Bonus View Digest - November 11, 2011

Posted Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM PST by

Happy 11/11/11! Happy Veterans Day. And happy 33rd birthday to Jason Croatto (11+11+11=33... freaky)!

The holidays are fast approaching, and what better way to keep up to date with all your holiday high-def needs than reading The Bonus View as much as possible. We'll keep you informed about Blu-ray news, theatrical happenings, and TV goings on. It's a veritable cyber party over on The Bonus View blog and we'd love for you to join us. So, as you gear up for your impending Black Friday midnight store excursions, be sure to stay glued to our blog. You never know what's going to pop up.

Blu-ray News

In addition to Josh's weekly post about what titles are hitting the store shelves, blogger Tom Landy introduced us to the wonderful world of Steelbooks cases and what they have to offer.

As a blast from the past, Josh put up a post about his special edition 'Kill Bill' DVDs. Boy, those 'Kill Bill' Bearbrick figurines look great.

Even our Weekend Roundtable dealt with home movie collections. We asked our writers how they personally organize their movie collections and then our readers started up a huge comment thread to talk about how they organize theirs.

Theatrical News

Along with covering the weekly box office report and what movies we can expect to see in the theaters over the weekend, Luke Hickman also reviewed the surprisingly watchable (if forgettable) comedy 'Tower Heist.' He also reviewed the atrocious 'Jack and Jill,' the surprisingly decent 'Melancholia' and the lackluster 'J. Edgar'

E took time out to give us another round of The Trailer Park as he featured trailers from the upcoming movies 'Man on a Ledge' and 'Contraband.'

Aaron took some time out to contemplate the existence of a 'Cars' World and what that would actually mean. Raising pertinent questions like "Do the cars have sex?" Aaron delved as deep as he could into the 'Cars' Conundrum without losing his mind.

In Oscar news, Brett Ratner has been ousted from his perch as Oscar producer along with his choice of host Eddie Murphy. Whew, we dodged a bullet right? Well, that was until we just found out that Billy Crystal will now be hosting the Oscars. Why do the Oscars hate viewers? That's what we'd like to know.

Home Theater News

In the home theater section we used the Mid-Week Poll to ask you, our dear readers, how many speakers your home theater consists of. There were a myriad of different choices, and we're quickly finding out that everyone has slightly different tastes when it comes to setting up their audio wonderland.

Don't know what to watch this weekend? Take a look at our weekly articles about what's on the Netflix Stream or what is new to VUDU. Josh began writing a new column called VUDU Diaries, where he highlights a movie on the service. This week he checked out Tony Scott's vampire movie 'The Hunger.'

TV Recaps

We've always got enough TV recaps to go around. This week we recapped the series premiere of 'Hell on Wheels,' 'Terra Nova,' 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'Chuck,' 'Fringe,' 'American Horror Story,' 'Covert Affairs,' and the ever-popular 'Walking Dead.'

Even blogger Wayne Rowe's One From the Vault column revisited the campy television classic 'Hawaii Five-O.'

Also, we know that Halloween is over, but in case you missed it, Aaron outlined his top ten favorite 'Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror' episodes. Check them out, add your own.

Huge week this week! Looking into my crystal ball I see nothing but good things ahead. So come and join us on The Bonus View every week, to get your fill of high-def news straight from the high-def experts.