Discs and downloads

Discs and downloads

2009's Bestselling Music, Movies and Games - how, where and what did the UK buy last year?

Clare Newsome Fri, 26 Mar 2010, 6:20pm

 We're a nation with 20 million MP3 players, but that still buys 80% of its music on disc; a country that delights in war games yet has a soft spot for Susan Boyle. The UK also hasn't gone bonkers for Blu-ray but remains keen for a DVD ...

Look! Listen! Vibrate! Enjoy

Chris Gilson Thu, 18 Feb 2010, 1:06pm

 Where the Action Is: La Nuggets 1965-1968First, the earth cooled. Then, the Beatles went to America. And after they came back (and went again several times), others followed en-masse creating what rapidly became known as ‘the British ...

Up - Blu-ray review

Andy Kerr Tue, 9 Feb 2010, 4:40pm

 The first Pixar movies were aimed at kids, but proffered enough wit to keep adult viewers amused, too. The studio’s later films have turned that credo on its head, weaving distinctly grown-up themes – love, relationships, the very meaning ...

Folk is (still) not a four-letter word

Chris Gilson Mon, 8 Feb 2010, 3:46pm

After years of being passed over for the glossiness of other genres, folk is now starting to make a resurgence – and not before time too. Not so long ago, the popular perception of folk music was your archetypal arran-sweatered, bewhiskered ...

It Might Get Loud - Blu-ray review

Andy Kerr Fri, 15 Jan 2010, 11:29pm

Rock documentary. Be honest: the next words that entered your head were ‘This is Spinal Tap’, right? Yet, helmed by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim, It Might Get Loud couldn’t be further removed from Rob Reiner’s majestic spoof. ...

The Taking of Pelham 123 - Blu-ray review

Tom Parsons Fri, 8 Jan 2010, 12:04am

  The Taking of Pelham 123 is a movie with all the right ingredients: action movie stalwart Tony Scott directing Denzel Washington and John Travolta as they square up against each other as deal-maker and hostage-taker in the remake of a ...

The Hurt Locker - Blu-ray review

Andy Kerr Tue, 5 Jan 2010, 3:00pm

 How ironic that amidst all the sound and fury of Hollywood’s high-concept, effects-heavy summer outpourings, Kathryn Bigelow’s comparatively low-budget war movie should deliver some of the most profound thrills we’ve experienced in modern ...

District 9 - Blu-ray review

Clare Newsome Tue, 22 Dec 2009, 3:25pm

Neill Blomkamp’s genius, and the secret of District 9’s appeal, lies in simplicity. The screenplay, which he co-wrote, isn’t hugely original: many of its key plot devices have been used before, most notably in James Caan’s 1988 sci-fi ...

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Our Top 10 comedy Blu-rays

Andy Clough Wed, 2 Dec 2009, 2:06pm

Fancy a laugh this Christmas? Then read our reviews and take your pick from our Top 10 comedy Blu-ray discs. No.1: HOT FUZZ (2007)Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's smart copper-com is just as funny as Shaun of the Dead, and has the crystal-clear ...

Our Top 10 Blu-ray action films

Andy Clough Mon, 30 Nov 2009, 12:33pm

There's a fantastic selection of action movies now available on Blu-ray, so if you want to give your home cinema system a real workout, choose from one of our Top 10 action films. No.1: The Dark Knight (2008)Chris Nolan's brooding Caped ...