Archive for September, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World gets Blu-ray release date

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Scott Pilgrim looks set to take on the world on Blu-ray Disc in time for Christmas. Universal has announced that the Blu-ray release of the critically acclaimed comic-book adaptation is scheduled for November in the US, with Europe following soon after.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, starring Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright, tells the story of an unlikely hero who meets the girl of his dreams but, in order to win her heart, must first do battle with her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

In addition to the DVD special features (commentary, bloopers and photo galleries), the Blu-ray edition has a huge collection of exclusive content, including two behind-the-scenes documentaries, features on the film’s music, and in-depth looks at alternative edits to the film and its extensive pre-production process.

For the full story and list of Blu-ray content, visit Den of Geek.

Sharp launches new 3D Blu-ray Disc players

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3D movie fans will be excited to know that electronics manufacturer Sharp is due to launch two new Blu-ray Disc players with both 2D and 3D capability.

The BD-HP80U and the BD-HP90U both feature full high-definition 1080p playback as well as the usual features you would expect from a Blu-ray Disc player.

The two slick, ultra-thin devices will also include internet connectivity for interactive content, which means they can play back online content from sites such as YouTube and NetFlix.

Sharp is yet to announce UK pricing but the players are expected to launch in the US for £275 – £320.  Expertreviews.co.uk has the full story.

3D Blu-ray steals the show at Atlanta CEDIA Expo

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]The 3D Blu-ray Disc revolution continues with leading electronics manufacturers exhibiting a range of Blu-ray players and other 3D home entertainment devices at CEDIA Expo in Atlanta.

Organised by the Customer Electronic Design and Installation Association, CEDIA Expo showcases products and services for electronic systems in the home and features exhibitions from some of the world’s leading consumer electronics giants.

Amongst the latest Blu-ray players launched were three new 3D Blu-ray players from Pioneer which will be hitting the market later this year.

No to be outdone, Samsung showed off its HT-C9950W home theatre system with 3D Blu-ray Disc player. Meanwhile Sharp Electronics not only unveiled its new range of Blu-ray players but also a 3D Blu-ray bundle partnership with Universal Studios which will see a Blu-ray 3D copy of Despicable Me bundled with every purchase of a Sharp DVD player.

“3D is the big thing this year,” said Ron Epstein with the Home Theater Forum. “Everywhere you look, everyone is looking for a way into this business.”

Home Media Magazine has more details here.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Anchorman Extended Edition

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]This week we are giving away the extended cut of modern comedy classic Anchorman, brand-new to Blu-ray.

The extended cut of Anchorman, or to give it its official title, the ‘Rich Mahogany’ Edition, sees 70s TV news anchor and local hero Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) struggling to adapt to changing times as the first female reporter (Christina Applegate) joins the news team, with a collection of extended or deleted scenes added.

The film brought together one of the most successful casts in modern comedy, helping names such as Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd cement their A-list status.

As always 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:

Anchorman is well known for its hilarious script and on-set ad libbing, becoming one of the most quoted films of recent years. We want to know who your favourite comedy character or actor is, and which of their famous lines made you laugh the most.

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment.  Look forward to your ideas – have fun with this one!

Glee – The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-ray

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For all you Gleeks out there, this will be music to your ears!

The complete first series of Fox’s smash hit TV show Glee has had the Blu-ray Disc treatment and is now available to all. Including all 22 episodes presented over four discs and with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, the Blu-ray box set will remind Gleeks just why they fell in love with the show in the first place.

As you might expect, it comes jam packed with over two hours of Blu-ray extras including a visual commentary with the cast and crew, sing-along karaoke, Glee Makeovers, never-before-seen featurette ‘Sue’s Corners’ and dance tutorial ‘Staying in Step with Glee’. It also comes with a behind-the-scenes look at the infamous “Power of Madonna” episode as well as the crew’s video diaries.

Bigpicturesound.com has the full story here.

Blu-ray 3D player review: Sony BDP-S470

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At IFA this year, 3D was a stand out theme, as the world’s largest home entertainment manufacturers showcased a variety of 3D products, from TVs and projectors to laptops and Blu-ray Disc players.

A 3D Blu-ray player already on the market is Sony’s BDP-S470, which represents great value at just £180. CNet UK has recently reviewed this model, awarding it an impressive 4.5/5.

A slim compact machine, CNet says the BDP-S470 is ‘visually appealing’ but not at the expense of the outputs provided.  The picture quality is also commended, with the reviewer stating that he ‘thoroughly loved the picture this player produced.’

As for its internet connectivity, it is deemed, ‘just right’, providing UK users with access to BBC iPlayer, Demand Five and Love Film through the Bravia Internet Video service.

To read CNet UK’s full review of the Sony BDP-S470, click here.

The Twilight Saga continues: Eclipse to hit Blu-ray this December

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Christmas is coming early this year for Twilight fans with the Blu-ray Disc release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on December 4th.

Combining teenage angst, sexual tension and plenty of vampire vs. werewolf action, Eclipse stormed the box office worldwide, generating over $680 million.

Fuelled by an avid fan following across the world, it is safe to say that its impending release on Blu-ray is hotly anticipated, especially with the exclusive features it has to offer.

Fans can enjoy audio commentary by none other than Robert Pattinson, as well as his on screen girlfriend Kristen Stewart. Also included is a six-part making-of documentary, a photo gallery and music videos from the film’s soundtrack. Exclusive to Blu-ray is a selection of ‘Jump to’ featurettes that focus on specific characters, families and action sequences in the film.

For more information, MTV.com has the details.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Iron Man 2

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This week we are giving away action packed, super-hero movie Iron Man 2.

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson, this all star blockbuster sees a welcome return for the eccentric, billionaire super hero in the iron suit.
With its combination of high-intensity action, intelligence and quirky humor this Blu-ray Disc allows you to appreciate all of Iron Man’s fantastic battles, cutting edge technology and shining suits in glorious High Definition.

As usual 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:
Iron Man’s alter ego Tony Stark isn’t your typical hero – he’s an arrogant arms dealer who smokes, drinks and is something of a womanizer – but he always gets the job done in the end. Which movie mavericks or anti-heroes can you not help but admire?

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Sony confirms date for PS3 Blu-ray 3D support

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 firmware update that will enable playback of Blu-ray 3D Discs will be available to download for free on Tuesday 21st September.

The announcement was made at the Tokyo Game Show, one of the biggest events in the videogame calendar. With sales of 3D TVs expected to increase during the Christmas period, the announcement makes great reading for PS3 owners eager to experience high definition films in 3D. To get the upgrade next week, PS3 owners just need to select ‘System Update’ from the main menu.

For more details, visit the official PlayStation blog.

No, you’re not dreaming… Inception to hit Blu-ray this December

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Inception Blu-ray imageFrom 6th December you will be able to buy Christopher Nolan’s Inception in a limited edition Blu-ray Disc set. Touted as one of the most original films of the year, and one that people will happily watch more than once, this set allows you to do that from the comfort of your own home in crystal clear high definition.

Available in an aluminium briefcase modelled on the ones in the film that house the team’s mysterious dream infiltration equipment, the Blu-ray set is packed with bonus content spread over three discs. It includes interviews with Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio, features on the film’s back story and lucid dreaming, as well as movie art cards, an online comic, a photo gallery and a replica of the infamous Inception Spinning Top.

Den of Geek has the full story here. Expect more details on the specific BD features nearer the launch.


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