Top 10 Best Selling Point Of View Cameras May 2015

Top 10 Best Point Of View Cameras May 2015

Put yourself in the action.  Perfect for Extreme Sports, such as hiking, biking, driving, diving, climbing, swimming, surfing, etc.

1. Wiseup 8GB 1280×720 HD Camouflage Hunting Eyewear DVR Sport Camera Video Sun Glasses Camera 6. Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD 1080p 16MP Waterproof Sports Action Video Camera
2. GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera 7. Sony HDR-AS20/B POV Action Cam with Wi-Fi/ NFC and 1080/ 60p HD
3. Veho VCC-005-MUVI-HD10 Muvi HD 1080p Mini Handsfree Camcorder with Remote Control 8. iVUE Horizon 1080P HD Camera Glasses Video Recording Sport Sunglasses DVR Eyewear
4. GoPro HERO Action Camera + 32GB Bundle 11PC Accessory Kit 9. Midland XTC260VP3 High Definition 720p Wearable Action Camera with 2 Mounts (Black)
 
5. Sony HDR-AS100VR POV Action Video Camera with Live View Remote 10. Orbo® NR22 Extreme Sports Action Camera HD Video 4x Digital Zoom Camcorder

 

Wiseup 8GB 1280x720 HD Camouflage Hunting Eyewear DVR Sport Camera Video Sun Glasses Camera1. Wiseup 8GB 1280×720 HD Camouflage Hunting Eyewear DVR Sport Camera Video Sun Glasses Camera

List Price: $62.20
Price: $51.09
You Save: $11.11 (18%)

  • 1280×720 HD Video Resolution; Real-time Color AV Recording
  • AVI Video Format; Support Snapshot
  • 8GB Micro SD Card Built-in
  • Support 32GB TF Card in Max
  • Camouflage Color

Real-time Color AV Recording
Video Resolution: 1280×720
Video Format: AVI
Image Resolution: 1600×1200
Lens View Angle: 75°
8GB Micro SD Card Built-in
Support 32GB TF Card in Max
Operating Battery Life Time: 2 hours
Camouflage Color
Compatible PC OS: Windows 98/ME/XP/2000/Vista /win7
Charge Power Voltage: DC 5V
Application Scope: outdoor sports, hunting, fishing, travelling, climbing, hiking, outdoors sports, mountain biking, motorciclying, cycling, snowboarding, family activities

Image Pick-up Sensor:5MP CMOS Sensor
Video Resolution:1280×720
Video Format:AVI
Video Frame Rate:25/30fps
Camera Lens Model:9712
Lens View Angle:75°
Color:Camouflage
Glasses Lens Type:Polarized
Memory:8GB Micro SD Card Built-in
Battery Capacity:650mAh Li-polymer Battery
Operating Battery Life Time:2hrs
USB Interface:USB 2.0
Operating System Supported:Windows 98/ME/XP/2000/Vista /win7
Charge Power Supply:DC 5V 1A
Product Weight:53g
Package Weight:198g
Package Size:190x87x75mm
Operating Temperature :-20°C~60°C
Storage Temperature:-10°C~70°C

Package Includes:

1x Glasses Camera
1x Glasses Case
1x USB Cable
1x Power Adapter
1x User Manual

GoPro HERO4 BLACK Starter Bundle2. GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera

List Price: $594.96
Price: $499.99
You Save: $70.81

  • GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera
  • GoPro Headstrap Mount + Quick Clip
  • Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Dual Charger for GoPro HERO4
  • Lexar High-Performance MicroSDHC 633x 32GB UHS-I/U3 (Up to 95MB/s Read) w/USB 3.0

1 of GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera

  • The most advanced GoPro ever
  • Video: 4K30, 2.7K60, 1440p80, 1080p120, 960p120, 720p240 (super slow motion capture)
  • Photo: 12MP, 30 fps Burst, Time-Lapse
  • Built-in Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity for the GoPro App (free download) and Smart Remote (sold separately)
  • Time-Lapse Video, Night Photo/Night Lapse, Protune(TM) for photo & video, SuperView(TM), high performance audio, Waterproof to 131′ (40m), Compatible with 60+ GoPro mounts and accessories

1 of Lexar High-Performance MicroSDHC 633x 32GB UHS-I/U3 (Up to 95MB/s Read) w/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card LSDMI32GBBNL633R

  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Quickly captures, stores, plays back, and transfers media files, including 1080p fullHD, 3D, and 4K video | Leverages UHSI technology for a transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s)
  • Performance of U1 and U3 version is exactly the same
  • Includes highspeed, Class 10 card and USB 3.0 reader
  • Recommended by GoPro for use with Hero3 and Hero3+

1 of Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Dual Charger for GoPro HERO4 and GoPro AHDBT-401, AHBBP-401

  • Get extra power for your GoPro HERO4 camera
  • Charge two HERO4 batteries at once; Batteries each rated at 1160mAh
  • Premium Japanese cells for longer battery life with no memory effect
  • Compatible with the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver models; Wasabi Power charger works with GoPro batteries; GoPro charger and camera can charge Wasabi Power batteries
  • Includes dual charger and two batteries with Wasabi Power 3-year manufacturer warranty

1 of GoPro Headstrap Mount + Quick Clip

  • Compatible with all GoPro Cameras including HERO, HERO3: White Edition, HERO 3+: Black Edition, HERO3+: Silver Edition, HERO4 Silver, & HERO4 Black
  • Includes: (1) Head strap
  • Includes: (1) Quick Clip
  • Includes: (1) Thumb Screw
  • Note: The Head Strap and Quick Clip are recommended for use during non-impact activities only

Veho VCC3. Veho VCC-005-MUVI-HD10 Muvi HD 1080p Mini Handsfree Camcorder with Remote Control and Wide Angle Lens (4GB Memory Card)

List Price: $219.95
Price: $135.99
You Save: $83.96 (38%)

  • 5MP HD video image resolution up to 1920 x 1080 at 30fps; 170 degree wide angle lens to capture all of the footage all of the time
  • Internal rechargable lithium battery supporting 4hrs recording and including 4Gb Micro SD card; 1.5 inch viewfinder/review LCD, Touch panel control, Self timer, digital zoom and noise activation
  • Universal mounting options inclusing flat mount, helmet side mount, body clip, Helmet strap, velcro fixings; Up to 8MP Stills with continuous photos to allow timelapse videos
  • Standard tripod Mount to use with VCC-A019-MP monopod and tripod; Works with all standard MUVI Mounting options

Veho’s VCC-005-MUVI-HD10 Mini HD Camcorder is an economic, wearable camcorder with 1080p HD recording and digital still capture.

GoPro HERO Action Camera4. GoPro HERO Action Camera + 32GB Bundle 11PC Accessory Kit. Includes 32GB MicroSD Card + Reader + Head Strap + Chest Strap + Handheld Monopod + Premium Rugged Hard Case + Bobber Handle + Gripster + Memory Card Wallet + Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

List Price: $399.00
Price: $204.95
You Save: $194.05 (49%)

  • Supports 1080p30 and 720p60 Video
  • Captures 5MP Photos at 5 fps
  • Camera Waterproof to 131′
  • Built-In Microphone
  • QuickCapture 1-Button Power/Record

Rather than a separate housing, the GoPro HERO Action Camera features a unibody design wherein the camera itself is waterproof to 131′ with the Standard Backdoor in place and sealed. It records 1080p30 Full HD video, as well as 720p60 for enhanced motion capture or creating slow-motion effects in post. The HERO also takes 5-megapixel still photos in single shot, burst, and time-lapse. For use on dry land the Skeleton Backdoor is included, featuring cutouts for enhanced audio capture using the built-in microphone.
The HERO includes flat and curved adhesive mounts for surfboards, helmets, boats, and other smooth surfaces as well as a quick release buckle that clips in and out of them. Apart from these, the camera can be used with a range of separately available mounting hardware for adaptation to just about any scenario.
Video and photos are recorded to microSD/microSDHC cards, with support for capacities up to 32GB. A USB cable is included for file transfer directly from the camera and charging the built-in battery.

GoPro Software
With the included software you can view photos and videos as well as generate compilations to share using your favorite social media service

Built-in Microphone
The camera can record audio internally using its built-in microphone. The included Skeleton Backdoor enables enhanced audio capture during low-speed activities

SuperView
An ultra-wide lens designed to give your footage an immersive POV feel as well as capture nearly everything happening in front of the lens

QuikCapture
Power the camera on and start recording automatically with the press of a single button

Up to 2.5 Hours Battery Life
The built-in battery is estimamted to last up to 2.5 hours and is rechargeable using USB

Sony HDR-AS100VR POV Action Video Camera with Live View Remote (White)5. Sony HDR-AS100VR POV Action Video Camera with Live View Remote (White)

List Price: $399.99
Price: $269.00
You Save: $130.99 (33%)

  • Advanced image stabilization adjusts to vibration
  • New splash proof body with tripod mount
  • View and control via smartphone/ Live View Remote1
  • Shoot pro quality video in XAVC-S 60p(50 Mbps)
  • Plot location and display telemetry with built-in GPS

Step it up with the Action Cam that brings pro-quality features along for the ride. Keep things smooth with Advanced Steady Shot and enjoy the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi with remote viewing and control from your Live View Remote. All in a housing-free, splash-proof body that packs XAVC S HD recording and high frame rates in 120/240p. It”s ready for the big time, are you?

Keep focused on the footage and not the conditions thanks to a splash-proof body that takes the worry out of weather, even when your Action Cam is outside its included housing. Need to take a breather or set up a static shot? Simply attach a tripod via the universal tripod screw mount and keep capturing all the action in sublime stability.

Turn your compatible smartphone or tablet into a mobile, remote viewfinder and make adjustments to camera settings on the fly, even when your road takes you off the beaten path. With Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC), you can frame your shot perfectly before you step off into your next adventure and instantly share it with your friends to up the ante on the next trick or trail. And now you can now control up to 5 Action Cams (HDR-AS100V) at the same time using the included LiveView Remote

Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition6. Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD 1080p 16MP Waterproof Sports Action Video Camera With Full Mounting Kit Included

List Price: $249.99
Price: $129.99
You Save: $120.00 (48%)

  • Professional Sensor With Low-Light Performance Very light, Just 4.8 oz. Vibrates: Confirms Functions When Visual Confirmation Isn’t Practical
  • G-Sensor (Auto Rotation) for “which end is up” assurance Waterproof up to 30’/10m Distortion-Free Ultra Wide Angle Lens Provides a 170 Degrees of Coverage
  • Aerodynamic Design and Shock-Proof Exterior Minimizes Wind Noise Single Button Record that’s Easy and Ready for Action Video Options: 1080p, 960p, 720p
  • Dual File Recording; With Every HD Video an Additional Smaller File is Created For more Efficient Uploading and Sharing Still Image Options: 16MP, 5MP, 3MP, 1 x or 10x (burst) Shooting Mode + Time Lapse
  • Adjustable Frame Rate for 720p Allows Effects Like Slow or Fast Motion Shots-Even in HD <> Fulll Helmet & Handlebar Mounts Included <> Includes a One Year Warranty

The Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition Waterproof Action Camera is the most exciting and most professional Action Camera offered by Polaroid yet! Are you ready to jump off a cliff or a plane? How about surfing, skiing, biking, rafting etc? Then this is the camera you want! The Functions, Quality and Durability equals and in some features (G Sensor, Dual File Recording, Vibrates, Ultra Light )even surpasses the cameras offered by other brands in the professional market. Priced at $159.99 this is one of lowest priced cameras in this field.

For any professional or amateur this is the camera you want and you want to know why? Check out all the crazy cool features listed above in the features column!

Main Specs
1 /2.5″ CMOS Image Sensor
F2.8 Fixed Focus Ultra Sharp Glass Lens
Light Sensitivity: >1.4 V/lux-sec
White Balance, ISO, Scene: Auto
Exposure Auto Control: Auto
170 Degree Ultra Wide Angle Lens
File Format: Video- H2.64 MPEG4, PHOTO- JPEG

HD Resolutions
1080p: 1920x1080p / 30FPS / 16:9
960p: 1280X960P / 30FPS / 4:3
720p:1280×720 / 60FPS (Slow Motion) / 16:9
720p: 1280×720 / 30FPS/ 16:9
Photo:
Resolutions 16MP, 5MP, 3MP, VGA
Photo Mode: Single / Burst (x10) / Time Lapse (5,10,30,60)

Micro SD – Up To 32GB
1200MAH Built In Battery (Approx. 2.5 hrs of Use)
G-Sensor (Auto Rotation): Yes
Auto Power Off: off/1min / 3min
Dual File Recording: Yes
Vibrates: Yes
Anti-Shake: Yes
USB 2.0, HDMI

Windows 7/XP SP3 /Vista and later, Mac 10.4 or above
Size: 108*42*42.4mm
Weight: 4.8oz

Included In Box
Camera
HDMI Cable
USB Cable
Mount-Lock
Mount-Lock Key
Secure string
Carrying pouch
Helmet Mount
Handlebar Mount
Manual

Sony HDR-AS207. Sony HDR-AS20/B POV Action Cam with Wi-Fi/ NFC and 1080/ 60p HD + Sony C10 32GB microSDHC + Replacement NP-BX1 Battery + Focus Micro HDMI Cable + Focus Float Strap + Accessory Bundle

List Price: $249.99
Price: $208.00
Sale Price: $178.00
You Save: $71.99 (29%)

  • SteadyShotTM image stabilization reduces blur
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® and one touch NFC for remote control and viewing via smartphone
  • 6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x slow motion
  • Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording
  • Never miss the action with long lasting ~150min stamina battery

SteadyShotTM image stabilization reduces blur
○ Built-in Wi-Fi® for remote control and viewing via smartphone
○ 6 video modes including 1080/60p HD and 4x slow motion
○ Built-In stereo mic for quality sound recording
○ Never miss the action with long lasting up to150min stamina battery
○ Ultra wide 170° pro quality ZEISS® Tessar lens
○ Exmor R® CMOS sensor for excellent low light performance
○ Ruggedized, waterproof housing with universal tripod mount included
○ Hand free control and remote viewing of up to 5 Action Cams
○ Capture amazing high quality 11.9MP still images in photo mode

BUNDLE INCLUDES:
● Sony HDR-AS20/B POV Action Cam (Sony Battery Pack, Waterproof Case, Mount, USB Cable, Guide)
● Sony C10 32GB microSDHC
● Focus Rechargable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for Sony NP-BX1
● Focus Micro HDMI Cable
● Focus Carrying Case
● Focus Float Strap
● Focus Multi Card Reader
● Focus Len Cleaning Pen
● Focus Spider Tripod
● Focus LCD Screen Protectors, Memory Wallet, Optics Cleaning Kit Set

iVUE Horizon8. iVUE Horizon 1080P HD Camera Glasses Video Recording Sport Sunglasses DVR Eyewear (1080P @ 30fps, 720P @ 60fps, Wide Angle)

List Price: $199.00
Price: $159.00
You Save: $40.00 (20%)

  • Record HD video at 1080P @ 30fps and 720P @ 60fps. Amazing 1080P video, also the 720P mode records at a higher frame rate which is perfect for fast action shots.
  • 135 degree wide angle lens provides a wider field of vision. This is perfect for recording sport activities.
  • Free 8GB memory card included. The memory is expandable and it can support up to a 32GB card. It comes with everything you need to start recording.
  • Weather & impact resistant frames | Polarized lenses | Rechargeable 550 mAH battery | Time/date stamp | Time lapse Recording | Change other video settings
  • One-touch button recording with audio tone. Glasses will alert you with audio tone when recording starts and when it stops. In addition, an indicator light on the inner right arm of the glasses will flash while recording

CaptureYourView in crisp and clear HD 1080P video with the iVUE Horizon 1080P Camera Glasses. Keep your hands free while you record all of your sporting adventures whether it be hunting, fishing, rock climbing, skateboarding, playing frisbee, or motor sports! In 720P mode the glasses record at 60 frame per second, which is perfect for capturing fast action shots with fluid motion.

The 135 degree wide angle video lens captures a wider field of vision; it can capture more of what your eye sees. The glasses feature advanced image stabilization which enables you to record action shots with nice smooth video. The glasses are tightly constructed and well built with gaskets covering the ports, making them weather resistant.

Simply press the button to start recording, and press again to stop. The glasses will alert you with an audio tone when you start/stop recording. Never worry about running out of space, the glasses record to a micro SD card (FREE 8GB card included) and can support up to a 32GB card.

The Specs
1080P/720P HD Video Recording
Frame Rate: 30fps/60fps
135 degree Wide Angle
Memory: SD Card (up to 32GB)
Noise Reduction Microphone
Battery: 550mAH (1.5 hours)
Advanced Video Stabilization
High ISO, Better low light performance
5MP CMOS Camera
Video Format: H.264 MOV
Ratio: 16:9
Audio: Stereo
Time/Date Stamp
Time Lapse Recording
Polarized Lenses

What’s in the box?
– Horizon 1080P Glasses
– FREE 8GB Card & Reader
– USB Cable
– Charging Adapter
– Hard Case
– Soft Pouch
– Clear Lenses
– Cleaning Cloth
– Manual

Midland XTC260VP3 High Definition 720p Wearable Action Camera with 2 Mounts (Black)9. Midland XTC260VP3 High Definition 720p Wearable Action Camera with 2 Mounts (Black)

List Price: $109.99
Price: $29.99
You Save: $80.00 (73%)

  • Resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30fps or 640 X 480 @ 60fps
  • Simple one switch operation
  • 140 Degree Multi Coated Tempered Glass Lens
  • Includes Waterproof case to 90 feet and Universal Mount
  • Lightweight less than 3 ounces

Whatever your activity the Midland XTC260VP3 is a great way to capture all of the action including the audio. Weighing only 3 ounces, the one button operation makes the camera very easy to use. Slide the switch forward to record, slide the switch back to end the recording. The XTC260VP3 records 30 frames per second with a resolution of 1280 x 720 or choose 60 frames per second with a resolution of 640 x 480. Capture more of the action with the 140-degree wide-angle lens. The SD card slot will accommodate up to a 32GB card (Not Included) with approximate recording times of 13 minutes per Gigabyte in 720p HD or 20 minutes per Gigabyte in the 480p mode. Easily share your videos by attaching the camera to a computer with the included mini USB cable and the download will begin, no additional software needed. The XTC260VP3 is powered by the included rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and comes with an AC Charger. The XTC260VP3 is compatible with Windows (XP SP2+, Vista, 7, 8), and MAC 10.4+.

