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Mad Men Series 4 comes to Blu-ray

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The stylish suits, the three martini lunches, the insatiable appetite for 60s glamour.

All of these are of course the unmistakable hallmarks of hit TV show Mad Men, which will see its fourth series come to Blu-ray Disc throughout Europe from March 21st. Back in January we brought you news that series three of the smouldering drama went onto become the UK’s third bestselling BD of 2010, so there are high hopes for the latest instalment.

Successful and charming ad director Don Draper (Jon Hamm) must once again navigate his client’s success in the crowded consumerist world of 1960s America. Supported by loyal copy writer Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) busty office manager Joan (Christina Hendricks) and slimy executive Pete (Vincent Kartheiser), Don tries to balance his high pressured job with his rapidly eroding family life.

Lionsgate has so far confirmed that the bonus material will include featurette ‘How to Succeed in Business Draper Style’, a three-part documentary named ‘Divorce: Circa 1960’s’, and commentary from executive producers, cast and crew.

Cinemablend has all the details on what to expect.

2010’s Bestselling Blu-ray Discs

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The nostalgic old timers amongst us are already reminiscing about what a fantastic year for Blu-ray 2010 was. With millions of Blu-ray Discs from horror to romance flying off shelves around the world, you might be wondering what the top selling titles were.

Well, Home-entertainment.co.uk has listed the Top 5 Best Selling BD titles in the UK for 2010 so sit back and enjoy as we count them down!

Drum roll please…..

5. Beauty and the Beast

Back in June, we brought you exciting news that Walt Disney Studios were to release a Diamond Edition BD of classic love-story, ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Coinciding with its 20 year anniversary in November, this BD pleased critics and fans alike with reviews describing it as entrancing from beginning to end.

With Disney set to release a whole host of its celebrated animation titles on Blu-ray and BD 3D this year, we’re sure 2011 will bring more success.

4. Lost: The Complete Series

It may have left many of you scratching your heads, but Lost was actually one of the most watched television series of the past decade. Voting with their feet, fans of the series jumped at the chance to own the entire adventure on BD, and the box set went on to become a monster hit in the UK since it’s release in August.

3. Mad Men Series 3


The critically acclaimed third series of Man Men comes in at number three and, given its ever growing fan base, we’re not surprised it ranked so high. The award winning drama chartering the loves and losses of 50s ad man Don Draper oozed style and chemistry in equal measure, making it a sure fire winner amongst audiences both young and old. The fourth season is due on BD in March, so watch this space for more details.

2. Batman: The Dark Knight

Just pipped to the post, Christopher Nolan’s brilliant re-imagining of the caped crusader’s clash with the Joker was always going to be a popular choice amongst film lovers. Alongside Heath Ledger’s fantastic turn as Batman’s nemesis, this BD offered a whole host of special features which won universal praise upon its release.

1. Avatar

Finally, and perhaps unsurprisingly, James Cameron’s Avatar was officially the number one best selling BD in 2010. This fantasy adventure seems to have broken every record going, including Best Selling BD of all time, shifting 2.7 million BD units worldwide within its first four days on sale, and selling 222,824 BD copies in the UK alone on the day of its release.

Telling the story of a marine exploring a new planet in outer space, Avatar helped bring new developments in 3D animation to audiences around the globe and will be making its BD3D debut later this year.

Head over to Home-entertainment.co.uk for the full story.

Blu-ray Disc sales up 98%

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They say that you can’t get too much of a good thing, and if the latest sales figures for Blu-ray Discs are anything to go by, we’d be inclined to agree.

According to Digital Entertainment Group Europe, over 24.5 million Blu-ray Discs flew off shelves across Europe in the third quarter of 2010 alone. That’s a staggering increase in sales of 98.3% compared with the same period in 2009.

Alongside more competitive pricing of HDTV’s and Blu-ray players, the success of cinematic juggernaut Avatar and other HD box office hits are likely factors in Blu-ray’s increasing popularity.
And it doesn’t stop here; with big titles such as Inception and Toy Story 3 landing on the Blu-ray format just in time for Christmas, the outlook for 2011 looks very exciting. For more details visit: Ffog.net

Are you turning to Blu-ray to beat the winter blues?

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Recent research by the British Video Association (BVA) has revealed that more of us prefer a night in with our technology than a night out on the town with our mates.

The online YouGov survey of more than 2000 respondents showed that half of those asked have invested in home entertainment technology for their living room in the last 2 years, with 10% of these splashing their cash on Blu-ray players.

A whopping 73% of us now spend between one and six hours a day staying in to enjoy home entertainment. Also, more than one in four of us (26%) say enjoying home entertainment is one of the most important ways we now socialise with our loved ones.

Lavinia Carey, Director General of the British Video Association, said: “Improvements in home entertainment technology over the last few years have increased the appeal of that cinema experience in our own living rooms. With the World Cup earlier this year also giving HDTV a big boost, we expect to see more people than ever staying at home to enjoy HD, 3D and Blu-ray as a way to beat the winter blues.”

Blu-ray boost HMV’s profits

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HMV, leading retailer of music and home entertainment, has announced an 11 percent rise in profit this year, driven largely by increased sales of Blu-ray Discs.  In fact, Chief Executive Officer Simon Fox reported that Blu-ray Disc sales have doubled in the last fiscal year.

The increasing sales figures can be directly correlated with the launch of visually spectacular blockbusters such as Avatar, which are the perfect vehicle for high definition viewing.

And, with the launch of Blu-ray 3D, Fox expects Blu-ray Disc demand to escalate even further over the coming years.

For more information, Business Week has the full story.

US sales indicate Blu-ray 3D success

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If the US sales figures of 3D TVs and 3D Blu-ray Disc players are anything to go by, the future of 3D home entertainment looks promising.

According to The NPD Group, sales have topped $55 million dollars since the first 3D-enabled products were launched in February.

“3D TV and Blu-ray players are seeing steady growth even as major product line launches are slated for the coming months,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis at NPD. As more consumers adopt 3D, the industry can help foster a 3D ecosystem similar to that of HD.”

To see the full press release on this story, click here.

Record breaking Avatar boosts UK Blu-ray Sales

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Last week we reported on the record-breaking launch of Avatar in the US and other territories. This success has been mirrored in the UK, where it sold 222,824 copies in one day and became the fastest selling Blu-ray Disc so far in the region.

This success was anticipated by supermarket giant Tesco, who kept 180 of its stores open until midnight to meet demand.

Speaking about the success, Tesco’s home movie buying manager Keith Metcalfe comments on the positive impact it has had on the Blu-ray industry overall:

“The release of Avatar is being seen by the industry as a historic moment in the development of the Blu-ray format – potentially the tipping point that many people have waited for to get their first Blu-ray player. We think it could replicate what happened when The Matrix was released on DVD in 1999, which was the point when many people bought their first DVD players.”

For the full story, click here.


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