Chromecast 1 vs 2

Chromecast 1 vs 2

youtube_chr1vs2This is the WaysToWatch.com Chromecast 1 vs 2 review. The original Chromecast was a new approach to streaming movies and tv shows. It was small and easy to install. And it quickly gained nearly 20% of the streaming market. Google announced the new Chromecast in September. A new year, a new model, and hopefully significant improvements.

Chromecast, What’s The Same

The new Chromecast 2 largely works the same way as the original Chromecast. They both connect with HDMI, wi-fi and USB for power. Apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Now have the option to stream through Chromecast. Any laptop with the Chrome web browser can mirror its screen on your television. Both play simple games. And the price has not changed. The new Chromecast is $35 as well.

New Chromecast, What’s Different?

So, what is different? The design is different. The HDMI connector magnetically attaches to the main circular body. The new Chromecast comes in 3 different colors; red, yellow and black. Why different colors? Once I plug this device into the back of my television I will rarely look at it, if ever. So, is Google just trying to put an old device in a new package?

The only significant difference is the speed of the wireless connection. The new Chromecast has 802.11 ac wifi. Let’s see if it is noticeably faster?

Wow, this is noticeably faster.

So, who should buy the new Chromecast 2? This is not a device you should get to replace your original Chromecast. If you have a 4k TV, you can skip the new Chromecast as a streaming device, because it doesn’t support 4k. If you have an additional tv to which you would like to add a second or third chromecast, the new chromecast with its affordable price of $35, is a great choice for anyone with an HD tv or a current chromecast owner who needs a new one for a second or third tv.

Only people who need a second Chromecast for a second television should buy the new Chromecast. The technical specs aren’t significantly better and it doesn’t support 4k, so there isn’t much there to justify an upgrade. At a price of $35, this is an affordable way to stream to your HDTV.

Thanks for watching my quick comparison of the original Chromecast to the new Chromecast. Or as some would say it 1st gen vs 2nd gen.

Amazon Fire Tablet Review 2015 – Amazon’s Gateway Drug!!

Amazon Fire Tablet Review

With almost any Amazon product you’ll need to have a Prime membership to get the most out of it. The new Fire Tablet is powered by 1.3 GHZ quad-core processor. The Amazon Fire has a headphone jack, volume control, micro USB port for charging, and the power button.

Amazon Fire Tablet Screen

The 7 inch screen has a resolution of 1024 by 600. That’s less than 720p, so it is less than the lowest standard of high definition.

Amazon Fire Tablet Storage

The Fire tablet has 8 GB of internal storage. The Fire operating system uses about 30% of that storage.
You can take advantage of Amazon’s free unlimited cloud storage, for videos and photos taken with the Fire Tablet. Use a microSD card to add up to 128 GB of additional storage.
The battery is listed to last up to 7 hours on a single charge.

Amazon Fire Tablet Cameras

The rear camera shoots 720p HD video and takes 2 megapixel pictures. The camera can take High Dynamic Range photos, Panoramics and lenticular images. Here are a few samples. The front camera is a VGA camera that maybe good enough for skype calls. With the Fire Tablet you can access millions of movies, songs, books, and apps from Amazon. My first downloads were Netflix, Youtube and a few games.
Videos from Netflix, Youtube and Amazon Prime work well, but the poor screen resolution shows when watching video. In regards to books, there is no question that Amazon offers the best featured book reading app. A new feature is Word Runner. Word Runner allows you to adjust the rate words displayed as you read a book.

Amazon Fire Tablet Silk Browser

The Silk browser for surfing the web works fine, but can feel a bit slow. The Amazon app store offers over a hundred thousand games for the Fire tablet. And even though the games are not graphically intense they are entertaining.

Amazon Fire Tablet Performance

Overall the performance is a little bumpy, but the limited speed is acceptable. The the User Interface of the Fire tablet is simple and easy to navigate. But information is laid out differently from app to app which takes some getting use to. In a world ruled by the platforms of Apple and Google the Fire TV tablet is the ultimate gateway drug. This is a device, that if you break it, you won’t care. If your kids uses it, you will be far less apprehensive about them possibly breaking it. It is really a secret plan by Amazon for kids to get hooked on there products and services, so that when they are adults and can tell the difference between a cheap and premium device.

