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BVA capitalises on HD World Cup fever with UK Blu-ray bundle

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The British Video Association (BVA) has announced a partnership between Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video and Samsung that will see a promotional Blu-ray bundle hit UK stores ahead of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

With this year’s tournament the first to be televised in high definition, retailers are expecting a boost in demand for new HDTVs. The new bundle includes six blockbuster movies for all the family on Blu-ray Disc and a Blu-ray player, allowing consumers to kick start their collection at a fraction of the normal cost.

Blu-ray titles included in the bundle are Mamma Mia! and Bruno from Universal Pictures, Up and Toy Story from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment UK, and Sweeny Todd and 300 from Warner Home Video. The bundle is available with three Samsung BD players: the BD-C5300, BD-C8200 and BD-C8500. The latter two both include Hard Disk Drives and free-to-air HD TV compatible digital tuners.

For more details, head over to the BVA for the full announcement.

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Universal launches Blu-ray applications for iPhone, Facebook and Twitter

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced two new applications designed to add greater user interactivity and immersion to its upcoming slate of Blu-ray Disc releases.

The Pocket BLU app for iPhone and iPod Touch is available now as a free download from the Apple App Store, and uses the device’s Wi-Fi connection to communicate with a network enabled BD player.  Once connected, users can use their iPhones or iPods as a remote control, giving easy and direct access to different menus and BD-Live content. It also allows users to access a video timeline to jump to any point in a movie, and to download exclusive bonus content. A pop-up keyboard also makes it easier to chat and send messages when the option is available.

Social BLU meanwhile integrates Blu-ray Disc content with social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter. Supported discs, starting with American Pie presents: The Book of Love, will allow viewers to login to their chosen network and enjoy a variety of features, including direct status updates via BD-Live. Users can also rate films, send messages and share content from the portal.

Upcoming Universal releases to use the new applications include Bruno, Funny People, 9, Public Enemies and Inglourious Basterds. More information will appear at www.universalhidef.com as the discs are released.

 

 

All I want for Christmas is…

Blu Christmas

With the festive season fast approaching the Blu-ray Disc Association has compiled a list of some of the hottest Blu-ray Discs this Christmas.

In its recent report, Futuresource predicted European sales of Blu-ray Discs would reach 31m by the end of 2009. Blu-ray movies are an ideal stocking filler and with the selection of releases available, Christmas shoppers across Europe can be sure to find something to suit everyone. Our recommendations include films that can be enjoyed by the whole family as well as titles to keep the man or woman in your life entertained over the festive period.

Best Sellers
Star Trek (Paramount)
Bruno (Universal)
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox)
Angels & Demons (Sony)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (WB)

Best for Men
Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition (Fox)
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount)
Terminator Salvation (Sony)
Inglourious Basterds (Universal)
The Hangover (WB)

Best for Women
Dirty Dancing (Lionsgate)
The Edge of Love (Lionsgate)
The Proposal (Disney)
Revolutionary Road (Paramount)
Ghost (Paramount)

Best for the Family
Night at the Museum 2 (Fox)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (WB)
Snow White (Disney)
Ghostbusters (Sony)
Mamma Mia (Universal)

If you need any more information on these titles, or other new releases hitting stores before Christmas, then do get in touch with us in the comments or via email.


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