Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Hub Rebranding to Discovery Family

After four years of attempting to go toe to toe with Nickelodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network for the pre-teen demographic, Hasbro has thrown in the towel. The company is going to turn over controlling interest co-owner Discovery Communications who plans on rebranding the network as Discovery Family with a goal of going for a more all ages approach. The preliminary deal would allow Hasbro to retain control of programming a 9am to 3pm block to help with advertising their various toy lines but outside of that Discovery will be free to program the network under the new brand.

Considering both Nick, Disney and Cartoon Network has shown a renewed interest in focusing only on the 13 and younger crowd by cancelling or marginalizing their all ages programming (Legend of Korra, all DC cartoon, and bunch more that don't immediately come to mind), Discovery might be able to take advantage of a segment that simply isn't being serviced anymore - parents who want to watch TV and cartoons with their kids while pretending they are not hating every second of it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Four Clips from Age of Extinction Special Features

Today Transformers: Age of Extinction gets a digital only release. As part of that four clips from the extra features for the movie were released. The Blu-ray/DVD release of the movie comes on September 30th. I recommend just wait until then since for the same price you can get the Blu-ray disc and the digital copy. The first clip, introduced by Mark Wahlberg, comes from USA Today with a look at the movies explosives. The 2nd clip comes from Parade with a bit about Stanley Tucci on the film set. Another explosions featurette clip with a Mark introduction comes care of Break.com. You can find the final clip (embed not working) at from ComicBookResources as TJ Miller talks about working on the film.

To order from Amazon: Combo Pack | 3D Combo Pack | Limited Edition | DVD

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-Ray Cavalry Charge Feature Clip and Trailer

Next week is the digital release (9/16) of Transformers: Age of Extinction followed two weeks later by the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the movie in stores (9/30). Below is a clip from one of its special features with a look at the Dinobot Cavalry Charge followed by an "extended" trailer/commercial. The digital release is going to be $20 and Blu-Ray release with digital copy is also going to be $20 so you might as well just wait the two extra weeks and get the physical copy.
To order from Amazon: Combo Pack | 3D Combo Pack | Limited Edition | DVD


Friday, August 29, 2014

First Look at the Creation of the Dinobots from Transformers 4 Blu-ray Release

Now that we know the September 30th release date Transformers: Age of Extinction, here is our first look at the "Creation of the Dinobots" special feature that will be on the Blu-ray release of the movie.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-Ray Release Date and Details

A bit of a news drought but finally some new to report. Several months ago several retailers released a look at their exclusive additions of Transformers: Age of Extinction for Blu-ray when it came out in theaters. What was missing was a release date and details on the special features of the release until now. The Blu-ray/DVD release date is September 30, 2014 with an early video on demand release of September 16 but note those usually do not include special features and cost the same $20 as the physical disc version which will also come with a digital download.

The movie will come in the usual configurations Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (4 discs), Blu-ray Combo Pack (3 discs), and DVD (1-disc), with one these configurations being part of the exclusive versions for Amazon's Limited Edition Giftset with Grimlock and Optimus Statue, Target's Transforming Optimus Case, Wal-Mart's Transforming Bumblebee case, and Best-Buy's Steelbook case. Of note is the IMAX footage only comes with the 3D version of the movie. On regular HDTV's this means that for those few IMAX scenes the black bars along the top and bottom of the movie would temporarily disappear. Basically not worth it unless you already have the 3D TV and player setup to begin with.

No mention on length but the special features seem like a nice variety of behind the scenes information. Hopefully they focus more on show and tell with a whole lot less sales pitch for the film to those that are watching the feature because they already bought it as tends to be the habit with almost all special features (about only exceptions I can think of are the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films). Full details below.

 
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