The World of eSports

The World of eSports

Who would’ve thought twenty years ago that playing video games could make you serious money? 


The internet has enabled gamers to unite across the globe and to challenge each other in an exciting industry that has gained a tremendous amount of prominence in the last decade.

Otherwise known as electronic sports, eSports is a form of competition by using video games.


The sport has elevated to such a high level that participants are referred to as professional gamers. Multiplayer online battle arena, first-person shooter, digital collectible card games and fighters are some of the most common video game genres associated with eSports.


Some of the popular eSports titles include League of Legends, Call of Duty and Counter-Strike.

eSports has gained a lot of prominence in the last decade, but many people will be surprised to discover that the sport’s origin dates back to the ‘70s. 


Many people recognize the first official eSports competition on record to be the Stanford University (SU) held one on October 19, 1972. Since then, the sport has come a long way and contributed tremendously to global wealth. 


The students at SU gathered to compete in Spacewar, a space combat game first developed in 1962. The top prize was a one year’s subscription to Rolling Stone magazine. The winner was Bruce Baumgart. (14)


How Popular is it?

The sport has become so popular that Goldman Sachs analysts have voiced their projections about it. 


A Goldman Sachs analyst wrote that the eSports industry had a larger audience than Major League Baseball, excluding China. 


A New Zoo, gaming market researcher, survey indicated that 167 million people were competitive eSports gamers at the end of 2018 and that the figure would rise to 276 million by 2022. (1)


Here’s who leads the pack in eSports prominence:


“China has been ahead of the curve on this; all of Asia really,” says Menashe Kestenbaum, CEO of Enthusiast Gaming in Toronto. “If you see an arena jam-packed with gamers, it’s probably somewhere in China or South Korea,” he says.


The sport has become so popular in China that the country is building the world’s largest gamer theme park. (2)


The park is currently under construction and set to be the size of an average Six Flags Amusement Park and slated for completion in 2022.


The global games market generated over $138 billion in 2018. China had over 700 million gamers, making it a prime destination for gaming companies. (2)


One of the main reasons that eSports has taken off is due to the support of the Chinese government, which believes that eSports is the future of gaming.


The Chinese government has taken the industry seriously since its gaming market contributed $32.5 billion in 2018 to the economy. (3)


The thriving gaming industry started off in South Korea, but it’s China that has seen unprecedented growth. 


China’s massive expansion meant that it surpassed the U.S. market.


Businesses have seen the impact that eSports has on the economy and have tried to get their share of the pie. Newzoo data revealed that the eSports industry generated $660 million in 2017 with China making up 16% of that. (4)


The global market had a revenue of $900 million in 2018.


Price Waterhouse Coopers has estimated that the global revenue from eSports will be $1.6 billion by 2022. (5)


While China’s gaming industry booms, the rest of the world is playing catch-up.


Japan is another market that contributes greatly to the gaming market. Japanese gaming companies contributed $19.2 billion to the country’s economy in 2018. Sadly, revenue from Japan’s eSports market in 2018 was only $44.2 million. 


Although the comparison of eSports contribution to the economy was less than 1% of the gaming industry, the country’s eSports revenue was $3 million in 2017. (13)


One of the problems that the eSports industry in Japan has faced is legal restrictions. Legislation such as the Penal Code, the Premium Act and the Fueiho Law have gotten in the way of the industry’s prosperity. (13)


Does it Pay?

South Korea is the sixth biggest eSports market, but many people consider the country to be the pioneer of eSports. 


Lee Sang-hyeok (Faker) at LoL World Championship 2013

Lee Sang-hyeok, a South Korean eSports world champion, demands a salary of $3 million annually. Lee Dae-ho, a professional baseball player, receives an annual salary of $2.5 million by comparison. (5)


The average annual salary of a South Korean professional gamer was $150,000 in 2018. (6) 

A government report stated that South Korea’s eSports industry increased by 4.2% in 2017 to $87 million. (6)


The United States Strives to Compete in the World of Gaming

The U.S. is hot on the heels of China. 


Although the gaming industry in the U.S. was making money off video games since the ‘90s, it was Blizzard Entertainment’s release of StarCraft in 2010 that catapulted eSports in the country. 


Major League Gaming (MLG) is one of the most prominent eSports organizations in the world and helped to pioneer the sport in the country. 


The company’s latest tournament, Call of Duty World Championship, invited 32 of the world’s best teams to compete for $1.5 million in prizes. (7)


How’s that for prestige mode?


The highest-earning player in the U.S. made just over $3 million. The second highest-earning player made $2.98 million. (8)


The good news is that you don’t have to be the best player in the country to make a good living from eSports. Thanks to certain leagues, the average eSports competitor can live off of playing video games.


Riot Games’ League of Legends was the first league to provide salaries for every starter in 2013. The company’s goal was to offer stability that no other eSports could rival. Numerous North American professional players make an average annual salary of $320,000 by playing League of Legends alone. (9)


“These days, now that the path to pro is well established, and there are nearly 1,000 pros globally making a living off of playing League of Legends professionally, we look at player salaries continuing to rise and new player benefits (insurance, 401k, etc) as evidence of a healthy ecosystem,” said Chris Hopper, head of North American eSports at Riot Games.


The average annual salary of the pros in the League of Legends averages the same salary as an athlete in the Major League Soccer clubs. 


If the salaries for professional players isn’t enough, they can make up for it in the competitions. Xiao Hong, the Dota 2 operator in China, said that the TI9’s prize pool would be $25.5 in 2019. (10)


Chinese teams finished first or second at the Dota 2 competition for the last few years, resulting in the country netting $18 million from the four-team placements. (11)


The average age of players who made the most money was 25.


Audiences

Professional players can make money from lucrative competitions only if the organizers have audiences to show their advertisements to.


A report that Penguin Intelligence released stated that eSports viewers would grow to 350 million in 2019, a 10.6% year-on-year increase. China’s share of the market would be around 75 million fans.


The report also stated that the growth in China’s audiences would create a market of $2 billion by the end of 2019. The growth stems from income generated from tournaments, sponsorships, media rights and money that the players will earn.

Some of the predictions include that 600 million viewers will watch eSports by 2023, an increase of around 79% from 2017, which recorded 335 million viewers. (12)


According to Activate, 62% of U.S viewers were aged 18-34, and 58% had a positive attitude towards partaking in eSports. (12)


Other statistics revealed that Gen Zers were more open-minded toward eSports than other generations. The statistics stated that 56% of US Gen Z men (aged 13-21) said that non-traditional sports were relevant to their generation, and 44% stated the same for traditional sports.


Salaries and competition prize money isn’t the only way that the eSports industry benefits, as sponsorship revenue reached $359 million in 2018. (12)


That is a 53% year-on-year increase.


The increase in viewership and sponsorship has propelled high profile figures to get involved. The sport has taken off so much that celebrities couldn’t resist investing in it. Basketball legend Michael Jordan and platinum-selling artist Drake have invested in the eSports industry.


Final Thoughts

Figures prove that eSports is becoming more popular every year. Not only are players making more money than previous years but businesses have profited by getting involved as sponsors. 

More professional players have emerged due to the large prize pools, and celebrities have become investors in the industry.


With global audiences increasing annually, eSports is set to become the next big sporting event. 

You don’t have to take my word for it. 


All you have to do is look at the salaries of professional eSports competitors. Some of them are making more money than professional athletes involved in traditional sports.


Games like League of Legends have attracted some of the best players in the world, and the organizers have filled up stadiums with fans. 


Although you might have outgrown video games as Michael Jordan and Drake have, isn’t it worthwhile to look at the investment opportunities?

