The Wolverine Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Buyer’s Guide


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The Wolverine is the sixth in the X-Men film series. When Hugh Jackman first played Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men many fans questioned whether or not he would be a good fit for the role. Now, 13 years later, it is hard to imagine someone else playing the iconic Marvel character.

For this Buyer’s Guide we will consider Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies. Some of the disc sets and digital options include an extended version of the movie. The extended version of The Wolverine is an additional 12 minutes longer than the theatrical version. This is a real deal extended version, far more additional footage than the typical extended version. There is a lot more blood and even more action. The extended cut also includes a alternate ending that fans of the comic book character may appreciate.

The Wolverine Extended Cut 3D Blu-ray DVD Disc Set

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Of the bunch this Blu-ray disc set covers you for all screen sizes and types. It contains four disc: 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray with theatrical cut, Blu-ray with extended cut and a DVD. The digital copy has both an iTunes option and an UltraViolet option. From your 3D television to you smart phone this disc set has you covered. The movie is in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound. It features a silhouette of Wolverine painted with a calligraphy brush. It is currently priced at $26.96.


All The Wolverine Blu-ray disc sets include the following extras:

  • Alternate Ending
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past Set Tour
  • The Path of the Ronin – an immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past
  • Sync with The Wolverine Second Screen App for an interactive Second Screen experience
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Wolverine Blu-ray DVD Disc Set

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This disc set lacks the 3D Blu-ray and has only the theatrical version of the film. It includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and a digital copy. On the cover there is a silhouette of the Wolverine with a red sun behind him. The red sun is symbolic of Japan “the land of the rising sun.” This disc set cost $19.96.






The Wolverine Blu-ray only

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For folks who are sure that they will only want to watch this on their HD television, there is the Blu-ray only option. It contains all of the extras that the other Blu-ray disc sets include. The cover features Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine with claws exposed from the right hand and a sword in the left hand.





The Wolverine Blu-ray Target Exclusive

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Target is starting to leverage Target Ticket, their digital movie download store. With their exclusive of The Wolverine Target is offering the addition of digital bonus content. The disc sets are the same as the regular ones, but Target adds a sticker explaining their exclusive. Both the 3D Blu-ray disc set, $34.99, and the Blu-ray disc set, $24.99, come with the following extra:




The Wolverine Target Exclusive extra:

  • The Legendary Wolverine comes to life is a great bonus feature

The Wolverine Blu-ray Best Buy Exclusive

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The Best Buy exclusive of The Wolverine is a really cool disc set. It has four disc. It includes a 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray with theatrical cut, Blu-ray with extended cut and a DVD. The disc come in a nice looking box. The It cost $34.99. This is probably the best of the bunch.

This is the Best Buy of Canada exclusive. At the time this post was created the U.S. Best Buy had not yet posted any information about their exclusive. UPDATE: The link to the left now connects with the U.S. Best Buy website.

The Wolverine on DVD

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This case includes a single DVD. The cover is similar to the cover of the single Blu-ray option. The only difference is that Hugh Jackman has a red sun behind him.

The Wolverine on DVD includes the following extra:

  • Inspiration– A Ronin’s Journey




The Wolverine from iTunes

iTunes is offering The Wolverine in both the theatrical version and the extended version. You can play either purchase on all Apple devices and PCs.

The Wolverine Theatrical Version from iTunes

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The theatrical version of the The Wolverine from iTunes comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. It cost $14.99.

The Wolverine Theatrical Version has the following iTunes Extras:

  • Inspiration– A Ronin’s Journey





The Wolverine Extended Cut from iTunes

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The extended cut of The Wolverine from iTunes comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. You will pay an extra $5 for the extended cut. It cost $19.99.

The Wolverine Theatrical Version has the following iTunes Extras:

  • Inspiration– A Ronin’s Journey





The Wolverine from Vudu

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Vudu is only offering the theatrical cut of The Wolverine. It cost $14.99 and comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. It does not include any extras. This is a good price considering the numerous devices that are compatible with Vudu’s service.







