by Dick Ward
June was a busy month for everything HD. Gear was announced and a few incredibly good movies were revealed for Blu-ray release. Of course, the most announcements, if not the biggest and best, came in the realm of videogames courtesy of E3 2012. It's a lot to keep up on, but we're here to help with the High-Def Digest-Digest – a collection of the biggest stories from across the HD spectrum.
In case you somehow missed the big announcement, the Indiana Jones series is finally coming to Blu-ray on September 18th – just a few shorts months away. Details about extra features are sketchy at best, but you can be sure there will be plenty.
Been dying for some high definition 'Friends'? Well November 13th is your day. That's when, not just one season, but the entire series is set to go Blu. You'll get 17 hours of special features from the original DVD releases as well as three more hours of retrospectives, a producer's cut and plenty more.
Coming October 2nd, a box set of eight monster movies from Universal, featuring commentaries, special features and, of course, newly restored audio and video. How cool is that?
There's a new version of the classic film on the way and it's coming October 2nd complete with special features exploring the phenomenon of the film's popularity, audio commentary with Rob Reiner and plenty more.
September 18th is the day all you Joss Whedon fans can get your hands on 'Cabin in the Woods,' directed by Drew Goddard. Specs are yet to be revealed on this one.
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Founder Richard Schulze is seeking the money to be able to buy the company outright, with plans to turn things around for Best Buy, cutting costs across the board.
Google's new streaming device is interesting looking, and has some cool capabilities, but a Google TV it isn't. It is pretty danged pricey though, coming in at $299.
It's dirt cheap and full of features – Sony and Google have some stiff competition here.
The two companies are planning to catch up to Korean manufacturers who are pretty far ahead of the game. They'll be up and running in 2013.
Not only is it the largest LED set around, it's also packed with networking features and 3D capabilities.
We've got plenty of coverage of E3, including full recaps of the press conferences by each console manufacturer. Check it all out and see what you missed!
Rarely do we get to see a good movie about games, and 'Indie Game' is just that. It's a full documentary about creating games like 'Braid,' 'Super Meat Boy,' and 'Fez.' It's critically acclaimed and well received by fans – a must see if you're interested in what happens behind the scenes.
What's certainly the most popular JRPG of all time is coming to PC, complete with achievements and some other cool features to boot. What's not clear is whether we'll see any graphical improvements to the title.
While none of the prices that retailers have put up for the Wii U aren't official, we can certainly glean a bit about what they're expecting from the system's cost. And it doesn't sound like Nintendo's new system won't be coming cheap.
It's not too much of a surprise, but it's nice to see Kojima get back in the driver's seat for another installment of the adventures of Solid Snake.