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Things To Do On A Rainy Day With Your Loved Ones To Make It Memorable!

Things To Do On A Rainy Day With Your Loved Ones To Make It Memorable!

It's morning, and you wake up and it's pouring rain -- gloomy, grey, and wet.

You now have a choice to make:

You could lay around like a lump all day.

Or, you can get up, get creative and check out this amazing list of fun things to do on a rainy day instead.

You decide if you want to spend the day forgetting or making beautiful memories with the one you love the most instead.

pouring rain on the street

[This image taken from Giphy.]

We are here to help you make the right decision.


Step outside your normal routine

When people are in a long-term relationship, after a while, the newness wears off, and we settle back into routines with each other.

That process is totally normal, of course, things are supposed to calm down.

But don't get too comfortable:

“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots keeping itself alive.”

It's important to keep that spark alive -- even, or especially when the rain is trying to drown it out.

It's time to grab the bull by the horns and find some of the coolest ideas on the internet.


Looking for Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Coming up with ideas should start with you and your partner deciding to step outside your comfort zones a little.

The whole idea is to do something new and exciting.

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."

Preferably, the thing you choose to do will be something that's new to both of you.

Consider this:


It's all about finding common interests

Don't panic if you're feeling stuck for ideas.

Heck, you shouldn't worry, even if you can't find something you want to do on our list today.

In truth, finding fun things to do on a rainy day together can be an exercise in learning new things about one another.

We found some excellent tips on how to find a new common interest with your partner.

couple happily spending time with each other in the beach

[This image taken from Giphy.]

Try asking questions:

  • Tell me about your favorite hobby as a child?
  • Is there anything about those hobbies that still appeals to you?
  • If nothing from your childhood still appeals to you, what's your favorite thing to do now?
  • What was it about those childhood hobbies that you enjoyed the most?
  • Do you prefer a physical or a mental challenge? How about both?
  • What activity would you do if money were no object?
  • Is there a hobby or activity you would like to avoid?

A list of ideas for a new activity to try:

  • Learn a new sport
  • Bird watching
  • Start a blog together
  • Volunteer
  • Collecting
  • Learn an instrument
  • Photography
  • Crafts
  • Art
  • Explore movies from an unfamiliar genre, period, or foreign country
  • Cooking
  • Museums
  • Antiques

No matter if you find something immediately or not...

asking your partner these questions will certainly help you get to know them better.


Creative Indoor Date Ideas That Don't Cost a Dime

For some of us, the most fun things to do on a rainy day won't cost a dime. So, we start our list with a whole host of great ideas.

Have a look:

"The best things in life are free"


Take a class together on YouTube

Considering most people have the internet at home, YouTube is an excellent resource. There, you can find all sorts of different videos to help you learn new things.

For example:

Even if you don't have the ingredients on hand, you could consider learning how to cook something new.

Check out the following video:

It's not just cooking, either:

Using YouTube as a guide, you and your partner can learn countless new things together.

A list of additional things you can learn using YouTube:

  • Woodworking
  • Engine repair
  • Do-it-yourself home repairs
  • Painting
  • Graphic design
  • Coding
  • Web design

 

Build a fort

Next on our list of fun things to do on a rainy day is an activity for kids of all ages -- a pillow fort.

And who doesn't love building forts?

This one is simple:

Grab your partner and gather every pillow, blanket, and cushion you can find.

Next, you want to find an area in your house where you can build yourself the coolest pillow fort ever.

After you finish the fort, fill it with fun activities and things you and your partner can do together.

  • Read a book of poetry to each other
  • Play a game
  • Watch a movie on a tiny screen together

A fort is an especially good idea if you happen to have tiny humans running around. 

relaxing pillow fort with romantic candle lights

[Image CC-BY-2.0 from Max Charping via Flickr]

 

Board game playoffs

Third, let's talk about a game day.

But here's something different:

This won't be any ordinary game day.

Instead of just sitting down to a regular game of Monopoly, for example, grab all the games you own out of the closet.

Then, set up a simple points system and keep track of how many games you each win.

By the end of the day, one of you will be the undisputed game day champion.

fun and exciting board game

[This image taken from Giphy.]


Learn how to play a new card game together

Most everyone has a deck of cards already lying around.

So, use them:

Sit down with your significant other, and the two of you figure out a card game that neither of you knows how to play.

Then, both of you learn to play the game together.

For example, check out the video below to learn how to play poker:

Higher Ed Geek has a list of card games everyone should know how to play if you're feeling stuck.

On the list of fun things to do on a rainy day, learning new stuff seems like a bonus to having fun.


Would you rather?

This next idea is a great way not only to kill time but to also get to know each other better.

Here are the basics:

The whole idea is to ask the person a question that presents a dilemma.

For example,

"Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?"

or

"Would you rather sit around all day or find something fun to do on a rainy day instead?"

Check out the video below:

Then, you and your partner each answer the questions as honestly as you possibly can.

You can find all sorts of would you rather questions online.

Pro Tip: 
A great place to play "Would you Rather?" might be in that pillow fort.

More Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day at Home

In the next section, we are still going to keep our ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day at home. However, some of these activities might cost a little money.

"There's only one thing more precious than our time and that's who we spend it on." -- 

Whether the activity will cost you money or not depends mostly on what supplies you already have there at home.

Let's get started!


Try a new recipe together

The first item on the list of super fun things to do on a rainy day will fill your belly and warm your heart -- try a new recipe together.

There are tons of recipes available online like these 31 romantic Valentine's dinner recipes from Delish.

Check out the video below for more dinner ideas:

Remember this rule:

No matter what you choose to cook, though, the whole idea is to work together to make it.

As a couple, usually, it's one or the other of you doing the majority of the cooking. Or, you each have specific things that you do.

For this exercise, turn those rules on their head.

"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

For example, if your partner is the one that usually preps for the meal -- you do all that work yourself.


Have a cook-off

Of course, you can take a few of our last ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day for this next item.

Here's how:

Take things to a whole other level and have a cook-off. Consider inviting over a few friends or family to have them help you judge the food.

chef dancing and singing in the kitchen

[This image taken from Giphy.]

There are a couple of different directions you can take your cook-off challenge:

  • Iron Chef-style: each of you starts with the same ingredients and see what you come up with
  • Each of you cooks the same recipes
  • One of you cooks the main course and one of you makes dessert
  • Have an eating contest after you finish the cook-off


Have a paint and sip party for two

For the next idea on our list of fun things to do on a rainy day, you will need a few supplies. However, paint and sip parties are all the rage right now for a reason.

The best news of all is that there are a ton of free guides right on YouTube.

Check out the video below:

Here's what you need:

  • Paint (watch the video you choose early to see what colors you will need)
  • Canvas
  • One (or two, or three) bottles of wine
  • Paintbrushes
  • Something to cover the table


Get crafty

Next up, if painting a picture isn't your thing, don't count out the idea of getting crafty in another way.

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

Either come up with a project you're both dying to try -- or, gather up all the arts and crafts supplies in your house and see what you can come up with.

Try this cool paint-pouring technique:

To try this pouring method you will need:

  • A lot of acrylic paint
  • A cover for the table
  • Plastic cups
  • Knife
  • Canvas

Other fun crafts you can try with your partner:

  • Tie-dye
  • Knitting
  • Woodworking
  • Wood burning/carving
  • Clay
  • Origami
  • Basket weaving
  • Make your own beer/wine

On a list of fun things to do on a rainy day, making some sort of mess should be near the top.


Fun Date Ideas for a Rainy Day

So far, all of our fun things to do on a rainy day have you staying at home.