The Wolverine from Amazon Instant

Amazon Instant is offering both the theatrical and extended versions of the movie.

The Wolverine Theatrical Version from Amazon Instant

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This version from Amazon Instant cost $14.99 . It does not include any extras or special features. It comes in full HD, 1080p video, but only has stereo sound. This is a good choice for those of us who own Kindle HD tablets.






The Wolverine Extended Cut from Amazon Instant

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This version from Amazon Instant cost $18.99. Compared to iTunes it is a little cheaper, but it does not include any extras or special features. It comes in full HD, 1080p video, but only has stereo sound. This is a good choice for those of us who own Kindle HD tablets.







The Wolverine from Google Play

Google Play is offering both the theatrical and extended versions of the movie.

The Wolverine Theatrical Version from Google Play

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This version from Google Play cost $14.99 . It does not include any extras or special features. It comes in full HD, 1080p video, but only has stereo sound. This is a good choice for people who own Chromecast or Android devices tablets.








The Wolverine Extended Cut from Google Play

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This version from Google Play cost $19.99. It does not include any extras or special features. It comes in full HD, 1080p video, but only has stereo sound. This is a good choice for those of us who own Chromecast or Android devices tablets.








The Wolverine from CinemaNow

CinemaNow is offering both the theatrical and extended versions of the movie.

The Wolverine Theatrical Version from CinemaNow

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This version from CinemaNow cost $16. It does not include any extras or special features. It comes in full HD, 1080p video, but only has stereo sound. This purchase will work on numerous devices from various manufacturers.









The Wolverine Extended Cut from CinemaNow

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This version from CinemaNow cost $20. It does not include any extras or special features. It comes in full HD, 1080p video, but only has stereo sound. CinemaNow works on various devices, from Blu-ray players to smart phones.







Wrap Up

For fans there are various options for enjoying The Wolverine at home. Personally, I will pick up the extended edition 3D Blu-ray disc set.


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Sony HT-CT260H Soundbar & Wireless Subwoofer Review


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When watching movies audio can be more important than what we see on the screen or television. The significance of sound is most easily appreciated in horror movies. Without the menacing music or unexpected whisper many horror films would not be nearly as scary. Good sound is essential to a complete movie watching experience. With that in mind I picked up the Sony HT-CT260H Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer.

The Sony HT-CT260H Includes:

  • Sound Bar Speaker
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • Remote Control
  • Optical Cable

Sony HT-CT260H Design

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This year Sony began deviating from the typical rectangular design approach. It began with adding triangular shapes to its Blu-ray players. Continuing the trend of incorporating nonconventional shapes into their products, Sony is using a hexagonal profile for the HT-CT260H. The speaker grill cloth runs the length of the sound bar. On each end Sony has added a metal plate, a design choice that adds to the perceived quality of the product. In comparisons with other sound bars the HT-CT260H immediately stands out.

The controls on the HT-CT260H feature chrome buttons with a clear display. It took a few attempts to familiarize myself with the interface, but then it was easy to navigate. My couch is about 12 feet away and the display was easy to read. If you misplace the remote the controls can adjust all settings.

This sound bar also includes a IR repeater. This feature allows the signal from your television’s remote to reach the television, because most television IR receivers will be blocked by the sound bar.

Sony HT-CT26H Wireless Subwoofer

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The wireless subwoofer that is included in this set is convenient and loud. Convenience is the number one reason for choosing a sound bar system. And the number of wires involved in the installation process is the determinant of convenience. One less wire to run and connect is a welcomed feature.

The wireless connection worked immediately without a need for configuration. The subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room. This is a great feature that compliments the convenience of a sound bar. Once I started playing a movie, in this case Man of Steel, the first thing I noticed was the increased atmospheric sound. The wireless subwoofer does a good job of making you feel the movie.

