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Blade Runner: The Final Cut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
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Blade Runner: The Final Cut arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Sept. 5th from Warner Bros.Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sci-fi classic, Blade Runner: The Final Cut will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on September 5th. Directed by Sir Ridley Scott (Gladiator, The Martian, Alien Covenant) and starring Harrison Ford (the upcoming Blade Runner 2049) as Rick Deckard, Blade Runner is widely accepted as one of the most important science-fiction movies of the 20th Century with immeasurable influence on society for its futuristic depiction of a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. The film has appeared on more ‘Top Five’ sci-fi lists than any other film.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut features restored and remastered original elements, added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, and director and filmmaker commentary...

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword on 4K, 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword on Digital July 25 and on Blu-ray, DVD August 8 from Warner Bros.Don’t miss the royal showdown when “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Entertainment, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” stars Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”) and Oscar® nominee Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), along with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) as Mage; Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “In America”) as Bedivere; Aidan Gillen (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) as Goosefat Bill; and Eric Bana (“Star Trek”) as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon...

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NARCOS: SEASON 2 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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NARCOS: SEASON 2 arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 5 from LionsgateThe manhunt for one of the most infamous criminals in history rages on when Narcos: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 5 from Lionsgate. Unforeseen alliances form between Colombian authorities, rival cartels, and DEA agents to put an end to Pablo Escobar’s ruthless activities.

Renewed for two more seasons, the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh series continues to raise stakes and heart-pounding thrills. Loaded with never-before-seen deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and featurette, the Narcos: Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.97 and $29.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: After drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from prison, the Colombian police, rival cartels, and...

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The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography
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The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography from Focal PressFocal Press has published The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography: Understanding, Planning, Creating, and Processing Nightscape Images.

The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography is the ultimate manual for anyone looking to create spectacular landscape astrophotography images. By explaining the science of landscape astrophotography in clear and straightforward language, it provides insights into phenomena such as the appearance or absence of the Milky Way, the moon, and constellations. This unique approach, which combines the underlying scientific principles of astronomy with those of photography, will help...

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REVIEW: Altitude (2017)
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REVIEW: Altitude (2017)"Gretchen Blair (Denise Richards) is a headstrong FBI agent who goes rogue on a hostage negotiation and is sent packing to a desk job back in D.C. By a stroke of luck, she's upgraded to business class on her flight -- but as soon as the plane takes off, her seatmate (Kirk Barker) offers her millions of dollars if she can get him off the plane alive. As his ex-partners (Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell, and Greer Grammer) stage a brutal hijacking, Gretchen finds herself in the fight of her life -- choosing sides between two factions of a criminal gang while trying to keep the plane from going down." That is the official description for Altitude, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.

Seeing the names Denise Richards, Chuck Liddell, and Dolph Lundgren as part of the cast didn't give me high hopes for Altitude, and unfortunately, my initial instincts were correct. It's not that the story is bad. It follows a similar formula to many of the basic action flicks out there...

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FABRIQ Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Speaker
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FABRIQ Speakers Now Available at Target Retail Stores and the Target WebsiteFABRIQ has announced its speakers are offered in a physical retail store for the first time. All Target stores nationwide will now carry FABRIQ speakers in-store for guests to demo and purchase for $49.99. FABRIQ can also be purchased on Target.com.

FABRIQ is the first Alexa-enabled, portable, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker that is customizable through expressive patterns. Six patterns are available at Target, with four new patterns exclusive to Target guests: Blue Steel, Confetti, Aloha and Stars. FABRIQ is the only speaker that allows guests to express themselves through a variety of patterns. The Stars pattern is the perfect accessory for a July 4th celebration and Aloha brings that summer flair to your home décor. Take Confetti to a birthday party or match Blue Steel to your children’s room décor. The possibilities are endless but the affordability and variety of patterns brings the smart home experience to everyone...

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Western Digital 10TB WD Red and WD Red Pro NAS Drives
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Western Digital Helium-Based WD Red and WD Red Pro Hard Drives Expanded to 10TBWestern Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) , a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red® and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives lineup with the introduction of 10TB capacity models optimized for use in personal, home and small to medium business NAS systems. Western Digital has shipped more than 15 million helium-based high capacity drives into multiple applications, including for NAS systems, to date and is continuing to support customers with higher capacities and outstanding reliability. The WD Red line of NAS hard drives allow customers to scale up or down to meet their changing NAS storage needs.

“In July 2012, we introduced the WD Red line to address the unique performance, compatibility and scalability challenges facing home and small business NAS customers,” said Brendan Collins, vice president, devices business unit at Western Digital...

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Norton Core Secure Wi-Fi Router
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Amazon, Best Buy Offer Pre-Orders of Norton Core - the Secure Wi-Fi RouterNorton by Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) has announced that Norton Core, a secure Wi-Fi router, is available for pre-order purchase at Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Best Buy (NYSE: BBY). Consumers can pre-order the high-performance router, that delivers fast and secure internet throughout the home, to protect home networks and their connected personal devices from malware, viruses and hackers.

With an increasing number of connected devices in today’s homes, there is a need to protect home networks from malware and other malicious activity that could place the safety of families, and their personal information, at risk. While 62 percent of consumers globally believe connected devices are built with security in mind1, Symantec researchers identified security vulnerabilities in 50 different connected home devices2, ranging from smart thermostats to smart hubs that could make the devices easy targets for attacks...

