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Cineplex To Play More Films In French

Television Radio Canada has reported that Cineplex will be playing more films in French in their theaters, starting with the newly acquired theaters in the Maritimes.

I’m bilingual so I enjoy the odd French film. But I’ve had to travel to Gatineau, Quebec to view them in a theater or had to wait until it was released on DVD, blu-ray or on iTunes. And many French films are not readily available for rental outside of the province of Quebec or online so sometimes I don’t get to see some of these films until they air on television.

I’m hoping that if Cineplex decide to build a theater in my general area that it will include a smaller theater dedicated to foreign films.

DVD To Digital

I’ve just noticed a neat feature at Cinemanow Canada. A Disc to Digital conversion service that allows people to add their DVDs to their Ultraviolet accounts, either in standard definition or high definition.

The Disc to Digital menu option can now be found on their new player software, which is compatible with the latest Windows and Mac operating systems.

To add a title to their online collection all a person needs to do is to insert a DVD into their computer’s CD-Rom or Blu-ray player and click on a button to receive an option to purchase a standard definition version for $2 or high definition version for $5.

Individuals who have unlimited internet and stream HD movies now have a relatively cheap way to up-convert their DVDs. But it should be noted that this program is relatively new so the titles are limited and I’ve encountered a glitch that I’ve just emailed Cinemanow Canada about.

I don’t know if this happens to any other DVD or if it’s a glitch limited to my Windows 7 machine. But my Spider-Man DVD registers as being “burned” when it is actually an authentic DVD. I purchased it new from a major retailer.

Blu-ray discs are not yet supported. But I’m assuming they’re working on this. And many titles already have free Ultraviolet codes on them, though I recommend you redeem them as soon as possible because some of them have expiry dates.

More Memorabilia

Amazon.ca had just activated the beta version of their Toys and Games Store, which features Action and Toy Figurines, Die Cast Vehicles, Games, and various other memorabilia from from music, film, television and internet.

Their selection is limited compared to their American Store but I suspect they will expand quite significantly in or by October or November.

Redbox Expands In Canada

Redbox kiosks have now been placed in more retailers in Canada.

These kiosks, which are either located in a retailer or outdoors near the retailer’s entrance, offer movie rentals in both DVD and Blu-Ray. But unlike the Zip kiosks, they take reservations online and offer game rentals for Xbox 360, Wii and Playstation 3.

Though more expensive than Zip for DVD rentals at $1.50/day, Redbox also offers Blu-Ray rentals at $2/day so I will probably rent my Blu-rays from them when they decide to expand to my local grocery store or Walmart. The Zip kiosk location I currently rent from is some distance from my home.

Shopper’s Drug Mart Offer

Select Shopper’s Drug Marts are offering $6 off $30 iTunesicon multi-packs.

This offer, which will expire on March 22nd, 2013, was advertised on page 5 of my local flyer. Consult your local flyer for details.

Gift Card Offer

Select Sobey’s stores are offering $50 iTunesicon gift cards for $40.

A coupon can be found in today’s flyer, which expires on Feb 28th, 2013.