Now, for something completely different:

three men enjoy singing in the rain

[This image taken from Giphy.]

In this next section we are going to get you into some pants (hopefully) and into the great outdoors -- at least long enough to get where you're going.

Grab your galoshes and your umbrella, let's find something special to do.


Visit an aquarium

First, according to a survey on Ranker, one of the most popular indoor date destinations is an aquarium.

And we have to say that we seriously agree with that sentiment.

It's pretty romantic in an aquarium.

There are dark corridors and strange and wondrous creatures around every corner.

But that's not all:

a must see aquarium to visit during the rainy days

[Image CC BY-SA 2.0 from Perry Quan via Flickr]


Visit a trampoline park

Next, if the two of you are feeling extra adventurous, you could consider visiting a trampoline park.

Just because it's generally something younger kids do doesn't mean you can't get it on the fun.

Check it out:

Now, doesn't that look like fun?


Bowling

Next, whether you are a fan of the Big Lebowski or not -- you should consider heading to a bowling alley the next time it's raining outside.

Here's an instructional video in case you don't know how to bowl:

But remember to have fun:

Obviously, you don't need to be as good as the Dude to have a great time bowling. Grab your partner and give it a shot.

Pro Tip: 
If you go bowling don't forget to wear or take your own socks.


Visit an arcade

We realize that ordinarily visiting an arcade is another thing that young people usually do. However, there's something to be said for all the games and flashing lights and friendly competition.

Try this:

Instead of choosing a regular arcade at the mall, see if you can find a big one.

You know, one of those arcades that has skeeball, basketball, and even batting cages sometimes.

You can spend many happy hours staying dry and play two-player games or see who can win the most tickets.

girls enjoy playing games in an arcade

[This image taken from Giphy.]

Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day -- Themed Dates

Of course, we realize that not everyone will feel adventurous enough to want to jump on trampolines or hit up a bowling alley.

"The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom."

So, for people who want to keep things a little less physical, we found some super cool themed dates.

Here they are:


Random acts of kindness date

First on our list of super fun things to do on a rainy day themed dates edition is the random acts of kindness, or ROAK, date.

"No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many."

The idea is a simple one:

On this type of date, you and your partner head out with one goal in mind -- do something kind for another person or people.

Check out the video below for some ideas:

The best thing about this theme date is that when it comes to the random acts of kindness you choose -- the sky is the limit. There are a ton of websites with lists like this one if you're feeling stuck for ideas.

The only thing that feels better than doing something kind for another person is doing it beside your favorite human on earth.

A few ideas you can use on the random acts of kindness date:

  • Bring coloring books and toys to a local shelter
  • Put encouraging notes on a stranger's windshield
  • Go through a drive-through and pay for the person behind you
  • Put notes or fun coupons in random books at the library or book store
  • Hand out sanitation kits you put together to local homeless people/shelters (travel-sized toiletries from the dollar store are great)
  • Hand out flower/leave some on someone's doorstep
  • Pick up trash at your local park
  • Put change in meters you find expired
  • Send care packages to soldiers


DIY fondue date night

Our next theme date is one that should appeal to just about anyone on a rainy day if only because it includes melted cheese and/or chocolate: do-it-yourself fondue.

First, you're going to need some supplies -- including a fondue pot like this one.

To begin:

Here are a few things you can dip in the chocolate fondue to get you started:

  • Marshmallows
  • Small pretzel sticks
  • Caramels
  • Biscotti
  • Sponge cake
  • Bananas
  • Seedless grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Coconut chunks
  • Apples
  • Waffles
  • Cheesecake Bites
  • Frozen fruit
  • Gummy bears
  • Popcorn

Check out the video below on how to make chocolate fondue:

But that’s not all:

Don’t worry, if you’re in a more savory mood, there’s all kind of melted cheese recipes available, as well.

Here’s a list of things you can use to dip into the cheese fondue to help you on your way:

  • Bread (make sure you toast it lightly)
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Raw veggies: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, fennel, cherry tomatoes, pickles, artichoke hearts, or bell peppers
  • Cooked (fire roasted) veggies: potatoes, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, radishes
  • Grilled steak
  • Poached chicken
  • Cooked ham
  • Beef jerky
  • Kielbasa
  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Sliced green apples or pears
  • Pineapple

Check out the video below for an excellent way to make cheese fondue:


Taste testing date night

Next up, because we know everyone loves to eat, perhaps the next time you are looking for fun things to do on a rainy day — have a taste testing date.

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

You can take this theme date idea in any number of directions.

Try this:

First, you can try out several different types of pizza, for example, and choose your favorite together.

Or, check out the video below for another spin on the idea:

Other taste test date ideas include:

  • Blindfolded sweet versus sour
  • Expensive food versus cheap food
  • Rank cheddar cheese crackers
  • Pick your favorite Doritos flavor
  • Favorite brand of bread
  • Rank your favorite Pop-Tarts flavors
  • Favorite brand of wine
  • Best Beer

Help to Make the World a Better Place

Finally, to round things out, we’re going to give you some ideas in case you decide you want to spend your next rainy day making a difference in the world.

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” 

Have a look:


How to find volunteer opportunities in your town

First, we know that every place in this country has slightly different needs. So try this:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

― Winston Churchill​​​​

If you are stuck trying to find a volunteer opportunity in your town, start by checking with your local United Way.


Visit a local animal shelter

If you and your partner like animals, most local shelters are always looking for extra help.

Just make sure you call them ahead of time to let them know you're coming in.

The two of you could help at the shelter by calming dogs after surgery, walking them, or brushing them.

What could be better on a rainy day for lifting your spirits than hanging out with some adorable animals?


But wait, there's more:

Other ideas for volunteering in your town:

  • Serve food at your local shelter or soup kitchen
  • Visit a retirement community
  • Help Habitat for Humanity build a house
  • Donate food to a food bank
  • Take blankets to a homeless shelter
  • Help pick up garbage at a national park
black dog excitedly waiting for his food

[This image taken from Giphy.]

The Rain Can Only Get You down If You Let It

In summation, now that you have this handy list of fun things to do on a rainy day, the choice is yours. You can sit around like a lump all day, or you can grab your partner and create some memories together.

 

The choice is pretty clear on this one. I mean, there's a fort on this list for crying out loud. The rain could be the cause of one of your most beautiful days yet.


So the next time the storm clouds roll in, try one of these ideas and make some memories!

couple embracing each other to show love and care

[This image taken from Giphy.]

10 Of The Best 4k Blu ray Movies Currently On The Market

10 Of The Best 4k Blu ray Movies Currently On The Market

Movies are a great way to leave our every day worries behind. They entertain us, move us, make us laugh, and give us a brief respite from the stresses of life. Some of them make such an impression on us that we can watch them repeatedly with as much joy and interest as the first time we saw them.


Movies strike an emotional cord, which is why so many people have truly impressive movie libraries. As time progresses, we have to periodically update our collections because of technological advances. VHS cassettes had to be replaced with DVDs. Those, in turn, are being replaced with Blu-ray discs. Some, too, have decided to have a digital library instead of having physical copies of their favorite films. These days, there’s a new way to watch movies: 4k Blu-ray movies. The best thing about this new way to watch movies is that not only do you get exceptional visual and audio quality, but all of your old favorites are available in this format. In fact, you may find at least one of your favorites on our list of the best 4k Blu-ray movies.

How Did We Compile Our Best of 4k Blu-ray Movies List?

