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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Trilogy sets sail on Blu-ray

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There’s more than a galleon’s worth of fun in Disney’s new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Blu-ray Disc collection, and US website Monsters and Critics agree having given the fantasy saga a big thumbs up in a recent review.

The swashbuckling adventure charts the heroics of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) an eccentric rogue of a pirate who dives head first into the lives of the Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and wannabe buccaneer Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). Overflowing with sword fighting, treasure hunting and mutinous pirates galore, the whirlwind tales are sure to satisfy the whole family from the haunting beginning to the rip roaring conclusion.

So what makes the experience even better on Blu-ray? Monsters and Critics praise the outstanding picture quality and stunning audio soundtrack on the seven BD set saying:

‘In the Blu-ray format, these beautiful films become even more stunning, and we are captured once again by the humour, the adventure, the fun and the fantasy of setting sail in the Caribbean.’

They also highlight the fantastic range of bonus features split across the pack and point out that a clip of the fourth installment, due in cinemas this summer, is a nice little extra seventh disc.

The ‘Curse of the Black Pearl’ includes features ‘An Epic At Sea’ and ‘Fly on the Set’ which uncover behind-the-scenes secrets and look at the technicalities of filming a blockbuster at sea. ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ offers a theatrical or interactive version of the film, features ‘Captain Jack from head to toe’ presented by Johnny Depp and ‘Mastering the Blade’ which examines the art of sword fighting. ‘At World’s End’ has a ‘Bloopers of the Caribbean’ reel, a special set tour called ‘Enter the Maelstrom’ and fantastic short ‘Keith and the Captain’ in which Johnny Depp and Keith Richards pair up to give viewers their insights on life as a pirate.

So if you’re looking for extravagant sets, impressive stunts and a date with some of film’s most fascinating characters, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ provides a rollicking journey to the ends of the Earth and back and could most definitely be a welcome addition to your Blu-ray collection.

Click here for the full review. In the mean time, we’ve included the new ‘Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ trailer below for you to feast your eyes on.

Disney reveals exclusive clips from upcoming Tangled Blu-ray

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A princess, a tower and a shimmering mane of golden locks longer than three football pitches… There’s only one possible fairytale that fits this bizarre description, and it’s Disney’s ‘Tangled’.

In anticipation of its debut on Blu-ray Disc later in the year, Walt Disney Pictures has released a plethora clips from the release and TheHDroom has scooped up the best bits in a sneak peek of what to expect.

An alternate opening, two featurettes and fun fact shorts are all that’s been revealed so far, but if these are anything to go by the bonus features for the expected BD3D and 2D BD versions of the movie will be a rollercoaster ride of fun for the whole family.

TheHDroom has the full catalogue of clips, but we’ve included the alternate opening one below for your amusement. If you’ve seen the movie in cinemas, let us know what you think!

2010’s Bestselling Blu-ray Discs

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The nostalgic old timers amongst us are already reminiscing about what a fantastic year for Blu-ray 2010 was. With millions of Blu-ray Discs from horror to romance flying off shelves around the world, you might be wondering what the top selling titles were.

Well, Home-entertainment.co.uk has listed the Top 5 Best Selling BD titles in the UK for 2010 so sit back and enjoy as we count them down!

Drum roll please…..

5. Beauty and the Beast

Back in June, we brought you exciting news that Walt Disney Studios were to release a Diamond Edition BD of classic love-story, ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Coinciding with its 20 year anniversary in November, this BD pleased critics and fans alike with reviews describing it as entrancing from beginning to end.

With Disney set to release a whole host of its celebrated animation titles on Blu-ray and BD 3D this year, we’re sure 2011 will bring more success.

4. Lost: The Complete Series

It may have left many of you scratching your heads, but Lost was actually one of the most watched television series of the past decade. Voting with their feet, fans of the series jumped at the chance to own the entire adventure on BD, and the box set went on to become a monster hit in the UK since it’s release in August.

3. Mad Men Series 3


The critically acclaimed third series of Man Men comes in at number three and, given its ever growing fan base, we’re not surprised it ranked so high. The award winning drama chartering the loves and losses of 50s ad man Don Draper oozed style and chemistry in equal measure, making it a sure fire winner amongst audiences both young and old. The fourth season is due on BD in March, so watch this space for more details.

