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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.

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!

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.

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.

Disney readies 3D Super Play edition of Tron: Legacy

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Light Cycle? Check. Identity Disc? Check. Super Play Blu-ray Disc Edition of ‘Tron: Legacy’ with a 3D copy? Check.

With film forums and movie blogs awash with rumours on the content and artwork for Walt Disney’s BD release of ‘Tron: Legacy’, we’re happy to report official details on the 3D Super Play version on sale in the UK from 18th April and the rest of Europe soon after.

Rebellious teenager Sam (Garrett Hedlund) is still haunted 20 years on from the mysterious disappearance of his father and leading video game developer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). On receiving a message from his father’s former workplace, Sam’s quest to find the truth sends him spiraling into a computer generated world with flying motorbikes, space age weapons and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent his return to reality.

Arriving in a combo pack comprising BD3D, 2D BD and a digital copy of the movie, special features include, ‘The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed’, ‘Launching the Legacy’, ‘Visualizing TRON’, ‘Installing The Cast’ and ‘Derezzed’ music video performed by soundtrack producers Daft Punk.

Movieweb meanwhile has previews of what US fans can expect upon its release in various guises across the pond from early April, including a mammoth five BD box set including illuminating Light Disc.

Check out Zavvi.com for more details on the UK release.

Blu-ray 3D demand booms in Japan

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News from Japan this week shows just how far Blu-ray 3D has come in a relatively short space of time.

According to research from Japanese firm BCN, there are now more 3D Blu-ray players in homes across the country than non-3D players. It reports 57% of all units sold in the run up to Christmas were 3D-enabled, an enormous increase from just 6.7% in September 2010.

The UK’s love for 3D is also reported to be rising, as satellite broadcaster Sky announced it now has more than 70,000 subscribers for its 3D TV channel. It’s estimated that the end of 2010 saw some 140,000 British homes equipped with 3D TV’s, pointing to a rosy outlook for the future of the format and an exciting time for audiences who will see s range of Blu-ray 3D releases in the coming year.

Homemediamagazine and Reghardware have more information.

CES Round-up – Part one

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2011 looks set to take Blu-ray technology to new heights if the recent Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas is anything to go by. Manufacturers from across the globe gathered to unveil their latest innovations, set to hit the shelves this year.

There was a plethora of Blu-ray delights on show at the expo, so much so in fact that we couldn’t cram them all into one post! So here’s our first batch. Watch out for the rest later on this week.

Sony

Sony launched its 2011 line of Blu-ray players which featured four stand alone models. The most impressive of the range, the BDP-S780, can play 3D and 2D Blu-ray Discs, offers up-conversion from 2D to 3D and video up-scaling for other sources. Every model in the 2011 range offers internet access to over 40 services too, such as YouTube and Sony’s ‘Video on Demand’.

Sony’s first portable Blu-ray player, the BDP-SX1000, was also announced. Comprising a 10.1-inch screen the unit plays Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and USB media. A 180 degree swiveling display, five-hour rechargeable battery, built-in speakers and headphones are all sure to make any long journeys pass more easily.

For more details visit Iewy.com

Samsung

At just 28mm tall, Samsung’s BD-D7500 is the world’s slimmest 3D Blu-ray player. It may look small but the BD-D7500 offers 2D-to-3D conversion, HD up-scaling, Wi-Fi connectivity and a super fast three second start-up time.

Also a big hit was Samsung’s BD-D7000 model, named Best New Gadget in the Home Theater Category by Cnet.com for its stylish finish and fun pop-up lid. Featuring all the 3D functionality of the BD-D7500, both players look set to be a roaring success this year.

Samsung also announced plans to offer a networked Blu-ray player model to integrate Google TV. TechRadar.com has the full story and details of Samsung’s full CES line up.

Sharp

Sharp launched their range of 2011 3D Blu-ray players which included the BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U and BD-HP25U. In addition to playing 3D Blu-ray discs the line up enable consumers to take advantage of the latest surround sound formats such as Dolby TrueHD. Additionally the models play standard-definition DVDs, content stored on USB drives and MP3 files.

For full details see Ecoustics.com.

Disney Unveils 2011 Blu-ray 3D Plans

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Walt Disney Studios have kicked off the new year with a colossal announcement at CES, unveiling plans to release no less than 15 titles on Blu-ray Disc 3D throughout 2011.

Amongst those destined for BD 3D debuts include two of Disney’s most celebrated classic animations, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and The Beast’. In a move sure to please fans of the long standing best sellers, 3D menus and character introductions will be amongst a host of features exclusive to BD 3D.

Other names set for BD 3D this year include ‘Bolt’, ‘Meet The Robinsons’, ‘G-Force’, and Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. 2010’s box-office smash, ‘Tron: Legacy’ will join the line-up too, giving audiences a chance to relive the multi dimensional arena battles from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Disney Studios Executive Lori MacPherson said, ‘As our contemporary library of 3D content continues to grow, original artists and filmmakers are meticulously ‘dimensionalizing’ their previous work for release in Blu-ray 3D format. We hope to offer movie-lovers everywhere the most incredible in-home entertainment experiences they will ever have.’

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ and ‘Tangled’, both set for UK release later this year, are also expected to be given a touch of the BD 3D magic too.

We’ll keep you posted on any new developments and release dates so stay tuned.

Check out The HD Room for the full story.

A Christmas Carol flies onto Blu-ray 3D

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For 2010’s final post we bring you news of a suitably festive Blu-ray 3D release to top off a huge year for fantastic developments in this field of technology.

Walt Disney Pictures’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ lands on BD3D just in time for the holiday season, giving audiences of all ages a chance to enjoy the brilliance of multi-dimensional storytelling.

Featuring a motion-captured Jim Carrey, this re-telling of the Dickens classic sees tight-fisted humbug Ebenezer Scrooge embark upon a magical journey of self-discovery guided by three ghostly apparitions.

Released on a Triple-disc set with BD3D, 2D BD and digital copy, viewers can expect a huge array of enchanting extras such as, ‘Bonus View: Behind the Carol’, a feature taking audiences behind the scenes of the full motion capture experience, ‘Digital Advent Calendar’, deleted scenes and ‘Scrooge’s Wild Ride’ (a BD3D exclusive).

So if you fancy celebrating the old with the new why not witness this famous Christmas story come to life in a different dimension with 3D magic for all the family to enjoy.

Visit TV.com for more details.


Blu-ray Disc Reporter


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