Marvel’s “Phase One” Blu-ray collection was supposed to come out in September but it was delayed due to lawsuit involving the suitcase packaging. After months of silence, the company is finally engaging with its fanbase with new details surrounding the long-anticipated collections that includes all Marvel Phase One movies–namely Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor (in 2D/3D), Captain America: The First Avenger (2D/3D), and The Avengers (2D/3D)–plus loads of other content including “special access to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most confidential archives, including a top-secret Bonus Disc filled with never-before-seen deleted scenes, extended scenes, featurettes and more, including “And Then Shawarma After” featurette.” The collection also includes “exclusive memorabilia (prop reproductions and artifacts) from the motion pictures,” not excluding the redesigned suitcase and the glowing Tesseract.
Marvel apologizes for the delay in the best way they can: by stuffing the Blu-ray set with new bonus material and a look at “Phase Two” material. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently spoke with EW and spilled the beans. “We went back to the editor’s assembly of each film and discovered some rare moments that dropped out of the films early on and had not been released on prior discs,” he said. The new material will allow fans “to catch the connective tissue that paved the way toward the Avengers assembling.” He added, ”We spent an embarrassing amount of time compiling the ‘Shield Files’ included in the box set to be sure that each character’s file was full of great, movie-accurate props and Easter eggs, which help tie all of the Phase One films together.” And as for the sneak peek at Phase Two? Owners can expect “footage, concept art, and a few new surprises,” he teased. “Also, look for a nod to Iron Man 3 in the Tony Stark S.H.I.E.L.D. file in the box set.”
The 10-disc, limited edition collector’s set (now called Marvel’s Cinematic Universe: Phase One Collection) is now up for preorder at Amazon for $197.10 and it’s aiming for release on April 2. Additional pics below and an alternate ending to Thor after the break!(Click here for more…)
The next version of Windows is almost here. October 26 is under two weeks away, so what better time to reveal what the physical packaging looks like and flip the switch for preordering. Microsoft describes the packaging as “tak[ing] a fresh approach, in the reimagining of Windows.” It is made up of paper based materials which makes the box greener than in the past. Interestingly the company will ship Windows 8 in a variety of packages, each featuring a different “vibrant illustration” on the front. Check out the five options in the gallery below.
In addition to showing off the product’s package, Microsoft also announced that the Metro-fied OS is up for preorder. Consumers can reserve a packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99. However, if you can live without the snazzy new physical package, on launch day you’ll be able to upgrade online via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant (at Windows.com) for $39.99. The upgrade promotion runs until January 31, 2013. To be eligible for an upgrade at these prices you must already by running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Note that you can upgrade for even cheaper–$14.99–if you purchase a Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. If you’re interested in viewing all the Windows 8 SKUs up for preorder, head over to NewEgg to see the lineup.
The long-awaited return of Master Chief is almost here. Halo 4 is so close you can
taste it preorder it. This week Microsoft fleshed out the $100 “Limited Edition” package that will go on sale alongside the standard $60 version of Halo 4 when it hits shelves November 6. Forty extra bucks will get you the following: War Games Map Pack (early access to “three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations”); Specializations (early access to “six Specializations to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career and new unlockable customization options”); UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet (“includes an armor customization schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs”); and bonus digital content available through Xbox Live including unique armor and weapon skins, an exclusive in-game emblem, Avatar props, and an extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (it provides “an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of Halo 4). Preorder your UNSC-engraved Halo 4 Limited Edition package today. Image of the LE case and PR after the break.
Oh, and how awesome is the official Halo 4 game box art that’s pasted above? Watch it come alive after the break.
Sony is giving its most loyal customers an opportunity to snag a PS Vita one week before the powerful handheld officially launches in North America on February 22. To get your sweaty palms and greasy fingertips on a PS Vita February 15, all you have to do is preorder the “First Edition Bundle” which comes with the Vita (3G + Wi-Fi model), a limited edition case, a 4GB memory card, and the Little Deviants game. The bundle costs $349.99 (that’s a hundred dollars more than the standalone 3G + Wi-Fi model) and it’s up for preorder now at select retailers including Best Buy and Amazon. Want a chance to play with the next generation portable before everyone else? This is it.
