Sony offers Ultra HD player and Xperia Tablet S to buyers of Ultra HD TV

Do you have an extra $25k? If you do then you are in luck. Recently, Sony announced the release of their first consumer Ultra HD television. The Ultra HD standard has 4 times the resolution of current top level HDTV. To sweeten the deal, Sony is now offering a Ultra HD video player and an Xperia Tablet S for a remote control. Sony is hushing critics who point to the lack of Ultra HD video content. The 4k Ultra HD TV model number Sony XBR-84X900 upscales all video inputs to near 4k Ultra HD quality. The 4k Ultra HD Player is a hard-disc server that will come preloaded with 10 movies: The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall (2012) and Salt, to name a few. In addition, the server will have music videos and performances.
Sony was not the first to bring an Ultra HD TV to market, but they are the first to provide a complete viewing experience. Looking for a competitive edge in the over saturated HDTV market, Sony is besting LG, its only competitor in Ultra HD televisions by providing content to take advantage of every pixel on its new Ultra HD television.

Men In Black 3 Review

Men In Black 3 is now out for the home market. The critics were wrong! This is the best of the MIB movies. All of nuances that make a sequel great are present. In this review, the premium value is placed on options to access the movie and not all of the extras. The extras included with this movie are not particularly engaging or inspiring. On to the review . . .

MIB 3 Amazon Instant

Amazon Instant

In our reviews, Amazon Instant is usually the stepchild without any extras. When purchasing MIB 3 from AI (acronym crazy) for $17.99, you only get the movie in stereo sound. The beauty of Amazon Instant is that it works on the broadest number of devices. The lack of extra features can cause pause, but for this movie the extras are not a deal maker. Amazon Instant can boast that it is available on the best tablets, the iPads and iPad Mini, and one of the most affordable tablets, the Kindle Fire HD.

MIB 3 Google Play

Google Play

Cheaper pricing and access to the plethora of Android devices (minus Amazon Kindle tablets) are Google Play’s high points. The lack of 5.1 surround sound gives the impression that GP is focused on its mobile devices, which now include Google’s Chromebooks. Men In Black 3 in Google Play, like Amazon Instant, does not offer any extras. Up until recently, Google Play worked on iPads. At the time of my test GP did not allow me to watch or access the movie on my iPad Mini. I will investigate the limitation regarding the iPad. The price is the same as Amazon Instant, $17.99. There are a few Google TV devices out there that will allow for you to watch directly on your television, but not many.

MIB 3 iTunes

Apple iTunes

How does Apple give a stiff slap to the competition? MIB 3 on iTunes is a prime example. For the same price as Amazon Instant, Vudu, and Google Play, iTunes offers the most extras. The movie has Dolby 5.1 sound and works across all Apple devices and PC. iTunes is not bringing any exclusive material to the dance, but amongst its digital download competitors it takes the lead.

MIB 3 Vudu

Vudu

All of the digital download competitors are coming to the party with the same price, but like iTunes, Vudu includes more than just the film. Vudu looks to compete for the best home viewing experience with the inclusion of extras and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1. That is all included for the same price of $17.99. Nearly all smart TVs and smart Blu-ray players include access to Vudu. Vudu recently upgraded their service to allow members full 1080p access on PC and Mac.

Buy MIB 3

Men In Black 3 on Blu-ray

For $19.99, this disc set contains a Blu-ray disc a DVD and a digital download via UltraViolet. With 5.1 surround sound; it promises to be a solid in-house experience. Film students, you don’t have to save your pennies! The disc set includes all of the extras, we’re just not sure you will want them. These included extras consist of everyone patting each other on the back in true Hollywood fashion. “Will is great. Tommy is great blah, blah, blah.” If you need something on while you fold clothes, the extras provide the perfect distraction.


Wrap Up

And the WaysToWatch.com choice for MIB 3 is Vudu!! The convenience of downloading the movie at home and the ubiquitous access to the Vudu platform make it our winner.

Top Ten Christmas Movies

Buy A Christmas Story

10. A Christmas Story

Can we ever get enough of this film? How many of us have tried sticking our tongue on a frozen pole? This 1983 film is a classic! Nearly every year TBS, the cable station, plays it for 24-hours straight on Christmas Eve.






