Thursday, June 24, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood Clip

Judging by this clip, Bruce Greenwood is the best Batman voice they've found so far who isn't named Kevin Conroy. Batman: Under the Red Hood comes out July 27, 2010.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Warner Bros. Takes A Great Idea And Runs With It

What makes it a great idea? For starters, it was mine. Okay, so I obviously wasn't the only person who had the idea, but it's something I've been advocating for some time now. Here's the text from a marketing e-mail I received today.

From Warner Bros.:
Upgrade your Warner Bros. DVD library to Blu-ray™ with the DVD2Blu program presented by Upgrade your DVDs for as little as $4.95 per exchange with free shipping* for orders of more than $35.00. Over 90 titles are available now!

In just three easy steps you can enjoy your favorite Warner Bros. films in the full glory of High Definition.

The Blu-ray upgrade is sent back to you complete with case, cover art, bonus material, etc. Jumpstart your Blu-ray library today!


* For orders over $35.00 shipping & handling per order is $4.95 for the contiguous United States and District of Columbia and $6.95 to Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico (plus applicable taxes). Certain restrictions apply.

The reason I've been saying studios should do this for the last couple of years is that consumers bought a license for the movie when they purchased the DVD. The right to own a copy of the movie costs a lot more than the physical product, and upgrading means paying for that twice. If content producers want to encourage their customers to embrace the Blu-ray format, then an exchange program makes perfect sense. This way, you don't force them to pay for the license again, but only the cost of the physical media. I see three or four titles in the initial offering that I would definitely like to upgrade, so I'll be taking advantage of this opportunity shortly. You don't even have to mail in the cases of your original DVDs, so if there are inserts with artwork you want to keep (I'm thinking of the Batman Begins DVD as an example), that won't be a problem. My only complaint is that each household is limited to twenty-five exchanges total, but that won't be an issue for me. If you want to check it out for yourself, get the details here.

So for all the other studios in Hollywood, why aren't you doing this, too? Get on it!

Friday, June 18, 2010

A G.I. JOE Collecting Update

First of all, I ordered from for the first time at the end of May, and the decals arrived on Saturday. I didn't get time to mess with them until Tuesday night, but what a difference they made on the Target Rattlers. I didn't replace all of the Hasbro decals, but using these for everything on the bombs and the black decal at the nose made them look so much better. I got some The Rise Of Cobra JOE symbol decals for my aircraft, too. I really like the logo, and I already had it on the Dragonhawk and several other things from the movie line. Got a couple of sheets of Cobra sigils, some M.A.R.S. logos, and some Dreadnoks symbols, too. While it has no danger of being as addictive as Marauder, I have no doubt that I'll order from them again. I absolutely recommend giving their products a try if you have such a need (especially since they're pre-cut, which was a huge plus for me). I'll be adding a link to their site here on the blog.

Secondly, I finally scored some $3 25th Anniversary G.I. JOE figures at a couple of Family Dollar stores. Two B.A.T.s, an armored Cobra Commander, Wraith, and a Snow Serpent for $15 isn't a bad deal at all. I'm still hoping to find some Cobra Divers and Ninja Vipers at that price, but I'm not complaining.

And third, I took all of two photos at HeroesCon, and they were basically two photos of the same thing. Terrible, I know, but I do have photos of all the G.I. JOE books I got signed at the convention.

G.I. JOE Origins signed by Tom Feister & Merrill Hagan
G.I. JOE Origins signed by Tom Feister (all three) & Merrill Hagan (#15 with Snow Job)

G.I. JOE (Hasbro) signed by Jeremy Dale
G.I. JOE (Hasbro) signed by Jeremy Dale

G.I. JOE: Cobra #1 and G.I. JOE: Cobra II #1 signed by Christos Gage
G.I. JOE: Cobra #1 and G.I. JOE: Cobra II #1 signed by Christos Gage

G.I. JOE (IDW) #0 & #6 signed by Robert Atkins
G.I. JOE (IDW) #0 & #6 signed by Robert Atkins

G.I. JOE and the Transformers #1 signed by Herb Trimpe
G.I. JOE and the Transformers #1 signed by Herb Trimpe

Now if only I could get a few books signed by Mike Zeck, I'd have autographs of all the best of the best from G.I. JOE comics in my collection. I'll post photos of all the non-JOE books I got signed next time, followed by some of the superb art I bought this year.