“Paradise” is the followup single to “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” off Coldplay’s upcoming fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto. It’s classic Coldplay: it’s a sweeping anthem, though softer than “Waterfall.” Take a listen above. Download it here.
Additionally, you can now preorder Mylo Xyloto in physical and digital formats. Remember, Coldplay is packaging the album in a myriad of ways. In addition to selling the standard CD, the band is also offering it up in vinyl ($27.99) and pop-up ($79.99) editions. Eye the tracklist after the break; it includes the previously heard track “Charlie Brown” and Rihanna is crowned the album’s sole featured artist on “Princess Of China.” Mylo Xyloto drops October the 24th. (Click here for more…)
After months of rumors today we finally get some solid information coming directly from rap overlords Kanye West and Kay-Z concerning their upcoming collab album. If you head over to Kanye and Jay’s blogs you’ll be presented with the album artwork for Watch the Throne; the gold metallic cover is designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci and it’s pasted above. Clicking the album art at either site brings you to www.WatchTheThrone.com, a site designed by label Island Def Jam. There you can preorder the album in a variety of formats: Deluxe CD ($16.99), Standard CD ($13.99), Deluxe MP3 ($14.99), and Standard MP3 ($11.99). After completing your order an email receipt lists an August 2 drop date, but this information has not been confirmed. Sources say that the standard version will pack ten tracks, and the deluxe will add four bonus songs on top of that. West, Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, No ID, and Lex Luger are all expected to receive production credits. And finally, it’s rumored that Beyonce and Bruno Mars will lend their voices to a track called “Lift Off.” Expect the followup to H.A.M. to drop within the next few weeks. According to fellow G.O.O.D. Music artist Cyhi Da Prynce the album is near completion–the songs are recorded, and ‘Ye is adding his final touches before the final master ships. Happy fourth of July!
The Verizon iPhone is almost here. Here’s the scoop on how to get yours.
During the wee morning hours of Thursday, February 3, Verizon Wireless allowed its current subscriber base to preorder the Verizon iPhone 4 on a first-come, first-served basis. After the first two hours of the preorder window (precisely between 3AM and 5AM) VZW ceased online orders of the phone due to high demand and ended the most successful first day sales in the history of the company. Missed out on this opportunity? Not a current VZW customers? Read on.
Beginning Wednesday, February 9, you can order the phone through the Apple Store online for delivery OR reserve it for in-store pick up beginning Thursday, February 10. At at 7AM local time on Thursday the 10th, run–don’t walk–to a brick-and-mortar Apple Store to purchase the phone; they’ll be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. On launch day you’ll also find the phone being sold at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores (also starting at 7AM), Best Buy, select Wal-Mart stores, and online at verizonwireless.com and apple.com. Verizon’s got a nice Special Upgrade Offer happening right now; it’ll help you save money on purchasing an iPhone if you bought your latest handset between 11/26 and 1/10.
Got it? Good. Starting brewing some coffee now and prepare for the online and retail insanity to begin. The day you’ve been dreaming about is just around the corner.
Fans of the beloved PlayStation franchise SOCOM, listen here! Developer Zipper Interactive announced a release date for the latest installment. SOCOM 4 hits shelves April 19 exclusively for the PlayStation 3. As promised the game will boast multiplayer support we’ve come to know and love, as well as a significantly enhanced single player campaign. As I’ve shared with you before, all SOCOM games following PS2′s SOCOM II never sat well with me. Thankfully, Zipper promises that they’re going back to their roots with SOCOM 4, eliminating all of the fluff and nixing all the problems of past iterations (namely SOCOM 3, Combined Assault, and Confrontation; online lag issues and weak (and sometimes totally absent) single player modes plagued these titles). After previewing SOCOM 4 at E3 2010 I am happy to report that the updated graphics are stunning and at the same time the title manages to capture the classic feel I last experienced playing the 2003 sequel. Add in the PlayStation Move support, and you’ve got a PS3 shooter that deserves wild anticipation.
