Friday, September 16, 2005

Notable DVDs released this week

Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers and have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother leaves behind a little money and a note, charging her oldest boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Though engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own little world, devising and following their own set of rules. When they are forced to engage with the world outside their cocooned universe, the fragile balance that has sustained them collapses. Their innocent longing for their mother, their wary fascination toward the outside world, their anxiety over their increasingly desperate situation, their inarticulate cries, their kindness to each other, their determination to survive on wits and courage. Purchase it here.

Palindromes is a fable of innocence: 13-year old Aviva Victor wants to be a mom. She does all that she can to make this happen, and comes very close to succeeding, but in the end, her plan is thwarted by her sensible parents (Ellen Barkin and Richard Masur). So she runs away, still determined to get pregnant one way or another, but instead finds herself lost in another world, a less sensible one, perhaps, but one pregnant itself with all sorts of strange possibility. Like so many trips, this one is round-trip, and it's hard to say in the end if she can ever be quite the same again, or she can ever be anything but the same again. Palindromes features an all-star supporting cast including Debra Monk, Stephen Adly-Guirgis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and seven different and equally brilliant, risk-taking actors of different ages, races and sizes to play the young heroine. Acclaimed writer/director Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, Storytelling) once again presents a film of moral complexity, and while this may be his most political and philosophical film yet, it is, in many ways, his most tender. Purchase it here.

In 2003, Palm Pictures joined with director’s Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham to create The Directors Label, a groundbreaking series of DVD collections curating the work of todays most innovative filmmakers. Now, Palm is releasing Volume 2, promising to take the Director’s Label to the next level with four exciting new DVDs with superb content featuring the biggest stars in music and film.
The Director's Label Boxed Set Vol. 2 features the work of video auteurs Mark Romanek, Stéphane Sednaoui, Anton Corbijn, and Jonathan Glazer. There is a bounty of superb material here, with watershed videos from some of the biggest acts of the past twenty years (Metallica, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna) as well as from lesser-knowns (Eels, Mirwais, David Sylvian, Herbert Gronemeyer). Beyond the videos, extras include commercials, beautifully-produced booklets for each director, and an exhaustive selection of documentary shorts. When future generations debate the artistic merit of the music video, this is where they'll start. Purchase it here.

Xbox 360 hits store shelves 11/22

The 22 November date falls just before the US Thanksgiving holiday, which traditionally starts the end of the year shopping season.

Official launch date for Europe is 2 December and in Japan on 10 December.

Read more here.

Nintendo's one-handed controller

Check out the controller for the upcoming Nintendo Revolution. In a demonstration at the Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata showed off a wireless controller that closely resembled a TV remote control.
Motion sensors on the controller translate its movements into game action, allowing it to be used as a virtual sword, baseball bat or racket.
The wireless sensor-studded controller is a break with the past because before now most game consoles have used a two-handed device studded with buttons.

Read more here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Kensington Debuts NXT-enabled iPod Docking Station

Kensington Technology Group announced today that it has expanded its award winning line of iPod accessories with five new products, including its first NXT-based product, the SX 2000 Speakers for iPod. Featuring NXT’s award winning SurfaceSound technology and finished in the familiar high gloss white synonymous with Apple’s iPod, the Kensington SX 2000 is the perfect accessory for the world’s favorite portable digital music player, including the brand new iPod nano.
Conveniently carrying as many as 15,000 songs from your music collection is a guaranteed way to ensure that wherever you are, you can enjoy your favorite music on the go, but sometimes you’ll want to listen to the music when you stop – now you can, and with room-filling sound. The grille-less NXT flat panel loudspeaker, which forms the whole fascia of the docking station, provides a wide, immersive sound to bring your digital music collection to life. The Universal Dock provides a single, elegant way to connect any iPod with dock connector to your iPod accessory. iPod fits into the Universal Dock through the use of interchangeable inserts called Dock Adapters.
Launching in November and priced around $159.99, the SX 2000 Speakers for iPod will be available from Apple Stores across the US, and in Canada, Japan and the UK, as well as from the Apple website.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

GTA Libert City Stories trailer

For those awaiting Grand Theft Auto for the PSP, there is a trailer over at Rockstar.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Tony Hawk inspired video camera

Interactive Ideas announced today the launch of the highly anticipated Tony Hawk Helmet Cam from Digital Blue, a lightweight self-contained digital camcorder which easily attaches to a helmet and records video and audio at the touch of a button with no wires necessary. Working with Tony Hawk, the internationally renowned skateboarding champion, Digital Blue created this revolutionary product to enable skateboarders, cyclists, snow boarders and other sports enthusiasts to make their own sports videos as exciting as anything seen on TV.

The Tony Hawk Helmet Camcorder straps to any helmet and comes with a 32MB memory card recording up to 30 minutes of video and sound. It weighs less than ½ lb and uses just two AAA batteries. The Tony Hawk Helmet Cam also features auto focus and 640 X 480 resolution, plus a built-in microphone with a 12 foot range.
Read more here.

Firecracker Issue 10

Firecracker 10 is now available online. Firecracker is an online magazine that covers East Asian cinema. It includes theatrical andDVD reviews, interviews, and special features. Firecracker is worth checking out especially if you are into East Asian cinema.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

PSP formatted Reebok site

Reebok has just introduced a website formatted exclusively for the PSP. On the website, users can download wallpapers, videos, sound clips, and commercials. Featured on the site are various stars and athletes including Jay Z and AI. You can check it out at

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