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HD Report | August 16, 2017

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Looks & Sounds Great, But…

August 14, 2017 |

As a film, 2017’s Ghost in the Shell admirably translates the original movie’s animated design splendor into live-action but fails to replicate the animated version’s intelligence, charm, and compelling underlying philosophy. Scarlett Johansson and a couple of other key … Read More

Review of the Roku Ultra with 4k & HDR

June 8, 2017 |

The Roku Ultra is everything the Roku 4 needed to be: quiet, cool, compact, and HDR-capable. [Note: This article has been updated.]

Size

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

‘Saturday Night Fever’ Blu-ray Review: Racism, Rape, and the Bee Gees

April 30, 2017 |

It’s been 40 years since Saturday Night Fever was released, and I’m here to say polyester leisure suits have held up far better.

While the famous soundtrack still sounds great, if you watch this movie – as I did – … Read More

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

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

Review: 4k Ultra HD on the Nvidia Shield Android TV

May 11, 2016 | 4

The Nvidia Shield Android TV released in May 2015, and there are plenty of reviews that talk about the device’s capabilities in terms of being a gaming console and set-top box. But at the time it was released there wasn’t … 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

Cox Contour TV ‘Hands-On’ Review

September 19, 2013 | 11

Cox recently completed rollout of their Contour TV upgrade, a system that integrates intelligent user recommendation software with hardware components for the home. You may have seen advertisements popping up in Cox markets that focus on personalization and iPad … 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

Review: Amazon Prime Instant Video

October 9, 2011 |

Even though Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service was launched back in February of this year, it seems relevant to do a review of the service as many Netflix customers are considering other options. Amazon’s Instant Video service is built into … 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

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