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Blu-ray Monday Invictus Giveaway

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With sporting fever taking over the world this month, Blu-ray Monday is giving away Invictus this week, another momentous sporting event in South African history. As always, you have two chances to win.  For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this

Then once you’ve done that, for a second entry all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

Sporting events are known for evoking great passion amongst fans and make for great personal memories.  On that note, which sporting event would you most like to re-live and see made into a movie?

All suggestions are welcome, but do keep it friendly, we know sporting rivalry can get heated!

Invictus unveiled on Blu-ray Disc

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Now available to pre-order on Blu-ray Disc is Oscar-nominated Invictus, the emotive story of how Nelson Mandela used the Rugby World Cup to bridge racial conflict in South Africa.  The film, produced by Clint Eastwood, sees Mandela (Morgan Freeman) work together with African rugby captain François Pienaar (Matt Damon) to motivate their team to victory.  Considered a turning point for race relations in South Africa, this historic period is depicted on film with Eastwood’s usual classic style.

Along with the HD version of the film, the Blu-ray Disc comes with engaging special features including ‘Vision, Courage and Honour’, an insightful look behind-the-scenes with cast interviews, and more importantly, interviews with the real men who inspired the making of the film.  Two further featurettes, ‘Mandela meets Morgan’ and ‘Matt Damon plays Rugby’, document challenges faced during filming and a light-hearted game of rugby between Damon and his on-screen team mates against their real-life counterparts.

Invictus will be available to buy from mid-June. For more information, has an early review.

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.

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Saving Private Ryan makes Blu-ray Disc debut this April

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that Steven Spielberg’s critically lauded WWII epic Saving Private Ryan will make its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray Disc in April.

The film, which stars Tom Hanks and Matt Damon and was the recipient of five Academy Awards including Best Director, is named by Amazon in its list of the top ten most anticipated Blu-ray releases. The Blu-ray Disc edition of the film comes on two discs and includes over three hours of bonus features to take viewers behind the scenes and also look at the real-life events that inspired the movie.

Saving Private Ryan will be available in the UK from April 26, with other European territories to follow.

Blu-ray Disc Reporter

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