top of page


Public·13 members
Denis Zuev
Denis Zuev


The first BD-ROM players (Samsung BD-P1000) were shipped in mid-June 2006, though HD DVD players beat them to market by a few months.[31][32] The first Blu-ray Disc titles were released on June 20, 2006: 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, Underworld: Evolution, xXx (all from Sony), and MGM's The Terminator.[33] The earliest releases used MPEG-2 video compression, the same method used on standard DVDs. The first releases using the newer VC-1 and AVC formats were introduced in September 2006.[34] The first movies using 50 GB dual-layer discs were introduced in October 2006.[35] The first audio-only albums were released in May 2008.[36][37]


Download Zip:

Following these new developments, on February 19, 2008, Toshiba announced it would end production of HD DVD devices,[53] allowing Blu-ray Disc to become the industry standard for high-density optical discs. Universal Studios, the sole major studio to back HD DVD since its inception, said shortly after Toshiba's announcement: "While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalog titles on Blu-ray Disc."[54] Paramount Pictures, which started releasing movies only in HD DVD format during late 2007, also said it would start releasing on Blu-ray Disc. Both studios announced initial Blu-ray lineups in May 2008. With this, all major Hollywood studios supported Blu-ray.[55]

Blu-ray faces competition from video on demand[66] and from new technologies that allow access to movies on any format or device, such as Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem or Disney's Keychest.[67] Some commentators suggested that renting Blu-ray would play a vital part in keeping the technology affordable while allowing it to move forward.[68] In an effort to increase sales, studios began releasing films in combo packs with Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, as well as digital copies that can be played on computers and mobile devices. Some are released on "flipper" discs with Blu-ray on one side and DVD on the other. Other strategies are to release movies with the special features only on Blu-ray Discs and none on DVDs.

Sony added Blu-ray 3D support to its PlayStation 3 console via a firmware upgrade on September 21, 2010.[233] The console had previously gained 3D gaming capability via an update on April 21, 2010.[234] Since the version 3.70 software update on August 9, 2011, the PlayStation 3 can play DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio while playing 3D Blu-ray.[235] Dolby TrueHD is used on a small minority of Blu-ray 3D releases, and bitstreaming implemented in slim PlayStation 3 models only (original "fat" PS3 models decode internally and send audio as LPCM).[236] The PlayStation VR can also be used to watch these movies in 3D on a PlayStation 4.[237] As of 2018, most major home entertainment studios, such as Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, MGM, and Universal Pictures had discontinued the Blu-ray 3D format in North America, but continued to produce and sell them in other regions such as South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Paramount Pictures has ceased sales and productions of 3D Blu-ray Discs all over the world, its last 3D releases being Ghost in the Shell and Transformers: The Last Knight, while Warner Bros. still continues to sell and produce 3D Blu-ray Discs to this day in all regions, notable titles including: Wonder Woman, Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, Tomb Raider, Rampage, Aquaman, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Shazam!, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.[citation needed]

His music has also served as the basis of several revues and compilation shows, including "Side by Side by Sondheim," "Putting It Together," "Mostly Sondheim," and "Sondheim on Sondheim." Beyond the adaptation of his works for movies, Sondheim wrote original music for the 1974 Alain Renais drama "Stavisky," and the Warren Beatty films "Reds" and "Dick Tracy," including a song for Madonna, "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man"), which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

A Cambridge University graduate who was president of the Footlights performance club, he began writing music for the West End and the movies. Working either solo or in collaboration, Bricusse wrote words, music or both, including lyrics for the Bond theme songs "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" (with music by John Barry), and the Academy Award-nominated score for "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"; its songs, co-written with Anthony Newley, include "Pure Imagination" and "The Candy Man."

He was a man of letters, music, theater and film, earning the sobriquet "Godfather of Black Cinema" for helping to usher in a wave of "blaxploitation" movies in the 1970s that influenced generations of filmmakers. The best-known work of Melvin Van Peebles (August 21, 1932-September 22, 2021) was the 1971 movie "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," an indie film that he wrote, produced, directed, starred in and scored. It was a violent tale of a Black street hustler on the run after killing police officers who were beating a Black revolutionary. Despite its low budget and limited distribution (it initially received an X rating), the film became a box office hit, inspiring Hollywood to chase after a lucrative but untapped Black film market.

Refusing to work in movies without control, Van Peebles wrote and produced several plays and musicals on Broadway, including the Tony-nominated "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" and "Don't Play Us Cheap." He also co-wrote the 1977 Richard Pryor film "Greased Lighting," about Wendell Scott, the first Black race car driver. He penned the screenplay for "Panther," adapted from his novel and directed by his son, Mario Van Peebles. He also recorded several albums.

