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Panasonic’s DMP-BDT110, 3D Blu-ray Player scores high marks

Following the news of its release in January on our blog, Cnet has now reviewed Panasonic’s latest mid-range 3D Blu-ray player – the DMP-BDT110, praising its excellent picture quality and a stylish finish.

They highlight the resolution of 3D and 2D images on offer as well as the new menus and additional features:

‘We found that 3D material worked brilliantly. The BDT110 offers a few interesting 3D options, for example, you can adjust the depth of the 3D image via the player itself, allowing for a more immersive or more subdued 3D effect, as you see fit. Interestingly, Panasonic also provides an option that allows you to put an overlay around the edge of the 3D image. The idea is that it softens the transition between the 3D pictures on the screen and the harsh edge of your TV. You can choose from several colours too.’

Also credited are the new internet options including the Skype function which has been added to every model in Panasonic’s 2011 range:

‘We particularly like the drop-down front panel that hides the disc tray. You can access Panasonic’s Viera Cast online service via the player’s Ethernet or wireless connectivity. Then you can use the company’s various video-streaming apps or the brilliant Skype application. We’re really big fans of Panasonic’s Skype app and the optional USB video camera.’

So what’s the conclusion?

‘The Panasonic DMP-BDT110 is a classy machine, and well worth considering.’

High praise indeed so visit Cnet for the full review.

Mindlab scientists prove Blu-ray 3D is the most engaging format

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It’s official – Blu-ray 3D engages viewers more than Blu-ray, which in turn is more engaging than standard DVD.

That’s the result of the neurological research released this week by the Mindlab International team at the Sussex Innovation Centre.

Testing the attention, emotion and engagement levels of different home entertainment disc formats on a group of subjects, our study monitored subjects’ heart rates, skin conductance levels (EDA) and brain activity levels (EEG) whilst they watched film clips and trailers in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD formats.

Subjects’ attention levels were 29% higher, their engagement levels were 18% higher and their emotional levels were 8% higher when comparing their reactions between Blu-ray 3D and standard DVD footage.

We invited those tech and gadget gurus at Pocket-lint to take part in the experiment too – you can check out their exclusive write up here.

V3 review CyberLink’s latest software for PCs

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UK technology website V3 has reviewed CyberLink’s latest media player software ‘PowerDVD 10’ and given it a 5/5 star rating.

Enabling viewers to experience both 3D and HD movies and music files, the universally compatible piece of kit was awarded praise by V3 as a fantastic way to view Blu-ray movies the way they were intended on a PC.

With the ability to launch films up to four times faster than other applications, the team claims ‘PowerDVD 10’ produces higher quality results from standard DVDs thanks to its ‘True Theatre HD’ upscaling technology. If you’re keen to try out a Blu-ray 3D, it’s worth noting the software is fully compatible with every single piece of 3D kit on the market including glasses, graphics cards and monitors.

So if you’re searching for great quality, noticeably sharper pictures and clearer sound for watching your favourite Blu-rays on your PC, CyberLink’s latest offering could be the one for you.

Visit V3 to read the full review and also access a downloadable demo of the software.

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.

CES Round-up – Part one

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2011 looks set to take Blu-ray technology to new heights if the recent Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas is anything to go by. Manufacturers from across the globe gathered to unveil their latest innovations, set to hit the shelves this year.

There was a plethora of Blu-ray delights on show at the expo, so much so in fact that we couldn’t cram them all into one post! So here’s our first batch. Watch out for the rest later on this week.

Sony

Sony launched its 2011 line of Blu-ray players which featured four stand alone models. The most impressive of the range, the BDP-S780, can play 3D and 2D Blu-ray Discs, offers up-conversion from 2D to 3D and video up-scaling for other sources. Every model in the 2011 range offers internet access to over 40 services too, such as YouTube and Sony’s ‘Video on Demand’.

Sony’s first portable Blu-ray player, the BDP-SX1000, was also announced. Comprising a 10.1-inch screen the unit plays Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and USB media. A 180 degree swiveling display, five-hour rechargeable battery, built-in speakers and headphones are all sure to make any long journeys pass more easily.

For more details visit Iewy.com

Samsung

At just 28mm tall, Samsung’s BD-D7500 is the world’s slimmest 3D Blu-ray player. It may look small but the BD-D7500 offers 2D-to-3D conversion, HD up-scaling, Wi-Fi connectivity and a super fast three second start-up time.

Also a big hit was Samsung’s BD-D7000 model, named Best New Gadget in the Home Theater Category by Cnet.com for its stylish finish and fun pop-up lid. Featuring all the 3D functionality of the BD-D7500, both players look set to be a roaring success this year.

Samsung also announced plans to offer a networked Blu-ray player model to integrate Google TV. TechRadar.com has the full story and details of Samsung’s full CES line up.

