Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 Unboxing


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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100. You can find our complete review of the Sony BDP S5100 Blu-ray Player here.






The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 box includes the following:

  • Blu-ray Player
  • Remote
  • 2 AA Batteries for remote

The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 has the following streaming options:

  • Sony Entertainment Network
  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • Youtube
  • Pandora
  • Crackle
  • Vudu
  • Cinema Now
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • MLB.TV
  • My Sports & Fitness
  • NHL GameCenter
  • TechCrunch
  • 3net
  • WeatherNation
  • Wild TV
  • AOL On
  • CelebTV
  • Revision3
  • Popcornflix
  • ACC Digital Network
  • SnagFilms
  • WealthTV
  • blinkx
  • TMZ Video
  • Break.com
  • Indaba Music
  • Billabong
  • Cult Movie Network
  • Moviefone
  • Taylor Swift and Sony
  • The Wiggles
  • euronews
  • HuffPost Live
  • Canal a
  • Yoga for Everyone by Tara Stiles
  • YuppTV
  • XOS College Sports
  • TV Guide
  • Wired
  • LaunchPad- Fueled by Flingo
  • Epicurious.com
  • Concierge.com
  • Style.com
  • SGNL by Sony
  • Dailymotion
  • NewsLook
  • uStudio
  • GolfLink.com
  • LiveStrong.com for a Healthy Life
  • eHow.com
  • Flixster
  • SingingFool
  • MUZU.TV
  • Garage TV
  • Terra TV
  • elgourment
  • Cosmopolitan TV
  • Green.TV
  • DW: German Broadcaster

The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 Inputs and Outputs:

  • Digital Out Audio
  • HDMI OUT
  • LAN (100)
  • USB

The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 Wireless connection:

  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 2.4 GHz band: Channels 1-11
  • LAN (100)
  • USB

The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 supports the following disc:

  • Blu-ray Disc:BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
  • DVD: DVD-ROM, DVD-R/DVD-RW, DVD+R/DVD+RW
  • CD: CD-DA (Music CD), CD-ROM, CD-R/CD-RW, Super Audio CD

The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 supports the following video codecs:

  • MPEG-1 Video
  • MPEG-2 Video
  • Xvid
  • MPEG4/AVC
  • VC1
  • WMV9
  • Motion JPEG

The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 supports the following music codecs:

  • MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer III)
  • AAC/HE-AAC
  • WMA9 Standard
  • LPCM
  • FLAC
  • Dolby Digital

The Sony Blu-ray Player BDP S5100 supports the following photo formats:

  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • MPO

Monsters University Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray Combo Gift Set Unboxing


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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Walmart exclusive of Monsters University Blu-ray Gift set. When you are finished watching the unboxing video check out our Monsters University buyer’s guide.







Walmart exclusive of Monsters University Blu-ray Gift set contains:

  • 2 Blu-ray disc
  • DVD

Monsters University Blu-ray disc set contains the following extras:

