Target offers Digital Download Movie Shopping with Target Ticket

ticket_ticket_featureWalmart has Vudu, Apple has iTunes and now Target has announced the availability of their new digital movie service, Target Ticket. Though it is still marked as a beta release the service is available to the general public. Target Ticket allows you to buy or rent movies. You can then choose to download or stream your purchased movies.

Target is aggressively promoting the new service with an offer of 10 free movie downloads when you sign up. You can choose from 30 options. There is a decent mix of movies from various genres with a few jewels among them. You will need to give your credit card information to get the free movies, but you will not be charged anything.

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Target Ticket, from day one, is accessible on numerous devices. You can watch movies on iOS and Android devices. For game consoles the service is currently only available on the Xbox 360. You can watch all of your purchases on your television through numerous smart Blu-ray players. If you have an UltraViolet account you can connect it with Target Ticket. The connection with UltraViolet will expand the number of supported devices.

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Prices are generally the same or bit more costly than the competition. After Earth in HD from iTunes is $14.99 and $15.99 from Target Ticket. However, World War Z is the same price of $19.99 in HD. Redcard holders get a 5 percent discount. I wonder if the 5 percent discount is enough of a carrot to attract shoppers?

I will download some movies and let you know what I think. If you are giving Target Ticket a try let us know what you think of the service.

Iron Man 3 Blu-ray 3D Unboxing



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Here is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of Iron Man 3 Blu-ray 3D. After watching the unboxing check out our Iron Man 3 Buyer’s Guide.





The Iron Man 3 Blu-ray 3D disc set contains:

  • Blu-ray 3D disc
  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy
  • iTunes Digital Copy



The Iron Man 3 Blu-ray 3D disc set contains the following extras:

  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked: A crash course in epic movie making
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Drew Pearce & Shane Black

World War Z Blu-ray Unboxing


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Here is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray of World War Z.

The Walmart Exclusive of World War Z contains:

  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy
  • iTunes Digital Copy



The World War Z Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray set contains the following extras:

  • Origins
  • Looking to Science
  • WWZ: Production

Iron Man 3 Buyer’s Guide


iron_man_3_featureIron Man 3 was the most anticipated movie of this summer and fans showed their love for Tony Stark and his genius by making it the highest grossing film domestically and worldwide. The success of Iron Man 3 was no suprise. Robert Downey, Jr. took the complexity of the comic book character and masterfully brought him to life. After the third movie it is hard to imagine someone else every playing Tony Stark. Fans can now buy Iron Man 3 as a digital download, weeks before it becomes available on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray disc sets will be released on September 24. Surprisingly, there are not any Blu-ray exclusives for Iron Man 3 (this is the case at the time of writing this article). This Buyer’s Guide list both Blu-ray and digital download options.

Iron Man 3 from iTunes

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Buy from iTunes

Selling full-length feature films since 2006, iTunes continues to be the market leader regarding media sales. iTunes provides a seamless buying experience for every screen size available. In addition to a great shopping experience, iTunes consistently offers special features and extra content. Iron Man 3 from iTunes is no exception. Buying Iron Man 3 from iTunes comes with numerous “iTunes Extras.” For $19.99 you will get the movie and the following extra content:

Iron Man 3 iTunes Extras

  • Iron Man 3: Marvel – One Shot: Agent Carter
  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked: A Crash Course in Epic Movie Making
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

iTunes is offering nearly every special feature you get with the Blu-ray disc sets. The only thing missing is the audio commentary from director Drew Pearce. If you are invested in the Apple ecosystem of products this is a great purchase. It can be watched on iPads, iPhones, Macs, Apple TV and PCs. It is presented in 1080p video with Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

Iron Man 3 from Vudu

Buy from Vudu
Buy from Vudu
What I appreciate most about Vudu is versatility. You can watch a movie from Vudu on nearly every platform that is available in the states. Apple iOS, Android, PCs, Macs, PS3, Xbox 360 and the list goes on. Iron Man 3 from Vudu is priced at $22.99. What really makes Vudu stand out from the crowd is them offering Iron Man 3 in 3D. You can buy the movie in 3D only for $34.99 or get the 2D and 3D versions for $35.99. An unexpected treat with this purchase are the extras that you get. Here is the list:

Iron Man 3 Vudu Extras

  • Iron Man 3: Marvel – One Shot: Agent Carter
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Full Process
  • Gag Reel
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World

It appears that the Deleted Scenes and Full Process are the equivalents of Deleted & Extended Scenes and Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked: A Crash Course in Epic Movie Making, respectively. Vudu is owned by Walmart so you can get this purchase through either Walmart.com or Vudu.com. This purchase comes in 1080p video with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.

