Back in 2013, 1.2 million High Quality Counterfeit DVDs were seized from a home in Sydney's Quaker's Hill. Today one man was sentenced to four years and six months prison for possession and sale of the DVDs, which the court says had a potential value of $21 million.
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It sucks having to re-buy your favourite movies every time a new format comes out. But this new Terminator 2 box set not only gets you one of the greatest action movies of all time in glorious 4K, it also comes with a limited edition metal T-800 endoskeleton arm that brings you one step closer to building your own Terminator.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing the long-rumoured, and previously only internationally available, "Black and Chrome" version of Mad Max: Fury Road. And that's not all: The company is releasing the whole franchise in one box set.
Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller probably didn't realise the avalanche of discussion he set off when he first mentioned a black-and-white version of his award-winning film. We've chronicled the mystery behind this version of the film in the past, but now it seems like it's actually happening.
Last year, an Atlantic article introduced us to an activist group run by a former North Korean who now uses balloons to airlift information and technology into into the tightly-controlled country. Now, its members want to use their balloons to tote in copies of The Interview, Sony's beleaguered comedy about Kim Jong-un.
Now that its bigger brother Blu-ray has stolen the spotlight, paltry 4.7GB DVDs have slowly started to fade into obscurity. But could they be poised for a comeback? A trio of Chinese scientists have discovered a breakthrough process that could, at least in theory, allow a DVD to store a whopping 1000TB — or a full petabyte — of data. Suck on that, Blu-ray.
Remember DVD players? You know, those boxes that those oversized Blu-ray discs used to slide into? Well, looks like they won't be going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes (ask your parents) just yet,because researchers have just figured out a way to turn them into affordable, blood-analysing, cellular-imaging, laser-scanning microscopes capable of completing HIV tests in mere minutes.
If you want to take your movies with you on the road or ditch your physical discs to save space, you'll need to rip them first. Thankfully, there are plenty of great utilities designed to make the process easy and give you files that are playable on any device you choose. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.
Yeah, I know; you're a modern Giz-reading type, and any media you watch will either be on a Blu-ray disc or stored on your home server. But that doesn't mean there aren't lots of portable DVD players out there. And it turns out that four models sold by Dick Smith have potential battery overheating issues, which has prompted the chain to issue a recall.
Thirty years ago, the CD was born. This, of course, was the medium that would usher in the era of optical drives, a technology that dominated personal computing for decades. And though it's not completely dead, it's certainly on its way out. In fact, I honestly can't even remember the last time I used mine. How often do you still use yours?
Because we're not all artists who can turn dead media into a gigantic skull, I'm curious as to what you guys have done with your dusty collection of CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS tapes and all other old, physical media? It seems heartless to toss 'em out but they're also so completely useless. What to do?
30 years ago today, workers in a factory outside of Hanover, Germany played host to executives from Polygram, Sony and Philips. These executives were here to see something they knew was going to be special. After a while, they were handed a small, circular disc. These executives were holding the first Compact Disc ever pressed. 30 years have passed since that day, and now, on the technology's 30th birthday, we take a look back at how it became one of the world's most popular formats.