Dell Inspiron Zino HD

The cute new Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop computer from Dell may, at a tiny 7.8" x 7.8" x 3.4" and 3.53lb weigh-in, seem like it's only nipping at the heels of its larger counterparts, but its dinky dimensions belie some pretty impressive capabilities. 

With a choice of interchangeable colour and design casings (7 colour options and 3 artist-designed patterns are offered to suit,) this techno-cube is certainly making a bid for your aesthetic affections, but with a decent spec back-up, the Inspiron Zino HD is boxing clever. Prices range from £299 upwards, with a basic package nicely suited to being tucked away as an element of a multi-media entertainment set-up (2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 800MHz memory, 320GB hard drive, integrated HD 3200 graphics card and DVD/CD RW optical drive.) The mid-range model comes with a monitor, more powerful processor, hard drive, increased memory, etc. to bridge the gap between the basic and higher-end model, which, from £719, comes with a Blu-Ray ROM drive aswell as standard increased performance to include a 1TB hard drive. So, whether you need a space-saving multi-media addition to your living room or powerful mini desktop office performer, Dell has it covered. 

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

4 USB ports and HDMI make it ideal for sitting under the living room flat-screen.

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

To find out more about the Dell Inspiron Zino HD visit Dell [US | UK]


Order Ink on DVD or Blu-ray

Director Jamin Winans' hit Independant fantasy Ink is available to pre-order now from amazon. If you'd like a signed DVD or Blu-ray you can also pre-order from Double Edge Films website.

Chris Kelly, Jessica Duffy, Quinn Hunchar,Jeremy Make, Jennifer Batter, Eme Ikwuakor and Shelby Malone star.

Ink - trailer

Ink - trailer 2 on our Virb page.

www.doubleedgefilms.com


Dawn of the Dead Blu-ray

October 2009 sees the highly anticipated Blu-ray release of George A. Romero's classic zombie movie Dawn of the Dead, presented as a special three-disc edition – exclusive to the UK – that represents the ultimate presentation of the film available anywhere in the world. Released just in time for Halloween, this is undoubtedly the horror movie Blu-ray release of the year.

Produced and compiled by Arrow Video with the kind of loving care and attention only the most devoted of zombie aficionados are willing to provide, this must-have three-disc set includes the George A. Romero approved Theatrical Cut of the film in 1080p resolution on Blu-ray, plus the Director's Cut and the Dario Argento Cut on DVD, the latter being made available on DVD as part of this collection for the first time in the UK.

Also included is a host of extras that include the rarely seen "Scream Greats" documentary on the career of special effects wizard Tom Savini, audio commentaries by the filmmakers and, for the first time, French Romero fanatic Nicolas Garreau's fascinating travelogue-come-documentary "Fan Of The Dead". Additionally, exclusively designed packaging features four different sets of artwork from which fans can choose to display the collection, including the little-seen "gasmask" artwork and an all-new, specially commissioned oil painting commemorating this landmark release of the film.


Bad Boy Bubby [Blu-Ray]

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, Bad Boy Bubby with its hard hitting content of deprivation, mental illness and incest, shocked its audiences to become one of the most daring and controversial cult films of the 1990s.

Nicholas Hope gives an astonishing performance as Bubby, a demented man-child kept locked for his entire life in a squalid apartment by his depraved mother who uses him for sex. When Bubby who can only communicate by mimicking what others say and do, escapes into the outside world, he soon discovers young women, crime, rock 'n' roll, and pizza. Will this naive 'mad bastard' be destroyed by the realities of our cruel world, or does a higher calling ultimately await him in the most unlikely place of all?

Bad Boy Bubby is released uncensored, uncut, the directors version on 3rd August 2009 for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray in a 3-disc box set also containing a DVD version and Digital Copy.


HDeverything.co.uk

Panasonic has announced the market introduction of the DMR-BS850 and DMR-BS750 Blu-ray Disc™ Recorders and the DMR-XS350 High-Definition Recorder / DVD Recorder (Standard Def Archiving). All three new models are compatible with freesat+, making it easy to view and capture high-image-quality digital satellite broadcasts.