Looked at chronologically, as in this list of the some of the most enduring and collectable releases of the decade, the 1950s were soundtracked by a giddying, multi-coloured galaxy of music. Some of the discs are by artists widely-celebrated today, although where possible an effort has been made to avoid the most obvious choice of releases, others are by musicians who were little known at the time, and remain so today. Hopefully, you will find a few surprises along the way.

#140 Running Scared (1986) 59% #140 Adjusted Score: 55462% Critics Consensus: Running Scared struggles to strike a consistent balance between violent action and humor, but the chemistry between its well-matched leads keeps things entertaining. Synopsis: Ray and Danny (Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal) are two Chicago police detectives hot on the trail of drug kingpin Julio... [More] Starring: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Smits, Steven Bauer Directed By: Peter Hyams #139 Equilibrium (2002) 40% #139 Adjusted Score: 42210% Critics Consensus: Equilibrium is a reheated mishmash of other sci-fi movies. Synopsis: In a futuristic world, a regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and... [More] Starring: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus Macfadyen Directed By: Kurt Wimmer #138 Hero (2002) 94% #138 Adjusted Score: 101233% Critics Consensus: With death-defying action sequences and epic historic sweep, Hero offers everything a martial arts fan could ask for. Synopsis: In this visually arresting martial arts epic set in ancient China, an unnamed fighter (Jet Li) is being honored for... [More] Starring: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Donnie Yen Directed By: Zhang Yimou #137 Road House (1989) 42% #137 Adjusted Score: 44856% Critics Consensus: Whether Road House is simply bad or so bad it's good depends largely on the audience's fondness for Swayze -- and tolerance for violently cheesy action. Synopsis: The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has... [More] Starring: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara Directed By: Rowdy Herrington #136 Unstoppable (2010) 87% #136 Adjusted Score: 93785% Critics Consensus: As fast, loud, and relentless as the train at the center of the story, Unstoppable is perfect popcorn entertainment -- and director Tony Scott's best movie in years. Synopsis: When a massive, unmanned locomotive roars out of control, the threat is more ominous than just a derailment. The train... [More] Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Dunn Directed By: Tony Scott #135 Shaft (1971) 87% #135 Adjusted Score: 91084% Critics Consensus: This is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man. Can you dig it? Synopsis: John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is the ultimate in suave black detectives. He first finds himself up against Bumpy (Moses Gunn),... [More] Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Christopher St. John, Charles Cioffi Directed By: Gordon Parks #134 The Villainess (2017) 85% #134 Adjusted Score: 90238% Critics Consensus: The Villainess offers enough pure kinetic thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts -- and carve out a bloody niche for itself in modern Korean action cinema. Synopsis: Honed from childhood to be an elite assassin, Sook-hee embarks on a rampage of violence and revenge to finally earn... [More] Starring: Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung-joon, Kim Seo-hyung Directed By: Jeong Byeong-gil #133 Highlander (1986) 70% #133 Adjusted Score: 72534% Critics Consensus: People hate Highlander because it's cheesy, bombastic, and absurd. And people love it for the same reasons. Synopsis: When the mystical Russell Nash (Christopher Lambert) kills a man in a sword fight in a New York City parking... [More] Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown Directed By: Russell Mulcahy #132 Die Hard 2 (1990) 70% #132 Adjusted Score: 74042% Critics Consensus: It lacks the fresh thrills of its predecessor, but Die Hard 2 still works as an over-the-top -- and reasonably taut -- big-budget sequel, with plenty of set pieces to paper over the plot deficiencies. Synopsis: A year after his heroics in L.A, detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is mixed up in another terrorist plot, this... [More] Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson Directed By: Renny Harlin #131 National Treasure (2004) 46% #131 Adjusted Score: 51994% Critics Consensus: National Treasure is no treasure, but it's a fun ride for those who can forgive its highly improbable plot. Synopsis: Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back to... [More] Starring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean Directed By: Jon Turteltaub #130 The Protector (2005) 53% #130 Adjusted Score: 55601% Critics Consensus: Despite some impressive fight scenes, this trimmed-down version of the Thai action pic is an off-putting mix of scant plot, choppy editing, and confusing subtitles and dubbing. Synopsis: A young fighter (Tony Jaa) travels to Australia to retrieve stolen elephants that were promised originally to the king of... [More] Starring: Tony Jaa, Johnny Nguyen, Nathan Jones, Petchtai Wongkamlao Directed By: Prachya Pinkaew #129 Revenge (2017) 93% #129 Adjusted Score: 98893% Critics Consensus: Revenge slices and dices genre tropes, working within an exploitation framework while adding a timely -- yet never less than viscerally thrilling -- feminist spin. Synopsis: Jen is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend -- until his two sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced... [More] Starring: Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède Directed By: Coralie Fargeat #128 El Mariachi (1992) 91% #128 Adjusted Score: 96614% Critics Consensus: Made on a shoestring budget, El Mariachi's story is not new. However, the movie has so much energy that it's thoroughly enjoyable. Synopsis: El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) is a traveling guitar player with the modest desire to play music for a living. Looking... [More] Starring: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Reinol Martinez, Peter Marquardt Directed By: Robert Rodriguez #127 A Touch of Zen (1971) 97% #127 Adjusted Score: 98179% Critics Consensus: A