Sony HT-CT260H Sound Quality

For all that can be said regarding the convenience of sound bars, that convenience comes with compromises. For its size the HT-CT260H puts out enough sound. It does not compare to my Klipsch speakers and subwoofer. I know that it is not a fair comparison, but it provides a reference to which you can compare.

The sound is superior to anything that you will get from your television. It does a good job at bringing typically subtle audio elements to noticeable levels, but can leave dialogue lacking distinction. While watching Man of Steel I found myself wishing that the dialogue was clearer and separated from the music and sound effects.

Sony HT-CT260H Wired Connections

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With this model Sony has added two HDMI ports, one in and the other out. This allows for Audio Return Channel (ARC). ARC allows you to pass the video signal through the sound bar via HDMI.

The HT-CT260 has an optical audio connection and an analog in jack. This allows for new and old connections. The analog jack is a nice touch if you happen to have a music player that lacks Bluetooth.

Sony HT-CT260H Bluetooth

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The Sony HT-CT260H includes Bluetooth 3.0 that allows other Bluetooth devices to transmit sound through the sound bar and subwoofer. This feature is great for connecting tablets, smart phones and other devices. Pairing my iPad Mini to it was easy. This feature is nice to have, because there are some times when you want to hear music or a podcast from your phone or tablet beyond what the built-in speaker can provide.

Sony HT-CT26H Remote RM-ANP109

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Sony does not get any points for their remotes, but the RM-ANP109 allows you to make all necessary adjustments to the sound bar and subwoofer. The design is nearly identical to the remote included with Sony’s Blu-ray players. Unlike the Blu-ray player remote that feels like too many functions were crammed into its small shell, the design of the RM-ANP109 compliments the number of functions it needs to accomplish.

Sony HT-CT260H Value

The Sony HT-CT260H brings functionality, quality and convenience in a simple format. This is a good audio system for someone looking to affordably improve their television’s sound without the hassle of running and hiding wires all over the place. The HT-CT260H has 300 watts of power providing plenty of sound. For a little less than $300 you can significantly improve you home theatre audio.

Sony HT-CT260H Wrap Up

The Sony HT-CT260H is a beautifully designed sound bar with a good set of features. Your experience with audio and music in your home will noticeably improve for a modest price. Oddly, of all of the features, I found that I appreciated the convenience of Bluetooth the most.

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Planes 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray DVD and Digital Copy Unboxing


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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of Disney’s Planes 3D Blu-ray disc set. The movie comes in 1080p video with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. When you are finished watching the unboxing video check out our Planes buyer’s guide.







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  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

The Planes 3D Blu-ray Disc Set comes with the Following Special Features

  • Exclusive: Franz’s Song: Produced exclusively for Blu-ray and HD Digital, a never-before-seen completely finished animated song features the German mini-car, Franz Fliegenhosen, who encourages Dusty on his flight.
  • Klay’s Flight Plan: Follow Director Klay Hall’s personal journey during the making of Planes and discover why his family connection to aviation made Planes his perfect project. Fly along with Klay as he lands on a working aircraft carrier to get first-hand experience on the flight deck.
  • Deleted Scenes: Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn introduce deleted scenes from the movie.
    • 1. Training Montage
    • 2. Taj Mahal “
  • Meet the Racers: Four existing character interstitials: El Chu, Ripslinger, Dusty, and Ishani.
  • Top Ten Flyers Hosted by Colin Cowherd: Colin Cowherd hosts Top Ten Flyers in a fun, fast-paced countdown of the greatest aviators in history.



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The World’s End Blu-ray DVD and Digital Buyer’s Guide

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The World’s End was written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. It is the the third film they have written together. The first two movies were Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. All three films were directed by Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. On screen Pegg and Frost always have great chemistry. The World’s End isn’t the best of the three movies, but it is still fun to watch.