In addition to storing all films and shows, they can be used to preserve your family films and photos on a Blu-Ray disc.  Therefore, in a bit of a fun twist, they’ve released some research that puts a definitive monetary value on the sort of family memories the recorders store. You are invited to calculate this value at the Panasonic HD Everything site at hdeverything.co.uk/mymemories.

www.hdeverything.co.uk


Hardware: Special Edition On DVD And Blu-Ray

Richard Stanley's cult classic Hardware finally makes it's way to UK DVD on the 22 Jun 2009. It's long over due this one and with sub par euro editions and obscenely expensive OOP region 1 versions being the only option film collectors across the pond will want to pick this up as well (assuming you have region free equipment).

Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, Carl McCoy, Lemmy, William Hootkins & Iggy Pop star.

"In the post-apocalyptic, post-nuclear world of Hardware, our worst environmental fears have come true. Temperatures hover at a balmy 110 degrees in the shade and the omnipresent radiation has wreaked havoc with the societal gene pool. For your entertainment there is a 24-hour television broadcasting porno films and heavy-metal music videos. Radio offers the rantings and ravings of Angry Bob (Iggy Pop), a lunatic disc jockey who broadcasts bad news all day. Good news has become a thing of the past. If you are looking to escape reality, try smoking the mind-altering “Major Good Vibes” – the painkiller of choice. But, if you’re looking for comfort or safety, forget it: just lock your doors, turn on your super-sophisticated security system and pray that nobody knocks. For in this world, everything can harm you – whether it is the air you breathe, the food you eat, or a seemingly harmless bit of hardware… Upon its release in the US, Hardware became the most successful British independent movie ever released over there."

Extras: Audio commentary with Richard Stanley & Paul Trijbits / Deleted, Extended & Behind the Scenes / Sea of Perdition / The Early Days Richard Stanley Super 8 Movies / The Voice of The Moon / Original Hardware Promo

Also contains: Set of original concept art cards, Booklet containing liner notes written by Kim Newman and Shok! Reprinted with permission of 2000AD

Pick Richard Stanley's Hardware on Blu-ray and DVD now.


Trailer for The Machine Girl Written and directed by Noboru Iguchi (Sukeban Boy) and starring former Japanese porn star Asami (Sukeban Boy) alongside hot, up-and-coming newcomer Minase Yashiro.

Boasting more arterial spray than any gorehound could ever wish for, this fun celebration of gratuitous violence features everything from graphic, bloody dismemberment, decapitation, necrophilia and yakuza ninjas to chainsaw- and machine gun-wielding girls, a flying guillotine and – the showstopper of them all – a flesh ripping drill bra!

The Machine Girl is released on UK DVD and Blu-Ray 18th May 2009. The US edition has been available since last year.


The Machine Girl On UK DVD

The Machine Girl, is the debut release from Cine Asia's new imprint, Cine Asia Extreme. This super gory and hilariously over-the-top Japanese exploitation splatterfest has had genre movie fans in an anticipatory frenzy ever since its amazing trailer debuted on the internet.

Written and directed by Noboru Iguchi (Sukeban Boy) and starring former Japanese porn star Asami (Sukeban Boy) alongside hot, up-and-coming newcomer Minase Yashiro, THE The Machine Girl is the ‘grindhouse' movie Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof) and Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror) can only dream of making. Boasting more arterial spray than any gorehound could ever wish for, this fun celebration of gratuitous violence features everything from graphic, bloody dismemberment, decapitation, necrophilia and yakuza ninjas to chainsaw- and machine gun-wielding girls, a flying guillotine and – the showstopper of them all – a flesh ripping drill bra!


