Apple TV Review 2015

Apple TV Review

Apple TV Review 2015This is the Apple TV Review 2015 from WaysToWatch.com. It has been rumored for years that Apple was developing a product that would revolutionize how we experience television. And what I expected most was for this product to free me from cable companies. Does the new Apple TV live up to the years of built up expectation? In terms of design the Apple TV is simple and doesn’t distract. The remote looks and feels amazing. It is has six buttons a touch surface. With this remote Apple seems to have gotten more complex instead of sticking with its characteristic simplicity. You can call up Siri, adjust volume, and control games. Even though the touch surface is a main selling point. It did not do it for me. Sure it’s better, but not by much.

Apple TV Review Tech

Oddly the iphone remote app is not compatible with the new Apple TV. So, you have no convenient way to enter text. When it comes to performance the Apple TV has an A8 64-bit chip. Everything about the Apple TV is snappy and responsive. Games look amazing. This is the bet gaming performance you can get out side of the playstation and xbox. It lacks 4k support, but there still isn’t a lot of 4k content so at this point you probably won’t miss it much. The connections will have you covered with HDMI 1.4 and Ethernet. Siri can be a mixed experience on the iPhone. But when Siri has to only answer questions that pertain to movies and tv shows it performs consistently.

Apple TV Streaming Channels

Apple TV has most of the services you will want. Netflix, Hulu and, of course, iTunes are all here. A significant number of my digital movies are through VUDU, so it is disappointing to see that there is no VUDU app. It is odd that there are apps from VUDU and Amazon Video on the iPhone but not on the Apple TV. Even though the potential of TV-OS is promising, you still need to have a cable subscription to access the shows and movies you normally watch. Specifically, there is no way for you to watch NBC, Fox, ABC, ESPN or AMC for the Walking dead without a subscription. But say you choose to only go with apps that require a monthly subscription. Here is short list that most of us would consider. HBO Now ( for game of thrones) $14.99 , Showtime $11, CBS All Access $6, Netflix (house of cards) $8.99, and let’s add HULU for access to from FOX, NBC and ABC. That’ll cost $11.99. and through the league passes for the NBA($30/month) and MLB($19) that will cost you $101.99/month. If you can skip sports and premium channels and just go with HULU. $11.99 a month is not bad. Any benefits in cost evaporate once you try to add sports. What can I say, the User Interface is second to none. It looks absolutely amazing. It is new and fresh and the parallax posters are a nice touch. This easily beats any UI from the competition. Overall it is really easy to find what I want. For $149 streaming box, the Apple TV offers the best experience when compared to chromecast or Amazon Fire TV. When compared to cable companies, it was disappointing to realize that you don’t actually save much money. Its hard to gauge whether the Apple TV is a great product or if its just the best streaming box amongst a set of mediocre streaming boxes. But the Apple TV has far more potential when compared to the competition. When more apps are created specifically for the Apple TV, apps that are truly interactive, then we will get something that more closely resembles the revolutionary product we’ve been waiting for. This has been the WaysToWatch.com review of the 2015 Apple TV. Be sure to subscribe to get the best Ways To Watch movies and tv at home. This is Lawrence for WaysToWatch.com. I’ll see you soon. You can re-watch this video at our Youtube channel!

Amazon Fire TV (2015) Review

Amazon Fire TV 2015 Review

This is the WaysToWatch.com review of the 2015 Amazon Fire TV. Does it live up to the hype? How does it rank amongst the new streaming devices from Google and Apple?

Amazon Fire TV Design

It features the same design from the previous model. There is not much more than a square box. But who cares about the exterior? It is about how it feels and performs.

Amazon Fire TV Remote

The remote is well made, but there are issues with the back of the remote. It is hard to remove it. After working through the back of the remote, the remote actually feels really good in my hand. It works well and is really responsive. The iOS Fire TV App is helpful and easy to use.

Streaming On The Amazon Fire TV

It performs well for streaming, but is limited when it comes to gaming. Amazon’s ASAP feature aims to eliminate buffering time by assuming what you will watch. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime work on Fire TV. If you have a Plex Media Server, good news, the Fire TV can stream movies from the server.

Alexa on Amazon

Amazon’s Alexa voice service can play music, do searches, check sports scores, and provides weather forecast.

X-Ray, FreeTime On The Amazon Fire TV

Another feature from Amazon for the Fire TV is X-Ray. X-ray gives you information about a movie or TV show, like which actors are in a particular scene. Parent can use FreeTime as their parental control tool. All of the main streaming services are available on the Fire TV. The user interface on the Fire TV can be confusing, overall it is a decent streaming box.

