I consider myself a collector, but I’m not an obsessive collector. I don’t feel the need to collect everything associated with something that I love. I’m a specific collector. For example, I love SteelBook packaging, but I don’t buy every movie that’s given a SteelBook Blu-ray release. If I love a movie, I’ll fork out the extra cash and go extra lengths just to get my hands on the best or most unique releases. I know that not everyone liked Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ as much as I did (that’s an argument for another day), but anyone who collects in the same way that I do will share my frustration upon reading what WBShop did this week to buyers who preordered the Limited Collector’s Edition of that movie. Continue Reading
If you’ve read my recent Blu-ray review (or any of the other discussion of the topic on the web), you should know by now that Paramount has made the frustrating and consumer-unfriendly decision to divide up the bonus features for the Blu-ray release of ‘Star Trek into Darkness‘ among multiple retailer exclusives. Many fans have (justifiably) expressed outrage at this move. Others are apathetic about it. Where do you stand? Which edition of the movie will you buy, if any at all?
Normally, I use these “Unboxed” posts to examine some of the exotic import video discs in my collection. For today, I thought that it might be worthwhile to shine the spotlight on a few recent limited-edition retailer exclusives that I’ve picked up for one particular movie: ‘The Muppets’. At least one of these is still available for purchase right now.
Recent news of the Walmart-exclusive Disc-to-Digital program, which allows customers to bring a DVD or Blu-ray into a Walmart store in order to receive an internet streaming version of the same movie for a small fee, was met with a lot of scoffing in some home theater circles. Why would someone want to pay again for a movie they already own, right? Especially since internet streaming still can’t match the quality of a good Blu-ray disc. Is there any point to this, other than to clear out some physical disc clutter? Well, it turns out that most of this skepticism is based on misconceptions of what the program really is. I can think of at least one scenario where this could be a really appealing option.
Microsoft’s subscription-based service has remained at a steady price since its launch in 2002. Unfortunately, it’s finally going up in price. But you may still have a chance to jump in on some deals before that happens.
What are you doing with your weekend? A group of six Dutch gamers are using their time to go for a new world record in endurance gaming. The group, or at least one member of the group, is planning to eclipse the current 40-hour world record for constant playing. Sure, you might think to yourself, “These guys have way too much time on their hands,” but what world record are you breaking this weekend? One of the very cool things about the event is that you can watch it live. You should too, because it’s bound to be entertaining.