Star Wars on Blu-ray!

Star Wars on Blu-ray

Star Wars on Blu-ray

I just found out that Star Wars is coming to Blu-ray next year. I’ve been wondering when that’d happen and looks like 2011 is it! I can hear the rejoicing amongst Star Wars fans all over the world already… heh heh.

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Singapore Ho!

Good morning everyone!

I’m writing this whilst I’m on the bus to Singapore. It’s 8.51am now and I’m about 2 hours away from Singapore. Just discovered to my horror that not all the seats on Aeroliner have plug points. Thankfully the seat in front of me was empty so I swapped seats! Bwa ha ha ha ha! I’m really looking forward to Singapore. Here’s what I have planned for the next 3 days:

  1. Fireworks & countdown at Marina Bay tonight
  2. Sentosa Island tomorrow
  3. Jurong Birdpark and the Singapore Zoo (maybe)
  4. The much heard about Night Safari
  5. Shopping on Saturday (Funan IT and maybe Orchard for some clothing)

After I drop off my luggage at Hotel 81 Bencoolen, the day starts and I daresay it’s gonna be fun. I hope I can get data access with the Singtel Prepaid SIM that I’ll be purchasing when I get in to Singapore.

Anyways, it’s been a good year overall. Work’s been a blast especially my experiences working with Microsoft on launching Windows 7. Did I mention I love Windows 7 even though I have a Mac? Anyways here are some things that I’m thankful for as I close 2009 and enter 2010:

  1. A tonne of movies with UP, Star Trek & Sherlock Holmes being the most notable
  2. The great friends I have especially my buddies J-son and Roland
  3. My matte black DSi and Metroid Prime Pinball
  4. Windows 7 & Snow Leopard
  5. The Windows 7 experience at work
  6. Blu-rays!
  7. Better performance at work and great colleagues – am definitely much better at delegation and am more confident now in the things I can contribute at the office
  8. Cluster leadership
  9. Finally getting up the 440 Records website with the help of WordPress
  10. My HTC Touch Pro and Unlimited Mobile Internet with Maxis

It’s been an awesome year but it’s been also a challenging one. The one thing I look forward to in 2010 is more restedness in God. Of everything in life; I guess that’s what I find lacking in my life.

Here’s to a good new year’s eve to all of ya, don’t drink too much and don’t strain those necks staring at fireworks in the sky … Happy New Year and I’ll see ya’ll in 2010!

Digital Movie Woes

The Apple iTunes Store: Friend or Foe?

The Apple iTunes Store: Friend or Foe?

Alamak! I tried activating digital copies of some movies so that I could take em’ along with me on our road trip to Malacca today and FAILED! Why? Cos’ the Blu-rays I have are US-based and I need a US iTunes account to activate em’. This is quite annoying. It looks like I’ll have to figure out how to set up a U.S. iTunes account. Can anyone with a U.S. address and credit card help me? Please? Pretty please?

Cross-country issues like this are one of the things about digital content that strengthens the case for traditional media for me. I’m still an avid supporter of disc-based media and as long as publishers and distributors can’t figure out how to play nice outside of the U.S. I guess there’ll always be a place for Blu-rays and CDs.

Oh well, it’s no loss to me cos’ I am already purchasing my favourite movies on Blu-ray. I can’t seem to stand normal definition movies these days which cuts down the number of movies I can afford. Why? Blu-rays are still quite expensive at close to RM160 a pop. Thankfully I’ve noticed sub RM100 Blu-rays entering the Malaysian market which is welcome news to hi-def movie lovers all across the country. Amazon’s got great deals on Blu-rays though so I suppose it’d be good to hook up with other movie lovers to bulk purchase movies so we can share the cost of shipping.

In the meantime I guess it’l be off to a local video store for me when it comes to my favourite movies.

PIXAR-ing The Weekend Away

Wall-E on Blu-Ray

Wall-E on Blu-Ray

*Sighs happily* Pixar makes the greatest animated flicks.  I picked up a copy of Wall-E yesterday after hitting Machines in 1U to swap my defective copy of Snow Leopard for a new one.

What prompted this purchase? Well, I caught some of this brilliant movie last weekend on ASTRO whilst celebrating Nineoverten‘s birthday and it looked terrible in low-res which got me to thinking about picking this one up a.s.a.p. I caught this movie when it first came out and I thought it was genius how they communicated so much with so little dialogue from both EVE and Wall-E.

Love is about thinking about others more than ourselves and at the heart of its environmental message Wall-E also has a touching love story between a boy & a girl. It  really warmed my heart to watch the lovable Wall-E melt EVE’s heart.

Boy…  it was great watching Wall-E in 1080p. The colours were vibrant  and it was great watching the animated short BURN-E (you’ve just gotta YouTube it up). I have yet to go through the bonus disc but I’m glad I picked Wall-E up cos’ it’s a great movie made even better in high-resolution. At RM120 I think it’s a worthwhile purchase for a movie-phile like me.

I had Toy Story 1 & 2 playing in the background today whilst ploughing through my email and it was nice revisiting old characters from some of Pixar’s early films. In fact Cars is playing in the background even as I write this post. I love Pixar. Stories always come first and the awesome CG is just the icing on the cake.

I give this revisit of Wall-E & Pixar a 5 out of 5.

T2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition on Blu-Ray)

T2: Judgment Day

T2: Judgment Day

I picked up “T2: Judgment Day” on Blu-Ray last week on Monday after catching “Monsters Vs. Aliens” and it sat on my desk in my room for a few days before I finally got around to watching it on Thursday night.

It was a blast! T2 is a defining movie from my childhood and I remember being blown away when I watched it years ago. Sadly, I only got to watch it on video tape and never got to experience it on the big-screen and if things go well I’ll get to experience a semblance of it when I finally get around to getting a HDTV.

Anyways, I haven’t viewed any of the bonus content yet but I am convinced that despite the datedness of some things in the movie, the script is way much stronger compared to any iteration of the franchise. Linda Hamilton’s potrayal of Sarah Connor is amazing and she’s probably one of the strongest characters ever to appear on the silver screen. Strong, manic and obsessed, Sarah Connor represents us if all us would do something about a dystopian future where only death awaits (looking at the way the world is … maybe it’s not too far off; just no killer robots la). Arnold is the star of the show and the having him return as a hero instead of a villain was killer cos’ when everyone expected him to be the bad guy just like in the first film.

Musically the movie rocks! The Terminator theme evokes so much and hearing the strains of the score just sends shivers down my spine especially in the closing scene. I’m not gonna spoil it for some of you who have yet to watch Terminator 2 so just go watch this for yourselves. Pick it up on DVD or something. The great thing about the Blu-Ray version is that it contains 2 versions of the movie (and a third hidden as an Easter Egg I heard) plus tonnes of bonus content.

Give this one a spin – if you liked Terminator: Salvation, you’d like this one.

Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)

Iron Man (Blu-Ray)

Iron Man (Blu-Ray)

Iron Man (Blu-Ray)

I finally have my copy of Iron Man on Blu-ray! I haven’t gone through everything on the double disc set yet but so far so good. It’s a shame that my TV isn’t HD cos’ text doesn’t appear properly on-screen. There is a tonne of content but honestly Blu-rays are just so expensive … I’ll be limiting the Blu-rays I pick up and still depend a lot on DVDs. There’s lots to explore and I can’t wait to see if there are picture-in-picture features in the disc. It is a bummer tho that I’m not able to view it in True HD. I guess I’ll just have to save up to buy a TV later on (so materialistic … sigh).

Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)