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Excellent 2009 Blu-ray Review Roundup

As of last year, I stopped buying DVDs and only purchase hi-def discs for my collection. With rare exception, I don’t plunk down my cash for blu-ray discs unless they meet two criteria: 1) Amazon better have a great price (under $25) and 2) It better have a great review from highdefdigest.com. Their reviewers do amazing in-depth reviews of every disc that comes their way, and they haven’t steered me wrong yet.

And, if you keep an eye on their page, you’ll never pay list price again.

Read the 2009 Mid-Year Blu-ray Report Card at HighDefDigest.com

July 14, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, dvd, Home Video, Movies, Technology | , , , , | Comments Off on Excellent 2009 Blu-ray Review Roundup

Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced

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I don’t normally get excited about the “collector’s edition” sets that usually throw in a stupid doll or die cast model with your favorite movie or tv series. However, this just-announced version of Lost Season 5 on Blu-ray looks pretty amazing to a geek like me. The theme is that the set is actually a Dharma Initiation Kit, so I’d like to think there will be some sweet bonus videos like some of the uncut orientation films we haven’t seen before. Either that, or this is some kind of conspiracy between Disney/ABC and the last remaining VCR manufacturers. Lost: The Complete Fifth Season Dharma Initiation Kit will be released on December 8, 2009, on the same date as the standard Blu-ray and DVD versions.

July 9, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, Drama, dvd, Home Video, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Blu-ray Collector’s Set Announced

Movie Review: Up

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Up – Animated/Family – Starring Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Christopher Plummer – Directed by Pete Docter – PG – 96 minutes

What is it like? A mash-up of Secondhand Lions, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, and White Fang.

Favorite Scene? The montage of Carl and Ellie’s relationship was an example of what makes Pixar the undisputed champion of animated features. It hit every emotional note I can think of, and all with no dialogue. The marriage of the most advanced computer animation with all the classic techniques of silent film show us that the creators at Pixar have a huge amount of respect for the medium they work in.

Will kids like it? Based on the full theater I sat in, the kids enjoyed it very much. However, there were a few scenes that hit more adult notes and lost the kids in the process. I heard a lot of fidgeting and talking during those moments, although for the most part the kids were entranced. I saw it in 3D, and there were lots of oohs and aahs throughout.

Will adults like it? Absolutely. Pixar films are always good at appealing to the adults who have to bring the kids to the theater. The difference with Up is that I think the adults will actually enjoy the movie even more than the kiddies. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of adult emotions in this movie, which by definition are better understood by adults.

Theater or Rental? Theater, without a doubt. It’s easy to think that 3D isn’t that big of a deal since every big animated movie this year is being released in 3D. That is not the case with Up. Pixar took the time to invent a whole new method for creating 3D animation, and it shows. The movie is not filled with gimmicky 3D that jumps out of the screen for no reason. Instead, they use the technique to create the depth and scope that makes you feel like you’ve really traveled to a South American jungle plateau. As for the rental, don’t bother.  You’ll want to go ahead and pre-order this one on blu-ray (or dvd if you must) in plenty of time for Christmas 2009.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, dvd, Family, Movies, Premiere, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Movie Review: Up

Battlestar Galactica Blu-ray Release Announced

Thanks to the folks over at High-Def Digest for this news. Judging by the specs that have been announced, this could be a pretty kickass boxed set. Based on how slow Universal was to release the initial seasons back when they were supporting HD-DVD, I’m glad to see this coming out so quickly after the series ended.

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Lost Season 5 Comes to Bluray on December 8, 2009

This comes a no surprise to anyone who has purchased the last two seasons of Lost on Bluray, but Disney has officially announced the Bluray release for Season 5.  It’s December 8, 2009, which comes a little less than two months before the assumed date for the premiere of the sixth and final season on ABC.

Get the full scoop from High-Def Digest.

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, Drama, News, Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , , | Comments Off on Lost Season 5 Comes to Bluray on December 8, 2009