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Star Wars Rebels' Second Season Is Brilliant, Its Blu-ray Set Less So

No offence to J.J. Abrams, but the best Star Wars storytelling in the past year may have been on Star Wars Rebels. Executive producer Dave Filoni and his team weaved a complex, exciting tale that not only illuminated many previous Star Wars myths, but set up new ones, too.


That Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit Mega-Blu-Ray Set Is Really $1000

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.


The Xbox One S Is The Cheapest 4K Blu-Ray Player You Can Buy In Australia Right Now

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 $399, a full $200 cheaper than the least expensive Blu-ray player on sale in Australia today.


Here's The Ultimate Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit Blu-Ray Set You've Been Waiting For

Pretty much ever since the Hobbit movies were announced, fans have clamored for an ultimate box set that gathered the (then-future) extended editions of those films with the extended Lord of the Rings cuts in a single box set. Well, you’ll soon be able to — and it’s pretty spectacular.


A Giant Robot And The 1986 Transformers Movie Taught Me About The Cold Inevitability Of Death

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.


The Cult Movies Of VHS Legends Vestron Are Finally Getting The Blu-rays They Deserve

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.


Sorry, You'll Have To Buy The Force Awakens On Blu-Ray Again (And Also A 3D TV)

We all knew this was coming, but it doesn’t hurt our wallets any less. Disney has just announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to 3D Blu-ray November 15. The four-disc set will include a feature commentary by J.J. Abrams and new deleted scenes.


The Future Of 4K Is For Enthusiasts Only

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.


The Original Star Trek Is Getting An Incredible Blu-Ray Set For The 50th Anniversary

Star Trek‘s 50th birthday is this year, and the celebration has begun — there’s the new TV show on the way,


Hands On: Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player

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.


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