VUDU Android App Review

VUDU has finally gone and released an app on the Android Play Store. It’s been available on the iPad for over a year now, so it’s nice to finally see them show the millions of Android tablet users some love. For now, the app will only show up on the Play Store for a few compatible tablets, but the list of devices should be growing soon. For this review, I side loaded the the apk I found online onto to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1. Here’s the run down…

VUDU is owned by Wal-Mart and allows you to rent and buy movies for viewing in up to 1080p. It’s also a place where you can view any movies you have on your Ultra-Violet account. For some reason, the big wigs over at the movie studios decided to allow only standard definition viewing through Ultra-Violet. But if you own a internet connected TV, Blu-Ray player, or another device with VUDU built in, you can enjoy your movies in full HD. Now with the Android app, you can take your movies with you where ever you go. The best feature, is the ability to download your movie directly to your device so no internet connection is needed. This is not a option for the iPad app(In your face iPad). Besides movies, the app is very well designed, easy to navigate, super smooth, and you can purchase a movie and begin watching in a few seconds.

Here is what I don’t like… Although you can download for offline viewing, you are limited to standard definition. Considering that almost all of the newest phones have HD screens, this doesnt make much sense. I don’t know if VUDU is responsible for this, but I’m assuming it’s more the guys born in the 50’s running the movie studios. So no HD downloads or streaming. HD viewing is still only available on non portable devices. Also, more devices need to be supported, but that should be an easy fix if they decide to.Prices are another thing to consider. I’ve found that Amazon tends to beat VUDU on pricing more often than not on the movie alone, but VUDU usually tends to give you extra featurettes and behind the scenes extras with your movie purchase. Overall, I think VUDU is a viable option for Android tablet owners.

The Bourne Legacy- Buyer’s Guide

bourne_legacy_bg_featureThe fourth movie in the Jason Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy, is now available for for purchase. Taking over as the lead for this movie, Jeremy Renner introduces a new character in the Bourne Universe, Aaron Cross, a member of the same covert program that created Jason Bourne. The film did well at the box office so we can expect to see  a sequel. In this Buyer’s Guide we will cover all of the usual options: Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes and the Blu-ray disc set.

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The Bourne Legacy on Amazon Instant

That is a first, whether you buy it in Standard Definition or in High Definition, this movie is the same price of $14.99.  The great thing about Amazon Instant is that from almost any living room in America you could watch your purchased movies, because of the numerous home entertainment devices that have the service installed. There are some interesting extras for The Bourne Legacy. The fact that you do not get any of these may limit the appeal of this offering from Amazon Instant.  The audio experience is left wanting with only stereo sound. With nearly universal access, Amazon Instant is worth  consideration.

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The Bourne Legacy on Vudu

The Bourne Legacy on Vudu is available with all the bells and whistles. With 1080p resolution and 5.1 surround sound, Vudu offers great quality at the competitive price of $14.99. Directly comparing Vudu to Amazon Instant, Vudu can be viewed on the same number of devices minus the Amazon Kindle line of tablets. Another differentiator is the number of extras offered by Vudu. You get four extras: Capturing Chaos, A Look Inside Part 1, A Look Inside Part 2 and Rebourne.  These are free featurettes, but they are still unique to Vudu. With great quality and extras at a competitive price, Vudu brings a solid option for buying The Bourne Legacy.

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The Bourne Legacy on Google Play

Well, everyone is offering this movie for $14.99. Even if it is not by design, Google Play feels like the most closed buying experience. Once purchased you can watch it on PCs, Macs, and Android phone and tablets. It is not a poor experience, but I was disappointed that, as browser based service, Google Play does not work in the Chrome browser on iOS devices.

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The Bourne Legacy on iTunes

As the most popular digital store, iTunes usually is the best of the pack. In the case of The Bourne Legacy, iTunes comes up short. Priced the same as the other digital download options at $14.99, iTunes offers The Bourne Legacy at 1080p with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The only extras that iTunes brings to the party are the Deleted Scenes and Rebourne. Even if you own an iPhone or iPad, this may not be your best choice.

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The Bourne Legacy Blu-ray disc set

With the Blu-ray set you are covered for home viewing with the 1080p Blu-ray and DVD disc. You also get the Digital Copy and Ultraviolet for watching on your computer and mobile devices. Priced at $24.96, you pay a premium for the box and the nine extras. One nice feature is the My Scenes Bookmarking; you can bookmark numerous spots in the movie with a Blu-ray player. If you are a fan of the series and enjoy in-depth explanations of the making of the film then the disc set may be your best choice.

