Check out the VUDU $0.99 Movie of the Day – Braveheart

I’ve got some great news!  Starting today, we are going to be offering the VUDU $0.99 Movie of the Day.  Each day, we’ll offer a great movie to rent in SD, HD or HDX quality for only $0.99.  The selection changes each day, so be sure to check in often for the latest selection (or follow us on Twitter).  Once you rent the movie, you’ll still have 30 days to start watching it as always, but you can only get the special $0.99 price for that one day.

To kick things offer, we’re presenting the Mel Gibson classic Braveheart.  Nothing will get you fired up like watching Mel stick it to the English!

So, tonight enjoy Braveheart or one of the other thousands of great movies we have on VUDU

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“You Say Tomato, I Say Rotten Tomatoes”

largetoutfresh_v2 Another week, another cool feature from the VUDU team. This week: seamless integration with the world’s most popular movie review site: rottentomatoes.com. 850,000 review links, 7 million monthly visitors, rotttentomatoes.com is THE site for movie lovers, now on VUDU.

tomatoemeter No more going to your laptop to figure out which movie to watch, no more relying on a single critic review: summary reviews by dozens of the country’s most respected movie critics are available right on your VUDU movie page. From Rogert Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times to Mike Lasalle of the San Francisco Chronicle,  get the unbiased view of the leading movie critics, compare them, form an opinion, and watch a VUDU movie you will truly enjoy.

tomatoesThe whimsical fresh/rotten tomato icons capture the essence of each review and the Tomatometer collects reviews from a variety of sources (newspaper, online, magazines) and averages them into a single score you can really trust. You can sort any of your VUDU movie lists by Tomatometer score.

This feature has been consistently in the top 3 most requested VUDU feature and I am excited to be able to leverage our Internet platform to deliver fresh content from our friends at rottentomatoes. While we were at it, we redesigned the movie page to make it more interactive and more fun. It is now animated and provides key movie information without the need to navigate away from the movie page.

Enjoy your VUDU movies and tell us what you think, your input is key to planning the next set of VUDU features.

Blu-ray players just got better. It must be VUDU.

BD390_1We recently announced VUDU was going to be on the BD390, LG’s highest ranked Network Blu-ray player. This thing is a great Blu-ray player, but what we like most about the 390 is that it connects to the Internet (it even has built-in wireless). This means that as of today, you can stream the VUDU experience on-demand, right out of the box, in beautiful 1080p HDX with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, without having to leave your couch.

If you already have a BD390, you should get a software update next time you turn it on – then just sit back and enjoy some VUDU goodness.  If you don’t already have a VUDU account, check our our “New Trailers” section, where we have the latest theatrical-release trailers for free in multiple quality levels (not only are these trailers completely addictive, but they are a great way to see what quality level works best with your Internet connection).  Then go set up your account.  You’ll love it.

If you don’t have a BD390 and are thinking about grabbing a new Blu-ray player, you gotta give this one a try.  CNET rated it an 8.8, and it’s even cooler now that it has VUDU.  You don’t have to take our word for it – see what the folks at CNET and Engadget have to say.   And if you’ve tried VUDU, through the BD390 or some other device, we want to hear what you have to say as well, so leave a comment here.

Criterion Collection on VUDU

I am excited to announce that The Criterion Collection, the reference collection for cinema masterpieces, is for the first time available on a TV based streaming Internet movie service.

I am also very happy that the folks at Criterion chose to work with VUDU to make their collection available for on-demand viewing on TV’s. This is one of my all times favorite collections, a carefully selected set of the world’s best movies, painstakingly restored from the best audio and video sources by Criterion.

These timeless classics will stay with you long after you are done watching the movie. They are in many ways at the other end of the art-entertainment spectrum compared to the Hollywood blockbusters we all enjoy: most of these movies are not studio movies, they are deeply personal movies, unvarnished expressions of the director’s intent.

Frederico Fellini, James Ivory, Igmar Bergman, you may recognize some of these great cinematographer’s names, but perhaps never had the opportunity to watch one of their movies. They are now just a click away on your VUDU service!

Check these movies on Rotten Tomatoes: the “Tomatometer” rarely drops below 90% and for most of the movies it is between 95% and 100%. Yes, this is how good these movies are.

Watch them with your friends, watch them with your significant others, watch them with your kids, watch them with your parents, but watch these movies, your neurons will thank you.

Tell us about your favorite Criterion movie.  Is there a particular film that resonates with you or brings back memories?

The Thief of Bagdad Harakiri The Honeymoon Killers
Black Orpheus Harlan County USA The Horse’s Mouth
Hopscotch Heat and Dust The Red Balloon
Il Posto Juliet of the Spirits The Rules of the Game
Mon Oncle L’avventura The Shop on Main Street
Vengeance Is Mine La Pointe Courte The Spirit of the Beehive
Au Revoir Les Enfants La Strada The Vanishing
Autumn Sonata Lord of the Flies The Virgin Spring
Bombay Talkie M Thirst
Branded to Kill Maurice Walkabout
Clean, Shaven Overlord Burden of Dreams
Cleo from 5 to 7 Picnic at Hanging Rock General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait
Closely Watched Trains Quartet Lord of the Flies
Cria Cuervos… Ratcatcher The Cranes Are Flying
Divorce Italian Style Salesman Blood Wedding
Elevator to the Gallows Sans Soleil Deep Crimson
Fat Girl Shakespeare Wallah Equinox Flower
For All Mankind Sweet Movie God’s Country
General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait Sweetie Howards End
George Washington The Beales of Grey Gardens I Shot Jesse James
Grey Gardens The Cranes Are Flying Monterey Pop

Trailer Showcase: HDX to the max

We just added  a great new feature to the VUDU movie service: “New Trailers”.

You will find it under a new tab on the VUDU movie service start screen. With this new feature you can watch hot new Hollywood trailers, right on your VUDU enabled TV or Bluray player. And, as always with VUDU, it is all on-demand, all in 1080p resolution with 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

In industry parlance these trailers are pre-theatrical trailers, trailers that movie studios put out to create buzz for upcoming movies. We get these trailers as soon as they are out, and make them available in SD, HD, and HDX quality.

These high quality pre-theatrical trailers provide a great way to sample the VUDU experience without having to spend a dime, even if you do not have a VUDU account. Many of our beta users also report using the trailers to test their home bandwidth and find out which VUDU movie qualities work best with their broadband service.

A really cool feature we added by popular demand is the ability to automatically watch the trailers in sequence, essentially creating a “nothing but trailers” movie. Trailers are an art form in their own right, enjoy them now in their full glory… in HDX.