• Why do We Need Blu-rays and DVDs in the Age of Streaming

    Posted on January 6th, 2017 Henry | No comments

    About a decade ago, gift giving of DVDs between friends who love movies was very commonplace. But in recent years, as Internet grew in popularity, the sales of DVDs and later Blu-rays started to drop and video streaming services started to replace the physical media. Buying Blu-ray or DVD discs has become more of an uncommon thing because online video streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime or others provide us with libraries with thousands of movies and TV shows for a monthly price less than the cost of a single movie on Blu-ray disc. If a choice had to be made, most people would probably go for online movie streaming rather than a Blu-ray disc.

    Although streaming is the mainstream right now but some of you might not know that physical media still remains superior to streaming in almost every way regarding technical aspect.

    Even the best streaming can’t surpass physical media in picture and sound quality

    The most basic elements of the home viewing experiences are the picture and sound quality. And the current gold standard in home video is 4K. The standard resolution of 4K is 3840*2160, which is way higher than the old HD standard of 1080P and in theory, it should be able to provide denser and sharper image. But according to the A/V enthusiasts at WhatHiFi.com who compared the 4K content offered by Netflix and Amazon to the traditional 1080P Blu-ray disc, the viewing experience of the streaming 4K was basically the same as 1080P Blu-ray. More surprisingly, the contrast and color of the Blu-rays are significantly better than the 4K streaming. Ultra HD discs, in the meanwhile, shows obvious advantage over the two.

    Another advantage that physical media has over streaming is in surround sound technology. Blu-rays are able to contain the Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio standards capable of producing supreme seven-speaker sound. With the right setup, these audio formats are able to make the big movie scenes more dynamic and immersive.

    What’s dragging streaming down is compression: the picture and sound quality has to be compromised to be sent efficiently over the internet. Although effects have been put into retaining the quality from compression, quality loss is still inevitable. Darker scenes tend to suffer the most from quality loss. Some specific scenes, like sunsets or rooms lit by firelight, would become chunky and pixelated.

  • Top 50 Movies of 90s by Time Out Magzine

    Posted on September 23rd, 2016 David Brooks | No comments

    A wonderful movie would be popular all times. The “Gone with The Wind (1939)” could be a quite powerful example. Most movie fans would have their own favorite movies collected on their computer. Recently, Time Out released a list of “Top 50 Movies of 90s”, which contains almost all styles of movies and shows no clear clue on its standard. “The Shawshank Redemption” was rated as the No.9, with “Groundhog Day” being the No.5 and “Three Colors Trilogy” being No.2. But you will never imagine which movie was rated as the No.1.

    Top 50 90S movies

    All the top 50 90s movies are listed below, according to Time Out. You could freely watch these movies on your computer with Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for totally free, even you get these movies in Blu-ray/DVD discs.

    1. Magnolia (1999)
    2. Trois couleurs: Rouge(1994)
    2. Trois Couleurs: Bleu(1993)
    2. Trois Couleurs: Blank(1994)
    3. The Thin Red Line (1998)
    4. Trainspotting (1996)
    5. Groundhog Day (1993)
    6. Naked (1993)
    7. GoodFellas (1990)
    8. Clueless (1995)
    9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    10. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    11. Rushmore (1998)
    12. Festen (1998)
    13. Point Break (1991)
    14. Romeo + Juliet (1993)
    15. Toy Story (1995)
    16. Beau travail (1999)
    17. Terminator 2: Judgnment Day (1991)
    18. Dead Man (1995)
    19. Audition (1999)
    20. Jurassic Park (1993)
    21. The Big Lebowski (1998)
    22. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    23. Fucking Åmål (1998)
    24. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
    25. Dazed and Confused (1993)
    26. Smak wisni (1997)
    27. Crash (1996)
    28. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
    29. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    30. True Romance (1993)
    31. Starship Troopers (1997)
    32. Raining Stones (1993)
    33. Princess Mononoke (1997)
    34. La haine (1995)
    35. The Matrix (1999)
    36. One False Move (1992)
    37. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)
    38. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
    39. Boogie Nights (1997)
    40. The Lion King (1994)
    41. The Usual Suspects (1995)
    42. Kids (1995)
    43. Home Alone (1990)
    44. Fargo (1996)
    45. Wayne’s World (1992)
    46. Happy Gilmore (1996)
    47. Robinson in Space (1997)
    48. Being John Malkovich (1999)
    49. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    50. Independence Day (1996)
  • Microsoft to Launch the Sale for Xbox One S on August 2

    Posted on July 18th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 2 comments

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    Microsoft’s Xbox consoles are very popular not only among video game lovers but also among Blu-ray movie fans. The smaller version of the Xbox One is Mircosoft’s first console that supports 4K Ultra HD video, of course including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc. Xbox fans can get the Xbox One S soon as Microsoft is going to kick off sales of its new Xbox One S starting from Tuesday, August 2.

