The King’s Speech – or Who Knew?

Mobile Movie Minute 167 takes a jaunt down memory lane to 70 years ago when radio was everywhere and the King had to be Kingly.  Tough if you’re George The Sixth and have a speech impediment.  In rushes Geoffrey Rush to save the day for King Colin Firth.

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Terrific acting and a good story to-boot! Unusual these days, imho.  4.0 bags of are-you-talkin’-to-me popcorn for this footnote to history.

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Mini-Series Review – Dead Set

I had some serious issue staying asleep last night and accidentally stumbled upon a series called Dead Set on Space Channel (Canada’s version of Sci-fi). From what I can gather, Dead Set is an original series created for the E4 network in the UK and aired in 2008.

The show follows the contestants and some crew members during the filming of the popular TV show “Big Brother”. On eviction night however, something goes horribly wrong as an audience member is bitten by a zombie and thus begins the shit storm that follows.  When I turned it on, I noticed the film grain was pretty low quality and I had no idea who any of these actors and actresses so I really wasn’t expecting much but as a sucker for anything zombie related, I felt compelled to at least give it a chance. I was pleasantly surprised by the series.

The acting was better than expected and the story was more than entertaining albeit filled with cliches that are expected in all zombie stories. The make-up effects really shine through in here. The zombies looked visceral and scary and made some great guttural sounds that could raise the hair on the back of your neck and be sure to pay special attention near the end as an obvious nod to the master George Romero’s Day of the Dead is displayed in all it’s bloody glory. While I enjoyed most aspects of the series, one thing that stood out as annoying was the over abundant use of “Shaky Cam” which, given the fact that this was supposed to be a reality series gives it a form of relevance to the presentation but I think there is such a thing as too much.

While it’s no Walking Dead series, I sure enjoyed this show and would love to see another go around from the same people. If you can find it somewhere, I strongly recommend you check it out.

Review – Avatar Collectors Edition

I loved Avatar and even rank it in my top 3 of all time movies so when I heard there would be 3 Disc collectors edition coming out this year, I knew I had to have this but I couldn’t wait that long so when the movie came out originally, I bought it on previously viewed DVD knowing full well I’d be getting the Collectors Edition (Thanks Santa).

This movie is the crown jewel in James Camerons career and any film buffs movie collection. It is the very definition of what makes BluRay so awesome and something I really enjoy.

There really is no quality loss from movie theater to home theater. Every hair and minor detail of this film is absolutely beautiful and there in full HD complete with stunning color.

Along with the crisp HD transfer, the collectors edition is complete 3 different versions of the movie and a slew of extras spanning across 3 discs. The Original Theatrical version, the recently theatrical re-release with 8 minutes of extra footage andthe Collectors Edition with 16 minutes of new footage embedded directly in the movie where Cameron intended it to be.

More movies need to do this because there’s nothing more annoying when buying special editions of movies that tout “Extra footage” only to see that it’s buried in some lame subsection of the extras menu and not directly in the movie.

In addition, we get an extra 67(ish) minutes of the movie that never made it past the cutting room floor and are by and large very rough and completely unfinished prefaced by an explanation of the stage of production we’re about to see and the background behind the scenes – No doubt we’ll see some form of Ultimate Collectors Special Edition at some point clocking in at 4hrs and personally, I think that’s a great idea and I’d gladly sign up for such an edition. Is that not enough? Check out the exhaustive behind the scenes and making of footage. It’s all incredibly interesting and entertaining.

This is a MUST BUY!!!

Tron Legacy – or The Dude Returns In 3D!

Mobile Movie Minute 166 strikes out on xmas eve for our annual movie spectacular.  Tron Legacy is our goodwill tiding for this year, and it’s a tired bit of rehashed tedium, with lots of IMAX 3D goodness.

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Jeff Bridges jumped the shark a long time ago, so he’s a write off from the beginning.  See it if you’re a cultist, otherwise, buy the Daft Punk soundtrack.  3.1 bags of bigger-is-much-better popcorn for this wait-for-The-Blackhole-is-next in a series of Disney does rehashes.

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The Walking Dead – Looking Ahead

AMC released a small featurette talking about the second season of The Walking Dead. Sounds to me like they want to give answers and continue keeping us viewers and readers alike on our toes.

Check out the video below

Jersey Shore Season 3 Trailer

Ok Ok – I’m sure that I’ll catch some flak over this but I have to admit Jersey Shore became a guilty pleasure of mine this year. I can’t wait to see more of what I consider to be the skankiest douchebags on the planet get DTF, drunk and cat fights…HOORAY FOR CAT FIGHTS! Check out the trailer below to catch a glimpse of what looks like the fieriest season yet.

Best TV of 2010

2010 is fast approaching the end and most shows on TV are in full on rerun mode. Below is a list of what I think are the best shows that aired in 2010. be aware that here may be some minor spoilers in the below list.

