DVD archive

  • Credit Crunch Christmas: WowWee Rovio
    Cameras

    Credit Crunch Christmas: WowWee Rovio

    By 1 December 2008

    In the first of our Credit Crunch Christmas gift suggestions, we are bringing you news of an offer from online retailer eXpansys that sees £55 off the cost of a WowWee Rovio mobile Wi-Fi webcam robot. However, you'll have to be quick smart about it if...

  • Hancock - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Hancock - DVD review

    By 28 November 2008

    It’s a difficult to not like Will Smith in some way or other. Supposedly the Nicest Guy in Hollywood, his amiability and thespy capability has made him a relatively safe pair of hands that can be entrusted with pretty much any kind of mainstream blockbuster....

  • Mamma Mia! Amazon.co.uk's biggest selling DVD ever
    Home Cinema

    Mamma Mia! Amazon.co.uk's biggest selling DVD ever

    By 27 November 2008

    Mamma Mia! has beaten The Star Wars Trilogy, The Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to become Amazon.co.uk’s biggest selling DVD of all time. The £7.99 movie, based on pop group ABBA’s music, received over 200,000...

  • Woolies appointing administrators
    Gadgets

    Woolies appointing administrators

    By 26 November 2008

    We previously reported that Woolworths was trying to sell its DVD publishing business to BBC Worldwide in a bid to keep the administrators from the door. The retailer's shares were apparently suspended this morning while it bashed out what could be a...

  • Woolworths to sell DVD ops to BBC Worldwide
    Home Cinema

    Woolworths to sell DVD ops to BBC Worldwide

    By 26 November 2008

    It's already stopped selling CDs but now highstreet retailer Woolworths is about to make another drastic move to save itself. According to Media Week, it is going to sell its DVD publishing operation to BBC Worldwide. The retailer's shares have apparently...

  • Thriller In Manilla - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Thriller In Manilla - DVD review

    By 21 November 2008

    Muhammad Ali was an arsehole. It’s not something that you ever hear, but that’s the unavoidable conclusion of John Dower’s cracking documentary. Long a sporting icon, a role model to millions and a symbol of man’s ability to overcome the greatest...

  • Denon launches DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player in the UK
    Home Cinema

    Denon launches DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player in the UK

    By 11 November 2008

    Denon has announced the UK launch of its DVD-1800BD Blu-ray player, describing the device as "entry level" offering an "extremely attractive price point". The player boasts modest specs including Blu-ray Profile 1.1, or "Bonus View" but not the all-singing...

  • Toshiba offers LOVEFiLM rentals with XDE DVD player
    Home Cinema

    Toshiba offers LOVEFiLM rentals with XDE DVD player

    By 10 November 2008

    Toshiba is trying to tempt consumers this Christmas by offering a year's worth of movie rentals with one of its new DVD players. Toshiba's new XD-E500 DVD player comes with 12 months free rental subscription to movie website lovefilm.com, which is said...

  • Denon offers special edition Smart 102 system
    Audio

    Denon offers special edition Smart 102 system

    By 5 November 2008

    Denon has launched a "special edition" of its Smart 102 home entertainment system. The Denon Smart 102 claims to deliver "top-notch" CD and DVD playback, and boasts upscaling to 1080p Full HD complete with HDMI compatibility. This special edition package...

  • Games will outsell DVDs and music
    Gaming

    Games will outsell DVDs and music

    By 5 November 2008

    Titles like Grand Theft Auto IV could see games sales thrashing sales of DVDs and music CDs by the end of this year. According to research by Verdict Research, games sales could overtake music and movie sales for the first time this year. The retail analysts...

  • The Happening - DVD review
    Home Cinema 1 out of 5

    The Happening - DVD review

    By 31 October 2008

    This year’s Oscars showed us that now, more than ever, films are being made to a standard that matches any period in Hollywood’s golden history. This means that whenever you go see or rent a new film you may be watching a bona fide classic in the...

  • JVC last to stop production of standalone VHS players
    Home Cinema

    JVC last to stop production of standalone VHS players

    By 28 October 2008

    JVC has stopped producing VHS video cassette players and will end global sales of such machines when existing inventories run out. The other major Japanese manufacturers have already stopped producing standalone VHS players, so JVC's exit is said to "bring...

  • Harmon Kardon DMC 1000 media centre launches
    Audio

    Harmon Kardon DMC 1000 media centre launches

    By 28 October 2008

    Harman Kardon has announced the UK availability of its digital media centre. The Harman Kardon DMC 1000 is described as a "sleek, single box which offers people the chance to relax this winter with all their favourite music and DVDs all on the one device."...