brilliantly directed feast for the eyes with an epic story to match, A Touch of Zen marks a groundbreaking achievement in the wuxia genre. Synopsis: Ku Shen Chai (Chun Shih), an unmotivated artist in his early 30s, still lives with his mother, but he is... [More] Starring: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Pai Ying, Roy Chiao Directed By: King Hu #126 Top Gun (1986) 58% #126 Adjusted Score: 64259% Critics Consensus: Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air. Synopsis: The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying... [More] Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer Directed By: Tony Scott #125 Con Air (1997) 58% #125 Adjusted Score: 61605% Critics Consensus: Con Air won't win any awards for believability - and all involved seem cheerfully aware of it, making some of this blockbuster action outing's biggest flaws fairly easy to forgive. Synopsis: Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife (Monica Potter), but must fly home aboard... [More] Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi Directed By: Simon West #124 The Expendables 2 (2012) 67% #124 Adjusted Score: 71691% Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse. Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the Expendables team reunite when Mr.... [More] Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren Directed By: Simon West #123 The Mummy (1999) 60% #123 Adjusted Score: 63712% Critics Consensus: It's difficult to make a persuasive argument for The Mummy as any kind of meaningful cinematic achievement, but it's undeniably fun to watch. Synopsis: The Mummy is a rousing, suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure-seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in... [More] Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo Directed By: Stephen Sommers #122 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) 59% #122 Adjusted Score: 66711% Critics Consensus: Although this action-romance suffers from weak writing and one too many explosions, the chemistry generated by onscreen couple Pitt and Jolie is palpable enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable summer action flick. Synopsis: John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie), a couple in a stagnating marriage, live a deceptively mundane existence. However,... [More] Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody Directed By: Doug Liman #121 Rush Hour (1998) 61% #121 Adjusted Score: 64207% Critics Consensus: A kick-ass addition to the cop-buddy film genre. Synopsis: When a Chinese diplomat's daughter is kidnapped in Los Angeles, he calls in Hong Kong Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan)... [More] Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Elizabeth Peña Directed By: Brett Ratner #120 The Equalizer (2014) 60% #120 Adjusted Score: 67528% Critics Consensus: The Equalizer is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers. Synopsis: Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), a man of mysterious origin who believes he has put the past behind him, dedicates himself... [More] Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour Directed By: Antoine Fuqua #119 Captain America: Civil War (2016) 90% #119 Adjusted Score: 114261% Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes. Synopsis: Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The... [More] Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo #118 Air Force One (1997) 78% #118 Adjusted Score: 81086% Critics Consensus: This late-period Harrison Ford actioner is full of palpable, if not entirely seamless, thrills. Synopsis: After making a speech in Moscow vowing to never negotiate with terrorists, President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) boards Air Force... [More] Starring: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen #117 Bloodsport (1988) 46% #117 Adjusted Score: 46168% Critics Consensus: This is where it all began for the Muscles from Brussels, but beyond Van Damme's athleticism, Bloodsport is a cliched, virtually plotless exercise in action movie recycling. Synopsis: U.S. soldier Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly... [More] Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, Norman Burton Directed By: Newt Arnold #116 Blade (1998) 57% #116 Adjusted Score: 62079% Critics Consensus: Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation. Synopsis: A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother's death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced... [More] Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright Directed By: Stephen Norrington #115 Bad Boys (1995) 43% #115 Adjusted Score: 46582% Critics Consensus: Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have enjoyable chemistry; unfortunately, director Michael Bay too often drowns it out with set pieces and explosions in place of an actual story. Synopsis: Miami-Dade detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) blow a fuse when $100 million worth of heroin... [More] Starring: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo Directed By: Michael Bay #114 Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) 58% #114 Adjusted Score: 62259% Critics Consensus: Die Hard with a Vengeance benefits from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's barbed interplay, but clatters to a bombastic finish in a vain effort to cover for an overall lack of fresh ideas. Synopsis: Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is now divorced, alcoholic and jobless after getting fired for his reckless behavior and bad... [More] Starring: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene Directed By: John McTiernan #113 The Running Man (1987) 67% #113 Adjusted Score: 69907% Critics Consensus: The Running Man is winking sci-fi satire with ridiculous clothes and workmanlike direction. Synopsis: In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a... [More] Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Yaphet Kotto Directed By: Paul Michael Glaser #112 Code of Silence (1985) 70% #112 Adjusted Score: 70760% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: In Chicago, honor-driven Sgt. Eddie Cusack (Chuck Norris) a


Welcome to the group! You can connect with other members, ge...


Group Page: Groups_SingleGroup
bottom of page