It’s so easy with the XTC260. Never miss your shot with the XTC260VP3 Wearable Video Camera by Midland. With an easy slide button that is simply moved to the on position to start recording and switched off to stop, you can effortlessly record your outdoor adventures in 1080p HD. The Micro SD card slot will accommodate up to a 32GB card (not included) with approximate record time of 13 minutes per GB in 720p HD or 20 minutes per GB in 480p standard definition mode.

Weighing only 3 ounces, the XTC260 comes with a universal mount and a standard tripod mount is built into the camera. Also included is a submersible case that makes the camera waterproof up to 100 feet. Easily share your adventures by attaching the camera to a computer with the included mini USB cable, and download will begin – no additional software needed. Put Yourself in the Action with Midland’s XTC260 Wearable Action Camera.

Orbo NR22 Extreme10. Orbo® NR22 Extreme Sports Action Camera HD Video 4x Digital Zoom Camcorder. Up To 32GB External Memory Dashboard Dashcam – Extreme Sports Package For Hands-Free Action Recording & Waterproof Case Included.

List Price: $149.99
Price: $49.95
You Save: $100.04 (67%)

  • Internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery supporting approximate three hours of continuous use one full charge
  • Capture Full HD 720p Video, 4x digital zoom, 2-Inch LCD Display, CMOS Sensor
  • Super-Compact Size & Time/Date Stamp
  • Extreme Sports Pack for hands-free action recording includes several mounts and waterproof case
  • Capture 5 Megapixel Digital Still Images, USB 2.0 Connectivity, Windows & Mac Compatible

Features & Specification
Working Mode: Video-recording mode, picture-taking mode, vehicle mode
Waterproof: Waterproof shell that allows you to film fascinating water sports with water-resistance up to 30 meters
Image Senor: CMOS
Screen: 2″ Full Color LCD Touch Screen For Playback Video and convenient operation
Zoom: 4X digital zoom, which helps you focus on things that are far
Video Resolution: 720p HD Allows You To Shoot High Resolution Videos
Photo Resolution: Choose Your Mode–1M–3M–5M
Image Format: JPEG
Video Format: AVI With Sound From Microphone
Operate System: Support Windows 7, XP, 2000 and Vista.
Storage : Micro SD card up to 32GB
Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium battery
Interface:USB 2.0 port, TF card slot
Battery: Internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery supporting approximate three hours of continuous use on one full charge
Memory: No internal memory

Package Includes
1 x Orbo Camcorder
1 x Waterproof Case
1 x Shockproof Case
1 x Handlebar Seatpost Mount
1 x Helmet Mount
1 x Suction Cup Mount
1 x USB cable
1 x Car Charger
1 x Color Box Packaging
1 x User Manual

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Copyright 2015 Kelly Downing

Top 10 Best DVD Movies

Top 10 Best DVD Movies

1. Skyfall 6. Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job The Play
2. Pitch Perfect 7. Alex Cross DVD +
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 8. The Dark Knight Rises
4. Flight 9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
5. Taken 2 10. Marvel’s The Avengers


1. Skyfall

Skyfall Starring Daniel Craig Judi Dench Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes 2013List Price: $29.98
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Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise in history. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent Eve (Naomie Harris) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

2. Pitch Perfect

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Everyone loves musical smackdowns–and Pitch Perfect is full of great ones. Pitch Perfect is like Bring It On crossed with the Step Up movies, flavored with a heavy dose of TV’s Glee and the Straight No Chaser boys. All of this is set appealingly on a college campus, with charming actors and a very funny script that will entertain fans, truly, from 10 to 90. The plot in Pitch Perfect follows the character of college freshman Beca (a delightful Anna Kendrick) as she decides to join her school’s a cappella women’s singing group. (Unlike on Glee, where the glee club is populated with outcasts, college a cappella groups are prestigious–and hard to get into.) Fellow singers include Brittany Snow as Chloe and Alexis Knapp as Stacie, a student who’s hilariously slutty and innocent at the same time. The faculty coordinator is Anna Camp, so memorable in The Help, and here both earnest and a bit naive. There’s also a potential love story between Beca and Jesse (Skylar Astin), a member of the male group at the same school. And the script, by sometime 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, is witty, wry, and just silly enough. The rest of the time, the singing and music and routines take center stage, as everyone wants them to. Pitch Perfect is a surprisingly fresh and smart take on young adulthood, with a soundtrack that will have you cheering.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower maintains the fine tradition of movies like Running with Scissors and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist in its savvy, sensitive telling of high schoolers coming of age and coming to terms. Though it enters some dark emotional territory as freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) connects with a clique of older students, the smart sense of humor threaded throughout is as charming as the heavy stuff is powerful. Charlie enters high school with some serious yet indeterminate psychological problems that have clearly devilled him since childhood. We don’t get to know about the extent of his difficulties until the movie’s final scenes, but they’ve made it hard for him to find friends. A device that comes and goes is Charlie’s voice-over of letters he’s writing to an unknown and unnamed friend that describe the hard shell he’s kept closed around himself. It all starts to change for Charlie–mostly for the better–when he hooks up with the eccentric, iconoclastic senior Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his popular step-sister Sam (Emma Watson). The energetic duo bring Charlie into their fold of friends and introduce him to a world outside himself that is probably exactly what he wanted, even though it’s a place of loyalty, trust, and understanding that had previously been unimaginable in the small confines of his tortured head space. As with all friendships, there are rivalries, boundaries, rifts, and betrayals that ebb and flow as the school year unfolds. Charlie’s inevitable breakdown and the healing that he experiences from having been exposed to such acceptance comes full circle in a neat little package at the end. But there’s plenty of honesty, wit, and genuinely moving emotion expressed along the way. All the young actors commit fully to their well-drawn parts, especially the three leads. This may be the post-Potter role that breaks Watson free to revel in her talent, and Miller is a natural as a grown-up teenager who may have most of it figured out, even though the internal confusion he’s tried so hard to bury still rears its head now and again. Set in the early ’90s, the movie is tinged with peripheral period details that never overpower or insert themselves awkwardly into the action. Music is a big part of the characters’ lives and is equally so in the spirit of the story. The writer-director is Stephen Chbosky, who adapted his own semiautobiographical young adult novel. He does right by his audience in presenting a movie that’s fully adult and gets the little things right for anyone who is or ever was an angsty teenager embroiled in that horrible/wonderful search for self.

4. Flight

Flight Starring Denzel Washington Don Cheadle John Goodman 2013List Price: $29.99
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Few directors can meld high-tech whiz-bang with solid narrative values like Robert Zemeckis, a filmmaker whose best work (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, Cast Away) stands tall among the blockbusters. Although there have been times when Zemeckis’s insistence on pushing the special effects envelope can end up overshadowing the story being told (as in his animated version of A Christmas Carol), his innate gifts persist: when he’s in the groove, he can show you something you’ve never seen before, as well as a reason to care about it. Flight, the director’s first wholly live-action film in over a decade, serves as a reminder of just how good he can be, featuring both an exquisitely terrifying crash sequence and a fearless central performance from Denzel Washington. John Gatins’s script serves as a bizarro inversion of the Sully Sullenberger tale: when a routine flight over Atlanta goes terrifyingly wrong, the aircraft’s pilot (Washington) saves his passengers with a near-miraculous display of skill. As the investigation into the disaster begins, however, it becomes apparent that its hero’s impromptu bravery hides a multitude of bad habits. Washington does a brilliant job as a man who is all too aware of his feet of clay, subverting his innate nobility to shattering effect. (As in the earlier Training Day, when he goes to the dark side, the shock ripples the screen.) The strength of his central performance is only amplified by some outstanding supporting work from Kelly Reilly (as a recovering heroin addict), Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, and a scene-stealing John Goodman, who gets a few lines crass enough to remind you that yes, Zemeckis is the same person who once made the low-taste classic Used Cars. Impressive as the cast is, though, it’s unlikely that things would work nearly as well without the director’s grasp of the material, which shifts between horror, black comedy, and uplifting pathos without missing a beat. In his hands, this potential sap story makes for a smart, worldly addiction saga that blessedly refuses to stay within the usual melodramatic lines. Just don’t ever, ever expect to see it as the in-flight entertainment.

5. Taken 2

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Coming at a time when the action genre was dominated by shaky-cam Bourne editing shenanigans, 2008’s Taken registered as a pleasantly streamlined surprise: a straight-ahead thriller where the clean, clear style both matched and accentuated Liam Neeson’s ruthless-blunt-object force. Strangely, the sequel feels much more in line with producer Luc (The Transporter, Colombiana) Besson’s other franchises–noisy, chaotically slammed together, and in dazed thrall to its own flash. (If there’s an opportunity for a swooping helicopter shot or a fruit-cart collision, this sucker’s going to go for two.) However, even if it can’t match the impact of its predecessor, the sight of Neeson in righteous revenge mode still carries some considerably addictive juice. Set several years after the events of the first installment, the story finds Neeson’s black-ops professional losing ground with his beloved daughter (Maggie Grace), while forming a tentative rapprochement with his ex-wife (the always welcome Famke Janssen). During a working vacation in Istanbul, their family ties are sorely testing by the appearance of an army of villains with a particular score to settle. Director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3) digresses wildly from previous director Pierre Morel’s no-nonsense approach, choosing instead to revel in over-the-top implausibilities; some pleasantly goofy (two words: grenade cartography), and others just sort of baffling (the reprisal of the first film’s famous phone call comes in the middle of a fight scene, while a bunch of armed goons stand around obligingly). Still, even if the narrative rarely makes sense, Neeson keeps things from wandering too far off track, via sheer movie star presence. Craggier and somehow taller than ever, he makes for an ideal Family Man of Action: intriguingly self-contained, tender in repose, and absolutely ferocious when provoked. When he gets going, prepare to feel a little sorry for the bad guys.

6. Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job: The Play

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Tyler Perry’s new musical stage play starring the infamous Mabel Simmons or “Madea” as her fans know her. When a judge orders Madea to do 20 hours of community service at a local retirement home the residents and staff are not ready for Madea’s brand of “the truth”, but all is well that ends well when Madea helps the residence of Easy Rest Retirement Home realize the importance of family, love and forgiveness.

7. Alex Cross [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

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Having cornered the market on his signature brand of inspirational comedy, Tyler Perry makes a bid for action-movie supremacy with this grisly adaptation of author James Patterson’s most popular character. Loosely based on the 12th novel in the series (2007’s Cross), the plot follows the early days of the title character, a genius police detective/psychologist trying to clean up the mean streets of Detroit while keeping his family out of the line of fire. As he mulls over accepting a job with the FBI, he and his team are forced to match wits with a psychotic contract killer (Matthew Fox), who displays a disturbing commitment towards seeing his job through. Director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the FuriousXXX) knows this turf well, delivering an effective mix of creeping thriller sequences and go-for-broke action scenes. (Parents should be warned that the crime scenes glimpsed here push the PG-13 rating to the urpy limits and beyond.) Faced with the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Morgan Freeman (who played the character in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider), Perry does a credible job in portraying both the tender and vengeful aspects of his character, even if the script often falls into the trap of having other characters exclaiming how brilliant Cross is, rather than letting the viewers see the deductive process for themselves. Based on his first attempt, any future entries in the franchise appear to be in good hands. Ultimately, however, the other elements of Alex Cross pale in comparison to Fox, who goes all out–and then some–in giving the audience someone to hiss at. He’s shorn down to what appears to be a negative body-fat ratio, and occasionally literally froths at the mouth–and his dedication to creating a villain for the ages quickly overpowers the material. Once this freaky beanpole starts chewing the scenery, you’ll be glad that the filmmakers decided against shooting in 3-D.

8. The Dark Knight Rises (+Ultraviolet Digital Copy)

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Set eight years after the events of The Dark KnightTDK Rises finds Bruce Wayne broken in spirit and body from his moral and physical battle with the Joker. Gotham City is at peace primarily because Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent’s murder, allowing the former district attorney’s memory to remain as a crime-fighting hero rather than the lunatic destructor he became as Two-Face. But that meant Batman’s cape and cowl wound up in cold storage–perhaps for good–with only police commissioner Jim Gordon in possession of the truth. The threat that faces Gotham now is by no means new; as deployed by the intricate script that weaves themes first explored in Batman Begins, fundamental conflicts that predate his own origins are at the heart of the ultimate struggle that will leave Batman and his city either triumphant or in ashes. It is one of the movie’s greatest achievements that we really don’t know which way it will end up until its final exhilarating moments. Intricate may be an understatement in the construction of the script by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. The multilayered story includes a battle for control of Wayne Industries and the decimation of Bruce Wayne’s personal wealth; a destructive yet potentially earth-saving clean energy source; a desolate prison colony on the other side of the globe; terrorist attacks against people, property, and the world’s economic foundation; the redistribution of wealth to the 99 percent; and a virtuoso jewel thief who is identified in every way except name as Catwoman. Played with saucy fun and sexy danger by Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle is sort of the catalyst (!) for all the plot threads, especially when she whispers into Bruce’s ear at a charity ball some prescient words about a coming storm that will tear Gotham asunder. As unpredictable as it is sometimes hard to follow, the winds of this storm blow in a raft of diverse and extremely compelling new characters (including Selina Kyle) who are all part of a dance that ends with the ballet of a cataclysmic denouement. Among the new faces are Marion Cotillard as a green-energy advocate and Wayne Industries board member and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a devoted Gotham cop who may lead Nolan into a new comic book franchise. The hulking monster Bane, played by Tom Hardy with powerful confidence even under a clawlike mask, is so much more than a villain (and the toughest match yet for Batman’s prowess). Though he ends up being less important to the movie’s moral themes and can’t really match Heath Ledger’s maniacal turn as Joker, his mesmerizing swagger and presence as demonic force personified are an affecting counterpoint to the moral battle that rages within Batman himself. Christian Bale gives his most dynamic performance yet as the tortured hero, and Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Gordon), and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) all return with more gravitas and emotional weight than ever before. Then there’s the action. Punctuated by three or four magnificent set pieces, TDKR deftly mixes the cinematic process of providing information with punches of pow throughout (an airplane-to-airplane kidnap/rescue, an institutional terrorist assault and subsequent chase, and the choreographed crippling of an entire city are the above-mentioned highlights). The added impact of the movie’s extensive Imax footage ups the wow factor, all of it kinetically controlled by Nolan and his top lieutenants Wally Pfister (cinematography), Hans Zimmer (composer), Lee Smith (editor), and Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh (production designers). The best recommendation TDKR carries is that it does not leave one wanting for more. At 164 minutes, there’s plenty of nonstop dramatic enthrallment for a single sitting. More important, there’s a deep sense of satisfaction that The Dark Knight Rises leaves as the fulfilling conclusion to an absorbing saga that remains relevant, resonant, and above all thoroughly entertaining.

9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Some of the finest actors in England lend their formidable talents to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a charming fish-out-of-water yarn. The Brits, who include Evelyn (Judi Dench), Muriel (Maggie Smith), Douglas (Bill Nighy), and Graham (Tom Wilkinson), are planning retirement in a less expensive country. After “thorough research on the Internet,” the group chooses what looks to be a grand, peaceful retreat, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It turns out that the bloom is off this marigold–it’s shabby, antiquated, and as chaotic as the city in India, Jaipur, where it is set. Who can adapt to this very different retirement experience, and who founders? That question lies at the heart of the plot ofThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The cast is uniformly superb, as the retirees bond and bicker and fall out and then try to encourage one another. And Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) shines as Sonny, the barely-holding-it-together Marigold Hotel manager. Patel and Tena Desae, who plays Sunaina, his girlfriend, are charming yet face adaptation struggles of their own, in a modern-day India still tied strongly to its traditions but rapidly charging into the future. And the young Indians also seem to represent the energetic future, as the Brits represent the old world that’s fast falling. At its heart, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, deftly directed by John Madden, is an uplifting journey, allowing the viewer to feel what the retirees are discovering on the screen. When Evelyn sighs, “Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected,” Muriel crisply replies, “Most things don’t. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is most definitely the good stuff.

10. Marvel’s The Avengers

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Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengers brilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy $250 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense.