Amazon Fire Tablet Supported Files

Here are the file formats supported by the Amazon Fire Tablet:
Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, MKV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, 3GP, VP8 (WEBM)
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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Buyer’s Guide

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How To Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the 2010 Dreamworks Animation blockbuster, builds on the great story established in the first film. Audiences responded well to seeing Hiccup and his friends as older teens coming into their own. With its success at the box office How To Train Your Dragon 3 has been planned for a 2016 release.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 11, 2014. This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 On 3D Blu-ray

Buy From Amazon

This includes a 3D Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The price of How To Train Your Dragon 2 is $29.99 from Amazon.com. Included with this disc set is an additional featurette, Dawn Of The Dragon Racers.


How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray Special Features

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 On Blu-ray

Buy From Amazon

This includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The price of How To Train Your Dragon 2 is $24.99 from Amazon.com. Like the 3D Blu-ray disc set Dawn Of The Dragon Racers is an included featurette.


How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray Special Features

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 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 does not come with a digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed through UltraViolet. The DVD cost $19.99.










How To Train Your Dragon 2 DVD Special Features

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The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of How To Train Your Dragon 2

Buy From Target
Buy From Target

The Target exclusive of How To Train Your Dragon 2 contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it includes a mini dragon toy. This exclusive from Target cost $25.99.







How To Train Your Dragon 2 From Vudu

Buy From Vudu
Buy From Vudu

How To Train Your Dragon 2 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.











How To Train Your Dragon 2 Vudu Special Features

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 From iTunes

Buy From iTunes
Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers How To Train Your Dragon 2 for $19.99. How To Train Your Dragon 2 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.











How To Train Your Dragon 2 iTunes Extras

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 From Amazon Instant

Buy From Amazon Instant

How To Train Your Dragon 2 from Amazon Instant is competitively priced at $17.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. How To Train Your Dragon 2 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 Amazon Fire TV and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.




Wrap Up

How To Train Your Dragon has become a large franchise spanning various forms of media. If you want more How To Train Your Dragon, after buying the movie, there are books and direct-to-video short films you can also enjoy.



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Samsung BD-HM59C 3D Blu-ray Player Review

Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C Performance


Buy From Amazon
Buy From Amazon

If you are upgrading from a previous Blu-ray player, the first thing you will notice about the BD-HM59C is its speed. This is one of the fastest Blu-ray players I have reviewed. Blu-ray disc loading is quick; it does not test your patience. What bothered me occasionally was that the Blu-ray player would not respond to the remote control.




Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C Connectivity

Audio and Video

Samsung BD-HM59C Connections
Samsung BD-HM59C Connections

There are only a few connections available on the Samsung BD-HM59C. For video output there is a single HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector. HDMI carries an audio signal. There is also a coaxial connector. These digital audio connections transmit stereo or up to 7.1 surround sound.

Samsung BD-HM59C Wi-Fi
Samsung BD-HM59C Wi-Fi

Wireless

It comes with Wi-Fi or 802.11 b/g/n. I could confirm that it worked with a 802.11n wireless router, but I have read some reviews that state that the BD-HM59C does not actually support the faster 802.11ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz standard.

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When it comes to a consistent connection this one works best. The local area network or LAN port allows you to connect the Blu-ray player directly to you cable or DSL modem.

Samsung BD-HM59C USB
Samsung BD-HM59C USB

USB

There is one USB port on the front. Unlike most Sony Blu-ray players the Samsung Blu-ray BD-M59C includes internal memory. So, you can start using streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, straight out of the box.

Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C Screen Mirroring

Samsung’s “Screen Mirroring” is their implementation of the Miracast standard. Currently, Android and Windows devices support Miracast. Miracast was established largely as a competitor to Apple’s Airplay. Airplay works flawlessly. This is not the case with Miracast. In practice, this standard suffers from having too many cooks in the kitchen. Every company that adopts the standard gives it a unique name and not every Android or Windows device supports Miracast. Conceptually, this feature is great, however it may or may not work well for you.

Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C Streaming channels

Samsung BD-HM59C Popular Streaming Services
Samsung BD-HM59C Popular Streaming Services

First of all, on the box it is stated that the BD-HM59C offers “100+” streaming services. Here is the problem with that statement, I could not find more than 13 streaming services. I looked, but could not find any option to download more services. I made sure to update the software for the Blu-ray player and still only 13 were available. Now, for most people this will not be an issue because the most popular video streaming services are included: Netflix, Vudu, Youtube and Hulu Plus.

