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Nolan's Breakthrough Film, Finally in True 1080p

Memento 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Before Christopher Nolan was a mega-star director, he made Memento, based off a short story written by his brother, Jonathan Nolan. If you’ve never seen this cinematic mind-bender, you should, because it’s his finest work to date in our humble opinion. This film was released originally in 2002 on Blu-ray, but that copy was done...

Remember It's "Steeg" not "Stig"

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy Blu-ray Collection

While you’re waiting for David Fincher and co. to provide their own cinematic interpretations of Stieg Larsson’s break away “The Girl Who Played With..” series, we’d recommend checking out the original Swedish films. Those who have read the books will find that each of the films stays relatively close to their original novel story lines...

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The Social Network

Mark Zuckerburg, for better or worse, has changed the way the world communicates. That may sound hyperbolic, but it’s the truth. It just so happens that in the process of doing this, he also wound up becoming a billionaire several times over — while still in college. The Social Network ($17) may not portray the...

Take It For What It Is

The Expendables

We’ll be honest. The Expendables isn’t a good movie per se — and it certainly won’t be up for any golden statue nominations. If you approach the film as the ridiculous farce of a blockbuster action film that it is however, watch it and you’re bound to have a good time. We won’t divulge any...

Lucid Dream Sedatives Not Included

Inception Briefcase Set

The Inception Blu-ray/DVD Briefcase Gift Set ($49) is an exclusive package only offered through Warner Brother’s WB shop and it’s the ultimate gift for Nolan fans still wondering if the top ever fell. Besides including both a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the movie, buyers also get seven Art Cards, “The Cobol Job Comic,” and...

Hey, You Guys!

The Goonies 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

There’s plenty about the 80’s that’s worth forgetting, but The Goonies shouldn’t fall on that list. Directed and produced by Richard Donner (who also happened to direct the Lethal Weapon movies and The Omen), and written by non other than Steven Spielberg, it’s no wonder the kids adventure was a tremendous success. The fact that...

It's "gonna mace you in the face"

The Darjeeling Limited Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

Wes Anderson is a polarizing director. People either hate or love his films. End of story. The Darjeeling Limited ($25) tends to rank lower on his list of films, possibly because it was co-written by Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola instead of Owen Wilson or Noah Baumbach. But in our book it’s still a highly...

Iron Man 2 (Blu-Ray)

One tell-tale sign that summer is over is that the season’s blockbusters are now making it to Blu-ray. We had the opportunity to review Iron Man II before its public release and thoroughly enjoyed it as a super hero action flick. Now the Iron Man 2 Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD ($25) is finally out for those of...

Yeah, He's Still Got It

Harry Brown Blu-ray

A long time has passed since Get Carter, but catching Sir Michael Caine as the star of Harry Brown ($22) couldn’t help but get us excited. It may not have smashed any box office records, but this film is well on its way to becoming a cult classic. Now that it’s out on Blu-ray, you...

Because Watching Detention is Better Than Serving It

The Breakfast Club 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

John Hughes (may he rest in peace) directed many 80’s classics, but The Breakfast Club was arguably his best if not most memorable. Now, in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, The Breakfast Club ($18) lands on blu-ray so fans can catch every minute of the detention-session bonding in high definition. Pre Community style. Sure,...

So Wrong, So Funny

In Bruges (Blu-ray)

In Bruges ($19) is a dark comedy that’s steadily picked up a cult following since its 2008 release. The story follows the actions of two Irish gangster/hit men who’ve been ordered to lay low – you guessed it – in Bruges (broozh), after a hit gets a little too messy. Don’t know how to pronounce...

A Future Comedy Classic

Hot Tub Time Machine Blu-ray

We’ve been patiently waiting for this Blu-ray release ever since we walked out of the theater back in March. It’s hands down one of, if not the funniest movie we’ve seen so far in 2010, and should not be missed if you happened to skip it while it ran in theaters. Trust us, we know...

1080p Tribute To A Legend

Clint Eastwood Blu-ray Collection

Few stars alive today are as respected and as recognized by so many generations of men like Clint Eastwood. He has been a constant presence in the movie industry for 30+ years, and for many, epitomizes the iron-willed tough guy persona we’ve all wished we could be. For guys looking for a chronicle of Clint’s...

30 Essential Movies | North by Northwest

Over fifty years old now, North by Northwest, is an Alfred Hitchcock classic. Starring Cary Grant as “Mad Man” (Madison Avenue advertising exec.) Roger Thornhill, Roger is mistaken for another man and kidnapped. Throughout the movie he’s relentlessly pursued through more plot twists than The Departed x5. Trying to explain it would be impossible. Suffice...

30 Essential Movies | The French Connection

Based around a drug smuggling connection between Marseilles and New York City, The French Connection, follows “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) of the NYPD in his dogged pursuit of the drug smugglers. A bit of a rogue cop, Doyle gets onto the hunt for the smugglers after “interrogating” a suspect who’d slashed his partner with a...