Our list of the best 4k Blu-ray movies consists of some all-time classics, as well as some recent box-office hits. Since watching a film is such a personal experience, it’s sometimes hard to choose based on online reviews alone. Choosing a film is sometimes way more complicated than choosing the best 4k TV or which audio system to invest in. Those are tangible things that are easy to say “they’re great” or “they’re horrible.” Movies are different, though. Even the worst movies ever made have cult followings. 


There was just something about them that struck a chord with particular members of the movie-going audience. Conversely, there are classic films that multitudes of people love that are still detested by a certain percentage of the population. The way we react to a movie is definitely based on the creativity, writing, directing, acting, special effects, lighting, costumes, and music. But it’s also based on emotion, and we all react to things differently. One person’s sense of humor may make some people laugh, but not everyone.


Therefore, when it came to choosing the best 4k Blu-ray movies, we went off of these criteria:


  • Popularity of the film – If it’s a true classic, we’re going to add it to the list because most people will probably enjoy it.
  • The special effects – If a film already has amazing special effects – like all of the Marvel superhero movies – we’re going to recommend making the 4k disc investment. The experience will be even more amazing in 4k.
  • The colors in the film – Films that are very colorful – like animated films or beautifully artistic films like Amélie – should be seen in all their colorful glory.

The Top 10 – Our Picks for the Best 4k Blu-ray Movies on the Market

Based on our criteria, here’s our list of the top 10 best 4k Blu-ray movies to date.

1. Jurassic Park – 25th Anniversary Edition (original release date 1993)

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You can’t go wrong with a classic like this one. Though the special effects are dated, they still look fantastic. And no matter how many times you’ve watched the original film in the Jurassic Park franchise, there are still going to be parts that make you hold your breath in anticipation and jump. And that’s especially the case with the 4k edition. With crisper images, the scene with the raptors in the kitchen will freak you out more than ever before!


Wonder Woman 2017 UHD best 4k blu ray movies

This action packed, female power gem is one of our top picks for the best 4k film of the past year. The storyline is great. The special effects are out of this world. And the colors are beyond amazing. With every scene, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported and like you’re fighting right alongside Princess Diana.

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  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)
Lego best 4k blu ray movies

It’s rare when you find a movie that will entertain both kids and adults, but this movie is one that accomplishes that feat. Most people have played with a LEGO set at one time or another, so the idea that the characters finally get to come to life is really exciting. Like most animated films, this one is very colorful and action packed. Thanks to the quality of the 4k, the bright, vivid colors and fun storyline will keep your kids attention through the entire movie.

The Lego Movie (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD)
  • WarnerBrothers (03/01/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman
Hacksaw Ridge best 4k blu ray movies

This is one of the poignant films of 2016 about a conscientious objector who served as a medic in WWII. Though he wasn’t willing to kill, he still went out onto the battlefield with his countrymen. In the process, he was able to save 75 of them. The film is a dynamic portrayal of the human spirit and personal/spiritual beliefs. Watching that kind of bravery portrayed on screen is wonderful in high definition. With the crisp quality and amazing sound effects and editing, you feel like you’re right there on the battlefield with Captain Oliver and Doss, the courageous yet brave objector.

Justice League best 4k blu ray movies

Just about every superhero movie ever made has been atop the list of multiple “best of 4k” lists that we found online. And it’s no wonder. These movies are full of action, comedy, and drama. They’re the full package. Though these movies don’t typically take home Academy Awards for best acting, script, or directing, they do often get nominated for best editing, costumes/makeup, and special effects. 


That’s why you need to start watching them in 4k. The effects are so cool – they take these superhero movies to a whole other level. And Justice League is at the top of the list because of the epic characters (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc.), the locations of their battles, and the “how are they going to get out of this” type of scenarios.

Justice League (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)
  • Justice League - 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Brand New
Kingsman best 4k blu ray movies

Apparently, it does because now the world has two Kingsman movies. In this second installment, the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed. Not only that, the world is being held hostage. British and U.S. secret spy organizations have to come together to defeat their enemy. This film is fun, fast-paced, and humorous. We recommend watching the high definition 4k Blu-ray with your surround sound on. You’ll feel like you’re definitely a part of all the spy adventures.

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Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle [Blu-ray]
  • Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories
  • 20th Century Fox (12/12/2017)
  • Blu-ray, R (Restricted)
Labyrinth best 4k blu ray movies

This is a favorite among many because of the collaboration of the talents of Jim Henson and David Bowie. This Fantasy Adventure also stars a young Jennifer Connelly who has to make her way through a labyrinth with strange creatures – including Bowie’s Goblin King. She wished that her younger brother would be taken by the Goblin King and he is. Now she has to search for him. This was a fun, strange, adventurous childhood movie for many. You’ll love reliving your memories and introducing younger generations to this exciting film – especially in high-quality 4k.

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Labyrinth (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + UltraViolet)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (09/20/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Running time: 101 minutes
murder on the orient best 4k blu ray movies

This Agatha Christie classic has been made multiple times, in some cases showcasing the talents of an all-star cast. It’s no different with this 2017 version, starring Kenneth Branagh as Detective Poirot, along with Leslie Odom, Jr., Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, and Williem Dafoe. What makes this version a must-see on a 4k disk? According to MSN, the 4k experience makes the costumes and makeup look absolutely exquisite. You see every line in the character’s faces, every whisker in Poirot’s incredible mustache. The producers of the film used a rich color palette for this film, and you get to see every bold or subtle color clearly and as intended when you watch this movie in 4k.

Murder On The Orient Express [Blu-ray]
  • 20th Century Fox (02/27/2018)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Running time: 114 minutes
The Swallows

If you’re a fan of shark movies, you need to check out The Shallows on 4k Blu-ray disk. This film stars Blake Lively as a woman mourning the death of her mother, who decides to go surfing where her mother used to surf. While surfing alone, Lively’s character is attacked by a great white shark, who is out for blood. Lively is able to make it safely to a rock in the middle of the water, but the shark continues to circle around her. Will she make it safely to shore? You’ll have to see what happens, but we can guarantee you that your viewing experience will be way more intense when you watch The Shallows in 4k. The crystal clear, turquoise waters are gorgeous. You can make out every detail including the glistening ocean waves, the rocks under the sea, even the pores on Lively’s sand-caked face.

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The Shallows [Blu-ray]
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio and subtitles.
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (09/27/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Buyers’ Guide: How to Pick Movies to Add to Your Blu-ray Collection

The great thing about 4k Blu-rays is that you don’t have to replace your entire movie library. Some movies are perfectly enjoyable via streaming or on DVD. So, how do you choose which movies are the best 4k Blu-ray movies to invest in? That’s really up to you. You can choose to slowly replace all of your DVDs over time. Or, you can keep all of your old DVDs and simply make all of your future purchases 4k discs.


Another option is to replace only those DVDs that you know will benefit from an upgrade. For instance, all of your Fantasy or Action/Adventure films – they will be so much better seen on a 4k disc with the higher definition and increased depth of color. Normally, when recommending how to choose your entertainment, we would tell you to read the online reviews and pay attention to what your friends and family say. But when it comes to the best 4k Blu-ray movies, the choice really is up to you. What movies do you love? What films are you willing to invest in again? This choice is all about personal preferences!

Will You Get on the 4k Blu-ray Movie Bandwagon?

Should you really invest in 4k Blu-ray movies? Granted, your favorite movies can be seen digitally via platforms like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix, and you still have the option to buy them on DVD or Blu-ray. 


What makes 4k Blu-ray better than all the rest? According to CNet.com, 4k Blu-ray discs will “deliver the best home video picture quality you can buy.” How so? It’s because these discs are the ultimate in high definition. While you can stream in 4k from Netflix and Amazon, the actual discs offer an even better experience. The color and resolution are better than anything else out there. Plus, when you buy 4k Blu-ray discs, you can actually save money. That almost seems counterintuitive, seeing that the latest and greatest of nearly everything typically costs more.


