1. Entertainment

    Man of Steel Is Out Today on Blu-ray and DVD

    Man of Steel, the tentpole around which Warner Bros. is building their new DC film universe, is out on DVD and Blu-ray today. We took a look at the special features on the Blu-ray. Here's what we think!

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  2. Entertainment

    We Review the Pacific Rim Blu-ray, and Talk a Lot About Drifting

    Our friends at Legendary Pictures sent us over a copy of the Pacific Rim Blu-ray combo pack, and we checked it out over the weekend. If you loved Pacific Rim, you're probably going to want to spring for the Blu-ray rather than just the DVD or a download because the features are extensive, and incredible.

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  3. Entertainment

    Geekosystem’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Giveaway

    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is out on DVD and Blu-ray today, and we have 10 copies of the Blu-Ray combo pack to give away thanks to Warner Bros! They sent over a review copy, and as it turns out, I love this movie. A lot. They also sent us a bunch of GIFs from the film. We'll give the copies to the best captions for the GIFs.

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  4. Entertainment

    Review: Howl’s Moving Castle Still Quite Moving on Blu-ray

    If you haven't seen Howl's Moving Castle by Studio Ghibli, you've really been missing out. Luckily, you can solve that here and now with the most definitive home release yet. Sporting both DVD and Blu-ray with a list price of $39.99, the combo pack for the film dropped on May 21st, and it's the first time the film's been made available on Blu-ray. Even if you've seen the movie a million times before, it's worth seeing it one more time just for that.

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  5. Entertainment

    Doing It Right: Wreck-It Ralph Available for Download Before DVD and Blu-Ray

    Wreck-It Ralph was perhaps, without a doubt, one of the greatest odes to the modern video game industry as a whole and the golden age of video arcades during the early '80s. As such, if you're one of the unfortunate few that happened to miss it, well, it's a downright shame. Luckily, Disney won't have people waiting too long for a market release as the company has announced that Wreck-It Ralph will be available on February 12th... only as a digital download and via streaming services in both HD and 3D. That's right, those with mobile devices and computers will be kicking back and enjoying Wreck-It Ralph in a few weeks, while everyone else anticipating a DVD and Blu-Ray release is going to have to sit tight and ride it out until springtime.

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  6. Entertainment

    Because No One Demanded It, The Room Is Coming Out On Blu-Ray

    As the official season for buying unnecessary crap that no one ever wanted or asked for comes to a close, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that, later this week, you can own a copy of The Room, Tommy Wiseau's war crime against the concepts of cinema and common decency, on Blu-Ray. We don't know why you'd want to purchase such a thing -- especially for the not-so-low price of $31.99 -- and since we frankly don't approve of it existing, we're prepared to say you might be a bad person if you do, but hey, if that's a thing that seems like a good idea to you, you can do it now. Just know that doing so probably makes you a sub-human monster.

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  7. Tech

    DVDs and Blu-Rays Will Now Contain Two Unskippable, Ten Second Copyright Warnings

    Remember that old FBI warning before movies that you probably don't notice anymore because there's a decent chance you exclusively use streaming services to watch your movies and television shows now? Remember how it was always annoying that, whenever you popped in a DVD, you couldn't skip that warning, as your DVD player would inform you that the operation could not be completed? Well, it's about to get even more annoying for DVD and Blu-ray owners. That single, unskippable FBI warning is multiplying, and now DVDs and Blu-rays from six major studios will carry two unskippable, ten second warnings.

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  8. Entertainment

    Bandai Entertainment Shutters Its Anime Operation, Scraps New Titles

    Bandai Entertainment has announced that it will no longer publish new manga, DVD, or Blu-ray titles as of February 2012. The company will be restructuring, taking its dedicated staff down from five to three, and will entirely change focus. Instead of new releases, the Bandai Entertainment will shift over solely to merchandising, broadcast licensing, and digital distribution.

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  9. Entertainment

    Star Wars to Be Released In 3-D

    Add another item to the list of things that George Lucas will do to beat one last round of cash out of his "once beloved accidental masterpiece." In a move that we're much more familiar coming out of big studios who wouldn't know artistic motivation if it kicked them in the pants, Lucas will be re-releasing all six Star Wars movies to theaters in 3-D, beginning in 2012 with Episode I: The Phantom Menace.   According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was inspired by Avatar.  (Not The Last Airbender.) 20th Century Fox must be pinching themselves.

