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HD Report | March 27, 2017

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Ghost in the Shell: Mondo X Steelbook Series Review

March 25, 2017 |

Format: Blu-Ray

Price: $34.99

While the Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation is stealing all of the headlines, fans of the original animated film have been generating buzz about the Mondo Steelbook Blu-Ray edition of the 1995 movie based … Read More

‘Jackie’ Blu-ray Review: A Polished But Distracting Display of Grief

March 15, 2017 |

“Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief, shining moment that was known as Camelot. There’ll be great presidents again… but there will never be another Camelot.”               … Read More

‘Allied’ Blu-ray Review: A Surprisingly Good Old-Fashioned Thriller

February 19, 2017 |

It’s not often that a Brad Pitt movie (or one directed by Robert Zemeckis) silently slips past the public, but Allied managed to do just that when it was released last November. Between the forgettable title, lack of hype, mixed … Read More

Review of the Roku Ultra with 4k & HDR

October 14, 2016 |

The Roku Ultra is everything the Roku 4 needed to be: quiet, cool, compact, and HDR-capable.

Size

The first thing you’ll notice is the Roku Ultra is a lot smaller than Roku 4, with a 4.9″ footprint versus a … Read More

American Horror Story Off To Shaky But Promising Start

September 15, 2016 |

So last night we finally learned the theme of this season of American Horror Story. As some of the pictures from the set speculated earlier this year, we’re going to be in for a season based on the unexplainable disappearance … Read More

Here’s a review of ‘The Knick’ episode 1

August 9, 2014 |

Cinemax premiered the first episode of The Knick last night and it appears the series is off to a good start. Directed by Steven Soderberg, the show takes place in the early twentieth century at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital where … Read More

22 Jump Street: More Of The Same, Except Different

July 13, 2014 |

Sequels are some of the toughest films out there to do well. There’s a line between retaining the elements of the first film that drew audiences in, and feeling like a rehash of the original material. 22 Jump Street tackles … Read More

HBO’s ‘Leftovers’ Pilot a Bland Disappointment

July 8, 2014 |

What’s most disappointing about the Pilot for The Leftovers is how good it sounds on paper. The premise: A global “Rapture” causes the disappearance of a small number of the world’s population. At the helm is Damon Lindelof whose … Read More

Blu-ray review: ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Rich Mahogany Edition’

December 3, 2013 |

Story idea: Why don’t restaurants serve apples anymore?

This line made me laugh, but it’s not from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – The Rich Mahogany Edition, it’s from Mr. Burgundy’s diary that accompanies this 2-disc Blu-ray … Read More

Review: VUDU Disc-to-Digital In-Home conversion service

June 5, 2013 |

VUDU just launched their In-Home Disc-to-Digital conversion service, letting users convert their DVD collection to SD or HD digital files that can be stored in the cloud. The service follows Walmart’s in-store service launched last year that lets customers bring … Read More

Review: Redbox Instant streaming video service

March 23, 2013 | 1

Redbox Instant Video recently opened to the public in beta mode, so we’d thought we try out the streaming service and see how it compares with Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. You probably already know about Redbox, the company (owned by Coinstar) that has successfully placed about 40,000 disc rental kiosks throughout the US. In Feb. 2012, Coinstar and Verizon announced a joint venture that would provide streaming and downloadable titles to subscribers. Officially called Redbox Instant by Verizon, the venture started testing the service by invitation-only last summer. Read More

Blu-ray Review: ‘Chinatown’

April 14, 2012 |

Considered a classic film in all circles, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown is indeed well written, well acted, and well directed.  What’s more, now on Blu-ray, it looks pretty darn good for a 1974 picture. Having said that, I must admit this was my first time seeing it (here comes the shame), and its leisurely pace left me a little less than enthralled.  If you’re a fan of the film, it’s a must-own.  If you’ve never seen it and your senses have been dulled by years of fast action, big explosions, and rapid fire dialogue, your appreciation for Chinatown may be slightly watered down. Read More

Blu-ray Review: Super 8

November 17, 2011 |
It’s not every boy that gets to dream big and make those dreams become a reality by dint of a good friendship with an idol from their formative years…  but Jeffrey Jacob Abrams has had just that kind of luck, though he also earned his cinematic credentials—and strengthened that special friendship— by paying his dues.  Along with journeyman work as both a composer and screenwriter, J.J. Abrams exhibited a true love for the craft of filmmaking and the art of telling a good story… much like his boyhood idol.