However, renting or buying the streaming version of 4k Blu-ray can actually be more expensive than buying the discs. And the quality of the discs is better than what you can get from streaming. Another great thing about these discs is that you don’t have to replace your entire DVD or Blu-ray collection. All formats can be played on a 4k Blu-ray player, which means you can save even more money by keeping your current movie collection. You can be sure that when you buy the best 4k Blu-ray movies you’ll be making one of the best investments toward a thoroughly enjoyable movie-watching experience.


Buyer’s Guide To Picking The Best 4K TV Under 1000

Buyer’s Guide To Picking The Best 4K TV Under 1000

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4k or “Ultra HD” televisions are all the rage these days. Just in case you are not familiar with these televisions, they are televisions with a resolution that is even better than high definition (HD) resolution. What this means, in technical terms, is that 4k TVs have more pixels than other televisions on the market, which translates to higher picture quality.


When these televisions first came out, they were extremely expensive, and really only the very rich tended to own them. Nowadays, however, these televisions are a lot more common and a lot cheaper. This means that you can get a great television for under $1000.


If you’re currently looking for the best 4k TV under 1000, don’t worry. We know all about televisions and can help you to find the perfect one to match both your needs and your budget.

How We Choose Our Ratings

Our opinion on the best 4k TV under 1000 is based on lots of time, effort, and research. We want you to know that we don’t just give out our opinions lightly. We want to be a source you can trust, which is why we put honesty and accuracy above all else and really work hard to make our ratings the most reliable you’ll find anywhere.


We look at all kinds of different factors when coming up with our ratings. To start with, we look at ratings and reviews from real customers just like you. We also look at things like sales data, brand history and reputation, and more. By looking at and comparing all of this information, we feel confident that our ratings are the most trustworthy out there.


Plus, our ratings and opinions are not designed to sway you in any particular way or to get you to buy a particular product. For this reason, you can trust them to be real and honest on ever count.


So, now that you know we work, let’s not wait another minute to reveal our picks for the best 4k TV under 1000 options.

Top 5 Best 4k TVs Under 1000

5. Sony XBR49X800E 49 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

SONY XBR49X800E 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Yes, we know that name is quite a mouthful, but the television is worth saying the name a few times fast.


We love that this super affordable television is also a smart TV. Of course, that’s the case with most models on the market today, but this one has access to tons of great media, such as Netflix, already built in. We also really appreciate the awesome picture quality and the Triluminos feature, as well as Sony’s patented Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, which makes the colors onscreen really pop. This TV doesn’t have a lot of fancy features other than the ones mentioned, but the great picture quality makes it a solid choice.


Sony XBR49X800E 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 43 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 2 1/4 Inch, TV with stand: 43 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 10 Inch.
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using Sony's Android TV.

4. Sony XBR49X900E 49 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Sony XRVR55x900E

This one is the XBR49X900E. Like our #5 pick, this television has wonderful picture quality. However, it also has a good contrast feature, nice brightness, and good motion handling. In fact, the only thing that kept it from ranking higher on our list is the fact that the viewing angle is a bit limited. The picture really only looks its true best when you’re facing it straight-on.


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Sony XBR49X900E-Series 49"-Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 43.1" x 24.9" x 2.5", TV with stand: 43.1" x 27" x 9.4"
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using Sony's Android TV.

3. Vizio M65-EO

VIZIO

Not only is this television super affordable, but it is also quite a bit larger than most 4ks at this price. With a nice 65” screen, this is one of the best 4k TV under 1000 options you’ll find anywhere. We do think the picture quality could be improved somewhat, but it is definitely worth the price.


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VIZIO M M65-F0 65" 2160p LED-LCD TV - 16:9-4K UHDTV
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...

2. Samsung Electronics UN49MU8000

Samsung Electronics UN49MU8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

This isn’t the largest television on our list at only 49”. However, if a big screen isn’t super important to you, you should appreciate the great color quality and vibrancy this TV offers. We also love the included television stand. This stand allows you to more easily run your cords from the television to the outlet, making it a cinch to use.


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Samsung Electronics UN49MU8000 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017...
  • An extreme step up in color with a billion more shades than regular 4K UHD. Inputs and Outputs - HDMI 4,USB 3,Ethernet...
  • See extreme contrast between the darkest darks and the lightest lights, plus expanded color and depth.
  • See what you've been missing, even in dark scenes.

1. Sony KD60X690E

Sony KD60X690E 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

It is the most affordable option on our list, and it’s perfect for the movie buff or gaming enthusiast. If you fall into either of these categories, you’ll love the fact that this television features great response time, no input lag, and killer sound quality. All in all, this is a great television for anyone who truly loves this media.


These are just five out of many great 4k televisions, proving that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to get an awesome television.


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Sony KD60X690E 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 53.5" x 31" x 3.5", TV with stand: 53.5" x 32.9" x 12.2"
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content. With YouTube and Netflix buttons built into the...
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike...

How to Always Get a Great Deal on a TV

If you’re reading this article and taking our advice, there is a good chance that you are someone who sees the value in saving money. If that’s the case, don’t worry. There are many ways in which you can save money on your 4k TV and still get the best 4k TV under 1000 possible. To start off with, remember that it’s okay to opt for a smaller size television. More often than not, the size of your TV isn’t going to affect your viewing experience all that much. Plus, you’d be surprised at how quickly you get used to the size of your television, no matter what size that happens to be. Plus, if you find that you really can’t stand having a television that’s small, you can always upgrade later.


Also, make sure you are shopping the sales whenever possible. Big retailers like Wal-Mart are always having deals on televisions and other electronics. It may take a bit more effort and a lot more shopping around, but if you’re willing to put in the time, you can end up saving a lot of money. Remember, too, that some stores offer “price matching,” so you might be able to get a television at a steal even lower than your favorite retailer is offering. 


If you’re really trying to pinch pennies, you should carefully look over television options for any rebates that might be offered. Sometimes, companies will offer a mail-in rebate or even an online rebate as long as you complete some simple step. So, by doing something small like registering your television online or completing a customer survey, you can often get some cash back on your purchase.


Remember, too, that you don’t always have to have the newest model of 4k television to be happy. You can often save a ton of money and still end up with an awesome television by choosing to go with last year’s model. Sure, it may not be the fanciest model out there, and it may be lacking a few special features, but it should still be a great television at a fraction of the cost of the newer model.


You can also save money by choosing to buy used. Yes, there is some risk in this since you probably won’t get a warranty or guarantee with your television, but you’ll save so much money it’s worth it. You can find used televisions online or from independent sellers. Just be careful you’re buying legal (i.e.) not stolen merchandise. Otherwise, your deal could turn out to be more of a “steal” than you bargained for. With all of these things you can do to save money on your television, there are still some things that you should NOT do. For example, try to avoid getting your television from a “rent to own” type of place. These stores will typically offer you a payment plan that allows you to get a great item without any down payment. And, while your monthly payment may be manageable, you’ll ultimately end up paying a lot more than what the television is worth.


The same thing goes for putting televisions on “Layaway.” Big stores will often offer layaway, especially around the holidays. With this option, you can make small payments on your television until you’ve got the whole thing paid off. And, while that may seem nice at first, you’ll still ultimately pay more due to layaway fees and down payments, some of which aren’t refundable if you can’t pay the item off. These convenience programs really aren’t as convenient as they might seem at first, so exercise caution.


