Monday, May 24, 2010

Amazon lets you choose the Blu!


Pick your treasure! is leaving it up to us to decide what will be included in the Blu-ray Gold Box June 7-11. The Gold Box is one of the best deals around and this is the first time that we, the consumer, have had options.

So if you have an Amazon account it is time to perform your civic duty as a lover of Blu-ray and cast a vote. Think hard and then pick the bundle of Blu-rays that you would want to see in that sweet Gold Box come June and if enough people agree with you it will happen!

Here are the choices, and I don't think the decision will be an easy one:

  • The Ultimate Matrix Collection (All 3 Films plus The Animatrix)
  • Band of Brothers with The Pacific: Part One
  • The BBC High Definition Natural History Collection: Planet Earth, Wild China, Galapagos and Ganges
  • The Universe Seasons 1-3
  • Star Trek Motion Picture Collection: Includes first 6 feature films with a 70 minute roundtable discussion with original cast members called The Captain's Summit

Start figuring out what you will go with, I expect it to take the next couple of weeks for you to reach a conclusion!

Charlie's Angels


"Good morning, Angels."

This summer will see everybody's favorite threesome of ass kicking babes get a Blu-ray release.

That's right! On August 3rd the 2000 remake of the classic Charlie's Angels TV show will be on Blu-ray. The movie is an awesome compilation of humor, action and eye candy and what more can one ask for in their entertainment?

If you said acting then you got it. The titular characters are played by Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz and they find some comedic relief in their handler Bosley played by the ever welcomed Bill Murray. But any good action movie worth it's ungodly pyrotechnic bill has to have a good villain and Sam Rockwell obliges with a devious performance.

The Blu-ray release comes fully loaded with a bevy of bonus features which include:

  • Director and Cinematographer Commentaries
  • Getting G'd Up
  • Welcome to Angel World
  • Angelic Effects
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Music Videos
  • Blooper Reel
  • BD-Live

No official cover art yet, so just be content to admire my personal favorite Angel for a while, the eternal beauty Farrah Fawcett, you're welcome!

RIP Martian Lander

Source: Popular Science

One of the most successful unmanned missions to the Martian surface comes to a close with the end of the the Phoenix lander.

The lander, which essentially went into hibernation for the long Martian winter back in 2008 did not survive intact. As pictures from the Mars Odyssey orbiter proved last week that the solar panels had been damaged by ice buildup.

There was hope for continuing the Phoenix's mission if all had gone smoothly and while it is disappointing to see this conduit of information cease to function it has been invaluable in it's research. One of the most astonishing discoveries of the mission was that of the Martian soil, which is similar to what is found here on Earth and should have the ability to sustain life.

That is cool and all but many (me) deemed completely unsuccessful as it failed to find even one, not even one, little green man.

While scientists continue to study the findings of the Phoenix mission they have already planned for the future. NASA doesn't like to waste time as late next year yet another lander, called Curiosity, will arrive to Mars to set up a small unmanned laboratory on the surface.

The Martian lander is dead, long live the Martian lander.