The Big Lebowski Limited Edition BluRay

F#$! it Dude.  If you are over the age of 25 and you even remotely have your finger on the pulse of what is a good movie, then you’ve already seen The Big Lebowski.   This Limited Edition BluRay version does not sport much in the way of new extras (yes, I own 2 previous versions of this movie on DVD – and each one was purchased specifically for it’s extra features).  Don’t get me wrong, it does have extras, there is just not that much more on here that has not been previously released on past DVDs.  Of course the movie itself is beautiful on BluRay, so my true recommendation is to say “F#&! it, Dude, buy it anyways.”

 

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Features that we have seen before; and this WOULD be a valid reason to have this (they are now all together on one disc):

  • Jeff Bridges Photo Book: Exclusive shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski by Jeff Bridges himself.
  • The Dude’s Life: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and their delivery of the Coen Brothers’ dialogue that became classic movie lines.
  • The Dude Abides- The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: A conversation with the cast about the film’s cult classic status.
  • Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams- The Dream Sequences of the Dude: Featurette on the making of the surreal sequences in the film.
  • The Making of The Big Lebowski
  • The Lebowski Fest- An Achiever’s Story: An in-depth look at the popular Lebowski Festival, formed by the legion of fans in honor of the film.
  • An Introduction: Featuring Mortimer Young.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Interactive Map (this is by far one of my favorite extra features; you can actually click a location and it will “zoom” in to where that scene was filmed.

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Limited Edition BluRay?  What makes it a limited edition?  What won’t it come with in the future?  Well.. The case itself is adorned with the artwork that you see in the feature image as posted above, the back is an image of The Dude’s Rug.  It’s actually pretty cool; but you also have within what Universal is calling a “Digibook” – a 28 page book that features stills from the production, quotes, an interview with Jeff Dowd (that’s the guy who inspired to Coen Brothers character ‘The Dude’ ), and a Duderology quiz (How many times does The dude say “man”? – stuff like that).  That’s pretty cool.  Universal has not stated when a regular edition will come out, nor have they said if the above packaging will be changed for it.

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BluRay special features always get me giddy.  I love em.  Shoot, it’s the reason I buy the BluRay to begin with!  The Big Lebowski does not disappoint when it comes to extras.  Yes, these were worth the price of admission.  You get:

  • Scene Companion: A picture in picture mode that features cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more during key scenes.
  • Mark It Dude: On-screen counter that keeps track of all the “F-Bombs”, “Dudes” and “Dude-isms” in the film.
  • The Music of The Big Lebowski: Instantly identifies the songs heard while watching the film, and allows the creation of custom playlists.
  • Worthy Adversaries- What’s My Line Trivia: Trivia that tests your Lebowski knowledge by finishing lines of dialogue during the film. Play as Walter or The Dude or in two-player mode against friends.
  • U-CONTROL – let’s you access special features (making of, behind the scenes, etc) while you are watching the movie itself.
  • pocket BLU – you can use your mobile device to interface with your bluray player to access the special features and watch them directly on your mobile device.
  • BD-LIVE – this is pretty cool provided your BluRay player is connected to the internet.  You can check out updated special features when more are added instead of being stuck with only the ones that came on the bluray disc itself.
  • Mobile-To-Go – toss the movie onto your mobile device, ipad, itouch, smartphone, laptop, whatever.  Watch The Dude anywhere!
  • uHEAR – Hit the pop up menu and click on the uHear button and the movie skips back a few seconds and turns on the subtitles just for the patch of dialogue you missed.

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Apple to make a cheap IPhone?

Rumors will be rumors, but when trustworthy sources state that Apple is looking into releasing a less expensive version of their famous IPhone, it makes you wonder why they have not gone this route sooner.  The International Data Corporation (IDC) has stated that the “mobile phone market grew 2.4% year over year in the third quarter of 2012” with the “worldwide smartphone market vendors shipping 179.7 million units“.  Of that, Apple’s IPhone made up 29.6 million of those units.

Some would argue the small fraction of that unit from Apple had to do with the operating system (some people simply prefer the Android), but others would say it’s everything to do with price.  The average IPhone price is (brand new, off the shelf, no contract) about $500.00.  Yes, you can wait a few months and the price WILL drop, but I’m talking about Day 1, Hour 1.  That’s a fairly good chunk of cash for most of us.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you Apple is a greedy company, but they do want your money.  Hey, that’s business after all isn’t it?  I mean.. That’s what a business does, it tries to get you to open your wallet and fork over that green!  Apple, it seems, may have finally realized that they can make even more $$ by making one simple move; make a less expensive version of their IPhone.

It’s something that we have heard rumors about for a long time, but now more than ever it makes financial sense for them to release such a product.  We have claims that Apple is in the testing phase of the Iphone 6 (and the iOS7), and as stated above our sources claim that this “lower-end iPhone.. could debut as early as late 2013“.

NOW.. Let’s take it a step further and tie it into the TracPhone’s StraightTalk line.. A cheap iPhone that’s going to give me unlimited talk, text, and internet for $45.00 a month?  I may very well take that deal!