Iron Man 3 from Amazon Instant

Buy from Amazon Instant

Get out of town!! Even Amazon Instant is offering Iron Man 3 with extras. It is a rare occasion for Amazon Instant to ever offer any extra content with a movie purchase. It is great to see that for $19.99 you will get Iron Man 3 from Amazon Instant in 1080p video and stereo sound with the following “bonus features”?

Iron Man 3 Amazon Instant Extras

  • Iron Man 3: Marvel – One Shot: Agent Carter
  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked: A Crash Course in Epic Movie Making
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

Iron Man 3 from Xbox Live

Iron Man 3 from Xbox Live is selling the movie for $19.99 with bonus features. I take issue with the limited scope of devices on which you can watch this purchase. Windows Phone 8 does not support a direct purchase (this feature is coming soon). But still, even though it comes in 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound, I can feel like I would want more options. Even with a purchase from iTunes you can still watch it on PCs. Like the competition Iron Man 3 comes with extras.

Iron Man 3 Xbox Live Extras

  • Iron Man 3: Marvel – One Shot: Agent Carter
  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked: A Crash Course in Epic Movie Making
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

Iron Man 3 from Cinema Now

Buy from CinemaNow
Buy from CinemaNow
Nearly a year ago I wrote a brief review of Cinema Now. I was not happy with the service then. It was limited in numerous ways. That is no longer the case. Owned by Best Buy, Cinema Now has filled in the gaps in their service to become competitive. The devices you can use to watch your purchase is comparable to Vudu’s list of devices. Cinema Now is selling Iron Man 3 for $24. That is the most expensive price on this list. You will also get bonus features with this purchase:

Iron Man 3 Cinema Now Extras

  • Iron Man 3: Marvel – One Shot: Agent Carter
  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked: A Crash Course in Epic Movie Making
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

Iron Man 3 from Google Play

Buy from Google Play
Buy from Google Play
I am surprised to see that Google Play does not offer any extras with there offering of Iron Man 3. It is normal for Google Play to sell movies without extras, but it is surprising to see that they are the only digital download service that lacks extras with a purchase of Iron Man 3. However, Google Play did remember to charge you a price similar to the competition. Iron Man 3 is $19.99 with 1080p video and stereo sound. I wonder if Google released Chromecast at the really low price of $34.99 to compensate for the subpar products they often offer through Google Play?
 
 

Xbox Live iTUNES VUDU GP AI CinemaNow
Price $19.99 $19.99 $35.99 $19.99 $19.99 $24.00
Ways To Watch   PCs, Xbox 360, Windows Surface tablet, Windows 8 Phone 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 PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC, Roku, Android tablets and Phones
Max Resolution On TV 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Digital Copy Max Resolution 1080p 1080p Standard Definition for mobile devices 1080p 1080p 1080p
Audio 5.1 DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Stereo Stereo Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

 

Iron Man 3 on Disc

All of the Blu-ray disc sets all come in full 1080p video with 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The DVDs are in standard definition with 5.1 surround sound. Here are the special features that are included with all Blu-ray disc sets:

  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked: A crash course in epic movie making
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Drew Pearce & Shane Black

The DVD set contains the following special features:

  • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World

Iron Man 3 Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Music


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This set contains every version of the film you could possibly want. Unless you are an early adopter and own a 4k television. Minus that, you are completely covered. It even includes the soundtrack of the movie. The digital copy will get you a version on UltraViolet and iTunes. This disc set is priced at $35.99. You can see what is in this disc set in the WaysToWatch.com Unboxing of Iron Man 3.


Iron Man 3 Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy

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The only difference with this option is the cover and the absence of the 3D disc. You will still have every screen size covered with this purchase. You can buy this option for $29.96.