  • Blue Umbrella : Pixar’s latest gorgeously animated short film, Blue Umbrella, is a sweet but somewhat familiar story of anthropomorphic love, this time between blue and red umbrellas on a crowded, rainy street.
  • Audio Commentary : Director/co-writer Dan Scanlon, producer Kori Rae and story supervisor Kelsey Mann discuss Pixar’s first prequel, touching on the development of the story, creating younger versions of the first film’s beloved characters, the difficult choice to ignore a line in the original that suggested Mike and Sulley met in the fourth grade, voice casting and animation, the challenges of delivering a prequel, and more.
  • Campus Life : Scanlon and company host this day in the life video journal detailing the team’s day to day routines, from arrival to breakfast, creative meetings, animation dailies, voice recording sessions and beyond.
  • Story School (Disc 2, HD, 9 minutes): A look at the craftsmanship and storytelling of the writers and story artists, featuring concept art, pre-visualizations, storyboards and other steps in the development of key scenes.
  • Scare Games (Disc 2, HD, 5 minutes): “Pixar takes its fun very seriously!” Collaboration, unity and teamwork, courtesy of competition and gamemanship thrown in for good measure, all inspired by the Scare Games.
  • Monthropology : Designing, diversifying, puppeting, animating and breathing life into the Monsters University students and faculty, using every trick, tool and technique at the Pixar team’s disposal.
  • Welcome to MU: Scanlon provides an overview of the prequel and its production, focusing on the university campus itself, from its front gate to its statues, architecture, grounds and history.
  • Music Appreciation: Scoring Monsters University at Sony Studios with Scanlon, music editor Bruno Coon and longtime Pixar collaborator and composer Randy Newman.
  • Scare Tactics: The art of the perfect MU scare, as learned, performed and utilized by the various animators tackling each expressive shot and scene.
  • Color and Light: A before-and-after look at the film at its every stage of production, each step incorporating increasingly dramatic color, light, shadow and depth.
  • Paths to Pixar: MU Edition: Scanlon introduces several team members, who share personal stories about the paths that brought them to Pixar and led to their current careers in animation.
  • Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective: Comparing the animation of 2001’s Monsters Inc. (using early computer-based hair simulation) and 2013’s furrier, hairier, scalier prequel.
  • Deleted Scenes: Four unfinished deleted scenes — “Rivalry” (an alternate version of Mike and Sulley’s meeting), “Recon,” “Movie Night” and “Drama Class” — with director’s intros.
  • Promo Picks: “Monsters Mashup,” “College Campaign” and “Theatrical Campaign” commercials, promos, teasers, trailers and tie-ins for Monsters University.
  • Set Flythroughs: Tour the Monsters University campus, the Scare School, Frat Row and the OK House in four gorgeous high definition fly-throughs.
  • Art Galleries: View a large collection of artwork divided into five categories: “Characters,” “Color Keys,” “Development Art,” “Environments” and “Graphics.”

After Earth Blu-ray DVD Unboxing

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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the After Earth Blu-ray DVD disc set. The Blu-ray disc features 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound.








After Earth Blu-ray disc set contains:

  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy



After Earth Blu-ray disc set contains the following extras:

  • A Father’s Legacy: An examination of how the father-son relationship works in the film and how it reflects real life. It also examines Jaden Smith’s physical training for the role, Jaden’s performance in the film, and more.
  • Alternate Opening : Explanations from the Perron family about their experience.
  • Building a World:Cast and crew discuss envisioning the future, constructing it for the screen, and the importance of creating a fully realized future history. It also offers some details on the purpose of various visuals seen throughout the film, the mix of both practical and digital effects in the movie, and wardrobe and props.
  • Pre-Visualizing the Future:Various finished scenes from the film intercut with computer animation pre-visualizations are scattered throughout a piece that is primarily an explanation of the technique’s importance in making a better film.
  • The Animatics of After Earth: A discussion of the value of animatics in the process of crafting the film. Several moments from the film in animatic form are also included.
  • 1000 Years in 300 Seconds: A rapid-fire clip piece that shows various behind-the-scenes moments from the making of the movie.
  • The Nature of the Future: A documentary-style look around the Costa Rica, California, and Utah landscapes that served as the film’s future Earth setting. The piece is also available to play on loop and use as a screensaver for the television screen. Of course, using it as such would require the disc be always in the Blu-ray player.
  • XPrize After Earth Challenge: People discuss how to save the planet.

Turbo Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download Buyer’s Guide

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So far this year there have been six major animated films.Turbo, the 27th movie from DreamWorks Animation, received mostly positive reviews. It was a moderate success amongst a number of competitive animated movies this year. Turbo is currently in fifth place in domestic and worldwide gross. The movie has an all-star cast with Ryan Reynolds playing the lead character.

For this buyer’s guide we will cover the Blu-ray, DVD and the digital download options for Turbo.

