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Alice in Wonderland Giveaway

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Blu-ray Monday is doing very well and it’s all thanks to you.  I expect you’re getting the hang of this by now but if you haven’t it’s very simple; 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:

Alice in Wonderland is a classic film that has been reinvigorated so that a new generation can enjoy it all over again, but, is there any other classic film that could benefit from a remake or a re-imagination?

Let me know your ideas, you can be as creative as you like and all comments are thoroughly enjoyed.

We have featured this competition at:

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Pioneer takes wraps off its 2010 Blu-ray range

Pioneer-BDP-LX53_500Pioneer has this week revealed two new Blu-ray Disc players for the UK market. Priced at £399 and £299 respectively, the BDP-LX53 and the BDP-330 are both equipped with BD-Live functionality, as well as direct access to YouTube and RSS feed browsing.

In conjunction with the launch, Pioneer has introduced a free iPhone app called ‘iControlAV’, which allows users to control these players and other Pioneer devices using their iPhone.  In addition to basics such as volume control, the app also makes use of the iPhone’s motion sensor to control audio balance.

The BDP-330 will hit stores in June, with the BDP-LX53 following in July. For more details, visit AV Review.

WWII classic The Dam Busters comes to Blu-ray Disc

The Dam Busters[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]Another WWII classic is making its way to Blu-ray Disc, this time 1955’s The Dam Busters.

Although already released on BD without any additional content, this new anniversary edition brings a bonus feature hosted by renowned historian Max Arthur, author of The Dam Busters: An Oral History, which sees surviving members of the 617 Squadron look back on the real life mission.

The disc also looks the part, with Blu-rayDefinition.com saying that “The Dam Busters arrives with a wonderful 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encoding of its original black and white 1.37:1 aspect ratio from Optimum that looks amazingly detailed, clear and clean for its age.”

The Dam Busters Special Anniversary Edition will be available to buy in the UK from June 14.

Psycho to debut on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 surround sound

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Update: Continuing our competition to give a new Blu-ray Disc every Monday to our readers and Twitter followers, this week one lucky winner will get a brand new Blu-ray copy of Denzel Washington’s The Book of Eli. To enter, and in honour of Psycho’s impending arrival on BD, we want to know what the scariest film you’ve ever seen is, and why. Leave a comment below and good luck…

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense masterpiece Psycho will feature 5.1 surround sound for the first time ever when it is released on Blu-ray Disc this October.

The release will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous films of all time. Psycho redefined the movie-making landscape and was responsible for introducing audiences to Norman Bates, one of the silver screen’s most notorious psychopaths. To create the new DTS 5.1 sound mix, Universal split the original mono source into several tracks and also sourced the original sound effects. By combining these into a five channel mix, viewers can enjoy a contemporary sound experience that remains true to Hitchcock’s vision. The picture has also been meticulously restored and remastered to present the best ever version of the film.

Bonus content on the disc will include behind-the-scenes bonus features, documentaries, audio interviews and an in-depth look at the re-mastering process.

For more details, head over to /Film or read the press release.

Blu-ray 3D: the verdict

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]The waiting is finally over. 3D Blu-ray Disc players are on the market (led by Samsung’s BD-C6900) and several magazines and websites have posted their initial impressions of the new technology.

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T3 and BigPictureBigSound are among the first to have their say, testing the Samsung player with the first 3D disc, Monsters Vs Aliens. T3 was impressed, saying that “the 3D BD edition of Monsters Vs Aliens looks out of this world” and that the player itself is “a convincing 3D first from Samsung.”

BigPictureBigSound meanwhile also enjoyed the experience. “The battery-operated glasses were comfortable for an entire movie, and the image was crisp for the most part. Even when we viewed from a distance of a good 30 feet back, the picture maintained a realistic depth and geometry, regardless of how we shifted up/down or left/right. My wife and kids also shared an unbridled enthusiasm for the experience. I lost count of all the “Wow”s.”

Have you had a chance to try out Blu-ray 3D yet? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Avatar smashes another record

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The Avatar juggernaut rumbles on with confirmation from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) that the film has become the biggest selling Blu-ray title ever in the UK.

In the two weeks since launch, 505,057 copies of Avatar on Blu-ray Disc have been sold – beating the all-time Blu-ray Disc record of 490,633 held by The Dark Knight and breaking the half a million milestone.

“Blu-ray is the ultimate way for fans to enjoy Avatar at home and experience Pandora in all its awe-inspiring clarity in high definition” commented Steven Leighton, SVP Northern Europe and Asia Pacific for TCFHE.  “It’s no surprise that viewers are choosing to own Avatar on Blu-ray and with 22.2% of our overall sales to date this clearly demonstrates that UK consumers are embracing Blu-ray as the format of choice.”

HeyUGuys has the full press release.

New Toshiba laptop adds Blu-ray support

Toshiba has this week announced a new laptop in its Satellite range that includes a Blu-ray Disc drive.

The Toshiba Satellite A660 has been designed with multimedia in mind, featuring not only Blu-ray support but also Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) technology, which allows video and music to be streamed wirelessly to WiDi-compatible TVs. It’s the first laptop on the market to support this technology.

The A660 also includes HDMI output and DNLA functionality, in addition to a new feature called USB Sleep-and-Music. This allows the user to connect and listen to an external MP3 player through the speakers, even while the laptop is asleep.

Tech Radar has more details.


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