As you can see, there are many ways to save money on your TV purchase, as well as a couple of things to avoid. By following these tips, though, you should be able to get a great deal on an even greater television.

Buyer’s Guide for Picking the Perfect Television

We have provided you with a lot of advice that will prove useful when shopping for a television. However, there is still more to know. For starters, make sure that you never go lower than a 4k resolution. We’ve touted the benefits enough that you shouldn’t want to. But, just in case you’re tempted by a great price, know that televisions with less than this resolution are quickly becoming dinosaurs. This means that if you buy a television with less resolution, it’s not likely to be compatible with new technology you may want to use. This could mean you end up with a television that you can’t get much use out of and that you’ll have to upgrade anyway, thereby costing you more money overall.


Also remember that you don’t typically need “extended warranties” or extra protection packages that are often offered by your retailer. These packages may sound great, but the truth is that they don’t really do much. Your purchase is protected by your receipt and by your credit card or debit card if you used it to purchase the item. If something goes wrong, you can get a refund, whether from the company or from your bank. Thus, there is really no reason to spring for the added “protection” at an added cost. You also shouldn’t pay extra for a television that is “curved.” Some sellers try to make curved televisions sound like the best thing since sliced bread. They’ll tell you that the curved design makes for a better viewing experience, but that’s really not true. Curved televisions don’t’ have any impact on viewing or quality. Some people just happen to like the way the design looks. If you’re one of those people, that’s fine. However, if you don’t really care, don’t be tricked into spending more on a curved model because you think it’ll give you a better picture quality .


When you buy a television, you should also think about how many devices you will be hooking up to it. Maybe you’re a gamer with several systems, a DVD player, and other devices that all need to be hooked up. It’s going to be a huge pain if you have to constantly switch items out, which is why it’s always best to find a television with as many HDMI ports as you need. For most people, this is at least four. However, consider your unique needs and then find a television that can match them.


Finally, make sure your television will actually fit your entertainment center, wall setup, and home in general. All too often, people end up with televisions that don’t work with their current setup. Then, they have to change the whole setup to accommodate the television, which results in them spending more money than they bargained for. To keep this from happening to you, carefully measure your wall mount or other system and then find a television with compatible dimensions. Obviously, there is a lot to think about and consider when shopping for the perfect television. However, if you can keep these things in mind, you should have a much easier time picking the perfect, modern TV to meet your needs. So, armed with these tips, happy shopping and, eventually, happy viewing!

Buyer’s Guide To Picking The Best 4K TV Under 1000

20 Best Blu-ray Movies

There’s very few things in this world that are quite as nice as watching a good movie on a rainy (or snowy) day. If you’ve got fluffy slippers, a cuddly blanket and some nibbles, you’re all set to laugh, cry, empathize, or get angry with, your favorite film star.

To help you make a choice, we’ve compiled a list of the 20 best best Blu-ray movies to watch when the weather’s too awful to go outside.

COMPARISON TABLE

The Best Blu-ray Movies – Comedy

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Sister Act: 20th Anniversary Edition - Two-Movie Collection...
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • TOUCHSTONE PICTURES (06/19/2012)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

In Sister Act, Whoopi Goldberg stars as a lounge singer who is on the run from the mob. She hides out in a convent and promptly livens up the choir by introducing the nuns to Motown.

In Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, our favorite singing nun spreads her Motown magic at an inner-city school. Both movies have been digitally restored and are multi-formatted.

  • Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Harvey Keitel
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG – Parental guidance suggested
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Price: $14.99
  • Review rating: 5 stars
The Mel Brooks Collection [Blu-ray]
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • 20th Century Fox (05/08/2012)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

You’re going to need more than one rainy day to get through this stunning collection. The full movies included on these discs are:

  • The Twelve Chairs
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Silent Movie
  • High Anxiety
  • History of the World – Part 1
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Spaceballs
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights

If that’s not enough to keep you amused, they’ve added some special features: 7 featurettes ad 6 Blu-ray featurettes exclusive to Blu-ray, 4 trivia tracks, 5 score tracks, interviews, commentaries and Documentaries.

  • Cast: Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Cleavon Little, David Huddleston, Harvey Korman.
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: PG – Parental guidance suggested
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 868 minutes
  • Price: $27.27
  • Review rating: 5 stars
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Scary Movie Triple Feature [Blu-ray]
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Miramax Lionsgate (12/06/2011)
  • Blu-ray, R (Restricted)

This 3-disc set allows you to relive your horror movie phase while acknowledging how silly those movies often are. The first (and best) 3 movies in the scary movie franchise are full of cameos and pop culture references.

  • Cast: Anna Faris, Tim Curry, Charlie Sheen, Carmen Electra, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans.
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R – Restricted
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Price: $15.99
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
Mamma Mia! The Movie [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (12/16/2008)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

A daughter trying to find out which of her mother’s former lovers is her father may not seem like a good plot for a musical, but this cast manages to pull it off with class.

Don’t forget to check out the extra features: Outtakes, deleted scenes, the making of Mamma Mia, Bjorn Ulvaeus cameo, feature commentary with the director, Phyllida Lloyd

  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried.
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 Parents strongly cautioned
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time:  minutes
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars

A list of the best Blu-ray movies would not be complete without at least one entry from the Monty Python team. This is their take on the age-old question, “What’s the meaning of life.” Full of skits and songs, this is the Monty Python comedians at their best.

The special features include a featurette with cast and Producer John Goldstone, and 7 deleted scenes.

  • Cast: Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Not rated
  • Region: All regions
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Price: $29.99
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars

The Best Blu-ray Movies – Drama

Even if movies about the mafia are not your thing, you should watch these 2 movies at least once in your lifetime. Francis Ford Coppola brought together a fantastic cast which is why these are still two of the best loved classics.

  • Cast: Marlo Brando, Robert Duvall, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Abe Vigoda, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, James Caan
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R - Restricted
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 379 minutes
  • Price: $99.00
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
The X-Files Movie 2-Pack (Fight the Future / I Want to Believe)...
  • 20th Century Fox (12/02/2008)
  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 226 minutes

This 2-pack includes the X-Files movies, Fight the Future and I want to Believe. Special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate the cases that are deemed too unusual.

In Fight the Future, Scully and Mulder try to stop a deadly virus, that may or may not be alien in origin, from spreading.

In I want to Believe, an FBI agent is abducted, and Scully and Mulder are assigned to locate her.

  • Cast: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny.
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Not rated
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 226 minutes
  • Price: $52.99
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
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The Martian [Blu-ray]
  • The Martian (Deadpool Slipcase)
  • 20th Century Fox (01/12/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Matt Damon puts in a brilliant performance as an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars and must survive long enough to be rescued. At the same time, his former crew are plotting a rescue mission and the Scientists at NASA are also working a solution.

  • Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara.
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG – 13 Parents strongly cautioned
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Price: $4.99
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
J. Edgar (Movie-Only Edition + UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
  • Warner Home Video (02/21/2012)
  • Blu-ray, R (Restricted)
  • Leonardo Dicaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench

This is not the movie that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar for, but it is an entertaining watch.

J Edgar is the story of the infamous J Edgar Hoover, who was head of the FBI for over 50 years. It promises to reveal many of Hoover’s secrets while telling the story of this fascinating man’s career.

  • Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R - Restricted
  • Region: All regions
  • Price: $10.45
  • Review rating: 4 stars
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Hostiles [Blu-ray]
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Lions Gate (04/24/2018)
  • Blu-ray, R (Restricted)

In 1892, an army captain escorts a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their home in Montana. They meet a young widow on the way who travels with them, a Comanche party and various other outlaws.