Buy The Santa Clause

9. The Santa Clause

Of our Christmas Top Ten this film is the only one that actually has the death of Santa Claus. This may have been as significant as the death of Super-Man. Like Super-Man, Santa Claus is soon replaced by Tim Allen’s character Scott Calvin (You may need to catch up on some comic book reading to get the above reference).






Buy Christmas Carol

8. Christmas Carol

This Robert Zemeckis’ film combines the classic story with some of the latest in motion capture technology. The idea of reflecting on our past and addressing how our actions affect the present and future carries across generations.





Buy Scrooged

7. Scrooged

Starring Bill Murray, what else needs to be said? With the help from the ghost of Christmas past, present and future, his character Frank Cross, takes a turn for the better. This comedic version of the Christmas Carol is well done by its great cast.






Buy Elf

6. Elf

This story about a human being raised as an elf makes nearly every top ten list. You would think that such a successful movie would bring a sequel, but the main man Will Ferrell declined the offer.






Buy How The Grinch Stole Christmas

5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

For our list we are going with the 1966 television special. Dr. Seuss wrote all of the lyrics to the songs in this cartoon. This animated film is only 26 minutes long, the shortest on the list.







Buy Die Hard

4. Die Hard

In this 80’s action film, John McClane arrives in L.A. on Christmas eve; just in time to save his wife for the holiday. Who has a company party on Christmas Eve? But, then again, this is a movie about one New York cop single-handedly stopping a group of international terrorist. So, maybe the timing of the party isn’t biggest issue.






Buy A Nightmare Before Christmas

3. A Nightmare Before Christmas

Released in 1993, Tim Burton’s movie about Jack Skellington taking over Christmas, is the one of the most popular stop motions film of all time. Jack Skellington is a unique cinematic figure, that Burton created many years before the movie was made.






Buy It’s a Wonderful Life

2. It’s a Wonderful Life

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in this classic. Released in 1946 it is the oldest of our Christmas Top 10. It reminds us that our actions matter to our community and those we care about.







Buy Home Alone

1. Home Alone

Macaulay Culkin, as Kevin McCallister, opposite Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, saves himself, his home and the holiday. This is a personal favorite. The VHS tape was frayed by the number of times we watched it. This was the highest grossing film of 1990.




That is our Top Ten Christmas Movies. Check out our video above. Happy Holidays!!

Expendables 2 Unboxing & Giveaway

This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Expendables 2 Blu-ray. This Blu-ray features 11.1 Surround Sound. We are giving away this Blu-ray. We are aiming for 150 Youtube subscribers to set the giveaway in motion. To be eligible all you need to do is subscribe to our Youtube channel www.youtube.com/waystowatchcom. You can buy The Expendables 2 [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] now. Click here. Good luck!!
 

Men In Black 3: Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray DVD Unboxing & Giveaway

This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Walmart Exclusive Men In Black 3 Blu-ray DVD set. This set includes: 2D Blu-ray, DVD and the digital copy.

We are giving away the full disc set. We are aiming for 150 Youtube subscribers to set the giveaway in motion. To be eligible all you need to do is subscribe to our Youtube channel www.youtube.com/waystowatchcom. Good luck!!

If you like you can order it now. Men in Black 3 (Three Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Buy MIB 3

Wii U Deluxe Set Unboxing

The latest Nintendo console, the Wii U, is now on sale. It comes with the game Nintendo Land and one Game Pad (controller). What is unique to the Wii U is that the game pad can display the game allowing other people to watch regular TV. Nintendo has promised a fully integrated television experience. A soon to arrive update from Nintendo will enable the Wii U and Game Pad to work with TiVo and Amazon Instant. Here is an 120 Second Unboxing of the Wii U Deluxe Set. The full length unboxing can be found on our Youtube channel.

 

Wii U Deluxe Set 120 Second Unboxing

3net To Develop First Native Ultra High Definition TV Show

The first native 4K show will be coming from 3net Studios, a joint venture between Sony, Imax, and Discovery. Their initial productions include Space, a three part series covering everything from the big bang to space in the future. This show will be shown in  all formats; 4K, 2K, 3D, and 2D, or what 3net calls “TotalD.” This show will be giving you “deeply stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD shots to immerse the viewer within space itself…” 3net is also planning on releasing Marksman, a 3D stop-motion graphic novel series, as well as a few other shows. So if you plan on getting a second mortgage to pick up a 4K TV, you can expect to see some native 4K content sometime in 2013. Read more about it here.