LOST: Season 6
I’m seriously missing LOST this season and some may question this but season 6 aired earlier this year. The final season had some great moments and like it or love it, I thought the ending was fitting and it actually moved me a little. It would have been nice to get some closure on a few of the outstanding mysteries but I feel the show went out in a great way.

Breaking Bad: Season 3
I’m new to Breaking Bad and started watching it post season 3. I admit that it took me a few episodes to get into it and I almost turned away but I’m really glad I kept with it. For those unfamiliar with the series, it follows a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and decided to get into the business of making the purest form of Meth. Season 3 was high octane and filled with a great deal of emotion as life changes for our protagonist.

Dexter: Season 5
Everyone’s favorite blood spatter analyst come serial killer is back and trying to deal with the loss of his wife. We got a glimpse of a vulnerable Dexter who breaks down during the 1st episode in what was such an emotionally charged episode it was almost difficult to watch. The actors (Michael C. hall in particular) really displayed just how versatile he can be. After season 4, I had low expectations for season 5 (how could I not) but I was pleasantly surprised that the quality didn’t suffer all that much.

The Walking Dead: Season 1
The 1st season showcasing one of the best comic series’ in years has finally come home courtesy of AMC. Sadly we were only treated to a short 6 episode inaugural season but what a wild ride it was. The writing was fantastic and the special effects were nothing short of spectacular. Hats of to Darabont and Gale Ann Hurd for assembling such an incredible crew and bug props to AMC for taking a chance on such a risky venture. They truly are the network to pay attention to.

Fringe: Season 3
The powers that be at Fox have decided to move Fringe to the “Friday Night Death Slot” when the show resumes in the new year – Those people are complete IDIOTS! Fringe is hands down the best Sci-Fi show on TV right now despite what those overpaid execs think. The show is so well written that it’s amazing they’ve managed to keep it from getting too confusing for people like me. Hopefully the writers have been given notice that the show is coming to an end because I’d really hate for the show to end on the typical Season Finale cliffhanger only to feel like I had the greatest session of foreplay with no finish. Maybe another network like AMC could buy the rights to this show and take it to new places since Fox has no idea what they really have here.

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4
For me this is the very best in Sitcoms today. Each and every one of the guys is absolutely hilarious. From using a robotic arm as a masturbatory aid to discussing the greatest superheros they all have great comedic timing. My only gripe with this season is the addition of a quasi girlfriend, played by Mayim Bialik(Blossom) for Jim Parsons stoic and socially akward Sheldon. While there have been some moments of great humor, Blossom just seems to be trying too hard to be the female counter-part to him and she just doesn’t work. Aside from that, the show rocks.

How I Met Your Mother: Season 6
Another sitcom I find to be incredibly entertaining and funny keeps taking me tuning in every week. I really want to know who Ted marries. The 2 best characters on the show are played by Jason Segel as Marshall and Neil Patrick Harris the womanizing suit wearing Barney. I can’t get enough of these 2 guys. Don’t get me wrong, the entire cast works really well I just love those guys.

True Blood: Season 3
Some say that True Blood’s 2nd season was a departure from what everyone fell in love (I’m not one of them – HELLO?!? Naked Anna Paquin. Need i say more?) then surely those naysayers loved Season 3. It was dark, bloody, sexy and well executed. What more can you want? It only left me hungry for Season 4.

South Park Season 14
Who could ever imagine that South Park would actually last 14 long seasons? The best thing about South Park is just how quickly Trey Parker and Matt Stone crank out episodes that poke fun at current events. They continually push the boundaries of TV while providing consistent side splitting scenarios for the residents of South Park Colorado. No one and no subject matter is safe and that;s what I love.

Sly Cooper Collection Review Part 2

Sly 2: Band of Thieves

Today brings the 2nd of a 3 part series in the review for the Sly Cooper Collection. This time I take a look at Sly 2: Band of Thieves. Again, as noted in my prior review, Sly was on my radar but never seemed to make it into my collection the 1st go around with the PS2 so I was extremely excited to hear of the re-release and that Sony generously gave me the opportunity to review the series.

This go around takes place a few years after the original since Sly defeated Clockwerk. The game starts off with Sly and his merry band of critter compatriots as they break into a museum to destroy Clockwerk’s remaining parts only to discover that someone beat them to the punch. After an encounter with Carmelita Fox and her new assistant Neyla, Sly learns of a group called “The Klaww Gang” and they set out in search of them.

The game takes what worked so well the first time around and adds some new and interesting elements. In fact this time around, Bentley and Murray are playable characters each with his own unique approach to completing their tasks. Bentley is essentially the Solid Snake of the series. He uses stealth and sleeper darts to dispatch his enemies and sabotage equipment whereas Murray is a balls to the walls brute force kinda guy.

Each character has their own health and special meter now, the latter of the 2 is used for gadgets. Another new feature is the ability to pick pockets for the purpose of stealing coins or those characters items which can now be used to purchase power-ups and moves in the team safe house.

I really can’t stress enough just how much I’m enjoying the series. If you have yet to experience the entertainment value of this series, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. This is a must have gaming.

