In the next few weeks, customers will be able to convert their DVDs into digital media files through Wal-Mart. Starting on April 16, y’all can bring your DVDs into any Wal-Mart and have it digitized and stored in the Cloud for $2 ($5 if you want it HD).
Wal-Mart will be the only retailer offering this “disc-to-digital” option for the next few months; at that time, this initiative will no longer be exclusive to them. We’re not sure what other companies will receive studio rights to digitize these films, but Wal-Mart fought to be the first to launch this thing.
The news came as part of an event held in Hollywood on Tuesday announcing Wal-Mart’s support for UltraViolet, the online movie technology backed by most movie studios and a coalition of technology companies. The previously expected news provides a major boost to UltraViolet, which has had a rocky launch and faces a formidable competitor in Apple’s iCloud film service.
Y’all can check out the LA Times article for a more detailed explanation of the logistics of this thing.
The lack of tangible storage media is the way of the future, apparently. Just let me know when I’m able to digitally move all of my shit to my new place.
Welcome to another edition of DVD Tuesday, where we break down the latest and greatest (and not-so-greatest) in geek DVD release for your viewing pleasure. What’s that you say? It’s Wednesday? Well, in the NerdBastards universe, it’s whatever day we want it to be, so you’ll read DVD Tuesday and like it! (But seriously, I had a cold and I didn’t feel like doing this yesterday; deal with it.)
Hello friends, and welcome to another edition of DVD Tuesday, where we break down the newest nerd titles on the DVD shelves and let you know where to put ’em (No, not there. Never there. And don’t do that with your Star Wars figures either; your kids might get those one day.). It’s not a very exciting week, I’m afraid, but there are a few bright spots. Check it out:
The original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is far and above the most under-rated cartoon/comic-book adaptation of all time. Fuck Christopher Nolan and his gritty Batman movies. TMNT did it first! Though the film is more in touch with the toned-down animated series, its roots are squarely in the original comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It sacrificed the kiddie stuff in favor of a darker, more brooding film. TMNT deserves a second look just because its tone was so different from what it could have been and eventually did become in TMNT 2 and 3. Oh dear, I’m digressing in favor of being nostalgic. What I’m really here to tell you about is a special alternative ending to the film that you never knew about, until now. Well, actually if you have/had the comic adaption for the movie this will seem a bit familiar to you as the scene is in it.
The ending was never released theatrically, and has only yet to surface on the German DVD release of the movie. It involves April O’Neil trying to pitch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle story as a potential idea for a comic book series.
Great movie, cool find, but I think they made the right decision in cutting it.
Check it out below. And, be sure to stop around the 2 minute mark at the end of the footage, unless you want to listen to some angry ginger kid (perhaps angry at being a ginger?) bitch about it for 10 minutes.
In case you need evidence that people were on drugs in the 80s, you’re in luck this May, because that’s when Warner Home Video will release its Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s Volume 1 DVD.
Like all drug dealers, they offer you some good stuff–a chance to own episodes of the beloved “Thundarr the Barbarian“–before sticking you with the shit that’s cut with baby powder. You’ll get to enjoy (maybe that’s too strong a word) “The Biskitts,” “The Flintstone Kids,” and “Monchichis.” To be fair, though, you also get to watch the Mr. T cartoon, imaginatively called “Mr. T,” in which in addition to pitying fools and suckas, he also coaches a coed gymnastic team and drives a van. Because that’s not creepy or anything.
If that’s not enough ass-kickery, there’s also “Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos.” Hells yes.
Other shows represented include “The Completely Mental Adventures of Ed Grimley,” “Galtar and the Golden Lance” (no, that’s not a porn title), “Dragon’s Lair,” “The Kwicky Koala Show,” and “Goldie Gold and Action Jack.”
That last one isn’t a porn title, either.
Now keep in mind this is only the first volume. We can only hope the second volume will include more classics like “Pac-Man,” “Rubik the Amazing Cube,” and “Turbo Teen.”
I never noticed how so many cartoons sound like porn.
The set hits shelves on May 4 and lists for $26.98. BYOB.
As many of you know, at San Diego Comic Con this past July the word came out that Shout! Factory would release Mystery Science Theatre – XVI before the end of the year. And that in turn it would come with four more installments of the show, chock full of extras as usual but also include a bonus Tom Servo figurine. Well the XVI collection which is scheduled for a Dec. 1st release is now up for pre-order on Amazon.com. I dunno about you but owning a Tom Servo would finally make my life complete.