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Top 10 Best DVD Movies

Top 10 Best DVD Movies

1. Pitch Perfect 6. The Dark Knight Trilogy
2. Ted 7. Looper
3. Marvel’s The Avengers 8. Dredd
4. The Hunger Games 9. Magic Mike
5. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection 10. The Bourne Legacy


1. Pitch Perfect

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Everyone loves musical smackdowns–and Pitch Perfect is full of great ones. Pitch Perfect is like Bring It On crossed with the Step Up movies, flavored with a heavy dose of TV’s Glee and the Straight No Chaser boys. All of this is set appealingly on a college campus, with charming actors and a very funny script that will entertain fans, truly, from 10 to 90. The plot in Pitch Perfect follows the character of college freshman Beca (a delightful Anna Kendrick) as she decides to join her school’s a cappella women’s singing group. (Unlike on Glee, where the glee club is populated with outcasts, college a cappella groups are prestigious–and hard to get into.) Fellow singers include Brittany Snow as Chloe and Alexis Knapp as Stacie, a student who’s hilariously slutty and innocent at the same time. The faculty coordinator is Anna Camp, so memorable in The Help, and here both earnest and a bit naive. There’s also a potential love story between Beca and Jesse (Skylar Astin), a member of the male group at the same school. And the script, by sometime 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, is witty, wry, and just silly enough. The rest of the time, the singing and music and routines take center stage, as everyone wants them to. Pitch Perfect is a surprisingly fresh and smart take on young adulthood, with a soundtrack that will have you cheering.

2. Ted

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Anyone who’s watched Family Guy knows that its creator Seth MacFarlane has a lot of hang-ups. As outrageous as many of them are in their animated TV show forum, they get a real rundown in Ted, MacFarlane’s multi-hyphenate debut in feature films. As the director, producer, cowriter, and voice artist behind the title character, MacFarlane riffs on pop culture, drug culture, religion, sex, bodily functions, and all things ’80s with the kind of abandon that borders on offensive to pretty much anyone–if only it all weren’t so spot-on funny. Ted is an utterly believable CGI teddy bear who comes to life in the arms of a friendless 8-year-old boy named John, who quickly grows up to be Mark Wahlberg. John has made a wish that the pudgy plush be a friend for forever, a deal that they both hold on to with genuine poignancy as the years roll by. Ted grows right along with John in voice, manner, attitude, and bad habits until they’re both unmotivated layabouts who would rather do nothing more than swill beer, smoke dope, and watch the absurdly iconic ’80s movie Flash Gordon over and over again to the exclusion of most everything else in life. John has managed to pick up a girlfriend named Lori (Mila Kunis), who somehow tolerates the pair of them–at least for a little while. Eventually she’s annoyed enough with John for not putting away his childish things, thoughts, and behaviors that she demands Ted move out and let them move on as adults. Among all the conceits that Ted embraces is the fact that this fully anthropomorphized stuffed bear started life as a global celebrity sensation before everyone forgot about him. Now he’s just a blue-collar Boston nobody who sucks on a bong, chases women, and makes dirty jokes at every opportunity while nobody pays attention. This could have been a generic lowbrow buddy movie in the Judd Apatow mold, which might have been a little funny with a human slob in the Ted role. But MacFarlane brings to the remarkably expressive CGI creation an astonishing and often shocking dynamic with his voice characterization and the consistently clever situations, which whiz by in a structure that’s pretty similar to an episode of Family Guy. There are frequent non sequitur digressions and offhanded one-liners that MacFarlane could never get away with on TV. But in the raunchy, anything-goes world of Ted it’s all fair game. In addition to farts, drugs, bodily functions, and all manner of sexual
vulgarity, it’s the slams or homages to the 1980s that are the butt of many of the best zingers or recurring jokes. There are several cameo appearances that may make for delighted double takes. And Sam Jones, the star of the ill-fated Flash Gordon, plays a version of himself that makes a running gag all the more ingenious and demonstrates how far MacFarlane will go to bring comedy down to his level of hilarity. Mark Wahlberg should be commended for being game enough to participate and absolutely shows the comedy chops to make his scenes with Ted come alive. Technically the movie is a wonder as the two-foot Ted blends into the real world with complete believability even as he spouts some of
the most outrageous dialogue this side of The Hangover. Ted may be an acquired taste for those who have a dislike for MacFarlane’s comic sensibility–and there are a lot of people who do. But as a laughable lowbrow adventure that delivers virtually nonstop unexpected laughs with a little heart to back it up, Ted is a surprising comic novelty that may even win over some of the most vituperative MacFarlane haters.

3. Marvel’s The Avengers

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Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengers brilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy $250 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense.

4. The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Ultra-Violet Digital Copy]

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Building on her performance as a take-no-prisoners teenager in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence portrays heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s action-oriented adaptation of author-screenwriter Suzanne Collins’s young adult bestseller. Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest–but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be “dangerous.” Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they’re adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win. For those who haven’t read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans. It’s an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it’s hard to tell who’s doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell.

5. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection

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  • The entire Harry Potter series in one collection!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Here’s an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life Harry Potter’s world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling’s imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The second-half adventure–involving the titular sorcerer’s stone–doesn’t translate perfectly from page to screen, ultimately because of the film’s fidelity to the novel; this is a case of making a movie for the book’s fans, as opposed to a transcending film. Writer Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus keep the spooks in check, making this a true family film, and with its resourceful hero wide-eyed and ready, one can’t wait for Harry’s return. Ages 8 and up.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets First sequels are the true test of an enduring movie franchise, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets passes with flying colors. Expanding upon the lavish sets, special effects, and grand adventure of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry involves a darker, more malevolent tale (parents with younger children beware), beginning with the petrified bodies of several Hogwarts students and magical clues leading Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) to a 50-year-old mystery in the monster-laden Chamber of Secrets. House elves, squealing mandrakes, giant spiders, and venomous serpents populate this loyal adaptation (by Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steve Kloves), and Kenneth Branagh delightfully tops the supreme supporting cast as the vainglorious charlatan Gilderoy Lockhart (be sure to view past the credits for a visual punchline at Lockhart’s expense). At 161 minutes, the film suffers from lack of depth and uneven pacing, and John Williams’ score mostly reprises established themes. The young, fast-growing cast offers ample compensation, however, as does the late Richard Harris in his final screen appearance as Professor Albus Dumbledore. Brimming with cleverness, wonderment, and big-budget splendor, Chamber honors the legacy of J.K. Rowling’s novels.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Some movie-loving wizards must have cast a magic spell on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because it’s another grand slam for the Harry Potter franchise. Demonstrating remarkable versatility after the arthouse success of Y Tu Mamá También, director Alfonso Cuarón proves a perfect choice to guide Harry, Hermione, and Ron into treacherous puberty as the now 13-year-old students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry face a new and daunting challenge: Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison, and for reasons yet unknown (unless, of course, you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s book, considered by many to be the best in the series), he’s after Harry in a bid for revenge. This dark and dangerous mystery drives the action while Harry (the fast-growing Daniel Radcliffe) and his third-year Hogwarts classmates discover the flying hippogriff Buckbeak (a marvelous CGI creature), the benevolent but enigmatic Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), horrifying black-robed Dementors, sneaky Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall), and the wonderful advantage of having a Time-Turner just when you need one. The familiar Hogwarts staff returns in fine form (including the delightful Michael Gambon, replacing the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and Emma Thompson as the goggle-eyed Sybil Trelawney), and even Julie Christie joins this prestigious production for a brief but welcome cameo. Technically dazzling, fast-paced, and chock-full of Rowling’s boundless imagination (loyally adapted by ace screenwriter Steve Kloves), The Prisoner of Azkaban is a Potter-movie classic.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The latest entry in the Harry Potter saga could be retitled Fast Times at Hogwarts, where finding a date to the winter ball is nearly as terrifying as worrying about Lord Voldemort’s return. Thus, the young wizards’ entry into puberty (and discovery of the opposite sex) opens up a rich mining field to balance out the dark content in the fourth movie (and the stories are only going to get darker). Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) handily takes the directing reins and eases his young cast through awkward growth spurts into true young actors. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, more sure of himself) has his first girl crush on fellow student Cho Chang (Katie Leung), and has his first big fight with best bud Ron (Rupert Grint). Meanwhile, Ron’s underlying romantic tension with Hermione (Emma Watson) comes to a head over the winter ball, and when she makes one of those girl-into-woman Cinderella entrances, the boys’ reactions indicate they’ve all crossed a threshold. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of wizardry and action in Goblet of Fire. When the deadly Triwizard Tournament is hosted by Hogwarts, Harry finds his name mysteriously submitted (and chosen) to compete against wizards from two neighboring academies, as well as another Hogwarts student. The competition scenes are magnificently shot, with much-improved CGI effects (particularly the underwater challenge). And the climactic confrontation with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in a brilliant bit of casting) is the most thrilling yet. Goblet, the first installment to get a PG-13 rating, contains some violence as well as disturbing images for kids and some barely shrouded references at sexual awakening (Harry’s bath scene in particular). The 2 1/2-hour film, lean considering it came from a 734-page book, trims out subplots about house-elves (they’re not missed) and gives little screen time to the standard crew of the other Potter films, but adds in more of Britain’s finest actors to the cast, such as Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody and Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter. Michael Gambon, in his second round as Professor Dumbledore, still hasn’t brought audiences around to his interpretation of the role he took over after Richard Harris died, but it’s a small smudge in an otherwise spotless adaptation.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alas! The fifth Harry Potter film has arrived. The time is long past that this can be considered a simple “children’s” series–though children and adults alike will enjoy it immensely. Starting off from the dark and tragic ending of the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix begins in a somber and angst-filled tone that carries through the entire 138 minutes (the shortest of any HP movie despite being adapted from the longest book). Hopes of winning the Quidditch Cup have been replaced by woes like government corruption, distorted media spin, and the casualties of war. As the themes have matured, so have the primary characters’ acting abilities. Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and especially Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) are more convincing than ever–in roles that are more demanding. Harry is deeply traumatized from having witnessed Cedric Diggory’s murder, but he will soon find that this was just another chapter in the continuing loss he will endure. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has returned and, in an attempt to conceal this catastrophe from the wizarding public, the Ministry of Magic has teamed up with the wizard newspaper The Daily Prophet to smear young Potter and wise Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)–seemingly the only two people in the public eye who believe the Dark Lord has returned. With no one else to stand against the wicked Death Eaters, the Hogwarts headmaster is forced to revive his secret anti-Voldemort society, the Order of the Phoenix. This welcomes back characters like Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), kind Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), fatherly Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), and insidious Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), and introduces a short list of intriguing new faces. In the meantime, a semi-psychotic bureaucrat from the Ministry (brilliantly portrayed by Imelda Staunton) has seized power at Hogwarts, and Harry is forced to form a secret society of his own–lest the other young wizards at his school be left ill-equipped to defend themselves in the looming war between good and evil. In addition, Harry is filled with an inexplicable rage that only his Godfather Sirius seems to be able to understand. This film, though not as frightening as its predecessor, earns its PG-13 rating mostly because of the ever-darkening tone. As always, the loyal fans of J.K. Rowling’s books will suffer huge cuts from the original plot and character developments, but make no mistake: this is a good movie.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince The sixth installment of the Harry Potter series begins right where The Order of the Phoenix left off. The wizarding world is rocked by the news that “He Who Must Not Be Named” has truly returned, and the audience finally knows that Harry is “the Chosen One”–the only wizard who can defeat Lord Voldemort in the end. Dark forces loom around every corner, and now regularly attempt to penetrate the protected walls of Hogwarts School. This is no longer the fun and fascinating world of magic from the first few books—it’s dark, dangerous, and scary. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) to be a new Death Eater recruit on a special mission for the Dark Lord. In the meantime, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) seems to have finally removed the shroud of secrecy from Harry about the dark path that lies ahead, and instead provides private lessons to get him prepared. It’s in these intriguing scenes that the dark past of Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Voldemort) is finally revealed. The actors cast as the different young versions of Riddle (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane) do an eerily fantastic job of portraying the villain as a child. While the previous movies’ many new characters could be slightly overwhelming, only one new key character is introduced this time: Professor Horace Slughorn (with a spot-on performance by Jim Broadbent). Within his mind he holds a key secret in the battle to defeat the Dark Lord, and Harry is tasked by Dumbledore to uncover a memory about Voldemort’s darkest weapon–the Horcrux. Despite the long list of distractions, Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) still try to focus on being teenagers, and audiences will enjoy the budding awkward romances. All of the actors have developed nicely, giving their most convincing performances to date. More dramatic and significant things go down in this movie than any of its predecessors, and the stakes are higher than ever. The creators have been tasked with a practically impossible challenge, as fans of the beloved J.K. Rowling book series desperately want the movies to capture the magic of the books as closely as possible. Alas, the point at which one accepts that these two mediums are very different is the point at which one can truly enjoy these brilliant adaptations. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception: it may be the best film yet. For those who have not read the book, nail-biting entertainment is guaranteed. For those who have, the movie does it justice. The key dramatic scenes, including the cave and the shocking twist in the final chapter, are executed very well. It does a perfect job of setting up the two-part grand finale that is to follow.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is a brooding, slower-paced film than its predecessors, the result of being just one half of the final story (the last book in the series was split into two movies, released in theaters eight months apart). Because the penultimate film is all buildup before the final showdown between the teen wizard and the evil Voldemort (which does not occur until The Deathly Hallows, Part II), Part I is a road-trip movie, a heist film, a lot of exposition, and more weight on its three young leads, who up until now were sufficiently supported by a revolving door of British thesps throughout the series. Now that all the action takes place outside Hogwarts–no more Potions classes, Gryffindor scarves, or Quidditch matches–Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint (Ron) shoulder the film almost entirely on their own. After a near-fatal ambush by Voldemort’s Death Eaters, the three embark on a quest to find and destroy the remaining five horcruxes (objects that store pieces of Voldemort’s soul). Fortunately, as the story gets more grave–and parents should be warned, there are some scenes too frightening or adult for young children–so does the intensity. David Yates, who directed the Harry Potter films Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince, drags the second half a little, but right along with some of the slower moments are some touching surprises (Harry leading Hermione in a dance, the return of Dobby in a totally non-annoying way). Deathly Hallows, Part I will be the most confusing for those not familiar with the Potter lore, particularly in the shorthand way characters and terminology weave in and out. For the rest of us, though, watching these characters over the last decade and saying farewell to a few faces makes it all bittersweet that the end is near (indeed, an early scene in which Hermione casts a spell that makes her Muggle parents forget her existence, in case she doesn’t return, is particularly emotional). Despite its challenges, Deathly Hallows, Part I succeeds in what it’s most meant to do: whet your appetite for the grand conclusion to the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the film all Harry Potter fans have waited 10 years to see, and the good news is that it’s worth the hype–visually stunning, action packed, faithful to the book, and mature not just in its themes and emotion but in the acting by its cast, some of whom had spent half their lives making Harry Potter movies. Part 2 cuts right to the chase: Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has stolen the Elder Wand, one of the three objects required to give someone power over death (a.k.a. the Deathly Hallows), with the intent to hunt and kill Harry. Meanwhile, Harry’s quest to destroy the rest of the Horcruxes (each containing a bit of Voldemort’s soul) leads him first to a thrilling (and hilarious–love that Polyjuice Potion!) trip to Gringotts Bank, then back to Hogwarts, where a spectacular battle pitting the young students and professors (a showcase of the British thesps who have stolen every scene of the series: Maggie Smith’s McGonagall, Jim Broadbent’s Slughorn, David Thewlis’s Lupin) against a dark army of Dementors, ogres, and Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter, with far less crazy eyes to make this round). As predicted all throughout the saga, Harry also has his final showdown with Voldemort–neither can live while the other survives–though the physics of that predicament might need a set of crib notes to explain. But while each installment has become progressively grimmer, this finale is the most balanced between light and dark (the dark is quite dark–several familiar characters die, with one significant death particularly grisly); the humor is sprinkled in at the most welcome times, thanks to the deft adaptation by Steve Kloves (who scribed all but one of the films from J.K. Rowling’s books) and direction by four-time Potter director David Yates. The climactic kiss between Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), capping off a decade of romantic tension, is perfectly tuned to their idiosyncratic relationship, and Daniel Radcliffe has, over the last decade, certainly proven he was the right kid for the job all along. As Prof. Snape, the most perfect of casting choices in the best-cast franchise of all time, Alan Rickman breaks your heart. Only the epilogue (and the lack of chemistry between Harry and love Ginny Weasley, barely present here) stand a little shaky, but no matter: the most lucrative franchise in movie history to date has just reached its conclusion, and it’s done so without losing its soul.

6. The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises)

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  • Bonus content from all three films.

Batman Begins:

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

The Dark Knight:

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

The Dark Knight Rises:

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

7. Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a ‘looper’ – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good – until the day the mob decides to ‘close the loop,’ sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels.

8. Dredd [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

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High octane sci-fi action movie with all-out, guns-blazing, bone-crushing, explosives-laden action. Based on the popular comic book character JUDGE DREDD.

The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast lies Mega City One – a vast violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge jury and instant executioner. The ultimate Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is tasked with ridding the city of its latest scourge -a dangerous drug and the sadistic prostitute turned drug pusher who is using it to take over the city.

9. Magic Mike (DVD+UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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Academy Awardr-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) unveils the story of Mike (Channing Tatum), an entrepreneur with many talents and loads of charm. Mike spends his days pursuing the American Dream, from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture at his Tampa beach condo. But at night.he’s just magic. The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. Magic Mike features the hottest cast of the year: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn

10. The Bourne Legacy

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Sort of a sequel, not quite a reboot–The Bourne Legacy is not easy to peg as a follow-up to the original Matt Damon trilogy. Except for this: it’s a heckuva satisfying spy picture, an ingenious expansion on the Bourne universe that also meets the expectations of a multiplex title circa 2012. (Plenty of action to go with the espionage talk, in other words.) Jeremy Renner takes center stage as Aaron Cross, an agent groomed by the government program that also unleashed Jason Bourne, but with a few new wrinkles. Cross is busy training in Alaska when he’s caught in a tsunami of hurt, thus beginning a frantic search for answers that leads to a mad motorcycle chase through the streets of Manila. He picks up a partner in government doctor Marta Shearing, who is mighty confused herself after nearly being caught in a madman’s bloody rampage. She’s played by Rachel Weisz; like Renner, she lifts her character above the usual genre expectations. Kudos to writer-director Tony Gilroy, who scripted the other Bourne installments–he brings his knack for crafting intelligent, complicated stories and zingy dialogue to good use, while simultaneously announcing himself as a potential James Bond director. Two caveats: the movie’s timeline makes it slightly confusing to sort things out with the ending of The Bourne Ultimatum–at least on first viewing–and the ending itself sneaks up on us a little abruptly. But the movie’s a humdinger anyway: not exactly Bourne again, but something distinct to itself.

