Audio Video News June 2010

CiragoTV Platinum CMC2000 1.5TB Network Multimedia Player 
iGadget Life :: Sunday, June 06, 2010
” Up on the review block today is Cirago’s TV Platinum CMC2000 1.5TB Network Multimedia Center. I personally have not yet had the opportunity to review anything like this for the site, so this was an exciting product to receive. The box boasts that it contains a 1.5TB hard drive for storage of recorded video and pictures, can record live TV, stream media, play internet radio, access files over your network via built-in NAS and look at all types of pictures. That’s a lot of stuff, so let’s take a look. ”

Toy Story Blu-ray Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Saturday, June 05, 2010
“For me, returning to the world of Toy Story is like returning to a comfortable old chair, an old blanket, or childhood friends. Originally released in 1995, when I was but 10 years old, I’ve fond memories of watching and re-watching the old VHS (it’s still around here somewhere, unless it’s disintegrated). Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to catch the film and its 1999 sequel in 3D, during its cinema re-release, which definitely has re-kindled my appreciation for the film, which dually celebrates its 15th Anniversary and heralds the release of the second sequel, imaginatively titled Toy Story 3 this month.

The premise of Toy Story is that in the presence of humans, toys are inanimate toys. But once left alone, they spring to life, in a world of their own. When Andy, the child protagonist, receives a coveted Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) space hero figurine for his birthday, he is quickly favoured over the other toys, led by wild west character Woody (Tom Hanks). But when the toys are separated from their home, the two toys are forced to band together to make it back.”

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Blu-ray Movie Review
Tweak Town :: Friday, June 04, 2010
A fairly madcap throwback to the zany animation of Chuck Jones and bordering on Tex Avery, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs tells the story of nerdy inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) whom after a string of failures finally invents something that not only works, but works a little too well. When his food replicator begins to spew forth too much food, the famine becomes a feast which threatens to destroy his town.

Sony’s sumptuous visuals are a highlight, but the real heart is in the quick witted script, brought to life by some very talented comedians who I’m sure contributed quite a bit to the process. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. There’s enough in this to entertain young and old alike; I laughed more than a little.”