In honor of the 88th Annual Academy Awards, which are being held Feb. 28, we'd like to present eight nominees for "Best Deals to Enhance the Home Movie Viewing Experience." These products might perfect the time-honored tradition of sitting in darkened living rooms, eyes fixed on the magical moving images, with one hand on the remote and the other buried in a bowl of greasy popcorn. Without further ado, here are the nominees:
8 Oscar-Worthy Deals for Movie Lovers
Why we love this deal:Walmart's deal saves $178, making this one of the cheapest 55-inch sets to be found anywhere. Three HDMI ports means being able to plug in a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a streaming device such as a Roku player simultaneously. The integrated Smart TV provides instant access to streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, which means all that's needed to get an Oscar fix is popcorn.
Why we love this deal: Don't be fooled, this is no ordinary outlet strip. This deal from Amazon comes with a lifetime warranty and promises to protect a home or office's most coveted electronics to the tune of $100,000 -- not bad for $16.
Why we love this deal: Pixar gets it right almost every time, from "The Incredibles" to "Inside Out," making these the films children will want to watch over and over again, and the ones that secretly suck the adults in as well. Buying digital copies on iTunes (just go to iTunes and search for "Pixar" among the movies) or Google Play means instant access from any range of devices and never having to worry about scratched discs leading to broken hearts. Normally $20 to buy, high-def versions of these can be had permanently for $15.
Why we love this deal: Sifting through Amazon Prime's video catalog is like reaching into a pants pocket and finding a crumpled $10 bill. The range of movies available as part of an annual Amazon Prime membership is impressive, with dozens of Oscar-nominated classics available for members to stream for free including "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Aviator," "Pulp Fiction," "Selma," "Fargo," "Good Will Hunting," and "Amelie." Want more? DigitalTrends.com has a handy list.
Why we love this deal: Remember that film that came out six months ago, the one everybody said was sooooo great, and you said, "Nah, that's a rental?" -- and now it's nominated for an Academy Award? Watch it for free just by texting "MOVIETIME" to 727272 and signing up for Redbox text alert promotions (that can quickly be canceled later). Redbox will send a code to enter at the local Redbox kiosk, unlocking current Oscar nom flicks such as "The Martian," "Bridge of Spies," and "Mad Max: Fury Road."
Why we love this deal: After buying the 55-inch TV, the stand to put it on, and the recliner to enjoy it from, don't settle for microwave popcorn. This pint-sized popper on Amazon not only completes the experience, but could save money in the long run. Use real coconut oil and honest to-goodness butter to top it off and settle into cinematic heaven.