Turbo Blu-ray Extras

  • Champion’s Corner
  • Smoove Move’s Music Maker
  • Meet Tito – Deleted Scene
  • The Race – Storyboard Sequence
  • Be An Artist!
  • Shell Creator Game
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peek


Turbo on Blu-ray

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This disc set contains one Blu-ray disc and one DVD. The UltraViolet digital copy code is on the DVD. On the Blu-ray the movie is in 1080p resolution with 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. It cost $24.99.







Turbo on 3D Blu-ray Deluxe Edition

Buy

The deluxe edition has the addition of a 3D Blu-ray. This disc set covers you for any screen type or size. It cost 33.99.








Turbo on Blu-ray with Toy Racer

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For collectors or kids this set contains the Blu-ray disc set with a toy of Turbo. Getting the toy racer with the set will cost you $26.99.








Turbo Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray

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This Walmart exclusive contains the Blu-ray set. It also includes a racing set from Mattel. The racing set comes with a racer of Turbo, decals and a racetrack.









The DVD sets come with specific extras.

Turbo DVD Extras

  • Champion’s Corner
  • Team Turbo: Tricked Out
  • Be An Artist!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peek


Turbo on DVD

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The DVD of Turbo comes with standard definition video in widescreen. The audio is in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. It cost $19.96.








Turbo on DVD with Toy Racer

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This DVD set comes with the regular DVD and the same toy that comes with Blu-ray combo set. The addition of the toy racer will not cost you any more than the regular the DVD set. This set also cost $19.96.








Turbo from iTunes

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Buy from iTunes

Turbo from iTunes comes in 1080p video with 5.1 Dolby surround sound. It cost $14.99 and comes with a few special features in iTunes Extras. It will work on all of your Apple devices and PCs.





Turbo iTunes Extras

  • Be an Artist: Learn to draw Turbo like a pro
  • Team Turbo: Tricked Out
  • Champions Corner


Turbo from Vudu

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Buy from Vudu

Turbo from Vudu cost $14.99 and is presented in 1080p video with Dolby Digital Plus 7.1. A purchase from Vudu is ideal for being able to watch your purchase on various devices.








Turbo from Google Play

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Buy from
Google Play

Google Play continues to increase their number of compatible devices. Turbo comes with stereo sound and 1080p video. Like the competition Turbo from Google Play cost $14.99.







Turbo from Amazon Instant

Buy from Amazon Instant

Turbo from Amazon Instant is, like other digital download options, extremely convenient. It cost $14.99 for 1080p video, stereo sound and a broad list of compatible devices on which to watch you purchase.







Turbo from Target Ticket

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Buy from Target Ticket

When buying any movie from Target Ticket you will get more helpful, family related information about the movie. The movies can play on plenty of devices, with more sure to come. Turbo cost $14.99 from Target Ticket. The HD purchase comes in 1080p video.






Turbo from CinemaNow

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Buy from CinemaNow

Best Buy’s digital download store, CinemaNow, sells Turbo for $16 even. Similarly, to their competition, CinemaNow has a solid list of compatible devices. It comes in 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Buyer’s Guide


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Peter Jackson continues to bring to life the world created by J.R. R. Tolkien. It is one of the oldest fantasy sagas brought to life. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition is available for digital download and will soon be available on Blu-ray and DVD. There were fans who disliked the 48 frame per second release of the film in theaters, but that is not an issue for the home release. The movies made by Peter Jackson are visually stunning spectacles in the theater and the fun of buying the movies for home is getting behind the scenes information.

For this buyer’s guide we will include the disc sets and the digital download options.

