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Blu-Ray and DVD - The Criterion Collection Explained

If you are a collector of your favorite films on optical media formats (DVD, Blu-Ray and even LaserDisc), you may have come across several instances where the movie is described to be part of the "Criterion Collection". Criterion Collection is a film distribution company that restores classic and current films with the most pristine video and audio quality. In recent years, The Criterion Collection has moved away from more mainstream titles and has focused on presenting a wide range of critically acclaimed and classic films from all over the world. The Criterion Collection is also the pioneer of the Letterbox or "Wide-screen" format that we have become accustomed to in today's media market.

Classic Films on Blu-Ray - Is It Worth It?

With Blu-Ray becoming more and more popular, a typical question is whether or not classic films will benefit from the higher resolution over their DVD counterpart. There isn't a simple "yes" or "no" answer to this question and it depends on many circumstances. Before deciding on whether or not to purchase that classic favorite of yours from the 1940s or 50s on Blu-Ray, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of and consider. Digital Restoration One of the key factors in determining the quality of a classic film is whether or not it has been digital restored or remastered to increase the quality over the original. This is something that is usually advertised on the front of the movie case, but sometimes can be found on the back;

Should You Upgrade to Blu-Ray? The 3 Most Important Factors to Consider

Blu-Ray technology has been around for a few years now, yet there are many who are hesitant to upgrade their DVD player and collection. The most common question is, "What is the difference?" and this is usually followed by a technological oriented explanation that most people don't really understand. In order to make an informed decision on whether or not to upgrade to Blu-Ray, there are a few things you need to know before proceeding. Current Television The first, and most important, factor is the type of TV you currently own. If you own an older "tube" television and not one of the new high-definition televisions, then you can stop right there and not bother upgrading.

Doctor Who Tours

Doctor Who is now considered a British Institute and has come a long way since it first aired on November 23rd 1963. The very first show saw the Doctor travel 100, 00 years into the past to help some dim cavemen discover light. After 26 seasons and seven Doctors later the series came off our screens in 1989 much to the disappointment of the huge devoted fanbase. In 1996 an attempt was made to revive Doctor Who but it wasn't until June 2005 when it came back with a vengeance with Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor that put the series back on the map as it were. It then went on for 5 years with David Tenant portraying the Doctor until 2010 when Matt Smith took over the role.

War Horse Movie Trivia

This War Horse Movie Trivia also contains spoilers. Read at your own risk! War Horse is an epic adventure film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, the genius behind blockbuster hits such as Jaws (1975) and Jurassic Park (1993) to mention a few. The film is based on the play "War Horse" which was also taken from the novel War Horse, written by Michael Morpurgo and published in 1982. The film will be released on December 28, 2011. War Horse will be a family adventure film intended primarily for children and young adults. It is set in WWI England and details the story of a young boy named Albert and his pet horse named Joey. Due to the demands of battle, Joey is sold to the army, much to Albert's dismay.

Star Wars - What Were Your Favorite Moments?

No movie or set of movies has ever stuck in my head quite so much as the Star Wars franchise. I'll admit that I'm more of a fan of the older movies truth be told but there are lots of different reasons for that. The movies themselves have spanned generations but I think it's interesting that despite the age gaps between one generation of fan and the next that Star Wars has held it's appeal over the decades. So now we know you're a fan of Star Wars can you pick out your favorite moments from these movies? I know for most fans that's like asking how far is up but if you think about it there are some moments in these movies that will stand out more than others.

Mistress of Spices

This is a movie I have wanted to see for ages and I finally got my hands on it. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I love the use of the same actors from 'Bend It Like Beckham' and 'Bride and Prejudice' but the story was really so weak. Basic premise: girl from India has the gift to discern which spice belongs to each of us (she also has psychic ability which is a little weird and quite unnerving for her as well). The spice helps us to be more productive, to find our true love, to make our lives better all around - whatever. I kept thinking if mine was garlic and my husband shouldn't eat garlic what a disaster that would be - but I guess 'the spices' would figure that out.

Garden State

Garden State is a movie focuses on a young man named Andrew (played by Zach Braff) who goes home to New Jersey, after being away for nine years, for his mother's funeral. He is an actor in California now but not at all happy. He describes himself as being numb. He doesn't experience any joy and is just going through the motions. His trip home is a myriad of thoughts and feelings. He hasn't seen his parents in the whole nine years and the only thing to bring him home is a death. He takes a handful of different medications each day and one wonders what is actually wrong with him. He hooks up with some old friends he meets back up with in Jersey and finds out what they have been getting up to for the last few years.

Me Without You

Me Without You is a movie is set in England about two girls who grow up together in the suburbs. One is a bright Jewish girl, Holly, whose mother constantly tells her that the world is full of girls who are either pretty or smart and she is the latter. Interestingly, this part is played by Michelle Williams who does a superb job with her voice and accent. The other girl, Marina, is from a family where her parents are in the middle of a divorce and the mother is rather free with her opinions and lifestyle with her two children - she has an older son as well. Holly has always had somewhat of a crush on Marina's older brother, Nat. He always seems disinterested in either girl and remains on the periphery during their childhood.

Maybe Baby

Maybe Baby boasts a stellar cast of veteran British actors including Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson as Sam and Lucy in the lead roles. The basic premise is about a married couple who are trying to get pregnant and come to the conclusion that they are infertile. Doesn't that sound funny? Not really but it is quite hilarious in parts. Rowan Atkinson plays the Ob/Gyn and brilliantly as you can imagine. There are times he doesn't even speak and you are laughing. His facial expressions have always been great. We start the movie at the BBC where our hero is a producer and he is in a meeting where his boss is trying to motivate the staff to thinking outside the box for new shows.

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