2. Batman: The Dark Knight

Just pipped to the post, Christopher Nolan’s brilliant re-imagining of the caped crusader’s clash with the Joker was always going to be a popular choice amongst film lovers. Alongside Heath Ledger’s fantastic turn as Batman’s nemesis, this BD offered a whole host of special features which won universal praise upon its release.

1. Avatar

Finally, and perhaps unsurprisingly, James Cameron’s Avatar was officially the number one best selling BD in 2010. This fantasy adventure seems to have broken every record going, including Best Selling BD of all time, shifting 2.7 million BD units worldwide within its first four days on sale, and selling 222,824 BD copies in the UK alone on the day of its release.

Telling the story of a marine exploring a new planet in outer space, Avatar helped bring new developments in 3D animation to audiences around the globe and will be making its BD3D debut later this year.

Head over to Home-entertainment.co.uk for the full story.

Alice in Wonderland arrives on Blu-ray 3D

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Picture a boiling cauldron of magical, fantastic potion. Add a dash of Tim Burton’s vibrant imagination, a pinch of Johnny Depp’s charisma, throw in the best of Lewis Carroll’s classic storytelling and serve it with a state of the art Blu-ray 3D picture. What have you got? One of the most enchanting, witty and funny home entertainment adventures of the year.

Disney is proud to announce that Alice in Wonderland 3D will be released on Blu-ray Disc on 6th December, in a bundle that will also include a 2D Blu-ray in the pack.

With its whimsical characters and seamless CGI, this first rate fantasy lends itself perfectly to a Blu-ray 3D release. Rabbit holes, tea parties, Mad Hatters, Red Queens, talking caterpillars, Cheshire cats, dragons and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will be jumping into life and leaping off the screen in this treasure trove of fun for the entire family.

Pick up a copy of this sumptuous visual delight and it may just be you who will find yourself in Wonderland this Christmas.

For more information and to pre-order your copy, click here.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Beauty and the Beast

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This week for Blu-ray Monday we are giving away the quintessential Disney masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast.

Filled with fun, adventure, music and magic, Beauty and the Beast is considered by many to be the greatest Disney movie ever made and with its Blu-ray Diamond Edition makeover, this tale as old as time just became brand new once again.

As far as Classic Disney goes, Beauty and the Beast has it all. With an elegant, entertaining mix of hand-drawn art to match an impressionist painting and a story packed with love, purity, friendship and redemption, it has and always will, entertain generations for years to come.

As usual with Blu-ray Monday, you have two chances to win. For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this

Then for a second entry, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

Beauty and the Beast is a love story that proves that opposites really do attract. He was a lonely beast cursed by a mysterious spell and she was the beautiful young girl who could set him and his kingdom free. Which two complete opposites from any film do you think would make an unlikely, yet interesting couple and why?

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment.  We look forward to your suggestions!

The Princess & The Frog brings hand-drawn Disney magic back to BD

Princess and the Frog

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Disney’s The Princess & The Frog, the company’s long-awaited return to classic 2D hand-drawn animation, is available now on Blu-ray Disc.

Simon Brew of DenOfGeek has taken a look and was impressed, praising the picture quality as “absolutely exemplary” and the audio as “brilliant”.

Aside from the film, the disc includes various special features, including “The Return to Hand Drawn Animation”, a featurette which sees members of production team, including Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer John Lasseter, talk about how it felt to return to Disney’s classic style after recent forays into computer generated animation.

A number of deleted scenes, music videos and games complete the package. The Princess and the Frog is available now. Here’s a clip from the film:

Beauty and the Beast receives the Blu-ray treatment

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Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray DiscWalt Disney has announced that its next film to be given the Blu-ray treatment and form part of the Diamond Edition series will be modern classic, Beauty and the Beast. This will be the first time the film has been released in high definition, undergoing advanced picture and sound restoration which promise to deliver the best-ever version of the majestic film.

As always, the Blu-ray Disc version will come full of special features including deleted scenes, music tracks and games.  Specific features are still to be confirmed so watch this space for an update.  Beauty and the Beast will be available on November 1st 2010 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.co.uk.

To whet your appetite, here’s the trailer.  Feel free to sing along!


Blu-ray Disc Reporter


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