Here are the extras that come with the Blu-ray disc sets:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition
on Blu-ray and DVD special features:

  • The Filmmakers’ Commentary: Director/writer/producer Peter Jackson and writer/co-producer Philippa Boyens provide their perspective and stories on creating the first film.
  • New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth: From Matamata to Queenstown, travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand, transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-Earth.
  • The Appendices Part 7: A Long-Expected Journey: A 14-part chronological history of the filming of An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, and the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
  • The individual chapters (and notice that a lot of them take titles from individual chapters of The Hobbit) include:
    • The Journey Back to Middle-Earth
    • Riddles in the Dark: Gollum’s Cave
    • An Unexpected Party: Bag End
    • Roast Mutton: Trollshaws Forest
    • Bastion of the Greenwood: Rhosgobel
    • A Short Rest: Rivendell and London
    • Over Hill: The Misty Mountains
    • Under Hill: Goblin Town
    • Out of the Frying Pan: The Forest Ledge
    • Return to Hobbiton: The Shire
    • The Epic of Scene 88: Strath Taieri
    • The Battle of Moria: Azanulbizar
    • Edge of the Wilderland: Pick-ups and the Carrock
    • Home Is Behind, the World Is Ahead
  • The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth: Another selection of documentaries and featurettes await, further detailing the development, design and production of An Unexpected Journey.
  • The Company of Thorin: Explores the characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and the company of actors chosen to play Thorin’s company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Chapters include:
    • Assembling the Dwarves
    • Thorin, Fili and Kili
    • Balin and Dwalin
    • Oin and Gloin
    • Dori, Nori and Ori
    • Bifur, Bofur and Bombur
  • Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member: A revealing look at the film’s charismatic and talented lead actor, Martin Freeman.
  • Durin’s Folk: Creating the Dwarves Reveals the journey and process of designing, conceptualizing and physically realizing the dwarves in The Hobbit.
  • The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth: Focuses on the realization of new characters and creatures encountered in the first film, from casting to characterization to physical and digital design. Chapters include:
    • The Stone Trolls
    • Radagast the Brown
    • Goblins
    • Azog the Defiler
  • Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town: Follows the creation of the Middle-Earth locations from conceptual design to set and prop building to fully digital realities. Realms explored include:
    • Hobbiton
    • Rhosgobel
    • The Misty Mountains
    • Goblin Town
  • The Songs of The Hobbit: A look at the realization of Tolkien’s songs in An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Extended Edition on Blu-ray

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The Blu-ray set contains 3 Blu-ray disc as well a Digital HD UltraViolet copy. The audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. It is priced on $24.99.







The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended
Edition on 3D Blu-ray

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The Blu-ray set contains 5 Blu-ray disc as well a Digital HD UltraViolet copy. The cost for this set is $39.99.








The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended
Edition Blu-ray Amazon Exclusive

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This Amazon exclusive comes with the Blu-ray disc set and a Limited Edition Bilbo and Gollum Statue. It cost $59.99.






The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Extended Edition 3D Blu-ray Amazon Exclusive

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This Amazon exclusive comes with the 3D Blu-ray disc set and a Limited Edition Bilbo and Gollum Statue. It cost $69.99.





The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended
Edition Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive

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There is not much information available for this Walmart exclusive except for the price. This post will be updated as soon as more information becomes available. It is has a listed price of $32.98
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UPDATE: On Novemmber 5th I visited my local Walmart for more information regarding The Hobbit Extended Edition exclusive. According to the staff, there were no exclusive disc sets at their location. Walmart.com still does not provide any distinguishing information for their exclusive disc sets.





The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended
Edition 3D Blu-ray Walmart Exclusive

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Like the Blu-ray Walmart exclusive there is currently limited information. You will get the added benefit of a 3D disc for this set $49.48.

UPDATE: The latest information regarding the Walmart exclusives is listed under the 2D Blu-ray Walmart exclusive.






The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Extended Edition on DVD

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To get all of the special features the DVD set contains 5 disc. Oddly, this set cost $24.49, only 50 cents less than the Blu-ray disc set.







The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended
Edition on Amazon Instant

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Amazon Instant is offering The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with bonus features. The movie has stereo audio. You will get 48 minutes of bonus features with this purchase. It cost $19.99 for this purchase.






The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Extended Edition on Vudu

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Extended Edition from iTunes

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition from iTunes cost $19.99 and it comes with plenty of special features in iTunes Extras.








