Monthly Archives: March 2012
No, Steve Perry and the gang haven’t had a resurgence of their 1983 Atari game, this Journey ($14.99, PS3) is a downloadable gem for the PlayStation Network that has now set the record for the fastest-selling PSN game of all time. Winning rave reviews from critics (currently a 92 average on Metacritic), this highly artistic effort is being praised for its new take on multiplayer gaming, beautiful environments, and moving score. Speaking of that, Journey’s developer, thatgamecompany, has announced the soundtrack will be available on the PS Store and iTunes starting of April 10, followed by a CD release.
Epson is now shipping what they call the “World’s First Android-Based See-Through Wearable Display.” The Moverio BT-100 is a set of glasses (herein referred to as “display”) which houses two micro-projections for personalized 3D viewing. The displays are controlled by track-pad remote running on Android, and sound can be heard through personal headphones or the included detachable set.
How about this for marketing a Blu-ray/DVD release? Paramount Home Media is offering a chance for one person to win $10,000 dollars in cash including a copy of Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol on Blu-ray/DVD.
Xbox 360 users – with Live Gold memberships, who also pay separately the following services – now have access to MLB.TV, HBO GO, and Comcast’s Xfinity video content. Microsoft rolled out the three applications today as part of its ongoing strategy of turning their console into a living room legend. The new HBO GO app provides access to HBO’s entire catalog, including current hits like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. The Comcast Xfinity TV app is available to both Xfinity TV and Internet customers anywhere Comcast delivers its services. Baseball fans with a a premium Major Leave Baseball TV subscription in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. can watch live and archived games via the MLB.TV app.
What’s new on Blu-ray Disc this week? Warner Bros. celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Cassablanca with a limited edition boxed set containing two Blu-ray Discs, one DVD, a reproduction of the original film poster, 62-page hardcover booklet, and other extras. The classic 1942 film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid and is regarded as one of America’s favorite films of all time. On the other side of the spectrum, the latest Alvin and the Chipmunks movie “Chipwrecked” has been released. The Blu-ray Disc edition contains both a DVD and Digital Copy of the film. And, you can’t help but get a little teary eyed when mentioning the 1992 film The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and the now deceased Whitney Houston. The film hit theaters as Whitney was emerging as one of music’s biggest stars and included a soundtrack that broke the charts with Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” See below for our Blu-ray picks this week.
Still wondering what this whole God of War thing is all about? You can find out by taking the PlayStation 3 plunge today at Amazon and pay just $249.99 for the 320GB system. The Gold Box Deal of the Day saves you $40 off the regular price. As Brad Pitt once said, “What’s in the box?!” Well, for one thing, there’s no head of Gwyneth Paltrow, so that’s good. But you do get the slim version of the console, along with a Dualshock 3 wireless controller, detachable 320 GB HDD, AC power cord, AV cable and USB cable, Internet-ready built-in Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports and HDMI + Bravia Synch output for 1080p resolution and connectivity between other Sony HDMI products, and free PlayStation Network membership. Remember, besides getting a great gaming machine, you’re also scoring a 3D Blu-ray player.
This week a Battlefield 3 patch will launch for PlayStation 3 which allows console gamers to rent their own dedicated server for online multiplay. DICE made the announcement early this month which will let console players have the same kind of fun PC gamers have had in choosing maps, modes and setting the approved servers to private or public access. The new Battlefield 3 patch contains a slew of enhancements including turning off anti-aliasing to reduce input lag and improvements to the minimap. The path also includes a bunch of vehicle and general gameplay fixes. Xbox 360 owners, unfortunately, will have to wait a bit longer for the patch. For a full list of fixes view the Battlefield blog post.
For $79.99, you can bring 1080p streaming content into your living room. The flagship Roku 2 XS is being discounted 20% off its normal price today at Amazon. See the deal here.
The 2 XS features over 350 entertainment channels, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Netflix. The XS remote also has motion sensors built-in, letting you play games with it, like the included full version of Angry Birds.
It’s only been a torturous 17 months of waiting for diehard Mad Men fans. But finally, the show will return for its fifth season on Sunday night. Why did it take so long to return? AMC made some interesting programming changes which affected the continuation of Mad Men,
The latest Far Cry 3 trailer features more drugs and death than a Grateful Dead concert in a piranha pool. Yes, that’s a Grateful Dead reference you just read. Looking at the trailer, it appears mushrooms of some sort are on the menu here for the protagonist, and yes, just as in real life, they do make killing blood-thirsty mercenaries more difficult. The game is set for a Sepetmber 4th release.
Warner Bros. Home Video has announced a 31-disc boxed set containing all ‘Harry Potter’ movies to date on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The Wizard’s Collection will contain over 37 hours of extra features including 10 hours of new content and 5 hours of never-before-seen content. The boxed set (which folds out into a jewelry box-type configuration) contains concept art prints, catalogs of props and posters, and a map of Hogwarts. The Wizard’s Collection also contains access codes for UltraViolet copies to stream or download from the cloud. The special edition is slated for release on September 7, 2012 with a hefty suggested retail price of $499.99. (For special pre-order pricing see below.)
“Once upon a time or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland.” It was 1968 when The Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine hit theaters, the same year “The Beatles” album (known as “The White Album”) was released. Now, the film has been digitally remastered in 4k resolution for high-definition playback on Blu-ray Disc, as well as re-release to standard-definition DVD.
Netflix announced exclusive streaming of the upcoming series Hemlock Grove, based on the gothic novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy. Eli Roth (Grindhouse) is directing the series, described as an “exhilarating reinvention of the gothic mystery story.” The series stars Famke Janssen (X-Men) and upcoming Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard. Hemlock Grove will be available to Netflix subscribers in early 2013.
It’s a pretty good week for new Blu-ray and DVD releases. At the top of the most popular titles is the English version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. The three-disc edition of the film contains a Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet Digital Copy. For kids and the young at heart The Muppets (2011) has hit shelves. The three-disc edition contains a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Copy, and Download Card to download the soundtrack. And, Criterion Collection has released a couple new titles that include Letter Never Sent (1959) and The War Room (1993), both remastered in high-definition 1080p resolution. Letter Never Sent contains an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, while The War Room soundtrack offers 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio. Here’s a link to all new Blu-ray Disc releases this week at Amazon.com.
Two internet giants are offering digital viewing of Magnolia’s The Hunter before the film hits U.S. theaters on April 6. Amazon is renting the film for $9.99 for a 48-hour period, with options to stream or download to your PC.
Check out the latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus. The film stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, and Noomi Rapace. Prometheus will be released to IMAX 3D, realD 3D, and traditional 2D theaters nationwide on June 8, 2012.
Amazon isn’t just going to sit back and watch local deal websites like Groupon enjoy unchallenged success. The biggest online retailer announced they will promote AmazonLocal.com by offering $10 gift cards for $5 on Tuesday, March 20.
While you aren’t legally required to have a family to take advantage of Amazon’s Blu-ray Deal of the Week this week, we certainly think it helps. Get Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Alvin and the Chipmunks all in one package for $19.99, a family-sized 60% off the regular price. The deal is good through March 25.
Warner Bros. has released a trailer for their upcoming feature “Dark Shadows” slated to hit theaters on May 11, 2012. “Dark Shadows” is a gothic comedy centered on vampire Barnabas Collins who returns from the 18th century to the …