This buyer’s guide will cover the U.S. Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

The World’s End on Blu-ray

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This option, like most Blu-ray disc sets, covers you for all screen sizes. This set contains a Blu-ray disc, DVD and an UltraViolet digital copy. The Blu-ray displays the movie in 1080p video with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound. The DVD has the film in standard definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The digital copy is from UltraViolet and is in high-definition. You can use the digital copy on most tablets, phones and streaming devices. There are nearly three hours of extras in this Blu-ray disc set. It cost $22.99.

The World’s End Blu-ray disc set comes with the following special features

  • Feature Commentary: Writer/director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg serve up the first of three, count ’em three audio commentaries, and it’s an entertaining opener. Naturally the pair focus on the story, characters and comedy, but that doesn’t stop either one from chasing tangents and a few good laughs.
  • Technical Commentary:: Next up is Wright and director of photography Bill Pope, who deliver a technical track that dissects the look of the film, its cinematography and effects, and other aspects of the shoot as seen from behind the camera. It’s a solid commentary; not as funny as its sister tracks but informative and, despite its drier bits, quite engaging.
  • Cast Commentary: Pegg returns with co-stars Nick Frost and Paddy Considine for a laugh-out-loud third commentary, although it isn’t nearly as extensive as its predecessors, which strike a better balance between production detail and humor.
  • U-Control Storyboard PiP : View The World’s End storyboards alongside the final cut of the film. It’s not a full Picture-in-Picture suite per se, but with so many special features on tap, it hardly matters.
  • Completing the Golden Mile: The Making of The World’s End: This high definition Blu-ray exclusive documentary is a must-see, inching through the film and hitting on virtually every aspect of the production. There’s some overlap with Wright and Pegg’s feature commentary, but not enough to make either extra redundant in the least.
  • Filling in the Blanks: The Stunts and FX of The World’s End : Delve into the film’s action, stuntwork and visual effects via this secondary documentary. Pairs perfectly with “Completing the Golden Mile.”
  • VFX Breakdown : A second visual effects featurette that covers additional ground.
  • Edgar & Simon’s Flip Chart : Get a unique glimpse into the writing of the screenplay.
  • Director at Work: Wright is thrust into the spotlight by key members of the cast and crew.
  • Pegg + Frost = Fried Gold : Pegg and Frost receive the same treatment.
  • Friends Reunited : A truncated EPK with bits culled from “Completing the Golden Mile.”
  • Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy: The tasty trilogy treat in all its glory.
  • Animatics : Animatics for two scenes.
  • Hair and Make-Up Tests : Early tests with the actors.
  • Rehearsal Footage : Pre-shoot rehearsals with the cast.
  • Stunt Tapes : An overview of three different stunt-heavy sequences.
  • There’s Only One Gary King: Osymyso’s Inibri-8 Megamix: Music remix montage.
  • Signs & Omens: The film’s easter eggs revealed!
  • Deleted Scene: A single deleted scene, and an inconsequential one at that.
  • Outtakes: Funny, but standard gag reel stuff.
  • Alternate Edits: A series of alternate takes.
  • Bits and Pieces : More alternate takes and shots.
  • Trailers & TV Spots: Three trailers presented in HD and three TV promos in SD.
  • TV Safe Version: Four minutes of the film edited for all-ages access (and further laughs).
  • Galleries: Photographs, concept art, animatronics, prosthetics, theatrical posters and pub signs.
  • Trivia Track: Not enough, you say? Alright then. How about yet another way to watch the film? This time with a pop-up trivia track featuring every last nugget of info that doesn’t have a home elsewhere on the disc?

The World’s End on DVD


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This case contains only the DVD. The DVD of The World’s End has the following special features:

  • Feature Commentary: Writer/director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg serve up the first of three, count ’em three audio commentaries, and it’s an entertaining opener. Naturally the pair focus on the story, characters and comedy, but that doesn’t stop either one from chasing tangents and a few good laughs.
  • Completing the Golden Mile: The Making of The World’s End: This high definition Blu-ray exclusive documentary is a must-see, inching through the film and hitting on virtually every aspect of the production. There’s some overlap with Wright and Pegg’s feature commentary, but not enough to make either extra redundant in the least.

