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‘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.

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.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Unstoppable

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]For this week’s Blu-ray Monday we’re giving away a Triple Play copy of ‘Unstoppable’.

An unmanned cargo train carrying toxic waste hurtles across the Pennsylvanian countryside. With only veteran engineer Frank (Denzel Washington) and rookie conductor Will (Chris Pine) on hand to avert catastrophe, director Tony Scott gives us a master class in pulse-racing action and high octane stunts as the duo fight to prevent disaster.

As usual with Blu-ray Monday, you have two chances to win. For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this

Then for a second entry, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

‘Unstoppable’ pairs well established screen actor Denzel Washington with newcomer Chris Pine. If film partnerships such as Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in ‘The Godfather’ or Matt Damon and Robin Williams in ‘Good Will Hunting’ show us anything, its that a novice can often bring out the best in a seasoned professional and visa versa. If you could choose a fledgling actor to star alongside a movie legend who would you pick and why?

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment.  We look forward to your suggestions!

V3 review CyberLink’s latest software for PCs

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UK technology website V3 has reviewed CyberLink’s latest media player software ‘PowerDVD 10’ and given it a 5/5 star rating.

Enabling viewers to experience both 3D and HD movies and music files, the universally compatible piece of kit was awarded praise by V3 as a fantastic way to view Blu-ray movies the way they were intended on a PC.

With the ability to launch films up to four times faster than other applications, the team claims ‘PowerDVD 10’ produces higher quality results from standard DVDs thanks to its ‘True Theatre HD’ upscaling technology. If you’re keen to try out a Blu-ray 3D, it’s worth noting the software is fully compatible with every single piece of 3D kit on the market including glasses, graphics cards and monitors.

So if you’re searching for great quality, noticeably sharper pictures and clearer sound for watching your favourite Blu-rays on your PC, CyberLink’s latest offering could be the one for you.

Visit V3 to read the full review and also access a downloadable demo of the software.

The Green Hornet flies onto Blu-ray Disc

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There’s a new hero in town. And he doesn’t wear tights.

Plucked from the pages of a comic book and sculpted by the minds behind ‘Superbad’ and ‘Pineapple Express’, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to announce ‘The Green Hornet’ will land in a Triple Play Blu-ray 3D pack in the UK on May 2nd and the rest of Europe shortly after.

Oscar winning director Michel Gondry subverts the classic comic book genre placing Seth Rogen in the leading role of Britt Reid, a reluctant heir to LA’s most respected media empire. Alongside his father’s inventive employee Kato (Jay Chou) and new secretary (Cameron Diaz), Britt realises this is his opportunity to make a difference to the city by fighting crime. The only trouble is he’ll have to break the law to do it.

‘The Green Hornet’ will be available in a three disc pack containing a BD 3D, a 2D BD and DVD copy of the movie. Special features exclusive to the BD 3D include a 3D animated storyboard detailing the intricate planning needed to shoot many of the film’s high octane action sequences. Exclusive 2D BD features include deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes such as ‘Trust Me’ with comment from Gondry and ‘The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool’, and a game enabling users to edit their own car chase scene.

MTV has the full story. We’ve embedded ‘The Green Hornet’ trailer below. Enjoy!

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.


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