Preorder SOCOM 4 at GameStop. Why? Because you’ll receive a GameStop exclusive map. “Abandoned” is a modern take on SOCOM & SOCOM II’s “Suppression” map and it’s being described like this: “Abandoned takes place in the daytime around an ancient Thai village deep in the misty jungle. Fight your way over dense hillsides, through dark caves, and into the close-quarters mayhem of the archeological site. Classic SOCOM heritage meets evolved SOCOM 4 action.” That’s what I like to hear. You’ll also receive a weapon, the Super M90 Shotgun. Whether you purchase the game online or pick it up in-store, you will be given instructions and a code to download the exclusive map and weapon when you load the game. Want to get in on the action early? For a limited time new copies of Killzone 3 (which releases February 22) will include an access code to the SOCOM 4 multiplayer beta. Specially marked cases for the Killzone 3 standalone and Helghast editions are your ticket into the beta, so keep an eye out of them. Zipper has not announced when they will turn the beta on.
According to a Zipper rep, “the good news is that this is just the beginning of an upcoming flood of SOCOM goodness.” So stick it right here for the latest news in SOCOM 4 single and mulitplayer news. For now, check out the brand new multiplayer trailer (embedded after the break) called “Not For Self” and look in the gallery below for game stills. And that’s some slick box art up there, huh?
The not-really banned album cover has made its way into iTunes all pixelated, along with the tracklist for Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and here it is:
1. Dark Fantasy
2. Gorgeous (Featuring Raekwon & Kid Cudi)
4. All Of the Lights
5. Monster (Feauting Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
6. So Appalled (Featuring Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce & Swizz Beatz)
7. Devil In a New Dress
8. Runaway (Featuring Pusha T)
9. Hell Of a Life
10. Blame Game (Featuring John Legend & Pusha T)
11. Lost In the World
12. See Me Now (Bonus Track)
Right off the bat what do you notice? That’s right–we’ve already heard half the album already! “Power” and “Runaway” served as the first two singles, and “Monster”, ”So Appalled”, “Devil in a New Dress”, and “See Me Now” were all included in Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday collection. Bummer, eh not so much. I was definitely expecting an epic, lengthy album, but you have to take into consideration what Kanye has provided fans for the past few months. The G.O.O.D. Friday collection has us anticipating a new Kanye track every single Friday–and this series will continue past the album’s release until Christmas time. The album may be lacking in new content, but it cetainly contains the best of G.O.O.D. Friday along with hotly anticipated tracks like “All of the Lights” and “Lost in the World.” If you don’t play into the leak game, half of this album will be brand new for you to take in and enjoy. And take note that the contents of the album are subject to change before the release date. Lost tracks like “Mama’s Boyfriend” and “Chain Heavy” might just find their way onto it. For now, preview a bunch of the songs by watching Runaway again and look forward to this week’s G.O.O.D. Friday track. The fifth studio album from Kanye West drops November 22. His collab EP with Jay-Z called Watch the Throne will follow soon after. There really is no end in sight.
Preorder information! The standard version includes all 12 tracks (iTunes) and the deluxe version (iTunes/Amazon) packs all 12 tracks plus the Runaway short film. (FYI — “Monster” has turned up as the third single. Preorder on iTunes today to instantly download it.) You might want to opt for the physical in-store copy; Kanye promises there are five different album covers (including the “banned” one) and they will all ship inside the CD case.
Cudder’s sophomore slam is nearly here. Want a peek at the 17 song ’scenelist’ for Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager? Force your eyeballs slightly downwards.
