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Speck Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note10 with Microban
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Speck Announces Line of Protective Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ with MicrobanSpeck has announced its new line of cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+. The assortment of slim and protective cases includes Presidio PRO, Presidio STAY CLEAR, Presidio GRIP, and Presidio V-GRIP. Speck is continually innovating and looking to offer better solutions for smartphone users. As part of this innovation, all Speck Presidio cases now have a higher level of durability and offer drop protection of up to 13 feet. Additionally, for the first time, the full assortment of Speck cases for Note10 and Note10+ include Microban® antimicrobial technology.

Microban is the global leader in antimicrobial technology and when their treatment is integrated into Speck's cases it inhibits the growth of hostile bacteria that cause stains and odors. It gives consumers peace of mind that their phone case is cleaner beyond what is visible to the naked eye by targeting the invisible microbes that contaminate surfaces. Working continuously, Microban technology has been proven effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria to fight growth 24/7...

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AI for Games, 3rd Edition
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AI for Games, 3rd Edition from CRC PressCRC Press has published AI for Games, 3rd Edition.

AI is an integral part of every video game. This book helps professionals keep up with the constantly evolving technological advances in the fast growing game industry and equips students with up-to-date information they need to jumpstart their careers.

This revised and updated Third Edition includes new techniques, algorithms, data structures and representations needed to create powerful AI in games. The companion website includes downloadable and executable source code that will be regularly updated by the author.

Key Features include:...

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Disney's Sleeping Beauty: Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray
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Disney's Sleeping Beauty: Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray and Digital September 24thAwaken your inner child with the newest addition to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection: Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic, “Sleeping Beauty”. On Sept. 24, the wondrous tale, in which Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil fairy Maleficent and can only be awakened with true love’s kiss, arrives home Digitally in HD and Movies Anywhere, and on Blu-ray™, with brand-new bonus features as well as extensive classic bonus material.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition of “Sleeping Beauty” is a must-own addition to every family’s classic collection. Never-before-seen extras feature Walt Disney himself sharing making-of memories, supported by archival recordings and imagery, as well as fun facts about the film. Digital consumers gain access to the latest episode of “Stories From Walt’s Office,” which explores architect Kem Weber’s unique designs for the Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank. Plus classic bonus material offers a sing-along to Princess Aurora’s signature song, “Once Upon a Dream”, deleted scenes, and featurettes celebrating the animators who transformed a beloved fairy tale into a cinematic work of art and created the villains we love to hate...

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The Wizard of Oz on 4K Ultra HD
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The Beloved Classic THE WIZARD OF OZ arrives on 4K Ultra HD October 29th from Warner Bros.Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that 1939’s acclaimed and beloved classic The Wizard of Oz will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 29th. Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind) and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gayle, The Wizard of Oz is widely considered to be one of the most influential films in cinematic history.

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz officially premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the "wonderful Wizard" himself. Dorothy was portrayed by a 4'11" sixteen year old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”-- the incomparable Judy Garland...

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TOY STORY 4 on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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TOY STORY 4 comes home to Digital October 1st and on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD October 8th from Disney and PixarThis summer, Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” took audiences on a hilarious and heartwarming road trip with Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the whole gang, earning a 98 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and more than $1 billion at the global box office. Packed with old friends and new faces, the fourth film in the beloved Toy Story series, which leads Woody to an unexpected fork in the road, arrives home on Digital in 4K Ultra HD™, HD, and Movies Anywhere Oct. 1, and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray,™ DVD Oct. 8.

Fans who bring home “Toy Story 4” will be treated to over an hour of bonus features celebrating the film’s iconic characters, Pixar’s filmmaking team and the legacy of “Toy Story,” which began as the world’s first fully computer-animated feature film released nearly 25 years ago. Extensive extras includes deleted scenes such as an alternate ending, an all-new featurette with an endearing look back on Woody and Buzz’s legendary friendship throughout the years; entertaining studio stories shared by members of the Pixar team; a nostalgic look back at the creation and first storyboard screening of “Toy Story” with filmmakers; and the pioneering efforts of Pixar artists who created the sets, characters, look and feel of the original film and much more...

