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Western Digital WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
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Western Digital Accelerates the PC Gaming Experience with New WD Black SN750 NVMe SSDWestern Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) has introduced its second-generation, high-performance WD Black® SN750 NVMe™ SSD with up to 2TB capacity on a single-sided M.2 form factor, and will be showcasing a version for desktop systems or custom-built gaming rigs, which has an integrated heatsink that helps maintain speed and temperature. This enhanced drive enables gamers and hardware enthusiasts to snag a tangible, next-level competitive boost during intense PC gameplay.

Advancements in PC and graphics technologies are taking PC gaming to new heights. To take advantage of the increasingly immersive and responsive in-game experiences, gamers must navigate several challenges, including higher performance demands and large file sizes, with some games approaching file sizes exceeding 100GB. Top-level transfer speeds give users near-instant access to their games and files, getting them back into game action more quickly and boosting the system’s overall responsiveness...

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The Green Screen Handbook
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The Green Screen Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques, 2nd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published The Green Screen Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques, 2nd Edition.

The Green Screen Handbook, Second Edition is a comprehensive how-to manual that walks you through the many integral techniques required in preproduction, production, and postproduction to use green screen effectively. Step-by-step instruction and time-saving tips cover matting and keying basics; lighting and digital camera essentials; setups using fabric, portable background panels, and paint; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multi-colored screen composites; directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more...

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Mixing with Impact: Learning to Make Musical Choices
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Mixing with Impact: Learning to Make Musical Choices from Focal PressFocal Press has published Mixing with Impact: Learning to Make Musical Choices.

In Mixing with Impact: Learning to Make Musical Choices, Wessel Oltheten discusses the creative and technical concepts behind making a mix. Whether you’re a dance producer in your home studio, a live mixer in a club, or an engineer in a big studio, the mindset is largely the same.

The same goes for the questions you run into: where do you start? How do you deal with a context in which all the different parts affect each other? How do you avoid getting lost in technique? How do you direct your audience’s attention? Why doesn’t your mix sound as good as someone else’s? How do you maintain your objectivity when you hear the same song a hundred times? How do your speakers affect your perception? What’s the difference between one compressor and another?...

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Mary Queen of Scots on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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Mary Queen of Scots arrives on Digital Feb. 19 and on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD Feb. 26 from Universal PicturesTwo powerful Queens battle for one throne in the riveting and extraordinary drama based on a true story, Mary Queen of Scots, arriving on Digital and the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on February 19, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on February 26, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A chronicle of two strong woman pitted against each other in an age of male dominance, the 16th century tale showcases "bold performances" (Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press) from Academy Award® nominees Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) in their roles as Mary I of Scotland and Elizabeth I of England. Filled with manipulation, betrayal and deceit from start to finish, Mary Queen of Scots also features an outstanding supporting cast including Guy Pearce (The King's Speech), Jack Lowden (Dunkirk), Joe Alwyn (Boy Erased) and David Tennant ("Doctor Who").

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16, widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne...

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Sharp Space-Saving Desktop Monitors
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Sharp Launches New Space-Saving Desktop Monitors - LL-B220, LL-B240, LL-B270Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), has announced three new space-saving desktop monitors for the modern, compact workplace: the 22" Class (21.5" diagonal) LL-B220, 24" Class (23.8" diagonal) LL-B240 and 27" Class (27" diagonal) LL-B270.

"As we transition from fixed offices to shared workspaces, users will need more space and flexibility, particularly with how they use their desktop monitors," said Gary Bailer, Director of Product Planning and Marketing for Pro AV Products at Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. "With an ultra-thin profile and elegant design, Sharp's new desktop displays are designed with these changes in mind and will be an integral part of the workplace of the future."

With a two-millimeter bezel width, these new desktop displays are much slimmer than typical office wide-format monitors and are designed to free up employee desk space to...

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Ralph Breaks the Internet on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives on Digital Feb. 12 and on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD Feb. 26 from DisneyWalt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the animated adventure featuring video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman), raced to No. 1 opening weekend (the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time), winning the top spot at the domestic box office for three consistent weeks and grossing more than $435.1 million to date. In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is available instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD/SD and Movies Anywhere Feb. 12 and physically on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 26.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” arrives home with a wide-range of exclusive extras, taking fans behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to explore how artists created the film’s vibrant version of the internet — from comical cat videos to the intense online game Slaughter Race to shady characters on the Dark Net. Features also reveal some Easter eggs — inside jokes and references to other Disney films and characters hidden throughout the film — and filmmakers introduce some never before revealed deleted scenes...

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Creed II on 4K Ulra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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Creed II arrives on Digital Feb. 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 5 from Warner Bros.Fight for legacy, destiny and family when “Creed II” arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. From Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM), Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, “Creed II” stars Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed”) and Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, the “Rambo” movies), reprising their roles as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa. Also returning are Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”), Phylicia Rashad (“Steel Magnolias”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans”), Andre Ward, Florian Munteanu (“Bogat”), Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”) and Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” movies), returning to the franchise as Ivan Drago.

Steven Caple Jr. directed “Creed II” from an original screenplay co-written by Juel Taylor and Stallone, story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker, based on characters created by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton, and Stallone. Ryan Coogler, Jordan and Guy Riedel served as executive producers...

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The Astrophotography Manual, 2nd Edition
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The Astrophotography Manual: A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Sky Imaging 2e from Focal PressFocal Press has published The Astrophotography Manual: A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Sky Imaging, 2nd Edition.

The Astrophotography Manual is for photographers ready to move beyond standard SLR cameras and editing software to create beautiful images of nebulas, galaxies, clusters, and the stars.