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

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Disney has built a massively successful direct-to-video brand with Disney Fairies. The central character in all of these films is Tinker Bell. Since 2005, Disney has produced novels, chapter books, early reading books and magazines under the Disney Fairies brand. Since 2008 Disney has produced five direct-to-video movies with Tinker Bell as the central character. These videos have been successful making over a quarter billion dollars in revenue. On April 1st, Disney will release the sixth movie in the Disney Fairies series, The Pirate Fairy.

This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options for The Pirate Fairy.

The Pirate Fairy On Blu-ray

Buy From Amazon

This includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet or iTunes. The Blu-ray disc has the movie in 1080p video with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound. The price of this movie is $24.99 from Amazon.com.






The Pirate Fairy Blu-ray Special Features

  • Second Star To The Right: The Legacy Of Never Land
  • Croc-u-mentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making Of “The Frigate That Flies”
  • Sing-Along Songs

The Pirate Fairy On DVD

Buy From Amazon

This case only includes the DVD. The video is in standard definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The DVD cost $19.96, and it comes with the following special feature.






The Pirate Fairy DVD Special Feature

  • Croc-u-mentary

The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of The Pirate Fairy

Buy From Target
Buy From Target

The Target exclusive of The Pirate Fairy contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus a 32 page story book. Also included in this disc set is a Read-Along CD. It cost $25.99.






The Walmart Blu-ray Exclusive The Pirate Fairy

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The Walmart exclusive of The Pirate Fairy contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus an additional DVD. The DVD is entitled Bake Off and has 10 animated shorts. This is being branded as a Gift Set and it cost $26.96.






The Pirate Fairy From Vudu

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The Pirate Fairy from Vudu is $22.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. This purchase can play on various devices, such as Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, current and previous generation game consoles, iOS devices, Roku and Android devices. The Pirate Fairy from Vudu comes with a few extras.




The Pirate Fairy Vudu Bonus Features

  • Second Star To The Right: The Legacy Of Never Land
  • Croc-u-mentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Animated Shorts
  • The Making Of “The Frigate That Flies”
  • Sing-Along Songs

The Pirate Fairy From iTunes

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iTunes is not currently listing The Pirate Fairy. However, if you buy the Blu-ray disc set you have the option of redeeming your digital copy through iTunes. The digital copy can be played on iOS devices, Apple TV, Macs and PCs. You can download or stream the digital copy. The digital copy will not include any extras.






The Pirate Fairy From Amazon Instant

Buy From Amazon

The Pirate Fairy from Amazon Instant cost $19.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. The Pirate Fairy from Amazon Instant does not come with any extras. This purchase can play on various devices. The main devices that this purchase can be played on is Amazon’s line of Kindle tablets. It can also be played through Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, current and previous generation game consoles, iOS devices, Macs, PCs and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.





The Pirate Fairy From Google Play

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Buy From Google Play

The Pirate Fairy from Google Play cost $19.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. The Pirate Fairy from Google Play does not come with any extras. This purchase can be played on various devices. It can be played through Chrome and Android device, some Smart TVs, Macs and PCs. Recently, Google announced the Google Play app for iOS. After installing the Google Play app from the Apple App Store, you can watch movies from Google Play on iOS devices.





Wrap Up

The Pirate Fairy is a good option for families who are looking for positive movies for their kids. Even though it is a direct-to-video release, The Pirate Fairy will surely be another successful movie in the Disney Fairies brand.



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

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Frozen was expected to succeed because it is a Disney movie, but few people expected it to become the massive success it turned out to be. Audiences all over the world have connected with Elsa and Anna. Frozen has made over $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

Frozen Collector’s Edition On Blu-ray

Buy From Amazon

This includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with iTunes. The Blu-ray disc has the movie in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound. The price of this movie is $22.96 from Amazon.com. All Frozen Blu-ray options will be released on March 18, 2014.






Frozen Blu-ray Special Features

  • The Making Of Frozen
  • D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen
  • Breaking The Ice – The Real Making Of Frozen
  • 4 Deleted Scenes with introduction by Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
  • Original Theatrical Short – Get A Horse
  • Let It Go – Music Videos
  • Frozen Teaser Trailer

Frozen On DVD

Buy From Amazon

This case only includes the DVD. The video is in standard definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The DVD is currently listed without a digital copy. The DVD cost $17.99. The DVD comes with the following special features.






