Discs and downloads

Discs and downloads

Is this the end for your CD collection?

Andy Kerr Thu, 4 Jun 2009, 5:33pm

Digital music is here to stay - and it's coming of age. With more ways than ever to acquire and listen to your favourite tunes online, does the industry think the writing's on the wall for CDs?After the chaos of the late 1990s and early 2000s, ...

How the internet transformed music

Andy Kerr Thu, 4 Jun 2009, 4:50pm

Now that so much music is available online, more people than ever are listening - but piracy is still a threat to the industry, and its performers. So, how can we get our tunes legitimately? Every so often, an event occurs that changes ...

GAME REVIEW: UFC 2009 Undisputed

Jamie Ewbank Wed, 20 May 2009, 12:44pm

The sport of mixed martial arts has fewer rules than most boardgames, a fact which goes a long way towards explaining why UFC 2009 Undisputed is such an unnerving game to play: in its attempt to capture the no-holds-barred nature of the sport it ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Defiance

Jamie Ewbank Fri, 15 May 2009, 12:08pm

Arriving on Blu-ray on May the 18th, Defiance is director Edward Zwick’s follow up to the Oscar nominated  Blood Diamond and recounts the true story of the Bielski partisans, a community of Jewish resistance fighters hiding in the ...

From one extreme to the other: Max Payne and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Jamie Ewbank Thu, 16 Apr 2009, 12:09pm

It’s been a mixed week for The Leisure Lab’s reviews, with Max Payne on Blu-ray earning itself a paltry one star, while It’s Blitz, the third studio album from New York art punks Yeah Yeah Yeahs has earned itself a five star rating.While the ...

Twilight, Madworld and more...

Jamie Ewbank Wed, 8 Apr 2009, 12:02pm

Probably the hottest movie release of the week if you're looking to keep teenagers entertained over Easter, Twilight is an angsty teen movie  featuring clumsy girls, hunky vampires and some lush cinematography. Sadly, its also po-faced and ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Changeling

Jamie Ewbank Tue, 31 Mar 2009, 11:47am

Suffering through the kidnap of her son and the return of a boy she’s convinced isn’t hers, Angelina Jolie gives an impressive performance in director Clint Eastwood’s latest drama, Changeling.The Blu-ray presentation of Changeling preserves the ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Quantum of Solace

Jamie Ewbank Mon, 23 Mar 2009, 12:25pm

Much has been made of the slightly disjointed feel of Bond’s 22nd outing, Quantum of Solace, and while a glossy blu-ray presentation can’t do anything to fix the mid-trilogy feel of the film, it does bring the action and excitement to the fore, ...

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Quarantine

Jamie Ewbank Thu, 19 Mar 2009, 12:15pm

Quarantine’s arrival on Blu-ray represents a clash of medium and message, in which a deliberately lo-fi, horror movie is presented on a format better suited to far slicker productions.The Blu-ray presentation is the mixed bag you’d expect, a ...

Resident Evil 5 – the wrong kind of fearless

Jamie Ewbank Tue, 10 Mar 2009, 11:52am

We’ve finished our first run through the gorgeous Resident Evil 5 and while we’ve loved every action-packed second it has to be said there’s something missing: the chills.Even when the last instalment, Resi 4, opted for more action and less ...