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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010
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    Friday, June 18, 2010

    The REAL TheBIGPictureDVD returns... sort of... - by TBP staff
    12:42 pm PST - Dear Readers, was created by Jeff McNeal and featured DVD news, reviews and info written by both Jeff and Bob Banka from the dawn of DVD until June 2009, when the domain expired, site admins were not notified, the site was hacked by someone in Canada who promptly acquired the domain name, then tried to reproduce copyrighted content from the original site.

    While we can no longer call ourselves TheBIGPictureDVD.COM, we are now TheBIGPictureDVD.NET.

    OUR site has not been active in some time for reasons that are explained in another story (below), but we wanted you to know that the site that is now calling itself is nothing more than a poorly executed imitation of THIS site and a blatant attempt by its new domain owners to cash in on our hard work and reputation.

    Don't be fooled. Welcome back. Return to Headlines

    12:23 pm PST - Burbank, CA, June 18, 2010 – An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on July 20th from Warner Home Video. Based upon the comic book series, The Losers follows a team of elite Special Forces as they go undercover to clear their name after a deadly double cross that was instigated from the inside.

    Sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission, members of an elite Special Forces unit now find themselves the target of a deadly double cross instigated by Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. The team, now presumed dead, must work deep undercover to clear their name and even the score with Max. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it'll be a win-win for the team now known as The Losers.

    The Losers is directed by Sylvain White ("Stomp the Yard") and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Watchmen”), Zoë Saldana (“Avatar”, “Star Trek”, “Death at a Funeral”), Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four” series, “TMNT”, Upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger”) Idris Elba (TV’s “The Wire”, TV’s “The Office”, “RocknRolla”) and Columbus Short (“Death at a Funeral”, “Cadillac Records”).

    The Losers will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98.

    On July 20th, The Losers will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.


    An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, "The Losers" centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team--Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar--soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross, instigated from the inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max.

    Making good use of the fact that they are now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda, who is more than capable of scoring a few points of her own. Working together, when they're not arguing amongst themselves, they have to stay one step ahead of the globetrotting Max--a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it'll be a win-win for the team now known as The Losers.


    Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack:

    o Zoe and the Losers

    o Band of Buddies: OPS Training

    o The Losers: Action-Style Storytelling

    o A First Look at Batman: Under the Red Hood

    o Deleted Scene



    Single disc (WS) $ 28.98

    Blu-ray Combo Pack $ 35.99

    Standard Street Date: July 20, 2010

    Running Time: 97 min

    Rating: PG-13 (for scenes of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality, and language.)


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    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    May is Foster Child Awareness Month - by TBP staff
    12:41 pm PST - All children deserve and benefit from enduring, positive relationships with caring adults. The same is true for the 513,000 American youth in foster care. These young people have a special need to make connections with nurturing adults because their own families are in crisis. Many require secure, stable places to call home until they can either safely reunite with their parent or establish other lifelong family relationships. You can change a lifetime.

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    Thursday, November 30, 2006

    Hi Joseph, Is In Limbo - by Jeff McNeal
    11:36 pm PST - Dear Reader,

    A few months ago, I received an inquiry from a TBP visitor that went something like this:

    "Hello, I had a question regarding the website, why does it seem like nothing is updated? has the website been abandoned? Your last news update was in November of 2005, yet your last review was in 2003. Please explain. Thank you. Joseph."

    To which I replied:

    Hi Joseph,

    Fair question and I'll give you a straight answer. The site has not been abandoned, but it's definitely dormant for the time being. Believe it it not, in two years, you're the first person to even ask about it.

    Which in itself is part of the problem.

    Here's the story: I started the web site in 1998, just as DVD's were beginning to hit the market. Within a few months, DVD was gaining momentum, advertisers were clamoring for advertising banners, and the site began generating both interest and income.

    Bob Banka came aboard shortly after I launched the site, and together, he and I began writing reviews. Lots of them. The site grew in popularity, but then when the dotcom crash happened in 2000, it all started to fall apart. Advertisers disappeared as with so many other dotcoms. Bob Banka burned out and left for personal reasons in '01 or '02, and I was stuck writing all the reviews and maintaining the entire site, by myself. The income from the site completely vanished, almost overnight, and by 2003, I was developing carpel tunnel problems from all the writing.

    Finally, with the general acceptance of DVD, the studios basically pulled all their support from the site, and without studio support or advertising income, and my growing disability with the carpel, I had to rearrange priorities, make some tough choices, and ultimately concentrate my efforts in other areas in order to feed my family.

    I turned back to doing voice overs, where I have made some incredible inroads in the last three years, which also might be considered a conflict with writing reviews, since I am voicing trailers and TV commercials for movies in addition to a myriad of other VO assignments. So that's it.

    The site remains what it is. A repository of 1,300 or so great DVD reviews, and forums that readers summarily abandoned years ago. It's a ghost ship.

    Whether or not it will ever be a viable site again is anybody's guess, but at this point I find it unlikely. That said I put too many years and hard work into the site to simply shut it down. So for the foreseeable future, it shall remain what it is, a repository.

    I hope that answers your question.

    Thanks for writing.

    Jeff McNeal

    So there you have it. At one time, during the peak of it's popularity, The BIG Picture was drawing over 3.5 million page views per month. Not bad. We were also very proud of the small part we played in killing DIVX, which at the time was a failed attempt by Circuit City to turn all your DVD's into disposable items with self-destructing expiration dates. These days, DIVX is known by many only as a video compression scheme. Heh.

    I've only had sporadic contact with Bob Banka over the past several years, but wish him and his family only the very best.

    For a brief, shining moment in home theater history, was a relevant, vibrant, exciting destination for home theater enthusiasts. But as the format improved, advertising revenue disappeared and the burden to continue a site this massive fell upon just one person's shoulders to maintain, the weight became too great, the rewards too few, and the site struggled to remain a relevant voice in an increasingly complex medium. The burgeoning format wars with HD DVD and Blue Ray were also something I personally had no interest in negotiating.

    So while I continue to pursue my dream of finding voice over success in Los Angeles, finding myself still connected to the film industry that I love so well, but in a far more viable capacity that takes advantage of my quarter century of training as a voice actor, this site shall remain available to any who want to peruse it's pages and take in an interesting review or interview while you're here.

    God bless and thank you to our loyal readers who made all the toil worthwhile. It has been our pleasure and honor to serve you. Return to Headlines

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