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Top 10 Best Wifi Cameras 2012

Top 10 Best Wifi Cameras 2012

1. Foscam Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera 6. Cisco-Linksys Wireless-N Internet Camera
2. Dropcam HD Wi-Fi Video Camera 7. Uniden Wireless Portable Security System
3. Wireless IP Pan/Tilt/Night Vision Camera 8. Defender Digital DVR Security System
4. Lorex Wireless Video Monitoring System 9. VueZone System w/2 Motion Cameras
5. ImogenStudio +Cam – Wireless Camera 10. LOFTEK Nexus Wireless/wired IP Camera


1. Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)

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  • IR-Cut filter for true color video and images
  • The IR lights can be turned off manually from the software
  • Audio quality is improved, there will be no noise when speaking into the camera
  • WPA2 Encryption Supported,Light Frequency 50 / 60 Hz or outdoor
  • Added an audio input jack which can be used with an external microphone

The Foscam FI8910W features high quality video and audio, pan/tilt, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision, embedded IR-Cut filter as well as a built in network video recording system. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (iPhone, Android & Blackberry) as well as viewable over the internet using standard web-browsers. The camera functions well as an iPhone baby monitor or as part of a home or office security system with remote internet monitoring ability. Building on the success of the Foscam FI8918W, the FI8910W is the latest camera from Foscam Digital Technologies LLC. The FI8910W distinguishes itself with an embedded IR-Cut filter providing enhanced picture and color quality. The IR-Cut filter automatically adjusts the lighting exposure via mechanical filter to provide true and accurately colored images that are not washed out. In addition, the FI8910W has an upgraded and higher quality external housing as well as an included 2 year extended warranty. Features: Remote internet monitoring from anywhere in the world over LAN or internet  Supports standard browsers; iPhone/iPad, Android & Blackberry compatible IR-Cut filter for true color video and images Two-way audio 300 degree pan, 120 degree tilt Auto IR-LED illumination lights for night vision up to 8 meters IR lights can be turned off manually from the software Audio quality is improved, there will be no noise when speaking into the camera. WPA2, WPA & WEP Internal mic as well as jack for external mic Simple to setup with a friendly graphical interface 640 x 480 Pixels (300k Pixels) Infrared Motion Detection (with email notification and image upload via FTP) Wifi IEEE 802.11b/g, Wired connection also included DDNS Multi-level user management.what’s in the box: Foscam Wireless IP Camera, Wifi Antenna, User Manual, Installation CD, Mounting Bracket, Network Cable and DC Power Supply 5v. 2 year extended warranty.

2. Dropcam HD Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera

Dropcam HD Wi Fi Wireless Video Monitoring CameraPrice: $149.99

  • Peace of Mind for your home and your baby with mobile alerts, night vision, two-way audio, and offsite DVR.
  • Fast and easy setup – online and securely streaming 720p HD video in 60 seconds.
  • Talk back and Zoom in on what you see on camera with two-way audio and digital pan and zoom.
  • Dropcam DVR – Secure offsite recording. Motion detection. Mobile alerts. Video clips. Peace of mind.
  • Your video is protected using AES 256-bit encryption, the same technology as top online banks.

Dropcam HD Internet Wi-Fi Video Monitoring Cameras help you watch what you love from anywhere. In less than a minute, you’ll have it setup and securely streaming video to you over your home Wi-Fi. Use it to watch your home, your baby, the dog, and your small business. Every camera comes with Night vision, 720p HD video, two-way audio, and Digital Pan and Zoom. Paired with secure online DVR recording, you can watch live and recorded video from anywhere on any device. Dropcam HD makes monitoring what you love and finding peace of mind easier than ever. Watch from any device such as your Apple Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android. All you need is a Wi-Fi network paired with the free and easy-to-use Dropcam App. Watch what you love while away with Dropcam HD.

3. Wireless IP Pan/Tilt/ Night Vision Internet Surveillance Camera Built-in Microphone With Phone remote monitoring support(Black)

Wireless IP Pan Tilt Night Vision Internet Surveillance Camera Built in Microphone With Phone remote monitoring supportPrice: $50.48

  • Simple installation: the installation of network cameras is very simple, only power and networks connection are needed.
  • Scope of applications: apply to home, offices, enterprises, supermarkets, schools and other public places.
  • Supporting multiple protocols: Embedded operation system supports the TCP / IP, SMTP (simple mail protocol), HTTP, UPNP, etc.
  • Alarm Monitoring: Through external alarm device, the alarm information can be sent to your e-box or your mobile phone.
  • If WIFI wireless connection is used, only power is a must.

Specs: Image Compression Format: M-JPEG standard Image Resolution: VGA(640×480) / QVGA(320×240) Sensor: 1/4 inch CMOS, 300,000 Pixels Light frequency: 50Hz, 60Hz or Outdoor Audio compression: ADPCM Data rate: 802.11b: 11Mbps (Max.), 802.11g: 54Mbps (Max.) Ethernet: One 10/100Mbps RJ-45 Viewing angle: 67? Horizontal Rotating Angle: 0~270? Vertical Rotating Angle: 0~120? Alarm Mode: motion detection alarm and I/O alarm Video Display: Microsoft Media Player Image Transfer Velocity: 30fps @ VGA Image Display: single / quad Minimum Illumination: 0LUX Video Format: AVI Network Interface: Wi-Fi/RJ-45 10-100 Base T Network Protocol: TCP/IP, FTP,SMPT, HTTP, ICMP, PPPoE Monitor Mode: Firefox Software Upgrade: Automatic upgrade Security: User management system, password protection Password Setting: administer, monitor, scrutiny Working Condition: -10?C~ 50?C , 20% – 80%PH Power Adapter: DC5V/2A 50/60Hz Operating System: Windows 2000/Windows XP/Windows 7 and Apple MAC ? Package includes: 1 x IP Camera 1 x Antenna 1 x Base 1 x Power Adapter 1 x Network Cable 1 x CD Driver Screws Review Works under both Apple MAC and Safari.

4. Lorex Wireless Video Monitoring System (LW292)

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  • Monitor your cameras and record video clips with advanced motion detection.
  • Connect the monitor to a computer to view from anywhere in the world using Skype
  • No video extension cables, no expensive installation. Place cameras indoors or outdoors. Compact all-in-one solution.
  • Monitor with confidence knowing the digital signal is secure, private, and can’t be picked up by nosey neighbors.
  • View multiple locations simultaneously! Expandable up to 4 cameras.

The Lorex LIVE SD9 Digital Wireless LCD Video Security System offers an easy plug & play video security solution for your home or small business. This system allows you to view your home on the LCD monitor or remotely from anywhere in the world on a computer or Smartphone via Skype. Have a complete digital wireless video surveillance system up and running in minutes, it’s that easy! Simply mount connect the cameras to a power source, plug in the 9-Inch LCD receiver and you’re done! Video will be recorded directly to an SD card (2 GB SD card included) providing you with both viewing and recording in an attractive, compact, space saving design. Place it on a desk, table, mount it on a wall or even under a counter. The digital wireless technology provided by the LIVE SD9 Series ensures that the system is secure and 100% interference-free. Other innovative features include intercom functionality for two-way communication between the LCD monitor and the camera, and advanced motion detection that is triggered by heat sources, such as people, animals, and an expandable system of up to 4 cameras. Video security has never been easier.

5. ImogenStudio +Cam – Wireless Network Camera for iPhone and Android

ImogenStudio Cam Wireless Network Camera for iPhone and AndroidPrice: $79.99

  • Designed for the iPhone and Android (No computer required)
  • Easy wireless video monitoring. Quickly set up the +Cam wirelessly from your phone
  • View, manage, and share your camera from anywhere in the world with Seedonk’s free service (compatible with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows)
  • Night Vision. See in complete darkness with built-in infrared LEDs. Day and Night time viewing.
  • Need additional Peace of Mind? Upgrade to Seedonk’s iSecurity+* Service to record events as they happen, securely to the cloud and get mobile notifications

+Cam is a video security accessory for your smartphone. It brings an entirely new way of securely streaming video to your iPhone or Android Device. The +Cam features easy wireless setup, anywhere access and secure cloud storage. +Cam is designed from the ground up to make intelligent video security simple, safe, and smart. Designed for the iPhone and Android – Connect your device wirelessly to the +Cam and then quickly set it up with Seedonk’s App. In minutes, you will be ready to monitor your camera securely from anywhere in the world wirelessly. Wireless video monitoring – The +Cam is built on the 802.11n wireless standard with WPA/WPA2 encryption specification, which is the current industry standard for robust, secure and high end performance wireless networks compatible with Macs, PCs, iPhone and Android. Mighty Security – +Cam takes strong measures to prevent unauthorized intrusion into your wireless camera. Unlike other network cameras, the +Cam uses smartConnect technology (powered by Seedonk) to sit protected behind your local network firewall and hidden from the public internet. Night Vision – Peace of mind in complete darkness with built-in Infrared LEDs. Connect and Share – Easily share with family and loved ones with just a few clicks. Record to the Cloud – With the optional iSecurity+ Cloud service, your camera will automatically detect and record any events as it happens remotely to the cloud and instantly alert you with a mobile app notification.

6. Cisco-Linksys Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera

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  • High-performance network camera provides a low-cost, convenient solution for remote monitoring and home security
  • Stand-alone system with a built-in CPU, Web server and multiple video format compatibility
  • Multifunctional surveillance system supports high-quality video and audio
  • Authentication process requires a user name and password set by the camera’s administrator
  • IEEE 802.3u, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Send live audio and video to a smartphone or web browser anywhere in the world! The Cisco-Linksys wireless-N internet home monitoring camera connects to your network wirelessly, and delivers a live audio/video stream to a smartphone or browser anywhere. Also captures video streams and sends email alerts with video clips upon motion detection. The Wireless-N Internet Home Monitoring Camera is designed to send live video to your home computers, or through the Internet to a web browser or smartphone anywhere in the world! This compact, self-contained unit lets you keep track of your home, your kids, your workplace — whatever’s important to you.

7. Uniden UDW10003 Wireless Video Surveillance Portable Security System

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  • 3.5-Inch color display
  • Portable LiON rechargeable battery
  • 2.4 Digital FHSS = zero interference
  • 100% privacy protection
  • Supports up to 4 cameras

The UDW10003 digital wireless surveillance system by Uniden offers security and peace of mind with the convenience of a portable monitor receiving a video camera. Included in the digital surveillance system is a portable UDWC23 camera and a colored video display. The system comes with the Uniden Security Surveillance software allowing features including smart motion detection, record scheduler, and detection sensitivity so you can have detailed playback of the footage recorded from your pc. The 3.5-inch color screen supports up to four cameras with quad playback so you can view up to four cameras at once. Other views include auto scan and individual view. Use the digital zoom and pan
capabilities to retrieve detailed information that is difficult to see under normal view. The wireless surveillance system uses 2.4 digital FHSS, which means zero interference from other devices and prevents any hacking into your system. The portable LiON rechargeable battery offers up to 4-hours of life for the camera and 8-hours for the base.

8. Defender PX301-013 Digital Wireless DVR Security System Receiver with SD Card Recording and 2 Long Range Night Vision Surveillance Cameras

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  • Digital Wireless Technology – The Phoenix 301-Series comes equipped with Digital Wireless Technology that ensures there is no messy wiring involved when setting the system up.
  • SD Card Recording – This system includes a 2GB SD card that can capture up to 350 minutes of footage and audio.
  • Long Range Night Vision – The camera comes equipped with advanced night vision and 18 infrared (IR) LEDs that let you see clearly in the dark, up to 40ft away!
  • Easily Connects to a TV – Connect your receiver to any television in your home or business with the included 6ft AV cable
  • Remote Control Access – Control your system directly from the buttons on the receiver or from a distance with the included remote control.

Defender’s PHOENIX 301 system can be used to monitor and record video and audio in any indoor or outdoor space at any time of the day. This wireless plug and play system allows for easy set up in a matter of minutes and the included 2GB SD card can record up to 350 minutes of continuous audio and video footage. The wireless, weather resistant cameras included with this system have 18 infrared LEDs that allow you to see up to 40ft away in the dark. This system includes a compact receiver that easily connects to any television in your home or business using the included A/V cable. Ideal for monitoring entrances, backyards, valuables and employees, this PHOENIX 301 system can be used in any situation you need.

9. VueZone System with 2 Indoor Motion Detection Cameras (SM2700)

VueZone System with 2 Indoor Motion Detection Cameras SM2700List Price: $299.95
Price: $249.99
You Save: $49.96 (17%)

  • Watch live streaming video while on the go.
  • Set alerts and view captured video clips.
  • Record, playback and store video clips or photos.
  • Share your live cameras and images easily across the web to friends.
  • Store your videos online for access from anywhere.
  • Pan and Zoom on live views.

VueZone personal video network with 2 VueZone indoor motion detection cameras VueZone personal video network lets you check-in anytime with wireless remote video viewing. VueZone is the easiest way to remotely view your family, your home, your business…virtually anything that’s important to you…from anywhere. VueZone is completely wire-free with no camera cables or power cords to install. There is no software to load and your VueZone cameras can be viewed from any internet browser and most smartphones. It’s really that simple. This VueZone system contains 2 VueZone indoor motion detection cameras, allowing you to receive alerts when activity occurs in front of the camera. You can also add other VueZone cameras ? as all systems support up to 15 cameras. See below for details.  Why VueZone… VueZone cameras install in minutes.Patented peel and stick magnetic mounts let you place your cameras anywhere. Receive motion activated alerts when using the new VueZone indoor motion detection camera.VueZone Mobile supports iPhone, and Android smartphones.  Just minutes from the box to live remote video viewing. Here’s all you need…everything else is in the box: A high-speed internet connection (cable or DSL)An available LAN port on your router or switchA browser (IE8+, Firefox 3+, Safari 3+, Chrome 10+) or compatible smartphone (iPhone, Android) Simple Setup Peel Peel the adhesive strip from the back of the mounting ball. An optional mounting screw is also available. Stick Position and stick the camera mount to a flat surface at the desired camera location. Position Place the camera on the magnetic mount and adjust to the desired viewing angle. The VueZone Difference Install in minutes ? no software to load, no cords to run. Place cameras anywhere ? wire-free technology lets you easily position or move cameras in seconds. Add more cameras anytime

10. LOFTEK® Nexus 543 Outdoor Wireless/wired Waterproof IP Camera 4mm Lens 36 Infrared LEDs with Night Vision. Silver

LOFTEK Nexus 543 Outdoor Wireless wired Waterproof IP Camera 4mm Lens 36 Infrared LEDs with Night Vision SilverList Price: $125.99
Price: $89.99
You Save: $36.00 (29%)

  • 36 Infrared LEDs for enhanced night vision cover a 25m area, enabling 24-hour monitoring – Automatic conversion between night and day vision
  • IP66-rated waterproof exterior for outdoor applications with high-quality video
  • Motion detection with integrated alarm recording can be sent through email or an FTP server
  • Supports all major browsers, including Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0,8.0, Firefox and Safari – Supports 802.11b/g protocol, UPNP, and DDNS
  • Compatible with Mac, Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7. Supports Mobile phone viewing, including iPhone

The Nexus 543 network camera from LOFTEK® is well-suited for surveillance applications in demanding outdoor environments. The IP66 rated exterior protects against dust, water and impact, even in the most adverse weather conditions. With 36 infrared LEDs and a precision-engineered lens, the camera delivers outstanding day/night performance and captures superior image detail even in complete darkness.

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Top 10 Best Camcorders 2012

Top 10 Best Camcorders 2012

Capture your favorite moments in HD video!

1. GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition 6. Samsung HMX-F80 HD Digital Video Camcorder
2. Sony HDR-CX260V HD Handycam Camcorder 7. Contour ROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Camcorder
3. Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD Camcorder 8. Panasonic X900MK 3MOS 3D Full HD SD Camcorder
4. Sony HDRPJ260V HD Handycam Camcorder 9. Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Camcorder
5. Panasonic HC-V500M Full HD SD Camcorder 10. JVC GZ-EX210BUS1080p HD Everio Video Camera


1. GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition

GoPro HD HERO2 Outdoor EditionList Price: $299.99
Price: $287.64
You Save: $12.35 (4%)

  • Professional 11 MP sensor,Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 and Later, Mac OS x 10.5 and Later
  • Professional low light performance,1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Full 170º, Medium 127º, Narrow 90º FOV in 1080p
  • 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p Video
  • Ten 11 MP photos per second burst, one 11 MP photo every 0.5 sec in Timelapse Mode

Born from a passion to capture your love of sport from your perspective, the HD HERO2 is a feat of engineering. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60M) and boasting an immersive 170° wide-angle lens, the HD HERO2 has ushered in a new era of image capture. Professional quality 30 fps 1080p and 60 fps 720p video, combined with 11 megapixel still photo capture that has landed magazine covers, HD HERO2 has stoked out more professional and amateur athletes, adventurers and filmmakers than any other camera in the world. GoPro gives you the ability to capture and share life’s most passionate experiences. This is your life… GoPro.

2. Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom and 16 GB Embedded Memory (Black) (2012 Model)

Sony HDR CX260V High Definition Handycam 8 9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom and 16 GB Embedded Memory 2012 ModelList Price: $549.99
Price: $369.00
You Save: $180.99

  • 8.9 megapixel still image
  • 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • 3.0 inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p Recording
  • Up to 5 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory

Create stunningly beautiful 1920x1080p Full HD video with the Sony Handycam HDR-CX260V camcorder. Take the shake out of your movies with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor provides excellent low light capabilities while the wide angle G lens lets you get more in your shot. The Sony HDR-CX260V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV** providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories

3. Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD 10x Image Stabilized Camcorder with One SDXC Card Slot and 3.0 Touch LCD

Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD 10x Image Stabilized Camcorder with One SDXC Card Slot and 3 inch Touch LCDList Price: $549.00
Price: $349.00
You Save: $200.00 (36%)

  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 10x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Newly Designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920×1080 image sensor
  • 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new GUI (graphical user interface) for easy touch control
  • AVCHD recording for the highest quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications
  • Smart AUTO with 38 predefined video capture situations including Auto Tele Macro for close-ups and shallow depth-of-field shots

Small and light with a sleek new design, the VIXIA HF M500 camcorder’s image quality is unsurpassed, thanks to the camcorder’s newly designed, professional-level Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. The high-sensitivity sensor provides outstanding resolution, better low-light performance, and beautiful, natural detail in both shadow and highlight areas. Intelligent IS and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization designed for the Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens make every scene clear and steady, and new built-in features make it easy to give your videos added creativity. Operation is fun and simple with a Flat Touch Panel LCD you’ll control with your fingertips. This camcorder has the flexibility you crave: enjoy the convenience of recording video in either AVCHD or MP4 format or to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card.

4. Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 16 GB Embedded Memory and Built-in Projector (2012 Model)

Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8 9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 16 GB Embedded Memory and Built in Projector 2012 ModelList Price: $649.99
Price: $498.00
You Save: $151.99

  • 3-inch LCD display
  • 8.9 megapixel still image; 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • Touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920×1080 Full HD Recording
  • Up to 3 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory

Create 1920x1080p Full HD video and captivate your audience with a built-in projector and stereo speakers with the HDRPJ260V Handycam camcorder. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode helps minimize camera shake and blur, even when using 55x Extended digital Zoom. Enjoy the advantage of superb low light shooting with Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor. The Sony HDRPJ260V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60i recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV** providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother. The high-contrast projector built-in to the LCD panel gives you the freedom to share your favorite memories virtually anywhere. Powerful enough to project up to a 100-inch diagonal screen, this small mobile theater packs a powerful punch. Combined with advanced Clear Phase stereo speakers, your memories will come alive for you and those you’re sharing with.

5. Panasonic HC-V500M Full HD SD Camcorder with 16GB Internal Memory (Black)

Panasonic HC V500M Full HD SD Camcorder with 16GB Internal MemoryList Price: $499.00
Price: $319.95
You Save: $179.05 (36%)

  • Full 1920x1080p HD
  • 2D to 3 D conversion
  • Intelligent 50x Zoom

The HC-V500 and HC-V500M camcorders, which are stylish, easy-to-use, compact models that take beautiful shots of distant subjects and perform superbly in dim lighting. These models feature the Advanced Highlight Playback function , which is designed for users who want to view recorded images as quickly as possible. This feature uses the I.I.S. (Intelligent Index System) to detect zooming, panning, scene changes, and faces in recorded images as “highlights.” It then automatically plays back the detected highlight scenes, or ones that the user has personally selected. It also offers playback effects such as Slow, Fading Still Image, and Flash Playback

6. Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder, Black

Samsung HMX F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video CamcorderList Price: $199.99
Price: $119.95
You Save: $80.04 (40%)

  • 1280 x 720/30p movie recording
  • 1080i upscaling with HDMI output
  • 1.9Mp still photo capture
  • Smart Auto
  • Face detection

All of the videos captured on the Samsung HMX-F80BN/XAA F80 HD Camcorder will be recorded in 720p HD Resolution through its 5 Megapixel Image Sensor. The camcorder has a 52x Optical Zoom and 130x Digital Zoom to shoot far subjects with ease. You can bring this camcorder anywhere you go since it weighs only 0.48 lbs. This Camera also takes SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards 1280 x 720/30p movie
recording 1080i upscaling with HDMI output 1.9Mp still photo capture Smart Auto Face detection

7. Contour ROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Hands-free HD Camcorder Watersport Kit

Contour ROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Hands free HD Camcorder Watersport KitList Price: $249.99
Price: $119.99
You Save: $130.00 (52%)

  • Waterproof and Buoyant
  • Easy to use – Instant On recording.
  • Fully Adjustable – the mount can be roatated 360 degrees and is easily adjustable with wet or cold hands.
  • Beautiful HD Video – ContourROAM features a 170 degree wide angle lens that captures stunning HD video or still photos.

Snag the Contour ROAM Watersports Kit and you’ll have everything you need to share your surf adventures with the world, from the waterproof housing to a full-HD POV camera. Instead of designing a camera that looks dorky, Contour kept the ROAM sleek, and rather than giving you complicated button-and-flashing-light combinations you have to translate, it made the operation simple. Slide this fully adjustable camera inside the included case, mount the case to your board and, with a flip of a single switch, this camera powers up and starts recording crisp video.

8. Panasonic X900MK 3MOS 3D Full HD SD Camcorder with 32GB Internal Memory (Black) HC-X900MK

Panasonic X900MK 3MOS 3D Full HD SD Camcorder with 32GB Internal Memory HC X900MKList Price: $1,199.99
Price: $799.00
You Save: $400.99 (33%)

  • 3MOS System Pro
  • Leica Dicomar Lens
  • Full 3D HD

The HC-X900M camcorder, which can record 1920 x 1080, 60 progressive, and builds on the success of last year’s HDC-HS900 by adding the new 3MOS System Pro to help achieve dramatic increases in performance thanks to a re-engineering of all the core imaging components: the lens, sensor and engine. Panasonic’s 3MOS System Pro is a next-generation imaging system that powers the HC-X900M to produce bright, outstanding video even under dim lighting, while also minimizing noise. Plus, with professional-like features such as a manual ring, a 5.1-channel surround sound, an advanced Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S) system called Hybrid O.I.S. +, the HC-X900M is a feature-rich camcorder with endless capabilities. For those looking to start exploring the third dimension in video, the HC-X900M can also shoot full-HD 3D (in the AVCHD 3D format) with the new optional conversion 3D lens, the VW-CLT2, which is smaller than last year’s model (VW-CLT1) and has an increased brightness from F3.2 to F2.0. In addition, the new VW-CLT2 has 1.5x digital zooming.

9. Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced Zoom

Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced ZoomList Price: $349.00
Price: $259.99
You Save: $89.01 (26%)

  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Improved Canon 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new GUI (graphical user interface) for easy touch control
  • Smart AUTO with 38 predefined video capture situations including Auto Tele Macro for close-ups and shallow depth-of-field shots
  • Cinema-Look Filters, Story Createor and 24p Cinema Mode provide a variety of professional cinematic looks and web-compatible clip options

Experience the compact, easy-to-use camcorder that captures breathtaking Full HD video while offering impressive zooming power and exciting new creative options. Superb imaging is ensured with a new, more sensitive Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Video is steady and clear even at the large end of the 51x Advanced Zoom, thanks to SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent IS. The VIXIA HF R300 is equipped with flexible features to suit your shooting and sharing needs, and a new interface makes the large Flat Touch Panel LCD simpler than ever. Record in AVCHD or MP4 format to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. And with Cinema-Look Filters and Touch Decoration, you can be sure that your videos express yourself like never before.

10. JVC GZ-EX210BUS1080p HD Everio Digital Video CameraVideo Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

JVC GZ EX210BUS1080p HD Everio Digital Video CameraVideo Camera with 3 Inch LCD ScreenList Price: $299.99
Price: $198.99
You Save: $101.00 (34%)

  • Super LoLux with Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor, Various Wi-Fi features – Live Monitoring* / Home Detection Monitoring (Auto Photo E-mail) / Video E-mail /Smartphone Linking*, Advanced Image Stabilizer, Intelligent AUTO, Time-Lapse REC, Auto REC, Zoom MIC
  • Face Recognition, Smile Meter / Smile Shot, Face Sub-Window, Animation Effect, Face Decoration / Hand Writing / Stamp Effects, Pet Detection / Pet Shot, K2 Technology for High Quality Sound, Simultaneous Full HD Video & 2M Still Shooting, Silent Mode
  • 1920×1080/60P Output, HDMI Output (Mini), KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS, Easy Upload to YouTube(TM) / Facebook (HD Compatible), 3.0″ “Frameless” Touch Panel LCD (230k), Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 4 provided (for Windows)

1/5.8-inch 1.5M pixel Back-Illuminated CMOS, 40x Optical Zoom (in High Definition) / 70x Dynamic Zoom (in Standard Definition) / 200x Digital Zoom, Memory Card Slot for SDXC/SDHC/SD, Software provided (for Windows(R)), AVCHD & Standard Definition Dual Format, 24Mbps High Bit Rate Recording

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Top 10 Best DVD Movies December 2012

Top 10 Best DVD Movies December 2012

1. Ted 6. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection
2. The Dark Knight Trilogy 7. Men in Black 3
3. The Hunger Games 2-Disc DVD 8. The Amazing Spider-Man
4. Marvel’s The Avengers 9. Magic Mike
5. The Bourne Legacy 10. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


1. Ted

Ted Starring Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg 2012List Price: $29.98
Price: $16.99
You Save: $12.99 (43%)

Anyone who’s watched Family Guy knows that its creator Seth MacFarlane has a lot of hang-ups. As outrageous as many of them are in their animated TV show forum, they get a real rundown in Ted, MacFarlane’s multi-hyphenate debut in feature films. As the director, producer, cowriter, and voice artist behind the title character, MacFarlane riffs on pop culture, drug culture, religion, sex, bodily functions, and all things ’80s with the kind of abandon that borders on offensive to pretty much anyone–if only it all weren’t so spot-on funny. Ted is an utterly believable CGI teddy bear who comes to life in the arms of a friendless 8-year-old boy named John, who quickly grows up to be Mark Wahlberg. John has made a wish that the pudgy plush be a friend for forever, a deal that they both hold on to with genuine poignancy as the years roll by. Ted grows right along with John in voice, manner, attitude, and bad habits until they’re both unmotivated layabouts who would rather do nothing more than swill beer, smoke dope, and watch the absurdly iconic ’80s movie Flash Gordon over and over again to the exclusion of most everything else in life. John has managed to pick up a girlfriend named Lori (Mila Kunis), who somehow tolerates the pair of them–at least for a little while. Eventually she’s annoyed enough with John for not putting away his childish things, thoughts, and behaviors that she demands Ted move out and let them move on as adults. Among all the conceits that Ted embraces is the fact that this fully anthropomorphized stuffed bear started life as a global celebrity sensation before everyone forgot about him. Now he’s just a blue-collar Boston nobody who sucks on a bong, chases women, and makes dirty jokes at every opportunity while nobody pays attention. This could have been a generic lowbrow buddy movie in the Judd Apatow mold, which might have been a little funny with a human slob in the Ted role. But MacFarlane brings to the remarkably expressive CGI creation an astonishing and often shocking dynamic with his voice characterization and the consistently clever situations, which whiz by in a structure that’s pretty similar to an episode of Family Guy. There are frequent non sequitur digressions and offhanded one-liners that MacFarlane could never get away with on TV. But in the raunchy, anything-goes world of Ted it’s all fair game. In addition to farts, drugs, bodily functions, and all manner of sexual
vulgarity, it’s the slams or homages to the 1980s that are the butt of many of the best zingers or recurring jokes. There are several cameo appearances that may make for delighted double takes. And Sam Jones, the star of the ill-fated Flash Gordon, plays a version of himself that makes a running gag all the more ingenious and demonstrates how far MacFarlane will go to bring comedy down to his level of hilarity. Mark Wahlberg should be commended for being game enough to participate and absolutely shows the comedy chops to make his scenes with Ted come alive. Technically the movie is a wonder as the two-foot Ted blends into the real world with complete believability even as he spouts some of
the most outrageous dialogue this side of The Hangover. Ted may be an acquired taste for those who have a dislike for MacFarlane’s comic sensibility–and there are a lot of people who do. But as a laughable lowbrow adventure that delivers virtually nonstop unexpected laughs with a little heart to back it up, Ted is a surprising comic novelty that may even win over some of the most vituperative MacFarlane haters.

2. The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises)

The Dark Knight Trilogy Batman Begins The Dark Knight The Dark Knight Rises Starring Christian Bale Michael Caine Gary Oldman 2012List Price: $38.99
Price: $17.96
You Save: $21.03 (54%)

  • Bonus content from all three films.

Batman Begins:

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

The Dark Knight:

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

The Dark Knight Rises:

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

3. The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Ultra-Violet Digital Copy]

The Hunger Games 2 Disc DVD Ultra Violet Digital Copy Starring Jennifer Lawrence Josh Hutcherson Liam Hemsworth 2012List Price: $30.98
Price: $9.99
You Save: $20.99 (68%)

Building on her performance as a take-no-prisoners teenager in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence portrays heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s action-oriented adaptation of author-screenwriter Suzanne Collins’s young adult bestseller. Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest–but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be “dangerous.” Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they’re adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win. For those who haven’t read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans. It’s an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it’s hard to tell who’s doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell.

4. Marvel’s The Avengers

Marvels The Avengers Starring Robert Downey Jr Chris Evans Mark Ruffalo 2012List Price: $29.99
Price: $19.96
You Save: $10.03 (33%)

Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengers brilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy $250 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense.

5. The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy Starring Jeremy Renner Rachel Weisz Edward Norton Joan Allen 2012List Price: $29.98
Price: $16.99
You Save: $12.99 (43%)

Sort of a sequel, not quite a reboot–The Bourne Legacy is not easy to peg as a follow-up to the original Matt Damon trilogy. Except for this: it’s a heckuva satisfying spy picture, an ingenious expansion on the Bourne universe that also meets the expectations of a multiplex title circa 2012. (Plenty of action to go with the espionage talk, in other words.) Jeremy Renner takes center stage as Aaron Cross, an agent groomed by the government program that also unleashed Jason Bourne, but with a few new wrinkles. Cross is busy training in Alaska when he’s caught in a tsunami of hurt, thus beginning a frantic search for answers that leads to a mad motorcycle chase through the streets of Manila. He picks up a partner in government doctor Marta Shearing, who is mighty confused herself after nearly being caught in a madman’s bloody rampage. She’s played by Rachel Weisz; like Renner, she lifts her character above the usual genre expectations. Kudos to writer-director Tony Gilroy, who scripted the other Bourne installments–he brings his knack for crafting intelligent, complicated stories and zingy dialogue to good use, while simultaneously announcing himself as a potential James Bond director. Two caveats: the movie’s timeline makes it slightly confusing to sort things out with the ending of The Bourne Ultimatum–at least on first viewing–and the ending itself sneaks up on us a little abruptly. But the movie’s a humdinger anyway: not exactly Bourne again, but something distinct to itself.

6. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection

Harry Potter The Complete 8 Film Collection Starring Daniel Radcliffe Rupert Grint Emma Watson 2011List Price: $78.92
Price: $33.49
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  • The entire Harry Potter series in one collection!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Here’s an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life Harry Potter’s world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling’s imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The second-half adventure–involving the titular sorcerer’s stone–doesn’t translate perfectly from page to screen, ultimately because of the film’s fidelity to the novel; this is a case of making a movie for the book’s fans, as opposed to a transcending film. Writer Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus keep the spooks in check, making this a true family film, and with its resourceful hero wide-eyed and ready, one can’t wait for Harry’s return. Ages 8 and up.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets First sequels are the true test of an enduring movie franchise, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets passes with flying colors. Expanding upon the lavish sets, special effects, and grand adventure of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry involves a darker, more malevolent tale (parents with younger children beware), beginning with the petrified bodies of several Hogwarts students and magical clues leading Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) to a 50-year-old mystery in the monster-laden Chamber of Secrets. House elves, squealing mandrakes, giant spiders, and venomous serpents populate this loyal adaptation (by Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steve Kloves), and Kenneth Branagh delightfully tops the supreme supporting cast as the vainglorious charlatan Gilderoy Lockhart (be sure to view past the credits for a visual punchline at Lockhart’s expense). At 161 minutes, the film suffers from lack of depth and uneven pacing, and John Williams’ score mostly reprises established themes. The young, fast-growing cast offers ample compensation, however, as does the late Richard Harris in his final screen appearance as Professor Albus Dumbledore. Brimming with cleverness, wonderment, and big-budget splendor, Chamber honors the legacy of J.K. Rowling’s novels.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Some movie-loving wizards must have cast a magic spell on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because it’s another grand slam for the Harry Potter franchise. Demonstrating remarkable versatility after the arthouse success of Y Tu Mamá También, director Alfonso Cuarón proves a perfect choice to guide Harry, Hermione, and Ron into treacherous puberty as the now 13-year-old students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry face a new and daunting challenge: Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison, and for reasons yet unknown (unless, of course, you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s book, considered by many to be the best in the series), he’s after Harry in a bid for revenge. This dark and dangerous mystery drives the action while Harry (the fast-growing Daniel Radcliffe) and his third-year Hogwarts classmates discover the flying hippogriff Buckbeak (a marvelous CGI creature), the benevolent but enigmatic Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), horrifying black-robed Dementors, sneaky Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall), and the wonderful advantage of having a Time-Turner just when you need one. The familiar Hogwarts staff returns in fine form (including the delightful Michael Gambon, replacing the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and Emma Thompson as the goggle-eyed Sybil Trelawney), and even Julie Christie joins this prestigious production for a brief but welcome cameo. Technically dazzling, fast-paced, and chock-full of Rowling’s boundless imagination (loyally adapted by ace screenwriter Steve Kloves), The Prisoner of Azkaban is a Potter-movie classic.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The latest entry in the Harry Potter saga could be retitled Fast Times at Hogwarts, where finding a date to the winter ball is nearly as terrifying as worrying about Lord Voldemort’s return. Thus, the young wizards’ entry into puberty (and discovery of the opposite sex) opens up a rich mining field to balance out the dark content in the fourth movie (and the stories are only going to get darker). Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) handily takes the directing reins and eases his young cast through awkward growth spurts into true young actors. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, more sure of himself) has his first girl crush on fellow student Cho Chang (Katie Leung), and has his first big fight with best bud Ron (Rupert Grint). Meanwhile, Ron’s underlying romantic tension with Hermione (Emma Watson) comes to a head over the winter ball, and when she makes one of those girl-into-woman Cinderella entrances, the boys’ reactions indicate they’ve all crossed a threshold. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of wizardry and action in Goblet of Fire. When the deadly Triwizard Tournament is hosted by Hogwarts, Harry finds his name mysteriously submitted (and chosen) to compete against wizards from two neighboring academies, as well as another Hogwarts student. The competition scenes are magnificently shot, with much-improved CGI effects (particularly the underwater challenge). And the climactic confrontation with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in a brilliant bit of casting) is the most thrilling yet. Goblet, the first installment to get a PG-13 rating, contains some violence as well as disturbing images for kids and some barely shrouded references at sexual awakening (Harry’s bath scene in particular). The 2 1/2-hour film, lean considering it came from a 734-page book, trims out subplots about house-elves (they’re not missed) and gives little screen time to the standard crew of the other Potter films, but adds in more of Britain’s finest actors to the cast, such as Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody and Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter. Michael Gambon, in his second round as Professor Dumbledore, still hasn’t brought audiences around to his interpretation of the role he took over after Richard Harris died, but it’s a small smudge in an otherwise spotless adaptation.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alas! The fifth Harry Potter film has arrived. The time is long past that this can be considered a simple “children’s” series–though children and adults alike will enjoy it immensely. Starting off from the dark and tragic ending of the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix begins in a somber and angst-filled tone that carries through the entire 138 minutes (the shortest of any HP movie despite being adapted from the longest book). Hopes of winning the Quidditch Cup have been replaced by woes like government corruption, distorted media spin, and the casualties of war. As the themes have matured, so have the primary characters’ acting abilities. Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and especially Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) are more convincing than ever–in roles that are more demanding. Harry is deeply traumatized from having witnessed Cedric Diggory’s murder, but he will soon find that this was just another chapter in the continuing loss he will endure. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has returned and, in an attempt to conceal this catastrophe from the wizarding public, the Ministry of Magic has teamed up with the wizard newspaper The Daily Prophet to smear young Potter and wise Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)–seemingly the only two people in the public eye who believe the Dark Lord has returned. With no one else to stand against the wicked Death Eaters, the Hogwarts headmaster is forced to revive his secret anti-Voldemort society, the Order of the Phoenix. This welcomes back characters like Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), kind Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), fatherly Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), and insidious Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), and introduces a short list of intriguing new faces. In the meantime, a semi-psychotic bureaucrat from the Ministry (brilliantly portrayed by Imelda Staunton) has seized power at Hogwarts, and Harry is forced to form a secret society of his own–lest the other young wizards at his school be left ill-equipped to defend themselves in the looming war between good and evil. In addition, Harry is filled with an inexplicable rage that only his Godfather Sirius seems to be able to understand. This film, though not as frightening as its predecessor, earns its PG-13 rating mostly because of the ever-darkening tone. As always, the loyal fans of J.K. Rowling’s books will suffer huge cuts from the original plot and character developments, but make no mistake: this is a good movie.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince The sixth installment of the Harry Potter series begins right where The Order of the Phoenix left off. The wizarding world is rocked by the news that “He Who Must Not Be Named” has truly returned, and the audience finally knows that Harry is “the Chosen One”–the only wizard who can defeat Lord Voldemort in the end. Dark forces loom around every corner, and now regularly attempt to penetrate the protected walls of Hogwarts School. This is no longer the fun and fascinating world of magic from the first few books—it’s dark, dangerous, and scary. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) to be a new Death Eater recruit on a special mission for the Dark Lord. In the meantime, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) seems to have finally removed the shroud of secrecy from Harry about the dark path that lies ahead, and instead provides private lessons to get him prepared. It’s in these intriguing scenes that the dark past of Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Voldemort) is finally revealed. The actors cast as the different young versions of Riddle (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane) do an eerily fantastic job of portraying the villain as a child. While the previous movies’ many new characters could be slightly overwhelming, only one new key character is introduced this time: Professor Horace Slughorn (with a spot-on performance by Jim Broadbent). Within his mind he holds a key secret in the battle to defeat the Dark Lord, and Harry is tasked by Dumbledore to uncover a memory about Voldemort’s darkest weapon–the Horcrux. Despite the long list of distractions, Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) still try to focus on being teenagers, and audiences will enjoy the budding awkward romances. All of the actors have developed nicely, giving their most convincing performances to date. More dramatic and significant things go down in this movie than any of its predecessors, and the stakes are higher than ever. The creators have been tasked with a practically impossible challenge, as fans of the beloved J.K. Rowling book series desperately want the movies to capture the magic of the books as closely as possible. Alas, the point at which one accepts that these two mediums are very different is the point at which one can truly enjoy these brilliant adaptations. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception: it may be the best film yet. For those who have not read the book, nail-biting entertainment is guaranteed. For those who have, the movie does it justice. The key dramatic scenes, including the cave and the shocking twist in the final chapter, are executed very well. It does a perfect job of setting up the two-part grand finale that is to follow.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is a brooding, slower-paced film than its predecessors, the result of being just one half of the final story (the last book in the series was split into two movies, released in theaters eight months apart). Because the penultimate film is all buildup before the final showdown between the teen wizard and the evil Voldemort (which does not occur until The Deathly Hallows, Part II), Part I is a road-trip movie, a heist film, a lot of exposition, and more weight on its three young leads, who up until now were sufficiently supported by a revolving door of British thesps throughout the series. Now that all the action takes place outside Hogwarts–no more Potions classes, Gryffindor scarves, or Quidditch matches–Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint (Ron) shoulder the film almost entirely on their own. After a near-fatal ambush by Voldemort’s Death Eaters, the three embark on a quest to find and destroy the remaining five horcruxes (objects that store pieces of Voldemort’s soul). Fortunately, as the story gets more grave–and parents should be warned, there are some scenes too frightening or adult for young children–so does the intensity. David Yates, who directed the Harry Potter films Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince, drags the second half a little, but right along with some of the slower moments are some touching surprises (Harry leading Hermione in a dance, the return of Dobby in a totally non-annoying way). Deathly Hallows, Part I will be the most confusing for those not familiar with the Potter lore, particularly in the shorthand way characters and terminology weave in and out. For the rest of us, though, watching these characters over the last decade and saying farewell to a few faces makes it all bittersweet that the end is near (indeed, an early scene in which Hermione casts a spell that makes her Muggle parents forget her existence, in case she doesn’t return, is particularly emotional). Despite its challenges, Deathly Hallows, Part I succeeds in what it’s most meant to do: whet your appetite for the grand conclusion to the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the film all Harry Potter fans have waited 10 years to see, and the good news is that it’s worth the hype–visually stunning, action packed, faithful to the book, and mature not just in its themes and emotion but in the acting by its cast, some of whom had spent half their lives making Harry Potter movies. Part 2 cuts right to the chase: Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has stolen the Elder Wand, one of the three objects required to give someone power over death (a.k.a. the Deathly Hallows), with the intent to hunt and kill Harry. Meanwhile, Harry’s quest to destroy the rest of the Horcruxes (each containing a bit of Voldemort’s soul) leads him first to a thrilling (and hilarious–love that Polyjuice Potion!) trip to Gringotts Bank, then back to Hogwarts, where a spectacular battle pitting the young students and professors (a showcase of the British thesps who have stolen every scene of the series: Maggie Smith’s McGonagall, Jim Broadbent’s Slughorn, David Thewlis’s Lupin) against a dark army of Dementors, ogres, and Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter, with far less crazy eyes to make this round). As predicted all throughout the saga, Harry also has his final showdown with Voldemort–neither can live while the other survives–though the physics of that predicament might need a set of crib notes to explain. But while each installment has become progressively grimmer, this finale is the most balanced between light and dark (the dark is quite dark–several familiar characters die, with one significant death particularly grisly); the humor is sprinkled in at the most welcome times, thanks to the deft adaptation by Steve Kloves (who scribed all but one of the films from J.K. Rowling’s books) and direction by four-time Potter director David Yates. The climactic kiss between Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), capping off a decade of romantic tension, is perfectly tuned to their idiosyncratic relationship, and Daniel Radcliffe has, over the last decade, certainly proven he was the right kid for the job all along. As Prof. Snape, the most perfect of casting choices in the best-cast franchise of all time, Alan Rickman breaks your heart. Only the epilogue (and the lack of chemistry between Harry and love Ginny Weasley, barely present here) stand a little shaky, but no matter: the most lucrative franchise in movie history to date has just reached its conclusion, and it’s done so without losing its soul.

7. Men in Black 3

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In Men in BlackT 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

8. The Amazing Spider-Man (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

9. Magic Mike (DVD+UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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Academy Awardr-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) unveils the story of Mike (Channing Tatum), an entrepreneur with many talents and loads of charm. Mike spends his days pursuing the American Dream, from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture at his Tampa beach condo. But at night.he’s just magic. The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. Magic Mike features the hottest cast of the year: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn

10. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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The good news is, Dr. Watson does get married. The bad news is, Sherlock Holmes throws his bride off a moving train. Actually, there’s even worse news than that–but all will be explained in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the sequel to Guy Ritchie’s 2009 hit. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return to their roles as Holmes and Watson, as the duo take on the world’s greatest criminal mind, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), a man whose latest scheme has global implications. Sherlockians who prefer their consulting detective to remain in a traditional mode had best look the other way, for the sequel continues Ritchie’s vision of Holmes as a hard-punching action hero hurtling through a barrage of special effects sequences. If you can go with that, A Game of Shadows actually improves on the first film: the story makes a little more sense (or possibly the whole thing moves so smoothly you don’t notice the illogic), Harris is a delicious villain, and new cast members Noomi Rapace (from the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) and Stephen Fry (playing Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, who calls his sibling “Sherlie”) add appeal. It’s all frivolous and superficial, but the film’s playful attitude and breathless forward motion are skillfully managed–and the final note adds just the right punctuation.

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Top 10 Best Sound Bars December 2012

Top 10 Best Sound Bars December 2012

Add unsurpassed high-tech soundbar audio to your HD viewing experience

1. Samsung HW-E450 Wireless AirTrack Sound Bar 6. Sony HTCT260 Sound Bar Theater System
2. Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar System 7. Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar Theater System
3. Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25 Soundbar 8. Philips SoundBar Home Cinema Speakers
4. Yamaha YAS-101BL Front Surround System 9. VIZIO VSB200 Universal HD Sound Bar
5. Maxell SSB-1 Maxsound Soundbar 10. Pinnacle Speakers S-BAR 3509 9-Element


1. Samsung HW-E450 Wireless AirTrack Sound Bar

Price: $229.99

  • Slim design matching with 40 inch TVs
  • Wireless solution with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Surround and 3D Depth sound

3D sound for your 3D viewing environment. Samsung’s sound processing technology combines its latest advancements in sound, 3D depth, and vertical and horizontal surround to deliver a more realistic 3D experience. Eliminate the need to use two cable connections. Instead, all you need is one HDMI connection between your sound bar and TV. Audio will be sent between your TV and sound bar (from connected external devices) using the same HDMI cable.

40 Inch Wireless AirTrack with built-in woofer.Total Power: 280W = 80W x 2 + 120W.What’s in the box : AudioBar (HW-E450), Wireless powered subwoofer (PS-WE450), Remote control (AH59-02434A), 2 “AAA” batteries, Wall-mount bracket, 7 inch USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end), 5′ Stereo mini-to-RCA cable, Large ferrite core, 2 Small ferrite cores, User Manual, Quick Setup Guide and Online Product Registration information.Power Consumption: Stand-by Power Consumption: 0.45W , Operating Power Consumption, Main : 25.9W / Subwoofer: 20W and Main: Single Voltage (220V) / Subwoofer: Free Voltage.Subwoofer Dimension : 6.9 x 14.3 x 11.6 Inches.

2. Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar System

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  • HDMI Repeater for simplified audio and video signal transfer
  • 3D HDMI pass-through
  • Audio Return Channel uses just one cable for TV audio
  • Power Requirements 120 V AC 60 Hz

Add room-filling sound to your TV viewing experience. This 3D sound bar delivers immersive audio without running wires across the room or setting up extra speakers, so you can complete your 3D home entertainment experience with simple, yet powerful surround sound. The HT-CT150 32″ 3D sound bar home theater system features 3D compatibility and can also be turned into your entertainment hub by connecting multiple HD or 3D devices using a single HDMI cable per device (sold separately). In addition to the latest audio decoding technology, this beautifully sleek sound bar can be easily mounted directly to select BRAVIA TVs, hung on your wall, or placed separately on a shelf.

3. Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25 Sound System with Sleek Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer (Black)

List Price: $349.99
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  • Simple one-wire hookup for analog or digital input.
  • Simple remote control learning function – no new remote!
  • Dual 1.5″ x 6″ HHRT drivers, potent 6.5″ wireless subwoofer in a vented enclosure. 150 Watts peak system power.
  • Optical digital input and Dolby Digital decoding . Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround mode for fantastic movie and TV experience
  • Inputs: 1 optical Dolby Digital, 1 RCA stereo, 1 3.5mm mini plug stereo

Adding a TVee Model 25 to a flat panel television is the easiest way to improve your viewing experience. It delivers legendary Boston Acoustics sound complimenting HD picture quality. Whether you’re watching sports, playing games, or just relaxing to your favorite playlist-TVee brings every tackle, every sound, and every note to life with clarity and impact. The TVee Model 25 is a “2.1” system consisting of a sleek sound bar and wireless subwoofer that work together seamlessly. The system packs 150-watts total power (peak) in a compact, easy to install and use system. Installation is simple, with just one cable (either digital or analog) connection between the sound bar and your TV. Just plug the subwoofer power cord in and it automatically connects wirelessly to the sound bar system. It’s just as easy to use because the TVee Model 25 doesn’t require an additional remote control. It learns the basic commands of whatever remote control you use; your TV, cable box or satellite box remote. The TVee Model 25 sounds great thanks to leading edge technology. Its optical digital input features Dolby Digital decoding and the Virtual Surround mode is Digitally Optimized for improved performance. It even has selectable Movie and Music listening modes to optimize the system for viewing or music playback. The TVee Model 25 is classic Boston Acoustics. Every component is engineered to meet the highest performance standards. Of course, performance is only one measure of value. So Boston is careful to build all its products with strict attention to everything from the choice of materials to the details of fit and finish. It’s how Boston has been exceeding the expectations of serious listeners for over thirty years.

4. Yamaha YAS-101BL Front Surround System, Piano Black

List Price: $299.95
Price: $225.00
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  • Slim, low-profile, one-body design allows positioning in front of a TV
  • AIR SURROUND XTREME delivers 7.1-channel surround sound
  • UniVolume keeps programs and commercials at the same volume level
  • Learning function enables operation from the TV remote control
  • Audio Delay Control (Lip Sync) adjusts discrepancies between picture and vocals

The Yamaha YAS-101 is a single speaker home theater Soundbar system with a built-in powerful subwoofer. With easy setup, stylish design, and luxuriously rich surround sound, this soundbar takes video enjoyment to a new level. This powerful sound bar system is designed with a focus on simplicity and elegance. This system is meant to be visually appreciated, it conveys the impression of fine Yamaha fine sound quality. Glossy and beautiful, the elegance and sophistication of the YAS-101 emanate from its polished black surface, not giving a feeling of its size and perfectly harmonizing with any interior. The front is beautifully designed with a gentle curve. This stylish one-bar speaker system provides the impressionable surround sound to fill all parts of your room.

5. Maxell SSB-1 Maxsound Soundbar Tabletop Speaker w/ Built-in Subwoofer (High Gloss Finish)

List Price: $129.99
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  • 2.1 Channel / 30w
  • Bring your movies and music to life with a built-in subwoofer and two dynamic stereo speakers
  • Ideal design for flat panel televisions – holds up to 55 lbs.
  • Use on any flat surface – no wall mounting necessary
  • Works with iPod, iPhone, iPad, TV & MP3 players

The Maxell maxsound Soundbar is a tabletop speaker with built-in subwoofer with a sleek design that works with iPod, iPhone, iPad, TV & MP3players. If your television has a headphone port, you are able to plug the soundbar into that and control the volume through the TV remote. It’s so strong that you can even set a flat screen television up to 55lbs on top of it. The soundbar can be used on any flat surface – no wall mounting is necessary. With 2.1 / 30w you can bring your movies and music to life. Package contents include AC power cable, one 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable, one 3.5mm to RCA cable, a remote control and user’s manual.

6. Sony HTCT260 Sound Bar Home Theater System

Price: $297.76

  • 2.1 Channel; 300W (85W x 2 + 130W) Sound bar
  • Wireless Subwoofer: place it anywhere in your room
  • S-Force pro front surround sound
  • Wirelessly stream music from bluetooth enabled devices
  • Perfect fit for a 40 inch or larger HDTV

Bring incredible sound and heart pounding bass to your living room. Its wireless subwoofer makes setup a breeze while built-in Bluetooth delivers easy access to your music. With a Digital Optical cable (included) it easily connects to your HDTV, and its unique design delivers an optimal sound experience no matter where it’s placed. Bring your TV experience to life with exceptional audio marked by rich, natural sound with incredible clarity and definition in a compact, stylish design.

Hexagon design allows you to easily and conveniently position the sound bar for the optimal listening experience.

Sony’s S-Force PRO FRONT SURROUND sound technology delivers a powerful surround sound effect without the need to connect multiple speakers throughout the room.

7. Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar Home Theater System with Wireless Subwoofer

List Price: $399.99
Price: $328.00
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  • 2.1 ch 400W6 simulated surround sound system for 40″ and above HDTV
  • Wireless active subwoofer for flexible placement
  • Three HDMI inputs: single-cable AV connections
  • HDMI Repeater with 3D pass-through
  • Dolby TrueHD and dts HD enhanced audio codecs

Experience powerful sound and an easy-to-place wireless subwoofer with the Sony HTCT550W 3D Sound Bar Home Theater System. Three HDMI inputs offer flexibility and future-proof with 3D pass-through. Easy operating features include BRAVIA Sync unified control and BRAVIA Widget on-screen interface with compatible Sony televisions. Also included are HDMI standby pass-through and Audio Return Channel. Powerful sound and an easy-to-place wireless subwoofer distinguish the Sony HT-CT550 sound bar. Three HDMI inputs offer flexibility and future-proof with 3D pass-through. Easy operating features include BRAVIA Sync unified control3 and BRAVIA Widget4 on-screen interface with compatible Sony televisions. HDMI standby pass-through and Audio Return Channel1 are also included.what’s in the box: Sony HT-CT550W0 40 Inch 3D Sound Bar System, Remote Control: (RM-AAU113), Receiver (STR-CT550WT), FM Wire Antenna (aerial), Operating Instructions, Subwoofer (SA-WCT550W), 8.2 feet (2.5 m) Digital Optical Cord for TV, Speaker (SS-CT550W), 4 x Speaker Foot Pads, Wireless Transceivers (EZW-RT50), 2 x AA Batteries and 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty.

8. Philips CSS2123B/F7 SoundBar Home Cinema Speakers (Pair)

List Price: $129.99
Price: $88.88
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  • 2 Dedicated Tweeters
  • DoubleBASS
  • Ultra Compact
  • Virtual Surround Sound
  • Low Profile to easily fit in front of your TV

Experience movies, sports, and TV shows in virtual surround sound with the SoundBar Home Cinema Speakers from Philips. Featuring a compact soundbar designed to sit in front of your TV and a subwoofer, this system can be used with DVD players, gaming consoles, and other devices. It also has a Music iLink jack for your iPod, iPhone, iPad, MP3 player, or laptop. Virtual surround sound technology delivers superb audio, while DoubleBASS re-creates the deepest bass tones. The SoundBar Home Cinema Speakers greatly enhance sound on your TV for any source input or content. Soundbar, subwoofer, remote control with battery, power cord, quick start guide, and warranty information. Philips CSS2123 Powerful and Compact Soundbar.Power supply: 110V, 50/60 Hz.

9. VIZIO VSB200 Universal HD Sound Bar

Price: $134.99

  • High-performance 32-bit 150MHz DSP audio engine
  • Impressive Sound Pressure Level measuring 98dB SPL max @ 1M
  • Advanced 24-bit linear PCM to PWM engine with integrated thermal, over-current, over voltage, over current protection
  • Latest virtualization and volume leveling technology from SRS Labs
  • SRS TruSurround HD virtual surround
  • DIMENSIONS ,Length: 39-5/8-Inch,Depth 4.26-Inch deep,Height: 4.67-Inch with stand, 3.69-Inch without stand
  • Latest Virtualization & Volume Leveling Technology from SRS Labs, SRS TruSurround HD virtual surround

Designed for home theater enthusiasts, this Sound Bar includes cutting edge sound technologies such as SRS TruSurroundHD for an enveloping sound experience and features such as four 3” high efficiency hand built mid/bass transducers and two 3/4” high performance aluminum dome neodymium tweeters. The VSB200 is the perfect addition to your home theater and will give you the HD sound experience you’ve always desired. Plus, the VIZIO Sound Bar boasts the lasted virtualization and volume leveling technology from SRS Labs, for bringing the ultimate in HD sound right to your home theater.

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The S-BAR 3509 is a 9-Driver slim line SPEAKER BAR ideal for 35″ & up Flat Panel TVs, with all 3 front channels, left, center and right, in 1 sleek enclosure. Non-resonant construction means you can play the speaker as loud as you wish without vibration (resonance) from the cabinet. Pinnacle was the first company to develop the SPEAKER BAR concept and continues to stand by its innovative design with a stellar 10 year warranty, the industry’s longest. Designed and manufactured in the USA. Family Owned and Operated. For over 30 years, Pinnacle Speakers has been synonymous with superior performance and value and is relied upon by thousands of professional custom home installers as their speaker of choice. Pinnacle products have been installed in millions of households and now their tradition of excellence is available directly to you. All Pinnacle speakers are designed in their state-of-the-art research facility in Massachusetts and most Pinnacle products are assembled at their factory in New York.

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Top 10 Best DVD Movies November 2012

Top 10 Best DVD Movies November 2012

1. Brave 6. The Hunger Games 2-Disc DVD
2. Secret of the Wings 7. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 8. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I
4. Marvel’s The Avengers 9. Hatfields & McCoys
5. Magic Mike 10. Moonrise Kingdom


1. Brave

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Is fate really predetermined, or can people change their destiny? Scottish princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) certainly believes that a teenager should have control over her own life. She has little patience with the conservative ideas her mother (Emma Thompson) holds about proper etiquette for girls, and even less tolerance for her kingdom’s traditions regarding the marriage of a princess. An impulsive young woman with impressive archery skills and a no-nonsense attitude, Merida throws her realm into chaos when she disregards the customary procedure for finding a suitor and then disappears into the forest in defiance of her mother’s unbending ways. In the forest, will-o’-the-wisps appear and, since Scottish legend suggests that these unearthly spirits might lead one to his or her destiny, Merida follows them to the house of a strange witch (Julie Walters) who grants her wish to change her mother. The witch’s spell takes a most unexpected form, one that promises to test not only the bond between mother and daughter, but the bonds and bravery of the entire family and kingdom. What eventually becomes clear is that fate lies within, if only one is brave enough to see it. This collaborative Pixar-Disney film features stunning animation, an engaging story, plenty of laughs, effective music, and a one-of-a-kind princess. At times, the film feels almost Ghibli-esque, especially with its floating wisps, frightening creatures, and the stark conflict between the mystical and traditional. Brave is frightening (probably too frightening for those under 10 years), fascinating, and quite compelling.

2. Secret of the Wings

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The Tinker fairies are gearing up for a new season. Ever the inquisitive fairy, Tinker Bell can’t resist a quick peek at the world of winter, even though there are strict rules against warm fairies crossing the border into the winter woods. What Tinker Bell doesn’t know is just how dangerous that crossing is for a warm fairy. Her quick visit almost costs her a broken wing, for which there is no known cure. Tinker Bell’s fascination with the strange glow that came over her wings during her winter visit causes her to plot a visit to the Keeper of all fairy knowledge for answers–never mind that he just happens to live right in the middle of the winter woods. What she discovers on her quest will change everything for Tinker Bell, not to mention threaten the entire fairy world and be an unexpected source of new wisdom for the Keeper, Queen Clarion, and the fairies on both sides of the border. As in Disney’s other Tinker Bell adventures, the animated world of Secret of the Wings is absolutely gorgeous, whether you’re watching it in 3-D or not, and Tinker Bell’s quirky mix of curiosity, innocence, and headstrong stubbornness is always entertaining. Lucy Hale, Timothy Dalton, Matt Lanter, and Debby Ryan join the star-studded voice cast as new winter fairies Periwinkle, Lord Milori, Sled, and Spike.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

4. Marvel’s The Avengers

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Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengers brilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy $250 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense.

5. Magic Mike (DVD+UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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Academy Awardr-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) unveils the story of Mike (Channing Tatum), an entrepreneur with many talents and loads of charm. Mike spends his days pursuing the American Dream, from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture at his Tampa beach condo. But at night.he’s just magic. The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. Magic Mike features the hottest cast of the year: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn

6. The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Ultra-Violet Digital Copy]

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Building on her performance as a take-no-prisoners teenager in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence portrays heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s action-oriented adaptation of author-screenwriter Suzanne Collins’s young adult bestseller. Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest–but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be “dangerous.” Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they’re adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win. For those who haven’t read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans. It’s an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it’s hard to tell who’s doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell.

7. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

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An animated rendition of Dr. Seuss’s classic book about the threat of industrialization to nature, The Lorax opens in Thneedville–a town never depicted in the original book. Thneedville is an artificial place, made primarily from plastic. It sports inflatable trees, fast cars, and air quality so poor that the residents are forced to purchase bottled fresh air. In another new twist to the story, 12-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) discovers that his crush Audrey (Taylor Swift) wants nothing more than to see a long-extinct Truffula Tree, so he sets out to impress her by finding one. Since there are no real trees in Thneedville, Ted acts on the crazy stories of his grandmother (Betty White), venturing beyond the city’s walls into the desolate wasteland to locate a mysterious creature called the Once-ler (Ed Helms). Here the story and animation begin to more closely follow the book. Ted discovers the grumpy recluse, who reluctantly begins to tell him a tale about a once-perfect landscape filled with beautiful Truffula Trees and cute frolicking animals–a landscape now decimated by one greedy young man’s insatiable appetite for profit. The beauty and wonder of the Truffula forest and its creatures are right out of Dr. Seuss’s illustrations. While the forest creatures may not be directly referred to as Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee-Swans, and Humming-Fish, the cute little bears, funny-looking ducks, and especially charming trio of singing fish are instantly recognizable. They serve, as they do in Dr. Seuss’s book, to add just the right amount of humor and levity to what would otherwise be a pretty heavy-handed message from the Lorax (Danny DeVito) about environmental preservation. Ted’s hormonal instincts to impress Audrey slowly begin to take a back seat to the plight of the lost trees and animals, and the Once-ler’s assertion that “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better” rings true by the end of the film. The abundance of original music is a nice and unexpected addition to the story, though why neither Efron nor Swift actually gets to sing is perplexing.

8. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 delivers strongly for the rabid fan base who have catapulted the young adult novel series and subsequent movie adaptations to the worldwide phenomenon that it’s become, but it alienates a broader audience with a lack of any real action. Similar to the tone of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the first film of the two-part Twilight conclusion is heavy on romance, love, and turmoil but light on fight scenes and gruesome battles. The movie doesn’t waste any time getting to the goods and opens with Bella and Edward’s much-hyped wedding scene. It works–the vows are efficient and first-time franchise director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) moves the party along quickly and amusingly with a well-edited toast scene and some surprisingly moving moments between Bella and her father, cast standout Billy Burke. The honeymoon plays as a slightly awkward soft-focus made-for-TV movie, with a lot of long moments spent staring in the mirror and some love scenes that feel at once overly intimate and completely passionless. It’s a relief when Bella retches on a bite of chicken she’s cooked herself and quickly concludes she’s pregnant with a potentially demonic baby. From bliss to horror, the Cullens return to Forks, where Bella spends the second half of the movie wasting away and Edward and Jacob are aligned in their anger and frustration over her decision. Throw in some over-the-top scenes with Jacob and his pack–including a strange showdown where the wolves communicate in their canine form by having a passionate nonverbal fight in their minds (a plot point that works much better in print, it’s portrayed in the film via aggressive voice-over)–and the film overshoots intensity and goes straight to silly. The birth scene is horrific, but not as gruesome as in the book, and by the end, Bella has of course survived, though is much altered. The final scene features a delightfully campy Michael Sheen as Volturi leader Aro and makes it clear that the action and fun in Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is ready to start. Fans will just have to wait until Part 2 to get it.

9. Hatfields & McCoys

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The legendary 19th-century battle between two West Virginia clans that came to define the term feud gets a lengthy and frequently dramatic retelling in Hatfields & McCoys, a six-hour miniseries driven by leads Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the warring family patriarchs. Both actors lend considerable gravitas to the sprawling story, which begins with Costner’s Devil Anse Hatfield going AWOL during the Civil War, setting in motion a growing animosity with former friend Randolph McCoy (Paxton) that blossoms into full-blown violence over a property dispute between the families. Bloodshed begets bloodshed, due in part to a series of miscommunications, long-simmering grievances, and acts of outright foolishness, several of which are the work of hot-blooded Hatfield relative Jim Vance (Tom Berenger). What emerges from the final work is a portrait of generational murder as a sort of Biblical virus, with the sins of the fathers wreaking untold havoc on their children, including a pair of young Hatfield-McCoy lovers (Lindsay Pulsipher and Matt Barr) whose romance considerably exacerbates tensions. The latter subplot is probably the sole weak element in the miniseries, detracting from the tragic forward momentum of the familial conflict and solid turns by all concerned, including Powers Boothe as Costner’s sage older brother and Jena Malone and the always-welcome Mare Winningham as women on the McCoy side. A major ratings hit and multiple Emmy nominee for The History Channel, which made its dramatic project debut with the miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys is a compelling historical drama for both Western fans and non-genre followers alike. The DVD includes a modest, electronic press kit-style making-of featurette as well as a music video for the song “I Know These Hills,” sung by Costner and his band, Modern West.

10. Moonrise Kingdom

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Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.

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Top 10 Best DVD Movies October 2012

Top 10 Best DVD Movies October 2012

1. Marvel’s The Avengers 6. Battleship
2. Dark Shadows 7. The Lucky One
3. The Hunger Games 2-Disc DVD 8. Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
4. Snow White and the Huntsman 9. Monumental: America’s National Treasure
5. The Cabin In The Woods 10. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


1. Marvel’s The Avengers

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Blasphemy? Perhaps. But the best thing about what may be the most rousing and well-crafted superhero movie since The Dark Knight is not the boffo action scenes that culminate in a New York City-destroying finale that rivals Michael Bay’s obliteration of the Chicago skyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. No, the real appeal of The Avengers comes from the quiet moments among a group of decidedly unquiet humans, extra-humans, mutants, and demigods. In no particular order those are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), S.H.I.E.L.D. world-government commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and indispensable functionary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). That’s a superstar lineup both in and out of character, and The Avengers brilliantly integrates the cast of ensemble egos into a story that snaps and crackles–not to mention smashes, trashes, and destroys–at breakneck pace, never sacrificing visual dazzle or hard-earned story dynamics. Writer-director Joss Whedon is no slouch when it comes to being a comic geek and he handles the heavy duty reins with efficient panache. The effects are of course spectacular. They include a monstrous flying aircraft carrier that is home base to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative; Tony Stark’s gleaming skyscraper in midtown Manhattan; off-world scenes of malignant evil; as well as blindingly apocalyptic fights and the above-mentioned showdown that leaves New York a virtual ruin. Yet it’s the deeply personal conversations and confrontations among the very reluctant team of Avengers that makes the movie pop. Full of humor, snappy dialogue, and little asides that include inside jokes, eye rolls, and personal grudge matches, the script makes these superhumans real beings with sincere passion or feelings of disillusionment. The conviction of the actors as they fully commit to their clever lines gives credibility to what comes off as more than simple banter, even during the more incredible moments among them (of which are many). The plot involves the appearance of Loki, disgraced villain and brother of Thor, who was also a key player in his eponymous movie. Loki has come to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a blue-glowing energy cube that is valuable beyond compare to forces good and evil throughout the universe. As Loki, Tom Hiddleston is supremely, yea gloriously appealing as the brilliantly wicked regal charmer who captures minds from S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to conquer Earth with the hideous army at his command. To say he is foiled is an understatement. His face-off with the Hulk is one of the giddiest moments in a movie filled with lightheaded mayhem, and is a perfect example of Whedon’s throwaway approach to translating the mythic mystique of the Marvel comics universe. Though at times deadly serious (as deadly serious as an outrageous superhero destructo/fight-fest movie can be, that is), The Avengers is best when it lightens up and lets the fun fly alongside the powerhouse punches. By the way, a single blink-and-you’ll-miss-it powerhouse punch is another moment that makes Hulk the most loveable underdog of a smashing green rage monster ever. That spirit of fun and pure adventure makes The Avengers the greatest kind of escapist Hollywood fantasy $250 million can buy. A blockbuster in the most literal sense.

2. Dark Shadows (DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy)

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The Collinses: Every Family Has Its Demons

From the wonderfully warped imagination of Tim Burton comes the story of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), a dashing aristocrat who is turned into a vampire by a jilted lover and entombed for two centuries. Emerging from his coffin into the world of 1972, he returns to his once-majestic home, only to the few dysfunctional descendants of the Collins family who remain. Determined to return his family name to its former glory, Barnabas is thwarted at every turn by his former lover – the seductive witch Angelique (Eva Green) – in this wildly imaginative” (Sam Hallenbeck, NBC-TV adventure).

