James Bond's latest nemesis in the film Quantum of Solace sees more people on Earth needing more water, and he likes it. "This is the world's most precious resource," Dominic Greene says with eyes alight. "We need to control as much of it as we can."
His plan has the ring of truth. Scientists and policymakers continue to warn about water shortages all across the United States and the world.
the Blu-ray format stores and plays movies in high definition—easy for new flicks shot digitally in HD, but what about classics like Metropolis (due out on Blu-ray next year) that were shot on film? The trick is to make a small digital file without losing too much information in the process, which could yield a poor-quality image. Here's how it works.
Just how realistic is Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D?
By Adam WeinerPosted 06.25.2008 at 12:39 pm 9 Comments
Hollywood, in its infinite desire to generate easy profits, has decided to do yet another remake of the Jules Verne classic Journey to the Center of the Earth -- this time in 3-D!. As we can see from the trailer, this movie is going to be a special effects extravaganza. Now, while we all know that the entire idea of traveling to the center of the Earth is pure fantasy, and any "science" represented in the movie is not to be taken seriously, we have so much scientific information about the state of the Earth's interior -- much more than Jules Verne ever could know -- that somehow the premise just falls flat.
We pit the leading digital-delivery TV boxes and services from Netflix, Apple and Vudu against DVD and Blu-ray. Who will reign supreme?
By Sean CaptainPosted 06.04.2008 at 6:21 pm 9 Comments
Battle of the Video Boxes
We put the leading set-top video boxes to the test (L to R: Apple TV, Vudu, and Netflix's Roku) vs. Blu-ray. Who emerges victorious?
We live in interesting TV times. DVD players are as common as toasters. Basic Blu-ray players offer high-def flicks at prices we can (almost) afford. And now, if you can't bother to go to the store or wait for a disc to arrive, you finally have some enticing download options.
The biggest news, of course, is the recent arrival of Roku's streaming Netflix Player, which is finally giving the company a service to match its name. The Netflix Player joins two other on-demand boxes: Vudu, which premiered last September, and Apple TV, which got upgraded to a movie-playing box in February. So, what's the best way to go?
Our expert tackles the physics behind the hero's super-strength (his magical pants are another story)
By Adam WeinerPosted 05.20.2008 at 12:26 pm 7 Comments
The latest cinematic version of The Incredible Hulk is due to hit theaters soon. Now, many people are aware that the most incredible thing about the Hulk is the way his pants always stay on when he expands to ten times his original volume. (If they didn't it would make for a completely different kind of superhero.) His brute strength, however, is a close runner-up.
A Q&A with the Hollywood legend and self-proclaimed Wii-addict on bringing his cinematic flair to videogames
By Steve MorgensternPosted 05.16.2008 at 12:59 pm 0 Comments
In a career that spans the heartrending drama of Schindlers List, the popcorn thrills of Indiana Jones and the flat-out cartoon silliness of Animaniacs, Steven Spielberg has demonstrated a unique cross-generational ability to capture our imaginations and manipulate our emotions. Now hes applying these talents to a new medium, developing a series of innovative videogames in collaboration with Electronic Arts.
The first, Boom Blox (released last month), embraces his fun-for-the-whole-family side. This action-puzzle game challenges players to destroy structures made of building blocks, using the Nintendo Wii remote control to hurl onscreen objects with a flick of the wrist.
The superhero's suit of armor is pretty cool, but the toys he uses to build it are even more impressive
By Gregory MonePosted 05.07.2008 at 4:27 pm 12 Comments
Yes, there are some great robot fight scenes, nefarious villains, a few human interest plotlines, even characters that seem like genuine people, but the new movie Iron Man is really about the lab, and its ridiculously cool toys.
You have 30 seconds to saw off your foot; or, hack up this digital voice box. It’s your move
By Dave ProchnowPosted 04.30.2008 at 6:03 pm 0 Comments
All of you SAW III aficionados take note (and quickly, before something bad happens): entombed within this embodiment of evil is a small digital voice recorder just ripe for the hacking. And the price is right, too.
Get Smart is loaded with new gadgets, but this wild take on the famous utility knife tops them all
By Gregory MonePosted 04.15.2008 at 3:56 pm 6 Comments
When we spoke with Peter Segal—director of the upcoming film Get Smart—for our Sci-Tech Summer Movie Guide, he knew straight off that he had to play up the technology in the comedic spy caper. "We knew getting into this that the gadgets are really important," he says. He couldn't tell us about all the tech tools in the film, but there's a clever update of the infamous "cone of silence," and the movie features exploding cuff links and dental floss, plus a tooth radio.
Scientists discover ancient rocks on the sea-floor that give them a window into the Earth's mantle
By Gregory MonePosted 04.14.2008 at 8:28 am 0 Comments
No, you can't hike or spelunk or even tunnel down to the center of the Earth, even if movies like The Core or this summer's 3D adventure flick, Journey to the Center of the Earth, suggest otherwise. To find out about our planet's insides, scientists rely on very different tricks. And, apparently, a little luck.