Archive for December, 2010

Merry Christmas!

With Christmas now just hours away and Santa well on his way (hopefully with a sleigh full of Blu-ray Discs in tow), the BD Reporter is closing up for the holidays.

We wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone who’s visited the site, left comments, tweeted us or supported us in any way in 2010.

We’ll return here, and on Twitter, in the first week of January to keep you updated on everything Blu-ray in 2011 – with more news, reviews, competitions and some very exciting developments regarding the site. In the meantime, enjoy the break and we hope you all get the time to enjoy some Blu-ray magic in between the turkey and the crackers!

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A Christmas Carol flies onto Blu-ray 3D

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For 2010’s final post we bring you news of a suitably festive Blu-ray 3D release to top off a huge year for fantastic developments in this field of technology.

Walt Disney Pictures’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ lands on BD3D just in time for the holiday season, giving audiences of all ages a chance to enjoy the brilliance of multi-dimensional storytelling.

Featuring a motion-captured Jim Carrey, this re-telling of the Dickens classic sees tight-fisted humbug Ebenezer Scrooge embark upon a magical journey of self-discovery guided by three ghostly apparitions.

Released on a Triple-disc set with BD3D, 2D BD and digital copy, viewers can expect a huge array of enchanting extras such as, ‘Bonus View: Behind the Carol’, a feature taking audiences behind the scenes of the full motion capture experience, ‘Digital Advent Calendar’, deleted scenes and ‘Scrooge’s Wild Ride’ (a BD3D exclusive).

So if you fancy celebrating the old with the new why not witness this famous Christmas story come to life in a different dimension with 3D magic for all the family to enjoy.

Visit TV.com for more details.

Pioneer Introduces 128GB Blu-ray Disc Drive

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Pioneer Electronics has just unveiled its latest BDXL Blu-ray Disc Drive, the BDR-206MBK. It’s the first BDXL drive for Windows-based personal computer, giving users 128GB of storage per BDXL disc.

A Pioneer spokesman said, “BDXL more than doubles the current maximum Blu-ray disc storage capacity and is ideal for various commercial uses such as video and broadcast archiving and storage, capturing and playback of high-definition programming, or data archiving needs.”

Alongside enhanced recording accuracy and artificial noise limitations, the BDR-206MBK can read virtually all disc formats, including CD, DVD, BDXL and BD allowing for simple recording and playback. A new airtight structure also protects burning discs from warping during the writing process, and it comes bundled with Cyberlink software so it can be put to work straight out of the box.

For more details visit Information Week

Blu-ray shines in Germany

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New figures from the German division of GfK have shown that Blu-ray has had another successful year in the region.

According to Gfk, every tenth disc sold in Germany in the first half of 2010 was a Blu-ray Disc. Compared to the same period in 2009, this represents year-on-year growth of 127%.

3D home entertainment has also taken off since being the main attraction at this year’s IFA exhibition. 53,000 3DTVs were sold in Germany by the end of September, with GfK forecasting total sales of 150,000 by the end of the year. The market is expected to grow further in 2011 as more Blu-ray 3D movies become available.

“We expect to achieve double-digit million sales by the end of this year, doubling the 6.2 million BDs sold in 2009. We also expect sales of standalone BD players to be greater than one million,” said Kai Uwe Marner, chairman of the Blu-ray Group Germany. “It will be very exciting to see how the market will further grow next year, especially in regard to Blu-ray 3D.”

The German language press release can be read here.

Bambi Diamond Edition Blu-ray set for release March 2011

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The latest news from Walt Disney Pictures is sure to excite fans of classic animation, as March 2011 will see all-time favourite ‘Bambi’ given a sprinkling of high definition magic as it is re-released in a re-mastered Diamond Edition package.

The twin pack will include a Blu-ray Disc and a DVD copy of the heart-warming movie which follows this tale of a young deer and his forest dwelling friends.

Special features exclusive to the BD include two never before seen animated scenes and a deleted song, an image gallery of the animation process, family games, and features, ‘The Golden Age’, ‘The Making of Bambi’ and ‘Inside the Archives’.

New Disney technology named ‘Second Screen’ will also be available, allowing viewers to manipulate the film on different media platforms by downloading a special app.

Visit Cinemablend.com for more info

BVA research gives thumbs-up to multi-format packaging

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Research from the British Video Association (BVA) looking at how best to communicate to consumers what is included in multiformat Blu-ray Disc packages has been published this week.

With some Blu-ray products now also including a DVD and/or digital copy, the BVA asked over 1,500 consumers which packaging best communicated what was in the pack as well as generating purchase interest.

The ‘Double Play’ and ‘Triple Play’ definitions, already being used on some releases, were found to perform best, in terms of both consumer understanding and expressing value for money. Simon Heller, Blu-ray Partners Campaign Director at the British Video Association, said: “The consumer needs to have utmost clarity when making a purchase and the BVA’s findings will help distributors to produce the most effective packaging as part of the marketing mix”.

The BVA aims to promote the Double Play / Triple Play packaging formula as an industry standard over the coming months, so expect to see a lot more of them in 2011.

Despicable Me Triple Play Blu-ray announced for February 2011

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What do Lex Luther, The Joker and Magneto all have in common? They’re all screen super-villains of course and pretty good ones at that.

Next year sees another entry into the bad guy arena, as Universal Pictures releases animated family adventure ‘Despicable Me’ on Blu-ray Disc in February.

Voiced by Steve Carell, this hilarious comedy follows wannabe evil overlord Gru, as he hatches a dastardly plan to steal the moon with the help of an army of yellow minions.

Set to be released in a Triple play pack including BD, DVD and Digital copy of the movie, fans can look forward to an abundance of special features. Exclusive to the BD are cast and filmmaker interviews, ‘Gru’s Rocket Builder Game’, three new mini-movies about the minions called ‘Home Makeover’, ‘Orientation Day’ and ‘Banana’, and a feature on the film’s score called ‘Despicable Beats’, starring renowned music producer and hip-hop star Pharrell Williams.

For more info visit Blu-ray.com


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