The World’s End from iTunes

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The World’s End from iTunes is priced at $14.99. As with all digital download options you have the convenience of making this purchase without every needing to leave your home. Although it is priced competitively, when compared to the list of special features in the Blu-ray disc, The World’s End from iTunes only has a fraction of the special features. I suspect only true fans of the Wright, Pegg and Frost team will care about the absence of special features. This purchase can be played on all Apple devices and on PCs. The video has 1080p resolution with Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

The World’s End iTunes Extras

  • Completing the Golden Mile: The Making of The World’s End: This high definition Blu-ray exclusive documentary is a must-see, inching through the film and hitting on virtually every aspect of the production. There’s some overlap with Wright and Pegg’s feature commentary, but not enough to make either extra redundant in the least.
  • Trailers & TV Spots: Three trailers presented in HD and three TV promos in SD.
  • Galleries: Photographs, concept art, animatronics, prosthetics, theatrical posters and pub signs.

The World’s End from Vudu

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The World’s End from Vudu comes in 1080p video with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. It is competitively priced at $14.99. Unfortunately, it does not include any special features or extras. Buying The World’s End from Vudu will provide you with the broadest list of devices on which you can watch your purchase.




The World’s End from Google Play

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For Android and Chromebook users, The World’s End from Google Play cost $14.99. The video has 1080p resolution with stereo sound and can play on most Android and Chrome devices as well as PCs and Macs.







The World’s End from Target Ticket

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Target Ticket really tries to address the concerns of parents who purchase movies. It is the only digital download service that offers information from Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media’s information provides an appropriate age for watching movies. Target Ticket also shows reviews listed on Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes. The World’s End from Target Ticket cost $14.99. Target Ticket does not list the technical specs for each movie, but most movies come in 1080p resolution when you purchase the HD version.




The World’s End from Amazon Instant

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Amazon Instant is the most expensive of the digital download bunch with a price of $19.99 for The World’s End. Amazon Instant purchases can be watched on numerous devices from various manufacturers. Of course all purchases can be watched on Amazon’s recently revamped line of Kindle tablets. This purchase does not include any extras.

The World’s End from CinemaNow

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The World’s End from CinemaNow cost an even $16. CinemaNow is Best Buy’s digital movie store that works in conjunction with your UltraViolet account. Loyal customers of Best Buy will find this a convenient option. CinemaNow purchases can watched on most Blu-ray players.






The World’s End in the Cornetto Trilogy

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As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, The World’s End is the third film from the team of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. A trilogy of their three films together will be released on November 19th on Blu-ray. Any fan of Hot Fuzz (my personal favorite), Shaun of the Dead or The World’s End may consider picking up this disc set. It cost $34.59.



Wrap Up

This is a fun movie that you can conveniently buy from nearly any of the popular digital download stores. If you can want all of the special features then you will have to go with the Blu-ray disc set.

Noah Movie Official Trailer


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This is the trailer for the movie Noah. The film stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins. This is not the first movie about the biblical character but it is the most ambitious. It has a reported budget of $130 million. Do you think this film will be a success?





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Man of Steel Walmart Exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray DVD Unboxing


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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Man of Steel Walmart Exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray disc set. The movie comes in 1080p video with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. When you are finished watching the unboxing video check out our Man of Steel buyer’s guide.







Man of Steel Walmart Exclusive
set comes with the following:

  • Steelbook Case
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy

Here are the extras that come with Man of Steel
Walmart Exclusive Blu-ray DVD set:

  • Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel
  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology.
  • All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel.
  • Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry, (Clark Kent, age 13) covers all the Krypton tech featured in Man of Steel.
  • Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.
  • Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy

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Man of Steel Limited Collector’s Edition 3D Blu-ray DVD Unboxing



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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the Man of Steel Limited Collector’s Edition 3D Blu-ray DVD set. The movie comes in 1080p video with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. When you are finished watching the unboxing video check out our Man of Steel buyer’s guide.





