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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.

‘The Fighter’ delivers a knock-out blow on Blu-ray Disc

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Blu-rayDefinition.com has reviewed ‘The Fighter’ on Blu-ray Disc and awarded it a glowing 4.5 star review, great news for fans of the boxing tale who eagerly await its arrival on European shores in June.

The early biopic of Massachusetts boxer Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) scooped two of the most sought after statues at the 2011 Oscars. Best Supporting Actor went to Christian Bale for his turn as Micky’s washed up drug addict brother Dicky and Best Supporting Actress to Melissa Leo in her role as the boys’ manipulative mother.

So what makes ‘The Fighter’ such a winner on Blu-ray?

Blu-rayDefinition.com praises the powerful script and David O Russell’s superb direction for lifting it into the realm of great boxing movies such as ‘Rocky’ and ‘Raging Bull’. Alongside its superb picture quality on BD, they drew particular attention to the clarity of dialogue and raw HD Master Audio soundtrack, with the reviewer saying:

‘Every blow lands with an authoritative thud and draws you into the intensity and excitement of the moment. The surround channels are quite active and low frequencies are nicely extended.’

Alongside the quality of the film they also praise the exclusive BD extras which include interviews with the real life friends and family of the characters. And the overall verdict?

‘A triumphant and inspiring sports film, The Fighter will go down as a classic of the genre deservedly so and this excellent Blu-ray release from Paramount is a great way to experience it. Highly recommended.’

Click here for the full review.

The Coen Brothers’ ‘True Grit’ shoots onto Blu-ray

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The Coen Brothers reimagining of ‘True Grit’ rode a wave of critical acclaim and now audiences will soon be able to take home the spirit of this old fashioned Western as Paramount Home Entertainment unveiled plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc throughout Europe in June.

Earning major recognition from this year’s Oscar committee, the film racked up 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jeff Bridges and Best Supporting Actress for incredibly talented newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

Telling the story of a 14 year old girl (Steinfeld) who employs an ageing U.S. marshal (Bridges) to hunt her father’s killer, the Coens’ adaptation closely follows the original novel penned by Charles Portis.

‘True Grit’ is set to be released in a Triple Play pack with BD, DVD and Digital copy of the movie. Extras exclusive to the BD include a cinematography featurette, a short film on Portis entitled ‘Charles Portis – The Greatest Writer You’ve Never Heard Of’ and an adventurous film exploring the film’s weaponry called ‘Colts, Winchesters & Remingtons: The Guns of a Post Civil War Western’.

The HDRoom has the full story.

‘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.

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.


Blu-ray Disc Reporter


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