Archive for August, 2010

Blu-ray Disc Association to attend this year’s IFA conference in Berlin

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Next week the annual IFA conference will take place in Berlin. IFA is the world’s leading business event for consumer electronics and home appliances products and this year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Attracting industry representatives from all over the world, this trade event serves as a global information and business platform, and as you might expect, Victor Matsuda and Graham Heaton from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will be there. There are no formal announcements planned, but if you have any questions for Victor or Graham let us know.

We’ll also be reporting news from the conference as it happens to keep you up to speed on all the latest Blu-ray and IFA news. For more details on the IFA exhibition, please click here.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Kick-Ass

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This week, despite being a day late due to the UK’s bank holiday, we’re giving away one of 2010’s hottest films so far, Matthew Vaughn’s tongue-in-cheek, superhero send-up Kick-Ass.

Based on the popular comic by Mark Millar, who also wrote Sin City and 300, Kick-Ass arrived in cinemas in spring to considerable critical acclaim. Telling the story of an ordinary teenager inspired to become a real-life superhero, Kick-Ass comes to Blu-ray Disc with an array of exclusive special content including BonusView video commentary and a high-definition, feature length making-of documentary.

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 letting us know which as-yet unadapted comic book or superhero you’d most like to next see in a movie. Are you looking forward to Captain America, Thor, or The Avengers, or are you still waiting for your favourite character to be picked up? Or, with reboots of characters such as Fantastic Four and Judge Dredd in the works, is there a hero or heroine you’d like to see have a second chance on the silver screen?

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment. As usual, we look forward to your suggestions!

Star Wars Saga finally available on Blu-ray Disc next autumn

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Star Wars imageIts official… a box set of all six Special Edition Star Wars films will arrive in full Blu-ray glory next autumn. At the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando last week George Lucas said “Blu-ray is the absolute best way to experience Star Wars at home” adding: “The films have never looked or sounded better”.

Lucas set tongues wagging when he indicated that the Blu-ray box set would feature documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, retrospectives, a specially created audio track and never-before-seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives.

Also confirmed for the Blu-ray box set is a long-lost deleted scene from Return of the Jedi which depicts Luke Skywalker assembling his new, green-bladed lightsaber prior to infiltrating Jabba the Hutt’s palace. After completing the Jedi weapon, Luke stashes it in R2-D2’s dome. What makes the deleted clip so remarkable is that it made it all the way to postproduction before it was cut, so it is a rare example of a deleted scene with completed visual effects and music.

Although the Blu-ray box set won’t be available until next autumn, for most Star Wars fans however simply being able to view the whole series in high definition will be enough to keep them going through the cold winter months ahead.

HDTVorg has the full story here:

Toy Story 3 heading to Blu-ray

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Toy Story 3 Blu-ray DiscGreat news for animation fans – Disney has confirmed that Toy Story 3, now the highest grossing animated film of all time, will be released on Blu-ray Disc before Christmas. Better still, it comes loaded with special features exclusive to Blu-ray.

Featurettes include Roundin’ Up A Western Opening and Goodbye Andy, as well as the making of short film Day and Night.  For comedy value, watch Ken’s dating tips and there is also a game you can play to test your Toy Story trivia. 

A must-have for any Blu-ray collection, Toy Story 3 is out this November in the US but the European release date is yet to be confirmed.  Rest assured, it will be worth the wait.  To read more, Movie Web has the details.

Blu-ray home cinema system review: Samsung HT-C6200 2.1

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Home cinema systems are increasing in popularity, and when they include a Blu-ray Disc player, the experience couldn’t be better. One of the latest to come onto the market is the Samsung HT-C6200 2.1 Blu-ray home cinema system and Pocket-Lint’s review highlights its key benefits.

Priced at £400, this system is good value for money, coming with a Blu-ray Disc player, two speakers, a subwoofer and Wi-Fi. Online content from YouTube, Lovefilm, Twitter, Picasa, Facebook, Google Maps, USA Today, Rovi TV and Getty Images can be streamed to the system via the Wi-Fi connection.

In addition to Blu-ray, the system supports DivX, DivX HD, MPEG2, MP4 and AVC HD files. There is also a slot for attaching a Samsung iPod dock.

For more details, Pocket-Lint’s full review can be read here.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Sherlock

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Sherlock Blu-ray DiscThis week we are giving away Sherlock, the critically acclaimed contemporary remake of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale.  

Lead by Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr Watson, this fast paced drama is full of wit, humour and anticipation.  Crimes are uncovered under the backdrop of 21st century London, the perfect setting for modern day corruption and scandal.  All this in high definition, who could ask for more?

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:

“Sherlock has truly brought this classic story to modern day without losing the essence of the original concept. If you were producing Sherlock, what modern day storylines or villains would you like to see Sherlock and Dr Watson come up against in the next series?”

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment.  We look forward to your suggestions!

Blu-ray movies on the go with Samsung’s first portable Blu-ray 3D Player

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Samsung portable 3D Blu-ray playerSamsung has announced its first portable Blu-ray 3D Player, which allows you to watch your favourite Blu-ray Discs on the move, or 3D movies when connected to a 3D TV.

The BD-C8000 has built in Wi-Fi, a 10.3-inch screen and a three hour battery life.  Priced at $499, it is available now in the US.

A European release date hasn’t been confirmed, but for more details on the player, Gadget Blog has the details.

Next generation Karate Kid chops its way onto Blu-ray

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Karate Kid Blu-ray DiscA few weeks ago we covered the Blu-ray Disc release of the original Karate Kid. Now Sony Pictures has announced that the remake, currently in cinemas across the world and starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, will be released on BD this October.

The film follows the much-loved original story of a boy moving to a new home and embracing martial arts, but this time relocates the action to China. The film has been very successful, making $254,989,424 so far at the worldwide box office.

Heart wrenching and thrilling, the Karate Kid Blu-ray will also include some very interesting Blu-ray exclusive bonus content. Most notable are an alternate ending, which contains a deleted Jackie Chan fight scene, and a set of interactive Chinese lessons. The disc also contains the video for Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” featuring Jaden Smith, production diaries from Jackie Chan and a ‘making-of’ documentary. And for those with a Sony PSP, the Blu-ray also comes with a digital copy of the film for watching on the move.

For full details, check out HollywoodNews.

THX and BluFocus launch Blu-ray 3D certification

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THX BluFocusTHX has this week announced a new certification for Blu-ray 3D that has been jointly developed with BluFocus, one of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s official testing labs.

The certification will measure 3D picture quality, interoperability and the physiological effects of 3D. Discs that meet the criteria will be able to use the dedicated logo (above) on disc packaging.

To achieve the AV certification, discs need to demonstrate that original master video and audio are maintained. The C certification refers to all the 3D elements on a disc, including characters, graphics and subtitles, while the I certification judges interoperability.

For full details, the THX press release can be read here.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Rocky

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Rocky Blu-ray DiscTo celebrate the cinematic release of The Expendables, we are giving away cult classic Rocky, the movie that propelled Sylvester Stallone into movie stardom.

One of cinema’s greatest sporting icons, Rocky Balboa’s journey from ‘zero to hero’ begins in the 1977 classic, which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.

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:

The Expendables has brought together the ultimate action movie cast including Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Lock Stock’s Jason Statham and Lethal Weapon’s Jet Li.  Which film do you think has the best group of stars for its genre, or what would your ultimate cast be? Whether it’s for a perfect period drama or a flawless science-fiction tale, we want to hear your views.

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment.  Look forward to your suggestions!

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