And Olivia Wilde Begat Justin Timberlake...What? Win "In Time"

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Film lets us explore alternate realities, like one where Harrison Ford is hunting down and destroying robots that look like humans or maybe one where Olivia Wilde gives birth to Justin Timberlake but the both of them remain in their physical primes living like every day is their last. Except, because they're mother and son and they are in fact living their last few days relying on paychecks to extend their lives, they aren't doing what every normal person would do if it was their last day alive and they lived with either Justin Timberlake or Olivia Wilde. Because we know what we'd do. But that doesn't happen and instead Justin Timberlake becomes Robin Hood, stealing time from the rich and giving it to the poor. Because time is money, and sometimes idioms can be taken too literally.

In Time hit shelves on January 31st. You could go buy it on Amazon, or you could win a copy on Blu-ray from us. That's also an option.

Feb
07
2012
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In HD You Can Really See the Decay

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They're coming. If you trust film, zombies are an increasingly likely doomsday, and the day our loved ones rise back from the dead is lumbering ever closer. Step by staggering step. Unless Danny Boyle is directing the zombie apocalypse, and in that case the zombies run. Let's hope that's not the case. But it might be, and so we need to prepare ourselves by watching every zombie flick available to us, and so that means one of you needs to win a copy of The Dead, study it, and then report back with your findings.

But which of you will win this copy of The Dead on Blu-ray? Whose survival should we help ensure?

Feb
07
2012
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Ye Be But Pawns in My Thrifty Game of Chess

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Times have changed and the economy is suffering, and one of the seldom discussed effects of this financial quagmire is that the dreams of children have become much more modest. Where once they dreamed of being astronauts, doctors, and rock stars, they now dream of being low-level management at marketing firms, gas station managers, and pawn shop owners. Neigh, not mere pawn shop owners, Pawn Stars, gods among the mortals who sell their prized wares for a few scraps of cash. TheseĀ CadillacsĀ of men will negotiate you down from lofty expectations of receiving the market price of your priceless candelabra to hoping for a third of its value at best. Truly they are as gods that bought your limited edition vinyl collection for 30 cents on the dollar. The world stands in awe, just as they have for three seasons...so far.

Are you a fan of Pawn Stars? Want to win their third season on DVD? Then keep reading to find out how you can win a copy.

Nov
10
2011
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There's No Patch For Quitting Phonics

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For years I couldn't get enough Phonics. Breakfast, lunch, dinner - I had three bumps of phonics with each. I was hooked. My friends and family pleaded with me to kick the habit, but I couldn't. I skipped my own intervention only to jack up in the Linguistics aisle of a Barnes and Noble where I almost OD'ed. It was the lowest point in my life, but I saw it coming--because you don't just start on phonics, it's something you build to. At first it was baby talk, unintelligible gurgles that meant nothing, and eventually I moved up to elaborate gestures. I kept with those for about a year, the high was excellent; but eventually I needed more. One night, a good friend who I'd met in grammar school passed me a Leapfrog DVD. "Phonics Farm" it said. "Farm", eh? It sounded natural, and that can't be bad for you. 30 minutes later I was sounding out letters, the world nothing but a haze around me. I knew I'd never be the same. Phonics was my gateway drug. Reading and writing were just around the corner. And if you were wondering, the picture above perfectly sums up the high of phonics. Such bliss.

Enough about me, let's get your kid hooked. Or literate. We'll settle for literate. To that end, we're giving away the Leapfrog "Phonics Farm" DVD and the 3 Leapfrog DVD Learning Collection. If you want to win it, just keep reading to find out how.

Nov
10
2011
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When Giant Robots Weren't Japanese National Monuments...

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Do you remember that time? They were simpler, to be sure. Gigantic robots were an animator's dream, and they brought it to life in an endless combination of robots with guns, transformers, spaceships, androids, and more. Sometimes the robots were made up of a few smaller robots. Sometimes the robots were sentient, other times not. And sometimes they were but tools in humanity's struggle to fight off the invasions of impossibly powerful alien forces. Robotech was a chapter of the latter persuasion. The robots might not have had their own minds, but they can do lots of cool things, and without them mankind would be doomed. Sadly, the same could be said for the Robotech series if it weren't for A&E picking up the rights to it and re-releasing the entire series on DVD. In a way, it's a public service to fans of gigantic robots and the cartoons they inhabit. Robotech is part of a larger legacy, and it would be shame it fell to obscurity like some sort of missing link in the much studied chain of giant robot evolution.

