Discs Vs. Streaming
The argument against having a physical disc for playing any content, such as movies, has lately been a bit vague. Sure you can stream a movie with just a few clicks from a web service, but what if said service doesn’t have the film you want to see? And then there’s the various problems that the paid-for Internet service might have: anyone remember that holiday night when everybody tried to watch that film on Netflix and the service went “Kablooey?” Or how the quality of the film being streamed sometimes gets degraded because of others using the Internet in the household or, as is the case more often, outside the home. Or when an Internet hub gets too wet or a physical cable gets damaged and service gets cut off like a tap turned hard? All this points to how having the film on a disc in your hand means you can watch it whenever you want without any of those concerns.
So those who argue against discs will bring up price — but that’s a 10 year old argument. Discs today are more than reasonable and, once bought, that’s all that there is — no extra hidden costs ever. And because Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is all about giving value, they’ve now made available two box sets of 10 movies each. And also because they believe adults as well as children should be targeted to, box set #1 for the kids is the DREAMWORKS 10-Movie Collection (retail $99.98), and box set #1 for the adults is BLUMHOUSE OF HORRORS 10 Movie Collection (retail $99.98ggc).
DREAMWORKS Brings Out Its Animated Library
DREAMWORKS of course is known for entertaining and clever animated films; where smart storylines are combined with cutting-edge animation and where nobody is talked down to unless its Shrek and that wise-acre donkey. The film that started the franchise is here and to give you an idea of how far back in time it is — consider that one of the classic scenes features a “matrix-like” moment. Other films in the set include Spirit, Madagascar (heavy on the animals making their way round), The CROODS, Abominable and Boss Baby — don’t get on his bad side for sure. Add in the first Kung Fu Panda (hey-yah) and How to Train Your Dragon for letting the animators stretch their creative muscles, er make that O’s and 1’s for colorful and fast moving animation. Number 10 is the most recent, being Trolls and featuring, yep you guessed it, Trolls.
The box set is in high-definition Blu-ray and includes digital codes for watching all of the films on mobile devices. Of course there’s tons of extras such as animated shorts and music videos and deleted scenes from all of the films. Talk about a sugar rush!
BLUMHOUSE Will Grab You By The Throat
For the adult crowd more interested in horror than cute, BLUMHOUSE OF HORRORS satisfies in ways that one might be ashamed to admit to. The 10 films consist of Get Out, The Purge, Ouija, Split, The Visit, Unfriended, Truth or Dare, The Boy Next Door, Happy Death Day and Ma. One of the things that makes these films cool are the known actors in them, as they’re not just filled up with unknowns, wannabe actors and masked assailants. So you get Jennifer Lopez and Ethan Hawke and James McAvoy, to name but a few, and high-end directors such as M. Night Shyamalan among others. And for those wondering what BLUMHOUSE is, it’s about Jason Blum and his production company who, while also producing what might be called “regular” movies, has learned to excel at the Roger Corman school of low budget monstrosities that the critics might find too low-brow, but that horror fans (and fans of blood, yes that stuff) really, really enjoy.
As is the case with the DREAMWORKS box set, there’s mobile viewing through digital codes and bonus features such as deleted and alternate scenes, filmmaker commentary, behind the scenes and more.
Ready For Your Library
Both the DREAMWORKS 10-Movie Collection and the BLUMHOUSE OF HORRORS 10 Movie Collection come in bookcase shelf-ready packaging that hardly takes up any room at all. Both have covers that more than adequately explain what to find inside: in the case of DREAMWORKS it’s splash images of the main characters of each film, and in the case of BLUMHOUSE it’s also the character from each film that you need to keep an eye on. And while the animation images are bright and colorful, BLUMHOUSE goes for dark and distressing. Like they wouldn’t.