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Sony discusses ‘Taxi Driver’ Blu-ray Restoration

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‘You talkin’ to me?’ is undoubtedly one of the greatest lines in movie history, proudly charting at 10 in AFI’s Top 100 Movie Quotes.

So it’s fantastic news for fans of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ that they’ll soon be able to watch Robert De Niro utter the infamous words in high definition as Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed the film is  undergoing a meticulous restoration process on it’s journey to Blu-ray Disc.

In a recent interview with The Digital Bits, Senior Vice president for Film Restoration Grover Crisp discussed at length why so much care is being taken to preserve the spirit of the original. Crisp chatted about Scorsese’s personal involvement in the project alongside original cinematographer Michael Chapman and the technical challenges they faced including damage to the original and lost frames.

‘Scorsese insisted that the restoration should look like “a product of the time and place in which it was made,” with no attempt to modernize the look or the color palette, with special mention of the shooting scene at the end of the film.’

When questioned on the idea that overly processed films often look artificial, Crisp agreed and talked about the need to keep fans of the original happy by not pursuing that kind of result.

‘People are entitled to their opinion on this subject, and lots of people have opinions on this, but we try to take a fairly authentic and neutral approach to every title – and they all differ in certain ways – so that each title looks, feels, sounds, like a product of its time and place, while trying to make them look their absolute best on Blu-ray.’

To read the full article visit Blu-ray.com.

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.

Philips unveils new Blu-ray players

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Philips has showcased its latest range of Blu-ray players – the ‘7000’, ‘5000’ and ‘3000’ series players, alongside a new portable model.

The ‘7000’ and ‘5000’ series models are both 3D ready, with the 7000 also offering upscaling thanks to Philips’ ‘Cinema Perfect HD engine’. The ‘3000’ series is designed as an entry-level player. For those on the move, the portable option (pictured) accommodates a 1080p, 9 inch 16:9 LCD screen, perfect for delivering the full Blu-ray experience.

The ‘7000’ and ‘5000’ series systems also both feature the new ‘Philips Smart TV’ technology, which enables users to stream content from their smart phones, laptops or tablets and also access the internet via the unit.

For more info visit Techradar.

Dual-layer rewritable Blu-ray Discs launched by Verbatim

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Verbatim has announced plans to distribute dual-layer rewritable Blu-ray Discs.

Designed to provide consumers with top-notch HD video and audio performance, the 50GB discs offer scratch resistance thanks to the manufacturer’s unique ‘Hardcoat system’ and support up to 1,000 write cycles. As well as being readable by virtually every Blu-ray player on the market, Verbatim points out that the discs provide a hugely cost effective way to back up media.

See The Inquirer for all the details.

German Blu-ray boom set to continue in 2011

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2010 was a great year for German Blu-ray fans.

TV broadcasters switched to HD, the 3D home theatre revolution began, and Blu-ray Discs continued to surge forward, with new figures showing that 12 million Blu-ray Discs were sold last year – almost double the previous year’s figure.

The country is certainly embracing the advances in 3D home theatre too. German consumers bought 178,000 3D TVs from summer 2010 until the end of the year. This year that is set to increase as movies like Pirates of the Caribbean IV, Animals United and Gulliver’s Travels all make their Blu-ray 3D debut.

EITO (the European Information Technology Observatory) expects a record 9.8 million HD flat screen TVs to be sold in Germany this year, with many expected to opt for a 3D ready model when upgrading from their old set. 3D Blu-ray player sales are also set to grow. Last year half of the players were 3D-ready and this year that figure has already risen to 80%.

For more information on the German market, visit www.bluraydisc.de.

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:

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 Disc Reporter


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