Best Blu-ray Movies of 2008

Looking for another great list of the best blu-ray movies?

Sound & Vision Magazine has one that discussed the best blu-ray movies of 2008. It featured the top 10 movies rated, of course, for sound and picture quality.

If you are looking for a varied selection of movies that are going to show off your blu-ray player and HDTV, you should check out my page dedicated to their list at the Top 10 Best Blu-ray Movies 2008 For Sound & Picture Quality. On the list you'll find top-ranked blu-ray films like Wall-E, Iron Man and Batman: The Dark Knight.

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at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Top 10 Best Blu-ray Movies 2008 For Sound & Picture Quality
The Little Family's Batman: The Dark Knight Blu-ray Review

Best Disney Blu-ray Movies For Young Children

Earlier this winter I did some research on the best Disney blu-ray movies for young children. I came up with a rather short list of movies that are appropriate for children of about 5 years of age, and all of them are rated G.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the movie on the short list that I am the most excited about. (Although the rest of them are great movies.) My preference is no doubt based on the fact that Snow White was probably the first Disney movie I ever saw as a child and because Snow White and those cute little Dwarfs are so big in the Disney world.

Snow White, however, is NOT a popular choice in my household of teenage guys but that just makes me more determined than ever to see it. (Hey, the first blu-ray disc I ever watched was the most excellent although decidedly girly TinkerBell.) I understand that Snow White has been beautifully restored and I am hoping that one way or another I will get to see it during the holidays...

If you are interested in seeing which other Disney movies made the short list you can visit my page by clicking right here. I think you'll find some great choices for the little ones on that list.

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at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Click here to read The Five Best Blu-ray Disney Movies For Your Young Children.
Click here to buy Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Amazon.

Hallmark's A Boyfriend For Christmas Movie

Whether or not you are looking for a boyfriend for Christmas, you are bound to like this movie if you enjoy chick flicks. This one is definitely a romantic comedy, quite enjoyable as such. It aired originally on the Hallmark Channel in 2004 and became available on DVD the following year making it quite affordable now at just over $10 at Amazon.

As a 'tween, Holly Grant wishes for a new boyfriend. Santa assures her that she will find one when the time is right. Twenty years later, Santa delivers on his promise with a gentleman who calls himself 'Douglas Firewood.' You'll laugh and you'll cry...another nice Hallmark Entertainment Christmas movie.

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at the Movies!
Brenda

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Read more about A Boyfriend for Christmas.
Buy A Boyfriend for Christmas from Amazon.

What Are Your Favorite Christmas Movies?

All this writing about and watching of Christmas movies has me wondering what are the ultimate favorite Christmas movies. Which ones really are the most watched movies...I figure I could guess many of them but wonder if there are any surprises. There are so many wonderful holiday movies and new ones every year.

Is it a classic Christmas movie like those discussed on Five Classic Christmas Blu-Ray Movies & Specials? Or one of the modern-day films like Christmas Blu-ray Movies ~~ Add One To Your Collection Now? Or something totally different like a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie like A Dog Named Christmas Movie?

What are your favorites?
I'm looking forward to hearing YOUR Christmas favorites!
and I'll look forward to
seeing you at the movies!

Brenda

Quick Links:

Five Classic Christmas Blu-Ray Movies & Specials
Christmas Blu-ray Movies ~~ Add One To Your Collection Now
Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Dog Named Christmas Movie

A Dog Named Christmas Movie

If you missed A Dog Named Christmas earlier this month you missed a good movie which is likened to Yeller with a happy ending.

A Dog Named Christmas is based on the book written by Greg Kincaid. It is a thoroughly enjoyable family movie which will make you laugh, cry and smile.

It tells the story of a young man who is developmentally challenged and who displays a wonderful affinity for animals. He learns of a special program that runs at Christmastime and sees people fostering dogs from the local shelter. He convinces his father that they should have one of those dogs for Christmas and his father finally agrees, on the stern agreement that the dog MUST go back on December 26th, when Christmas is over.

A Hallmark Hall of Fame television production, I really enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, I even enjoyed the commercials. The movie is available for purchase from Amazon from private sellers by clicking right here, albeit at a premium due to the fact that Hallmark has not made it widely available. If you are looking for a well-done, family friendly, Christmas story, you cannot go wrong with this one.