Sharp

Sharp launched their range of 2011 3D Blu-ray players which included the BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U and BD-HP25U. In addition to playing 3D Blu-ray discs the line up enable consumers to take advantage of the latest surround sound formats such as Dolby TrueHD. Additionally the models play standard-definition DVDs, content stored on USB drives and MP3 files.

For full details see Ecoustics.com.

Disney Unveils 2011 Blu-ray 3D Plans

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Walt Disney Studios have kicked off the new year with a colossal announcement at CES, unveiling plans to release no less than 15 titles on Blu-ray Disc 3D throughout 2011.

Amongst those destined for BD 3D debuts include two of Disney’s most celebrated classic animations, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and The Beast’. In a move sure to please fans of the long standing best sellers, 3D menus and character introductions will be amongst a host of features exclusive to BD 3D.

Other names set for BD 3D this year include ‘Bolt’, ‘Meet The Robinsons’, ‘G-Force’, and Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. 2010’s box-office smash, ‘Tron: Legacy’ will join the line-up too, giving audiences a chance to relive the multi dimensional arena battles from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Disney Studios Executive Lori MacPherson said, ‘As our contemporary library of 3D content continues to grow, original artists and filmmakers are meticulously ‘dimensionalizing’ their previous work for release in Blu-ray 3D format. We hope to offer movie-lovers everywhere the most incredible in-home entertainment experiences they will ever have.’

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ and ‘Tangled’, both set for UK release later this year, are also expected to be given a touch of the BD 3D magic too.

We’ll keep you posted on any new developments and release dates so stay tuned.

Check out The HD Room for the full story.

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.

Sweden’s Blu-ray Forum launches BD3D retailer certification scheme

Last year we brought you news that Sweden’s Blu-ray Forum and HDTV Forum had teamed up with electronics association ‘Elekronick Branschen’ to create an education programme for retailers on all aspects of Blu-ray. With the aim of training staff to a high level of knowledge on HD and Blu-ray Disc technology, the scheme has successfully certified 74% of stores in Sweden so far.

But it doesn’t stop there. Keen to keep in touch with the very latest advancements, the scheme is expanding to include a brand new section devoted to 3D Blu-ray Disc technology. Retailers that succeed in this new part of the certification programme receive the pictured badge and door sticker, so consumers know they can expect good service from knowledgeable staff.

Given a significant rise in the popularity of 3D in 2010, and with 3D BD players and offerings like ‘A Christmas Carol 3D’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland 3D’ hitting the shelves come Christmas, this is great news for retailers and consumers alike, and Swedish shoppers can be confident their questions on BD3D will be answered quickly and effectively.

On its completion in Sweden, the full programme will be rolled out in other Scandinavian countries, starting with Denmark. If you would like more information on the scheme, please contact the Blu-ray Forum.

Alice in Wonderland arrives on Blu-ray 3D

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Picture a boiling cauldron of magical, fantastic potion. Add a dash of Tim Burton’s vibrant imagination, a pinch of Johnny Depp’s charisma, throw in the best of Lewis Carroll’s classic storytelling and serve it with a state of the art Blu-ray 3D picture. What have you got? One of the most enchanting, witty and funny home entertainment adventures of the year.

Disney is proud to announce that Alice in Wonderland 3D will be released on Blu-ray Disc on 6th December, in a bundle that will also include a 2D Blu-ray in the pack.

With its whimsical characters and seamless CGI, this first rate fantasy lends itself perfectly to a Blu-ray 3D release. Rabbit holes, tea parties, Mad Hatters, Red Queens, talking caterpillars, Cheshire cats, dragons and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will be jumping into life and leaping off the screen in this treasure trove of fun for the entire family.

Pick up a copy of this sumptuous visual delight and it may just be you who will find yourself in Wonderland this Christmas.

For more information and to pre-order your copy, click here.

Resident Evil: Afterlife explodes onto Blu-ray 3D

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With the living dead coming at you in your own home, in full high-definition 3D, and a kickass heroine in the form of Milla Jovovich armed to the back teeth with zombie slaying weaponry, Resident Evil Afterlife 3D will be one of the most enthralling home movie experiences you’ll get this year. Following its $274 million in worldwide box office takings, this thrilling adventure is set to hit Blu-ray 3D on January 10th.

Including exclusive Blu-ray extras such as ‘Undead Vision: Picture-in-Picture’, ‘Deleted & Extended Scenes’ and ‘Outtakes’ as well as the usual DVD extras like ‘Filmmaker Commentary’,  ‘Back Under the Umbrella: Directing Afterlife’, ‘Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife’ and many more, this release is a must for any budding 3D collection.

Crammed with fantastic battle sequences and spectacular production design, this latest installment of the videogame-based tale ups the action at every turn and doesn’t disappoint on any level.

The HD Room has the full story here.


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