    The Xbox One S will be available in three different capacities and price tags: a 500GB version at the price of $299, a 1TB version at $349 and a 2TB version at $399. However, according to Matt Lapsen, general manager for Xbox Devices Marketing, only the 2TB version is available on August 2.

    The Xbox One S will initially arrive in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the US, altogether 25 countries. Other regions will get dibs on the new console later this year.

    All three models are currently available for preorder through Microsoft, Best Buy, Amazon and GameStop. Anyone who preorders the 2TB version of the console will be able to grab it on August 2. People can also try walking into local Microsoft, Best Buy or GameStop store. However, “availability is limited and demand is high,” according to Lapsen, who advises preordering the console soon.

    The Xbox One S represents a new shift. The console is smaller, cheaper and throws in support for 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray discs and 4K streaming services as a way to do battle with both gaming consoles and Blu-ray players. By supporting 4K (3,820×2,160-pixel) resolution, the Xbox One S will display more vibrant colors and darker blacks. The higher resolution works with movies and TV shows natively but will also support games by upscaling them to 4K. However, people will need a 4K compatible TV.

    Those who have a 4K TV and are looking for a 4K Blu-ray player may be tempted by the Xbox One S since it offers the option to play games. The new console also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) for video and gaming, which means certain games will look better due to a higher contrast ratio.

  • Fox Television Reportedly to Bring a Live-Action X-Men Series to TV Plot

    Posted on July 14th, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

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    20th Century Fox has long desired to bring a live-action X-Men series to TV considering the great popularity of Marvel’s X-Men film series. So far, it seems that everything is going according to the plan. Variety reports that the project has recently been giving a full pilot commitment, which means it is highly possible that a TV series will air. The action-adventure series is set to come from writer Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and producer Bryan Singer (the X-Men films).

    The project is one that Fox is openly excited about, and it will be the first co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. “Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network — and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe,” said David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, according to Variety.

    At this point, the TV series does not have an official name, but details of the mutant-centric story have been revealed. The plot is reportedly to focus on a family that goes on a run from the hostile government when the ordinary parents find their children have unusual abilities. During the hiding, they find a way into a network of mutants.

    As for the project producing team, Bryan Singer will team up once again with producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, both of whom have worked on the films, and they will be joined as EPs by Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Matt Nix will also become one of the executive producers.

    It is a piece of good news for X-Men series fans who nevertheless have to wait for a period of time to enjoy the TV plot of X-Men series. During waiting, they can access any X-Men film freely. Started from the year 2000, Fox has produced altogether nine X-Men films. The latest one is X-Men: Apocalypse. In addition to enjoying the film on movie theaters, people can also purchase the Blu-ray edition of X-Men: Apocalypse and then play the Blu-ray disc on a Blu-ray player. There are many Blu-ray playing programs on the market that can be used to play Blu-ray discs, such as Leawo Blu-ray Player, a cross-region or region-free yet free Blu-ray player.

    The popularity and successful box office of X-Men film series reassure Fox that X-Men TV series will be much more likely attracting the public’s attention.

  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Blu-ray Disc Released and Available at $19.96

    Posted on June 28th, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

    It has been a while since the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 on movie theaters. Many may have already watched the movie on theater, but some may have not. For some who prefer watching Kung Fu Panda 3 on their Blu-ray player, they will surely find it a good news that DreamWorks is bringing Kung Fu Panda 3 to Blu-ray. Started from June 28, 2016, people can purchase Kung Fu Panda 3 Blu-ray edition from Amazon at the price of $19.96.

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    Kung-Fu-Panda-3-Blu-ray

    Based on 58 ratings combined from IMDb and Rotten Romatoes, this movie score 7.5 on average, which shows that it is worth the ticket price. Accoding to Blu-ray.com, the Blu-ray disc of Kung Fu Panda 3 offers Awesome Edition, which includes 3 discs: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD. The packaging for the disc is slipcover in original pressing. As for video paramters, the video codec is MPEG-4 MVC, the video resolution is 1080P, and the aspect ratio is 2.35: 1 while the original aspect ratio is 2.39:1. The audio employed is TBA. The region code for the Blu-ray disc is Region A. If users frm region B or C would like to play the disc, they can make use of a region-free Blu-ray player like Leawo Blu-ray Player to play back the disc with unlimited features.

    For movie fans who want to know the synopsis before watching, they can scoll down for the general movie plot. At the same time, people can also preview the movie trailer on video-sharing sites like YouTube.

    Here is what the movie is mainly about. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.

    Want to enjoy the awesome edition of Kung Fu Panda 3? Don’t hesitate to get one set.