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at the movies!
Brenda


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Brenda

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The Toshiba REGZA 47ZV650U 47-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, A Review.
Read more about the Toshiba REGZA 47ZV650U at Amazon.

The Essential Holiday Collection of Christmas Blu-ray Movies

The Essential Holiday Collection is a great Christmas blu-ray movie set, perfect for holiday gift giving. I like the assortment of movies that it includes...The Polar Express, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf and A Christmas Story. I think it represents an interesting selection of holiday movies for a family with older children. It doesn't contain any of what many people consider 'classic' Christmas movies, but it does contain a couple that may go on to become classics PLUS it contains fun movies that my teenagers would be happy to watch anytime.

Concensus seems to be that these versions are better than the DVD versions although some people might have liked them to be better still. However, at Amazon's discounted price, which includes FREE shipping, I don't think you can go wrong if you are looking to build your blu-ray movie collection with a few fun movies.

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at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

The Essential Holiday Collection
Christmas Blu-ray Movies ~~ Add One To Your Collection Now
Five Classic Christmas Blu-Ray Movies & Specials

Imax Blu-ray Movies 2008

There are so many fantastic Imax blu-ray movies available that I created a list based on the bestselling ones on Amazon. You will find Coral Reef Adventure and Galapagos at the top of that list. That was the case a year ago...and it holds true today. If you are curious about the rest of the top 10, visit my page Top 10 Imax Blu-ray Movies Are Adventure Documentary Films where you will find ten wonderful Imax films discussed. It just might help you narrow down which ones you want to add to your blu-ray movie collection.

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at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Top 10 Imax Blu-ray Movies Are Adventure Documentary Films
Amazon's Complete Imax Blu-ray Collection
Coral Reef Adventure
Galapagos

Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

Last year when the album Elvis Presley Christmas Duets was released, I was enthralled. I even wrote a page about it called, of course, Elvis Presley Christmas Duets.

I loved the concept of old familiar songs by Elvis being refreshed by the addition of some of the best female recording artists in country music today. The likes of Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Amy Grant and Anne Murray offered up a new take on Elvis' music while honoring it at the same time.

Even the videos about the making of this album were pretty powerful. I particularly loved the video which Priscilla Presley hosted about the creation of this album.

Last year Elvis Presley Christmas Duets reached an amazing number 3 on the U.S. top country music chart. I do think that anyone who loves Elvis and/or country music would really enjoy this Christmas album.


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Miracle on 34th Street Blu-ray Movie

Maureen O'Hara was right when she said, "100 years from now people will still be looking at Miracle On 34th Street." It is a movie that has stood the test of time and now, it appears to have stood up very nicely to the transition to blu-ray.

"Miracle on 34th Street has been beautifully remastered in HD (1080p)...such clarity and pure Dolby Digital sound that you experience the movie in a never before felt appreciation." ~~ Forrie Lowell






High Def Digest says,
"Santa would put coal in my stocking
if I didn't recommend it."


Miracle on 34th Street is, in my mind and the mind of many others, one of the best Christmas movies that has ever been made. If you own a blu-ray player, you should definitely consider adding this movie to your Christmas movie collection.

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at the Movies!
Brenda

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Miracle on 34th Street Blu-ray Disc at Amazon

1080p Movie Lover's T-Shirt

Look what I just found! I couldn't believe my eyes. It is the perfect Christmas gift for my husband and probably for yours, too.

It is simply too appropriate for someone who is obsessed with HDTV! Wouldn't it make a great gift?

Available in a wide variety of styles and colors for both men, women and children through Film Maker Gear at Zazzle. You can order your I dream in 1080p movie lover's t-shirt by clicking right here.

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at the movies!
Brenda

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Comfort and Joy, A Christmas Lifetime Original Movie

Are you ever tired and find yourself just wanting to watch a nice movie? One that just makes you feel good? Not an action packed adventure story but maybe a drama with a little bit of romance thrown in? I recently was in such a mood and picked up the Lifetime Original Movie, Comfort and Joy, off of my eBay store shelves. My three menfolk were busy so this was a good time to choose a romantic comedy.

