Archive for September, 2010



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.

Blu-ray Group Germany announces new chairman

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Kai Uwe MarnerKai Uwe Marner has become the new chairman of the Blu-ray Group Germany, taking over from Thilo Röhrig. Röhrig, who held the role of chairman since the group’s formation in 2007, oversaw Blu-ray Disc’s success over the competing format HD DVD.

“Blu-ray has gained real fans in the home cinema sector and has become well known in general. But a lot of people still do not know about all advantages of the technology”, says Marner. “Education and information remain the central tasks of the Blu-ray Group Germany.” With home entertainment in 3D and growing professional usage of the format using BDXL, further challenges are waiting. “The standard’s constant development opens up quite new perspectives – on the market and regarding consumer education. I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks as chairman, because the technology’s potential has still not been exhausted.”

Marner answers more questions about the current market development below.

What are the current sales figures of BD software and hardware?
The consumer can now choose between over 2,000 different Blu-ray titles in Germany. In the first half of the year about five million BDs were sold in Germany (source: GfK) and at the end of 2010 we are expecting overall BD sales to hit an eight-figure number. The hardware market is developing equally well. We are expecting an increase in sales of 170 percent this year.

3D is the main topic at IFA 2010. Does 3D home entertainment have the potential to strengthen the Blu-ray market or is it just a temporary trend?  
3D home entertainment is directly connected to the Blu-ray technology. At the moment only Blu-ray Disc offers enough space to deliver 3D content in HD quality to the consumers’ living rooms. It is a revolutionary extension of the technology.

The first sales figures and surveys show a very high consumer interest. Since March already 40,000 3D TVs were sold (source: BITKOM) in Germany and we expect a six-digit sale by the end of the year. According to an up to date survey by BITKOM, a further 16 million German customers are planning to buy a 3D TV.

Prices for Blu-ray 3D players are already affordable, starting at a point less than 250 Euros. Furthermore the players are downwardly compatible, so they also playback CDs, DVDs or 2D Blu-ray Discs. Blu-ray 3D Discs also often contain a 2D version of the film and can be read by a 2D Blu-ray player too. That is why we are convinced that the 3D technology will become a long-term trend.

Which problems do you see for the Blu-ray 3D market at the moment?
The assortment of devices and content is still low, but that’s normal for any newly introduced technology. With the customers’ increasing demand the diversity will rise automatically. We are expecting a dozen 3D movies on BD in Germany by the end of the year.

Don’t you think the customers are maybe overstrained by this new innovation in the home entertainment sector?
No, I don’t think so. The success of 3D theatrical experience has helped to increase the awareness of 3D home entertainment. According to BITKOM almost one of three Germans is interested in three-dimensional movie experiences at home. Of course it is an important task of the Blu-ray Group Germany now to educate and inform the consumers about the advantages and specifics of the technology.

Predators on Blu-ray Disc Announced

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Predators Blu-ray DiscEagerly anticipated – Rodriguez’s elite killing force are back. Predators, the reboot of the classic Predator franchise, will be brought to us on Blu-ray Disc on October 19th from FOX.

Redefining fear and suspense, while paying homage to the original thriller, the all new special features are an attempt to take us all deeper into the Predator universe. Producer, Robert Rodriguez also presents a series of exclusive prequel motion comics on the Blu-ray Disc, which is aiming to give us a truly one-of-a-kind Predators experience.

To heighten the experience even more, the Blu-ray Disc version has harnessed the power of BD Live, which will provide us with even greater access to exclusive content and interactive entertainment. Tech specs include full 1080p Hi-Def video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio.

For full details of the Blu-ray Disc special features, check out High Def Disc News.

Lost: The Complete Collection comes to Blu-ray Disc

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Any fan of the smash hit series Lost will speak of the emotional rollercoaster ride they have taken with the characters over the last six years. This September, the journey can be relived in high definition glory, with the announcement of Lost: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray Disc.

The transfer to Blu-ray does not go unnoticed, marking a significant improvement to both sound and picture quality. As HDRoom explains: “From beginning to end, the video transfer on Lost: The Complete Collection is as good as television on Blu-ray gets.”

Aside from the feature itself, the box includes a number of fun additions to get you in the mood for a marathon helping of Lost. Under the lid is an embossed map of the Lost island, as well as a book full of pictures and a synopsise for each episode. This is a great reference tool for looking up specific scenes, and HDRoom describes it as, “the show’s bible”. Other additions include a Senet game, a black light torch pen and a Ankh replica with a journal entry included.

To top it off, this Blu-ray Disc is full of special features including featurette, “Crafting a final season”, where creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof discuss the pressures of bringing Lost to an end. The “Lost Bloopers” are also worth a watch, only if it’s for Matthew Fox’s reactions to a noisy rooster while he’s trying to deliver his lines.

To read more about this jammed packed Blu-ray Disc, HDRoom has the details.

You can get your hands on this epic collection now on Amazon.co.uk.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Robin Hood

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Robin Hood Blu-ray DiscThis week we are giving away Ridley Scott’s adaptation of the classic tale, Robin Hood. 

The film reunites Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe after the success of Gladiator, and once again, the combination of director and star does not disappoint.
Action packed from start to finish, the film tells the untold story of Robin Hood and his merry men, generating over $300 million at the worldwide 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:

Last week it was reported that Clint Eastwood turned down the legendary roles of Superman and James Bond. The equally sought after role of Robin Hood was famously played by Kevin Costner before Russell Crowe. Are there any iconic screen characters that you always felt would have been better played by someone else? Let us know which roles you would like to see re-cast and if so, who you would have chosen. 

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


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