Archive for the ‘Blu-ray’ Category


Exaspirations: Avatar’s Duplicitous Earth Day Release

April 21, 2010

As a way to supposedly celebrate Earth Day, 20th Century Fox is releasing Avatar on Blu-ray and DVD.  The film’s environmentally friendly message is deemed a perfect fit with the annual environmentally friendly day.  So what’s the issue?

The DVD and the Blu-ray/DVD combo discs being released are as bare bones as you can get.  Just the movie.  No extras, no specials, no trailers.  No extended scenes, no commentaries, no making-of, nothing but the movie.  Why?  So in November they can release it again as a Special Edition, and next year they can release it again with 3D!  To placate buyers, the 1st release will contain a code for viewing some bonus content online, and reportedly a coupon for the November release.

Are you kidding me?!!?  To honor the Earth, 20th Century Fox is releasing 3 versions of the same film, which with Blu-ray and DVD will amount to at least 6 different cardboard and plastic packages!  Because I’m sure people won’t buy a better version down the road (with the provided coupon no less) and dump this neutered release in the nearest landfill.  Way to take care of your pocketbook the planet, James Cameron… you are a shyster an inspiration to us all!

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PSP Go is a No Go Proposition

September 29, 2009


This week Sony is releasing their newest handheld: the PSP Go.  It’s the fourth iteration of the PlayStation Portable, and the first to differ significantly from its predecessors.  The console is smaller than previous versions, with a slide-up screen and controls located underneath.  The screen is slightly smaller, and overall the whole thing is smaller and lighter.  The biggest change is that the PSP Go does not feature a UMD drive for playing games and movies.  Instead, it has 16GB of internal flash storage, and all games playable on it must be downloaded from the PlayStation Store.

I was cautiously excited for it when the PSP Go was announced at E3 this year.  As the release drew near, I became less and less enthusiastic about it.  Since it comes out in a few days, I figured the time was right to outline why I think that the PSP Go is another misstep by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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Papercraft Friday #19: Batmobile

December 12, 2008


Holy purple cannibals!*  With the release of The Dark Knight this week on DVD and Blu-ray, I thought a Batman-inspired paper model might be appropriate.  Not one to stick to the obvious Tumbler or Batman figure, I chose instead the 1966 Batmobile.  The excellent site, who I featured before, have an excellent model of the classic Batman vehicle from the campy TV series.  They rate it as a medium build, but it has some very nice detail.

Ok, and if you just have to have a Batman figure to go with it, try this retro-looking one.

Tune in for Papercraft Friday next week, same bat time, same bat website!

* Yes, this really came from the old Batman TV series.  Season 3, Episode 7 “Louie the Lilac”


Papercraft Friday #15: WALL·E

November 14, 2008

wall-ePixar Animation’s WALL·E is set to be released next Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray.  So I thought it would be appropriate to feature WALL·E this week in Papercraft Friday.  The model will can be downloaded from the Paper Replika Forum & Gallery.  The instructions are on the webpage, and the password to open the file is, in case you miss the fine print.  Enjoy.

h1 Promo Code

November 13, 2008


Just a heads up that is having a 25% off sale from now through November 23rd.  Enter the promo code DD1108 at checkout to receive the discount.  Also note they have free shipping.  I got a flyer for them and have tried it out already.  It’s valid for anyone.

I buy most of my DVDs and Blu-ray discs from either DeepDiscount or Amazon.  Their prices are usually within pennies of one another, except for some reason on anime titles, where DeepDiscount is frequently much cheaper.  Their shipping is not super fast – probably a week to ten days – but if you don’t mind the wait, 25% is hard to beat.  Head on over there today.


The Digital Copy Mess

November 12, 2008

digitalcopyLately I’ve found myself strangely intrigued by the new trend of “bonus digital copies” that are sold with DVD’s and Blu-ray discs.  I’m a pretty staunch opponent of Digital Rights Management (DRM) and digital only media in general.  I’d rather buy a music CD and rip it into my iTunes than download it from the iTunes store.  Similarly, I’d rather own a DVD than download a movie I want to own.  In 5, 10, 15 years, when that company you downloaded from no longer exists, what will happen to your downloaded media?  Will it still play, or will it no longer be able to verify that you are the legal owner and refuse to play?  The whole concept is anti-consumer to me.  That’s not to say that I don’t like portable media, however.  I do own a 160GB iPodClassic with plenty of media on it.  I just like the idea of owning my media, not leasing it. 

So the concept of buying a DVD or Blu-ray disc, and getting an additional copy I can put on my iPod is appealing to me, even though the digital copy is still DRM’d to hell.  I recently tried this with 4 movies, and I had wildly mixed results.

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Rant: Blu-ray Cases

November 11, 2008

blu-rayI feel a bit like Andy Rooney, but what’s the deal with that stupid little closing flap on Blu-ray cases?  You know, the ones on the edge where you open the case.  You first have to pry open the little flap, and then pop open the case.  When you close the case, you click it closed, then have to close the little end flap.  Even though the case clicks closed and stays closed without the flap.

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