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Amazon Instant Video on PS3

April 5, 2012
Amazon Instant Video on PS3

Amazon Instant Video, now on Playstation 3

How could I sum this up in a single word?  Unprecedented? Huh-uh.  Inconceivable?  No, and I’ve been watching too much The Princess Bride.  Stupendous?  Nope.  Ah, yes.  FINALLY!

You have been able to watch Amazon Instant Movies on a computer.  You could buy a Roku player and watch them there.  Mobile users could watch Amazon movies on a Kindle Fire.  Heck, you could watch them on a desert island with a Samsung TV and an Internet connection (and really, what could be more appropriate than Cast Away).  But, for the first time on Tuesday, Sony announced that you can finally watch Amazon Instant Videos on your Playstation 3.

While I have a growing collection of Blu-ray discs and an old collection of DVDs, most of my viewing is done through one online service or another.  Amazon has great quality on their downloads, and they seem to be priced better than some of their competitors.  Their selection is outstanding, so if I’m not finding something interesting on Netflix, I’m using renting or buying it from Amazon.  Plus with the processing power on the PS3, I’m curious to see if the quality will be even better than on my Samsung TV.  Generally, I find that’s the case with Netflix, so it only stands to reason that Amazon will have better quality that way as well.

For more details, you can check out the information on PS3 Instant Videos at Amazon.com.

Star Wars on Blu-ray now!

January 13, 2011

Yes, George Lucas, you get my money again.  First, you didn’t release Star Wars on DVD because you didn’t know if it would be a legitimate medium.   I bought the VHS versions.  Then you released the mastered versions on DVD.  I bought them on DVD.  Then, you released the original versions which were never available before on DVD.  I bought those too.

Just when I thought I was all done handing George Lucas my money, LucasFilm announced the release of all 6 episodes of Star Wars on Blu-ray Disc, which will be available September, 2011.  Lucas said they will sell for $139.99 for the complete set, but you can (at the time of this writing) save 50% if you pre-order StarWars from Amazon.com.

Yes, I did already pre-order mine.  Yes, George Lucas, you get my money one more time.

Would it be a Quantum Leap to connect Star Trek to Chuck again?

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!

Chuck vs. the… StarTrek?

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!

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