Feed Your Console gives this 9 out of 10

Pros:
Expanded gameplay over the original
Overall fun factor

Cons:
Final boss was more than a little frustrating

Boxing Day/Week Sales

Boxing day/week sale flyers are starting to roll in and we’re going to try and help you find the best deals in gaming. We’ll try to keep this as up-to-date as possible but if you see something we missed, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Best Buy:

  • Xbox 360 Slim (4GB) $129.99: Savings of $70 Minimum of 30 per store
  • Halo Reach $34.99: Savings of $25
  • PS3 160GB console w/ God of War 3 and Infamous $299 Savings of $70 (minimum 50 per store)
  • Nintendo Wii Bundle w/Wii Sports, Wii SPorts Resort and extra Wiimote $179 Savings of $30 (minimum 25 per store)
  • PSP Ghost of Sparta Bundle w/ GoW Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Spart and Kick Ass UMD $149: Savings of $50

Games for $19.99

  • UFC 2010 (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Final Fantasy 13 (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Forza (Xbox 360)
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360)
  • Alan Wake (Xbox 360)
  • Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360)
  • Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Crackdown 2 (Xbox 360)
  • Mario and Sonic: Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
  • Bioshock 2 (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Street Fighter 4 (PS3 and Xbox 360)

Kinect games $29.99 each

  • Kinectimals
  • Dance Central
  • Kinect Joy Ride

Games for $39.99

  • Fallout New Vegas (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Assassins Creed Brotherhood (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Red Dead Redemption (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Dead Rising 2 (Xbox 360)
  • Castlevania (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • Lego Harry Potter (PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • The Force Unleashed 2 (PS3 and Xbox 360)

Games for $49.99

  • NHL Slapshot (wii)
  • Medal of Honor
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • NHL 11

Buy One Get One Free
Playstation Move titles

Futureshop

  • Xbox 360 Slim (4GB) $129.99: Savings of $70 Minimum of 30 per store
  • Halo Reach $34.99: Savings of $25
  • PS3 160GB console w/ God of War 3 and Resistanmce 2 $299 Savings of $70 (minimum 10000 chain wide)
  • Nintendo Wii Bundle w/Wii Sports, Wii SPorts Resort, NHL 2K11 $189 Savings of $85 (minimum 7000 Chain wide)
  • PSP Ghost of Sparta Bundle w/ GoW Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Spart and Kick Ass UMD $149: Savings of $50 (minimum 2500 Chain wide)
  • Fable 2 $14.99

EBGames/Gamespot

  • PlayStation 3 160GB Console with 2 Bonus Games (God of War III, Killzone 2 Greatest Hits) – $299.99
  • PSP (Black or White) – $129.99
  • PSP Go (Black or White) – $149.99
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Selected Playstation Move Titles – $39.99 each
  • Xbox 360 Guitar Hero 2 Party Bundle – $99.99
  • Up to 75% Off On Selected Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PSP, Nintendo DS Titles (December 26 to 31 only)
  • Xbox 360 GameTalk Wireless – $24.99
  • Wii Action Board (Black or White) – $39.99
  • Wii Rabbids Plunger Gun – $4.99
  • 50% Off On All Brady Grames Strategy Guides

December 26 Only:

  • 50% Off On Any Used Console When You Purchase $75.00 or More In Used Games or Accessories
  • All Used Games Priced at $4.99 or Less – 2 for $5.00
  • All Used Games Prices at $14.99 or Less – 2 for $20.00

December 27 to 31 Only:

  • 25% Off On Refurbished PSP-3000 Console When You Purchase Any 2 Used PSP Games Priced at $24.99 or More
  • 25% Off On Refurbished Nintendo Wii When You Purchase Any 2 Used Wii Games Priced at $24.99 or More
  • 25% Off On Refurbished Nintendo DSi When You Purchase Any 2 Used Nintendo DS Games Priced at $24.99 or More
  • All Used Games Priced at $14.99 or Less – 3 for $30.00
  • All Used Games Priced at $19.99 or Less – 3 for $50.00
Walmart
  • New Xbox 360 4GB – $129.00
  • Call of Duty Black Ops – $39.83
  • Halo: ODST, Crackdown 2, Alan Wake, Forza Motorsports 3 – $19.83 each
  • Borderlands, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Mafia II, Epic Mickey – $39.83 each
  • Select Games (Medal of Honor, Sims, NHL 11, NHL Slapshot) $49.83 each
  • Extra Extra: Mobile Movie Minute now at RIHD

    My good friend Robert over at the Mobile Movie Minute has a great movie review podcast, but alas one without a true home – just a Mevio site and an iTunes RSS feed… Poor thing.

    That is where Reviews In HD comes in – we are happy to announce that as of today we are now the official partner/home of the Mobile Movie Minute.

    Bookmark all the podcasts: http://feedyourconsole.com/tag/mobile-movie-minute/. Get reviews so fresh that they are recorded in the car on the way home from the movie – Fresh and Honest reviews, just they way you want them.

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    Remember: Robert and his friend sit through it so you don’t have to.