April 22, 2009
Has Chuck been Canceled?
Alright, so it’s moved to the point of addiction. Admission is the first step right? Admit one.
I watched the final episode today on hulu.com. Between this episode and the previous (it was a two-parter), the writers really hit one out of the park. Hopefully it won’t be a walk-off home run.
Chuck has always impressed me with their ability to combine super-sleuth with action-packed and still effectively mix it with ultra-nerd. Josh Schwartz, the creator and executive producer of Chuck did a nice job of creating the show with such a mix of otherwise incompatible genres. Unfortunately, he’s not even sure where Chuck sits right now. When asked by the New York Times, “As of this moment, do you know where ‘Chuck’ stands?”, Josh responded “Sitting here today, I do not know. Which is a tricky place to be, emotionally. The last two episodes are certainly the best that we’ve done, and I feel like the whole season has been building. To feel this coalescing of the inter-Web forces, in support of the show, has been really remarkable.”
So, Chuck or no Chuck? Looks like NBC has yet to make that decision. In the meanwhile, it looks like I’ve got some time to get off of TV and back to movies. Anyone seen any good movies lately? I’ll be taking that ticket now.
April 20, 2009
Digital downloads are now working in various places across DVDCorral. This is exciting for us because it’s the first expansion past organizing a catalog of physical DVDs. Now when you’re viewing friends movies, or just browsing titles you can instantly watch any that are available for digital download.
You may have noticed that you can Buy or Rent downloadable movies. Rental prices tend to be between $1.99 and $3.99 and can be watched for the next 24 hours after your purchase (multiple times if you so choose). Purchases are kept indefiniately on the Amazon servers, so you can even download them if you delete the file or wipe your hard drive. That was my personal favorite; I hate it when I “buy” music, only to find that I no longer own it since my drive crashed. When you click “Buy” or “Rent” it will take you to the preview, so you’ll still have the option to purchase after you watch the trailer or preview.
You can also view titles as we find them under stats and we’ll probably be adding a section to browse movies soon. Let us know if you have suggestions to make the digital content more accessible or easier to use. I’m finding it a quick way to watch a movie I didn’t get around to buying yet — hopefully you’ll find it at least as useful!
April 14, 2009
Someone recently added a couple of seasons of Quantum Leap to their DVD Catalog. Watching the DVDs rotate through the “Recent Adds” section reminded me of last week’s Chuck Episode. In a previous post, I mentioned that several actors of Star Trek fame had wondered into Chuck. Well, the list continues…
None other than Scott Bakula appears as Chuck’s father in Chuck Versus the Dream Job. Of course, if you’re a Star Trek fan, you know Scott appeared as Captain Jonathan Archer in the Star Trek Enterprise series. Scott appears as an important character on Chuck, but one that could easily go away as well. I’d love to see him stick around, but we’ll have to see how the series plays out.
For what it’s worth, Chevy Chase also appeared in this episode of Chuck. I was surprised to see that his role wasn’t entirely goofy; he did a good job too.
Well, the first two articles here have been about Chuck, so hopefully we’ll get some variety in the future. They rotate a lot of interesting actors through the show though, so don’t be surprised if it does show up in another post in the upcoming weeks. That’s our actor tidbits for the day — hope you enjoyed!
April 11, 2009
Vote for DVDCorral as Site of the Month
We’re very excited to annouce that with our new layout, DVDCorral has been nominated for Site of the Month at oDesk.com. Our users here are awesome, and we appreciate all of the messages we receive from users who offer suggestions, file bugs, or write just to tell us how much they love DVDCorral.com. We have no doubt that we can win this contest with such an exceptional group of users. Now, we need you to get out and vote! Please take the time to click the link in this post to let everyone else know how you feel about DVDCorral. Thanks for being such a great bunch of users and thanks in advance for supporting us in the Site of the Month Contest!
April 3, 2009
To begin our Actor Tidbits blog segment, I thought Chuck would be a good place to start. You see, I have a fondness for lesser-known actors and their successes, so I decided to start blogging about them. The TV Series, Chuck, is especially interesting to me because they’ve had quite a few actors cycle through. Specifically, actors who we all know and love from Star Trek. Alright, who “we” SciFi fans know and love.
The first Star Trek sighting for me was when Bob Picardo appeared as Perseus (a government scientist) in Chuck vs. the Lethal Weapon. You may know Bob as “The Doctor” on Star Trek Voyager, or as Richard Woolsey from StarGate: Atlantis. Now, at first, this is no great coincidence. Bob Picardo is a fairly popular actor and not so “under the radar” as folks who tend to catch my eye. Nonetheless, as a Star Trek fan … I noticed.
What made this standout, however, was when I noticed another familiar name arise in the Chuck series. Robert Duncan McNeill ran across the bottom of my screen. Mr. McNeill graced our screens in Star Trek Voyager as well, playing the part of Lt. Tom Paris. As it turns out, Robert Duncan McNeill has directed, produced or been the supervising producer for most (if not all) episodes of Chuck. Go Robbie!
I tend to be a movie watcher and don’t watch a lot of TV. The fact that I can watch Chuck online coupled with the interesting palette of actors has caused me to pay more attention. Keep your eyes open for more behind the scenes actor info on Chuck and elsewhere!
DVDCorral proudly announces our new blog! Two distinct sections will be used to keep users updated on website news and DVD news. Now you’ll always be kept in the loop with all the happenings around the site.
Speaking of additions to DVDCorral, several new additions are on their way in the upcoming weeks. Our developers and designers have been “igniting the midnight petroleum”  in an effort to bring a new design and several new features to our users. We’ll be using this blog to detail specifics in the upcoming days.
NOTE: Currently, we have not integrated the user systems of this blog with the DVD catalog system. For the time being, you’ll need to create a separate blog account to post comments.