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American Horror Story: Coven lands on Blu-ray in time for Halloween. Entertainment Weekly celebrated its release with a behind-the-scenes exclusive about the shooting of an episode that some of the cast revealed was “sometimes just as scary as watching it”. As for the Blu-ray specs, “The overall picture is a bit soft and lacking in […]

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Oppo in 3D an Optical Delight

Oppo in 3D an Optical Delight

Oppo’s first Blu-ray 3D player is worth buying just for its 2D capability. The BDP-93 is priced higher than most of the competition but picture purists won’t begrudge the $1350 price tag given the calibre of the extras – even if the appreciating dollar is making it harder to justify. However, the premium’s partly due […]

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Blu-ray of the Day: Glee – The Complete First Season

Cast: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling. Creators: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy. Score: James S Levine. Cinematography: Christopher Baffa. It’s tempting to dub Glee a quirky High School Musical spin on Freaks and Geeks. But the series has its own, unique voice that’s fresh, funny and moving. Co-creator […]

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Blu-rays of the Day: Heroes – Seasons 1 & 2

Cast: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter. Creator: Tim Kring. Score: Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin. Cinematography: Nathaniel Goodman, Charles Lieberman, John B Aronson. Season three of the sci-fi phenomenon about freaks across America who just might be able to save the world at last is […]

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Blu-ray of the Day: Heroes – Season 3

Cast: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter, Robert Forster. Creator: Tim Kring. Score: Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin. Cinematography: Nathaniel Goodman, Charles Lieberman, John B Aronson. The cheerleader who was meant to save the world turns into a cold stone killer in the opening minutes of […]

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Blu-rays of the Day: The Tudors, Seasons I-III

Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Northam, Sarah Bolger, Nick Dunning, James Frain, Sam Neill, Peter O’Toole. Creator: Michael Hirst. Score: Trevor Morris. Cinematography: Ousama Rawi. This was England 600 years ago, when a young Henry VIII had ascended the throne – or at least how Michael Hirst, the writer of the two Elizabeth […]

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Blu-ray of the Day: True Blood - The Complete Second Season

Blu-ray of the Day: True Blood – The Complete Second Season

Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell , Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Michelle Forbes. Directors: Daniel Minahan, Michael Lehmann, Scott Winant, John Dahl, Michael Ruscio, Adam Davidson, Michael Cuesta. Creator: Alan Ball. Score: Nathan Barr. True Blood creator Alan Ball spiked his V juice with too much gay abandon in the vampire hit’s second season. […]

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Blu-ray of the Day: Battlestar Galactica - Complete Series

Blu-ray of the Day: Battlestar Galactica – Complete Series

Cast: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis. Creators: Glen A Larson, Ronald D Moore. Score: Bear McCreary. Cinematography: Stephen McNutt. As commendable as this $399, 20-disc collection is, it’s not definitive. Universal Pictures Video has since released in the US the same set with the bonus of the post-series finale […]

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Blu-ray of the Day: Rome – The Complete Collection

Blu-ray of the Day: Rome – The Complete Collection

Cast: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, James Purefoy, Kerry Condon. Directors: Michael Apted, Allen Coulter, Alan Poul, Steve Shill, Timothy Van Patten, Alan Taylor, John Maybury. Creators: Bruno Heller, William J MacDonald, John Milius. Rome fell after its second season. HBO hoped this sumptuous, tumultuous Sopranos-with-togas saga would expand the reach of its empire […]

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Blu-ray of the Day: Band of Brothers

Cast: Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes, David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg. Directors: Tom Hanks, Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, Mikael Salomon, David Nutter, David Leland, Tony To, David Frankel. Score: Michael Kamen. Cinematography: Joel Ransom, Remi Adefarasin. Why endure TV One’s standard definition re-run of Band of Brothers, punctuated by ads and promos, […]

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