Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lamenting The Death Of 3D HDTV And 3D Blu-ray.

Sorry about this. I really enjoy watching Blu-ray 3D discs and it sucks that if anything every happens to my television, unless I buy an older model that is likely used or refurbished, my existing library of Blu-ray Discs that have 3D will also be an eye sore. Not to mention Ultra HD 4K BD players will likely no longer be produced so if my PS3 or LG 3D BD player dies, there won't be a player to play them back on my existing TV. All things considered I imagine my 3D capable Blu-ray players will likely go bad before my TV does. I had a feeling things were about to go south on the option as I looked online and off and noticed few to none new TVs were offering the feature. I just hoped that it would be a standard feature on all TVs like color is to television. However hopes fail sometimes and there have been plenty of dead formats that were promising, but ultimately failed in the marketplace. I think the future focus from here on in will be 4K Blu-ray even though and make no mistake about it, 8K is just around the corner in less then ten years if not sooner and higher resolutions will follow.

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Below is a link to an article by CNET's David Katzmaier.

Bummed out by this. RIP 3D HDTV.


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/shambling-corpse-of-3d-tv-finally-falls-down-dead/?client=safari

RIP 3D HDTV

Below is a link to an article by CNET's David Katzmaier.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ALLIED debuts on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray February 28th and on Digital HD February 14th

BRAD PITT AND MARION COTILLARD STAR IN DIRECTOR 
ROBERT ZEMECKIS’ INTENSE THRILLER


ALLIED

 

Epic Drama Arrives on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs February 28, 2017

Digital HD Debuts Two Weeks Early on February 14

 

 

              HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “gripping, powerful, and epic ” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) Academy Award®-winning* director Robert Zemeckis’ (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) seductive thriller ALLIEDmakes its home entertainment debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 28, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD February 14.

            Oscar® winners Brad Pitt** and Marion Cotillard*** star as Max Vatan and Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II.  But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable.  The film features an outstanding supporting cast  including Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), Jared Harris (“The Crown”), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) and Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”).

            The ALLIED 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include over an hour of behind-the-scenes special features, with in-depth looks at the film’s production design, costumes, cast, visual effects, vehicles, music and more.


ALLIED Blu-ray Combo Pack

The ALLIED Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

 

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • Story of Allied
    • From Stages to the Sahara: The Production Design of Allied
    • Through the Lens: Directing with Robert Zemeckis
    • A Stitch in Time: The Costumes of Allied
    • ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne
    • Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast
    • Lights, Pixels, ACTION! The Visual Effects of Allied
    • Behind the Wheel: The Vehicles of Allied
    • Locked and Loaded: The Weapons of Allied
    • That Swingin’ Sound: The Music of Allied

 

ALLIED 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack

            Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

 

            The Blu-ray Combo Pack and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack available for purchase include a Digital HD Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.   

 

ALLIED Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

 

 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"VICTORIA" Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution January 31st

“VICTORIA”

A NEW SERIES ABOUT THE MOST POWERFUL

WOMAN THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN

STARRING JENNA COLEMAN

 

Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution January 31st

 

Premieres on MASTERPIECE on Sunday, January 15th (check local listings)

 

Arlington, Va. – December 6, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today it will be releasing “MASTERPIECE: VICTORIA” on DVD and Blu-ray. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Queen Victoria at the outset of her epic reign, which set the stage for an entire era that would be named in her honor. Scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin (The Fortune Hunter) the series follows Victoria from her accession to the throne at age 18, through her education in politics, courtship and marriage, “VICTORIA paints a portrait of a monarch who was raised to be the pawn of her powerful elders but who wasted no time in showing the empire who was in charge.

 

VICTORIA” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray January 31, 2017. The run time of the program is approximately 480 minutes on 3 discs. The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $59.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

 

The stellar cast includes Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle) as Lord Melbourne, the British prime minister who was Victoria’s father figure and intimate friend; Tom Hughes (Dancing on the Edge) as the handsome, brilliant and awkward Prince Albert, who stole Victoria’s heart after a rocky start; and Alex Jennings (Churchill’s Secret) as Leopold I, King of Belgium, Victoria and Albert’s matchmaking uncle who had dreams of a dynasty for his obscure royal line—which he amazingly achieved.

