actually see pictures of the real life family.


Mar 16 2010

News - March 16th Blu-ray Releases

Not that many big movies out this week. Armored has a fairly large cast of has-beens, and it was pretty painful to watch (seriously...it reaches the point of being ridiculous soon after it starts). Did You Hear About The Morgans is about as predictable as the trailer made it out to seem, but I'm sure Hugh Grant fans (are there any left?) will not be disappointed. I haven't seen Ninja Assasin yet, but it looks promisingly bloody and action packed, but I couldn't recommend it as I hadn't seen it yet. And I have to be curious at how the Blu-ray of Wizard of Oz will look remastered (again). So with that...

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

I know, not the recommendation you expected from your local horror/thriller/action movie fan, but hey, I can appreciate a variety of different film genres. This film was surprisingly entertaining and I can understand why it got a fair amount of attention. Funny characters, pretty entertaining script even for adults all while maintaining the usual you would expect from Disney--singing.

Mar 09 2010

News - March 9th Blu-ray Releases

How "Old Dogs" hasn't gotten more notice is beyond.....ok, totally kidding...that movie was just plain awful. And let's talk about Boondock Saints II. I was a HUGE fan of the original....but BOY was I disappointed. For having waited so long I was extremely disappointed with what it delivered. Michael Moore's Capitalism is sure to upset as many people as it entertains, I haven't watched it yet. Pick of the week was tough. Obviously Precious has gained a lot of notoriety recently and really was a great film. But I had to go with the film I enjoyed more here...

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

No brainer here. Nominated for several Academy Awards, Up In The Air can be appreciated by anyone who's ever had to travel for a living. And fear not, it's relevant for those who haven't also. It's equal parts humerous and serious and I was thoroughly entertained throughout.

Mar 04 2010

News - RealNetworks will stop selling DVD copying product

This has been in the courts for a long time so I doubt anyone is truly surprised by the ruling. It's ashame though, as Real was trying to legitimize and give folks a legal way to do what they're already doing with AnyDVD. Alas, guess those people will have to continue onward.

{joomsay link=http://www.physorg.com/news186901143.html [Physorg]}RealNetworks Inc. said Wednesday that it will stop selling technology that lets consumers copy DVDs to their computer hard drives, settling a handful of lawsuits filed against the company by Hollywood's six major movie studios.{/joomsay} 

Mar 02 2010

News - The New Blu-ray Players Have Arrived

Noticed some new Blu-ray players on your retail store's shelves? ZNF covers some of the new models and what the hype is. I got a kick out of the one with an internal 250gb hard drive....I'm curious what percentage of you are waiting for the 3D-ready models?

{joomsay link=http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2010-03/the-new-blu-ray-players-have-arrived/ [ZNF]}The two Sony Blu-ray players are significantly thinner than prior models. At least 1/3rd thinner, maybe 1/2. And surprising slow. Unfortunately, these two lower end models look somewhat pedestrian in a cheaply finished plastic. However, they can be overlooked as the “wireless ready” (buy their USB adapter) units include Slacker, amongst the other Bravia Internet services, and an iPhone remote control app is available. The slightly higher-end unit is also the first Blu-ray player advertising 3D capabilities on the box, expected via a firmware update this summer.{/joomsay} 

Mar 02 2010

News - March 2nd Blu-ray Releases

Light week this week for releases, but a couple gems. I'm old enough to remember The Neverending Story, a classic fairy tale story with a kid who rides a big dog and battles something evil I don't remember. Clash of the Titans has recently enjoyed some news on a remake, but not sure how well the original will hold up nowadays. I wasn't a huge fan of Where the Wild Things Are, but it did get a fair amount of credit, it was just a bit too gloomy for my tastes.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Big loud explosions, big chase scenes, and more money spent on special effects than acting...all makes for a fairly entertaining movie going experience. And one which is ideal for Blu-ray of course! The plot is nothing unique but seriously, the special effects are why you watch a movie like this...and I'm a John Cusack fan, so I enjoyed it.

Feb 25 2010

News - Newsflash: Blockbuster CEO Supports 30-Day Window

...for everyone except Blockbuster Video, of course. So....Blockbuster Video, who rent movies to customers, do not get a 30 day window and can continue to charge more. Where Redbox and Netflix....who rent movies to customers....DO have to have the window? Anyone else think the 30-day window idea came from Blockbuster?

{joomsay link=http://www.homemediamagazine.com/blockbuster/blockbuster-ceo-more-store-closures-without-increased-studio-window-support-18558 [Home Media Mag]}Keyes attributed the miss to big-box retailers selling new-release DVDs for $10 and kiosk vendor Redbox successfully operating a workaround program to acquire embargoed titles from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video. “In spite of the windows … our DVD-based competitors were successful in their ability to buy around the 30-day window restrictions by purchasing diverted product from competing retailers,” Keyes said. “This affected rentals in our stores.”{/joomsay}

Feb 23 2010

News - February 23rd Blu-ray Releases

This must be the week of bundled sets of older releases. Analyze This was far greater than Analyze That, so I surely couldn't recommend that one. Dirty Harry was great but I've never seen Magnum Force. Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier....well, I'll just not say anything on that. The Box was pretty boring until the end. The Damned United was quite entertaining, but I am a soccer fan. And then finally, I'll mention Dead Snow, which I honestly almost picked as the Pick of the Week--just something about Nazi Zombies and Gold that just made for such an entertaining horror flick. Alas...I went commercial...call me a sell out. Pick of the week is....

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Netflix users, start your 30 day wait. Everyone else, this is a pretty good movie and entertaining performance by Matt Damon. Not action or a classic like most of my picks, but still a quality movie. Basic plot, Damon plays an engineer who rats out his big corn employers to the feds, only it's not so simple. It's actually on the brighter side than most dramas and kept me interested throughout.

Feb 16 2010

News - Say Goodbye to Analog Ports on Blu-ray Players

I will defer to your guys opinions on this. While you have companies like ATI and Nvidia quickly (or already) dropping Component video from their graphics cards, there are still media players coming out with it. Are you sad to see it go or think it's due time?

{joomsay link=http://www.cepro.com/article/say_goodbye_to_analog_ports_on_blu_ray_players/#When:15:12:33Z [CE Pro]}But that's not the end of the story. After January 1, 2011, software manufacturers will be able to insert something called an Image Constraint Token into any Blu-ray disc. This bit of digital information will turn the high-definition component video output OFF the player(s). This is true today for Blu-ray players, but it does not currently apply to other high-definition sources, including satellite and cable boxes.{/joomsay} 

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