Home Theater: Netflix on PS3, DVD box sets

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Netflix video streaming

Netflix has finally welcomed PlayStation 3 owners to the streaming-video party, extending a service already enjoyed by Xbox and TiVo owners. Think of the immediacy of channel surfing combined with the broad selection of the (dying) video store experience.

For now, the PS3 requires a physical disc that has to be in your machine when you're watching. It's a minor inconvenience for a great service (that doesn't cost extra for Netflix subscribers). Request your disc on the Netflix site, and wait by the mailbox for the familiar red envelope.

I'm already hooked. The library of available titles is limited, but there's a wealth of great movies, TV shows and more, many in HD. If the mood strikes, I can marathon the first four seasons of Lost. Bad day have you in the mood for a comedy? Browse by genre, find a flick and click. And it's all on your TV, so watching movies on your computer can again be banished to dorm rooms.

Hint: If you think Santa is going to bring you a PS3, you might want to request your Netflix disc early so you can stream your own marathon of A Christmas Story

- Brad Keefe


Considering leaving some home entertainment under the tree? Here's a rundown on the box set offerings this holiday season.

-Melissa Starker

New and available now

"TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Holiday"

Turner Classic Movies has recently released several themed collections, and unlike most multi-packs, they're light on filler. Among the titles in this group is an undisputed seasonal classic: 1940's The Shop Around the Corner.

"Gone With the Wind: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition"

"Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)"

"North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition"

"The Sopranos: The Complete Series"

"The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition"

Out this week

"The Golden Age of Television: The Criterion Collection"

The Criterion set includes classic 1950s teleplays such as Marty, Bang the Drum Slowly and Requiem for a Heavyweight.

Dec. 8

"Lost: The Complete Fifth Season Dharma Initiative Orientation Kit"

Along with previously unseen supplemental material, this edition of Lost's nail-biting, time-jumping fifth season includes Dharma Initiative stickers, maps, pamphlets and an orientation video on VHS.

"AK100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa (Criterion Collection)"

"Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset"

"Rescue Me: Season 5, Volume 2"

Dec. 15

"The Mel Brooks Collection" (new to Blu-ray)

A total of nine discs cover the comic genius' film career, from The Twelve Chairs to Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

"Robot Chicken: Seasons 1-4"

Dec. 22

"Taxi: The Complete Series"

The beloved sitcom helps keep the memory of Andy Kaufman alive, plus Danny DeVito's portrayal of Louie De Palma is like a trial run for Frank on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.