Frozen DVD Special Features

  • Original Theatrical Short – Get A Horse
  • Let It Go – Music Videos
  • Teaser Trailer

The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of Frozen

Buy From Target
Buy From Target

For $24.99 the Target exclusive of Frozen contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus an addition bonus disc. The bonus disc include the following features:








Frozen Target Bonus Disc Features

  • The Voices of Frozen
  • Frozen Art Gallery
  • Deleted

The Walmart Blu-ray Exclusive of Frozen

Buy From Walmart
Buy From Walmart

The Walmart exclusive of Frozen contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains with the addition of a Disney Infinity figurine. For $29.96 you will get either an Infinity figuring of Elsa or Anna.





Frozen From Vudu

Buy From Vudu
Buy From Vudu

Frozen from Vudu cost $22.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. This purchase can play on various devices, such as Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, current and previous generation game consoles, iOS devices, Roku and Android devices. Frozen from Vudu is not currently listing any extras.






Frozen From iTunes

Buy From iTunes
Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers Frozen for $19.99. Frozen from iTunes comes in 1080p video with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. This purchase can be played on iOS devices, Apple TV, Macs and PCs. You can download or stream this purchase. iTunes offers a few extras with Frozen.







Frozen iTunes Extras

  • The Making Of Frozen
  • D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen
  • Breaking The Ice – The Real Making Of Frozen
  • Original Theatrical Short – Get A Horse
  • Let It Go – Music Videos
  • Frozen Teaser Trailer

Frozen From Target Ticket

Buy From Target Ticket
Buy From Target Ticket

Frozen from Target Ticket cost $19.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. Frozen from Target Ticket does not come with any extras. This purchase can play on various devices. This purchase can be played through Smart TVs, Xbox 360, iOS devices and Android devices.







Frozen From Cinema Now

Buy From Cinema Now
Buy From Cinema Now

Frozen from Cinema Now cost $24.00. It comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Frozen from Cinema Now does not come with any extras. This purchase can play on various devices. This purchase can be played through Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, previous generation game consoles, iOS devices, PCs, Roku and Android devices.







Frozen From Amazon Instant

Buy From Amazon

Frozen from Amazon Instant cost $19.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. Frozen from Amazon Instant does not come with any extras. This purchase can play on various devices. The main devices that this purchase can be played on is Amazon’s line of Kindle tablets. This purchase can also be played through Blu-ray players, Smart TVs, current and previous generation game consoles, iOS devices, Macs, PCs and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.



Frozen From Google Play

Buy From Google Play
Buy From Google Play

Frozen from Google Play cost $19.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with 5.1 surround sound. Frozen from Google Play does not come with any extras. This purchase can be played on various devices. It can be played through Chrome and Android device, some Smart TVs, Macs and PCs. Recently, Google announced the Google Play app for iOS. After installing the Google Play app from the Apple App Store, you can watch movies from Google Play on iOS devices.






Wrap Up

Frozen is the most successful Disney movie of all time. There are great choices to choose from whether you have children or are an adult fan.

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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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  • 3D Blu-ray
  • 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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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

Buy

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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Buy

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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Buy

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

Buy

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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Buy

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

Buy

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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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

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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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Buy

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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Buy

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

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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

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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.

Wreck-It Ralph Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Unboxing


This is the Wreck-It Ralph 4 Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set unboxing. It contains a Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital Copy. With this set you are covered on just about every viewable screen size.

Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray Extras

  • Paperman: Theatrical Short
  • Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph
  • Alternate & Deleted Scenes
  • Video Game Commercials
  • Disney Intermission
  • Sneak Peeks

Wreck-It Ralph Buyer’s Guide


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Whenever a movie is released by Walt Disney Animation Studios there is an expectation that it will be awesome. And Wreck-It Ralph did not disappoint. Directed by Rich Moore (The Simpsons and Futurama), Wreck-It Ralph was well reviewed by critics and audiences a like. Great word of mouth lead this animated film to over $400 million in box office revenue worldwide.

This is an animated film for the whole family. Our buyer’s guide will give weight to accessibility and price. This is a movie that you want to be able to watch anywhere: planes, trains and automobiles, as well as home. With Disney re-releasing numerous animated films for home video over the next few weeks money conscious parents will want the best price.

In this review we will consider Xbox Video, iTunes, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, Vudu and Google Play.

Vudu
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Wreckt-It Ralph on Vudu

Wreck It Ralph on Vudu is a well rounded digital download. Vudu actually offers a 3D option for a premium price of $34.99. For this buyer’s guide we will be considering the 2D version for $22.99. Owned by Walmart, Vudu, is a stand out store in the digital download industry. This option includes four extras: Moore’s Munchies, Sneak Peek, The Character’s of Wreck-It Ralph and The Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph. In particular, Wreck It-Ralph from Vudu, offers nearly universal accessibility through Blu-ray players, Android and iOS devices. You can watch this on nearly every tablet computer ever sold. If viewed on a television it comes in 1080p with 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Vudu offers a great balance of features, quality and accessibility.

