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Monday, August 09, 2010

IMDb - Movies in your pocket(?)

Review time once more, and this time it's another FREE app, available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

I'm a bit of a cinema fan; as you may have gathered from previous posts, and I'm also a user of IMDb.

What is IMDb?  It's the Internet Movie Database.  Part of the Amazon group, IMDB tells you everything you ever wanted to know about films, actors, directors, what's in production and lots, lots, more.

As described on Wikipedia:
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information related to movies, television shows, actors, production crew personnel, video games, and most recently, fictional characters featured in visual entertainment media. IMDb launched on October 17, 1990, and in 1998 was acquired by Amazon.com.

It's a veritable treasure trove of information. From film reviews, to useless information; from comments by users, to quotes from directors et al.

There is now an app on the iPad, that, for film lovers, is an absolute must have.  Not only does it highlight the latest releases, but you can search on the actors, see which films they've appeared in, and watch trailers of most movies.  Indeed, there are some classic trailers to watch.

I love the fact that you can seamlessly drill down further, from details about an actor, to films they've appeared in, to looking at other actors, directors etc.

The App does allow you to set your current location, but that appears to have no effect; that I have noticed, so I'm unsure as to the reason behind this.  I can only assume it works better in the US, where the local film times can be displayed.  It would be great if you could do this for the UK too.

Overall, it's presented beautifully, and takes full advantage of the graphical ability and screen size of the iPad.
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