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Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is in full swing - we are adding our recommendations daily, aimed at men, women, teens, families, techies, and more. If you need help figuring out what to get the people in your life, head on over to our Guide for some ideas. We’ll even be giving away some of the items featured this year!
Good news for all of you that want to use your PSP as more than just a video game device. Sure, the unit comes with the Spider-Man 2 UMD disc - but the others are said to be quite expensive. If you want to grab a few more UMD’s at a relatively inexpensive price, head on over to Amazon. You can grab movies like XXX, Hellboy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and more for under $14 USD. Not sure how long this one will last, so get on it quick.
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This week’s DVD release is a magical experience with Finding Neverland staring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Finding Neverland tells the fictional story of the family and events that inspired the tale of Peter Pan - a great movie for the whole family to enjoy. If comedy is your thing, then Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is for you. Starring Renée Zellweger, this is the sequel to the hit Bridget Jones’ Diary that goes on to tell the comedic story of the heroine who sent her career soaring. If you enjoyed the first installment, then you are sure to love this one.
Finding Neverland ~ Miramax
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ~ Universal Pictures
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume One ~ Fox Home Entertainment
Stand by Me: Special Edition ~ Sony Home Entertainment
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead ~ Image Entertainment
The Pretender: The Complete First Season ~ Fox Home Entertainment
Kojak: Season One ~ Universal Pictures
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Fat Albert ~ Fox Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Home Entertainment has announced the release of five movies to be released for Sony’s PSP. The five movies scheduled to launch this spring are: National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Reign of Fire, Kill Bill Vol. 1, and Hero. It has also stated that they will be releasing more movies during the year. Disney is the first major studio to announce home video production in the UMD format outside of Sony. Disney did not state the M.S.R.P., however, Sony previously stated the price for the UMD movies will be about the same as its DVD counterpart – about $20-30. Now we can look forward to watching Keira Knightley wherever we take our PSP.
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This week’s DVD release list is incredible! Topping the list is the animated comedy to please old and young alike - The Incredibles. The first animated movie from Pixar to receive a PG rating tells the story of a super hero family trying to live their lives as a normal family from suburbia. Watch as the family finds themselves on yet another adventure in a DVD you’ll be sure to love. Be sure to also check out Alfie where Jude Law plays the part of a womanizing cad who gets his just desserts.
If you are looking for a way to get movies for 99 cents a pop, look no further than Peerflix. Peerflix is an online trading post where members can create a list of DVD “haves” and “wants”, and match up their lists to other users on the service. If they find a match, they contact the other party, and set up the swap. The transaction costs 99 cents, and both parties walk away from the deal with a DVD they wanted to see in return for a DVD they no longer wanted. No late fees or due dates here, plus there is no monthly membership fee. Of course, there is an honor system here, which the site monitors closely. For the deal to be successful, both members must mail the requested DVD to the other person - and with that being the case, there are bound to be some snafus along the way. Still, it is a good way to trade DVD’s on a 1:1 ratio, rather than going to your local DVD shop and having to trade in 3 or 4 movies in exchange for the latest blockbuster.
Read More | Peerflix
The network of computers used to generate the special effects wizardry behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy is still being used today, on a work-for-hire basis, for a variety of purposes. One project is the design of a super yacht, while another is around the testing of gene sequencing algorithms. Doesn’t get much more varied than that. Not to fear though, as film companies are still using the supercomputer for their effects, including Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake. Able to crunch more than 2.8 trillion calculations per second, it is now 104th most powerful supercomputer on the planet.
Read More | BBC News
Get fired up with this week’s DVD releases, starting with Ladder 49. Staring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta, Ladder 49 tells the story of the brave men and women we call fire fighters. If you prefer something a bit less sappy, the ninth season of Friends has also been released today. Be sure to check out one of these hits this weekend as you relax from a long week at work or school:
Ladder 49 ~ Joaquin Phoenix
Friends - The Complete Ninth Season ~ Lisa Kudrow
Columbo - The Complete Second Season ~ Peter Falk
Baby Einstein - Baby Monet - Discovering the Seasons
Tribal Fusion: Yoga Isolations & Drills for Bellydance ~ Rachel Brice
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Six ~ Lucy Lawless
Sometimes I have a hard time remembering what movie a certain quote came from and when I try asking friends for some strange reason, they seem to experience the same memory lock as I do at the moment. Now thanks to Google I won’t have to fret over not remembering the movie where follow the white rabbit comes from. Check out the full review after the jump.
I know structured wiring and home automation aren’t exactly at the tip of your tongue. All I can say is that it will be. If you want to be able to integrate all of your high tech audio and video toys with your home entertainment systems, and build them into multi room designs, you will need both home automation and structured wiring. The reason I mention this is that Leviton has announced that it is releasing the LE&AP, a multimedia hard drive distribution unit for its structured wiring enclosures. With a Linux based operating system, the LE&AP allows you to distribute your digital music and videos across multiple platforms. Send your MP3’s to your stereo and your digital videos and digital camera images to the televisions. The distribution unit will also share out your broadband connection. I’m an MCSE and I’m going to be looking at this way before I look at mounting a computer with windows media system loaded on it.
This is an 8-zone commercial grade gateway and firewall, with 4 USB expansion ports, and a 120 GB internal drive. It can be upgraded to larger storage capacity as well as software upgrades. From the looks of the system eventually it will integrate with your security and home control devices as well.
With basic audio and video connections as well as advanced digital connections, the unit connects to your TV or stereo and uses your home network for communications. With the remote and some easy to use menus on the TV homeowners can browse and select all of their audio, video and photo storage.
Read More | Leviton
JoeToy.com recently posted photos of some new toy models based on the upcoming Star Wars film: Revenge of the Sith. Looks like they’re trying to meld the vehicles with Episode IV - VI storylines, but I don’t think it looks all that great. In any case, in the past few months, there have been all sorts of information leaks about the film, enough to give away the entire plot. StarWars.com already has pictures of the new villain, General Grievous. And this image from Rebelscum.com has a listing of major plot points (Spoiler Warning!) as described on the upcoming trading cards.
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