Archive for June, 2010

The Princess & The Frog brings hand-drawn Disney magic back to BD

Princess and the Frog

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Disney’s The Princess & The Frog, the company’s long-awaited return to classic 2D hand-drawn animation, is available now on Blu-ray Disc.

Simon Brew of DenOfGeek has taken a look and was impressed, praising the picture quality as “absolutely exemplary” and the audio as “brilliant”.

Aside from the film, the disc includes various special features, including “The Return to Hand Drawn Animation”, a featurette which sees members of production team, including Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer John Lasseter, talk about how it felt to return to Disney’s classic style after recent forays into computer generated animation.

A number of deleted scenes, music videos and games complete the package. The Princess and the Frog is available now. Here’s a clip from the film:

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid makes Blu-ray Disc Debut

Black Sabbath Blu-ray Disc

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of legendary 70s rock band Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album, a documentary celebrating its release has been announced for Blu-ray Disc. Heralded as the greatest heavy metal album of all time, the documentary, entitled Black Sabbath: Paranoid, tells us the story behind the music from the original members, Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drummer).

The story is depicted through a number of interviews with the band, demonstrations and archive videos.  Also featured are favourite tracks including “War Pigs” and “Iron Man” and 40 minutes of additional bonus features to complement the title track.

The documentary is out now.  HollywoodToday has more details.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: The Lovely Bones

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This week we are giving away Peter Jackson’s Oscar nominated The Lovely Bones, based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold. As always, you have two chances to win. For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this
Then once you’ve done that, for a second entry all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question:
Everyone has a favourite book they can read over and over again. What personal favourite, or forgotten classic, would you like to see adapted for the big screen?
From Jane Austen to Irvine Welsh, we look forward to hearing your favourite!

Beauty and the Beast receives the Blu-ray treatment

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Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray DiscWalt Disney has announced that its next film to be given the Blu-ray treatment and form part of the Diamond Edition series will be modern classic, Beauty and the Beast. This will be the first time the film has been released in high definition, undergoing advanced picture and sound restoration which promise to deliver the best-ever version of the majestic film.

As always, the Blu-ray Disc version will come full of special features including deleted scenes, music tracks and games.  Specific features are still to be confirmed so watch this space for an update.  Beauty and the Beast will be available on November 1st 2010 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.co.uk.

To whet your appetite, here’s the trailer.  Feel free to sing along!

Blu-ray Disc Association Approves Final BDXL Format Specifications

The Blu-ray Disc Association today announced the release and specifications for BDXL, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format with a capacity of up to 128Gb.

Here’s the full press release:

Blu-ray Disc Association Approves Final BDXL™ Format Specifications

Licensing Information and Applications Now Available

June 25, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA.  The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the specifications for BDXL™, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc™ format with up to 128GB of capacity.  With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware (http://www.blu-raydisc.info/).

Targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL™ provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs.  Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent.

“The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc™ format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity, said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc™ Association Global Promotions Committee chair.  “By using the existing Blu-ray technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images.  We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc™ technologies.”

The BDXL™ specification was developed with specific market segments in mind, and newly-designed hardware addressing such markets will play back or record BDXL™ media.  However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL™ capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc™ formats.

Denzel Washington brings The Book of Eli to Blu-ray Disc

Book of Eli Blu-ray Disc

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Stylish, post-apocalyptic western, The Book of Eli, has arrived in homes with impressive cinematography truly worthy of high definition viewing.  Taking place after the Last Great War in 2043, the film tells the tale of Eli, a desert warrior who protects a mysterious book at any cost. The result? High flying action scenes that must be seen on Blu-ray Disc.

The Blu-ray version comes with a number of special features including an exclusive Picture-in-Picture commentary with directors the Hughes brothers and Denzel Washington (Eli), who highlight interesting facts into the making of the film.

There are also some deleted scenes and a number of featurettes, including one called Starting Over where the cast and crew talk hypothetically about a Last Great War occurring and the roles they would play.

Collider.com has a full review which can be read here.

Sony Pictures brings Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to Blu-ray 3D

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Cloudy 3DSony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has become the first Blu-ray 3D title to be made available in stores outside of 3DTV bundles.

Sony Pictures’ first Blu-ray 3D title, Cloudy will be packaged with select Sony 3D BRAVIA televisions, but is also available from various retailers including Amazon. The disc showcases the film’s colourful environments and groundbreaking lighting technology, crafted by an award-winning animation team, in full 1080p high definition 3D. The disc also includes a 2D version of the film that can be viewed on existing Blu-ray players.

The full press release can be read here. 3D versions of Open Season and Monster House are expected from Sony Pictures later in the year.


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