Act 1: The World I Am Ruling
1. Scott Mescudi Vs The World feat. Cee-Lo (Producted by Emile)
2. REVOFEV (Producted by Plain Pat)
ACT 2: A Stronger Trip
3. Don’t Play This Song feat. Mary J. Blige (Producted by Emile)
4. We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up) (Producted by Emile)
5. Marijuana (Producted by Dot Da Genius)
6. Mojo So Dope (Producted by Emile)
Act 3; Party On
7. Ashin’ Kusher (Producted by Chuck English)
8. Erase Me feat. Kanye West (Producted by Jim Jonsin)
9. Wild’n Cuz Im Young (Producted by Plain Pat)
10. The Mood (Producted by Emile)
Act 4: The Transformation
11. MANIAC feat. Cage & St. Vincent (Producted by Anthony Killhoffer)
12. Mr. Rager (Producted by Emile)
13. These Worries feat. Mary J. Blige (Producted by Emile)
14. The End feat. GLC, Chip Tha Ripper & Nicole Wray (Produced by Blended Babies)
Act 5: You Live & You Learn
15. All Along (Producted by Emile)
16. GHOST! (Producted by Emile)
17. Trapped In My Mind (Producted by Dot Da Genius)
As you can see, Cudi organized the tracklist here the same way he did for the original MOTM; it flows more like a “scenelist” where the tracks are bunched into individial scenes and they bleed into each other very much like a movie. Cudi managed to scoop up some impressive featured artists; there’s Cee-Lo, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Cage, St. Vincent, GLC, Chip Tha Ripper, and Nicole Wray. Dot Da Genius, Emile, and Plain Pat return as producers along with new recruits Jim Jonsin, Chuck English, Anthony Killhoffer, and Blended Babies.
You’ve already seen the album cover for the regular and deluxe versions, so how about we detail how they differentiate. The regular version comes complete with all 17 tracks; the final song “Maybe” is an iTunes bonus track (produced by Dot Da Genius and Rami Beatz). The deluxe versions comes with all 17 songs plus the “Erase Me” music video and a 30 minute documentary titled “Journey of Mr. Rager.” If you want that bonus track, preorder MOTM2 in iTunes: standard / deluxe. And if you preorder today, you will instantly receive a copy of single #3 that is “Mr. Rager.” Prefer a physical copy? Amazon’s got you covered: standard / deluxe.
Curious about the movie poster hanging above? (Click here for more…)
When I mention the date September 14, what comes to mind? If it isn’t Halo: Reach then what’s wrong with you?! Well, probably nothing…but if you’re any type of gamer you should know that the next game in the coveted Halo franchise drops on that day. To celebrate the release of Halo: Reach, Bungie and Microsoft have teamed up to create a limited edition Xbox 360 console inspired by the game. It is worthy to note that this is the very first new 250GB Xbox 360 themed console. The “whisper-quiet” fans, built-in 802.11n WiFi adapter, and slim form factor remain in tact. It does away with the black glossy exterior and introduces a Halo: Reach theme. It features “an exclusive silver design” that “captures the look and feel of the game.” It also packs “custom sound effects from the “Halo” universe”; the press release did not elaborate on this feature, so it shall remain a surprise to buyers upon powering up the console. The Xbox 360 comes bundled with a copy of Halo: Reach, two custom Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers with artwork inspired by the game, a Reach themed Xbox 360 wired headset, a token for the Limited Edition Elite armor set, and an episode of “Halo Legends”, the anime-styled show based on the game. The bundle is priced at $399 and is available to preorder today. It will hit the market in tandem with the game on 9/14. The Reach wireless controller ($59.99) and a wireless headset ($49.99) will be made available to purchase separately in late Augsust. Look in the gallery below to view the console at various angles.