Iron Man 3 Blu-ray + DVD

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Personally, I like to have as much viewing versatility as possible. This particular disc set does not offer the Digital Copy. Making it difficult (though not impossible) for you to watch it on mobile devices. This set is priced at $24.96.




Iron Man 3 DVD + Digital Copy

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Of the disc sets this is the most affordable priced at $19.96. Even with blu-ray player upscaling, DVDs lack the sharpness seen with Blu-ray. You may save a few dollars, but you will compromise your viewing experience substantially.




Wrap Up

Iron Man 3 is a must buy for any comic book / sci-fi / blockbuster / Marvel / Avengers fan out there. Even though I am disappointed by the lack of exclusive Blu-ray disc sets, the digital download options offer comparable bonus content to that of the Blu-ray sets. If you are not hung up on having a tangible item in the Blu-ray case, then a compelling argument can be made for buying this from Vudu. Which version of Iron Man 3 will you buy?

World War Z Digital Download Buyer’s Guide


world-war-z-digital_buyers_guideA few years ago I read the book World War Z and absolutely loved it. It was unique, creative and interesting. When I heard that it was being made into a movie the first question that came to mind was “How will that work?” Brad Pitt and his team at Plan B Entertainment found a way to make the overarching themes of the book work in a movie. And if you’ve read the book you will know what I mean. If you have seen the movie, but have yet to read the book picking it up is still worth it.

Buying the movie from a digital retailer will force you to choose either the theatrical release or the Director’s Cut. Fans of zombie movies will appreciate the scale and success this movie brings to the overall genre. For this digital download Buyer’s Guide for World War Z we will be considering the amount of content, extras and special features.

World War Z on iTunes

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Buy from iTunes
Buy from iTunes
Buy from iTunes
For $19.99, you will get the new unrated cut of World War Z or the theatrical cut. It is presented in 1080p with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. This purchase can be watched on your television via Apple TV. It will also work on iPhones, iPads, Macs and PCs. World War Z from iTunes comes with the following extras:

  • Origins (The Making of World War Zem)
  • Looking to Science (Origins of Zombie-lore and its roots in reality

World War Z on Amazon Instant

Buy from Amazon Instant
Buy from Amazon Instant

Buy from Amazon Instant
Buy from Amazon Instant
Amazon Instant is also offering both cuts of World War Z. For the price of $19.99 you get this movie without any extras. It is in 1080p with stereo sound. For what is missing in terms of extras Amazon Instant make up for it with viewing options. You can watch this movie on Amazon’s line of Kindle tablets, PCs, and Macs. You can also watch it on your iOS devices with Amazon’s app.

World War Z on Vudu

Buy from Vudu
Buy from Vudu
Buy from Vudu
Buy from Vudu
For $22.99 you can have World War Z from Vudu. Vudu continues to lead the way with viewing options. You can watch this purchase on iOS, Android devices, PCs, Macs, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray players. In 1080p with 5.1 surround sound you will get a top notch viewing experience. You have the option to buy the theatrical release or the extended Director’s cut, but it appears that you will need to choose either or. Unfortunately, this purchase does not come with extras.

World War Z on Google Play

Buy from Google Play
Buy from Google Play
Buy From Google Play
Buy From Google Play
Either cut can be had from Google Play for $19.99. Google Play has recently started offering movies with 5.1 surround sound. It is a welcomed change from only offering stereo sound. With the recent release of Chromecast for television Google now has all screen sizes legitimately covered.

World War Z on Xbox Video

You can pick up either versions of the movie from Xbox Video. Ironically, Microsoft would be quick to claim the crown for most “open” system, but with a purchase from Xbox Video you will be limited to the fewest number of devices of all digital download retailers. You can not even watch it online through a web browser. Both versions of the movie can be had for $19.99.

Wrap Up

This is a simple choice when considering price and content. iTunes continues to differentiate itself from the pack with great content at a competitive price. If you feel limited with Apple’s device ecosystem and versatility is your concern, Vudu offers World War Z with the most viewing versatility.
If you prefer buying World War Z on Blu-ray, which contains both the Director’s Cut and the theatrical release, read the WaysToWatch.com World War Z Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide.