3. The Hunger Games [2-Disc DVD + Ultra-Violet Digital Copy]

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Building on her performance as a take-no-prisoners teenager in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence portrays heroine Katniss Everdeen in Gary Ross’s action-oriented adaptation of author-screenwriter Suzanne Collins’s young adult bestseller. Set in a dystopian future in which the income gap is greater than ever, 24 underprivileged youth fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest–but not too much, warns Panem president Snow (Donald Sutherland), because that would be “dangerous.” Hailing from the same mining town, 16-year-olds Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right) represent District 12 with the help of escort Effie (an unrecognizable Elizabeth Banks) and mentor Haymitch (a scene-stealing Woody Harrelson). At first they’re adversaries, but a wary partnership eventually develops, though the rules stipulate that only one contestant can win. For those who haven’t read the book, the conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. Before it arrives, Ross (Pleasantville) depicts a society in which the Haves appear to have stepped out of a Dr. Seuss book and the Have-Nots look like refugees from the WPA photographs of Walker Evans. It’s an odd mix, made odder still by frenetic fight scenes where it’s hard to tell who’s doing what to whom. Fortunately, Lawrence and Hutcherson prove a sympathetic match in this crazy, mixed-up combination of Survivor, Lost, and the collected works of George Orwell.

4. Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Edition)

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Definitely not your average retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark, action-fantasy film that’s based more on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale than the well-known Disney version of the story. It features intriguing concepts, impressive special effects, and some disappointingly lackluster acting. The essence of the “Snow White” story is preserved in this recounting: the queen’s beautiful daughter Snow White, who is heir to the throne, is displaced and persecuted by an evil stepmother after her mother dies. Here, the evil stepmother Ravenna possesses a disturbing power to maintain her own perpetual youth by stealing youthfulness from the hearts of the young and beautiful, but her magic mirror warns that Snow White’s innocence and purity as she comes of age will destroy Ravenna’s chance at immortality. When Snow White escapes from the castle prison, Ravenna hires a downtrodden Huntsman to bring her back so that Ravenna can steal her youth and achieve personal immortality. But Snow White runs into a dark and sinister forest where mushrooms disperse hallucinogenic spores, trees come to life, flocks of bats spring from inanimate objects, and dwarves lurk in the shadows. The roles of the seven dwarves and the Huntsman in this version of the story prove to be quite different from the original, but what remain steadfast are Snow White’s inner strength and absolute goodness, and her stepmother’s innate evilness. This film is full of fascinating imagery that’s brought to life through powerful special effects, great costuming, and captivating cinematography–the scenes in the dark forest and the fairy-filled wilderness beyond are reason enough to see it. Unfortunately, the story moves a bit slowly and the acting by Kristen Stewart (Snow White) and Chris Hemsworth (Huntsman) is rather stoical and passionless and lacks chemistry, though Charlize Theron does stand out as a particularly disturbing Ravenna.

5. The Cabin In The Woods [DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy]

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A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?

6. Battleship

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Following the success of Transformers and G.I. Joe, Hasbro brings another of its beloved properties to the big screen, with explosive and cheerfully improbable results. The situation: Aliens splash down outside Hawaii, surrounding the islands with an impenetrable force field and wreaking havoc on the captive population. While the world outside watches helplessly, a skeleton crew of naval officers and civilians (led by Taylor Kitsch’s cocky washout and Rihanna’s weapons expert) must figure out a way to save the planet while being seriously outgunned. Director Peter Berg, whose previous films The Rundown and Hancock displayed a playful tweaking of genre conventions, keeps things surprisingly high and tight here, depicting military tactics and the chain of command with an honest respect, including casting actual combat veterans in pivotal supporting roles. While such a reverent approach is certainly admirable, it coexists uneasily with the inherent goofiness of the premise, particularly during the climactic scene where the heroes sit down in front of a grid and, yes, fire a missile at B7. (Note: Nobody actually gets to say “You sunk my battleship,” but Liam Neeson, in an extended cameo as an admiral, sure looks like he wants to.) However, while the narrative might be missing a few pieces, Berg’s film undeniably delivers the action-movie goods, staging a number of all-out combat scenes with verve and ingenuity. (Special kudos to whoever designed the main weapon of the aliens, a razor-toothed sphere of gears that chews up the scenery with a tangible sense of delight.) Audiences looking for coherence may need to keep on looking, but Battleship definitely sports the maximum number of bangs for the summer-movie buck. Bring on Kerplunk: The Motion Picture.

7. The Lucky One (DVD+UltraViolet)

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As a tourism advertisement for Louisiana, where filming took place, The Lucky One makes the most of a scenic state. As an opportunity for Zac Efron (High School Musical) to prove his acting mettle, it’s less successful. On his third tour of duty in Iraq, Efron’s Sgt. Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a pretty blonde that reads “keep safe” on the back. After a series of close scrapes, he credits his survival to the memento. Upon his release, Logan retrieves his German shepherd and sets out for North Carolina (it’s never clear how he figures that out as a destination). When he finds Beth (Taylor Schilling), who runs a kennel with her grandmother (Blythe Danner), he doesn’t know how to tell her about the picture, so he takes a job working with the dogs, and befriends her son (Riley Thomas Stewart), a chess prodigy, while inspiring jealousy in her hotheaded ex-husband, Keith (Jay R. Ferguson, who looks more like a marine than Efron). The climactic storm at the end provides the opportunity for Logan to come clean and for Keith to prove he isn’t a complete loser, allowing romance to bloom between the central couple. In drawing from the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Shine‘s Scott Hicks offers a picture-postcard romance that feels too much like a Lifetime movie. Though Efron, who made a stronger impression in Me and Orson Welles, never overacts, his recessive performance renders Logan more opaque than necessary.

8. Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt

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Jesse Stone’s involuntary retirement ends when the young sheriff who replaced him is blown up in the town police car. The loyal staffers who worked for Jesse have abandoned the department and Jesse must try to solve the case on his own.

It’s a big crime, and startling, coming in the film’s first moments amid some mindless chatter between two police officers. Stone isn’t one of them; as the story begins, he is in reluctant exile – “retirement” doesn’t seem like the right word for this fellow – with just his dog for company. But the crime leaves Paradise police chief-less, and the town string pullers ask Stone to put on the chief’s badge again to work the case. Stars Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, Robert Carradine and William Devane

9. Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure

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Monumental is the story of America’s beginnings. Presented, produced, and starring Kirk Cameron, the 90-minute true story follows this father of six across Europe and the US as he seeks to discover America’s true “national treasure” – the people, places, and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous, and generous nation the world has ever known.

10. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room… until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large – Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) – and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Around the globe, headlines break the news: a scandal takes down an Indian cotton tycoon; a Chinese opium trader dies of an apparent overdose; bombings in Strasbourg and Vienna; the death of an American steel magnate… No one sees the connective thread between these seemingly random events – no one, that is, except the great Sherlock Holmes, who has discerned a deliberate web of death and destruction. At its center sits a singularly sinister spider: Moriarty. Holmes’ investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany and finally Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead, and moving perilously close to completing his ominous plan. If he succeeds, it will not only bring him immense wealth and power but alter the course of history.

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Top 10 Best Camcorders October 2012

Top 10 Best Camcorders October 2012

Capture your favorite moments in HD video!

1. GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition 6. Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder
2. Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition  7. Toshiba Camileo H30 Full HD Camcorder
3. Panasonic HCV700MK 3D Full HD 8. Sony HDRPJ260V HD Handycam 8.9 MP
4. Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD 9. Flip UltraHD Video Camera 8 GB
5. ContourROAM Hands-free HD Camcorder 10. Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof


1. GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition

List Price: $299.99
Price: $263.06
You Save: $36.93 (12%)

  • Professional 11 MP sensor,Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 and Later, Mac OS x 10.5 and Later
  • Professional low light performance,1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Full 170º, Medium 127º, Narrow 90º FOV in 1080p
  • 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p Video
  • Ten 11 MP photos per second burst, one 11 MP photo every 0.5 sec in Timelapse Mode

Born from a passion to capture your love of sport from your perspective, the HD HERO2 is a feat of engineering. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60M) and boasting an immersive 170° wide-angle lens, the HD HERO2 has ushered in a new era of image capture. Professional quality 30 fps 1080p and 60 fps 720p video, combined with 11 megapixel still photo capture that has landed magazine covers, HD HERO2 has stoked out more professional and amateur athletes, adventurers and filmmakers than any other camera in the world. GoPro gives you the ability to capture and share life’s most passionate experiences. This is your life… GoPro.

2. Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom and 16 GB Embedded Memory (Black) (2012 Model)

Price: $434.95

  • 8.9 megapixel still image
  • 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • 3.0 inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p Recording
  • Up to 5 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory

Create stunningly beautiful 1920x1080p Full HD video with the Sony Handycam HDR-CX260V camcorder. Take the shake out of your movies with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor provides excellent low light capabilities while the wide angle G lens lets you get more in your shot.

The Sony HDR-CX260V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV** providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.

3. Panasonic HCV700MK 3D Full HD 28mm Wide Angle SD Camcorder with 16GB Internal Memory (Black)

List Price: $599.00
Price: $409.99
You Save: $189.01 (32%)

  • Full 1920x1080p HD
  • 2D to 3 D conversion
  • 28mm Wide Angle lens

The top-of-the-line 1MOS camcorders, the Panasonic’s HC-V700 and HC-V700M models, capture stunning indoor and nighttime shots, regardless of dark lighting conditions. Thanks to the High Sensitivity Sensor, which greatly improves image quality in low-light conditions, users can record crisp, bright images with minimal noise whether they are shooting in good light or in poor light. After capture, the user can view the video on an ultra-sharp 460K dot LCD with touch control.

4. Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced Zoom

List Price: $349.00
Price: $295.00
You Save: $54.00 (15%)

  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Improved Canon 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new GUI (graphical user interface) for easy touch control
  • Smart AUTO with 38 predefined video capture situations including Auto Tele Macro for close-ups and shallow depth-of-field shots
  • Cinema-Look Filters, Story Createor and 24p Cinema Mode provide a variety of professional cinematic looks and web-compatible clip options

Experience the compact, easy-to-use camcorder that captures breathtaking Full HD video while offering impressive zooming power and exciting new creative options. Superb imaging is ensured with a new, more sensitive Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and Canon’s exclusive DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Video is steady and clear even at the large end of the 51x Advanced Zoom, thanks to SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization and Intelligent IS. The VIXIA HF R300 is equipped with flexible features to suit your shooting and sharing needs, and a new interface makes the large Flat Touch Panel LCD simpler than ever. Record in AVCHD or MP4 format to a removable SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. And with Cinema-Look Filters and Touch Decoration, you can be sure that your videos express yourself like never before.

5. ContourROAM Hands-free HD Camcorder

Price: $199.00

  • Easy to use – Slide the Instant Record Swith forward and the ContourROAM powers on and starts to record immediately.
  • Waterproof and tough – ContourROAM is waterproof to one meter and built to withstand any environment.
  • Rotating lens with Laser Line – Once mounted, rotate the lens and level your shot using ContourROAM’s built in Laser Line.
  • Beautiful HD Video – Get the Full shot in 1080p HD with a wide angle lens that’s enclosed in a smooth, flush-front housing.

The ContourROAM is the ideal camera for a fun and easy experience capturing your adventures anywhere life takes you. Just slide the record switch and you’re instantly filming beautiful HD video. The award-winning design is tough, compact, waterproof to one meter, and versatile which means you can use your ContourROAM anywhere, anytime and capture all the action you want. FEATURES: Easy to Use – Shooting video should be simple and fun. With the ContourROAM, we’ve introduced one-step recording. Just slide the record switch, and you’re instantly filming. Easy as that. It’s the ideal camera for a fun, stress-free experience capturing your adventures anywhere life takes you. The ContourROAM is incredibly intuitive and easy to use, with a sleek, award-winning design and a laser that helps you level the camera and get the right shot every time. Beautiful HD Video – The ContourROAM records the action with a 170 degree super wide-angle lens, capturing all the backgrounds and peripheral moments that can be missed with a narrower field of view. Sophisticated camera technology automatically adjusts the exposure and white balance, ensuring crisp, beautiful video every time. You can choose between three different video resolutions, 720p, 960p and 1080p, or shoot 5 megapixel photos enabling you greater creative flexibility. Waterproof – No need to worry about your camera surviving your next big water adventure, the ContourROAM is waterproof to one meter. A sealed gasket protects the camera’s insides, allowing you to catch the action under water or in the rain, sleet, or snow. For full submersion sports, such as scuba diving or wakeboarding the ContourROAM Waterproof Case provides totally dryness up to 60 meters beneath the surface. Mount Up – Mud. Dirt. Snow. Rain. The places you roam can be some of the roughest places

6. Samsung HMX-H300 Full HD Camcorder with 30x Zoom (Black)

List Price: $259.00
Price: $249.99
You Save: $9.01 (3%)

  • The HMX-H300 offers premium camcorder technology that can be relied on for any situation.
  • The HMX-H300 is designed to automatically deliver stable video in crystal-clear HD.
  • With its long recording time and a battery life of three hours with built in USB charging.
  • The HMX-H300 is a camcorder which provides the best family value through its best in class.
  • A 30x zoom Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens lets the Samsung H300 shoot crisp, sharp video.

The 24mm wide angle lens offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x (90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.The Samsung H300 Long Zoom Full HD Camcorder lets you take videos with outstanding clarity in full high definition. It features a 30x zoom and optical image stabilization so you can take close video of your subjects even from afar, and a 3-inch LCD touch panel that makes video review and menu navigation easy. It also includes enhanced features like a time-lapse recording setting that lets you create a video file that speeds up the passage of time.

7. Toshiba Camileo H30 Full HD Camcorder – Silver/Black

List Price: $249.99
Price: $169.99
You Save: $80.00 (32%)

  • 1080p Full HD resolution video
  • 5x optical zoom + 4x (1x 1080p) digital zoom
  • HDMI digital AV output
  • 3.0-Inch LCD touch-screen
  • SD/SDHC card reader

With the Camileo H30 you can enjoy state-of-the-art technology with 1080p Full High Definition Video and take sharp 10MP photos. Experience high definition up close. Take pleasure with your 5x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom and video stabilization. Control recordings on the large 3-inch touch-screen LCD monitor. Master great videos with 4 different recording modes: Macro mode for close up shots, motion detection mode for surveillance, slow motion for sports, and time elapse mode. Never miss the perfect moment! The H30 takes SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB (not included). Each 32GB card will record an estimated 5 additional hours at 1080p or 12 hours at the lowest setting giving you great flexibility with recording time. The H30 also can charge with a standard USB 2.0 cable so you won’t need to bring extra cables or power adapters on your travels. At only 8oz you will hardly know you are carrying it. Share with Friends and Family. The YouTube hotkey allows you to instantly upload movies: simple use for the entire family or watch them directly on your screen with the included HDMI mini cable.

The YouTube hotkey button on the camera allows you to instantly upload movies: simple use for the entire family. You can also choose to watch your movies directly on your High Definition screen with the included HDMI cable or even convert your images to watch and store on your computer or any mobile device.

8. Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 16 GB Embedded Memory and Built-in Projector (2012 Model)

Price: $519.00

  • 3-inch LCD display
  • 8.9 megapixel still image; 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • Touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920×1080 Full HD Recording
  • Up to 3 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory

Create 1920x1080p Full HD video and captivate your audience with a built-in projector and stereo speakers with the HDRPJ260V Handycam camcorder. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode helps minimize camera shake and blur, even when using 55x Extended digital Zoom. Enjoy the advantage of superb low light shooting with Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor.

9. Flip UltraHD Video Camera – Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation)

Price: $332.69

  • Shoot up to 2 hours of better-than-ever HD video on the easy-to-use, now even slimmer UltraHD
  • Press the big red button to start capturing vibrant HD video (720p / 60fps) on the super-simple user interface
  • Keep your video steady with image stabilization, UltraHD’s newest feature
  • Connect the built-in USB arm to your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare software
  • Organize, create and share your videos with FlipShare software

The all-new Flip UltraHD video camera, now with image stabilization and a new slimmer design, combines Flip Video’s signature shoot-and-share simplicity with better-than-ever HD. Simply power on and press record to start capturing up to 2 hours of incredible HD video. When you’re done recording, just connect the flip-out USB arm to a PC or Mac and use pre-loaded FlipShare software to organize, edit and share your videos. The new UltraHD also works with Designed for Flip products, a new expanded accessory line from Flip Video and partner companies.

10. Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera – Black (2nd Generation)

List Price: $159.00
Price: $104.49
You Save: $54.51 (34%)

  • Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof up to 10 ft
  • Kodak’s Share button lets you choose your favorite sharing destination, e-mail address, or Kodak Pulse Display
  • Full 1080p HD videos and 5 MP HD stills, with auto focus
  • Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in digital image stabilization
  • On-camera editing

If you’re going to live with no limits, you need a pocket video camera that can deliver the goods in full 1080p HD. The Kodak PlaySport Video Camera is up for the challenge. We built it to take on the most extreme lifestyles with an insanely tough design – we’re talking shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 10 feet. And built-in image stabilization smoothes out even the roughest ride. Whether you’re carving up the mountain or pulling stunts in the skate park, the PlaySport is up for anything. And with a touch of the Share button, shocking your social network couldn’t be simpler. Show the world why you’re so Kodak. We dare you.

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Copyright 2012 David Masters