After looking around a bit more, I discovered the “100+” streaming services largely reside within the Opera TV Store. Most of the content is not worth listing and some streaming services are outdated. Sony’s Crackle and Amazon’s Instant Video are not available on this player.

Youtube On The Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C

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Youtube Pair

Watching Youtube on a television is usually a pain, but that is not the case with the BD-HM59C. The feature I am highlighting is not actually a feature of the BD-HM59C itself, but a feature Youtube has made available through many streaming devices. When you launch the Youtube app on the BD-HM59C it gives you a notification to visit Youtube on your tablet or phone and input a code. The code is displayed on your television screen.

Youtube Pair
Youtube Pair
Once you input the code you are able to navigate Youtube on your touch device and watch the video on your television. This is a superior navigation experience when compared to using the included remote.







Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C streaming channels:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • Youtube
  • Pandora
  • Vudu
  • Cinema Now
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • TechCrunch
  • CelebTV
  • Revision3

Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C Value

Blu-ray is Still The Best

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Currently priced at $88.95, the Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C is a quick Blu-ray player with a few quality streaming services. It offers a high quality viewing experience at home.

I own Pacific Rim, the 2013 science fiction mech movie, on Blu-ray and from the Vudu streaming service. Watching this visually arresting movie on Blu-ray is, without question, the best way to watch movies at home. And the BD-HM59C delivers that experience.

Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C Design

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The design of the BD-HM59C is fairly typical with the exception of the curved front right corner. The on-unit controls are on the top within a circle. The display on the front is large and clear.


Blu-ray offers the most Special Features

Blu-ray still, without comparison, offers the most content when it comes to special features, bonus content and extras. iTunes and other streaming services offer extra content with their movies, but rarely do they offer a comparable amount. Blu-ray continues to be the ideal medium for movie fans who want to gain insight into the development and making of a movie.

Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C 3D Playback

The BD-HM59C will play any 3D disc you put into it. Keep in mind that you will also need a 3D television.

The major television manufactures, including Samsung, continue to build 3D televisions even though most consumers and tech reviewers consider 3D a gimmick. 3D on HD does little to improve your home viewing experience. As long as it is perceived by manufacturers to add margins to televisions, those manufacturers will continue to add 3D to their televisions. However, smaller niche brands, like Vizio, are leaving 3D behind.

Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C User Interface

Samsung BD-HM59C Main Interface
Samsung BD-HM59C Main Interface

Samsung’s user interface is uniform and easy to navigate. All apps are laid out using squares and rectangles. Installed apps use the same UI layout but are limited to two rows on the bottom of the screen while the top half of the screen is filled with relevant information and imagery. Visually, it is better than the Netflix layout in iOS, but not necessarily more efficient when browsing.



Samsung Blu-ray BD-HM59C Remote

Samsung BD-HM59C Remote AK59-00149A
Samsung BD-HM59C Remote AK59-00149A

The Samsung AK59-00149A remote has a medium length and a narrow width. The back is curved which complements your hand. The button layout takes some getting used to. Most of the buttons are rectangular and are difficult to distinguish by touch.






Wrap Up

The Samsung BD-HM59C is a great Blu-ray player with mediocre streaming services. If you want a superior viewing experience and only need the most popular streaming services this is a good choice for you.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Buyer’s Guide

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Fans showed up for Mr. Peabody and Sherman all over the world. Based on characters from the 60s television show, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Mr. Peabody and Sherman was generally well received by critics and well received by audiences. Even though it generated over $260 million in box office receipts, Mr. Peabody and Sherman did not turn a profit for DreamWorks Animation. The film cost $145 million to produce, which makes me wonder how much money was spent on marketing the film. However, it is likely that the film will make a tremendous amount from home video sales.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 24, 2014. This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman On 3D Blu-ray Deluxe Edition

Buy From Amazon

This includes a 3D Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The price of Mr. Peabody and Sherman is $30.98 from amazon.com. Currently, this has a lower price than the normal 2D Blu-ray disc set.








