If you’re a hardcore cinephile, you probably have a huge library of movies on Blu-ray and DVD. Even as the market has shifted to push consumers to partake in digital downloads, I’ve continued to buy movies on disc because I like the physical representation of my library. Plus, most movies you buy on disc come with a digital copy anyway.
However, digital downloads have only risen in popularity since 2010, leaving plenty who had built large physical libraries of movies without an easy or inexpensive way to take their movies with them on mobile devices. But the video download service Vudu has just introduced a new disc-to-digital program allowing consumers to cheaply and easily convert their movie library to digital. Let’s take a look at what the new Vudu disc to digital program has to offer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If the worldwide box office is any indication, just about everyone reading this sentence has already seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Heck, many of you have probably seen it several times. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to watch it until your heart’s content, because Disney has officially announced the home video release date for the first Star Wars spin-off and it’s arriving soon.
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In Disney’s hit animated adventure Moana, our title character sets out to sea with little to no experience sailing. Eventually, she learns some tips and tricks thanks to the help of the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). But in an earlier draft of Moana, the character was actually a little more proficient at sailing, even outdoing her six brothers.
That’s right, in an earlier edition of Moana, our hero actually had six older brothers. When Moana hits home video very soon, there will be a deleted scene featuring the siblings together in a little sailing race just off the coast of their island. It shows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) had no trouble keeping up with (and even surpassing) her brothers on the sea, despite the fact that they were older. That scene has made its away online, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The best thing about Disney’s Moana is that it is unabashedly an old-school musical, with its unique setting and fantastical story adding a fresh flavor to an experience that is defined by incredible showstoppers. And like every musical ever conceived since the dawn of the form, not every track written for the film made it into the final cut. Thankfully, we live in an age of home video special features and even more thankfully, we live in an age where those special features arrive online in advance of the actual Blu-ray and DVD release, allowing us to hear a sample from one of those songs that didn’t make the final cut.
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Tomorrow, Marvel’s Doctor Strange will be available to download on Digital HD if you can’t wait for the Blu-ray and DVD to hit shelves in a couple weeks. The home video release will be chock full of bonus features, and one of the most entertaining bits on from all the extras is always the gag reel. There’s just something hilarious about seeing Earth’s mightiest heroes flub their lines, take a misstep, drop their weapons or dance like total goofballs. And the Doctor Strange gag reel is no exception, especially when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch showing off some dance moves in the Sanctum Sanctorum.
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This month you’ll be able to bring Doctor Strange into your living room when the film hits Digital HD next week and Blu-Ray and DVD just a couple weeks later. Marvel’s latest superhero is just getting started with his own franchise, but we’ll see Benedict Cumberbatch in the cape again later this year with a small, key role in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as a pivotal part in The Avengers: Infinity War.
If you can’t wait until Doctor Strange can be watched from the comfort of your home, we have a little fix for all of you fans of the mystical arts out there, especially if you like dogs. Marvel has released a Doctor Strange deleted scene that will be included on the home video release of the franchise starter, and it’s one that might have made him seem like less of a jerk much earlier in the movie.
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Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
CBS recently announced that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager were going to be reissued on DVD, leaving many fans to wonder why these shows wouldn’t join the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Enterprise on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to this question and the details are going to bum out any fan hoping for a ray of high definition hope. Thanks to a new interview though, we now know exactly why these shows will probably never get proper HD restorations.
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It’s been a hell of a year for director Barry Jenkins. The filmmaker has been getting all sorts of acclaim for his powerful coming of age drama Moonlight, which was just nominated for Best Picture last week. Jenkins himself also landed a nomination for Best Director, which isn’t a bad accomplishment for his sophomore effort behind the camera.
With the Academy Awards less than a month away, and Moonlight getting plenty of nominations at various awards ceremonies, Barry Jenkins has been making all sorts of publicity rounds (including the usual roundtable interviews with the major awards contenders in the directing arena). One of his more recent appearances will be something that cinephiles who have a fondness for the Criterion Collection will enjoy quite a bit. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Physical media may be slowly succumbing to the digital age, but you can pry my Blu-ray library from my cold, lifeless corpse…a corpse that will have a frozen smile on its bloodless face because I died watching movies that didn’t need to buffer at key moments and actually allowed me to watch the ending credits before smash cutting to a recommendation. And speaking of corpses and physical media, a Blu-ray box set collecting all five Phantasm movies is on the way, just in case you happen to like good things.
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Even though Netflix is now known for making endless entertainment easily available to be streamed through various devices in your home and in your hand, don’t forget that they began as the DVD rental company that sent discs to your house. While access to Netflix’s streaming library is the most convenient way to enjoy all the programming they have to offer, believe it or not, there are still millions of people who have Blu-ray and DVD discs shipped to their house.
Sadly, when it comes to ease of accessibility for managing their queue, these customers have been left out in the wind when it comes to having a mobile app that allows them to access their account, manage their queue and get notifications of their next discs shipping. But that changes today as Netflix has built an app specifically for their DVD rental customers.
Find out what we know about the Netflix DVD app below. Read More »