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Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Deck Pack #3 Now Available

Wizards of the Coast has released the third and final Deck Pack expansion for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam (PC). It will release tomorrow (1-10-2013) on iPad. Available for $2.99, the Deck Pack features two brand new decks – Rogue’s Gallery & Mana Mystery – which provide new magic to defeat foes in Campaign or Multiplayer gameplay.
Additional information about these new decks includes:

Rogue’s Gallery: Manipulate and infiltrate with the blue and black “Rogues’ Gallery” deck. Disrupt your enemies’ plans with spells, then summon stealthy mages and shadowy undead to deliver the killing blows.

Mana Mystery: Wield all five colors of magic with the “Mana Mastery” deck. A pentacolor array of spells will help you keep the battlefield clear while you set the stage for towering, indomitable creatures!

This third Deck Pack also comes with foil conversions for Rogue’s Gallery and Mana Mystery decks. Available today, players are able to purchase either of these decks and/or their foil conversions individually.

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Danny Trejo is Bad Ass

Danny Trejo is Bad Ass.

I’m going to pause for a moment so you can go right now to your video site of choice to order or download this movie.

Done? Okay. Yeah, you gotta see this one. It may not have vampires, or kids who are spys, or big ass knives (well.. okay there is one), or Predators, in it but it does have Danny Trejo. We like Danny Trejo.

He plays Frank Vega (no relation to Vince or Vic), who returns to America from Vietnam only to find he does not fit in. He tries to get a job with the LA Police force, but due to an injury to his leg from Vietnam (got shot) he is not able to join the force. He tries to get other jobs but as we all know, the late 1970’s were not exactly kind to our soldiers who returned home after defending our country. He gets work as a hot-dog vendor and discoveres that after 40 years, he is still.. a hot-dog vendor. He wants more out of life.

He explains through narrative what’s happened in his life up to him being 67 years old. The tag line for the movie is “They messed with the wrong senior citizen”.

While on a bus ride, he stands up to two gang members who are harassing a man for his seat. Frank kicks their asses all the while someone is recording everything on their phone. The video gets uploaded to ‘YouView’ (looks very similar to YouTube) and goes viral.

From there he becomes somewhat of a hero, which is what he always wanted after serving his country in Vietnam. His best friend gets murdered and Frank realizes that the police are doing nothing to figure out who did it, so he goes out upon his own to solve the murder.

The movie does not take itself too seriously. There is a fair amount of comedy in it, but it’s not a comedy. I’d honestly have to say it’s a feel good movie. It’ a vigilante film. It’s an underdog story. There is not a lot of blood (except for when he finds Terrance – whoosh, that’s pretty sic!), and the acting is a bit over the top, but it’s supposed to be! It is, afterall, an homage to the 1970’s Vigilante films.

Don’t expect a 2012 ultra clean cinematic viewing. That’s not to say it’s not a pretty film, oh man it certainly is! Director Craig Moss knocked this one out of the ball-park with his directing style, no question there. What I simply mean is that this film was made to appear as if it was produced in the late 1970’s (film grain, over exposed colors, stuff like that).

It came out in April of 2012 and has a running time of about 90 minutes.

This has quickly become among my top favorite Danny Trejo films of all time. It’s a must see, hell, it’s a must own!

…and when I’m 67… I’ll sport a fanny pack too… bi-atch!

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Wii U Release Date: November 18th Price: from $299.99

Nintendo has finally let us all know the release date(s) and prices for their new console (yes, it is actually a new console – not just a game pad), the Wii U.

In the United States the Wii U will be released on Sunday, November 18th. It will be released in Europe on November 30th, and in Japan on December 8th.

There will be two versions of the console; Basic and Deluxe.

What’s the difference and which one do I need?

Basic: $299.99 comes with:
Console, GamePad Tablet, AC adapter, Wii U sensor bar, HDMI Cable, 8gig of storage.

Deluxe: $349.99 comes with:
Console, GamePad Tablet, AC Adapter, Wii U sensor bar, HDMI Cable, 32gig of storage, stands for the console and GamePad, GamePad charging station, and Nintendo Land.

Tech Specs:
Supports 1080p
Main Memory: 1GB
System Memory: 1GB
Total Memory: 2GB
Games will only use 1GB of the system’s memory, the other 1GB is for the Operating System.
Game Discs will hold up to 25GB of gaming fun and will stream up to 22.5 MB/s.
Nintendo has been tight lipped about the system’s CPU and GPU (so I’m not reporting what the speculation is on these).

The Wii U will also work as a DVR. Yep, Nintendo TVii (Teevii) is a new mode just announced that will allow you to use the GamePad to check out live television, shows recorded, and other online video services (think Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, etc) as well as music streaming. The best part? It’s integrated with the Wii U and it’s not going to cost anything extra, nor will there be a monthly fee (aside from what it may cost for a subscription to Netflix or similar services).

The Wii U is backwards compatible to the Wii and will make use of the Wii-mote and Nunchucks (although this new system does not come with either one).

The Wii U will sport just over 50 titles for it’s ‘Launch Window’ which Nintendo states is from November 18th, 2012 to March 31st, 2013.

All in all, the price seems decent (and remember it IS a new console – not a new way to play the WII), the features are cool, and of course it’s hitting shelves in time for the holidays.

I can’t say that I’m going to be 1st in line to pick this up on release day. I really want to see this in action for myself before I jump into yet another console (read this as: “Nintendo, send me one to review.”)

-Brian Hardin II

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