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Oppo's first 4K Blu-ray player costs $499, arrives soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

Oppo is ramping up to the launch of its first 4K Blu-ray player, with the Oppo UDP-203 being announced last week, with more information on the way soon.

 

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Oppo has said that it's upcoming 4K Blu-ray player will be priced at $499, rocking two HDMI ports, two USB ports, analog 7.1 audio output, RS-232 and Ethernet. There are rumors that Oppo will have a higher-end UDP-205 model, that will reportedly include Dolby Vision HDR support.

Xbox bullish on 4K Blu-ray, rubs salt into Sony fans

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

When the expected support for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format didn't eventuate with the PS4 pro, Microsoft were quick to burn PlayStation fans with a well-timed tweet. And while Sony have continued to dig their heels in regarding a video streaming future, Microsoft have doubled down on the rhetoric.

 

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Speaking with Eurogamer, Microsoft's Product Management and Planning head Albert Penello revealed that the decision to include a 4K Blu-ray drive was driven by "a personal belief in 4K" with the decision "locked a long time ago". Penello continued to explain his strong personal belief in the format, saying: "I think it's as meaningful an upgrade as it was going from SD to HD, when you start seeing the native 4K content. And so we were just really bullish on it. We wanted to make sure we delivered when we said 4K, that we had streaming, up-scaling and physical media as part of the 4K story for Xbox One S. So I think it's fair to say I'm a fan.... For the high-end enthusiast, 4K Blu-rays look amazing. "

 

And just in case it wasn't clear Penello echoed the feelings of upset PlayStation fans in "We have good differentiation between the PS4 slim and us." Ain't that the truth.

Time Warner boss says DC movies 'could be better

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was mashed together in a response to the money-making Marvel Cinematic Universe and the mega success of The Avengers, but too many chefs were in the kitchen and the movie was mostly a mess. The 3-hour 'Ultimate Edition' was a much better put-together movie, but it still failed to be a massive box office success.

 

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Well, now we have Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes coming out and saying Batman v Superman underperforming, and Suicide Squad doing solid business, both were critically ripped apart. He recognises something is wrong, and when he sat down with Variety, he said: "We do think there's a little room for improvement. We can do a little bit better on the creative".

 

He continued: "The DC Comics characters have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in those movies, so we're thinking about that. The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We're right on course or better. The main thing was to launch DC and reinvigorate it with the fan base. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success".

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Netflix wants more original shows in its vast catalog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Netflix has completely changed itself over the last few years, and that change isn't stopping with company CFO David Wells saying during the week that there is a big change in the balance between licensed content and Netflix's own original shows.

 

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The company was already "one-third to halfway" towards reaching this goal, but Wells explained that it was all part of a "multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content". Netflix is now on a path towards its half-original goals, while reducing the cost of production, and increasing the number of bidders in the streaming business make it both cheaper, and easier to take bigger chances on shows and movies versus traditional TV networks.

 

Wells explained: "You have supply and demand settling out. We don't necessarily have to have home runs. We can also live with singles, doubles and triples especially commensurate with their cost".

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4K Blu-ray is dead on the PC, and there's no reason why

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Begin rant: I'm sitting in front of my computer looking at the price of the Xbox One S console, as I'm about to buy my first console since the PS3. I never owned an Xbox 360, Xbox One or PS4, but the new Xbox One S has me convinced. I'm moving back to consoles for a very big thing: 4K Blu-ray, which doesn't exist on the PC right now - the mightiest platform of them all.

 

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Seriously, it doesn't make sense.

 

Years later, I went to a PC store in my state and purchased a Pioneer DVDROM with an MPEG2 decoder card, and getting The Matrix on DVD right after. That night, I launched into the next generation of entertainment, with my PC at the center of it. The quality was on another level, but having my PC power by DVD drive was really something else for entertainment at my desk.

 

Fast forward to 2016, in a world of incredibly powerful smartphones, high-res/refresh rate displays, massively fast graphics cards, SSDs and CPUs - 4K Blu-ray is completely dead on the PC. What. The. Hell.

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Jurassic World 2 receives a huge $260 million budget

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

Jurassic World stomped through the box office last year, pulling in over $650 million in the US, and over $1 billion in foreign box office numbers for a total of $1.67 billion - all done on a budget of around $150 million.

 

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Now there are reports that Jurassic World 2 will have an even bigger budget of $260 million, an additional $110 million over the original. Considering Paramount would've made a hefty profit on the original Jurassic World movie, the sequel is set to be even bigger - and remember, this is the second movie in a planned trilogy, so expect Jurassic World 3 to have a similar, if not bigger budget than Jurassic World 2.

 

Jurassic World is currently the third biggest movie to hit cinemas with its $1.67 billion haul, with Jurassic World 2 dropping into cinemas on June 22, 2018.

Stranger Things kids spray silly string on Jimmy Fallon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 9:25 pm

The kids from Stranger Things were on the latest episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they played a game of Stranger Strings.

 

 

Stranger Strings isn't a real game, but a play on words game for the show, where Jimmy and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard reading unknown facts about each other, shooting silly string at the person they thought was the person they think each fact was about.

 

Towards the end, Finn Wolfhard burns Fallon with a joke - when Jimmy asks if Wolfhard could read, the quick-witted Wolfhard replies with "can you even host?" - mic, drop.

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Netflix releases trailers for new TV shows and movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 1:27 pm

aNetflix has just released a bunch of new trailers for their upcoming shows, with trailers for Easy, Chef's Table: France, and even a time travel movie called ARQ - as well as teasing a new clip for Narcos: Season 2. As for details on the new shows, here's what we're looking at:

 

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  • Easy: an original comedy anthology series written, directed and produced by filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas)
  • Chef's Table: France: A new installment of the critically acclaimed food documentary series, four new episodes dedicated to the world's most renowned French chefs.
  • ARQ: A small budget sci-fi original movie written and is being directed by Tony Elliott (Orphan Black).

 

 

 

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Stranger Things renewed for second season

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 6:16 pm

Surprising few, Netflix has renewed 80s throwback series Stranger Things for a second season; its first season debuted last month and has been the talk of the web.

 

 

The horror show's sophomore season will feature nine episodes as opposed to the previous eight, and will again be written by the Duffer brothers and executive produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. The new episode titles can be seen in the video above.

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Suicide Squad passes $500 million mark in just 13 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 5:23 pm

Suicide Squad has been hit with a slew of negative reviews, and personally, I just didn't like the movie - that hasn't had any effect on box office numbers, with Suicide Squad passing over $500 million worldwide.

 

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As of August 18, the movie has pulled in $509 million - just 13 days after its debut. Deadpool took around the same amount of time to hit the $500 million mark, but I don't think Suicide Squad will have the same legs as Deadpool. Suicide Squad is the highest-grossing August film in US history, taking the previous record-holder down - Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

Suicide Squad is doing well overseas, pulling in $271 million overseas while in the US it has made $238 million. Check out our review on Suicide Squad right here.

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