Vudu Wreck-It Ralph Extras

  • Moore’s Munchies
  • Sneak Peek
  • The Characters of Wreck-It Ralph
  • The Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph

Google Play
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Wreckt-It Ralph on Google Play

I have been, more than usual, disappointed with Google Play. Google Play has not offered some new releases in recent weeks. That is not the case with Wreck-It Ralph. Streaming and downloadable in full 1080p the film comes with stereo sound. Google is in a conundrum. Numerous companies have taken its Android operating system and have derivative versions that leave out Google Play as a purchasing option. This is true in the case of Amazon’s Kindle tablets and Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablets. Neither of those tablet lines allow for purchases from Google Play. Well, it is not that good of an option anyway. For $19.99 you can watch Wreck-It Ralph on Android phones, tablets and the few devices that include Google Play as an option for your television.

Google Play Wreck-It Ralph Extras

  • None

Xbox Video
Xbox Video

Wreck-It Ralph on Xbox Video

In 1080p resolution with 5.1 Dolby sound Wreck-It Ralph on Xbox Video cost the equivalent of $19.99 in points. You get over 27 minutes of extras and the film will work on all of Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablets, phones and Xbox 360. Most of the world uses computers with Microsoft’s computer operating system and the Xbox 360 was the besting selling console last quarter, so many of us are in their ecosystem. But, if mobile access is important to you, because many of us do not have Windows Phones or tablets, then you may want to pass on purchasing this movie from Xbox Video.

iTunes
iTunes

Wreck-It Ralph on iTunes

iTunes, the most popular digital download service in the world, offers Wreck-It Ralph for a price of $19.99. You can watch this film on your television if you have an Apple TV as well as all other Apple products. It will also work on PCs with iTunes installed. When is Apple going to make iTunes for Android? Google is making all sorts of apps for the iPad and iPhone. If you are invested in the Apple device family a purchase from iTunes does not leave you feeling neglected and ripped-off, like a purchase from Google Play.

iTunes Wreck-It Ralph Extras

  • Paperman Theatrical Short
  • Bit by Bit: Creating The Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph
  • The Characters of Wreck-It Ralph
  • The Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph
  • Video Game Commercials

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Buy Wreck-It Ralph on AI

Wreck-It Ralph on Amazon Instant

How does Amazon charge the same price as iTunes? Flexibility in terms of where you can watch it may be a justification. The trade off between iTunes and Amazon Instant is one of access. iTunes offers a superior experience. This is seen, or should I say heard in the surround sound offered by iTunes. Wreck-It Ralph has extras with an iTunes purchase, but does not when you buy it from Amazon Instant. If extras and good sound are not important to you then this option may be acceptable.

Amazon Instant Wreck-It Ralph

  • None

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Buy Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray

Wreck-It Ralph on Blu-ray

We are using the Collector’s Edition of Wreck-It Ralph on Blu-ray. This 2D version cost $22.99. If you would like the 3D version and Digital Copy you will need to buy the Ultimate Collector’s Edition. It cost $27.99. The Collector’s Edition comes with two disc: a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. The english audio track is in 7.1 DTS-HD surround sound. The big draw back for this set is that it does not include any means to watch the movie on mobile devices. As all ways, you get the most extras when you buy a disc set. But I suspect that most of us will want this as an option on our mobile devices.

Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray Extras

  • Paperman: Theatrical Short
  • Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph
  • Alternate & Deleted Scenes
  • Video Game Commercials
  • Disney Intermission
  • Sneak Peeks

 

BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI Xbox Video
Price $19.99 $17.99 $17.99 $17.99 $17.99 $17.99
Ways To Watch 2D Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, Mac and PC, iPad and iPhone Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod or PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC, Roku, Android Tablets and Phones Android tablets and   phones, Google TV, Mac and PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad,Kindle Fire (HD), Roku, Mac and PC Xbox 360, Windows PCs, Surface Tablets and Windows Phone
Max Resolution On TV 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Digital Copy Max Resolution 1080psdfdssdfsdfsdf 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 Stereo

 

Wrap Up

Mobility is key when buying movies for kids. The price of the Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray options cost more with limited accessibility for the collector’s disc set (not much of a collector’s set). That leaves us to consider the digital download options. Google Play does not make it past the preliminary round. Amazon Instant is a limited experience. Xbox Video and iTunes are limited ecosystems. Even though it cost a few extra dollars, buying Wreck-It Ralph from Vudu is the best way to watch it.

Special Features BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI