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'The Simpsons' 13th Season Comes to DVD and Blu-ray August 24

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2010 2:30PM
'The Simpsons: The Thirteenth Season'"My head smells like 'The Simpsons' season 13." Everybody's favorite "special" Springfieldian Ralph Wiggum didn't say this, but he just might were he to see the special edition of the latest season in the shape of his head. 'The Simpsons: The Thirteenth Season' will be available for mass consumption on August 24th on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

Hardcore fans will have the opportunity to score the set a full month earlier at San Diego Comic-Con July 22-25. Fans who purchase these early copies of the season set will also receive a collectible limited edition lithograph as a free gift.

The set will feature all 22 episodes from the thirteenth season, including audio commentary on each of them from executive producers, directors, cast and even special guest stars like Stan Lee, Joe Mantegna, Delroy Lindo and others.

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 19th 2010 6:00PM
The Drawn Together Movie: The MovieComing off of the relatively weak set of DVDs from last week, we have some strong new releases, including the direct-to-DVD movie of the cult series 'Drawn Together.' We also have the cult favorite 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' and its even more popular spin-off 'Xena: Warrior Princess' finally getting their first seasons on DVD in Region 1. What took them so long?
  • 'The Bill Cosby Show' - Season 2
  • 'Bump in the Night' - The Complete Series
  • 'Drawn Together' - The Movie
  • 'Emily of New Moon' - Season 1
  • 'The F Word' - Series 4: Uncensored
  • 'Falcon Crest' - The Complete 1st Season
  • 'Frontier Circus' - The Complete Series
  • 'Heartland' - The Complete 1st Season
  • 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' - Season 1 (Universal)
  • 'Hi-5' - Season 4
  • 'Huckleberry Finn and His Friends' - The Complete Series
  • 'Merlin' - The Complete 1st Season
  • 'Perry Mason' - The 5th Season, Volume 1
  • 'Relic Hunter' - Season 1
  • 'Transformers' - 25th Anniversary Edition: Seasons 3 & 4
  • 'Whispering Smith' - The Complete Series
  • 'Xena: Warrior Princess' - Season 1 (Universal)

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 12th 2010 6:00PM
Jim Henson's Earth StoriesAdmittedly, this week is a bit of a slow one in terms of television DVD releases. The penultimate season of 'Dallas' is being released (although there are still some reunions and mini-series to go after that). There is also some Jim Henson works (the man was a fountain of creativity before his untimely death), some Tom and Jerry and some Donna Reed. For those who are fans of obscure, short-lived television, both 'Haunted' and 'The Oregon Trail' are releasing their complete series.
  • 'Alias Smith and Jones' - Seasons 2 & 3
  • 'Dallas' - The Complete 13th Season
  • 'The Donna Reed Show' - Family Favorites
  • 'Emergency!' - Season 6
  • 'Haunted' - Complete Series
  • 'The Jim Henson Hour' - Song of the Cloud Forest & Other Earth Stories
  • 'Jim Henson's Animal Show' - With Stinky & Jake: Lions, Tigers and Bears
  • 'The Oregon Trail' - The Complete Series
  • 'Tom and Jerry Tales' - Season 1

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 5th 2010 6:00PM
Battlestar GalacticaThe 2005 'Battlestar Galactica' series has been repackaged on both DVD and Blu-ray to fit more cleanly on your shelf, but doesn't include the cool Cylon action figure. Universal Home Video is also releasing the individual seasons on Blu-ray and this week is releasing season number two of the four. For those that aren't such big fans of sci-fi space opera, the second season of 'Ally McBeal' has also been released.
  • 'Ally McBeal' - The Complete 2nd Season
  • 'Battlestar Galactica' - Season 2 and the Complete Series on both DVD and Blu-ray (repackaged)
  • 'Blood Ties' - The Complete Series on DVD and Blu-ray
  • 'Ed's Up' - The Best of Season One
  • 'Eyes on the Prize (mini-series)' - America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965
  • 'Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami' - Season 1
  • 'Mythbusters' - Collection 5
  • 'The New Adventures of Black Beauty' - Season 2
  • 'Party Down' - Season 1
  • 'Simon & Simon' - Season 4
  • 'The Unusuals' - The Complete Series

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Some guy makes working Star Trek Phaser

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 11:00AM
Don't worry. It's not some lone nut with too much time on his hands and the entire Star Trek DVD collection to keep him company in his Northern Montana wilderness cabin.

He's taken a blu-ray laser from a Playstation 3 console and inserted it into a classic toy phaser. Apparently, it's only produces enough juice to burst balloons and isn't powerful enough to burn holes in walls. So what's the point of building one? Call me when you've figured out how to make a phaser that could make Scarface's "little friend" look and sound like a pea shooter.



[via Buzzfeed]

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Class enrollment begins at Lost University this week

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 6th 2009 11:00AM
The new Lost University offers lessons on surviving in the jungle.Plenty of freshman (and drunken upperclassmen at most state colleges) get lost on university campuses every day. But, the developers of the new Lost: Season Five Blu-Ray set want you to lose yourself in its "school" willingly.

Opening for "classes" December 8, Lost University is a special feature of the Blu-ray offering a "captivating new immersive bonus experience powered by BD-Live technology. A series of interactive "lectures" expands "the world of Lost, giving viewers around the world an unprecedented interactive experience unlike any other before it."

