If you have a new (and probably quite expensive) 4K HDR TV, then 4K video is amazing — it looks incredible. But to watch a 4K Blu-ray, you need a 4K Blu-ray player, which can set you back quite a few hundred dollars more than regular Blu-ray. If you do want to make that investment, though, the cheapest 4K Blu-ray player actually does a lot more than just play movies. You can buy a 4K-toting Xbox One S for as little as $349, a full $200 cheaper than the least expensive Blu-ray player on sale in Australia today.
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Here's the weird thing about an already great movie like Captain America: Civil War. It's such a big hit that it doesn't have to be a good Blu-ray. It could be the movie on a disc in a paper slipcover and it would sell like crazy. But thankfully, Marvel decided to pack the release with lots of solid, additional content.
Last week, Amazon accidentally let slip that a new bumper collection including all six extended editions of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth movies together for the very first time was on its way — and that it apparently had a humongous price tag. We thought it couldn't possibly be true, but apparently we were wrong.
Optimus Prime passed away on 8 August 1986. It was 30 full years ago, when Transformers: The Movie debuted, that the heroic robot sacrificed his own life to defeat the evil Megatron. But an event that was tragic for Prime's fellow Autobots turned out to be completely traumatic for me and God knows how many other kids.
Any weirdo who came of age in the VHS era will remember Vestron Video; though the 1980s powerhouse had some big hits (including Dirty Dancing), it was also responsible for making countless midnight movies available for home viewing. Now, Lionsgate owns the Vestron vaults, and six very special Blu-rays are soon to follow.
The guy next to me huffed loudly — an explosive grunt of displeasure that had me halfway between amusement and horror. We were in a meeting room at the Hilton in New Jersey, seated in front of a giant TV with a giant sound system, and we'd just seen footage played back on Panasonic's UB900 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. Compared to the competitor, it had performed well and everyone in attendance was eager to get their hands on one for testing at home.
Star Trek's 50th birthday is this year, and the celebration has begun — there's the new TV show on the way, cool merchandise and a new movie. But this downright gorgeous collection might be the greatest thing about the year so far.
High Dynamic Range continues to prove its importance as Samsung's UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player lands on Australian shelves.
Panasonic jumped the gun recently in order to announce Australia's first Ultra HD Blu-ray disc first player — I've already put the Panasonic player through its paces, but it won't actually be on sale until September and judging by overseas pricing it's likely to sell for at least $1000. Now Samsung has thrown its hat in the ring with a $599 player that hits the shelves this month.
When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. Today we've spotted a buy-one-get-one-free deal on blu-rays at JB Hi-Fi, but there's a couple of conditions.
Video: This side-by-side comparison video of 4K HDR Ultra HD and Blu-Ray doesn't show the true technological difference between the two (because things get lost in translation when it ends up as a video on YouTube). But it does illustrate how there is a visual difference between the two that goes beyond just more resolution. 4K TVs are often disregarded because we can't appreciate the resolution unless the screen is much bigger than usual, but with 4K allowing for high dynamic range, Ultra HD movies can pack a much better colour punch.
What more can be said about Star Wars: The Force Awakens that already hasn't? It's literally been a topic of conversation for years, and you'd think it would slow down eventually. Instead, it's the opposite — especially since the film hits digital download today and we found a ton of new info in the extras.