  • Cast: Christian Bale, Wes Studi, Rosamund Pike, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach.
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R - Restricted
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Price: $14.99
  • Review rating: 4 stars

The Best Blu-ray Movies – Action/Adventure

This is the first of two appearances on our best Blu-ray movies list for Liam Neeson. If you know your mythological Gods these movies might question your memory, but they’ll still give you an action-packed afternoon.

  • Clash of the Titans (1981)
  • Clash of the Titans (2010)
  • Wrath of the Titans (2012)
  • Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Mads Mikkelsen
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R - Restricted
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Price: $35.00
  • Review rating: 5 stars
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Taken 3-Movie Collection [Blu-ray]
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • 20th Century Fox (02/07/2017)
  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)

Bryan Mills really should consider rounding up everyone he knows and placing them inside an impenetrable fortress somewhere remote. This 3-disc collection has all the Taken movies and, of course, that speech.

  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Not rated
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Price: $9.99
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
Quentin Tarantino - The Ultimate Collection : Inglourious Basterds /...
  • Blu-ray, Unrated (Not Rated)
  • Running time: 1087 minutes
  • Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Pam Grier

This is a collection you watch after the children have gone to bed. Tarantino’s well known for the violence in his films but also his unique brand of humor. This set includes:

  • Django Unchained
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Death Proof
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
  • Jackie Brown
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Reservoir Dogs

After you’ve watched these, you might want to pick up The Hateful Eight.

The Hateful Eight [Blu-ray]
  • Hateful Eight
  • The Weinstein Company (03/29/2016)
  • Blu-ray, R (Restricted)
  • Cast: Samuel L Jackson, John Travolta, Tim Roth, Uma Thurman, Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino.
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: R - Restricted
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 1087 minutes
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
Pirates of the Caribbean: 5-Movie Complete Collection [Blu-ray]...
  • Blu-ray, NR (Not Rated)
  • Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley
  • German, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese

Johnny Depp had to make an appearance on our list of best Blu-ray movies to watch on a rainy day and his performance as a drunken pirate must be one of his best.


This set includes:

  • The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Dead Man’s Chest
  • At World’s End
  • On Stranger Tides
  • Salazar’s Revenge (Dead Men Tell No Tales)
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport.
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Not rated
  • Region: All regions
  • Price: $29.48
  • Review rating: 4 stars
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The Magnificent Seven [Blu-ray]
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (12/20/2016)
  • Blu-ray, PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Nothing beats a good cowboy movie and this version of The Magnificent Seven is one of the better ones. The residents of Rose Creek hire 7 outlaws in a bid to rescue their town from the control of the resident bad guy and industrialist, Bartholomew Bogue.

  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Pratt.
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG – 13 Parents strongly cautioned
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Price: $7.99
  • Review rating: 4 stars

The Best Blu-ray Movies – Family

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Illumination Presents: 3-Movie Collection (Despicable Me / Despicable...
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (12/05/2017)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

The movie that started it all and its two sequels in one collection! Super-Villain Gru and his minions can’t help falling in love with three orphan girls while on their latest dastardly mission.

  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Benjamin Bratt
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: PG Parental guidance suggested
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Price: $24.57
  • Review rating: 5 stars
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
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Bee Movie [Blu-ray]
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (06/05/2018)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

The adventures of Barr B. Benson who goes off into the wide world and finds himself in trouble for breaking rule number 1 of Beedom: talking to a human. What follows is a lesson in how just one small bee can make a difference in the world.

Packed with special features this disc is going to entertain the little ones while teaching them as well.

  • Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton, Matthew Broderick.
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG Parental guidance suggested
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Price: $9.96
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
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Minions (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD)
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Universal (12/08/2015)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

It was only a matter of time before they got their own movie. It’s 1960 and the minions have lost their super-villain boss. Again. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob head off to the city to find a new one and meet Scarlet Overkill.

  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Chris Renaud, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin.
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG Parental guidance suggested
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Price: $12.94
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
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Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition - (BD+DVD+DIGITAL HD)...
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • Walt Disney Studios (09/20/2016)
  • Blu-ray, G (General Audience)

This is the delightful cartoon version from 1990. As wonderful as Emma Watson is, nothing can compare to the sheer beauty of this version especially for the younger children.

  • Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, Richard White, Jerry Orbach.
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G-General audience
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Price: $9.95
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars
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Lego Batman Movie, The (Blu-ray) (BD)
  • Shrink-wrapped
  • WarnerBrothers (06/13/2017)
  • Blu-ray, PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Lego Batman tries to save Gotham from the Joker, but he might have to learn how to play nice with others if he’s going to succeed this time.

  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera.
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG – Parental guidance suggested
  • Region: A/1 – North, Central, and South America, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Price: $14.00
  • Review rating: 4.5 stars

The Best Blu-ray Movies to Watch on a Sunny Day

Whether it’s a rainy day or a sunny day, our list of the best Blu-ray movies will keep you and your family nicely entertained. Just choose your genre and your favorite snack food and settle in for an exciting few hours.

Best TV Under 1000 Dollars: Top 6 Brands Reviewed

Best TV Under 1000 Dollars: Top 6 Brands Reviewed

The home television has gone through some pretty extraordinary changes throughout its existence. It’s amazing to think about all that ways that it has been able to adapt and remain an integral part of the family home. It’s gotten bigger, lighter, cleaner, sharper, and more vivid. It’s gone from being controlled by knobs to responding to the sound of your voice.

 

It’s an incredible example of technological evolution, and it’s this evolution that has allowed it to thrive where so many other technologies have become hopelessly obsolete.

tv in the living room

 

Even as the boundaries of television itself, and the ways people watched it, have changed, the TV still endures. It’s great that you can stream movies and shows on your smart phone, or your tablet, but the TV is still the place you gather to experience entertainment together. The big screen may change size and shape, but it will always win.

 

It may be hard to tear your kids away from their phones for most occasions, but the family ritual of watching TV together endures as much as the TV itself. It can take some negotiating, some debating over which movie, or show is best, but somehow, once the popcorn is popped, and the TV is flipped on, your family resigns itself to some time together.

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The Six Best TVs That Won’t Break the Bank

flat screen tv in the living room

To help make all of that togetherness possible, you need to make sure you have a TV that can keep up with the changing times. You need a TV that can stream, synch, and stay one step ahead.

 

Of course, you also need a TV that’s affordable. Sure, your TV is important, but you can’t spend a small fortune on it. Luckily, finding the best TV under $1000 isn’t actually very hard. As it happens, there are lots of great models that are at or well under that price, making it easy for you to get incredible home entertainment for an incredible price. Here are the six best TVs for under $1000.

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LG Electronics 65UJ6300 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 56.4" x 33.7" x 3.3", TV with stand: 56.4" x 36" x 10"
  • Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using webOS 3.5. CONNECTIVITY : Wi-Fi Built In...
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike...

This LG Electronics smart TV doesn’t just have a low price, it also has a big screen. For under a thousand dollars you can get a 65-inch screen. Think about that. That’s incredible. Do you remember the days of your 32-inch TV? You thought it was big. You thought the picture was amazing. You thought you were the coolest family on the block.

 

With 65 inches of screen, your kids will put down their phones with ease, and you’ll be able to watch all the latest blockbusters in the comfort of your own home. The built in Wi-Fi makes it easy to stream movies using your various streaming services, and this TV is even certified by Amazon as an optimal streaming TV.

 

That’s something that’s really important. All that adapting that TV’s are doing? Well, part of that adaptation means moving away from cable television to a more streaming-heavy experience. That means that to keep up with all the latest shows and movies you need a TV that can stream without a hitch.

