Netflix PS3 Video Streaming

14 Nov 2009

A couple of hours ago, I had my first taste of streaming Netflix on my PS3.

We’ve been getting movies and TV shows from Netflix for over a year. It’s been a great experience for us. We have the 3 discs at once plan, which lets us hang onto some TV series disc for a few days (a couple of weeks) and still keep a couple of movies going back and forth. It’s also possible for us to watch up to 6 different movies in one week, as their turn around time is so fast, it (almost always) only takes 2 days from when I put a disc in the mail until the next one arrives.

Netflix also allows their customers to stream movies and TV shows on their computers, using the Roku player, the LG BD370 Blu-ray player/Netflix streaming device, plus many more. Netflix recently announced that they would be releasing a version for streaming on the Sony PlayStation 3 (a.k.a. PS3).

I’ve added about 20 films to my Instant Streaming Queue in the time I’ve written this article. I think I’ll go watch something.

I got an email from Netflix the other day, announcing that the PS3 disc is now available. It’s free, I simply had to click a couple of links and they sent it out to me. That disc arrived in the mail earlier today. We popped it in, waited for the PS3 to say that it was ready for us to “watch” that disc, and a moment later, we saw cover art for movies and TV shows that are in our Streaming Queue. I selected Season 1 of Quantum Leap and started watching episode 4 (episodes 1-3 are only available on disc). It took about 35-40 seconds for the show to start playing. The playback was flawless. Zero audio or video glitches (I do have a solid 7Mbps DSL line)..



Star Trek: TNG Movies on BD

1 Nov 2009

On Wednesday evening, I bought the Blu-ray (BD) box set of Star Trek Generations, Star Trek First Contact, Star Trek Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis at Target (in Centerville) for US$70. The next evening, I was again at Target (looking for a costume item) and walked by an end cap with the same thing for only US$40. I picked it up and confirmed that it was the same thing I had purchased the night before for more money with the employee at the camera counter. He took me to the Customer Service desk, where they confirmed that it wasn’t on clearance and promptly sent US$30 (plus tax) back to my bank account (I had purchased with the debit card).

Even if you don’t have a BD player, I would recommend going down to Target to pick up this set. If you’re a fan, you’ll be glad you saved yourself the bones down the road.

These movies look great on my 42″ 1080P LCD TV, by the way.



Review: Superman Returns

1 Jul 2006

Today, my wife and I decided to get out of the house and take in a movie. We saw the new Superman film, “Superman Returns.” (Ed. It now looks like the site is being redirected to http://supermanreturns.warnerbros.com/ and the new site now requires Flash 8 to view anything.)

I would recommend this movie to any movie-goers out there. It was thouroughly entertaining, had a really good story that fits into the Superman universe just right and even fits with the older films, and the cast really can act.

Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. Excellent. I can’t think of anyone else who could have filled Gene Hackman‘s shoes better. I’ve liked everything I’ve seen Spacey do and he still continues to impress with his range and talent.

Brandon Routh plays Clark Kent/Superman. He looked a little young for the part in the ads I had seen. If anything, this was the one thing I was concerned with going into the theater. But, that concern faded after only a couple of scenes (he didn’t interact much in the first scene, so it was hard to gauge at that point). He did an excellent job as the Man of Steel and absolutely on the money as Clark Kent. His voice even has some of the qualities of the late, great Christopher Reeve‘s which, in my mind, help sell the character and the actor.

Kate Bosworth plays Lois Lane. In this story, the character of Lois has evolved quite a bit in the five years that Superman was absent. During the film, I had this feeling like something was missing from this character. It wasn’t until after the movie that I realized as I thought back on it that her character was 100% accurate and that Bosworth had played it perfectly. Sometimes, it was like Margot Kidder coached her.

Great performances were turned in by Frank Langella as Perry White and James Marsden as Richard White.

I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t. I’ll simply sum up with this:

Superman Returns gets a 9 out of 10 in my book (which will only have one film at 10, ever). It’s a must see and with some of the very impressive shots in the film, you will want to see it first on the silver screen.



Movie Review – M:I3

13 May 2006

Tonight, my wife and I went to see a movie. We didn’t know what we were going to see before we got to the theater. We decided on the third installment in the Mission: Impossible series of films.

It was good. Charlotte & I both liked it. Some of the “plot twists” were completely predictable to me (I don’t know about her, I learned to not wreck it for her by asking, “Have you figured it out already, too?”), but I still enjoyed learning the details.

The only thing that bothered me was that it felt like the story ended a little too soon. I thought there were a couple of threads left hanging that shouldn’t have been left behind like that. They are not elements that hint at another movie or even seem to try to make a point. However, I won’t spoil the film for those of you who have yet to see it. I’ll say just this: the one big unanswered question at the end of the film is not on this list; I was not bothered by that at all. In fact, I thought it was a bit fun to never know.

So, I would say that if you enjoyed the first two movies, then it’s a good bet you’ll go for the third. There are a couple of great scenes that you really want to see on the big screen at least once, but not so many as in the first two films. However, if you felt that M:I2 was not as good as the original, then I think you’ll be pleased with M:I3; it brings things back up, though I still feel that the first film was the best of the three (so far).