Are you ready to rock!? Well don’t get too excited since we’re still a few months away from the next iteration of Rock Band. MTV Games and Harmonix announced that RB3 hits stores October 26. The game will ship for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS. Pricing details were previously reported. Besides the all-important release date, a bunch of enticing preorder options were detailed, too. If you preorder the game at Walmart you will get a $10 eGift card. Those who shop early at Amazon will receive access to an exclusive in-game guitar plus $10 off a future videogame purchase (the latter offer applies only to Xbox 360 & PS3 RB3 preorders). And last there’s the GameStop special: three free downloadable songs (“My Own Summer” by The Deftones, “Blue Monday” by New Order, and “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads). I don’t have to tell you which option is best to choose. Look after the break for the official PR.
With the second half of Glee season one in full force, there’s no better time than now to preorder the next soundtrack titled Glee: The Music, Vol. 3 Showstoppers. Two versions are up for preorder; the deluxe edition contains 20 tracks, while the standard edition has 14 tracks. All these tunes will be performed during the remainder of this season. Both versions will release on May 18. Order physical copies at Amazon (standard/deluxe) or digital ones at iTunes (standard/deluxe). Note that these soundtracks do not contain any of the Madonna songs performed during the “Power of Madonna” episode. For those you’ll have to pick up the Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna EP (Amazon/iTunes), available today. Check out the track listing for all three soundtracks after the break.
Glee airs Tuesdays at 9PM on FOX. (Click here for more…)
It looks Glee: Season 1 will be split up into two volumes, and it makes sense. Firstly, when the 4-disc 13-episode DVD box set was made FOX had not yet renewed the show, thereby granting it 9 additional episodes. Second, although this might sound unfair (but, in fact, it kinda is), FOX has a ton of music rights to pay for; by shipping two volumes of DVDs and soundtracks the network can recoup its money for all the rights it had to pay for over the length of the season (and gear up for Season 2 (which has not been confirmed yet, but still)). So, in sum: Glee Season 1: Volume 1 – Road to Sectionals DVD will pack the initial 13-episode run. (It will also include bonus material (ie. behind-the-scenes, audition tapes, performances, etc..) The soundtrack, Glee the music Season 1: Volume 1 will include all of the main performances debuted during the first half of the season. Look after the break for the full 18-track listing.
There will be a full season DVD released after the entire first season airs, and purchasers of Volume 1 will receive a voucher that can be applied to that full set. Glee will be going on a haitus during the holiday season and will return just in time to make sure it finishes in mid-May during the usual TV sweeps period. The Volume 1 DVD and CD would make great holiday gifts, giving Gleeks and non-Gleeks the chance to watch (or re-watch) the first half of the season. Purchase the DVD and CD on Amazon and preorder the CD on iTunes.
Now on to the next bit of news. Lea Michele’s (Rachel’s) Spring Awakening co-star Jonathan Groff will be joining the cast of Glee in the near future. According to EW, he will be featured in “five or six episodes” and will play the lead male singer of Vocal Adrenaline, our Glee club’s arch-nemisis and biggest competition. Glee’s co-creator Ryan Murphy calls him a ”miva” (or “a male diva”). I’m not really a spoiler type but I’ll give you this: EW also claims that Groff “will also serve as a potential love interest for Michele’s Rachel.”
This collection of images documents Kanye West’s 2008 Glow in the Dark tour. According to Examiner: ”The 288-page book provides a look at on stage performances, behind-the-scenes shots, conceptual sketches by West, costume designs, and stage models. It also includes an audio CD featuring the previously unreleased live instrumentals for “Hey Mama,” “Touch the Sky,” “Jesus Walks,” and “I Wonder,” as well as an interview with video and film director Spike Jonze.”
The book is designed by Base, published by Rizzoli, and includes pictures by Nabil Elderkin, who directed West’s “Paranoid” and “Welcome to Heartbreak” music videos. You can preorder it here or here to book for $30.
Journey with IGN on a quick adventure through the Halo universe and rediscover (or for you newbies, discover) the Halo story from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3. This is all in preperation for Halo 3: ODST which releases this week on Xbox 360. Go ahead; get caught up, preorder a copy, and PREPARE TO DROP.