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‘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.

‘The Fighter’ delivers a knock-out blow on Blu-ray Disc

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Blu-rayDefinition.com has reviewed ‘The Fighter’ on Blu-ray Disc and awarded it a glowing 4.5 star review, great news for fans of the boxing tale who eagerly await its arrival on European shores in June.

The early biopic of Massachusetts boxer Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) scooped two of the most sought after statues at the 2011 Oscars. Best Supporting Actor went to Christian Bale for his turn as Micky’s washed up drug addict brother Dicky and Best Supporting Actress to Melissa Leo in her role as the boys’ manipulative mother.

So what makes ‘The Fighter’ such a winner on Blu-ray?

Blu-rayDefinition.com praises the powerful script and David O Russell’s superb direction for lifting it into the realm of great boxing movies such as ‘Rocky’ and ‘Raging Bull’. Alongside its superb picture quality on BD, they drew particular attention to the clarity of dialogue and raw HD Master Audio soundtrack, with the reviewer saying:

‘Every blow lands with an authoritative thud and draws you into the intensity and excitement of the moment. The surround channels are quite active and low frequencies are nicely extended.’

Alongside the quality of the film they also praise the exclusive BD extras which include interviews with the real life friends and family of the characters. And the overall verdict?

‘A triumphant and inspiring sports film, The Fighter will go down as a classic of the genre deservedly so and this excellent Blu-ray release from Paramount is a great way to experience it. Highly recommended.’

Click here for the full review.

The Green Hornet flies onto Blu-ray Disc

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There’s a new hero in town. And he doesn’t wear tights.

Plucked from the pages of a comic book and sculpted by the minds behind ‘Superbad’ and ‘Pineapple Express’, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to announce ‘The Green Hornet’ will land in a Triple Play Blu-ray 3D pack in the UK on May 2nd and the rest of Europe shortly after.

Oscar winning director Michel Gondry subverts the classic comic book genre placing Seth Rogen in the leading role of Britt Reid, a reluctant heir to LA’s most respected media empire. Alongside his father’s inventive employee Kato (Jay Chou) and new secretary (Cameron Diaz), Britt realises this is his opportunity to make a difference to the city by fighting crime. The only trouble is he’ll have to break the law to do it.

‘The Green Hornet’ will be available in a three disc pack containing a BD 3D, a 2D BD and DVD copy of the movie. Special features exclusive to the BD 3D include a 3D animated storyboard detailing the intricate planning needed to shoot many of the film’s high octane action sequences. Exclusive 2D BD features include deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes such as ‘Trust Me’ with comment from Gondry and ‘The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool’, and a game enabling users to edit their own car chase scene.

MTV has the full story. We’ve embedded ‘The Green Hornet’ trailer below. Enjoy!

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.

Scream trilogy coming to Blu-ray

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Whatever happens, don’t pick up the phone…

With Scream 4 slashing its way back to the box office this summer, Lionsgate has announced timely plans to bring the original trio of films to life on Blu-ray Disc from April.

A genre re-defining take on the classic ‘whodunnit’ narrative, ‘Scream’ rewrote the rule book for teen horror movies in the 90s, catapulting its fledgling cast, including Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich, to fame and fortune.

Packaging in as much humour as horror, all three films from Wes Craven follow Sidney Prescott (Campbell) as she fights her way through a variety of attempts against her life from a killer wearing a mask inspired by Edvard Munch’s infamous ‘The Scream’ painting.

Bonus material for all the BDs includes audio commentary from Craven, while ‘Scream’ has a production featurette, Q&A with the cast and bonus feature ‘On the set of Scream with Drew Barrymore’. ‘Scream 2’ will feature bonus material including deleted scenes, with optional commentary from Craven and numerous outtakes, while ‘Scream 3’ has an alternative ending and a behind the scenes montage.

Highdefdisc has the full story.

Are you looking forward the fourth installment this summer? To whet your appetite we’ve included the trailer. Enjoy!

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!

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!


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