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JLS and Beyoncé 2010 Live Tours land on Blu-ray for Christmas

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The UK’s most popular boy band versus the world’s greatest R’n’B diva. We wouldn’t want to call the winner of this sing off, but luckily fans of JLS and Beyoncé won’t have to, as both acts release their live 2010 tour’s on Blu-ray Disc from December 6th.

As one of the year’s biggest UK music acts, JLS have successfully made the journey from talent show hopefuls to bonafide pop stars in just two short years. ‘Only Tonight’ showcases the boy’s first headline tour, playing to over 60,000 fans across 24 venues. Aston, Marvin, JB and Oritsé send the crowd into a spin with a staggering array of dance routines and perfectly polished performances. Extra features exclusive to the BD include ‘Backstage with JLS’, videos of the band’s top hits and a ‘JLS Cam’ allowing fans to follow their favourite member through the show’s stand-out performances.

Alternatively, for all those partial to a bit of booty-shaking, Beyoncé offers up a feast for the eyes and ears as  her ‘I Am Sasha Fierce: World Tour’ comes to BD. With 108 shows across six continents and a combined audience of 1.1 million, this incredible film captures fantastic footage from numerous performances edited into one extraordinary concert. Giving viewers a rare glimpse into the personal world of the multi-faceted icon, Beyoncé fans around the world can now relive her unforgettable performances once more in HD.

So if you’re looking to escape from the cold for a few hours or get in the mood for a party, why not try ‘Only Tonight’ or ‘I Am Sasha Fierce’ and celebrate the best of 2010’s live music.

Visit for more details on JLS, and High Def Digest for news on Beyoncé.

Take That give fans a reunion to remember on Blu-ray

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The story behind 2010’s most exciting pop reunion comes to Blu-ray Disc on 6th December as Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams give Take That fans a taster of what’s to come in, ‘Look Back, Don’t Stare: A Film about Progress’.

With unprecedented access to the lads, this intimate fly-on-the-wall documentary looks at the journey to life as a five piece once more, and examines the band’s hopes and dreams for their sell-out 2011 tour.

Alongside the 99 minute film, special features exclusive to the BD include an additional 10 minute short, lifting the lid on the band’s new album ‘Progress’, and 20 minutes of outtakes previously cut from the movie.

So if you’re an avid fan of the fabulous five or you’re just keen to learn how the band really put aside their differences, why not treat yourself to this amazing story of friendship with BD’s perfect high definition picture and audio.

For more information visit

Glee – The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-ray

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For all you Gleeks out there, this will be music to your ears!

The complete first series of Fox’s smash hit TV show Glee has had the Blu-ray Disc treatment and is now available to all. Including all 22 episodes presented over four discs and with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, the Blu-ray box set will remind Gleeks just why they fell in love with the show in the first place.

As you might expect, it comes jam packed with over two hours of Blu-ray extras including a visual commentary with the cast and crew, sing-along karaoke, Glee Makeovers, never-before-seen featurette ‘Sue’s Corners’ and dance tutorial ‘Staying in Step with Glee’. It also comes with a behind-the-scenes look at the infamous “Power of Madonna” episode as well as the crew’s video diaries. has the full story here.

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid makes Blu-ray Disc Debut

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of legendary 70s rock band Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album, a documentary celebrating its release has been announced for Blu-ray Disc. Heralded as the greatest heavy metal album of all time, the documentary, entitled Black Sabbath: Paranoid, tells us the story behind the music from the original members, Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drummer).

The story is depicted through a number of interviews with the band, demonstrations and archive videos.  Also featured are favourite tracks including “War Pigs” and “Iron Man” and 40 minutes of additional bonus features to complement the title track.

The documentary is out now.  HollywoodToday has more details.

U2 live at the Rose Bowl Giveaway

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To celebrate the start of festival season, Blu-ray Monday has a musical theme this week.  And with U2 unable to perform at this year’s Glastonbury festival due to injury, what better time to enjoy the Blu-ray Disc version of their recent 360 tour? As always, you have two chances to win.  For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this

Then once you’ve done that, for a second entry all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

Which band or artist would you most like to see perform in HD?