Star Trek Into Darkness Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray Unboxing


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Here is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray of Star Trek Into Darkness.




The Walmart Exclusive of Star Trek Into Darkness contains:

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  • 1:50 model of the USS Vengeance
  • Steelbook case
  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy
  • iTunes Digital Copy





The Star Trek Into Darkness Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray set contains the following extras:

  • Creating the Red Planet
  • Attack on Starfleet
  • The Klingon Home World
  • The Enemy of My Enemy
  • Ship to Ship
  • Brawl by the Bay
  • Continuing the Mission

World War Z Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide


world-war-z-bg_featureWorld War Z is based on the book of the same title by Max Brooks. There were numerous doubts about whether this nearly $200 million movie would succeed. But after raking in over a half billion dollars worldwide there is now talk of a sequel. Fans of the movie have numerous options to choose from for home viewing. There are five options for World War Z on Blu-ray. All Blu-ray options include the following extras:

  • Unrated Director’s Cut
  • Origins
  • Looking to Science
  • Outbreak
  • The Journey Begins
  • Behind the Wall
  • Camouflage

There are two standard Blu-ray disc sets. The first is the regular Blu-ray disc set.

World War Z on Blu-ray

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The slipcover features an armed Brad Pitt with red “Z” behind him. It includes two disc: a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. The Blu-ray has two cuts of the movie, the regular and the extended director’s cut. The set also includes a digital copy that can be redeemed with both UltraViolet and iTunes. The movie has 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. This World War Z disc set is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.com for $19.99

World War Z on Blu-ray 3D

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The second Blu-ray disc set for World War Z is the 3D set. It includes a total of 3 disc: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. Other than the 3D Blu-ray disc there is one more difference this set has over the regular set. The slipcover is a silhouette from a scene in the movie. It shows zombies climbing on each other to reach an overrun helicopter. World War Z on Blu-ray 3D is priced at $24.99 at Amazon.com.

The following Blu-ray disc sets are exclusives from retailers: Walmart, Best Buy and Target.

World War Z Walmart Exclusive


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Buy
World War Z Walmart has the exclusive featuring over one hour of bonus content. Target exclusives usually provide the bonus content. The slipcover is the same as the 3D disc set, but with a section of the bottom informing you that there is over 1 hour of bonus content. I wonder if the 1 hour is worth an extra five bucks, because that is the difference in price. The Walmart Exclusive of World War Z can be pre-ordered for $29.96 from their website. The 2D version with the bonus content can be pre-ordered for $19.98.

World War Z Target Exclusive

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Now the World War Z Target Exclusive comes in two options, the Blu-ray 3D set or the standard. The cover has Brad Pitt walking with a big “Z” behind him. The difference from the Walmart slipcover is that the rest of the background is black. Both sets come with a collectable book. The standard Blu-ray set exclusive is priced at $27.99 and the Blu-ray 3D is priced at $34.99.




World War Z Best Buy Exclusive

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The Best Buy exclusive of World War Z comes with a unique slipcover. It features the scene in the movie when a helicopter is brought down by leaping zombies (I can not recall a zombie movie that has zombies bringing down a helicopter). It will contain everything that comes with the basic Blu-ray disc set.




World War Z Steelbook Play.com Exclusive

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Buy
For all of us who like Steelbooks, the World War Z Steelbook can be found at Play.com. Play.com is based in the UK. You will need to find a way to circumvent Play.com not shipping to the USA. It comes with all of the same disc as the World War Z Blu-ray 3D disc set. The disc are enclosed in a Steelbook case. This is a limited edition Steelbook. Each of the 5,000 copies will be laser etched, numbered copies. This looks like a great buy.




Wrap Up

I am bummed because the best option for buying the movie is limited to a overseas retailer. If you know someone in the UK you could have them buy it for you, but who wants to go through that much trouble for the movie? World War Z is the biggest movie of the zombie genre and the Blu-ray disc sets each, in their own way, will satisfy interested fans.

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If you consider yourself a fan, even a lite fan, of the genre you should read the book by Max Brooks if you have not. I think I will read it again, because it will be a while before the sequel to the movie hits theaters.