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  10. Tech

    Intel Not So Subtly Threatens to Sue Any Device Maker Who Would Take Advantage of HDCP

    As if anyone wondered what their stance on the issue might be, Intel has clarified its stance on anyone who would use the leaked HDCP Master Key to create devices that would be able to circumnavigate HDMI, DVI, and Blu-Ray DRM. That was a bit alphabet-soup, wasn't it? We'll put it another way: somebody cracked the protection that was keeping people from easily making copies of Blu-Ray players and cable television. However, in order to implement this crack in a way that would be easily usable by the average consumer, someone would have to make a computer chip with the crack in mind. Software alone won't do it. Though they earlier downplayed the potential of this possible use of the HDCP crack, yesterday Intel spokesman Tom Waldrop made sure every body knows what Intel would do if, you know, somebody tried it. Just in case.

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  11. Tech

    The HDCP Master Key Is Real: Blu-Ray and HDMI Cracked

    A few days ago, we reported on the leak of what purported to be a leaked master key for HDCP, the Intel-developed DRM [digital rights management] protocol that prevents the copying of digital and audio content via a set of 40 56-bit keys. HDCP is currently the DRM standard for, among other means of HD transmission, HDMI, DVI, and Blu-Ray. Now, Intel has confirmed that the leak "does appear to be a master key" for HDCP: "What we have confirmed through testing is that you can derive keys for devices from this published material that do work with the keys produced by our security technology ... this circumvention does appear to work." This means, in theory, that it's now possible to yank HDCP-encrypted content as it's transmitted from a Blu-Ray player or over an HDMI cable. However, technical hurdles remain.

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  12. Tech

    HDCP Master Key Reportedly Leaked: Would Kill Much of HDMI DRM

    As of last night, what purports to be a "master key" for HDCP has leaked. HDCP, or High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, is an Intel-developed DRM [digital rights management] protocol that prevents the copying of digital and audio content via a set of 40 56-bit keys. What's more, HDCP keys can be revoked if a set of keys has been found to be "compromised," rendering them unplayable. HDCP is currently the DRM standard for HDMI and other transmissions. But if this master key leak, which was reported last night by Engadget, is legitimate -- ZDNet has reproduced a copy of the alleged key -- it will be possible for anyone to generate their own source and sink keys, rendering HDCP protections all but useless.

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  13. Entertainment

    Star Wars On Blu-Ray Announced, Deleted Scene Shown, Jon Stewart Awarded

    If you think one of those things is not like the other, you're about to be sorely disappointed. This weekend Orlando, Florida is host to the Star Wars Celebration V (we guess it's the Empire Strikes Back themed one?), and the con has already been the source of news that will be debated for a while among fans. Some of the news was a much more expected surprise, as yesterday when George Lucas announced that both Star Wars trilogies will be coming to Blu-Ray within the next year, and showed a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi. More info, including video, below.

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  14. Tech

    Blu-Ray Successor Could Have 20x Capacity, Fit 50 Movies on Single Disc

    Remember that Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war that happened what feels like ages ago? Well Sony's Blu-ray won, but even if the war were still raging, Sony's upcoming developments would blow them both drastically out of the water. Like, so far out they'd be in a landlocked country. On another planet.

    Sony's new technology would allow for readable discs containing 20 times the information held on a current Blu-ray disc. For reference, the new disc can reportedly hold as many as 50 full movies, more if they're short. Or, where we really could see practicality regarding DVD sales is television shows. Instead of a meager 3-6 episodes per disc, full seasons would now fit on a single disc. No more giant boxes and discs getting lost in the sofa.

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  15. Entertainment

    Rumor: Lucas Engineers Remix Star Wars Sound Again, But Why?

    Apparently, remastering Star Wars went so well the first two times, they decided to do it again! Well, the sound at least. Sound engineers Matt Wood and David Acord spoke in a podcast about how they've re-remixed the Star Wars soundtrack, focusing for the most part on the detail of Obi-Wan's epic bellow. But in addition to providing some great banter, the engineers revealed some pretty enticing snippets near the end of that episode of ForceCast:
    And, to be honest, that sound effect has been changed again. So at some point the audiences will be hearing that scene again with the new sound effect.
    WHAAAAT? What new presentation of the Star Wars films could this be for? Well, there are two main possibilities.

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