Review: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ on Blu-ray Disc

October 24, 2011 | 1

Pity poor Captain America. While other superheroes from his era have had their stories told multiple times on the silver screen, Cap has been waiting for his proper Hollywood debut since 1941. Think about that. Betty White was 19—dang. Well, this summer it finally happened. Captain America: The First Avenger earned 175 million dollars in the US, making it the 8th highest grossing of the year, right behind his fellow Avenger, Thor. I didn’t catch the film in theaters, so I was anxious to see how the Blu-ray would tell the tale of one of Marvel’s oldest and most iconic heroes, and if it would look better than current-day Betty White. Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for June 14th

June 14, 2011 |

This week offers up many new Blu-ray titles, but few worth owning… However, if you’re a fan of Japanese cinema (no, no the shock type, but a more poetical picture) Criterion has a little something for you… and they’re also releasing an underrated Nicolas Roeg headtrip for your viewing pleasure.  For those with more mainstream tastes there’s a slew of recent theatrical films on Blu-ray, and Warner’s catches fans up with Harry Potter with more HD Ultimate Editions of the successful franchise. Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for June 7th

June 7, 2011 |

This Tuesday offers a huge amount of Blu-ray releases… but it’s a mixed bag to be sure. What should you consider for your HD library and viewing pleasure? Here’s what we recommend for this Tuesday, June 7th:
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Blu-ray Picks of the Week for May 31st

May 31, 2011 |

With the long weekend, and an even longer list of Blu-ray releases over the past few says, including this Tuesday’s traditional street date, here’s a short rundown as we get over our Memorial Day Hangover here at HD Report (and no, we didn’t see the cash grab sequel this weekend)…  We didn’t get a chance to write out each of these (pure weekend laziness compounded by booze n’ BBQs), so this is simply a rundown of recommendations.  Note that, no matter how much we love the following films, it’s the BD quality we’re always letting you know about.  If it’s not recommended or has a light recommendation, it doesn’t mean we hated the movie itself.  That said… Read More

Blu-ray Review: The Firm

May 26, 2011 |

This Sunday on Blu-ray, Paramount releases The Firm (1993) starring Tom Cruise… but is it worth buying or are we being asked to purchase something that, sooner or later, probably soon, will end up a lot cheaper after being dumped into a bargain bin?  Let’s find out… Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for May 24th

May 23, 2011 |
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This week on Blu-ray Warner Bros is offering up some goodies worthy of the format.  Criterion also puts two older titles on Blu-ray, and that’s always worth a mention for the loving care they give their releases; however, if you own the already awesome DVDs, you need to consider the extra spend for what amounts to minor improvements at best.

Warner’s releases some fan favorites on Blu-ray, including Gettysburg: Director’s Cut (1993) and Gods an d Generals: Extended Director’s Cut (2003) just in time for the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the American Civil War.  Both films feature rich performances (a literal who’s who of A-list and B-list actors… with plenty of redshirted C-listers in there for good measure) and plenty of detail… the kind of stuff fans of the Jeff and Michael Shaara historical novels absolutely love to get lost in.  Both releases are minor upgrades from prior BDs.  The new editions are Digibook offerings with plenty of extras, but be forewarned that both films are extraordinarily long (some would say bloated), with Gettysburg nearly holding the record for one of the longest features ever theatrically released…  and Warners is offering the films (respectively) on one BD with the extras mainly confined to an SD disc.  Some reviewers have noted compression issues due to the length of the films on one disc, but for the most part the reviews say these are two discs worth owning… especially if you’re a Civil War buff. Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for May 17th

May 17, 2011 |

This week bring us Criterion releases on Blu-ray as well as a solid classic from Fox.  The rest of the bunch… well, it depends on what your interests are and if what you consider a value in Blu-ray titles that may or may not have a terrific transfer behind them (most don’t… so, caveat emptor).

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