 

Paul Rhys (Borgia) plays Sir John Conroy, the rumored lover of Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, a German princess played by German actress Catherine H. Flemming. Conroy pictures himself as the de facto ruler of the realm—if only he can get the duchess appointed regent for the immature queen. And Peter Firth (South Riding) appears as Victoria’s conniving uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who is convinced that he rightfully belongs on the throne and diligently conspires to get there.

 

In “VICTORIA,” writer Daisy Goodwin imaginatively depicts what it was like for an ill-educated, emotionally deprived teenager to wake up one morning and find that she is the most powerful woman in the world.

 

That it happened at all was practically a miracle. Victoria was queen only by virtue of ill luck and unfruitful marriages on the part of her uncles, who failed to produce legitimate heirs to the crown. Furthermore, her immediate predecessors were so disliked as kings that the institution of the monarchy seemed to be doomed. “VICTORIA charts how the new ruler rose to the challenge and weathered a series of crises—some of her own making—without ever losing her youthful charm and innate sense of justice, which made her popular with her subjects.

 

Goodwin has been careful to stay faithful to the facts, while reading between the lines to fill in the gaps where the early Victorians were scrupulously silent. The result is a gripping historical pageant that reveals a side of Victoria that is at odds with her later reputation for prudery and a high moral tone. In other words, Victoria was not a Victorian as we use the term.

 

“She was very, very keen on sex,” says Goodwin, adding, “with her husband. She had nine children. She didn’t lie back and think of England, at all!”

 

Victoria’s name is another case of our inheriting the wrong idea. There were so many Victorias named in tribute to the queen, during and after her reign that it comes as a surprise to learn that when she was christened Alexandrina Victoria at her birth, both names were practically made up. Previous British queens were Jane, Mary, Elizabeth, or Anne.

 

The regnal name by which a king or queen is to be officially known is up to the sovereign. In choosing to be called Queen Victoria, could she have been signaling that she would be a queen like no other?

 

VICTORIA is a coproduction of Mammoth Screen and MASTERPIECE. It is created and written by Daisy Goodwin. The director is Tom Vaughn (He Knew He Was Right). The directors are Sandra Goldbacher and Olly Blackburn. The producer is Paul Frift (Restless). The executive producers are Dan McCulloch and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE, presented by WGBH Boston. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

 

Happy Birthday John Carpenter.

Monday, January 16, 2017

John Lydon To Release 'Mr Rotten's Songbook'--Celebrating 40 Years Of Songwriting Across the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL)--Due Out March 31,2017

In celebration of 40 years of songwriting across both the SEX PISTOLS and PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) eras, JOHN LYDON is delighted to announce the personal and truly exclusive publication of MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK. Due out March 31, 2017 and limited to 1000 copies, MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOKis available to pre-order now via: https://mrrottenssongbook.concertlive.com. ***See the Q&A with JOHN LYDON below.
 
Presented in glorious, luxury large format (370x290mm portrait), MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK features never before seen artwork as well as annotated song lyric sheets spanning LYDON's entire career all written in his own hand. As the book unfolds, each album is featured with an exclusive introduction to the songs from JOHN as well as the original cover and hand-drawn artwork from LYDON to beautifully bind the lyrics to their meanings. MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK gives fresh insight into the purpose behind the words that have shaped over four decades of his songwriting career. Every one of the book's three-hundred, handcrafted pages reflect JOHN working night and day over the final six months of 2016. Each book is hand signed by the man himself and individually numbered.
Always outspoken, controversial and sincere, JOHN LYDON, formerly Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and then lead singer in Public Image Ltd (PiL),John Lydon has secured a prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols--the world's most notorious band--who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen.' So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective, he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamoring for change--and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead. With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL), Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up--the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978, he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. He also found time to collaborate on new dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. From his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero, Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure--both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator. 
 
Q&A with JOHN LYDON:

What led to the creation of MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK
I've written many songs over the years and I've always wanted to combine it all in one picturesque way. When I write songs, I think in pictures so it's the most appropriate thing I could do and looking at all the images together led to MR ROTTEN'S SONGBOOK.
 