Here at JustPressPlay, we want to do our part to preserve this piece of giant robot history, so we're giving away a copy of Robotech: The Complete Original Series on DVD. Want it? Keep reading to find out how you can get it.

Nov
08
2011
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Ethics in Journalism: Now With 90% Less Dancing!

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How do you measure the character of a man? By the company he keeps? His work ethic? Their dancing prowess? His ability to do the honestly report the facts despite pressure from his mentor, who may or may not be the editor of a powerful newspaper? Alleged would argue it's the latter. We know, that's a pretty specific choice and thus not really applicable to other judgments of character, but that doesn't make it any less valid. What's more, Alleged has won (received?) the Dove Foundation's "Family Approved" seal of approval. Now that's a pedigree few films can match. What does that mean for you the viewer? No sex, no swearing, no violence, and a whole lot of good ol' fashioned moral fiber. Mmmm mmm, yum. If the wholesome story of ethics and love in the face of corruption sounds like you're cup of tea, then you might want to check out Alleged, starring Colm Meaney, Brian Dennehy, Ashley Johnson, and Nathan West.

Well, we've got four copies to give away on DVD, so if you want to win a copy just keep reading to find out how.

Nov
08
2011
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Please Heed Cautionary Tales About Labyrinths

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By the very definition of a labyrinth, it's probably a good idea to avoid wandering into one if you can't see over its walls; even if you can, you probably shouldn't. Jennifer Connelly barely got out of David Bowie's, which was absolutely hellish (in complexity, the movie was awesome). That little girl had to endure Guillermo Del Toro's nightmares. Theseus had to cheat to survive the labyrinth he explored, but I suppose that's fair. It did have a minotaur running rampant through it, so maybe having to figure out the maze and evade a killer manbeast is too much to ask. Our point being: how have people not yet learned to avoid labyrinths? In Atrocious, two Spanish teenagers wander into a garden labyrinth which seems to set off a series of murders. Sure, they can get in and out of the labyrinth easy enough - but people are dying. So clearly that's not a good trade off.

To help educate the world about the dangers of labyrinths, we're giving away two copies of Atrocious on DVD. If you want to win one, keep reading to find out how.

Nov
06
2011
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Check Out My New Weapon, Weapon of Choice

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Watch Top Shot long enough, and chances are you'll get to see someone fire a really cool weapon. You don't even have to watch that long. It's kind of an inevitability of the show. The people who dreamt it up and the contestants it attracts love weapons. Not only that, they're often scarily good at using them. No one, save for Zeus or a Bond villain with a satellite laser, should be able to smite people from long distances with projectiles. We're only comfortable with Zeus and Bond villains because they're fictional. Unless Zeus isn't, in which case, we're sorry. With its third season going strong, Top Shot's second season is now out on DVD.

If you want a chance to win it, we're giving one away, and you just have to do two things...

Nov
05
2011
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Winter Gave Spring and Summer a Miss...

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...And moved right into the Fenway Fall Classic. Which leads us to the conclusion that Winter is a baseball fan. Why else would anyone want to skip spring and summer but to get to the MLB Fall Classic as fast as you can? You probably thought Winter was a hockey or curling fan, but no, baseball is its sport of choice. But it gets weirder, it turns out Winter also prefers the Red Sox. At least for the sake of this rambling intro to a contest for a Blu-ray copy of Fall Classic at Fenway Park. Pretty weak, I know. There it is, though. We're giving away a copy of the Blu-ray that includes both the 2004 and 2007 World Series films featuring Denis Leary and Matt Damon as its narrators, respectively. If you're a fan of Beantown's finest then this is the Blu-ray baseball event for you, so if you want to win a copy, just keep reading to find out how.

Nov
05
2011
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American Liberty Minus the Slime and Ghostbusters

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Fact: There's a way to appreciate video incarnations of the Statue of Liberty that doesn't require Dr. Peter Venkman to spray it down with ectoplasmic gunk.

That's not to say you can't appreciate it via Ghostbusters II, but just that maybe, once in a while, you turn off your homemade proton pack and your TV, and find a new way to appreciate American symbolism. Or you can leave the TV on and just pop in America: The Story of Us. The anomalous national identity of the United States has a special place in history (or so we tell ourselves), but this History Channel special examines the people of all walks of life, race, religion, and creed who have come together to make America one of the most diverse places in the world. In honor of its recent re-release, JustPressPlay is giving away a copy the Collector's Edition on DVD to anyone out there curious about the American national identity.

Nov
05
2011
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