Legend: BR= Blu-ray, GP=Google Play, AI= Amazon Instant

 

  BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI
Price $18.99 $19.99 TBA TBA $19.99
Ways To Watch 2D Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, Mac and PC, iPad and iPhone Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod or PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC, Roku Android tablets and   phones, Google TV, Mac and PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad,Kindle Fire (HD), Roku, Mac and PC
Max Resolution On TV 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Digital Copy Max Resolution 853 x 478 1080p Standard Definition for mobile devices 1080p 1080p
Audio 5.1 DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Stereo Stereo

 

Special Features BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI
Director’s Commentary Yes No No No No
Deleted Scenes Yes Yes No No No
Re-Bourne Yes Yes Yes No No
Enter Aaron Cross Yes No No No No
Crossing Continents Yes No No No No
Moving Targets Yes No No No No
Man vs. Wolf Yes No No No No
Wolf Sequence Test Yes No No No No
Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase Yes No Yes No No
My Scenes Bookmarking Yes No No No No
A Look Inside Part 1 No No Yes No No
A Look Inside Part 2 No No Yes No No


Wrap Up

The best way to watch The Bourne Legacy is Vudu. With a competitive price, numerous viewing options and a nice set of extras, Vudu stands out from the rest. Even though all digital download options are priced at $14.99, iTunes, Amazon Instant and Google Play don’t come close to the overall package that you get with Vudu. The Blu-ray is good if you absolutely want all of the extras, but when considering every aspect of owning The Bourne Legacy, Vudu stands out.

Star Trek Into Darkness- Trailer

J.J. Abrams returns to direct the sequel of the 2009 Star Trek redux, Star Trek Into Darkness. The crew of the Starship Enterprise face a seemingly insurmountable force in this new film due out May 17, 2013.

Pacific Rim- Trailer

To be released in theaters July 12, 2013, Pacific Rim, looks like a mashup of Real Steel, Gundam (anime) and Godzilla. This film gets legitimate consideration by being directed by Guillermo del Toro and having a respected cast of actors.

After Earth- Trailer

 

The father-son combination of Will and Jaden Smith will be back in theaters Summer 2013. After Earth is a post-post-apocalyptic science fiction action film where Jaden’s character, Kitai Raige, has to survive earth 1,000 years after humans have left the planet. Not the most original idea, but in the Karate Kid remake Jaden Smith proved his ability to bring authenticity to an old idea. However, this film, in part, will be promoted as a M. Night Shyamalan film, the director of Unbreakable. I do not believe that movie to be a promotional high point of the director’s career. With all three celebrities associated with this production I am sure it will find an audience.


Between After Earth and Oblivion it appears we are slowing moving away from the zombie apocalypse to where there is simply no one left on the planet.


Check out the trailer!

Oblivion- Trailer

This new Tom Cruise film will be in theaters on April 12, 2013. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron:Legacy), this movies looks to be one of the most highly anticipated science fiction films of 2013. This is an adaption of the graphic novel written by Kosinski with Arvid Nelson. The development and production of the film have been under a cloud secrecy. From the looks of the trailer, it has been worth the wait. This grand scale of the landscapes remind me of Prometheus.

The Dark Knight Rises: Limited Edition Bat Cowl Blu-ray Unboxing


This is one of the coolest Blu-ray sets to come out this year. The Dark Knight Rises: Limited Edition Bat Cowl Blu-ray Combo Pack, comes with three disc. Disc one is a DVD with the movie in standard definition. Disc two is a Blu-ray with the movie in high-definition. Disc three has over three hours of extras in high-definition. Leave a comment below and subscribe to our Youtube channel, Youtube.com/WaysToWatchcom to be eligible for the giveaway. We will pick a winner on December 31, 2012!! Read our article about the best way to watch The Dark Knight Rises at home!!

The Dark Knight Rises Review

The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR), the last of the most recent Batman movie interpretation, is available on December 4th. Christopher Nolan has done an amazing job revisiting the most popular DC Comics movie character. Yes, I believe Batman beats Superman. The Dark Knight Rises was an amazing finish. Today in our review we will cover all the usual options Amazon Instant, Blu-ray, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

Buy from Amazon Instant

The Dark Knight Rises on Amazon Instant

Amazon has to be joking. The Dark Knight Rises from Amazon Instant offers only the movie in stereo (maybe we should be grateful, it could come in mono). You will be able to watch it nearly everywhere except for Android phones and tablets. Here is the death knell, Amazon charges $19.99. Fail.


Buy TDKR on Blu-ray

The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray

All of the Blu-ray options out there are all iterations of the same Blu-ray/DVD Combo+UltraViolet Digital Copy. If you want to dive in and buy the trilogy, you will get a few nice extras, but would not be fair to the other options in the review today.
The Blu-ray Combo boast three hours of bonus features. You get the The Batmobile, an extra showing all five Batmobiles at once; Ending The Knight Nolan and his team commenting on the making of The Dark Knight and much more. Check the comparison list below. The price for this set at Amazon is $18.99. This option is hard to beat at that price.


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The Dark Knight Rises on Google Play

Will update once the option becomes available. They may think there is no reason to offer an early view if their offering of TDKR is like all other Google Play movies, nothing more than the film at the same price as the competition. Google needs this option to float Android as a media consumption platform. It does help, but when Apple, in both hardware and extras, continues to dominate Google Play, it makes it difficult to take it seriously as a media outlet. UPDATE: TDKR is only available for rent from Google Play. There is not an option to buy. Sorry Android fans.


TDKR on iTunes

The Dark Knight Rises on iTunes

The Dark Knight Rises is Director Christopher Nolan’s last film in his Batman Trilogy. Nolan’s films were definitely the best of the many renditions of Batman we’ve seen on film in my opinion (even with Bane’s horrible voice)…although lets face it, there wasn’t much competition out there. Remember The Governator playing Mr Freeze? Although this is the last we will see of Nolan’s Dark Knight, we are sure to see the Caped Crusader again in the reboot and possibly in The Justice League.
The Dark Knight Rises is available for preorder in HD on iTunes for $19.99. The download comes in 1080p and Dolby Digital 5.1.

                        

The iTunes version lists 3 main special features:

  • Beneath Gotham: Christopher Nolan and production designers
    discuss the design and build of Bane’s lair.
  • Batman vs. Bane: How the cast and crew planned and filmed
    the fight sequence between Batman and Bane.
  • End of a Legend: Filmmakers give their final thoughts on
    working on the The Dark Knight Rises.
 

The 3 special features sound very intriguing and should give a good behind the scenes look at the film…..just don’t look at the list of special features that will come with the Blu-Ray version. As typical, the Blu-Ray versions of films offer much more special features than their digital download counterparts but the list of what is being offered for this film on Blu-Ray makes the iTunes list depressing.


TDKR on Vudu

The Dark Knight Rises on Vudu

Wow. Vudu is a serious contender. JR Sanchez, may have thought that iTunes had the silver medal in this review, but Vudu brings one extra more iTunes. Like Amazon Instant, Vudu can be accessed from everywhere (except Android devices). Vudu continues to improve upon its service. Pricing is not yet available, but it will most likely be inline with the other digital download options.

 

  BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI
Price $18.99 $19.99 TBA TBA $19.99
Ways To Watch 2D Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, Mac and PC, iPad and iPhone Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod or PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC, Roku Android tablets and   phones, Google TV, Mac and PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad,Kindle Fire (HD), Roku, Mac and PC
Max Resolution On TV 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Digital Copy Max Resolution 853 x 478 1080p Standard Definition for mobile devices 1080p 1080p
Audio 5.1 DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Stereo Stereo

 

 

Special Features BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI
Second Screen Experience Yes Yes Yes (audio sych) Yes (audio sych) Yes (audio sych)
The Prologue: High-Altitude, Hijacking Yes No No No No
Return to the Batcave Yes No No No No
Beneath Gotham Yes Yes Yes No No
The Bat Yes No No No No
Batman vs. Bane Yes Yes Yes No No
Armory Accepted Yes No No No No
Gameday Destruction Yes No No No No
Demolishing a City Street Yes No No No No
The Pit Yes No No No No
The Chant Yes No No No No
The War on Wall Street Yes No No No No
Race to the Reactor Yes No No No No
The Journey of Bruce Wayne Yes No No No No
Bane and Selina Kyle Yes No No No No
Shadows and Light in Large Format Yes No No No No
The End of a Legend Yes Yes Yes No No
The Batmobile Yes No Yes No No
Trailer Archive Yes No No No No

 

Wrap Up of The Dark Knight Rises

Did you see the chart above? There is no contest. It is as Warner Brothers prefers for us to buy the Blu-ray set instead of downloading it digitally. The Blu-ray set has the most for the cheapest price. Nuff said.


Written by: Lawrence Stansberry and JR Sanchez