Never Steal Tony Jaa's Elephant

The Protector Ultimate Edition Blu-ray

Long time Gear Patrol readers may remember our first mention of this new martial arts classic back in our feature on Five Foreign Films Every Man Should Watch. Finally released earlier this week on Blu-ray, if you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, now is the time. Presented stateside by Quentin Tarantino, besides...

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Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray & DVD

Last December, Robert Downey Jr. proved to the world that he didn’t need the help of special robotic armor to hold his own in a big budget blockbuster. Then again, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that Jr. fit right in as Holmes, who was characterized by Arthur Conan Doyle as a brilliant, substance abusing man,...

30 Essential Movies | 48 Hrs.

When a convicted robber escapes from prison and kills a cop, rogue detective Jack Cates decides to parole the robber’s old cell partner in crime, Reggie Hammond, for two days (48 hours) to help him solve the case. Starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy when they were both solid actors who weren’t bat-shit crazy, 48...

30 Essential Movies | The Graduate

Before Stifler’s Mom there was Mrs. Robinson, the original MILF. Centered around recent college grad Ben Braddock, played by a young(er) Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate follows Ben as he returns home and after college and attempts to figure out what’s next. Quickly he finds himself the boy toy of Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his...

30 Essential Movies | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Shocking as it may seem, there was a time when Matthew Broderick was not married to John Kerry masquerading as a woman. During that time he made some solid movies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is most certainly one of the best. The iconic Ferris Bueller is a senior in high school outside of Chicago...

30 Essential Movies | Goodfellas

Martin Scorcesse makes our list once again with Goodfellas. Based on the non-fiction book Wise Guys, it follows the life the Henry Hill, an Irish-American who dreams of being a gangster growing up in Brooklyn. Eventually he earns his way into the mafia, and works his way up through the ranks. Heavily involved in the...

And Then The Earth Went BOOM...

2012 Blu-Ray

You won’t buy 2012 on Blu-Ray ($25) for any more reason than knowing it will be your latest showcase movie to demonstrate your new HDTV and surround-sound system. Of course, Roland Emmerich would have you believe 2012 is as good of a movie as his epic, Stargate, but he, you, and I all know that’s...

Bring Da Ruckus

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Blu-ray)

Wu-Tang and Kung Fu fans alike should appreciate this classic finally being released on Blu-ray. Basically defining old-school martial arts movies, the plot of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin has been imitated by countless movies since its release including The Karate Kid. All you need to know about this original is that a recently orphaned...

30 Essential Movies | Raging Bull

Considering Shutter Island opened this past weekend, it’s only fitting that we add another Scorsese masterpiece to our 30 Essential Movies roster. Fast approaching its 30th birthday, Raging Bull follows the life of prize fighter Jake LaMotta, played by Robert Deniro. An absolute beast in the ring, Jake literally dismantles his opponents. That viscous instinct...

Sony's First 3D Compatible HDMI 1.4 Receiver

Sony STR-DN1010 A/V Receiver

3D television may be the next big thing if electronics manufacturers have their way, but that doesn’t mean it’s all roses for consumers. What we’re getting at is that you may be fully aware that a new 3D compatible television is required in order to watch 3D content couch side. Non PS3 owners should also...

30 Essential Movies | Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry follows Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) as he pursues Scorpio, a psychopathic sniper. Never one to go by the book Harry hunts Scorpio relentlessly as he leaves a trail of innocent bodies in his wake. Continuously waylaid by politically correct superiors, Harry toes the ethical line between cop and criminal as Scorpio leads...

30 Essential Movies | The Shawshank Redemption

Seriously, if you don’t know The Shawshank Redemption or watch it every time you catch it on TNT, you might not have a soul. It’s a classic that follows two men coping with prison life in the 1940s. Andy Dufrain has been convicted of murdering his wife and lover, but maintains his innocence. Red, “the...

30 Essential Movies | The Dark Knight

The second movie in the rebooted Batman series, The Dark Knight is a master piece. It captures the darkness and ethical questions that plague the Caped Crusader and Gotham City, alike. The plot line is well done and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time, supported by a stellar cast featuring...

The Greatest Generation in Action

WWII in HD (Blu-ray)

If you didn’t see WWII in HD when it premiered recently on one of our favorite channels, HISTORY, then you did yourself a disservice. It’s time to right that wrong, as the exceptional documentary is now available on Blu-ray (and for a bang-up price, to boot). The production value of this collection is through the...

Blu-ray from Oppo Just Got Cheaper

Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray Player

Back in 2009, we covered Oppo’s long awaited Blu-ray player, the BDP-83 and it’s special edition counterpart. Both versions definitely sit at the top of the stand alone Blu-ray player heap in terms of image and audio quality, however at $500 and $899 a piece, they aren’t the most affordable machines. Understanding this complaint, Oppo...