The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition iTunes Extras

  • The Appendices Part 7: A Long-Expected Journey: A 14-part chronological history of the filming of An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, and the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
  • The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth: Another selection of documentaries and featurettes await, further detailing the development, design and production of An Unexpected Journey.
  • The Company of Thorin: Explores the characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and the company of actors chosen to play Thorin’s company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Chapters include:
    • Assembling the Dwarves
    • Thorin, Fili and Kili
    • Balin and Dwalin
    • Oin and Gloin
    • Dori, Nori and Ori
    • Bifur, Bofur and Bombur


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition on Google Play

Google Play does not currently offer The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Editon.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition on Target Ticket

Target Ticket does not currently offer The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Editon.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition on CinemaNow

CinemaNow is not offering the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Heat Blu-ray DVD Unboxing

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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of The Heat Blu-ray DVD disc set.







The Heat Blu-ray disc set contains:

  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy



The Heat Blu-ray disc set contains the following extras:

  • Welcome to the Bonus Features
  • Mullins Family Fun
  • Acting Master Class
  • Let’s Get Physical
  • Police Brutality
  • Von Bloopers
  • Supporting Cast Cavalcade
  • Over and Out
  • All the Stuff We Had to Take Out but Still Think is Funny
  • How The Heat Was Made
  • Live Extras
  • The Commentary Track In Which the Director of The Heat Talks Endlessly About The Heat.
  • The Commentary Track In Which Melissa McCarthy and Other Great People from The Heat Talk About The Heat.
  • The Commentary Track In Which Some of the Mullins Family Discusses The Heat
  • Attend the June 23, 2013 Premiere of The Heat at The Ziegfeld Theater in the Comfort of Your Own Home!
  • The Original Lineup from Mystery Science Theater 3000 Comments on The Heat

The Conjuring Blu-ray DVD Unboxing


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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of The Conjuring Blu-ray DVD disc set. After watching the unboxing check out our Buyer’s Guide.







The Conjuring Blu-ray disc set contains:

  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy



The Conjuring Blu-ray disc set contains the following extras:

  • A Life in Demonology: An overview of the Warrens, their lives, faith, research and careers.
  • The Conjuring: Face-to-Face with Terror : Explanations from the Perron family about their experience.
  • Scaring the ‘@$*%’ Out of You:Covers the art of scaring from master horror filmmaker James Wan.

Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide


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Universal Studios’ Illumination Entertainment has only produced 4 animated films, but every film has been a financial success. Despicable Me 2 made nearly $900 million worldwide, about 12 times its budget. Illumination Entertainment brought back the team from the original film with the additions of Kristen Wiig as Miss Hattie and Benjamin Bratt as El Macho.

This buyer’s guide will include all of the disc sets released in the states. The Blu-ray disc of Despicable Me 2 comes with 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The Blu-ray disc sets come with the following bonus features:

Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray Bonus Features

  • UltraViolet
  • Deleted Scene – Gruties
  • The Minions
  • Evil Minions
  • A Gru-Some Transformation
  • El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho
  • Gru’s Girls
  • Gadgets Galore
  • Feature Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
  • Mini-Movies with Introductions By Steve Carell
  • Mini Movies
    • Puppy
    • Panic in the Mailroom
    • Training Wheels
  • Making of the Mini-Movies

Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray disc set

Buy

This set comes with with two disc: a Blu-ray and a DVD. The Ultraviolet digital copy will be downloadable with a code included in the case. It cost $23.96.







Despicable Me 2 3D Blu-ray disc set

Buy

This set has all of the same disc as the Blu-ray set with the addition of a 3D Blu-ray disc. You will pay a premium for the 3D disc, an additional $11, a total of $32.99.







Despicable Me 2 Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray disc set

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Walmart is actually offering two exclusive Blu-ray disc sets of Despicable Me 2. The first set includes 2 minion toys. This is being sold as a Limited Time Blu-ray Gift Set. It cost 24.96, only an additional dollar over the normal Blu-ray set.








