New iTunes Movies Features Attempt to One Up DVD

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is testing new features in iTunes with an eye on the digital distribution of a film becoming its primary one. As it stands now, iTunes movies are generally just that – the movie, with the majority of the special features relegated to a Blu-ray or DVD. But with a few new releases, Sony is “quietly testing” features that will be exclusive to people who purchase a movie on iTunes, such as the ability to clip scenes from their movies to share on social networks as well the ability to search for certain words in the script. It’s their hope that features like this will entice people to purchase on iTunes instead of DVD while simultaneously acting as an experiment to what’s possible within the digital medium. Read More »

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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ARCHER (SEASON 1)
Much like its FX counterpart, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer is a show about horrible people doing horrible things. Premised as a ’60s spy thriller spoof, the series adopts the same irreverent brand of humor we’ve come to expect from creator Adam Reed (Frisky Dingo, Sealab 2021), thrusting our deviant band of self-obsessed special agents through the ringer as they spout fiercely clever/cleverly stupid insults at one another and zanily stumble through mission after mission—with varying degrees of blood loss. It’s everything loyal fans like myself came to love about Frisky Dingo, just with a tad bit more (very welcome) narrative structure. If you aren’t watching it, you should be.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Original Unaired Pilot, Unaired Network Promo, The Making Of Archer (3D, Animation, Art Direction, Backgrounds, Illustration, Storyboards), deleted scenes, and pilot episodes for “Louie” and “The League”.

BEST DVD PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
N/A $22.99 N/A
Amazon – $19.99

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residentevil

Briefly: With studio box office estimates putting the weekend haul for Resident Evil: Afterlife at $27.7m domestic and a total of $73m worldwide, it’s no surprise that there’s already a promise of a fifth film in the series. “This new Resident Evil is the first one to ever open at number one worldwide. It’s the biggest movie in the franchise,” Milla Jovovich told Vulture. “So we’re definitely going to make another one.”

Reportedly, Jovovich’s husband, director/producer Paul W.S. Anderson, already has ideas for a fifth film, but that he might solicit fan input as well. Saying that the team is planning to talk to fans via “Twitter and stuff” about what characters they want in the film, Jovovich says that the creation of the next film will be “a more interactive process.” My input, predictably, would be “please don’t make another one,” but there’s no chance that and similar requests will be factored in.

The Best and Worst of Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con 2010 is over, and I’m still reeling from the experience. Just like last year, the entire event was a whirlwind with insane crowds, a healthy dose of line waiting, and some unexpected bits of awesome. By the time it was over, I was more than ready to go home. But I know for a fact that in a week or two I’ll be screaming “We have to go back!” — while disheveled and inexplicably bearded.

At some point this week, the entire /Film crew will record their overall thoughts of the event on a special episode of the /Filmcast. But for now, here are my personal picks for the best and worst of Comic-Con 2010. (Fair warning: I didn’t include some major panels [see: Marvel stuff] that failed to get me excited. If you liked those panels, and others I didn’t mention let us know in the comments.)
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Resident Evil: Afterlife

Last week we posted a new trailer for Resident Evil: Afterlife which premiered on G4TV’s Attack of the Show. The trailer was quickly pulled off of YouTube, but is now online in High Definition. If you missed it previously or would like to see it in higher res, hit the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Despicable Me

It’s been a few days since our last movie poster roundup. Today we bring you new one-sheets for Anton Corbijn’s The American, Middle Men, Knight and Day, and Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D. Check them out, after the jump.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife Movie Trailer #2

Resident Evil: Afterlife

A new trailer for Resident Evil: Afterlife premiered on G4TV’s Attack of the Show. Watch it now in low resolution, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Gulliver's Travels

It’s been a little while since our last movie poster round-up, so now is the time to check out all the new one-sheets that have hit your local multiplex and the interwebs. Posters include: the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels, the 3D video game sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife, a banner for The Expendables, the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the UK quad poster for Todd SolondzLife During Wartime, the Seventh Season of HBO’s Entourage, a Russian poster for Splice and an Italian poster for Joe Dante’s The Hole. Check them out now, after the jump.

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