Jason Bourne Puts an End to Format Wars

Bourne Series DVD/Blu-ray Flip Discs

Don’t think the movie industry is serious about nudging you over to Blu-ray? Well Universal’s new creation known affectionately as the Flipper Disc (no relation to the porpoise super star), is clearly aimed to make the transition process slightly easier. Similar to DVDs which shipped with both wide screen and standard versions of the film...

One of '09's Best Sci-Fi Films That You Might Have Missed

Moon (Blu-ray & DVD)

Considering 2009’s surplus of Sci-Fi blockbusters, it’s easy to understand if director Duncan Jones’s debut indie flick Moon passed you by. Released on Blu-ray today, in our opinion it’s in a dead even race with District 9 for best Sci-Fi movie of the year, which was ironically also directed by another first-time director, Neill Blomkamp....

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District 9 (Blu-ray)

We said it before and we’ll say it again: District 9 was the action movie no one expected and everyone wanted this year (though Avatar is moving its way up there). Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp have created a original masterpiece around a not-too unfamiliar concept, apartheid in the country that made the word...

A Superb War Movie, Less The War

The Hurt Locker (Blu-ray)

Not too long ago, we told you to watch The Hurt Locker and now we’ll say it again. Even better, this time it’s worth buying. Without crossing any political boundaries (for or against), director Kathryn Bigelow weaves a tension filled suspenseful cinematic “war movie” with The Hurt Locker, but not in a way you’d expect....

Own All of Your Favorites in 1080p

The Mel Brooks Collection (Blu-ray)

Released today for the first time on Blu-ray, The Mel Brooks Collection includes nine must-have movies for anyone who loves the king of parody. The titles include Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History of The World Part 1, Robin Hood Men In Tights, Silent Movie, To Be Or Not To Be, and Twelve...

An Especially Special, Special Edition

OPPO BDP-83 Special Edition Blu-ray Player

Here at the Gear Patrol labs, we have what we consider our “reference” setups. In the home theater department, it’s a Sony PS3 for Blu-Ray, Panasonic P50V10 50″ plasma, Sony STR DG920 receiver, and Aperion Audio Intimus 6T Surround Sound Speaker System. But for straight audio, we prefer a more measured approach to our music....

Own It to See Far More Than the Film

Funny People (Blu-ray)

Despite conflicting opinions from critics about the stylistic and emotional merits of the film, at least everyone could agree that Judd Apatow’s 3rd movie is worth a watch. Now out on Blu-ray, unlike most comedic releases, this 2-disc special edition comes packed with features that dive deep into the production process and past’s of the...

Dammit Jim... I Love This Movie

Star Trek (Blu-Ray)

The unstoppable (and frustrating) J.J. Abram’s take on the Star Trek franchise reboots the much beloved sci-fi franchies to Warp 13, (reference) satisfying even the die-hard trekkies, this writer included. Today’s Blu-Ray release continues the lens-flare laden, action-packed, CGI maelstrom with TrueHD 5.1 sound, and visuals designed to take full advantage of all 1,080 lines...

Pacino. DeNiro. Mann.

Heat (Blu-ray)

To this day, Heat stands as one of director Michael Mann’s defintiive films, and certainly as a home movie essential. Who can forget the first movie to ever pair Robert De Niro and Al Pacino (at the same time, in a too-brief climactic scene), the tension riddled dramatic storyline, or what stands as one of...

F*$%&@#! Finally

Netflix Streaming On PS3

After what seems like ages, it finally appears that Sony and Netflix have reached an agreement to bring the movie company’s glorious streaming service to over 9 million U.S. PS3 units in November. This is a major boon to current PS3 owners, as it finally provides a key service that the competing Xbox 360 has...

1080p for 1000¢

17 Blu-Ray Movies Under $10

How familiar does this sound? Now that you’ve upgraded the home theater to include Blu-Ray in the mix (right?), you’re bemoaning the fact that these glorious high definition movies are expensive, on average, when compared to their enhanced definition DVD counterparts. As a result, you’ve been hesitant to build any sort of collection and therefore...

The Best Unintentional Anti-Drug Movie?

Requiem for a Dream (Blu-Ray)

In the category of “deep and intense” movies, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream needs no introduction. For anyone who’s been around the world of drugs or drug addicts, Requiem will haunt you as much as it will entertain. Of course, Clint Mansell’s infamous soundtrack doesn’t hurt either. Based on Hubert Selby Jr’s book Requiem...

The Perfect Film for the Tail End of Summer

Adventureland Blu-ray and DVD

Chances are if you missed this in theaters, you probably mistook it as a kids movie, or worse. Perhaps as a dumb comedy along the lines of “Soul Plane”. Though the title may ring bells of “Disneyland”, Adventureland is really a film for the nostalgic adults of our generation. Hilarious at sometimes and thought provoking...

Totally Awesome!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray Film Collection

If Transformers and G.I. Joe haven’t pulled at enough of your childhood heart strings, today’s release should. All four feature length TMNT films are now out on Blu-ray and, like pizza, are available for purchase in one convenient box. Regardless of who your favorite hero on the half shell is, watching these early 90’s classics...