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Harry Potter ‘Maximum Movie Mode’ Blu-ray clips unveiled

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Warner Brothers has revealed a sneak peak at one of the seven ‘Maximum Movie Mode’ scenes included on the eagerly awaited ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Blu-ray Disc, released throughout Europe in April.

Earlier this year we brought you news that the film was set to make its BD debut and noted the new function would be worth waiting for. You can check out Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive clip.

‘Maximum Movie Mode’ allows Potter enthusiasts to access the ins and outs of plots and characters spread across the saga in an informative guide lead by actor Jason Issacs, who plays the evil Lucius Malfoy. Alongside filming techniques and production facts it includes commentary from director David Yates and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton.

We’ll be sure to keep you up to speed on any additional Blu-ray announcements so stay tuned. If you’re excited for the final installment due in cinemas soon why not head over to Warnerbros.com for a special behind-the-scenes clip.

Entertainment Weekly has the full story.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Trilogy sets sail on Blu-ray

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There’s more than a galleon’s worth of fun in Disney’s new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Blu-ray Disc collection, and US website Monsters and Critics agree having given the fantasy saga a big thumbs up in a recent review.

The swashbuckling adventure charts the heroics of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) an eccentric rogue of a pirate who dives head first into the lives of the Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and wannabe buccaneer Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). Overflowing with sword fighting, treasure hunting and mutinous pirates galore, the whirlwind tales are sure to satisfy the whole family from the haunting beginning to the rip roaring conclusion.

So what makes the experience even better on Blu-ray? Monsters and Critics praise the outstanding picture quality and stunning audio soundtrack on the seven BD set saying:

‘In the Blu-ray format, these beautiful films become even more stunning, and we are captured once again by the humour, the adventure, the fun and the fantasy of setting sail in the Caribbean.’

They also highlight the fantastic range of bonus features split across the pack and point out that a clip of the fourth installment, due in cinemas this summer, is a nice little extra seventh disc.

The ‘Curse of the Black Pearl’ includes features ‘An Epic At Sea’ and ‘Fly on the Set’ which uncover behind-the-scenes secrets and look at the technicalities of filming a blockbuster at sea. ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ offers a theatrical or interactive version of the film, features ‘Captain Jack from head to toe’ presented by Johnny Depp and ‘Mastering the Blade’ which examines the art of sword fighting. ‘At World’s End’ has a ‘Bloopers of the Caribbean’ reel, a special set tour called ‘Enter the Maelstrom’ and fantastic short ‘Keith and the Captain’ in which Johnny Depp and Keith Richards pair up to give viewers their insights on life as a pirate.

So if you’re looking for extravagant sets, impressive stunts and a date with some of film’s most fascinating characters, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ provides a rollicking journey to the ends of the Earth and back and could most definitely be a welcome addition to your Blu-ray collection.

Click here for the full review. In the mean time, we’ve included the new ‘Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ trailer below for you to feast your eyes on.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Megamind

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For this week’s Blu-ray Monday we’re giving away a Double Play copy of ‘Megamind’ on Blu-ray Disc.

Combining Hollywood elites Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey, Dreamworks’ story of the bad-guy who’s not a bad…guy, is up for grabs as part of our Blu-ray Monday competition.

As usual, 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:

Megamind is a wickedly funny take on a superhero villain but who is your favourite superhero villain of all time? Maybe it’s because of their awesome power? Or perhaps it’s because of their insatiable ability to constantly challenge their nemesis? Or maybe, as in the case of Megamind, it’s because they’ve got a likeable side? From films to cartoons to comic books to computer games who is the ultimate bad guy and why?

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

Extended versions of Lord of the Rings get limited edition BD release

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Get the champagne on ice Tolkien fans…

Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema have announced plans to release a limited edition Blu-ray Disc box set of all three extended versions of the Lord of the Rings saga. No distribution date has been set so far but a colossal range of special features and the box art have appeared online.

