Archive for July, 2010

Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter 3 and 4 announced

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Ultimate Edition Harry PotterAvid Harry Potter fans will be pleased with the latest announcement from Warner Home Video that Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are to be released on Blu-ray Disc.

These Ultimate editions are jammed packed with special features, including parts three and four respectively of the eight-hour documentary ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter’, which will ultimately span across all eight Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Discs.  Part three looks at the creatures from the series, while part four examines the sound and music.  BD-Live content is also promised for both films.

Other collectable bonus content from the Ultimate Editions includes character cards, books with over 40 pages of behind-the-scenes material, and lenticular cards.

The Ultimate Editions are due for release on October 4. The HDRoom has more details.

Three Samsung 3D Blu-ray Players announced

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Samsung has added three 3D-enabled Blu-ray players to accompany its existing BD-C6900 model.

Features on the new models include built-in Wi-fi and support for Samsung Apps, which is a streaming media platform for services such as Twitter and YouTube.  Furthermore, both the BD-C5900 and BD-C6800 are accessibly priced, making these welcome additions to the line. The high-end BD-C700 model also includes dual HDMI outputs, which technology blog CNet says “make it easier to use the player with an older HDMI-compatible receiver.”

The find out more, read CNet’s full review.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Clash of the Titans

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For this week’s Blu-ray Monday we’re going to give away a copy of 2010 blockbuster Clash of the Titans, which is released on July 26th on Blu-ray Disc.

With an all-star cast including Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton, the remake of the original 1981 film was a massive success in cinemas, taking almost $500 million at the global box office.

As ever with Blu-ray Monday, you have two chances to win. For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this

Then for a second entry, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

Sam Worthington came from nowhere to take starring roles in three of the biggest action blockbusters of recent years – Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation and, of course, Avatar. But who would you choose as your number one all-time action star? Let us know who your perfect screen hero is, and why. Whether it’s a testosterone-fuelled 80s tough guy (Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis etc), martial arts expert (Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan), dashing modern man (Tom Cruise, Daniel Craig) or new kid on the block like Worthington, we want to hear your views!

It’s always been a hotly debated topic and we’re really interested to see who comes out on top this time. Let battle commence!

Predator returns to Blu-ray Disc with Ultimate Hunter Edition

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Back in 1987, the director of Predator, John McTierman always recognised the importance of quality sound design and visuals effects. The spine-chilling noise of the Predator itself combined with its fearsome stature and gruesome jaws made it one of the most deadly antagonists of the 80s.

To mark the cinematic release of the sequel ‘Predators’, ‘Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition’ is now available to all on Blu-ray Disc. With an all-new HD Transfer and a DTS-HD Master Audio track, the Blu-ray edition shows the Predator in its most menacing form yet!

Packed with special features including a new retrospective documentary ‘Predator: Evolution of a Species – Hunters of Extreme Perfection’ and a new sneek peek at the new Predators it offers hours of entertainment whilst providing the perfect introduction to Robert Rodriguez new blockbuster.

Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition is out now. To order your copy, please click here.

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief Blu-ray Disc Review

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Blu Ray DiscThe rise of the tweenage sequels is upon us with Harry Potter and Twilight firmly leading the way.  Hot on their heels is Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, which has just been released on Blu-ray Disc full of exclusive features.

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief is the first of five books by Rick Riordan making up the Percy & the Olympians saga.  Adapted by acclaimed director Chris Columbus for the big screen, the story tells the tale of teenage boy Percy who discovers his father is Greek God of the sea, Poseidon, making Percy half teenager, half God.

Exclusive Blu-ray special features include deleted scenes and BD Live extras, such as a theatrical trailer, an inside look at the film’s casino set and a chat with author Rick Riordan.  Four featurettes add some great context to the film, particularly, ‘Inside Camp Half Blood’, which contains interviews with the director and stars of the film, Logan Lerman and Brendon T. Jackson, who recall sword fighting training and other production anecdotes.

For more information, HeyUGuys have written a full review, and also had an exclusive sneak peak at the ‘Inside Camp Half Blood’ featurette, which is embedded below.

Blu-ray boost HMV’s profits

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HMV, leading retailer of music and home entertainment, has announced an 11 percent rise in profit this year, driven largely by increased sales of Blu-ray Discs.  In fact, Chief Executive Officer Simon Fox reported that Blu-ray Disc sales have doubled in the last fiscal year.

The increasing sales figures can be directly correlated with the launch of visually spectacular blockbusters such as Avatar, which are the perfect vehicle for high definition viewing.

And, with the launch of Blu-ray 3D, Fox expects Blu-ray Disc demand to escalate even further over the coming years.

For more information, Business Week has the full story.

CyberLink brings Blu-ray 3D to PCs with PowerDVD 10

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CyberLink Corp has announced the release of PowerDVD 10 ULTRA 3D Mark II – new software that will enable Blu-ray 3D movie playback on desktop, notebook and All-in-One PCs.

The revolutionary product works by delivering two 1080p frames to create a flawless and smooth, high definition 3D video effect, and is the first software player to receive a Blu-ray 3D Certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association.

“CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Mark II adds a new dimension to Blu-ray,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “PowerDVD 10 Mark II presents movies in amazing realism and depth and delivers an incredible experience that the consumers are not just in front of the screen, but virtually in the movies.”

Cyberlink Power DVD 10 Mark II is now available online now and boxed versions will be available soon in retail stores worldwide.

Blu-ray Disc Reporter

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