Suggestions can range from the sublime to the ridiculous; we welcome and enjoy all your ideas!

Rolling Stones to make Blu-ray debut later this year

Rock ‘n’ Roll legends the Rolling Stones have announced plans to release their first Blu-ray Disc later this year.

‘Ladies and Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones’, the legendary concert film from 1972, has been fully restored to make the most of Blu-ray’s picture and sound quality.  The European release date is not yet confirmed but is expected to hit shelves this Autumn. For more information click here.

This Is It to hit Blu-ray this February

Michael Jackson’s show that never was, This Is It, will be available on Blu-ray Disc in Europe from Monday 22nd February.  With Blu-ray Disc’s superior, 7-channel sound quality, this is the best way to watch this music filled documentary and reflect on what could have been.

What’s more, the Blu-ray release of the film sees the debut of a new BD-live feature: MovieIQ Sync. This feature allows MovieIQ data to be viewed on a PC or iPhone that is synchronized with the movie. Other features on the disc include the ability to create custom playlists of the songs in the film.

Here’s the trailer:

msm-studios launches CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs

Munich-based msm-studios has announced CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs, a new service that will allow users to enjoy BD audio on other devices.

The press release states:

In addition to unparalleled audio quality and maximum ease of use Pure Audio Blu-rays can be equipped from now on with “CopyToGo” technology. This means that the user can copy the songs of the Pure Audio Blu-ray from Blu-ray Players (profile 2.0) via network connection directly on  his  computer – all you need is an internet browser. The content on the Blu-ray can be provided in any format. The user therefore can listen to the music apart from using a Blu-ray player, and can even burn a CD or copy on an iPod/MP3 player.

Stefan Bock, managing director of msm-studios, is convinced that this innovation makes Pure Audio Blu-rays even more attractive: “With CopyToGo we provide all possibilities to enjoy music content from Blu-ray in any format. Perfect listening experience of Pure Audio Blu-ray in studio quality at home, MP3 on the road on your iPod/MP3 player, or CD quality in the car. CopyToGo provides always and everywhere the perfect format.”


For more details, visit the msm-studios website.

Welcome to the official European blog of the Blu-ray Disc Association!


Welcome to the European blog of the Blu-ray Disc Association, the group of companies dedicated to developing and promoting the Blu-ray Disc format. Here you’ll get the inside-track on everything BD related – from the latest player or disc launches to exclusive interviews with industry thought leaders.

This site is aimed at industry insiders, analysts and members of the press, looking for background information and an overview of the latest developments surrounding Blu-ray Disc. Consumers are, of course, welcome to stick around but you may find more useful information, tailored to your particular country, at the Blu-ray Disc Global Sites.

Below this post you’ll find some news stories from the past couple of weeks, but expect to see regular posts every couple of days on the latest breaking news. You can sort the news on the site by story type or topic area (see the right hand toolbar) and within the next few weeks, you’ll also be able to select specific news from your region by clicking on the countries to the right.

Enjoy reading and do let us know what you think via the comments sections.

Best wishes,

The European  Blu-ray Disc Association communications team.

Streaming music comes to BD-Live

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In an interesting development for music on the BD format, Imagion has revealed an interactive audio player for BD Live. In short, BD Live can now, for the first time, stream audio tracks directly into your living room, turning your ordinary BD player into an interactive music box. The screen shot above shows the world premiere of the Blu-ray Disc dynamicHD BD-Live audio control, which will debut on the next BD release from German singer Helene Fischer.

The Helene Fischer Blu-ray release includes five songs and an exclusive 18 minute video clip that can be streamed by owners of the Blu-ray Disc. Track and composer information as well as a lyrics engine to supply full information on the tracks are included, in addition to a Karaoke mode which will no doubt prove popular with closet superstars across the world.

Blu-ray Disc Reporter

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