Man of Steel Limited Collector’s Edition
set comes with the following:

  • Metal Case
  • Stand
  • 3D Blu-ray
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy

Here are the extras that come with Man of Steel
Limited Collector’s Edition 3D Blu-ray DVD set:

  • Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel
  • Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology.
  • All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel.
  • Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry, (Clark Kent, age 13) covers all the Krypton tech featured in Man of Steel.
  • Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.
  • Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy

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Planes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Buyer’s Guide


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A spin-off of Pixar’s Cars, Planes is one of those rare movies that was planned for a direct-to-video release, but instead was released in theaters. Not only was it saved from being direct-to-video, Planes is set to become a full standalone franchise with two sequels in the works. Even though the film received mostly negative reviews, families still bought tickets making the movie profitable.

This buyer’s guide for Planes will feature Blu-ray disc sets, DVD and digital download options.

Planes on 3D Blu-ray

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This disc set comes with three disc: one 3D Blu-ray disc, one Blu-ray disc and one DVD. It also includes a Digital Copy. The video is in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. Trimmed in silver, the cover features the profiles of Dusty, Ripslinger and El Chupacabra. You can buy this set for a price of $32.99.





All Planes Blu-ray Disc Sets have the Following Special Features

  • Exclusive: Franz’s Song: Produced exclusively for Blu-ray and HD Digital, a never-before-seen completely finished animated song features the German mini-car, Franz Fliegenhosen, who encourages Dusty on his flight.
  • Klay’s Flight Plan: Follow Director Klay Hall’s personal journey during the making of Planes and discover why his family connection to aviation made Planes his perfect project. Fly along with Klay as he lands on a working aircraft carrier to get first-hand experience on the flight deck.
  • Deleted Scenes: Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn introduce deleted scenes from the movie.
    • 1. Training Montage
    • 2. Taj Mahal “
  • Meet the Racers: Four existing character interstitials: El Chu, Ripslinger, Dusty, and Ishani.
  • Top Ten Flyers Hosted by Colin Cowherd: Colin Cowherd hosts Top Ten Flyers in a fun, fast-paced countdown of the greatest aviators in history.

Planes on Blu-ray

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The only difference with this set is the cover and the absence of a 3D version of the movie. It cost $24.99. The cover for this set features Dusty, Ripslinger and El Chupacabra flying at you.







Planes on 3D Blu-ray Target Exclusive

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The Target exclusive includes everything in the 3D Blu-ray disc set with the addition of a DVD bonus disc. It has exclusive deleted scenes and a short film entitled Extreme Air Challenge. The short film is hosted by Disney Channel’s Karan Brar. It cost $29.99.







Planes on Blu-ray Target Exclusive

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This Target exclusive includes everything in the Blu-ray disc set with the addition of a DVD bonus disc. It has exclusive deleted scenes and a short film entitled Extreme Air Challenge. The short film is hosted by Disney Channel’s Karan Brar.







Planes on DVD

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This disc set has the feature film in standard definition video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. It comes with a DVD and a digital copy of the movie.








Planes from iTunes

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Planes from iTunes has all of the same special features as the Blu-ray disc set with the better price of $19.99. Rarely does iTunes or any other digital download store, offer the same number of special features as those included with Blu-ray disc sets.









Planes from iTunes comes with these iTunes Extras

  • Exclusive: Franz’s Song: Produced exclusively for Blu-ray and HD Digital, a never-before-seen completely finished animated song features the German mini-car, Franz Fliegenhosen, who encourages Dusty on his flight.
  • Klay’s Flight Plan: Follow Director Klay Hall’s personal journey during the making of Planes and discover why his family connection to aviation made Planes his perfect project. Fly along with Klay as he lands on a working aircraft carrier to get first-hand experience on the flight deck.
  • Deleted Scenes: Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn introduce deleted scenes from the movie.
    • 1. Training Montage
    • 2. Taj Mahal “
  • Meet the Racers: Four existing character interstitials: El Chu, Ripslinger, Dusty, and Ishani.
  • Top Ten Flyers Hosted by Colin Cowherd: Colin Cowherd hosts Top Ten Flyers in a fun, fast-paced countdown of the greatest aviators in history.