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment arranged a strong collection of "professors" to teach the university seminars. Cast members include Naveen Andrews, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Michael Emerson and Henry Ian Cusik.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 22nd 2009 9:37AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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TV Squad Video: Starship Enterprise orbits Griffith Park

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 18th 2009 2:05PM
If you're like me, and I know I am, you've wondered what it would like if the U.S.S. Enterprise descended on the Hollywood Hills.

Fortunately, Paramount held the big DVD and Blu-ray release party for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie at the Griffith Park Observatory Monday night, and the Enterprise took up a standard orbit around the famous planetarium landmark.

While the film's creators and cast mingled inside the observatory, a high-definition multimedia system projected video images of Trek visual effects up against the building's walls.

So, for a few moments, the Enterprise (almost to scale) swooped in for a visit before heading away at warp factor one.

Enjoy a glimpse of it below.

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TV's G.I. Resolute outduels big-screen Rise of Cobra

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 15th 2009 10:30AM
G.I. Joe Resolute blows away G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.Director Stephen Sommers might want to discourage the production of animated lead-ups to his feature films. They keep outdoing the movies they're supposed to set up for audiences.

Before his Van Helsing reached theaters in 2004, Universal released Van Helsing: The London Assigment. Written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, the animated half-hour was clever and action-packed. Van Helsing? It was not clever and action-packed.

Now, the DVD release of G.i. Joe: Resolute, an 11-episode series of animated shorts that originally aired on Adult Swim before the release of Rise of Cobra, brings a cooler and more visually compelling "Yo, Joe!" to screens.

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Exclusive DVD clip from The National Parks: America's Best Idea

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 7th 2009 2:29PM
Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best IdeaIf you haven't checked out Ken Burns' documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea on PBS yet, now you can actually buy it. The 12-hour series hit DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 6, and offers a stunning look at our national parks, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, and the Gates of Arctic in Alaska.

When you think about it, it's truly amazing how these natural wonders have become part of our lives, even if we've never been to them. Burns covers 150 years of the parks, starting with the concept in the mid-1800s and featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Sam Waterston and others.

The cool thing about the DVD / Blu-ray sets is that you get three hours of bonus material, including a making-of featurette, Musical Journeys Through the National Parks, Contemporary Stories and Outtakes.

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The next television technological breakthrough

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 30th 2009 4:00PM
3D televisionWhy must Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and that lot constantly develop new technologies in an attempt to break my bank account? First it was things like flat television and high definition. Now, Panasonic is joining the ranks of other television manufacturers to produce a high definition television that can handle both 2D and 3D images. But this time, they're enlisting Hollywood to help them sell it.

The idea is that Hollywood is producing more 3D films and this technology will enable the sale of 3D DVDs. It could even potentially be the feature to push Blu-ray sales to the level of regular DVDs (assuming it's only on Blu-ray).

Do we really need to be able to watch 3D movies at home? It sounds like one of those things that seem extraneous at first then once you have it in the home you have no idea how you lived without it. 3D television has been talked about for years now. We'll have to see if this is the event that pushes it more to the mainstream.

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Star Trek fans can beam into new Blu-ray features online

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 8th 2009 12:04PM
The crew of the restored Blu-ray Star Trek sets are getting together for additional commentaryStar Trek fans who bought the first season of the remastered original series on Blu-ray can now enjoy new enhanced features for the discs online this week.

The online portal is a clever way for CBS/Paramount to make the Star Trek: "The Original Series Season One" a gift that keeps on giving. The Blu-ray issue included the enhanced CG visual effects that accompanied the most recent remastering.

Since the odds are only hardcore fans drop the money to buy an entire season set of the original series just to see a clearer picture and new special effects, CBS/Paramount obviously wants to appeal to such fans with even more in-depth commentary than the discs already provide.

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How about a "The Chronological Lost" Blu-Ray when it's all over

by Jason Hughes, posted May 2nd 2009 6:00PM
LostDear People Who Make Lost:

I like your show. It is a lot of fun. But sometimes it is confusing. Maybe someday you can tell the story in order.

Love,
A Lost Fan

How sweet would that be. I was watching the latest Faraday extravaganza and thinking about all the stories we've gotten through the years, the flash forwards and flashbacks and jumps through time. It's getting pretty hard to keep track of what happened before and after what.

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From HD...to 3-D?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2009 2:08PM
So you've got that new high definition television in the living room, your 120 gig TiVo recording all of your favorite shows and a cable box with more channels than a Roman aqueduct.

Think you've reached the pinnacle of home entertainment? The Consumer Electronics Show would beg to differ.

Some 3-D TV's popped up on the convention floor and the advent of the burgeoning technology is starting to create a bit of buzz that it could become the next step over HD TV.

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Okoro OMS-ZX100 comes with solid state memory, high price tag

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 31st 2008 1:55PM
OMS-ZX100While solid state memory is all the rage in laptops these days, it's not something you see in media center computers very often. That's because while solid state disks are usually faster and more durable than old fashioned hard disks, they're much more expensive. Like, you can pick up a half terabyte hard drive for cheaper than a 32GB SSD.

But Okoro Media Systems' latest PC gives you the best of both worlds, with a 32GB SSD for the operating system and other important files, and a 1TB HDD for storing music, videos, and all your other media goodies. The OMS-ZX100 also packs a 3GHz quad core processor, 3GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT video card with HDMI output, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD playback, and Windows Vista Ultimate. You can also get the case painted in "any automotive color," which is a nice perk that doesn't quite make up for the fact that this sucker will set you back more than a used car. Prices start at $5995.

[via Engadget]

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