Today, the Green Lantern movie is available on home video. To celebrate, I’ve been running a contest giving away two copies of the Blu-ray. I’m pleased to announce that the winners, via random draw, are Ronald O. (self-declared HUGE FAN) and Stephen N. (who now has a Christmas gift for his dad). I’m sorry I didn’t have the ability to give copies to everyone. I was touched to read about all the devoted fans of the hero and those who would be sharing the experience with their kids and loved ones. Thanks very much for participating!
Also, a followup note regarding the first-ever use of UltraViolet to access digital copies of the film. It seems that, as a bonus, the studio is also providing a digital copy of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the cartoon starring Nathan Fillion. However, I can’t tell you for sure. I was hoping to have an evaluation of that experience ready, but so far, it’s been one big failure.
You have to have a Flixster account to access your files, and while Flixster insists I have an account (and so won’t let me sign up), it refuses to tell me what my password might be. So I can’t access the digital content I want (and have legal access to) because their email servers are down or their email notification address is marked as spam (I suspect) or something’s gone wrong with their process. Too many third parties in the system make for a miserable customer experience, and it makes me wonder if Flixster was ready for this level of attention.
I was offered the choice of watching the movie right then (streaming), downloading to my computer, or watching on an iOS or Android device. There’s also a “Watch on Your TV” option labeled “coming soon”. Downloading to computer requires installing Adobe Air and a Flixster Collections App, which can be done in one process, but demands more acceptance of various legal agreements. Once agreed, it’s just a matter of waiting for the download. (I checked all this out, including the Android setup below, and finished the post before mine completed.)
On Android, it was much smoother — download the Flixster Movies app, log in, and a link to your collection appears on the home screen. Select a film, click Watch Now, and there it goes. Video and sound aren’t great, of course, but the screen is the size of a credit card, so I didn’t expect high fidelity. It’s still pretty darn cool.
I’m intrigued by the frequent use of the word “collection” to label what’s being set up here — a subliminal encouragement to buy more? The only other movie available in this system right now is Horrible Bosses. Now that I’m set up, I imagine future films will be very easy to access.