Archive for February, 2011

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Your Oscar winning choice!

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]Last night’s Oscars were a magnificent celebration of movie magic, with some fantastic films scooping the top awards.

In honour of those chosen by the Academy, this week’s Blu-ray Monday comes with an exciting twist! The winner can choose a copy of any 2011 Oscar winning film currently available on Blu-ray in the UK.

(Drum roll please…) This includes Toy Story 3 (Best Animation), Alice in Wonderland (Best Costume and Art Direction), Inception (Best Cinematography and Visual Effects), The Social Network (Best Adapted Screenplay) or The Wolfman (Best Makeup).

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 to the following question:

With ‘The Kings Speech’, and ‘Inception’ both winning big on the night, we’d like to know what you made of the Academy’s choices this year. Were the nominees spot on? Do you agree with the winners? Perhaps you think a certain film or fantastic performance was unfairly overlooked? Let us know your thoughts!

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

Panasonic unveils 3D Blu-ray recorder

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Panasonic recently revealed their brand new 3D Blu-ray recorder – the DMR-BWT700.

Jam packed with specs for high quality recording and playback it has a twin HD digital terrestrial tuner allowing you to record digital broadcasts in full HD, and record two digital broadcasts at the same time.

It also has support for DLNA, and if you don’t yet have a collection of 3D Blu-rays then you might be interested to know the player can also convert 2D content (BD, DVD, and TV broadcasts) into 3D providing you have the TV and glasses to match.

Electric Pig has more info on the DMR-BWT700 here.

Return to Narnia on Blu-ray

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The magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis’ beloved Narnia returns to Blu-ray Disc in April as Twentieth Century Fox releases ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ throughout Europe.

Courageous voyagers Edmund (Skander Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are joined once more by Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) and his noble servant Reepicheep in an adventure to save the magical world of Narnia.

The Triple play version comes with BD, DVD and digital copy of the fantasy and includes an extensive selection of special features led by Prince Caspian himself. BD exclusives include an interactive map showcasing more of the magical land and its seven secret islands, an all-new story extension called ‘The Secret Islands: The Untold Adventures of the Dawn Treader’, as well as character discoveries, secret scenes, games and much more.

HollywoodNews has all the details.

Attention Android users, Blu-ray is coming your way

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If you own a smartphone, tablet device, e-reader or anything else with Android technology then you might be interested to know that it won’t be long until you can watch your Blu-ray titles on it.

20th Century Fox’s upcoming Blu-ray Disc release of blockbuster Unstoppable is the first to come with functionality that will let consumers watch the movie on the go using their Android device. The studio plans to include the technology in all its major releases this year.

Simon Swart of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment said, “For the first time ever, our customers can now access their Blu-ray titles on their Android devices with the Blu-ray Digital Copy at no additional charge, anytime, anywhere!”

Users can copy the movie to their Android devices using BD Live and the PocketBlu Android application, which is available as a free download from the Android Market app store. To enjoy the benefits they will need their Blu-ray Disc, a wi-fi connected Blu-ray player and an Android device running version 1.6 or higher. They will also be able to copy extras like interviews and the Director’s commentary along with the full movie.

IT Pro Portal has more information.

Kubrick back catalogue coming to Blu-ray

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Warner Home Video has announced plans to release a 40th Anniversary Edition of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ alongside a box set featuring nine of Kubrick’s best loved films on Blu-ray Disc in May.

Ropeofsilicon has a comprehensive list of features lined up for the BD of ‘A Clockwork Orange’. As well as featurettes and trailers, fans can also expect commentary from historian Nick Redman on the cultural impact of this seminal tale and a 25 minute documentary in which star Malcolm McDowell reflects on his experience working with the legendary director.

Full details of the nine disc BD set are yet to be confirmed but Filmdetail has confirmed that an exclusive 40 page book will accompany ‘The Shining’, ‘Lolita’, ‘Dr Strangelove’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Spartacus’ and ‘Barry Lyndon’.

Kubrick’s body of work speaks for itself and his reputation as a world class film maker has made him an inspiring figure in Hollywood, with the likes of David Fincher, David Lynch and Steven Spielberg all openly counting themselves as devoted fans.

See Ropeofsilicon for the full story, and below a short clip on Kubrick from the stars who knew him best:

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Paranormal Activity 2

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Be prepared for some sleepless nights because for this week’s Blu-ray Monday, we’re giving away a Triple Play copy of ‘Paranormal Activity 2’.