VUDU Now Streaming in High Definition To Your Computer

VUDU is now offering you the option to stream your movies in high definition to your desktop or laptop. Before, you were limited to streaming only in standard definition. VUDU has been a good option for movie purchases if you have an internet connected TV or other device with a VUDU app. However, if you had your heart set on enjoying your movie in HD on the road, you would not be such a happy customer. Also, your computer needs to have an HDCP compliant output if you want to watch on an external monitor, which apparently, leaves  out a lot of Apple products (you can still watch on the built in screen). Also, there is still no mention of them bringing you an HD option for your iPad. You are also going to be stuck with stereo sound only. Just for the sake of trying, I tried to stream The Avengers to my Android phone on the Chrome browser, but it didn’t work. Not all movies are available in HD, but if you own any, go check it out now.

WaysToWatch.com Top Five Black Presidents in Television and Movies

With Barack Obama winning the 2012 election, I thought it would be fun to list five of my favorite Black presidents from television and film. The idea of a Black president has been seen in numerous movies as early as 1920s. This list is comprised of relatively recent occurrences of Black actors playing the president.

Head of State

Number 5: Chris Rock, Head of State

In this highly implausible movie Chris Rock plays Mays Gilliam, a recently fired alderman, gets picked to run for president and wins.
 
 
 
 
 

The Fifth Element

Number 4: Tommy “Tiny” Lister, The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element is a futuristic science fiction action movie where the planet is in eminent danger from an intergalactic force. Lister plays President Lindberg, the leader of the Earth.
 
 
 
 
 

Deep Impact

Number 3: Morgan Freeman, Deep Impact

Freeman plays President Tom Beck, the leader of the free world. He plays a forceful commander-n-chief that helps prepare the world for an Extinction-Level Event.
 
 
 
 
 

2012

Number 2: Danny Glover, 2012

As the planet begins to pop like popcorn, Glover’s character President Thomas Wilson, decides to stay with the citizenry as another Extinction-Level Event destroy Washington D.C. and the rest of the world.
 
 
 
 
 

24

Number 1: Dennis Haysbert, 24

As President David Palmer, Haysbert plays a strong decisive leader that helps Jack Bauer save the United States in a day about 4 or 5 times. No other president, real or fictional, has helped save the country from terrorist attacks as David Palmer.
 
 
 

There is my Top Five List, what do you think? Let me know on in the comments below.

The iPad Mini Review: The Best Small Tablet for Watching Movies, Top Five Reasons

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For many years people have accused Apple of being closed and limiting their customer’s options. Even though I am a Mac user, I often agreed with this assessment. But when it comes to movies on the iPad Mini this is actually not true.

Here are my top five reasons why the iPad Mini is the best small tablet for movie lovers.

The iPad Mini has the Most Video Options

Of all small tablet options, including tablets from Amazon, Samsung and Google, the iPad Mini actually can access the most video. Amazon only allows its Kindle tablets to buy from Amazon Instant Video.  And Google and Samsung can only buy movies from Google Play. The iPad Mini can use purchased movies from Amazon Instant, Vudu, and, of course, the iTunes store.

The iPad Mini has the Best Downloadable Movie Option, iTunes

When it comes to digital downloadable content the iPad Mini is the only small tablet that has access to extras, like director’s commentary and deleted scenes. This is true because it can get video from iTunes and Vudu the only digital download options that offer movie extras. Amazon Instant and Google Play do not offer any extras.

The iPad Mini has the Best Battery Life

The reviews are in, and they all agree, this device stands up to the test of time when it comes to watching movies. You get 12 hours of movie watching, 20 percent better than the closest competition.

The iPad Mini is the Best for Shooting and Editing Your Own Video

Shooting and editing your own video on this device is solid. With a 1080p camera and iMovie you are set the make you own family movie.

AirPlay

And the fifth reason why the iPad Mini is the best small tablet for watching movies is simply AirPlay. Any thing that you can play on the device will play on an Apple TV. It is simple and easy. Currently, Google and Amazon do not have anything that competes.

So, there are my top five reasons. Do you agree? Android users, do you want to push a contender? What do you think? Comment on our Youtube channel or below.