  • Iron Man - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Iron Man - DVD review

    By 24 October 2008

    During this tricky period, where the gods of DVD release scheduling have set me on a comic-based review decathlon, I remarked that these films need to strive to create a distinct tone to prevent them from becoming a blur. While The Incredible Hulk didn’t...

  • Sharp AN-PR1500H home cinema rack review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Sharp AN-PR1500H home cinema rack review

    By 23 October 2008

    If you’re one of those people who thinks home cinema kit should be heard but not seen, then Sharp’s latest AV rack could be right up your street. Stealthily concealed within its stout frame are a DVD player and 2.1-channel speakers, providing a convenient,...

  • LG launches Mac-friendly CD/DVD rewriter
    Online

    LG launches Mac-friendly CD/DVD rewriter

    By 22 October 2008

    LG Electronics has launched its "ultra sleek" Mac-compatible portable Super Multi Drive, the GP08-NU10, in the UK. Designed for use on the go, this CD/DVD re-writer plugs in via a USB so will work with new MacBooks and PC laptops alike. Available in glossy...

  • Netflix predicts Blu-ray boom
    Online

    Netflix predicts Blu-ray boom

    By 22 October 2008

    DVD rental company Netflix is predicting that the falling price of Blu-ray players will drive up Blu-ray rentals. The US-based company says that this quarter, around 500,000 of its 8.7 million subscribers will be Blu-ray subscribers in the current quarter....

  • Playboy to stop selling DVDs
    Home Cinema

    Playboy to stop selling DVDs

    By 17 October 2008

    Playboy is to shut down its DVD business in a bid to stop spiralling losses. The move is part of a restructuring plan, which was announced 2 months ago and which is hoped to save the company $12 million a year. It'll see 80 jobs go and will also cost...

  • Wanted - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Wanted - DVD review

    By 17 October 2008

    Following closely behind Daniel Craig slipstream in the Brits-do-Hollywood steeplechase, James McAvoy does his mainstream profile no harm at all in this blistering big-budget outing. Brushing over the fact that Wanted is adapted from a comic, let’s...

  • LOVEFiLM: Blu-ray seeing good uptake in UK
    Home Cinema

    LOVEFiLM: Blu-ray seeing good uptake in UK

    By 13 October 2008

    LOVEFiLM, the UK's largest online rental service, has told Pocket-lint that Blu-ray is proving to be a success despite some parties suggesting that downloads will supersede the format before it gets going. "We are amongst the sharp edge of the UK entertainment...

  • Best Home Cinema Device 2008 nominations
    Home Cinema

    Best Home Cinema Device 2008 nominations

    By 13 October 2008

    Here are the nominations for Best Home Cinema Device in The Vodafone Pocket-lint Gadget Awards: Pioneer KURO PDP-LX5090 television Toshiba XD-E500 DVD player Philips Aurea 2 Television Panasonic TH46PZ81B Freesat Sony PlayTV The Pocket-lint awards are...

  • The Incredible Hulk - DVD review
    Home Cinema 2.5 out of 5

    The Incredible Hulk - DVD review

    By 10 October 2008

    As comic-book adaptations continue to broaden their hold of the multliplexes and DVD racks with franchises steadily taking root, what becomes important is that they each establish a tone that prevents them from blurring into a primary-coloured spandex...

  • Judge upholds RealDVD sales ban
    Home Cinema

    Judge upholds RealDVD sales ban

    By 9 October 2008

    A federal judge has upheld a previous ruling and stopped RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD DVD-ripping software. The Motion Picture Association of America had claimed that RealDVD violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act because it worked around...

  • Denon DVD-2500BT Blu-ray launches
    Home Cinema

    Denon DVD-2500BT Blu-ray launches

    By 2 October 2008

    Denon has unveiled what it is claiming is a true "high-end Blu-ray source", the DVD-2500BT. The new £900 machine comes with buzzwords that most of us will understand, however if you are keen to boast to your friends that you've got one you'll be able...

  • RealNetworks faces lawsuit over RealDVD
    Home Cinema

    RealNetworks faces lawsuit over RealDVD

    By 1 October 2008

    RealNetworks' RealDVD software is about to become the subject of a lawsuit with major studios unhappy with the release. Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner are reported to be about to sue the software company for the DVD ripping solution....