Comfort & Joy tells the story of a busy female executive who is so busy with her career that she waits until Christmas Eve to get ready for Christmas which, of course, means that things do not go smoothly. Her life, other than work, is not fulfilling although she does not realize what is missing.

On her way to a Christmas party, an accident sees her take on a new role, that of a very happy stay-at-home Mom. It is at this point that she discovers what has been missing from her life.

Comfort and Joy stars Nancy McKeon, Dixie Carter, Paul Dooley and Steven Eckholdt. It is not available on blu-ray but it is available on DVD through my eBay store at the link which follows or through Amazon, if you prefer. A lovely Christmas story.

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at the movies!
Brenda

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Read more about Comfort and Joy, the Christmas Movie.
Buy Comfort and Joy on Amazon.

An American in Paris (Short) Blu-ray Review

A blu-ray movie that I did see and did absolutely love, was An American in Paris. This 1951 George Gershwin film features Paris in the 1920s and starred Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly. It tells the story of an expat painter who falls for a French dancer while living in Paris. This film is a lovely and entertaining movie that is generally felt to have transferred extremely well to blu-ray.

Blu-ray.com said, "...stunning restoration and video transfer, a solid presentation of the film's original mono track, and a well-rounded collection of supplements that adds a lot of value to the disc. If you're a fan of Gene Kelly classics or other notable musicals of the period, you won't be disappointed."

This classic film was nominated for six oscars when it came out. Anyone who loves a fun, romantic story which features plenty of dancing and singing, is going to enjoy this. Anyone who wants to see their HDTV and blu-ray player perform, will love it!

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the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

An American in Paris Full Blu-ray Movie Review
Buy An American in Paris from Amazon

Have You Seen Wizard of Oz The Movie on Blu-ray?

Wizard of Oz, the Movie is one that I have not seen yet on blu-ray but definitely want to!

I was totally amazed yesterday when I discovered the Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. This set is a 4 disc blu-ray Limited and Numbered edition available exclusively on Amazon. It features 16 hours of enhanced content with four of them being totally brand new PLUS a history book of the production, a watch, a copy of the original film's budget and a campaign book. The six-hour MGM documentary sounds amazing. The poster cards I could do without. (Or sell on eBay.) With that one exception, the rest of the package sounds pretty amazing, especially for someone who grew up watching the movie every year.

In addition to the fact that it is a fantastic package, you can ad the fact that right now Amazon has it marked down from the list price of $84.99 to $56.99 which means you save $28, enough to buy another blu-ray disc or maybe even the Wicked Witch of the East Christmas stocking.

After I discovered this fantastic movie package yesterday, I created a page called, A Blu-ray Wizard of Oz the Movie Gift Set on which I presented the amazing and beautiful 70th anniversary edition in all of its various formats but also a gorgeous selection of Wizard of Oz Christmas decorations. My goal was to put together some wonderful gift ideas that could be given as a gift set and I believe I succeeded and yes, when I was finished, I dropped a hint or two.

Given my choice, I'd choose the blu-ray movie and the Kurt Adler ruby slippers. Or maybe the Wicked Witch of the East's stocking. And I'd like it all 'wrapped' in the Wizard of Oz Ruby slippers silk tote bag. What about you?

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at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition
A Blu-ray Wizard of Oz the Movie Gift Set
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From The Wizard of Oz For Women and For Little Girls
The Wizard Of Oz Purses and Tote Bags

What Christmas Blu Ray Movies Are Available?

Christmas Blu-ray Movies ~~ Add One To Your Collection Now was my second page with a list of blu-ray movies on it. It was created a year ago when blu-ray movies were just starting to go down in price and become more readily accepted. People who had adopted HDTV and blu-ray players needed to know what blu-ray Christmas movies were available and this page gave them the answer.

Although a year old, it still holds some great information about the eleven Christmas blu ray films that were available for Christmas 2008 and includes descriptions, videos and some great reviews of popular Christmas movies like The Polar Express, A Christmas Story and Holiday. If you are curious about what is available, take a peek.


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at the movies!
Brenda

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:

Christmas Blu-ray Movies ~~ Add One To Your Collection Now
Christmas Blu-ray Movies on Amazon

The Best Blu Ray Movies

If you are looking for some of the best blu ray movies, I have a couple of lists that you might find helpful. The first, Top 10 Blu-ray Movies For Best Picture & Sound Quality, is a list that was compiled based on Sound and Vision Magazine’s July/August 2008 issue.