Mr. Peabody and Sherman Blu-ray Special Features

  • Tour of the WABAC Machine – Mr. Peabody, himself, takes us on an in-depth tour of the WABAC machine. He explains what many of the WABAC’s knobs, buttons, and gizmos do. Exactly what is a Pneumatic Dressilator? A hemidemisemiquavatron? And, those windshield wiper controls…how exactly do they help while speeding through the space-time continuum? Mr. Peabody explains it all!
  • Time Travel: Mad Science – We talk to real physicists Kenneth Wharton and Anthony Aguirre to find out if there is any possibility of time travel, and if so, how it would work. We explore the two time travel theories of the Block Universe and the Multi-Verse. We also learn why scientists think only forward time travel is possible, and how Einstein’s Theory of Relativity still determines how scientists imagine the possibilities of time travel.
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Show – See the premiere episode of the original 1959 television show.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman Segments – Watch five segments from the original television series including Robin Hood, Leonardo Da Vinci, Louis XVI, William Shakespeare, and Ludwig Van Beethoven.
  • History’s Greatest Mysteries – A Dog and his Boy
  • Peabody’s Paw Print on History – We take part in the excitement as Mr. Peabody gets his pawprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Cast members Ty Burrell (voice of Mr. Peabody) and Max Charles (voice of Sherman), join filmmakers Rob Minkoff (director), Alex Schwartz (producer) and Tiffany Ward (executive producer) for the festivities. Also on hand (or paw?) are some of Mr. Peabody’s very famous furry friends, including Lassie, Beethoven, Rin Tin Tin, and a very adorable dog named George Clooney.
  • Time Travel Memory Match game
  • The WABAC Jigsaw Puzzle game
  • Photo Gallery
  • World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films
  • Holiday Favorites – Sneak Peeks

Mr. Peabody and Sherman On Blu-ray

Buy From Amazon

This includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The price of Mr. Peabody and Sherman is $33.28 from Amazon.com.









Mr. Peabody and Sherman 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 $25.98 and comes with the following special features.










Mr. Peabody and Sherman DVD Special Features

  • Tour of the WABAC Machine
  • Time Travel: Mad Science
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films
  • Holiday Favorites – Sneak Peeks

The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Buy From Target
Buy From Target

The Target exclusive of Mr. Peabody and Sherman contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it comes with Mr. Peabody’s bow tie and glasses at a price of $24.99.










The Walmart Blu-ray Exclusive Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Buy From Walmart
Buy From Walmart

The Walmart exclusive of Mr. Peabody and Sherman contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains with the addition of a Mr. Peabody plush toy. This exclusive from Walmart cost $35.08






Mr. Peabody and Sherman From Vudu

Buy From Vudu
Buy From Vudu

Mr. Peabody and Sherman from Vudu cost $14.99. 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. Mr. Peabody and Sherman from Vudu does not come with any extras.









Mr. Peabody and Sherman From iTunes

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Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers Mr. Peabody and Sherman for $14.99, and comes in 1080p video with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Mr. Peabody and Sherman from iTunes does not come with any extras.
This purchase can be played on iOS devices, Apple TV, Macs and PCs. You can download or stream this purchase.










Mr. Peabody and Sherman From Amazon Instant

Buy From Amazon Instant

Mr. Peabody and Sherman from Amazon Instant cost $14.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. This purchase 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 Amazon Fire TV and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.




Wrap Up

For most parents and fans of computer animated films, Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a must have. The film brings a fresh take on established cartoon characters. As is often the case, the Blu-ray options come with great extras and the Blu-ray exclusives offer appealing toys.


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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Buyer’s Guide

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After a great start and a rocky midseason, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had an awesome finish. I won’t go into the details, but it is a series that is definitely worth watching particularly if you, like me, consider yourself a fan of all things Marvel.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 9, 2014. This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 On Blu-ray

Buy From Target
Buy From Target

This includes all 22 episodes on Blu-ray discs. The Blu-ray disc displays the show in 1080p video with Dolby Digital stereo sound. The lowest price for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is $48.39 from Target.com.











Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Blu-ray Special Features

  • Journey Into S.D.C.C. – Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast is welcomed with open arms by a sea of enthusiastic fans.
  • Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe TV Special
  • Five Behind-The-Scenes Field Reports – Get exclusive access to the show’s classified sets for the making of some of your favorite episodes:
    • The Malibu Jump
    • The Bridge
    • Asgardian Bar Fight
    • Classified
    • Cello Duet
  • VFX Breakdowns – Explore the layers of effects in sequences with split-frame comparisons to the final version.
  • Audio Commentaries with Filmmakers & Cast
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 On DVD

Buy From Target
Buy From Target

The DVDs have video in standard definition with Dolby Digital stereo sound. The DVD disc set cost $37.39 from Target.com. The DVD set comes with the following special features:












Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 DVD Special Features

  • Journey Into S.D.C.C. – Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast is welcomed with open arms by a sea of enthusiastic fans.
  • Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe TV Special
  • Five Behind-The-Scenes Field Reports – Get exclusive access to the show’s classified sets for the making of some of your favorite episodes:
    • The Malibu Jump
    • The Bridge
    • Asgardian Bar Fight
    • Classified
    • Cello Duet
  • VFX Breakdowns – Explore the layers of effects in sequences with split-frame comparisons to the final version.
  • Audio Commentaries with Filmmakers & Cast
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 From Vudu

Buy From Vudu
Buy From Vudu

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 from Vudu cost $39.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby Digital stereo 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. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 from Vudu does not come with any extras.






Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. From iTunes

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Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for $39.99. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 from iTunes comes in 1080p video with Dolby stereo 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 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1.





Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 iTunes Extras

  • The Malibu Jump
  • The Bridge
  • Journey Into S.D.C.C. – Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast is welcomed with open arms by a sea of enthusiastic fans.




Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. From Amazon Instant

Buy From iTunes

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Amazon Instant cost $39.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 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 Amazon Fire TV and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.

Wrap Up

Buying the Blu-ray disc set from Target is currently the best deal; you get the most extras for only a few more dollars. Whether you watch it online or on disc this is a fun creative show that is worth watching.



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


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For all of the religious upheaval, Noah was a smashing success at the box office. With solid performances from Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and the rest of the cast, Noah brought a fresh perspective on a familiar story. The familiarity of the story surely contributed to the success of the film. People who are familiar with the biblical story and those who watched the movie in the theater will be interested in bringing this movie home.

Noah will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 29, 2014. This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

Noah On Blu-ray

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This includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet or iTunes. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The price of Noah is $19.99 from Amazon.com.






Noah Blu-ray Special Features

  • Iceland: Extreme Beauty
  • The Ark Exterior: A Battle for 300 Cubits
  • The Ark Interior: Animals Two By Two

Noah On DVD

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This case only includes the DVD. The video is in standard definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The DVD does come with a digital copy, but it does not come with any special features. The DVD cost $16.99.







The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of Noah

Buy From Target
Buy From Target

The Target exclusive of Noah contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it comes with a bonus Blu-ray disc. This is a step up from the bonus DVD that usually comes with Target exclusives. It cost $24.99.






The Walmart Blu-ray Exclusive of Noah

Buy From Walmart
Buy From Walmart

The Walmart exclusive of Noah contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it includes a music CD. The CD includes 12 songs from top Christian Music Artists Including For King & Country, Chris August, Group 1 Crew, Jason Castro, Meredith Andrews, Dara MacLean, Love & The Outcome, About A Mile, Patrick Ryan Clark, and Veridia. It cost $33.99.




Best Buy Blu-ray Exclusive of Noah

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Buy From Best Buy

The Best Buy exclusive of Noah contains all of the disc that the Blu-ray disc set contains enclosed in a Steelbook case and it cost $19.99.







Noah From Vudu

Buy From Vudu
Buy From Vudu

Noah 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. With this purchase you will get a few extras.






Noah Vudu Special Features

  • Iceland: Extreme Beauty
  • The Ark Exterior: A Battle for 300 Cubits
  • Special FX

Noah From iTunes

Buy From iTunes
Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers Noah for $19.99. Noah from iTunes comes in 1080p video with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. iTunes is not currently listing any special features for Noah .
This purchase can be played on iOS devices, Apple TV, Macs and PCs. You can download or stream this purchase.






Noah From Amazon Instant

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Noah from Amazon Instant cost $19.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. Noah 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 Amazon Fire TV and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.




Wrap Up

For such a successful film, the extras and special features are limited on all offerings for Noah. I would say if the top notch visual experience you get from a Blu-ray is not your priority then save yourself a trip to the store and download Noah from Vudu. It is convenient and, you get the same number of special features that come on the Blu-ray.