Taking place three months before the chilling original, Kristi (Sprague Grayden) and Dan (Brian Boland) welcome newborn baby Hunter into the family home. However, it soon becomes apparent that something is not right and as a demonic presence grows in the household their lives are turned into an inescapable nightmare.

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:

‘Poltergeist’, ‘The Blair Witch Project’, ‘Casper the Friendly Ghost’, ‘The Ring’, ‘House on Haunted Hill’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Ghostbusters’… the list goes on and on! From the comical to the frightening it seems we can’t get enough of spooks on our screens.

What’s your favourite ghost film and why do you love it so much? Which spirits from the movies have fascinated, moved, scared, repulsed or even amused you and why? We’d love to know!

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

Memento marks 10th anniversary with special Blu-ray release

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Brit Christopher Nolan has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand directors following the runaway success of the revamped Batman franchise and movies such as last year’s Inception.

Now, Memento, the breakthrough movie that first put Nolan on the map, has been announced for a special 10th anniversary release on Blu-ray Disc. The film, which tells the unforgettable story of a man (Guy Pearce) with short-term memory loss trying to unravel a murder mystery, wowed audiences around the world back in 2001 and is set to do so again this year.

The new disc, announced by Nolan this week, features an all-new HD transfer of the film, a new featurette with Nolan discussing its legacy, an audio commentary, an “Anatomy of a Scene” featurette, the script itself, “Leonard’s Journal,” a tattoo gallery and the original short story that inspired the movie, written by Nolan’s brother Jonathan.

A European release date for the anniversary edition of Memento is to be confirmed, but watch this space for more details. In the meantime, visit Home Media Magazine for more details, and some quotes from Nolan and fellow director Guillermo del Toro on the film’s legacy.

Plextor announces new Blu-ray drive

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Japanese manufacturer Plextor is preparing to release its new Blu-ray burner, into the UK market next month.

The new ultra-fast external PX-LB950UE Blu-ray burner comes complete with 12x writing speed as well as USB 3.0 interface.

For those without USB 3.0 ports, the Plextor Blu-ray burner can also connect via eSata as well.

The Plextor PX-LB950UE will be available in March at a cost of £179. Idealo.co.uk has more information here.

Blu-ray trailer for The Walking Dead unleashed

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Fancy taking a walk on the undead side?

Genre-bending zombie drama, ‘The Walking Dead’ wowed critics and audiences on both sides of the pond last year, and is set to rise again as Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes the first series on Blu-ray Disc later this year.

In anticipation of its BD debut, AMC have released a brand new trailer chock-a-block with drama, tension and zombies galore, showcasing exactly what made the groundbreaking horror such compelling viewing.

Breathing new life into the undead arena, ‘The Walking Dead’ follows a group of survivors led by police officer Rick (British actor Andrew Lincoln) as they search for safety from the flesh-eating monsters. Each episode explores the challenges of an apocalyptic world where every day sees characters face extreme situations, surprises and dangers as they battle to maintain a ‘normal’ life.

BD bonus features include featurettes on the making of the show, the incredible make-up effects, interviews, a commentary with the director and producer and a whole host of scary deleted scenes.

MTV has the full story and first Blu-ray trailer, which we’ve embedded below.

Disney readies 3D Super Play edition of Tron: Legacy

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Light Cycle? Check. Identity Disc? Check. Super Play Blu-ray Disc Edition of ‘Tron: Legacy’ with a 3D copy? Check.

With film forums and movie blogs awash with rumours on the content and artwork for Walt Disney’s BD release of ‘Tron: Legacy’, we’re happy to report official details on the 3D Super Play version on sale in the UK from 18th April and the rest of Europe soon after.

Rebellious teenager Sam (Garrett Hedlund) is still haunted 20 years on from the mysterious disappearance of his father and leading video game developer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). On receiving a message from his father’s former workplace, Sam’s quest to find the truth sends him spiraling into a computer generated world with flying motorbikes, space age weapons and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent his return to reality.

Arriving in a combo pack comprising BD3D, 2D BD and a digital copy of the movie, special features include, ‘The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed’, ‘Launching the Legacy’, ‘Visualizing TRON’, ‘Installing The Cast’ and ‘Derezzed’ music video performed by soundtrack producers Daft Punk.

Movieweb meanwhile has previews of what US fans can expect upon its release in various guises across the pond from early April, including a mammoth five BD box set including illuminating Light Disc.

Check out Zavvi.com for more details on the UK release.


Blu-ray Disc Reporter


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