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Attention Android users, Blu-ray is coming your way

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If you own a smartphone, tablet device, e-reader or anything else with Android technology then you might be interested to know that it won’t be long until you can watch your Blu-ray titles on it.

20th Century Fox’s upcoming Blu-ray Disc release of blockbuster Unstoppable is the first to come with functionality that will let consumers watch the movie on the go using their Android device. The studio plans to include the technology in all its major releases this year.

Simon Swart of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment said, “For the first time ever, our customers can now access their Blu-ray titles on their Android devices with the Blu-ray Digital Copy at no additional charge, anytime, anywhere!”

Users can copy the movie to their Android devices using BD Live and the PocketBlu Android application, which is available as a free download from the Android Market app store. To enjoy the benefits they will need their Blu-ray Disc, a wi-fi connected Blu-ray player and an Android device running version 1.6 or higher. They will also be able to copy extras like interviews and the Director’s commentary along with the full movie.

IT Pro Portal has more information.

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Universal confirms Get Him to the Greek BD release and features

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Funny man duo Jonah Hill and Russell Brand made Get Him to the Greek a box office smash earlier this year with their outrageous, cross-country capers.  As with any comedy, the outtakes are often as entertaining as the main feature, and the exclusive Blu-ray content set for inclusion is no exception.  These include a karaoke sing along to Aldous Snow’s ridiculous songs, the actual auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles and musical performances from The Today Show and VH-1 Storytellers.

In addition, it also allows viewers to stream one of  three classic comedies, Uncle Buck, Dazed and Confused or Life, via BD-Live or a smartphone.

The European release date is to be confirmed, but keep an eye on Amazon for updates.  For more information on Blu-ray Disc special features included, HD Room has the details.

Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter 3 and 4 announced

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Ultimate Edition Harry PotterAvid Harry Potter fans will be pleased with the latest announcement from Warner Home Video that Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are to be released on Blu-ray Disc.

These Ultimate editions are jammed packed with special features, including parts three and four respectively of the eight-hour documentary ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter’, which will ultimately span across all eight Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Discs.  Part three looks at the creatures from the series, while part four examines the sound and music.  BD-Live content is also promised for both films.

Other collectable bonus content from the Ultimate Editions includes character cards, books with over 40 pages of behind-the-scenes material, and lenticular cards.

The Ultimate Editions are due for release on October 4. The HDRoom has more details.

Back To The Future celebrates 25th anniversary with Blu-ray box set

In 1985, Marty McFly and ‘The Doc’ took millions of spellbound viewers on a high flying voyage across the space-time continuum in the first of a trio of wildly inventive tales that broke box office records around the world. October 26th this year will mark the 25th anniversary of this epic tale and to celebrate, the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy will be getting its highly anticipated Blu-ray Disc makeover.

Unleashing the power of HD with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available, fans will get to appreciate the flux capacitor, hover boards and of course, the iconic, time-travelling DeLorean in all their glory.

The Blu-ray Disc trilogy comes with more than two hours of extras, including a brand new six part retrospective documentary featuring all the main cast and crew, the storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending, 16 deleted scenes and feature commentaries with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton.

It will also take viewers behind the scenes showing outtakes, original makeup tests and hover-board tests, as well as revealing the secrets behind production design, storyboarding and the creation of everything from the DeLorean to Hill Valley.

For the die hard fans, it also boasts a nice selection of exclusive Blu-ray tools such as U-Control, Storyboard Comparison, Trivia Track, Set Ups and Pay Offs, BD-Live and much, much more. For more details, and to see the trailer, visit the official site.

True Blood brings social media to Blu-ray Disc

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[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false] BD-Live functionality has come a long way since launch, with more and more discs taking advantage of the technology to add interactive features such as MovieIQ and Cinechat. But the latest social media capabilities on True Blood season 2, released on BD this week, have taken it to a whole new level.

Using BD-Live, viewers can link a True Blood live feed directly to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, by uploading a picture, fans can literally ‘become one’ with the characters as they watch themselves morph into vampires when viewing episodes. Vampire alter-egos can be uploaded onto Facebook to share with, or, better still, scare friends! Favourite scenes can also be shared simply by pressing a button on the remote when a small icon appears on screen.

To get a feel for the True Blood live feed, Creativity Online is hosting a demo which can be viewed here.

Sony brings World Cup content to Blu-ray Disc players

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Football fans will be hard pushed to leave the sofa this summer with Sony adding FIFA World Cup content to its internet video service on Bravia TVs and Blu-ray Disc players. Previous World Cups can be re-lived with content including the top 20 tournament moments and profiles of legendary players.

Christian Brown, Senior Category Marketing Manager for Home Entertainment at Sony UK, said: “We can make some of the greatest football moments come to life in consumers’ living rooms across Europe at the touch of a button.”

The content will be hosted through the Bravia Internet Video service, which already broadcasts Demand Five, film channel Lovefilm and YouTube, as well as social networking site Facebook.

For more information on the service, click here for more details.

Blu-ray becomes a Green Zone

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War movie fans will be pleased to learn that action thriller Green Zone is due for Blu-ray Disc release on 12th July.  The action thriller, starring Matt Damon as a rogue army officer, keeps the Iraq war firmly on the agenda following the Oscar success of The Hurt Locker.

Set in the early days of the Iraq war, the story sees Damon and his team ordered to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. What is in fact uncovered is an elaborate cover-up, resulting in plenty of drama and action – the perfect mix to be captured in high definition.

Special features include a feature commentary with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film and the gruelling training programme Matt undertook. Exclusive to the Blu-ray Disc version, viewers can enjoy even more content with BD-Live, which allows users to access content via an internet connected Blu-ray player. Mobile app PocketBlu is also included, letting you, among other things, use your phone as a remote control. Another feature definitely worth trying is U-Control, which allows users to access bonus materials, such as Picture-In-Picture commentary, without leaving the film.

For more details, visit Blu-ray.com.


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