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The second Walmart exclusive features a unique box for the Blu-ray disc set. The price for this set is the same as the regular Blu-ray disc set, $23.96.









Despicable Me 2 Target Exclusive Blu-ray disc set

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Like Walmart, Target is offering two exclusive options for Despicable Me 2. The first option is Despicable Me 2 with Digibook and Bonus Disc. The Digibook is the Anti-Villian League Handbook. The exclusive bonus disc includes over 40 minutes of content. This Target exclusive cost $29.99.






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The second exclusive from Target of Despicable Me 2 combines the Blu-ray disc set with the same bonus disc found in the other Target exclusive. The cover of the disc set highlights that the bonus disc features an interview with Pharrell Williams, the co-composer of the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.





Despicable Me 2 Best Buy Blu-ray disc set

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Buy

There is currently limited information regarding this Best Buy exclusive. Pre-ordering Despicable Me 2 from Best Buy includes early access to the movie through Cinema Now as a digital download. It is currently priced at $24.99.







Wrap Up

Despicable Me 2 is the second highest grossing film so far this year. The options for bringing this movie home are all good choices largely because of the extra features included with each choice. With the holiday season around the corner it is always helpful to have a fun likable movie handy.

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Apple Announces New iPad Air and New iPad Mini

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Today, Apple announced their new iPad. With 170 million iPads sold worldwide it has been a game-changing success for the Cupertino based tech company. Currently, the iPad is the best tablet computer for watching movies. This is true largely because of the number of quality movie apps that are available for iOS devices.

The fifth generation Apple tablet is named the iPad Air. The iPad Air is 20% thinner than the fourth generation iPad and weighs only 1 pound. Apple claims that it is the lightest full size tablet in the world.

It features Apple’s new A7 processor. According to their presentation the A7 is 8x faster than the original iPad. The iPad Air will have 72x faster graphics when compared to the original iPad. It has a 5MP, HD FaceTime camera. And the iPad Air will have 10 hours of battery life. It will cost $499 and it will become available for purchase on November 1st.

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Apple also announced their new iPad Mini. The significant upgrade to this device is its display. The iPad Mini now features a Retina Display with 2048x 1536 resolution. That is more pixels than a high definition television. The pricing for this device will start at $399.



Apple also announced that all iLife and iWork apps will now be free with every iPad purchase. This includes iMovie, Garageband, iPhoto, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

Monsters University Movie Buyer’s Guide


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Monsters University, is the fourteenth film produced by Pixar Studios. Though the production cost of the movie is not published, raking in over $700 million worldwide is successful by any measure. It was also well reviewed returning Pixar to critical success which had been elusive in its recent releases.

For this buyer’s guide we will cover the Blu-ray, DVD and digital download options. The digital downloads are now available. The disc sets will be released on October 29th.

The Blu-ray disc has 1080p video with 7.1 Dolby TrueHD surround sound. The following extra features are included with all Blu-ray disc sets:

Monsters University Blu-ray Extra Features

  • Story School
  • Campus Life
  • Scare Games
  • Scare Tactics
  • Color and Light
  • Paths to Pixar – MU Edition
  • Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Blue Umbrella
  • Audio Commentary
  • Promo Picks
  • College Campaign
  • Theatrical Campaign
  • Set Flythroughs
  • Art Gallery
  • And much more . . .

Monsters University Blu-ray

Buy

Featuring two Blu-ray disc and a DVD, this set features a slipcover with Mike and Sulli in a class picture. How many of us do not need the digital copy? Digital copies are quickly becoming a must have feature for any home movie purchase and this set lacks that feature. It cost $24.99.






Monsters University Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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Similar to the regular Blu-ray set, this Collector’s Edition’s cover is framed in silver. Additionally, it includes a Digital Copy. Digital Copies from studios owned by Disney always offer an option to get the digital copy from iTunes. This set is priced at $30.99.