Beginning with a brief astronomy primer, this book takes readers through the full astrophotography process, from choosing and using equipment to image capture, calibration, and processing. This combination of technical background and hands-on approach brings the science down to earth, with practical methods to ensure success.

This second edition now includes:...

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BAND VS BRAND on DVD and Digital
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BAND VS BRAND coming to DVD and Digital Formats on February 12th from MVD EntertainmentBAND VS BRAND, a feature-length documentary film directed by Bob Nalbandian (Director of the Inside Metal series), focuses on the current state of the music business and on how "the brand" of a rock group these days has more power than the band members themselves.

It features interviews from several top industry executives and musicians of today, including David Ellefson of the Grammy Award-winning band Megadeth, Jack Russell from Jack Russell's Great White, Nik Turner and Nicky Garrett from Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Dave Lombardo from Suicidal Tendencies and formerly with Slayer, Marc Ferrari from Keel, Frank DiMino from Angel, Mike Varney from Shrapnel Records, Pat Gesualdo from The Hall of Heavy Metal History, manager Adam Parsons (Uriah Heep, Saxon, Europe, Thin Lizzy/BSR), guitarist/songwriter Jean Beauvoir (Plasmatics, Little Steven) and many others...

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INSTANT FAMILY on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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INSTANT FAMILY arrives on Digital February 19th and on Blu-ray and DVD March 5th from Paramount“Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne make a wonderful comedy tag-team” (Mara Reinstein, US Weekly) in the “hilarious and heartwarming” (Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times) INSTANT FAMILY, arriving on Digital February 19, 2019 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 5 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

"The perfect movie to watch with your family” (Erik Davis, Fandango), INSTANT FAMILY on Digital* and Blu-ray Combo Pack comes loaded with more than an hour of laugh-out-loud and uplifting bonus material. Go behind the scenes and see how the cast and crew brought the story to life, and meet writer/director Sean Anders’ real-life family, who served as the inspiration for the film. Plus, watch hysterical deleted and extended scenes and an uproarious gag reel; enjoy commentary with Anders and writer John Morris; and so much more!...

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 4K, Blu-ray, DVD
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald debuts on Digital Feb. 15 and on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD March 12 from Warner Bros.Welcome back to Hogwarts when “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the second of five all new adventures from the Wizarding WorldTM created by J.K. Rowling, arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital.

The 4K UHD Combo Pack and the Blu-ray Combo pack include an extended cut of the film with more than seven minutes of deleted scenes added, available as a digital download. Also featured is an audio introduction by director David Yates and over an hour of fantastic special features.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” features an ensemble cast led by Johnny Depp (the “Pirates of the Carribean” films, “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérable”), Jude Law (the “Sherlock Holmes” films, “Cold Mountain”), Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice,” “Alien: Covenant”), Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Alison Sudol (TV’s “Transparent”), Ezra Miller (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin”), Zoë Kravitz (“Dope,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”), Callum Turner (“War & Peace,” “Green Room”), Claudia Kim (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Dark Tower”), William Nadylam (“SK1,” “Kirikou and the Sorceress”), Kevin Guthrie (“Sunshine on Leith”), Carmen Ejogo (“Selma,” “It Comes at Night”) and Poppy Corby-Tuech (TV’s “Harlots”)...

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The Possession of Hannah Grace on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital
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The Possession of Hannah Grace arrives on Digital Feb. 19 and on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 26 from Sony PicturesDeath is only the beginning in the heart pounding horror thriller THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE, debuting on Digital February 19 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD February 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Shay Mitchell (“Pretty Little Liars”) stars as a cop just out of rehab, who takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue where she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses. THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE also stars Grey Damon (“Station 19”), Kirby Johnson (5150), Louis Herthum (“Westworld”) and Stana Katic (“Castle”).

THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD releases come loaded with bonus content, including...

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On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring
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On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring, 2nd Edition from RoutledgeRoutledge has published On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring, 2nd Edition.

On the Track offers a comprehensive guide to scoring for film and television. Covering all styles and genres, the authors, both noted film composers, cover everything from the nuts-and-bolts of timing, cuing, and recording through balancing the composer's aesthetic vision with the needs of the film itself.

Unlike other books that are aimed at the person "dreaming" of a career, this is truly a guide that can be used by everyone from students to technically sophisticated professionals. It contains over 100 interviews with noted composers, illustrating the many technical points made through the text...

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HAUNTED HOSPITAL: HEILSTATTEN on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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HAUNTED HOSPITAL: HEILSTATTEN arriving on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD February 12 from Well Go USAHorror director Michael David Pate (Gefällt mir, Potato Salad) goes social in the terrifying flick HAUNTED HOSPITAL: HEILSTÄTTEN arriving on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD February 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film tells the story of a group of vloggers who travel to Berlin to film a viral social media challenge by illegally accessing the abandoned, derelict military hospital Beelitz Heilstätten that once housed a recuperating Adolph Hitler, and documenting their experience spending the night in the ominous surgery block in the hopes that the video will go viral.

They soon experience many strange events which terrorize them both physically and mentally. HAUNTED HOSPITAL: HEILSTÄTTEN stars...

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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID on 4K Ultra HD
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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID arrives on 4K Digital Feb. 12 and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Feb. 26In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel — along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula — is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26.

The Signature Edition of “The Little Mermaid” showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey.   Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce, sing and celebrate “The Little Mermaid.” The latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office” compares Walt and Ariel’s love of collecting treasures. Viewers will also receive an inside look at the “The Little Mermaid” cast in their original recording sessions, explore hidden treasures and fun facts from the film, and enjoy a special performance of “Part of Your World” by a cappella singing sensation DCapella. Plus, fans will have access to hours of additional classic bonus features!...

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