Technology changes the way we live and for many the Internet has surpased television programming as their number one recreational activity. So like me, you probably have a large LCD / plasma TV in the room you deem the living room. However for me personally, the idea of sitting in front of it for periods of time actually channel surfing or even worse watching one channel's programing schedule for a period of time has become an alien one. Modern life, choice and of course the aforementioned interweb has killed off both the desire and the attention span. Actually using a TV in the way we did back when I was a child in the 80's seems as ridiculous as having a land line telephone (I tried to sign up to ebay.co.uk and it asked me for one the other day. I thought "you what, I've not had one in a decade, surely only telesales people use them to ring you"). No, old form TV is dead to me, I couldn't care less about the shared watercooler experience of "did you see *insert inane shit reality TV show here* last night". When Virgin (my cable ISP) fell out with Sky and removed channels and then did not pass on any saving (they are back now) and then decided to start throttling Broadband services in classic 'large corporation we can get away with anything we like style', something had to give. And the giving was me giving them back the TV service, and upping the broadband connection. TV when you want it via the Internet is now a reality and getting better all the time and the main thing, other than wildlife documentaries that I would actually care about using my TVs 50,000 - 1 contrast, 100 mghz and full HD for, is movies and well there's Blu Ray for them. So with traditional TV banished from my home, and I'm guessing an increasing number of other's home's too, it's time for the Internet to find it's way out of the ghettos of the office, the laptop and the PC workstation and into the promised land of the living room. And bellow are five small Pc's that should be more than adequate to handle the transition. Of course it's not an 'either or choice', if you love your Freeview / Sky. Virgin etc. TV viewing habits, there's still plenty of good reasons to get your TV hooked up to a PC.

Dell Studio Hybrid

The Studio Hybrid from Dell is all about space saving, power saving and ultimately (according to the marketing blurb) Earth saving. The Dell is a pretty attractive little desktop that will look stylish in the living room without claiming much real estate. As shown above you can stand it horizontally or vertically depending on your taste / available space. As a living room PC you will ultimately want to connect it to your shiny new living room dwarfing TV and the Hybrid has both your normal monitor connection and HDMI. Prices start from around £340 in the UK and run to around £560 for the 4044 with Blu-Ray.

 

Packard Bell imax 3516

Packard Bell's iMax 3515 / 3516 is much larger than the Dell or the tiny Asus Eee PC desktop, but its mini tower is still half the size at least of the company's full size PC's. The 3516 retails for around £480 and can read Blu Ray Discs. Depending on your space and aesthetic taste, the Packard Bell packs a decent spec with the Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and 3GB DDR2 and optical S/PDIF to connect a surround sound amplifier. There's no HDMI and like all these smaller PC's the Graphics card is a little disappointing, though its adequate enough for most living room based computing tasks it's probably going to struggle with a bit games.

Sony Vaio TP

Sony Vaio VGX-TP2S/B is constructed with the living room firmly in mind, with it's Blu Ray reader, HDMI port, remote and wireless keyboard receiver built into the case and its got a built in wireless receiver for connecting to a network. Being a Sony though the price is between £800 and £900 (depending where you look) in the UK and while a round case is a bit different, nothing in the spec (on paper at least) makes this vastly superior to the others here, other than of course the Eee Pc, but then that retails for a quarter of the price and really is meant for net surfing and very simle tasks.

HP Pavilion Slimline

 

For around £500 the HP Pavilion Slimline s3644 with Blu-Ray Combo stuffs a lot into its slimline case. The AMD Phenom X3 8250e processor (e is for energy saving) means it's not too power hungry. The spec includes a Digital TV Tuner, 4GB of ram (the most of any system here) and like the Sony it has a 500GB hard drive so you can pack a lot of media onto it.

Eee Box

The Asus Eee Box (available in black or white) is not a multimedia machine and is aimed squarely at those who as Asus have noticed use a computer to essentially launch the Internet and get online. In terms of a living room PC this is a great option for those that already have the DVD, Blu Ray, sound system etc. and would just like to be able to go online and read a cool blog (like LateMag) or check their email from the TV while eating their toast before work in the morning. It's Tiny and cheap and essentially does what it says on the tin. The first of the new generation of PC's that has come to be known as Nettops, taking their name from their netbook cousins also pioneered by Asus. If a simple way to access the internet from your TV is all you want from a living room PC, at less than £200 and with built-in wireless this is a great choice.

Of courses these are not your only choices, there are the high-end dedicated media center PC's many of which will look much like your existing separate AV components. If you know your way around the insides of a PC then there's a large array of barbone PC's from Shuttle that you can upgrade to fit your needs. Low power "eco" offering like the Advent Eco PC which claims to use 78% less power than a normal PC ( I imagine they measured that against a pretty power hungry machine which did not have the equivalent spec so be dubious of items which make "eco" claims). And of course for those who can't live without Apples operating system and badge theres alway's the diminutive Mac Mini.


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