Monsters University 3D Blu-ray
Ultimate Collector’s Edition

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Trimmed in a non-metallic gold, the cover of this set features Mike taped to the wall as Sulli holds the tape. This set has a 3D disc. Costing $34.96, it is only an additional $4 for the 3D disc.







Monsters University Target Exclusive
Ultimate Collector’s Edition

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Target’s exclusive edition of the Ultimate Collector’s set has a bonus DVD featuring the extra College Days. Competitively priced at $34.99, ordering this option from Target may be an ideal choice if you love all things Pixar.






Monsters University Target Exclusive Collector’s Edition

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Similarly to the other Target exclusive set, this set adds a bonus DVD featuring the extra College Days. This set has everything in the regular Collector’s Edition, plus the extra DVD. Priced at $29.99, this exclusive set is actually $1 cheaper than the regular Collector’s Edition.





Monsters University Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray

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Walmart brings something unique to their disc set. First, it features the regular Blu-ray disc set. Secondly, the unique feature is the inclusion of either the Disney Infinity Randy Figure or the Disney Infinity Mike Figure. Both options cost $29.96. This may be the right pick if you or a kid you know likes Disney Infinity.







Monsters University DVD

Buy

This set features a cover with Mike and Sulli sharing a bunk. It includes one DVD. The video from the disc is presented in widescreen standard definition video with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. Compared to the Blu-ray disc sets, the DVD offers minimal extra features. Here are the extra features that are included on the DVD:

  • Audio Commentary
  • The Blue Umbrella


Monsters University from iTunes

Buy from iTunes
Buy from iTunes

For $19.99 you can download the 2D version of Monsters University from iTunes. This is a convenient option if you are invested in Apple’s line of iOS products: iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. This movie comes with most of the extras that come with the Blu-ray disc sets. Unfortunately, iTunes Extras can only be accessed using a Mac or a PC. Here are the iTunes Extras that are listed with a purchase of Monsters University:




Monsters University iTunes Extras

  • Music Appreciation
  • The Blue Umbrella
  • Campus Life
  • Story School
  • Scare Games
  • Monthropology
  • Welcome to MU
  • Scare Tactics
  • Color and Light
  • Paths to Pixar – MU
  • Furry Monsters
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Art Gallery
  • And much more


Monsters University from Amazon Instant

Buy from Amazon Instant

For those of us who use Kindle HD tablets buying Monsters University from Amazon Instant is a convenient option. It cost $19.99 with 1080p resolution and stereo sound. This purchase does not include any extras. Amazon Instant has a broad list of compatible devices.






Monsters University from Google Play

Buy from Google Play
Buy from Google Play

Ideal for owners of Android devices and Chromecast, Google Play offers Monsters University for $19.99. The movie comes in 1080p video with stereo sound. Unfortunately, Monsters University from Google Play does not include any extras.








Monsters University from Vudu

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Vudu is the only digital download retailer offering the 3D version of Monsters University. The 3D version of Monsters University from Vudu cost $34.99. This is only the 3D version and does not include a 2D version.

The 2D version alone cost $22.99. Both versions have Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Of all the digital download retailers Vudu features the most compatible devices for any screen size.




Monsters University from Target Ticket

Buy from Target Ticket
Buy from Target Ticket

Target Ticket continues to add compatible devices to their list. Currently, you can watch this purchase on your television through numerous Blu-ray players and Xbox 360 as well as iOS and Android devices. Monsters University cost $19.99 from Target Ticket.








Monsters University from Cinema Now

Buy from Cinema Now
Buy from Cinema Now

For $24 you can own Monsters University from Cinema Now. Cinema Now has a list of compatible devices that are more than Target Ticket, but fewer than Vudu. Patrons of Best Buy, who love all things Best Buy, may like this choice.







Wrap Up

Pixar continues to produce top notch family entertainment. Monsters University is fun for kids and those adults who appreciate a well done animation. Whichever option you choose it is a good buy for all ages.