Archive for June, 2010

Samsung reveals ‘world’s fastest’ Blu-ray Disc drive


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Samsung has announced what it calls ‘the world’s fastest’ Blu-ray Disc drive.

The SH-B123 optical disk drive (ODD) reads BD-ROMs at a speed of up to 12X, CDs at up to 48X, and DVDs at a maximum speed of 16X. With the new internal Blu-ray drive, users can watch HD movies on their PCs as well as record HD camcorder movies and HDTV broadcasting with Samsung’s Cyberlink Powerproducer software provided in the package.

“As market demand and adoption of BDs, HDTVs and digital broadcasting accelerate, so has consumer interest in watching Blu-ray movies on personal computers” said John Suh, Director of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. Optical Disc Drive Division Sales Team. “Samsung’s new BD combo drives can read BD discs, and read and write CD/DVD discs, providing consumers with a broad choice of HD movie sources on their computers.”

Samsung’s press release can be read here.


Blu-ray Monday Edge of Darkness Giveaway

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This week we’re celebrating Mel Gibson’s return to action in thriller The Edge of Darkness by giving away a brand new copy on Blu-ray Disc. 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:

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s Lethal Weapon series defined the buddy cop movie genre in the late ‘80s. Busting through doors and locking up bad guys, they took inspiration from and influenced movies such as Starsky & Hutch, Rush Hour, Turner & Hooch, 48 Hours, Bad Boys and many more.  So here’s the question, if you were in charge of a new blockbuster entry into the genre, who would you choose as your two lead actors and why?

We know this could be tricky but have fun with it and choose whoever you think would make the most entertaining dynamic crime fighting cop duo. We look forward to your suggestions!

The Goonies 25th Anniversary Edition confirmed on Blu-ray Disc

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Warner Home Video announced this week that family favourite and 80s classic The Goonies will be re-released on Blu-ray Disc to mark the film’s 25th anniversary this year. The film, directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg, is known for its swashbuckling adventure as well as early appearances from the likes of Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Joe Pantoliano.

Details are still sparse, but the disc will include deleted scenes, a Making-of documentary, commentary from Donner and the cast, and Cyndi Lauper’s ‘The Goonies ‘R Good Enough’ music video. A limited collector’s edition will also include a Goonies board game, collectible storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine and an article on the cast and crew from UK film magazine Empire.

TheHDRoom has more details.

Panasonic debuts new Blu-ray Disc Recorder range

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Panasonic has just revealed two feature-packed Blu-ray Disc Recorders for the UK market.

As well as playing Blu-ray Discs with support for BD-Live, both the DMR-BW880EBK and BW780EBK include tuners to receive high definition television services which can be recorded to a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc. The recorders can also view video or images filmed on a HD camcorder or digital camera (via SD card) and burn them to a Blu-ray Disc.

Upscaling for standard definition DVDs, DLNA server functionality and support for Panasonic’s internet video service Viera Cast complete the package. For more details, click here.

Toshiba adds Blu-ray 3D support to latest notebook range

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The rise of Blu-ray 3D continues with Toshiba launching what it calls the world’s first laptop with Blu-ray 3D playback.

The TX/98MBL notebook has a 120Hz LCD screen and a Nvidia 3D Vision kit which includes, among other things, 3D glasses and 3D vision USB controller.

The TX/98MBL will be initially available in Japan only, but plans for a similar model entitled Satellite A665 is scheduled for Europe.

For more information, click here.

Kick Ass Blu-ray Disc release confirmed

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Offering up a welcome twist on the classic comic book super hero film, Kick Ass, one of 2010’s most critically acclaimed films, will be released on Blu-ray Disc this August.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray version is a ‘making of’ documentary and a feature length Bonus View mode incorporating commentary, behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew comments. The film also comes with smartphone app Metamenu Remote, powered by BD Touch, which allows iPhone and Android users to personalise their film experience.  Users can get instant details on cast, crew and film notes, for instance, or listen into alternate language tracks using headphones.

The European release is still to be confirmed, but MTV has a sneak preview of legendary character ‘Hit Girl’ in a special featurette, which can be viewed here.

Blu-ray Monday Invictus Giveaway

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With sporting fever taking over the world this month, Blu-ray Monday is giving away Invictus this week, another momentous sporting event in South African history. 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:

Sporting events are known for evoking great passion amongst fans and make for great personal memories.  On that note, which sporting event would you most like to re-live and see made into a movie?

All suggestions are welcome, but do keep it friendly, we know sporting rivalry can get heated!

Blu-ray Disc Reporter


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