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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.

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.

Sherlock Holmes arrives on Blu-ray with exclusive content

Update: We are now giving away a Blu-Ray Disc every Monday to our blog and Twitter followers. Last week, we gave away the full Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-Ray disc. Today, we are giving away a copy of the superb Sherlock Holmes. To enter, leave a comment to suggest a new, modern day villain for Sherlock Holmes. Take inspiration from current events, perhaps merge two bad guys together or completely start from scratch. We want to hear your ideas!

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Guy Ritchie’s re-make of Sherlock Holmes burst onto the big screen filled with special effects and adventure, defying critics to become one of the biggest films in 2009.  If you didn’t get chance to see it on the big screen, fear not, as it will be released on Blu-ray Disc this May promising optimum picture quality and exclusive special features.

The Blu-ray Disc will boast ‘Maximum Movie Mode’, where Guy Ritchie narrates between two oversized monitors, one showing the film, the other bonus content, including concept art and behind the scene footage.

For those who do not want to sit through the entire Maximum Movie Mode, ‘Focus Points’ are provided which highlight key insights into the making of the film including Ritchie’s personal approach to recreating Victorian London, entitled ‘Drawbridges and Dollies’.

A nod to the original characters is also made in the featurette entitled ‘Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented’ which sees the cast and crew chat about Ritchie’s take on this classic story. BD-Live functionality is also included, allowing users to access content via an internet connected Blu-ray player including video images, as well as related quizzes and multi-player interactive games.

Sherlock Holmes will be released on Blu-ray Disc across Europe this May and as you can see, it will be thoroughly worth the wait.

Blu-ray awareness increasing in Germany

The perception that Blu-ray is the new standard in home entertainment is spreading, with a new German survey finding that 91 per cent of video buyers understand Blu-ray to be the best way to bring high definition pictures to a home cinema.

The survey by GfK demonstrates that awareness of the Blu-ray format has spread beyond technology fans and into the mainstream. In addition, feedback from those who already have a BD player is extremely positive, with 98 per cent either satisfied or very satisfied with the experience. Of this group, 70 per cent want to solely or mainly buy Blu-ray Discs in the future. “The more that consumers know about Blu-ray, the more they cherish it,” said Thilo Röhrig, Chairman of the Blu-ray Group Germany.

To see full details of the research, click here for the press release.

LG launches Blu-ray Home Cinema System

Tech Watch has taken a look at the LG HB354BS, a 2.1 channel system designed for those just starting to put together a home cinema set-up.

With a Blu-ray Disc player, iPod dock, MP3 player and a media streamer all included, the LG HB354BS packs many features into a relatively small package. To complement the Blu-ray player, two HDMI inputs ensure other high definition content can be viewed, while an Ethernet socket means that interactive features and online BD-Live content can also be easily accessed.

The speakers also promise to pack a punch with a subwoofer in tow. There’s also two digital audio inputs (one optical and one coaxial) and regular analogue stereo RCA jacks.

For more information on the system, click here.


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