Planes from Amazon Instant

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Amazon Instant is selling Planes for $19.99. It comes in 1080p video with only stereo sound. The Kindle line of tablets from Amazon have decent performance and are competitively priced. If you or your child have a Kindle HD this is a convenient option.






Planes from Vudu

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As always Vudu is a great option, particularly if you want to watch your purchase on various devices from different manufacturers. Planes from Vudu is the priciest of digital download bunch at $22.99. It comes in 1080p video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.There are no special features listed with this purchase.







Wrap Up

Planes is another one of those movies that is great to have during the holiday season. Planes from iTunes has the best price with all of the special features, and the added convenience of being a digital download.

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Windows Phone 8 vs. iPhone

Watching Movies on a Phone is Cool!

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Watching video on a phone is becoming more and more common. In 2003 I was walking down a busy street in Singapore and on one of the buildings there was a massive banner promoting the latest in cell phone technology, the newly announced Motorola Razr. I remember being blown away by the phone. The Razr was thin, beautiful and the best piece of cell phone tech available. Relative to its time the Razr had a great screen and you could watch video on it. Watching video was one of many features on this hot new phone.

Fast forward ten years. Watching video and full length movies is a ubiquitous feature on smart phones. Having the option to watch a movie on your phone can make a long trip tolerable, and can quickly take your mind to a different place. Teenagers can escape from awkward adult gatherings without seeming completely obnoxious through movies on their phone. And at the very least, this function can keep a rambunctious child in one place for a good amount of time. Considering the last point, accessing movies on our cell phones is essential.

Windowns Phone 8 vs. iOS

In this comparison we will use the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Ativ S Neo. Both smart phones each have their respective strengths. This is not necessarily a head-to-head comparison of phones, but more so a comparison of their operating systems and the available apps. For this purpose the Ativ S Neo is a good, though admittedly not the best, Windows Phone 8 representative. The iPhone 5 with iOS7 is, in regard to movie watching, identical to the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Let’s first address the apps that they both share.

Streaming Movie Apps

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Netflix and Crackle are available on both iOS and Windows Phone 8. Netflix is a great streaming service, but it does not sell movies nor does it allow you to download and watch movies offline. Crackle is the only other notable movie watching app. A subsidiary of Sony, Crackle offers streaming of over 200 hundred movies. You can not buy movies from Crackle. Crackle_Logo_smThe service generates revenue by frequently showing commercial. There are a few good movies in the bunch, but Crackle mostly offers unpopular and older films. Unfortunately, those are the two best apps for Windows Phone 8 and arguably the only ones worth considering.

Windows Phone 8 is a young but maturing ecosystem of phones and apps. Its supporting app store, Windows Phone Store, boast a count of over 175,000 apps. Microsoft promotes Windows Phone 8 as a platform for productive people, often mentioning how well it works with its suite of office software. Of the numerous apps in the Windows Phone Store there is one other app we found for watching movies.

Other Windows Phone 8 Movie Apps

The Full Movie app (yes, that is the name of it) has a similar catalogue of movies to that of Crackle. While you watch movies in the Full Movie app, there are ever present ads on the right side of your screen. I am not sure which is more annoying, the frequent commercials from Crackle or the ads constantly on the screen with the Full Movie app. While I was watching Pursuit of Happyness I could not help but wonder if I was watching a bootleg version of the movie. There were a few more movie related apps from the developer of the Full Movie app, but those apps had movies from India.

