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Panasonic’s DMP-BDT110, 3D Blu-ray Player scores high marks

Following the news of its release in January on our blog, Cnet has now reviewed Panasonic’s latest mid-range 3D Blu-ray player – the DMP-BDT110, praising its excellent picture quality and a stylish finish.

They highlight the resolution of 3D and 2D images on offer as well as the new menus and additional features:

‘We found that 3D material worked brilliantly. The BDT110 offers a few interesting 3D options, for example, you can adjust the depth of the 3D image via the player itself, allowing for a more immersive or more subdued 3D effect, as you see fit. Interestingly, Panasonic also provides an option that allows you to put an overlay around the edge of the 3D image. The idea is that it softens the transition between the 3D pictures on the screen and the harsh edge of your TV. You can choose from several colours too.’

Also credited are the new internet options including the Skype function which has been added to every model in Panasonic’s 2011 range:

‘We particularly like the drop-down front panel that hides the disc tray. You can access Panasonic’s Viera Cast online service via the player’s Ethernet or wireless connectivity. Then you can use the company’s various video-streaming apps or the brilliant Skype application. We’re really big fans of Panasonic’s Skype app and the optional USB video camera.’

So what’s the conclusion?

‘The Panasonic DMP-BDT110 is a classy machine, and well worth considering.’

High praise indeed so visit Cnet for the full review.

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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.

Mindlab scientists prove Blu-ray 3D is the most engaging format

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It’s official – Blu-ray 3D engages viewers more than Blu-ray, which in turn is more engaging than standard DVD.

That’s the result of the neurological research released this week by the Mindlab International team at the Sussex Innovation Centre.

Testing the attention, emotion and engagement levels of different home entertainment disc formats on a group of subjects, our study monitored subjects’ heart rates, skin conductance levels (EDA) and brain activity levels (EEG) whilst they watched film clips and trailers in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD formats.

Subjects’ attention levels were 29% higher, their engagement levels were 18% higher and their emotional levels were 8% higher when comparing their reactions between Blu-ray 3D and standard DVD footage.

We invited those tech and gadget gurus at Pocket-lint to take part in the experiment too – you can check out their exclusive write up here.

‘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 Coen Brothers’ ‘True Grit’ shoots onto Blu-ray

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The Coen Brothers reimagining of ‘True Grit’ rode a wave of critical acclaim and now audiences will soon be able to take home the spirit of this old fashioned Western as Paramount Home Entertainment unveiled plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc throughout Europe in June.

Earning major recognition from this year’s Oscar committee, the film racked up 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jeff Bridges and Best Supporting Actress for incredibly talented newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

Telling the story of a 14 year old girl (Steinfeld) who employs an ageing U.S. marshal (Bridges) to hunt her father’s killer, the Coens’ adaptation closely follows the original novel penned by Charles Portis.

‘True Grit’ is set to be released in a Triple Play pack with BD, DVD and Digital copy of the movie. Extras exclusive to the BD include a cinematography featurette, a short film on Portis entitled ‘Charles Portis – The Greatest Writer You’ve Never Heard Of’ and an adventurous film exploring the film’s weaponry called ‘Colts, Winchesters & Remingtons: The Guns of a Post Civil War Western’.

The HDRoom has the full story.

‘127 Hours’ climbs onto Blu-ray Disc

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Extremely striking and beautifully shot, Danny Boyle’s Oscar-nominated ‘127 Hours’ is one hell of a story and soon European audiences will be able to experience the epic tale on Blu-ray Disc when it hits the shelves on 6th June.

Based on the incredible experience of rock climber Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), the film accounts his fateful 2003 adventure into the remote canyons of Utah.

The package will come with a BD and DVD copy of the movie, and several special features exclusive only to the BD which include behind-the-scenes commentaries from Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy alongside an array of deleted scenes – one of can be viewed here.

So if you’re a keen traveller, an adrenaline junkie or just a film lover keen on escaping to the breathtaking landscapes of the movie, ‘127 Hours’ could make the perfect addition to your Blu-ray library.

Cinema Blend has the lowdown on the US release.


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