The thing about the American civil court system is you can almost never stop looking over your shoulder, even when you thought you won. Things get appealed and what was a favorable ruling can become your worst nightmare five years later.
Redbox went from duking it out with Warner in 2012 over aproposed 56-day delayfor rentals to cutting a deal for ashorter 28-day delayand implementing UltraViolet support in Redbox Intant, and now the relationship is getting even cozier. Parent company Outerwall announced its earnings today and that Mark Horak, president of the Americas for Warner Bros.
(1953, Blu-ray released November 19, 2013 – MSRP $39.95) THE FILM: This is one of the most important Blu-ray releases of 2013. Ozu is one of the finest filmmakers of the last century and Tokyo Story is commonly accepted to be his best work so it pleases me to say that this disc does the master and his film proud.
Netflix may have flinched at the prospect ofmaintaining its disc-by-mail service, but GameFly seems to be embracing it. On April 4th, the company will begin shipping DVD and Blu-ray discs to customers with a 2-game (or higher) GameFly subscription. The program is a test,GameflyCEO Dave Hodess toldVentureBeat, launched in the wake of subscriber pleas for film rentals.
Thor: The Dark World is one of the best movies Marvel has yet produced, hands down. And that’s saying something with superhero greats like The Avengers and Iron Man under their belt. Disney has announced the February 25 release of both a 2-disc version of the film – complete with both 3D and 2D versions as well as a digital copy – and a single disc Blu-ray.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the Walmart video streaming service Vudu have announced a tie up that will bring an enhanced viewing experience to movie watching fans. The new service is Vudu Extras+ and it allows streaming viewers to enjoy the same sort of extras typically available on DVD and Blu-ray titles.
Editor’s note: Derek Khanna is a technology policy consultant and columnist. He previously worked for the House Republican Study Committee where he authored their report on copyright reform. He spearheaded the national campaign on cellphone unlocking that resulted in proposed legislation to legalize unlocking your phone . Derek regularly writes for The Atlantic, National Review and Forbes.
(1976, Blu-ray released December 10, 2013 – MSRP $39.95) THE FILM: REVIEW: Grey Gardens isn’t the kind of documentary that’ll play well to a wide audience these days but nearly four decades since its initial release it provides a glimpse into a couple of lives so outside of societal norms that it might have well been filmed yesterday. It’s a fascinating look into anther world.
At the request of users, GameFly , the video game rental service, is going toe-to-toe with Netflix , taking the wraps off its new movie rental service. GameFly subscribers were introduced to the service today, and can now nab Blu-ray and DVD movie disc rentals in the same way customers rented from Netflix in its earlier days.
Facebook has a massive data center that deals with all the data that users of the social network upload on a daily basis. The data centers that Facebook uses are packed with the latest technology for storage and performance. It's a bit surprising to learn that Facebook is also using some low-tech storage methods, namely Blu-ray discs.
* First successful production tests for 100 GB Blu-ray Disc * Innovative production machines developed under the brand name BLULINE III * New ultra-high definition TV format in the spotlight at the IFA * 100 GB Blu-ray Disc ideal for playback of movies in 4K resolutionK
Yesterday, we reported that Facebook has worked out an extremely cost-efficient solution for keeping data that's rarely accessed, known as "cold storage." Rather than using hard drives, flash storage, or old-fashioned tape drives, Facebook's design relies on a whopping 10,000 Blu-ray discs to store one petabyte — that's a million gigabytes — of things like duplicates of user photos and videos.
This might just be the first big home video horror-nerd announcement of 2014! And one that I’ve been waiting for for years. Flicker Alley let loose an email blast last week letting the world know that they intend to release the 1923 version of Hunchback of Notre Dame – yes, the iconic silent one starring Lon Chaney – on Blu-ray sometime this coming year. But details were slim.
This week's Blu-ray movie release list has several highlights, but fans of the Fast & Furious movies should look out for the sixth movie as it arrives just days after the sudden death of star Paul Walker. On TV we're looking at a slew of midseason finales, mixed in with a few season finales including Sons of Anarchy and Homeland. On disc we also have the 50th Anniversary release of Mary Poppinsand Despicable Me 2, and streaming viewers can check out the second season of one of Netflix's first original series, Lilyhammer.
March appears to be a banner month to upgrade old Criterion Collection DVD titles to high-def. I’ve been looking forward to replacing my DVD copy of The Hidden Fortress for some time but never expected to see George Washington get the Blu-ray treatment.