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Merry Christmas!

With Christmas now just hours away and Santa well on his way (hopefully with a sleigh full of Blu-ray Discs in tow), the BD Reporter is closing up for the holidays.

We wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone who’s visited the site, left comments, tweeted us or supported us in any way in 2010.

We’ll return here, and on Twitter, in the first week of January to keep you updated on everything Blu-ray in 2011 – with more news, reviews, competitions and some very exciting developments regarding the site. In the meantime, enjoy the break and we hope you all get the time to enjoy some Blu-ray magic in between the turkey and the crackers!

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.

Best of Blu-ray Monday coming Monday 13th December!

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With a chill in the air and jingle-bell pop dominating the charts once more, there’s no denying Christmas 2010 is well and truly upon us.

Keen to make a festive splash, we can now reveal next week’s Blu-ray Monday Giveaway will take on an extra special twist. From 13th December, entrants will have the chance to win an exclusive bundle of some of this year’s hottest Blu-ray Disc titles.

Having brought you the latest news from BD releases to technical developments in the field, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate such an outstanding year for film than to serve up the best of 2010 as a special festive prize.

Check back here on Monday for more details…

Twilight Trilogy Released on Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc Box set

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Get ready fans of all things Twilight. From 6th December, E1 Entertainment will unleash a Limited Edition, Blu-ray Disc Box set of the smash-hit movies together for the first time.

Adolescent girls across the globe have fallen head-over-heels for the timeless, star-crossed tale of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her mysterious suitors, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

The perfect Christmas gift for fans of the saga (or just those with a spirit for romance and adventure) this BD steel box features, ‘Twilight’, ‘New Moon’, and ‘Eclipse’.

With a combined running time of 376 minutes the set provides the perfect remedy for a rainy afternoon or a girly sleepover, giving viewers the chance to fall in love with their favourite characters all over again in stunning high definition.

So hurry up and pick your side! Are you a partial to a paleface or wild for a werewolf?

For more information visit: uk.Blu-ray.com

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World gets Blu-ray release date

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Scott Pilgrim looks set to take on the world on Blu-ray Disc in time for Christmas. Universal has announced that the Blu-ray release of the critically acclaimed comic-book adaptation is scheduled for November in the US, with Europe following soon after.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, starring Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright, tells the story of an unlikely hero who meets the girl of his dreams but, in order to win her heart, must first do battle with her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

In addition to the DVD special features (commentary, bloopers and photo galleries), the Blu-ray edition has a huge collection of exclusive content, including two behind-the-scenes documentaries, features on the film’s music, and in-depth looks at alternative edits to the film and its extensive pre-production process.

For the full story and list of Blu-ray content, visit Den of Geek.

The Twilight Saga continues: Eclipse to hit Blu-ray this December

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Christmas is coming early this year for Twilight fans with the Blu-ray Disc release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on December 4th.

Combining teenage angst, sexual tension and plenty of vampire vs. werewolf action, Eclipse stormed the box office worldwide, generating over $680 million.

Fuelled by an avid fan following across the world, it is safe to say that its impending release on Blu-ray is hotly anticipated, especially with the exclusive features it has to offer.

Fans can enjoy audio commentary by none other than Robert Pattinson, as well as his on screen girlfriend Kristen Stewart. Also included is a six-part making-of documentary, a photo gallery and music videos from the film’s soundtrack. Exclusive to Blu-ray is a selection of ‘Jump to’ featurettes that focus on specific characters, families and action sequences in the film.

For more information, MTV.com has the details.

Germany embraces Blu-ray

As was noted in last month’s Futuresource report, the German Blu-ray Disc market is among the strongest in Europe.

The Futuresource statistics have been backed up by market insight from the GfK Consumer Panel, which found that sales in the first three quarters were quadruple that of the same period in 2008. Part of that growth can be attributed to the wide range of BD players (now over 150 models) on the market.

With the Christmas period now underway, sales are predicted to rise further as retailers continue to push the format and prices of both players and discs fall. Festive promotions, including ones like this from supermarket chain ALDI, are increasingly offering Profile 2.0 players at prices close to €100, with many discs available for less than €15.

With HD TV broadcasts also set to increase in Germany in 2010, the success of high definition in the country looks assured.

Thanksgiving brings US BD boost

Although this is the BDA’s European blog, recent sales figures from the US warrant some attention.

The Friday following Thanksgiving, known as ‘Black Friday’ in the US, is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Retailers across the country open early and often offer great value deals to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season.

This year, Blu-ray has been one of the Black Friday success stories, with media outlets including The Washington Post and PC World reporting a massive surge in sales. According to Home Media Research, revenue from sales of Blu-ray Discs for the week ending November 29 was $69.06 million – a huge increase of 224 percent over the same period in 2008.

With more and more BD players entering the US market priced around the $100 mark, and prices of discs also falling, the future looks bright for the format.

Blu-ray Group Germany launches www.bluraydisc.de

A new Blu-ray Disc website has been launched, just in time for Christmas, to help German shoppers make informed choices on all things BD.  The site allows users to navigate their way around the medium of the future by placing all Blu-ray information in one place.  So, if you want to know the difference between a Blu-ray Disc’s picture and sound quality versus a DVD, make comparisons between Blu-ray Disc players or just find out which new movies have been released – the website is just a click away.

Not forgetting journalists, there is even a media centre which encompasses an extensive glossary containing all the important facts and stats on Blu-ray.

What are you waiting for? New UK Blu-ray Disc TV Advertising campaign makes debut

The British Video Association today announced that for the first time Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures UK, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment UK and Warner Home Video have come together to produce an advertising campaign dedicated specifically to promote the Blu-ray Disc format.

Created to raise awareness and excitement, the Blu-ray “What are you waiting for?” commercial features footage from some of the season’s most anticipated new Blu-ray Disc releases – Terminator Salvation, Ice Age 3, Inglourious Basterds, Snow White and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – and will be seen by 40 million UK consumers in the run up to Christmas.

The advert, which forms part of a bigger campaign, including a re-launch of the Blu-ray website thisisbluray.co.uk, will run across all major television channels throughout December.

Further details can be read here.


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