Archive for October, 2010

Back to the Future shines on Blu-ray

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Since its announcement back in July, the Back to the Future Trilogy’s Blu-ray Disc box set has become one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

Ahead of its release later in October, BigPictureBigSound has had a sneak preview of all three films and the bonus content. 25 years since its original theatrical release, the picture quality on Back to the Future is praised, with reviewer Chris Chiarella saying it is “outstandingly remastered for this high-definition edition.” The DTS-HD Master Audio is also described as “a treat”.

In terms of bonus content, BTTF fans will be delighted with the range of exclusive BD extras on display. Universal’s “U-Control” Bonus View content is available at several points during the films, including a Trivia Track, picture-in-picture storyboard comparison and featurettes examining the various “Setups & Payoffs” that span the entire trilogy. Of particular interest to die-hard fans will be some never-before-seen footage featuring Eric Stoltz in the Marty McFly role, before Michael J Fox was eventually cast.

The Back to the Future Trilogy will be available in the UK and across Europe starting from October 25th. Check out BigPictureBigSound for their full verdict.


Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Scent of a Woman

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This week we’re giving away the heart-wrenching, heart-warming classic Scent of a Woman on Blu-ray Disc.

The film follows the story of Frank Slade (Al Pacino), a blind, retired army colonel who hires Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell), a poor college student, to take care of him over Thanksgiving weekend. Sparks fly as the mis-matched pair embark on a wild weekend trip that will change the lives of both men forever.

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:

Al Pacino won the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar for his flamboyant portrayal of the overbearing, multi-shaded retired Lieutenant Col. Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman. One of the best actors of his generation, he has played characters ranging from evil mobster Tony Montana in Scarface to veteran LAPD homicide detective Lt. Vincent Hanna in Heat, but what is your favourite Pacino performance and why?

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Knight and Day lands on Blu-ray Disc this November

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Buckle up and get ready for a whole lot of fun. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced a three disc, Blu-ray combo pack release of Knight and Day.

Out on December 13th, this comic action thriller sees sparks flying between its stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz as they embark on a wild and suspenseful ride. Fast paced and charming, Knight and Day zips through exotic locales in high-speed vehicles, making it an ideal film for high definition viewing.

Blu-ray extras include ‘Wilder Knights and Crazier Days’, ‘Knight and “Someday”: Featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Tom Cruise’ and many more. has the full story here.

Avatar Special Edition Blu-ray details confirmed

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When James Cameron said “Let’s do the ultimate box set of Avatar, with everything in it the fans could possibly want,” Avatar buffs knew they would be in for something special, and they won’t be disappointed. The highly anticipated Blu-ray, three-disc Avatar Special Edition box set, which will hit the shops on 16th November, promises to deliver on all fronts.

It boasts an extended cut of the film with 16 minutes of extra footage, an alternative opening, a family audio track (with objectionable language removed), a documentary with the cast and crew, 45 minutes of deleted scenes as well as 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring the film, 3D fusion camera, stunts and much more.

Add to that an interactive scene deconstruction, exploring the various stages of production through three different viewing modes, the ‘Avatar Archives’ including original script, and the extensive Pandorapedia and a BD-live Portal with even more additional bonus materials and you’ll see why this is shaping up to be one of the biggest Blu-ray releases of the year.

Apart from being the highest grossing film in history, Avatar is a joyous celebration of story craft and the visual possibilities of film. With pristine Blu-ray picture and sound it may just be the closest you’ll ever come to setting foot on James Cameron’s stunning blue world. has the full story here. Watch the trailer, with a few glimpses of the new opening and some of the behind the scenes features, below:

The Expendables arrive on Blu-ray Disc this December

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Picture a fist fight of epic proportions drenched in adrenaline… Add to that a gargantuan arsenal of weapons, the toughest of the tough in Hollywood and serve it up on a Blu-ray Disc and you may just be in for the biggest, action packed movie experience all year.

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis all show what they’re made of in the Blu-ray release of The Expendables, which will hit the shops on December 13th.

It includes a large selection of extras such as an audio commentary with Sylvester Stallone, a post-production documentary, deleted scenes and gag reel. But on top of that the Blu-ray release has several exclusive extras such as ‘The Expendables: Ultimate Recon Mode’ and ‘Bonus View’ (where Stallone and the other Expendables provide a multi-layered, picture-in-picture look at the making of the film as it runs), as well as supporting iPhone control via Metamenu remote and BD Touch.

High Def Digest has the full story here.

Cyberlink launches world’s first BDXL-certified playback software

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Cyberlink has announced that its PowerDVD software has become the first Blu-ray player software for PCs to be certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association for BDXL support.

In addition to PowerDVD, CyberLink’s long-term focus on providing support for Blu-ray Disc will see products including PowerDirector, PowerProducer, and MediaShow also introduce BDXL format compatibility in the near future.

BDXL, the multi-layer recordable Blu-ray format with up to 128Gb capacity, was first announced in June this year. It was designed to allow users to record and store large amounts of HD content.

For more information, visit Cyberlink’s website here.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: The Hangover

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This week, we’re giving away the outrageous, entertaining, laugh-out-loud classic The Hangover on Blu-ray disc.

Hailed by many as the funniest film of 2009, The Hangover tells the story of Doug (Justin Bartha), on his stag do in Las Vegas with his three groomsmen; Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and soon-to-be brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis).

His trusted companions promise him a bachelor party he’ll never forget but inadvertently end up losing him before finding themselves on an epic, comedy struggle to locate him and return him home in time for his wedding.

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:

If you were getting married in two days time which characters from a film / TV series would you want to accompany you on your stag do / hen night and why?

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