The film which took top honors at that time was Casino Royale which Amazon called, "the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service" and Sound and Vision said this film had, "stunning sound and picture quality” both of which are still true and which still makes this a great action movie for your blu-ray player. An added benefit is that Amazon has it deeply discounted at just $21.99. That's an amazing $16.97 off the list price.

The list itself may be somewhat dated but the movies on it are all still excellent choices. Visit Top 10 Blu-ray Movies For Best Picture & Sound Quality for the complete list and a discussion of the top ten movies that appear on it. I think you will agree that all of the films on that list are still great choices!

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at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Top 10 Blu-ray Movies For Best Picture & Sound Quality
Buy Casino Royale on Blu-ray from Amazon

The Sony Playstation Blu Ray Player

We chose, indirectly, a Sony Playstation Blu Ray Player. I say indirectly because it was a surprise gift from Aunt Robin. She listened carefully to us talking about good blu-ray players and slid this one under our Christmas tree when we were not looking.

I had read about the PS3 and its capacity as a blu-ray player and it seemed like a good choice. At the time, it was priced reasonably compared to many other blu-ray players and offered a quality, reliable machine with the added bonus of a game station. In a house with teenage boys, that was, as Martha Stewart would say, a good thing!

Today, the Playstation has come down a bit in price but so have blu-ray players in general. If the gaming component of the Sony Playstation does not appeal to you, there may be a better standalone choice like the well-reviewed and economical Panasonic DMP BD60 1080p Blu-ray Player. However, if you can make use of the gaming functions, it is still worth making the PS3 a top contender on your short list.

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the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

The Sony PlayStation Blu-ray Player ~~ The Best Blu-ray Player?
Read more about the Sony Playstation Blu Ray Player at Amazon.
The Panasonic DMP BD60 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player Black Review.
Read more about the Panasonic DMP BD60 1080p Blu-ray Player at Amazon.

My Blu-ray Experience

This is my very first blog about my blu-ray experience. It's where I tell you a little bit about myself and how I wound up the owner of an HDTV and a blu-ray player and how my basement went from an undeveloped shell to a real room. I've told my entire story before on Brenda's Most Excellent Blu-ray Movies Adventure and shared bits and pieces of it on numerous other pages I've written on Squidoo but I thought it was time I branched out and shared my story with more people who might be interested.

I was not a willing adopter of a high definition television nor of a blu-ray player. However, with an electronics-obsessed husband and two movie-loving teenage boys, I was definitely outnumbered. My husband had wanted a HDTV since the most basic ones cost thousands of dollars but, thank goodness, he determined that they were out of our budget at that point. Instead of re-mortaging the house, he decided to wait.

He spent literally years waiting but during that period he was very active reading and researching and watching the prices. What he didn't spend during those years wound up under the mattress, almost literally. Every time someone in the house saved a few dollars on something, he would say that the savings were for the TV fund. He was the only one who knew that the TV fund really did exist and last year he gathered up all his socked-away funds and showed us that he had saved up the money for a new television.

This is where you need to use your imagination and insert a picture of the boys and I falling off our chairs when he flashed all that cash at us. What an exercise in budgeting that was. I had no idea he knew how to save like that nor that he was capable of doing it.

After he displayed his wealth, he went shopping and found himself a big, black Panasonic Viera TH-46PZ850U 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV and his sister gifted us with a Sony Playstation 3 for Christmas. Yes, an over-the-top gift but a good choice in a blu-ray player that offers good quality and reliability and which doubles as a gaming station for teenagers.

My husband used his hoarded cash to buy the television but he arranged to have it delivered much later...for first he had a basement to renovate. I do not think that he saved cash for that part of the job. I shared the story of our basement renovation on my blu-ray adventure page and even now I roll my eyes at the memory of the agony we went through to accommodate a new television.

In future posts, I hope to share some of my new-found knowledge about HDTV, blu-ray technology and movies. I'll squeeze in some great music finds, too. I hope you'll stop back to see what I have discovered and to share your findings, too!

See you at
the movies!
Brenda

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