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PAW Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue on DVD
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PAW Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue arrives on DVD September 3 from NickelodeonThe PAW Patrol is shifting into high-gear in PAW Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue, an all-new feature-length special episode. Walmart will be the exclusive home for Ready, Race, Rescue, with the DVD and special edition product across 10 categories launching in the U.S. on September 3, 2019. The DVD will be bundled with a digital copy of the 44-minute episode for a retail price of $14.96.

PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, continues to be a favorite with preschoolers and is the top-rated kids TV DVD franchise for the fourth year in a row. Ready, Race, Rescue follows the success of PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups, the number-one kids' non-theatrical pre-school direct-to-video release of 2018. In the all-new exciting high-speed adventure, the pups take to the track for the Adventure Bay 500 and need to speed into action when legendary race car driver, The Whoosh, can't compete...

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The Art and Craft of TV Directing, 1st Edition
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The Art and Craft of TV Directing, 1st Edition from Focal Press and RoutledgeFocal Press and Routledge have published The Art and Craft of TV Directing: Conversations with Episodic Television Directors, 1st Edition.

The Art and Craft of TV Directing offers a broad and in-depth view of the craft of TV Directing in the form of detailed interviews with dozens of the industry’s most accomplished episodic television directors.

Author Jim Hemphill provides students with essential information on the complexities of working in episodic TV, highlighting the artistic, technical, and interpersonal skills required, and exploring a variety of entry points and approaches to provide a comprehensive overview of how to begin and sustain a career as a television director. The book discusses...

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JIRGA arrives on Blu-ray and DVD
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JIRGA arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 29th from MVD EntertainmentJIRGA is a unique look at the impact of war on both sides, and specifically at the war in Afghanistan, where armies from all over the world have fought for the United States. Here, a former Australian soldier returns to a village where he was involved in war crimes. Seeking relief from his torment, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system - the "Jirga."

Shot in Afghanistan after the Pakistani Secret Service cancelled permission to film, director Benjamin Gilmour took his star Sam Smith and filmed in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan, using some incredibly natural non-actors, a few being former members of the Taliban itself.

"I was approached by a Pakistani producer who had found a Pashtun financier ready to put up $100K for the production of my script in Pakistan," said Gilmour...

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Nekromantix 30th Anniversary Concert Deluxe Package
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Nekromantix 30th Anniversary Concert Deluxe Blu-ray, DVD, CD Package arrives October 11 from MVD EntertainmentA brand new 4K concert film for Danish-American Psychobilly band NEKROMANTIX that will be released on October 29th in honor of the band's 30th Anniversary. Filmed in 2019 at the Observatory Theater in Santa Ana, CA and directed by Vicente Cordero (3TEETH, ROOM 37: The Mysterious Death Of Johnny Thunders), the live concert film features band founder/bassist/vocalist Kim Nekroman, guitarist/backing vocalist Francisco Mesa and recently-crowned drummer/backing vocalist Rene D La Muerte ripping thru the band's glorious nine-album catalog, much to the delight of their adoring fans at this sold-out Anniversary show.

Entitled NEKROMANTIX 3 Decades of Darkle, this limited-edition 30th anniversary release will include exclusive interviews with the band and rare photos that will be packaged in a gorgeous eight-panel Digipak with a standard definition DVD and Audio CD companion as an added bonus. A downloadable version will also be available on global digital platforms, coinciding with release of the Home Entertainment version...

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The First King on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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The First King arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital September 24 from Well Go USARomulus and Remus end up taking part in a journey that will lead one of them to be the founder of the greatest nation ever seen. However, the fate of the chosen one is sealed after killing his own brother in THE FIRST KING, debuting on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD September 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by Matteo Rovere (director of the critically acclaimed box office smash Drifters), THE FIRST KING stars Alessandro Borghi as Remus and Alessio Lapice as Romulus. Bonus materials include a “Making of” featurette.