Grossing £2.3 billion at cinemas worldwide the Oscar winning adaptation follows Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) a lowly Hobbit from a quiet shire in his quest to destroy the one ring of power. Featuring a superb soundtrack, Academy Award winning special effects and a stellar cast including Sir Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Lee, the momentous box set will guarantee to have the whole family longing to return to a HD Middle Earth time and time again.

BD special features confirmed include:

‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’

Over 30 minutes of footage incorporated into the theatrical release
Commentary by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens
Commentary by the design team
Commentary by the production/post-production team
Commentary by 10 actors, including Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen

‘Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’

Extended edition incorporating 43 minutes of footage into the film
Commentary by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Commentary track by 16 cast members, including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Bernard Hill, and Miranda Otto
Costas Botes documentary: The Two Towers: Behind the Scenes

‘Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’

Extended edition incorporating extra 50 minutes of footage into the film
Commentary by Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Costas Botes documentary: The Return of the King: Behind the Scenes

Slash Film has a full list of features.

We’re sure the countdown to this epic trilogy will be fantastic news for film fans, but will the prequel ‘The Hobbit’ meet expectations? Let us know what you think.

The King’s Speech comes home to Blu-ray Disc

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Well, what’s left to be said about ‘The King’s Speech’? Easily the most talked about British movie of 2011 and scooping a whole display cabinet of Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Baftas, (including Oscars for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film), it’s been an unstoppable triumph of royal proportions. So with great honour, Momentum Pictures has announced plans to bring the movie to Blu-ray Disc in the UK from 9th May and the rest of Europe shortly after.

Having captured the imagination of a global audience, The King’s Speech follows George VI (Colin Firth) as he struggles to overcome his lifelong stutter with the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).

The Blu-ray Disc is set to be packed with a wealth of spectacular extras, including insightful making of features, a director’s commentary and a special interview with Mark Logue, Lionel Logue’s grandson and co-author of ‘The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy’.

Set to extend its legacy on Blu-ray, ‘The King’s Speech’ is one royal appointment worth queuing up for.

Femalefirst has the full story.

There’s no denying Colin Firth delivers an enthralling performance, but just for fun can you picture anyone else in the role? Who else do you think would have delivered an Oscar winning performance as George VI? Let us know.

Disney reveals exclusive clips from upcoming Tangled Blu-ray

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A princess, a tower and a shimmering mane of golden locks longer than three football pitches… There’s only one possible fairytale that fits this bizarre description, and it’s Disney’s ‘Tangled’.

In anticipation of its debut on Blu-ray Disc later in the year, Walt Disney Pictures has released a plethora clips from the release and TheHDroom has scooped up the best bits in a sneak peek of what to expect.

An alternate opening, two featurettes and fun fact shorts are all that’s been revealed so far, but if these are anything to go by the bonus features for the expected BD3D and 2D BD versions of the movie will be a rollercoaster ride of fun for the whole family.

TheHDroom has the full catalogue of clips, but we’ve included the alternate opening one below for your amusement. If you’ve seen the movie in cinemas, let us know what you think!

The Little Fockers are coming to Blu-ray

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First we met the parents, then we met the Fockers, and soon you can meet the Little Fockers as the latest installment in the comedy trilogy prepares to land on Blu-ray Disc.

Available to pre-order now, Little Fockers reunites us with Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) as they embark on the everyday challenges of Focker family life, and will be available in the UK and Europe from April 18th.

Balancing the perils of retired CIA agent Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) as a father in law, his own eccentric dad Bernie Focker (Dustin Hoffman), Pam’s lovelorn ex Kevin (Owen Wilson), and two young twins of his own, Greg Focker has his work cut out again in this hilarious family film.

With extras including a gag reel, deleted scenes, and alternate opening and ending sequences, alongside features, ‘The Making of the Godfocker’, ‘Bob and Ben’ and ‘Ben and Owen’ this Blu-ray is a must for any self respecting comedy collection.

Check out Blu-ray.com for more info in Little Fockers on Blu-ray.


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