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REVIEW: Bitter Harvest
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REVIEW: Bitter Harvest"Set during one of the most overlooked and tragic periods of the 20th century, Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion ad survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin's policies of intolerance against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) overcomes famine, imprisonment, and torture to save his childhood love, Natalka (Samantha Barks), from the Holodomor. Against this explosive backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine." That is the official description for Bitter Harvest, now available on DVD and Digital from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.

I have to admit that before I watched Bitter Harvest, I had never heard of the Holodomor. Of course, I've read plenty of material and watched a number of films that have covered the Holocaust, but the Holodomor was a complete mystery to me. Now to be honest, I'm not really a history buff, so I basically know about the material I learned in school and what I've read since then, so maybe more people are more informed about this topic than I. However, from the research I've now done, it seems the Holodomor hasn't gotten nearly as much coverage as the Holocaust, which is a shame because people should definitely know that this was a part of history...

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Making Deep Games: Designing Games with Meaning and Purpose
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Making Deep Games: Designing Games with Meaning and Purpose from CRC PressCRC Press has published Making Deep Games: Designing Games with Meaning and Purpose. Like movies, television, and other preceding forms of media, video games are undergoing a dynamic shift in its content and perception. While the medium can still be considered in its infancy, the mark of true artistry and conceptual depth is detectable in the evolving styles, various genres and game themes.

Doris C. Rusch’s, Making Deep Games, combines this insight along with the discussion of the expressive nature of games, various case studies, and hands-on design exercises. This book offers a perspective into how to make games that tackle the whole bandwidth of the human experience; games that teach us something about ourselves, enable thought-provoking, emotionally rich experiences and promote personal and social change...

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REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2
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REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2"Legendary hit man John Wick is forced out of retirement again by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers. "That is the official description for John Wick: Chapter 2, now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.

Before you watch John Wick: Chapter 2, I recommend you watch the first installment John Wick so you can appreciate the second film even more. It's not absolutely necessary, but definitely recommended because John Wick: Chapter 2 starts off where John Wick ended with John having dispatched Viggo and his son (along with his entire operation), but with his car still missing and now in the hands of Viggo's brother, Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare). As you may expect, John is not happy about this and proceeds to reacquire his cherished vehicle in the most violent of fashions...

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Black Sails: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD
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Black Sails: The Complete Fourth Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 29 from LionsgateThe final season of executive producer Michael Bay’s thrilling prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” the Starz hit series “Black Sails: The Complete Fourth Season” arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 29 from Lionsgate. “Black Sails” has been nominated for multiple Emmy® Awards, and won in 2014 for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role, and Outstanding Sound Editing.

The show was also nominated for the 2016 GLAAD Awards for “Outstanding Drama Series.” The critically acclaimed series boasts a dynamic cast, including Toby Stephens (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi), Luke Arnold (”INXS: The Michael Hutchence Story”), Toby Schmitz (“Newton’s Law”), Hannah New (Maleficent), and Jessica Parker Kennedy (“The Secret Circle”), Tom Hopper (“Merlin”) and Ray Stevenson (“Rome) as the iconic pirate “BlackBeard”...

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SimpliSafe SimpliCam Smart Security Camera
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SimpliSafe SimpliCam Smart Security CameraSimpliSafe, one of the nation's largest security companies, this month launched its new SimpliCam® security camera, created by the same engineers behind its category-disrupting home security system. The camera can be used on its own or alongside the SimpliSafe® security system. In addition to offering 24/7 HD video streaming and motion-triggered alerts, SimpliCam includes security-focused features like advanced privacy settings and visual verification alarm response.

SimpliCam's privacy settings have been woven into the fabric of the user experience, given increasing consumer concerns about privacy in the emerging era of "connected" devices. SimpliCam was built with a stainless steel privacy shutter that closes over the camera lens when users come home and opens when they leave. In addition, the mobile app provides manual control of the shutter, so users are always in the driver's seat when it comes to their privacy needs...

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REVIEW: Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse)
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REVIEW:  Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse)"Set in the stately and majestic colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, this quirky comedy starring Hector Bonilla, Benny Ibarra de Llano, Jacqueline Bracamontes, Arturo Barba and Sergio Mayer Mori, follows 85-year old Don Servando Villegas (Bonilla) an old-fashioned Mexican patriarch who gets kicked out of his retirement home for bad behavior. When his estranged son, Francisco (Ibarra) is forced to take him into the house full of hippies he shares with his girlfriend and young son, 'new age' collides with old age as Don Servando and his son experience a series of conflicts and situations that put their home's stability in jeopardy. This film is a story about family: the one we're born into and the one we create along the way." That is the official description for Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse), now available on DVD and Digital HD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.

First off, keep in mind that this is a foreign language film, so if you don't speak Spanish, you'll be reading English subtitles. With that said, Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse) is a fun film about a non-traditional family with an overbearing father that learns some new lessons throughout the story. It's both comedy and drama with...

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With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story on DVD and Digital
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With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story debuts on DVD and Digital July 18 from Well Go USA EntertainmentArguably the most recognized name in comics, the legendary Stan Lee has co-created over 500 iconic pop culture characters including Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and many more and his name appears on more than one billion comics in 75 nations in 25 languages.

WITH GREAT POWER: THE STAN LEE STORY, a feature-length documentary exploring the vivid life and imagination of Stan Lee from his depression era upbringing though the Marvel Age of comics and beyond, returns to digital and DVD July 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film uncovers original footage, photographs, documents and stories of Lee’s fascinating journey from his early years at Timely Comics, his service in WWII, the rise of the Marvel bullpen, the comic book industry’s censorship battle of the 1950’s through the dawn and explosion of Lee’s legendary co-creations...

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