I have a decent collection of movies and television shows on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s something that most of my friends know, and they often ask me what movies are out that are worth seeing, among other similar questions. One thing that some of the more tech savvy friends of mine ask me is, why do you keep buying movies when there is streaming, and that “has everything?”
Shout Factory put together this list of five reasons, and I’m going to do my own elaboration on each point, because I agree. There are a lot of good reasons as to why, but not the least of which is the fact that streaming doesn’t have everything. With that, let’s jump into the list:
As a longtime fan of the NBC tv series, Heroes, I was very pleased to hear of the return of the show in a limited series format, which will give Tim Kring and his team 13 episodes to tell the next chapter from beginning to end. Heroes Reborn is currently scheduled to air in the summer of 2015.
However, to help kick things off, they’re also creating a prequel called Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, which will be released on NBC.com, Hulu and video-on-demand.
Roku, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, and Apple TV are all fighting for our attention as a device through which we consume our content. And they’re not all. Years ago, WebTV provided a glimpse into what the world would be like in the future. It paved the way for TiVo and ultimately lead the way to Slingbox, Western Digital’s WD TV, Netgear’s NeoTV and more.
Now the race is on to take over our living rooms. If you don’t have a game console like Wii U, Xbox or Playstation, other options for streaming Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video include Smart TVs, Smarter Blu-ray players and even your cable boxes.
Devices like Roku, Amazon FireTV and Apple TV come in at up to $99, while Google’s Chromecast will run you a mere $35 (and I’ve seen sales around $25-30). All of these devices go a long way toward getting people to cut the cable TV entirely, by providing streaming for all of the shows that people want.
But there’s a problem, and I think the first set-top box to solve it will change the future.
Boy Meets World is one of the best TV shows ever created. Seven seasons of quality television and the world was never really ready to say goodbye to the cast. Here we are, mere months away from a direct sequel to the show. In Girl Meets World, we are reunited with Cory and Topanga, who are now parents to two children: a girl, who is the title character and this series’ Cory Matthews, and a boy.
I’m as ready for this new show after seeing the trailer, as I was when I first heard they were doing the show in the fall of 2012. In fact, I think I’ve viewed all of Boy Meets World twice since learning about the new show.
Pictured here is the cast, which includes the family in the middle, along with a very awkward teen boy in blue who is hopefully a like-able character, as well as someone else that looks like a proto-typical Disney Channel character on the other side. In addition to Ben Savage (Cory) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga) in the back, the photo features Peyton Meyer (friend, Lucas Friar), August Maturo (Matthews son, Auggie), Rowan Blanchard (Matthews daughter, Riley), Sabrina Carpenter (friend, Maya Hart) and Corey Fogelmanis (friend, Shamus Farkle).
That’s right, the long awaited follow up to Tim Kring’s tv series Heroes is actually going to happen. Heroes aired on NBC from 2006-2010, and featured a very large cast of characters with a variety of super powers. The show’s quality went downhill in the second and third seasons, but the fourth season saw some very interesting characters join the cast. It seemed they’d run out of ideas for Claire, and that storyline tooks some rather odd turns, and is probably my least favorite for her in the whole series. One of my favorite new characters was Emma, a woman who also happens to be deaf. She begins to see music and sound in color, which has the potential to become a powerful weapon.
But that’s enough about the past. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. Where the series ends, however, is what makes me excited about where the mini-series will begin. I’m guessing it’ll pick up five years later, in real-time, from the end of the series.
Finally, after years of waiting, hoping, and beginning to think it was never going to happen, The Wonder Years is coming to DVD. We wrote about it for one of our articles, explaining the difficulty in releasing The Wonder Years, and were hoping that they’d also consider releasing it on Blu-ray. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, even though the discs are more durable, can hold a higher capacity of episodes, and take up less room on our shelves. But who knows? Perhaps between now and the release date, they’ll also announce a Blu-ray release. Now that it’s officially going to be released, we can hope for that, too, right?
Here’s the press release:
In 2014, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life – the premiere marketer of classic TV on DVD – will release THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES to the home entertainment marketplace. The most requested TV series never to be released on DVD, which ran on ABC from 1988-1993, garnered multiple Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody, and was named byTV Guideas one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s” will make its very long-awaited debut in the second half of 2014. To best serve the numerous fans of the program, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life has launched WonderYearsDVDs.com, the official site for all updates, exclusive content and pre-orders.