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Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Buyer’s Guide

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With Transformers: Age of Extinction still in theaters, Paramount Pictures has taken the aggressive move of announcing all of the home video disc options that will be available for the movie. So far, Transformers: Age of Extinction has had the biggest opening of 2014. No movie in the Transformers franchise has had positive reviews, but audiences continue to show up to the theater to see Optimus Prime and the Autobots.

Transformers: Age of Extinction will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 31, 2014. This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options. As more information becomes available this buyer’s guide will be updated.

Transformers: Age of Extinction On Blu-ray

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This set includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. The pre-order price of Transformers: Age of Extinction is $19.99 from Amazon.com.







The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Buy From Target

The Target exclusive of Transformers: Age of Extinction contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains. All of the disc come inside an Optimus Prime case and it cost $22.99.







The Walmart Blu-ray Exclusive Transformers: Age of Extinction

For Transformers: Age of Extinction Walmart has numerous exclusive Blu-ry disc offers.

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Buy From Walmart

The first Walmart exclusive of Transformers: Age of Extinction contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it comes housed in a Bumblebee mask case. It is currently priced at $34.96.





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Buy From Walmart

The second Walmart exclusive of Transformers: Age of Extinction contains all of the disc that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it comes housed in a Bumblebee mask case. In addition to the Bumblebee mask case you get your choice of a Transformers Generations Figure. This Walmart exclusive offer is currently priced at $44.92.





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Buy From Walmart

The third Walmart exclusive of Transformers: Age of Extinction contains all of the disc that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus you get 3 figurines and a metal magent. It is currently priced at $24.96.







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Buy From Walmart

The fourth and final Walmart exclusive of Transformers: Age of Extinction is a Blu-ray Collection gift set of all four Transformer movies. This set does include digital copies of each movie, but does not include DVDs. It is currently priced at $34.96.





Transformers: Age of Extinction Limited Edition Gift Set with Grimlock and Optimus Collectible Statue

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This limited edition gift set comes with a model of Optimus Prime riding Grimlock. This set comes with all of the disc the Blu-ray disc set contains. The current pre-order price for this set is $79.99.




Best Buy Blu-ray Exclusive

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Buy From Best Buy

The Best Buy exclusive of Transformers: Age of Extinction contains all of the disc the Blu-ray disc set contains plus housed in a Steelbook case. It cost $24.99.






Transformers: Age of Extinction From Vudu

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Buy From Vudu

Transformers: Age of Extinction from Vudu cost $22.99. If you pre-order the movie from Vudu you will receive an $8 credit towards a movie ticket. Transformers: Age of Extinction from Vudu comes in 1080p resolution with Dolby Digital 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. Transformers: Age of Extinction from Vudu does not currently have any extras listed.



Transformers: Age of Extinction From iTunes

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Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers Transformers: Age of Extinction for $19.99. Transformers: Age of Extinction from iTunes comes in 1080p video with Dolby surround sound. Transformers: Age of Extinction from iTunes does not currently have any extras listed. This purchase can be played on iOS devices, Apple TV, Macs and PCs. You can download or stream this purchase.



Transformers: Age of Extinction From Amazon Instant

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Transformers: Age of Extinction from Amazon Instant cost $19.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. Transformers: Age of Extinction 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 Amazon Fire TV and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.



Wrap Up

For the serious fan, the Optimus Grimlock set is without question, the way to go. But if the $80 price doesn’t work for you there are plenty of affordable options. Even though it was unusually long, this Transformers was definitely the best of the four. I liked the Dinobots and some of the new Autobots that were introduced. Hasbro is expecting Transformers: Age of Extinction to be the biggest movie of the summer. So far, it is on track to hit that goal.


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


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Yes, Young Adult books are quickly taking the second best source for movie source material after comics. Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, received some negative press because some people perceived it to be a Hunger Games wannabe. After seeing Divergent at the theater, I’d say it definitely falls into the Hunger Games post-apocalytic, divided society category. Beyond those commonalities, Divergent has enough originality to stand alone.

Divergent will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15, 2014. This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

Divergent On Blu-ray

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This includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound. The price of Divergent is $24.96 from Amazon.com.






Divergent Blu-ray Special Features

  • Bringing Divergent to Life Documentary
  • Faction Before Blood Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Director Neil Burger
  • Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher

Divergent On DVD

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This case only includes the DVD. The video is in standard definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The DVD comes with a digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The DVD cost $18.96. The DVD comes with the following special features.