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Flixster is available in the Windows Phone store, but lacks one important function. Flixster is a good source for all things related to movies. If you activate UltraViolet integration you can watch all of your UltraViolet movies through your Flixster account. This function is available online and in the Flixster iPhone app, but it is oddly missing from the Windows Phone version of the Flixster app.

Seriously, I Have to do What?

Currently, the only way to legally get the latest movies on your Windows Phone 8 is by buying them from the Xbox Live video store. The process for getting a movie from Xbox Live to a Windows Phone feels ancient. You will need to first buy and download the movie from your Windows PC. Next, you will need to connect your phone to the computer and then download the movie. Actually, the process is simple enough, but compared to Google Play or the iTunes store, it feels far behind.

iOS, So Many Apps…

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The iPhone has a well established ecosystem that provides access to movies. The first iPhone was released in 2007 and a year later the App Store, the distribution system for mobile apps for iOS was opened. Currently the App Store has over 1 million apps available. Nearly every established digital movie store has an app available for the iPhone and its operating system iOS. The iPhone has the iTunes store app pre-installed.

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The iTunes store is the most popular digital download store in the world. It offers tens of thousands of movies and TV shows. With the iTunes Store app on the iPhone you can download movies directly to your phone. This is an easy convenient feature. Though, iTunes is the biggest it is not the only movie purchasing app available for iOS.

There are numerous apps available from digital download stores that are designed specifically for the iPhone. The most popular apps are Walmart’s Vudu, Target Ticket, Best Buy’s CinemaNow and Amazon Instant. All of these services allow you to stream or download movies directly to your iPhone (and iPad).

Wrap Up

When it comes to watching movies Windows Phone 8 vs iPhone is a lopsided comparison. Though there are some good streaming services available on both mobile operating systems, Windows Phone 8 lacks a respectable app that allows movie downloads directly to your phone. Recently, Microsoft announced that it will include the ability to buy movies directly from Xbox Live. For those of us who are waiting to switch over to Windows Phone and want to get movies directly to your phone, you should wait until Microsoft adds this feature. Overall, Windows Phone is in a tough position. It needs more apps to appeal to a broad audience, but without a broad customer base developers will not create apps for it. That conundrum is not an issue for iOS. Apple has a large customer base and plenty of apps for iOS devices. At this stage of the game the iPhone and iOS easily win this battle.

White House Down Blu-ray DVD Unboxing



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This is the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of White House Down Blu-ray DVD set. The movie comes in 1080p video with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. When you are finished watching the unboxing video check out our White House Down buyer’s guide.







White House Down Blu-ray contains the following extras:

  • Gag Reel : Humorous moments from the set.
  • A Dynamic Duo : Cast and crew talk up the Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx chemistry. The actors also compliment one another.
  • The Beast : An interesting and rather detailed examination of the construction and performance of the Presidential limousine built for the movie.
  • Men of Action : A brief piece that primarily looks at Tatum’s stunt work and a few of the film’s biggest action pieces.
  • The Full Arsenal : A look at the weapons used in the film.
  • VFX Boundaries Breakdown : A discussion of the “in-cam” special effects system the filmmakers used in the film.
  • The Inside Story : Discussions include selling the project to Sony, hiring Roland Emmerich, casting Channing Tatum, and the film’s small production schedule.
  • Presidential Treatment : The benefits of setting the movie in and around the White House, creating the sets, and building digital backdrops.
  • Lights, Camera, Heart-Pumping Action : A close look at the contributions of Cinematographer Anna J. Foerster.
  • Roland Emmerich – Upping the Ante : Cast and crew talk up Roland Emmerich the person and Roland Emmerich the filmmaker.
  • Crashing the Oval Office : A look at the challenge of building an Oval Office replica and crashing a car through it.
  • Drowning the Beast : An examination of building one of the more challenging scenes in the movie.
  • Recreating the White House : A more detailed look at the White House sets, with emphasis on their accuracy and their destruction.
  • Meet the Insiders : A rapid-fire piece that examines the film’s secondary characters.
  • Previews : Additional Sony titles.