 

Of course, streaming isn’t the only thing that’s important in a TV. It has to generate really great pictures, and this LG is quite skilled at that. It features 4K ultra HD resolution, true to life colors, and a consistent viewing experience from any seat in the house. When there’s no room for you on the couch and you have to ride the movie out off to the side you’ll still get the same great picture.

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TCL 65R617 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2018 Model)
  • Dimensions (w x H x D): TV without stand: 57.1 x 32.9 x 3 inches, TV with stand: 57.1 x 35.7 x10.7 inches
  • Smart Functionality offers access to thousands of streaming channels featuring more than 500, 000 movies and TV episodes...
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) for the...

There are probably only a handful of things that you purchase where you care about the brand. TVs are one of them. When you’re making such a big investment, you want to put your money in brands you trust. When it comes to TV, you know about Sony and LG and Samsung. What you probably don’t know about is TCL.

 

Not having that brand recognition can make this a potentially scary purchase, but think about this first. TCL has been around for more than thirty-five years, and it is the fastest growing TV brand in North America. So while you might not have heard of it today, you’re bound to start hearing the name a lot more.

 

That gives you ground-floor access to this stunning 2018 65 inch model. It features 4K HDR, it’s powered by Dolby Vision, and it uses photon technology to provide superior color and contrast at a wide angle.

 

It also uses the Roku smart TV platform to bring you all of your favorite streaming services, and its voice-control remote will let you play movies and shows without fumbling your way through the alphabet using the up and down arrows.

 

Plus, the Roku operating system seamlessly connects your TV with your cable box, and your Blu-ray, or DVD player. That means that you can use one easy interface to access everything you need for your viewing experience.

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Sony KD65X750F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57 5/8 x 33 1/4 x 3 1/4(1 3/4) inch, TV with stand: 57 5/8 x 35 3/4 x 14 inch
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike...
  • Upscale to a more natural picture with 4K X Reality PRO. Power Consumption (in Operation): 96 Watt

Technology moves pretty quickly, and having the latest model is important. To keep your electronics from quickly becoming obsolete, you often feel like you have to get a head start. If there was a 2020 model on the market today you might spend extra money just for the peace of mind of knowing you could at least use it until 2020.

 

But even with all the hubbub about the newest and shiniest TV, this 2018 Sony model is still worth taking a look at. If you’re looking for the best TV under $1000, this one checks all the boxes. It has every bell and whistle imaginable, and it also has every feature that your family needs.

 

It has an expansive 65-inch screen, a 4K HD resolution, and tons of smart capabilities. You can operate it using any of your Alexa home devices, or a compatible smartphone, or the voice-controlled remote. No more fumbling your way through searches, and no more waiting time switching from streaming service to streaming service to find the movie you’re looking for.

 

Using Google Cast you can send movies and music from your phone to your TV. What you get is a sort of all-inclusive experience. Everything is connected to your television to optimize its performance and your experience. You can access all of your favorite apps, and you can even connect your smart home devices, like your thermostat and your lights, to your television.

 

As if that wasn’t enough, you can also count on Sony’s incredible picture quality to give you bright colors, deep blacks, improved contrast, and more realistic pictures all around. Sports will become so real and vivid to you that you’ll feel like you are playing in the game.

 

That’s because of the powerful 4K picture processing. It actually analyzes parts of each scene and uses an image database to address things like texture, color, and contrast. That’s a pretty hard working TV no matter what year it was made.

Samsung UN49NU8000FXZA Flat 49" 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018)
  • Hdr plus: see movies and shows just as the director intended in stunning high dynamic range
  • Ultra slim Array: The Ultra slim Array dynamically fine tunes the deepness of the blacks, to the brightness of the...
  • Dynamic Crystal Color: discover an expanded world of colors where millions of shades HDTVs can't replicate make all the...

Bigger isn’t necessarily always better. Sure, when it comes to the best TV under $1000 it’s tempting to find one with the biggest screen for your buck, but that might not always work with your space. Some rooms simply aren’t big enough for a 65-inch screen.

 

If you’re living in an apartment, chances are, your living room would be overwhelmed by a massive 65-inch screen. Those TVs can produce phenomenal picture quality, but it doesn’t work if you’re sitting four feet away from it.

 

That’s why this Samsung 49-inch model is a nice compromise. It’s still a big TV, and it still has exceptional picture quality, but it can work in smaller spaces. It’s great as a second TV, or a nice addition to the master bedroom, as well as a solution for apartment living.

 

It features incredible contrast, vivid colors, and Motion Rate 120 to help you view fast action with stunning clarity. It has built-in Wi-Fi, a voice activated search option, and a clean cable solution to help you organize and eliminate cord clutter for a sleek look from every angle.

Samsung Electronics UN65MU7600 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV...
  • 4K Color Drive Pro reveals a wider spectrum of realistic colors, creating a more authentic picture.
  • See a wider range of color and contrast than full HD with 4K HDR Pro.
  • One Remote automatically detects and controls all your connected devices and content with no manual programming...

The curved screen on this 65-inch smart TV will pull you into all the action, and make your movies, sports, and shows seem more realistic than ever before. It offers vivid color, excellent contrast, smooth fast-action, and an auto-depth enhancer for a truly immersive experience.

 

As TVs continue to adapt and change it’s hard to tell if curved models are a lasting change or a sudden trend, but it’s hard to argue with the viewing experience that they provide. It’s so stunning that the only way to believe it is to see it for yourself.

 

Of course, it helps that is television is also equipped with a range of competitive features that include a voice-activated remote, and a Samsung Smart Hub that makes it easy to find all of your favorite movies and shows, and use all of your favorite apps without any hiccups.

TCL 55C807 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 48.5" x 29.6" x 2.3", TV with stand: 48.5" x 31.2" x 9.6"
  • Roku TV smart functionality offers access to over 4,000 streaming channels featuring more than 450,000 movies and TV...
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of Dolby Vision HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the...

If you happen to have an Amazon prime membership, then this 55-inch smart TV with Roku interface is a bargain. In fact, if you’re looking for the best TV under $1000 you could just about get two of these for not much more than that.

 

At 55-inches this TV still has a massive screen that can provide an incredible viewing experience, but it’s really the price that earns this one a spot on the list. Price is important. You shouldn’t have to break the bank to find a suitable TV for your family, and this TCL model makes that perfectly clear.

 

The Roku interface gives you access to 4,000 channels and nearly half a million movies and shows. You get excellent contrast, bright bights, deep darks, and exceptional detail, and you get all within a reasonable price.

 

You can pair the TV with your smartphone for a streamlined searching experience, or you can you use the voice-activated remote to quickly and easily search the thousands and thousands of movies and shows or the one that’s perfect for family movie night.

 

You can even use your phone and your TV to display family photos on the big screen. Have a big anniversary or birthday party coming up? Just put together a little slideshow on your phone or computer and send it to your TV.

 

That way, as guests mingle and reminisce, you can easily have a constant slideshow of photos going. It’s fun, it’s nostalgic, and it’s a great way to use your television to its full extent. Plus, you know there are some family photos that you’re dying to see on the big screen.

Get a Great TV at a Great Price

Family TVs, in general, have undergone some major changes in the decades that they have been around, and now it’s time for your TV to take a major leap. It’s time to making streaming easier. It’s time to sync your phone, your TV, and all your other smart devices with just the tiniest bit of effort.

 

It’s time to get a TV viewing experience that is immersive, vivid, and unforgettable. These TVs can help make all of that possible, and they’ll still leave plenty of room in the budget for an endless supply of popcorn and an unlimited Netflix subscription.