Posts Tagged ‘dvd’

Dec 22, 2013

Solution: HPMediaSmart DVD on HP Laptops stop playing Blu-ray discs

Solution: HPMediaSmart DVD on HP Laptops stop playing Blu-ray discs
By Chongchen Saelee

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See, after 2012, 20th Century Fox slapped a bunch of their newly authored Blu-rays with BD+ and some other fancy DRM (digital rights management) techniques. So in order for you to play their content, you need to use their authorized firmware aka Blu-ray software players.

Unfortunately, if you’re an owner of an older Hewlett-Packard laptop who is stuck using their built-in media player software such as HPMediaSmart DVD, and you don’t have software upgrade or update support anymore, then you might be SOL or forced to buy a new commercial Blu-ray software that will play newer titles (Who has USD$100 lying around these days, especially to watch Blu-rays that have been collecting dust on our shelves for more than half a decade?).

HP, however, provided HP laptop owners with a FREE STANDARD VERSION of PowerDVD 10. The file is ~150 MB. (more…)

Dec 7, 2011

DVD Review: Gary Larson’s Tales from the Far Side 1 & 2

Only two comic strips ever did it for me: Jim Davis’ Garfield and Gary Larson’s Far Side. Couldn’t relate to either one, but nonetheless, they were a staple in developing my sense of Americana and humor. Now I actually get to see if I’ve been interpreting Old Larson’s funny pitchers correctly and confirm whether or not I always had a sense of humor I was never aware of. (more…)

Aug 20, 2010

DVD Review: Akira

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Originally released in Japan, 1987. DVD technical details: Special Edition Collector’s Tin (2-Discs), 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Color, English 5.1 (new translation) and Japanese 2.0 Dolby Surround sound; Distributed by Pioneer; MPAA Rating: R (for re-release);

Yamagata readies to inflict pain on a rival gang member.

Yamagata readies to inflict pain on a rival gang member.

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Aug 19, 2010

DVD Review: Abigail Leslie Is Back In Town

The beautiful Rebecca Brooke (a.k.a. Mary Mendum) plays Priscilla, a bored housewife who must face the return of her arch-nemesis Abigail Leslie, a woman whose sexual escapades have shaken up small-town Baypoint and disrupted Priscilla’s marriage.

Man-slut Beau really knows the moves and Priscilla can't resist. He's a real predator (nudge, wink).

Man-slut Beau really knows the moves and Priscilla can't resist. He's a real predator (nudge, wink).

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