VUDU Takes You into a New Dimension

As some of you may have seen in the news about the big electronics show, CES, last week, we announced our entry into a whole new dimension – 3D!  3D was a huge trend at CES this year and we were able to chat about the state of the industry with our friends at USA Today, Hollywood Reporter, and Fortune among others.

We’re working with our partners to enable 3D streaming on multiple VUDU-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players so you can access the 3D content we have available now. We’re excited to announce that if you have a 3D-enabled TV hooked up to your PlayStation® 3, you can stream in 3D directly from VUDU.

So grab your 3D glasses and hang on!

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The Goonies – Now Available in HD!

The Goonies
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Richard Donner
Warner Bros.
Rated PG

The 1985 classic The Goonies is finally available in the format it always deserved to be—in HD. The epic adventure has never looked so good, thanks to a beautiful remastering done by the Warner Bros. team. In addition to this, for its 25th anniversary, Warner Bros. held a massive fan appreciation gathering in Astoria, Oregon (where the movie was filmed) featuring a tour of filming locations and guest appearances by the cast and crew. Now you can relive the greatness that is The Goonies, now available to own for under $5 or to rent on VUDU in SD, HD, and HDX.

The Goonies are a group of friends who derive their name from the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon where they live. All their families’ homes are facing foreclosure due to the expanding Astoria Country Club. Knowing they’re about to be split up across the country, they set out on one last adventure. After discovering a treasure map, they go in search of the long, lost treasure of pirate One-Eyed Willie in the hopes of using the riches to save their homes. However, their journey forces them to cross paths with the criminal family the Fratellis. Now, they must elude the Fratellis and work their way through an intricate maze of underground tunnels, caves, and booby traps in order to save their lives and their futures.

One of the major highlights of The Goonies is Dave Grusin’s iconic and memorable soundtrack. Inspired and influenced by the pirate and swashbuckler films of the 1930s and 1940s, the soundtrack emphasizes adventure, danger, mystique, and suspense. The score utilizes a full orchestra with added electronic elements. Grusin has stated he didn’t want the score to be another symphonic clone, so he added the electronic music to highlight the adventure involving children. The Goonies score has become as an unforgettable as the movie itself.

Sequel? There have been talks of a sequel to The Goonies since the movie debuted 25 years ago. All original parties are ready-and-willing to participate, but no one wants to dive into something that won’t do justice to the original. Fans have been clamoring for a sequel for equally as long, but since as it has taken so long, many now feel things should be left alone to allow The Goonies to always be remembered the way it is. One thing for sure is that the movie holds up and is as good today as it was back in 1985.

DID YOU KNOW?

Data refers to an octopus being one of the scariest things he and the Goonies encountered in their journey. As anyone who has seen the movie knows, there is no scene with an octopus. Many fans were confused by the line until it was revealed that there was a deleted scene in which Data had to fight off an octopus. The scene would have occurred just before the Goonies boarded One-Eyed Willie’s ship.

The Ultimate Question: Edward or Jacob?

HD, VUDU

Over the last two years, one question has torn apart friendships and families (while simultaneously selling a lot of t-shirts):  “Edward or Jacob?”

Beginning Dec. 4, you can make your choice! With every purchase of a physical copy of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at Walmart or walmart.com (including Movie-only DVD, the Two-Disc Special Edition, Twilight Eclipse / Destination Forks two-pack, Blu-ray Movie Only or Blu-ray Combo Pack), customers will receive an offer for a $5 movie credit on VUDU. Once again, Walmart and VUDU are joining forces to deliver an awesome value to movie lovers!

Yes, you heard correctly. You can grab the physical DVD or Blu-ray disc (so you can drool over the cover art) AND get the digital copy to stream to your VUDU enabled PS3, Blu-Ray Player, Connected TV, or computer (via Boxee) . Or, you can use your credit to stream any other available movie on the service -– including the original Twilight or The Twilight Saga: New Moon (for those of you who aren’t caught up on your romantic vampire saga viewing) or other hot new releases like Knight and Day, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, or Grown Ups. VUDU aims to provide you with the movies you want to watch, when you want to watch, without limits tied to how you got the content.

So put in your vampire teeth and join me in Forks . . . and let’s get ready for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse!

Film Review: Going the Distance

Going the Distance
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate
Director: Nanette Burstein
New Line Cinema
Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity

Going the Distance isn’t your standard cookie-cutter romantic comedy—and that’s a good thing. It’s full of adult content and language that is usually censored from romantic comedies. The inclusion of this kind of content speaks to a new generation of movie goers, and adds a new kind of realism that many couples deal with. Of course, they go to the extreme in some cases, but overall, the relationships in Going the Distance are more believable than what most films portray. Unfortunately, Going the Distance came and went from movie theaters so quickly that few people got the chance to see it, as box office results show. It’s a shame, too, because this quirky and offbeat romantic comedy is a welcome and fresh addition to the genre. Now Going the Distance is available to own on VUDU for under $10, and is available to rent in SD, HD, and HDX.

Going the Distance stars Drew Barrymore as Erin, a grad student hoping to make it in the world of print journalism. Justin Long is Garret, a talent manager at a small record label. Erin and Garret have a chance meet up at a New York area bar where they discover a mutual attraction to each other. They hook up back at Garret’s apartment, but the following morning, Erin reveals she wants to keep things casual. She’s only in New York for six weeks while she interns at a newspaper before she has to go back to school in California. However, their relationship over the next six weeks gets more serious than either of them thought it would. They are both heartbroken on the day Erin has to leave, but rather than giving up on a good thing, they agree to try a long distance relationship. With a country between them, they do everything they can to stay in touch, but each other’s respective profession keeps getting in the way of them being together. Now, they have to decide if they should take the risk of sacrificing their jobs for love.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have amazing chemistry that is reminiscent of the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan films of the 90s and the Spencer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn films of the 40s and 50s. They play off each other so well that it adds a layer of believability to their relationship. The cast and crew and both said there was a heavy amount of improvisation that went into filming the movie, but because they play off each other so well, it comes off as seamless and natural. Improvisation requires a great deal of trust for it to be convincing. Their improvisation is flawless, making their emotional highs and lows that much more impactful on the audience.

The supporting cast features up-and-coming comedy stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as Dan and Box, Garret’s best friends, as well as comedy veterans Christina Applegate and Jim Gaffigan as Corinne and Phil, Erin’s sister and brother-in-law. The scenes featuring them offer great wacky and awkward humor, including a great scene where Garret first “meets” Corinne and Phil during an amorous encounter with Erin. The scenes featuring the supporting cast may seem tangential at times, but they provide a deeper look into the lives of Garret and Erin. They also help ease (and sometimes amplify!) the anguish Garret and Erin feel when they are apart from each other.

Drew Barrymore is quickly becoming Hollywood’s go-to actress for romantic comedies. Having starred alongside a long list of A-list actors (e.g. Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates, Hugh Grant in Music and Lyrics, Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch), Barrymore has more than proven she has the comedic chops to hold her own with them. Going the Distance is further proof that Barrymore is destined for comedic greatness. Justin Long is finally getting his due as the funny leading man, having previously mostly taken supporting roles. Here’s hoping that more films featuring the tandem of Barrymore-Long are in store for the future.

DID YOU KNOW?

The indie band featured in the film, The Boxer Rebellion, is a real band based out of London. The band got the movie gig after a performance at Hollywood’s famous Troubadour club caught the attention of director Nanette Burstein. They have already promised to be in the sequel, should there be one.