La dolce vita Criterion Collection

ladolce.jpg

Federico Fellini's all-time classic gets a full 4K restoration with a Criterion Collection edition of La dolce vita:

"The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La dolce vita rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success--ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome's rich and glamorous, the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist--played by a sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni--during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight. This mordant picture was an incisive commentary on the deepening decadence of the European 1960s, and it provided a prescient glimpse of just how gossip- and fame-obsessed our society would become."

Criterion

Posted in Movies  

NVIDIA Shield Tablet

nvidiashield.jpg

NVIDIA introduces the latest evolution in their Shield gaming hardware platform, the Shield Tablet. The Android-based tablet comes packed with the company's fastest processor and features like console quality graphics on the go and PC game streaming, the tablet is filled with features that may give your PlayStation a run for its money.

The tablet is powered by Nvidia's 192-core Tegra K1, a console-class mobile processor. It will come in 16GB or 32GB models and will feature a 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex processor, 2GBs of RAM, 8" 1080p screen, LTE (32GB model only), 4K video playback, front-facing speakers, HDMI for big-screen connectivity, optional gamepad, 5 MP camera, and Android Kitkat.

$299-$399, NVIDIA

Posted in Game  

Verve: Sound of America Collector's Edition

verve.jpg

One of the best and biggest books on jazz gets updated with a collector's edition featuring ten vinyl-reissues of some of the most important Verve recordings:

"The story of Verve Records is the story of jazz. Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the fifties and sixties and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Norman Granz, the record label's founder, also organised hugely influential, high-profile, racially integrated concerts, first at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and then at venues across America and then around the world.

This volume, published in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert, is the ultimate guide to the artists and the music that made Verve great and jazz cool.

Verve have opened up their archive and provided access to some of their rarest material. Features on the label's key artists and key albums are guaranteed to interest both curious newcomers and dedicated fans - illustrated with both iconic and unseen photographs from some of the finest jazz photographers, classic cover art and ephemera, and insightful timelines."

Thames & Hudson

Posted in Music  

The Imitation Game

Director Morten Tyldum brings focuses his lens on the incredible life of famed mathematician Alan Turing:

"In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal."

Posted in Movies  

The Distortion of Sound

Harman and Bandito Bros Films looks into how sound quality has taken a nose dive with the ubiquity of compressed audio:

"The last two decades have seen a striking decline in the quality of sound and listening experience. Compressed music, MP3s and streaming, have diminished the quality and flattened the emotion. Marketing gimmicks and convenience now take the place of excellence. The Distortion of Sound is an eye-opening exposé of the current state of sound starring Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones and more. This documentary will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences."

Posted in Music  

Love Hultèn R-KAID-R

arcade.jpg

There's a little wooden box from Sweden that may just take your attention away from the Xbox One and PS4. We're talking about Love Hultèn's R-Kaid-R, an immaculate portable arcade console made from solid wood.

The clever creation folds open to reveal a full-on arcade cabinet complete with an 8" LCD screen and a custom-made joystick. The system uses emulation for compatibility with a wide variety of classic gaming consoles and lasts for 8 hours on a single charge. Limited to 50 and individually numbered, each R-Kaid-R can be handmade in various wood finishes. Check out a video of the R-Kaid-R in action after the jump.

$3,400, Love Hultèn

..Continued

Posted in Game  

Exodus: Gods and Kings Trailer

ridley.jpg

Director Ridley Scott gives the world a first look at his upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings:

"From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues."

iTunes

Posted in Movies  

Amazon Prime Music

amazon.jpg

With Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and countless other streaming music options, why even consider another music service? Well, if you've got an Amazon Prime account, the online retail giant is giving you access to a 1 Million+ song catalog and you get it all for free with your existing Prime membership. Not a bad a deal if you ask us.

The new service is ad-free with no playback restrictions and features music from all your favorite top artists as well as personalized playlists from Amazon's experts. Prime Music is available today on Amazon's Kindle HD and HDX tablets and just about everything else: iOS, Android, PC, and Mac on the desktop.

Amazon

Posted in Music  

Mario Maker

Nintendo can release as many new Mario games as it wants, but I think everyone can agree nothing beats the charm of the 2D original. Today Nintendo is taking it back to the game that started it all with a game we all dreamed of as kids, Mario Maker.

Mario Maker is a new Wii U game that finally lets you play God (or Shigeru Miyamoto) over your very own Mario levels. Yes, your very own customized Mario levels as easy or as frustratingly difficult as you want. Design is as easy as picking up Super Mario Bros. for the first time, you use the Wii U's touch screen controller to drag and drop level elements such as bricks or bad guys wherever you want and not only that, you can switch your level designs from the old 8-bit Mario to the modern Mario graphic engine of today. Look for Mario Maker on the Wii U in 2015.

Nintendo

Posted in Wii  

Inside | The latest from the creators of Limbo

Beyond the headlines of all the Halos and new Call of Duty games at this year's E3 are the incredible independent titles that don't just grab our attention with innovative gaming controls but compelling visuals that are like interactive art pieces that belong in the Museum of Modern Art simply on aesthetic alone.

One of those games this year is Inside, the latest from Playdead, the studio that created the award winning and critically acclaimed title, Limbo. No other details have been released outside of a trailer that offers a look at the beautiful art style and gameplay. Inside will be available next year on the Xbox One.

Playdead

Posted in Xbox  

Next Page