Merry Christmas 2008

Christmas has come and gone and I am a year older. Unlike the Christmas I’ve celebrated in the past, it’s been 2 years in a row that I wasn’t in the Philippines. It such a different way of celebrating there. I feel it’s more festive and fun especially with Abby’s family. I just buy a lot of toys for myself to fill in the gaps.

This year I decided to jump in to the Blu-ray world. I’ve been trying to decide between getting a PS3 or a stand-alone player. I ended up getting a Sony BDP-S350 a couple of weeks ago. Spending the extra $ for a PS3 didn’t make sense since I won’t be playing any games. I did however like the wireless connection but it isn’t worth the price difference. This player is great and the quality of Blu-ray is phenomenal. So during the past week I’ve been buying a lot of movies on DVD and BD. Here’s a list of stuff I recently got.

  • The Wire: Complete Series (DVD)
  • Voltron: Volume 6 (DVD)
  • House of Flying Dragon (BD)
  • The Road Warrior (BD)
  • The Clone Wars (BD)
  • Charles In Charge: Season 1 (DVD)
  • Eagle Eye (BD) – I picked this up today at Best Buy. It was advertised to be released on December 30th. I don’t know why they had it for sale along with Resident Evil: Degeneration.
  • 3:10 To Yuma (BD)
  • Rambo (BD) – The newer one
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (BD)
  • Cloverfield (BD)
  • Sleepy Hollow (BD)
  • The Italian Job (BD)
  • Shooter (BD)
  • The Dark Knight (BD)
  • Hancock (BD)

If you haven’t seen a good demo of Blu-ray, I highly suggest you look for one. Most of the store demos I’ve seen were using TVs that didn’t have a good Hz. I noticed certain parts of the movie (usually when there’s a lot of rapid movement) speed up and slow down. I asked a store associate at Best Buy about it and they told me it had something to do with the TV’s refresh rate. Not sure if this is true but it sound like it made sense – I mean I’m noHDTV expert. Also, don’t bother with the expensive HDMI (HDTV is worthless if you don’t connect using this) cables. I picked one up from Fry’s – 10ft v1.3B for $20 – elsewhere they’ll run at least $8. It works fine.

I just want to thank my mom and mommy (Abby’s mom) for hooking me up with most of those movies. Abby also got me another pair of Wallabees (brown suede ones) – very nice.

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