Divergent DVD Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Director Neil Burger
  • Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher

The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of Divergent

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Buy From Target

The Target exclusive of Divergent contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it comes with a bonus disc. In addition to the 45 minutes of exclusive material on the bonus disc, this set comes with temporary tattoos. It cost $27.99.




The Walmart Blu-ray Exclusive Divergent

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Buy From Walmart

The Walmart exclusive of Divergent contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it includes a digibook and it cost $29.96.







Best Buy Blu-ray Exclusive

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Buy From Best Buy

The Best Buy exclusive of Divergent contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains and it is placed inside a Steelbook case with a unique cover. This nice set cost $24.99.







Divergent From Vudu

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Buy From Vudu

Divergent from Vudu cost $17.99. 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. With this purchase you will get a few extras.




Divergent Vudu Special Features

  • Exclusive Behind The Scenes
  • Exclusive The Look Of Divergent

Divergent From iTunes

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Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers Divergent for $19.99. Divergent from iTunes comes in 1080p video with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Divergent from iTunes does not come with any extras. This purchase can be played on iOS devices, Apple TV, Macs and PCs. You can download or stream this purchase.





Divergent From Amazon Instant

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Divergent from Amazon Instant cost $14.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. Divergent 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 Amazon Fire TV and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.



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Rio 2 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Buyer’s Guide

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In the world of computer animation, Pixar is still king. Pixar is a household name that audiences associate with a good movie theater experience. But Pixar is not the only animation studio that is consistently producing box office hits. Located in Greenwich, Connecticut, Blue Sky Studios continues to deliver movies that audiences love. They produced all of the Ice Age movies, Epic, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! and in 2015 they will release Peanuts. Their string of hits continue with Rio 2 Globally, Rio 2 had a huge box office audience, with over 60% of its revenue coming from overseas.

Rio 2 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 15, 2014. This buyer’s guide will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital options.

Rio 2 On 3D Blu-ray Deluxe Edition

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This Deluxe Edition includes a 3D Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The price of Rio 2 is $26.99 from Amazon.com. The full list of special features is below the Rio 2 on Blu-ray listing below.



Rio 2 On Blu-ray

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This includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray disc displays the film in 1080p video with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The price of Rio 2 is $22.99 from Amazon.com.The Blu-ray comes with the following special features.






Rio 2 Blu-ray Special Features

  • Deleted Scene – Practice
  • Rio Refresher
  • Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil
  • Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends
  • Music, Dance, Sing-Along Machine
  • “What is Love?” Music Video by Janelle Monáe
  • “I Will Survive” Multi-Language Sequence
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers

Rio 2 On DVD

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This case only includes the DVD. The video is in standard definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The DVD comes with a digital copy. The digital copy can be redeemed with UltraViolet. The DVD cost $18.99. The DVD comes with the following special features.






Rio 2 DVD Special Features

  • Rio Refresher
  • Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends
  • “What is Love?” Music Video by Janelle Monáe
  • “I Will Survive” Multi-Language Sequence
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers

The Target Blu-ray Exclusive of Rio 2

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See It At Target

The Target exclusive of Rio 2 contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it includes a bonus plush toy of Blu. . . It cost $22.99.






The Walmart Blu-ray Exclusive Rio 2

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Buy From Walmart

The Walmart exclusive of Rio 2 contains all of the disc and information that the Blu-ray disc set contains plus it comes with a Rio 2 branded light-up, sound-activated slap band. It cost $24.96.






Rio 2 From iTunes

Buy From iTunes
Buy From iTunes

iTunes offers Rio 2 for $14.99. Rio 2 from iTunes comes in 1080p video with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. With this purchase you will get a few extras.
This purchase can be played on iOS devices, Apple TV, Macs and PCs. You can download or stream this purchase.




Rio 2 iTunes Extras

  • Rio Refresher
  • Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends
  • “I Will Survive” Multi-Language Sequence
  • “What is Love?” Music Video by Janelle Monáe
  • Image Gallery

Rio 2 From Amazon Instant

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Rio 2 from Amazon Instant cost $13.99. It comes in 1080p resolution with stereo sound. Rio 2 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, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. It will not play on non-Kindle Android devices.



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