Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection Unboxing


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With A Good Day to Die Hard coming to theaters on February 14, 2013, we thought it would be a great idea to do an unboxing of Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection. This set includes Blu-rays of all four Die Hard movies plus an exclusive, Decoding Die Hard. The disc come in a great book showing the progression (and aging) John McClane (Bruce Willis). Not many action movie franchises have lasted over 25 years with the same lead actor. Hopefully A Good Day to Die Hard lives up the Die Hard legacy.


Watch the unboxing to see in detail the great features included in this 25th anniversary collection.

Olympus Has Fallen!- Trailer

It looks like Morgan Freeman will get to be the President of the United States once again. In this film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, Gerard Butler is a disgraced former Secret Service agent who has the save the President from a terrorist attack on the White House. Oh, it appears that Morgan Freeman becomes the Commander-in-Chief, after the President and the Vice President are incapacitated. Enjoy the trailer!

Red 2 Trailer


Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren are joined by Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. This time around the semi-retired CIA agents have to hunt down a portable nuclear device.

Emperor Trailer

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune, Emperor follows the conflict determining the role of Japan’s Emperor in World War II war crimes.

Taken 2 Blu-ray DVD Unboxing


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Taken 2 is now available on Blu-ray.

The disc set includes:

  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

The Taken 2 Digital Copy is available through either iTunes or Ultraviolet. There is a fair amount of extras included on the Blu-ray disc:

  • Taken 2 (Unrated and Theatrical Version)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Black Ops Field Manual
  • Sam’s Tools of the Trade
  • FX Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Liam Neeson

Taken 2 Buyer’s Guide

When Taken was released in 2009, it was not well received by critics, but excellent word-of-mouth made it an unexpected success. With a production budget of $25 million the film went on to make $226 million worldwide. So, of course, there is going to be a sequel.

Taken 2 follows Bryan Mills’ (Liam Neeson) life after the events of Taken. People like kidnapping his relatives. For this review we will prioritize the viewing experience. The digital download is now available from the usual services. The Blu-ray will be released on January 15, 2013.

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Taken 2 on iTunes

Taken 2 on iTunes is reasonably priced at $14.99. And, as usual, iTunes delivers great quality with 1080p resolution and Dolby 5.1. The buying and viewing experience for Taken 2 is easy enough. iTunes provides the most informative shopping experience, you will clearly see what you receive with this purchase. Working on Mac, PC and all other Apple devices, it may not be the most accessible option, but it works well. iTunes Extras for Taken 2 only includes alternate endings, but who is looking for the extras when buying this film?

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Taken 2 on Vudu

VUDU’s offering of Taken 2 comes in the normal options of standard definition, 720p, or 1080p. Be sure to choose based on what device you plan to view from, as not all portable devices allow you to view in high definition (read: iPad). Also, if you go for the high def version, you might as well opt for the 1080p as it is the same price as the 720p version… Unless you own a TV with a 720 display. Also keep in mind that VUDU now offers HD viewing on Android tablets(if you can get the app), and on the PC And Mac. Unfortunately, HD is not available on the iPad. The HD version is available right now (yes, I said now) for $14.99 as a “Digital Exclusive” and the standard def version is available January 15th (go figure). -Corrales

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Taken 2 on Amazon Instant

1080p, stereo sound for $14.99. That is it. Well, actually there is a bit more. Amazon Instant’s 1-Click purchase system could not be simpler. Accessing my Amazon movies at home through my Internet connected Sony Blu-ray player is quick and easy. Since it is downloadable and streams, you can immediately start watching the movie immediately after purchase (if your Internet connection is fast enough). All of these experiential highlights apply to purchase of Taken 2. Amazon may not have bells and whistles, in terms of extras and great sound, but in the area of simplicity it is golden.

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Taken 2 on Google Play

Google Play (GP) is like a kid who is lonely and ignored by their peers. There are various device ecosystems and GP only works with Android devices. Sure, there are plenty of Android devices out there, but it would be nice to watch movies through my Blu-ray player (I know some Blu-ray players have GP access, but most do not). The GP experience is the most limited when considering accessibility and movie extras. At $14.99, it is not a bad price for instant gratification. Well, if you have one of the few home devices that enables you to watch it on your television, GP may not be the worse you can do.

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Taken 2 on Blu-ray

Taken 2 comes with a few extras. With this set you get a Blu-ray disc, DVD and Digital Copy. The resolution is 1080p and the audio is mastered in DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound. It comes with five extras; most of the extras revolve around spy related topics. This set also includes the Unrated Extended Cut. The Extended cut adds about 3 minutes of additional footage to the movie. From Amazon, the disc set of Taken 2 cost $19.99 (at the time we wrote this article). If you are willing to wait for the mail and absolutely desire the extras this is you best bet.

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Price $24.96 $14.99 $14.99 $14.99 $14.99
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 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
Black Ops Field Manual and Kill Counter Yes No No No No
Tools of the Trade Yes No No No No

 

Deleted and Extended Scenes Yes Yes No No No

 

Alternate Ending Yes No No No No

 

FX Piece Yes No No No No

 

 

Wrap Up

Taken 3 is already in the planning stages. I am not sure who criminals will take next, but when a film franchise averages profit by a factor of 6, you can be sure they will find a way to round out the story to a trilogy. The second step in the story of Bryan Mills, Taken 2 is best watched through a purchase from Vudu. Vudu offers a top tier viewing experience, as well as the best accessibility through numerous electronic devices.


Written by Lawrence Stansberry and Robert Corrales

Dredd Buyer’s Guide


Dredd, the second film adaptation of the comic book Judge Dredd, is now available for download and on Blu-ray 3D. Whether it was the lack of familiarity with the comic book or the painful experience of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film, only a small audience saw the film worldwide. Even though it did not have a large audience for its theatrical release, the critics and fans (those who saw it) loved it. Look for this film to have a second life in its release for the home market.

For this WaysToWatch.com Buyer’s Guide accessibility and visual quality will be the primary consideration with the extras having a little influence.

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Dredd on Amazon Instant

Before Vudu’s recent Android app announcement, Amazon Instant carried the accessibility crown. That is no longer Amazon’s boast. Without that bragging point, Amazon is drifting towards the back of the digital download pack. Dredd from Amazon Instant cost $19.99. It displays in 1080p resolution with stereo sound and no extras.
 

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Dredd on iTunes

Of the digital download options, iTunes is the best in regard to quality and content. The price of $19.99 includes 30 minutes of extras. Apple does not neglect customers committed to its ecosystem of products and software. Dredd from iTunes is viewable on all iOS devices; iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. It can also be watched via PC and Apple TV.

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Dredd on Vudu

Ever since Vudu announced their Android app it appears to have stopped offering extras. (Update: Vudu provides two free short features. Check the updated chart below.) This may be a coincidence, but it is disappointing. Vudu is selling the digital download of Dredd for $22.99. You will experience the film in 1080p resolution with Dobly Digital Plus 5.1 sound. With Vudu now offering full access on compatible Android device it is now far and away the most accessible option for watching movies. You will not be limited in viewing option.

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Dredd on Google Play

Google Play is not offering Dredd.
 





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Dredd 3D Blu-ray

From the beginning this film was produced to be experienced in 3D. Nearly the entire film was shot in 3D. The 3D Blu-ray disc brings full 3D with DTS-HD 7.1, Neo:X surround sound. Neo:X is the latest mixing standard offering up to 11.1 surrond sound. This disc set comes with a 3D/2D disc as well the Ultraviolet Digital Copy. There are 8 extras included on the Blu-ray disc. The big selling point of this set is experiencing the film in 3D. Often Blu-ray disc in 3D come at a premium price, but the Dredd disc set cost only $19.99 from Amazon.

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Price $19.99 $19.99 $22.99 NA $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 NA 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 NA 1080p
Digital Copy Max Resolution 853 x 478 1080p Standard Definition for mobile devices NA 1080p
Audio 7.1 DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 NA Stereo

 

 

Special Features BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI
Mega-City Masters:35 Years of Judge Dredd Yes Yes No NA No
Day of Chaos: The Visual Effect of Dredd 3D Yes Yes No NA No

 

Dredd Featurette Yes No Yes NA No

 

Dredd’s Gear Yes No No NA No

 

The 3rd Dimension Yes No Yes NA No

 

Welcome To Peach Trees Yes No No NA No

 

Dredd Prequel Yes No No NA No

 

 

Wrap Up

Dredd, like Avatar and other 3D films before it, were produced with the 3D experience in mind. Unfortunately, download services are not currently offering any 3D options for purchase. Normally there is a premium price placed on 3D Blu-ray disc sets, but is not the case with the Dredd 3D/2D disc. The visual and audio experience is superior from the Blu-ray and even though the extras are not much more than what comes with an iTunes purchase, the iTunes purchase can not compete with 3D and 7.1 surround sound. The 3D Blu-ray disc set is the best way to watch Dredd at home.

Dredd 3D Blu-ray Unboxing



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This 3D disc set includes the 3D Blu-ray disc, the 2D Blu-ray disc and the Ultraviolet digital copy. Even though this film was not really popular in the theater, it will find a broader audience on home video. The 2d Blu-ray disc includes 7 extras: Mega-City Masters: 35 Years of Judge Dredd, Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of Dredd, Dredd Featurette, Dredd’s Gear, The 3rd Dimension, Welcome to Peachtrees, Dredd Motion Comic Prequel and the Theatrical Trailer. This disc set offers the movie in 1080p resolution with 7.1 audio. At $19.99, this is the best option for buying this movie.

Resident Evil: Retribution Buyer’s Guide

Resident Evil: Retribution joins the long list of games, movies and books from the franchise. We will continue to see more movies from this franchise, because fans continue to go to the theater to see it. There is consistent fan turnout in the US and internationally. This most resent film cost $65 million to make and grosses $221million worldwide. Resident Evil is the most prolific series with a female lead. As long as there is a faithful audience Milla Jovovich will continue to reprise her role.

For this Resident Evil: Retribution Buyer’s Guide we will favor mainly buying the movie, allowing for a bit of influence from the available extras.

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Resident Evil: Retribution on Amazon Instant

It is really amazing that this series has gone this long. With a run time of 96 minutes, Resient Evil: Retribution is a solid buy from Amazon Instant. Even though you will not get any of the movie extras, you will be able to watch the film from almost anywhere. If you want to watch it on television, most Smart Blu-ray players have Amazon Instant installed. Amazon Instant can also be used with your television through an affordable Roku device. If you need to watch Resident Evil: Retribution on the go you are covered with this purchase. You can access your purchase on Amazon’s line of Kindle tablets or on all iOS devices. In 1080p resolution and stereo sound you can watch it in solid quality.
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Resident Evil: Retribution on Vudu

Not including any extras Resident Evil: Retribution on Vudu, like the offering from Amazon Instant, offers a solid viewing experience with better audio. At a price of $17.99 your purchase will bring the movie to your home in 1080p resolution and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. However, the price does not include any extras. With the recent offering of an Android app Vudu is, by far, the most accessible service on the market.
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Resident Evil: Retribution on Google Play

$17.99 gets you the movie in 1080p resolution and stereo sound, but I always find myself expecting more from Google. Don’t they have a few serious movie fans in Mountain View, California that want a better experience? Google Play offers enough to show up to the party, but nothing to make you want to dance. There are relatively few devices that can actually help you get the movie on your HDTV. For this price you are better off shopping elsewhere.
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Resident Evil: Retribution on iTunes

Resident Evil: Retribution is the 5,000th…okay, 5th…installment of the Resident Evil series and is available for purchase on iTunes for $17.99. The iTunes version is offering four behind the scenes featurettes on the directing, cast, production design, and the undead creatures of the movie. The special features also include deleted and extended scenes.


You get the film in 1080p resolution with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. You can watch this purchase on PCs and of course on all Macs, Apple TV and iOS devices. Of the digital download options, iTunes offers top quality in resolution and audio.
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Resident Evil: Retribution on Blu-ray

For this Buyer’s Guide we are considering the 2D version and not the 3D version. With a price of $24.96, the Blu-ray of Resident Evil: Retribution is $7 over all digital downloads. You get the least compressed image quality at 1080p. Surround sound is in DTS-HD 5.1. The purchase of the disc includes an Ultraviolet digital copy. The disc features more than a dozen extras.


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Price $24.96 $17.99 $17.99 $17.99 $17.99
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 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
Commentary with Director and Actors Yes No No No No
Commentary with Director and Producer Yes No No No

 

No

 

Deleted and Extended Scenes Yes No No No No

 

Outtakes Yes No No No No

 

Project Alice: The Interactive Database Yes No No No No

 

Maestro of Evil: Directing Resident Evil: Retribution Yes Yes No No

 

No

 

Evolving Alice Yes No No No

 

No

 

Resident Evil: Reunion Yes Yes No No No
Design and Build: The World of Resident Evil: Retribution Yes Yes No No No
Drop Undead: The Creatures of Retribution Yes Yes No No No
Resident Stuntman Yes No No No No
Code: Mika Yes No No No No
Resident Evil: Retribution- Face of the Fan Yes No No No No
Capcom Game Trailers Yes No No No No

 
Wrap Up
Resident Evil: Retribution on iTunes is a great balance between quality, features and accessibility. Amazon Instant, Vudu and Google Play do not come with any extras. When compared with the Blu-ray, iTunes is more convenient and lower priced. iTunes is the best way to watch Resident Evil: Retribution.


Written by Lawrence Stansberry and JR Sanchez