Archive for October, 2010

Panasonic shows off “world’s smallest Blu-ray recorder”

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T3 magazine has had an advance look at the Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200, a Digital Video Recorder that integrates both a Blu-ray Disc player/recorder and a hard disk drive.

The player’s dimensions are a tiny 65 x 210 x 194mm, making it the smallest Blu-ray recorder ever seen. It will be available in either black or white, with a built in 320Gb hard drive and Ethernet port for internet services and BD-Live.

The DMR-BF200 will be released in Japan shortly, with the rest of the world to follow afterwards. For more details, visit T3.

Alien Anthology bursts onto Blu-ray

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20th Century Fox this week held an event at the London Film Museum to celebrate the release of the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray Disc.

The Alien saga, which has been terrifying moviegoers for over 30 years, is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a comprehensive six-disc box set containing all four Alien films plus an incredible 60 hours of bonus content.

The set contains two HD versions of each of the four films – Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection – the theatrical cut, plus either a Director’s Cut or Special Edition. Of the 60 hours of additional content, four hours have never been released before, including an early screen test by series star and sci-fi legend Sigourney Weaver. Also of note is MU-TH-UR Mode, a fully interactive companion that takes the extensive bonus materials in the entire set and puts them in the user’s hand – connecting fans to special features on all six discs and instantly providing an index of all available Alien content.

The Alien Anthology is available on Blu-ray Disc now. To read more information and see photos from the event in London, head over to Obsessed With Film.

The A-Team Extended Explosive Edition lands on Blu-ray

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We love it when a plan comes together and when The A-team and Blu-ray are a part of that plan, then we love it even more!

Starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Jessica Biel, The A-Team will be released as a special Blu-ray ‘Extended Explosive Edition’ Disc on 29th November.

Taking the spirit of the original series, strapping a bunch of rockets to it and crashing it through a brick wall at high speed, this muscle-bound, testosterone-fuelled, wise-cracking blast of blockbuster was one of the hottest theatrical releases of the year and a perfect action film for the Blu-ray format.

Including extras such as ‘The Devil’s in the Details: Inside the Action with the Director’,  ‘Plan of Attack’, ‘Character Chronicles’, ‘Visual Effects Before and After’, ‘Gag Reel’ and ‘A-Team Theme Mash Up Montage, expect to see Grade A action across all three fully loaded discs. The Explosive Edition also includes four exclusive character postcards.

We pity the fool to miss out on this!

For more info please check out Lovefilm.com

Toy Story 3 gets the Blu-ray treatment this November

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Toy Story fans everywhere, take off your plastic cowboy hats and salute a release that’s a must for any self respecting Blu-ray Disc collection – Toy Story 3 will be available in a Blu-ray, double disc release on 22nd November.
As well as all the standard DVD extras, the Blu-ray version has a plethora of exclusive extras of its own including ‘Making Of’, ‘Goodbye Andy’, ‘Beyond the Toybox: An Alternative Commentary Track’, ‘Life Of A Shot’, ‘Toy Story Trivia Dash’, ‘Ken’s Dating Tips’ and ‘Dancing With The Stars at Pixar’.
Woody and the gang’s latest triumphant tale of friendship and loyalty is the world’s number one animated film in box office history and the perfect conclusion to one of the most loved trilogies of all time. With its rich characters, moving story and some of Pixar’s finest animation ever seen, it lends itself perfectly to High Definition.

Check out realmovies.com for the full story.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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To celebrate Halloween, we’re giving away the contemporary reimagining of the seminal horror classic ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ for this week’s Blu-ray Monday competition.

With his tattered, rusty glove of knives, psychotic slasher Freddy Krueger is back and he’s more disturbing than ever. Brilliantly depicted by Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley, he is the complete embodiment of evil. And it’s terrifying.

When presented in the pristine, high-definition picture and sound you expect from Blu-ray (all the better to hear and see Freddy with!) this prize is so scary it will make you do exactly what it says on the box – never sleep again!

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:

Exploiting primal fears and subconscious anxieties, A Nightmare on Elm Street is renowned as one of the all time great scary movies and Freddy as one of horror’s greatest creations. What horror films, scary scenes or chilling characters have kept you awake at night and why?

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

Sony reveals Blu-ray player with integrated Google TV

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A new Blu-ray Disc player from Sony has been shown off this week, with T3 among the first to take a look.

The stylish Sony NSZ-GT1 is the first to feature support for Google TV, the web-based content streaming service. Of course it also has all the Blu-ray features that you’d expect, plus a new QWERTY remote to make BD-Live and other internet services even easier to use.

The NSZ-GT1 is so far only announced for the US, but expect to see more of it in Europe in 2011. T3 has more details.

Psycho is back with a Blu-ray makeover

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Hailed by many as the scariest film of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho is re-released as a 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray disc this week.

Gripping and irrevocably gruesome, the Blu-ray Disc release is set to unsettle audiences everywhere with its sharp re-mastered rendering of the crisply shot B&W original. Composer Bernard Herrmann’s score has also been remastered, giving the film a 5.1 channel soundtrack for the first time and reigniting people’s fears of hotel showers everywhere.

This disc contains all of the extras (and there are a lot of them) from the earlier special edition DVDs. Also Laurent Bouzereau’s feature-length documentary explores the film’s genesis, production and impact from all angles and includes input from its writers, technicians and star Janet Leigh.

The music, the setting, the shower scene, the mother… everything about this iconic film has passed into cinema history and short of staying the night at the Bates Motel yourself, this is the closest you’ll get to experiencing Psycho in its grandest form.

Check out DVDtalk.com for the full story.

 

Hailed by many as the scariest film of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho is re-released as a 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray disc this week.

Gripping and irrevocably gruesome, the Blu-ray Disc release is set to unsettle audiences everywhere with its sharp re-mastered rendering of the crisply shot B&W original. Composer Bernard Herrmann’s score has also been remastered, giving the film a 5.1 channel soundtrack for the first time and reigniting people’s fears of hotel showers everywhere.

This disc contains all of the extras (and there are a lot of them) from the earlier special edition DVDs. Also Laurent Bouzereau’s feature-length documentary explores the film’s genesis, production and impact from all angles and includes input from its writers, technicians and star Janet Leigh.

The music, the setting, the shower scene, the mother… everything about this iconic film has passed into cinema history and short of staying the night at the Bates Motel yourself, this is the closest you’ll get to experiencing Psycho in its grandest form.

Check out DVDtalk.com for the full story.


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