In your recent biography, Anger Is An Energy, you mention that "words count" versus just "throwing around bricks as the voice of rebellion." Can you talk about this a bit?
 
Comedy is the root to the truth. If you take a thing too seriously, you kind of miss the point of what human nature really is. It's a hilarious romp through existence.  You can learn a lot, firstly, by learning to laugh at yourself. Only then, can you begin to laugh at others and this is why when I draw and paint, I like to do it a cartoon-y way because I think it opens up the personality of the entire event--rather than some serious still-life which says nothing and gets us no-where... 
 
Is there any piece of artwork in the book that is standing out to you or surprised you?
 
On most of the pieces, I don't sit down with a specific idea other than the actual songs. I'm quite amazed at what comes out of me. But the character on the front of the book, he's the biggest surprise of all because I was thinking how can I encapsulate what this book is supposed to unravel to the reader? That character just appeared on the page. I don't know what makes me draw these things. 
                                                                                        
What comes first? Art or music?
 
I just love drawing. I love the scratch of the pen on the page and the characters come out of that. To be fair to myself, that's what goes on in my head daily, all the time, 24/7. Every now and again, I manage to draw it onto paper. I use oils, pencil, and sometimes I just cut up bits of magazines and use different colors and blend them. Any medium suites me, but the more risky, the better and the more difficult the work involved, the more I enjoy it. This book was very hard to put together--getting the details to be absolutely perfect. Writing out the words, you might think that's easy. Bloody hell, if you don't know the song, no one does. When you're actually writing it, it's amazing how confused you could become inside your own songs. It's that Robin Williams in me that keeps going off into other subjects. I keep ping-pong ball around ideas and things ending up very, very confused. I had to learn how to focus which strangely enough I haven't done up until now. I gave myself the task and I had to stand by it.
 
Is the art process similar to writing songs?
 
Yes, but songwriting is a thought process that goes on for months, sometimes even years. Suddenly, while I'm drinking a cup of tea or eating baked beans, I'll just sit down and quickly write it out. It's almost like not thinking and it's like it's already been processed for me. Songwriting is like me explaining myself to me. I'm still in there as the confused little boy stuck in the hospital not knowing who he was from age 7 to 8. I didn't really know who I was until around 11 since all the memories returned very slowly. So there it is. While you're guessing who you are, this is what you're creating inside your head. I've been given a golden opportunity through music which I never planned on--it happened incidentally and that's when all the pieces started to fall into place. Now I'm looking at it at it like a big jigsaw puzzle of my life and slowly, but surely making it clear, not only to me but, to others. There's no evil intent in me at all...of course I could be lying.
 
What would you like people to take away from this book? Is there an overarching theme as a whole?
 
Well, if it's in the library, please don't take it away without returning it. I've been in the public spotlight since the 70s, that's a lot of pressure, but I've been able to cope with it and still maintain some kind of integrity. That's what I'm trying to get across here. You may be very confused, but as I say it's all little pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that I've haven't been able to put together myself, yet. But then again I don't know anyone who has walked into my life at any point absolutely picture-perfect. So I'm on the same trial as everybody else but I, at least, have found a way of expressing it. 
 
Do you feel that writing songs comes easier than creating art? 
 
No, it's just the same thing. Except, I'm very wary of the word "art" because the idea of interpreting thought into imagery has been corrupted so much. Even the title "Famous Artist" just comes on with some horrendous fake snobbery and institutional-ism.  To put it simply, I look at the Sistine Chapel and wonder why they've all got little willies. Even the censorship in that is rampant, so everything is still being controlled and that's no good to any of us. 
 
So art and music for you is the ultimate form of free expression?
 
Yeah, no boundaries, no rules, no regulations. Do as thy will because you're not doing any of it to hurt anybody. For me, a much more appropriate world would be one of complete open-mindedness. I don't care what language the man next to me uses. A clear message is what I want in life, transparency. I look into the thoughts behind the process, so I can write songs and now I discover that I can draw. I'm not making any issue out of it, but it's damn rewarding. I'll probably be publicly condemned.
 
What made you decide now is the right time to share the songbook?
 
Well, if you're gonna go to trial you might as well tell everyone! That would be the philosophy.