Synopsis:
Romulus and Remus are two shepherds and loyal brothers who are destined to found the greatest empire the world has ever seen - but only one can rule. The journey to greatness is paved with blood and the fate of the chosen one lies in the hands of their brother...

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Annabelle Comes Home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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Annabelle Comes Home arrives on Digital Sept. 17 and on Blu-ray, DVD Oct. 8 from Warner Bros.New demonic entities are unleashed when “Annabelle Comes Home” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. “Annabelle Comes Home” is the third installment of New Line Cinema’s hugely successful “Annabelle” films starring the infamous, sinister doll from the “Conjuring” universe. Gary Dauberman, screenwriter of the “Annabelle” films, “IT” and “The Nun,” makes his directorial debut in “Annabelle Comes Home,” and the film is produced by Peter Safran and “Conjuring” universe creator James Wan.

“Annabelle Comes Home” stars Mckenna Grace (TV’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Gifted,” “Captain Marvel”) as Judy, Madison Iseman (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”) as her babysitter Mary Ellen and Katie Sarife (TV’s “Youth and Consequences,” TV’s “Supernatural”) as troubled friend Daniela. Patrick Wilson (“Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” films, the “Insidious” films) and Vera Farmiga (“The Conjuring” films, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren...

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The Haunting of Hill House on Blu-ray and DVD
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The Haunting of Hill House arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 15 from ParamountHailed as “one of the best TV shows of 2018” (RogerEbert.com) and “absolutely terrifying” (Rolling Stone), “THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 15, 2019 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Certified Fresh with a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and nominated for six Saturn Awards, including Best Streaming Horror & Thriller Series, “THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE” has been renewed by Netflix as an anthology series, telling a new story each season.

“THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE” 3-Disc Blu-ray and 4-Disc DVD sets feature all 10 episodes from the acclaimed first season, including, for the first time, three Extended Director’s Cut episodes with never-before-seen content. The Blu-ray and DVD also include exclusive commentary by creator and director Mike Flanagan on four episodes...

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YELLOWSTONE Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD
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YELLOWSTONE Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray and DVD November 5 from ParamountKevin Costner returns to the ranch as the Dutton family fights for its survival in “YELLOWSTONE” Season 2, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD November 5, 2019 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

From writer/director Taylor Sheridan, ”YELLOWSTONE” is an engrossing family drama that follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season 2, John (Kevin Costner), Kayce (Luke Grimes) and the rest of the clan battle constant encroachment from ruthless enemies on all sides.

A huge hit with viewers, “YELLOWSTONE” is the most-watched original cable entertainment telecast this summer. The second season debut episode drew 5M+ viewers in Live+3, surpassing the series premiere by 6%. The show has already been renewed for a third season on Paramount Network.

The “YELLOWSTONE” Season 2 three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets include...

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The Third Wife on DVD and Digital
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The Third Wife arrives on DVD and Digital September 10 from Film MovementIn 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May starts to develop an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As she observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom.

With collaboration from artistic advisor Trần Anh Hùng (director of the mesmerizing The Scent of Green Papaya), Ash Mayfair's debut feature signals the emergence of a young female director-writer whose aesthetic sensibilities, cinematic language and extraordinary ability to illuminate the past will captivate audiences...

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The Gamer's Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design
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The Gamer's Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design from CRC PressCRC Press has published The Gamer's Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design, 1st Edition. Making a successful video game is hard. Even games that are well-received at launch may fail to engage players in the long term due to issues with the user experience (UX) that they are delivering. That’s why makers of successful video games like Fortnite and Assassin’s Creed invest both time and money perfecting their UX strategy. These top video game creators know that a bad user experience can ruin the prospects for any game, regardless of its budget, scope, or ambition.

The game UX accounts for the whole experience players have with a video game, from first hearing about it to navigating menus and progressing in the game. UX as a discipline offers guidelines to assist developers in creating the optimal experience they want to deliver, including shipping higher quality games (whether indie, triple-A or "serious" games) and meeting business goals -- all while staying true to design vision and artistic intent...

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