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The Town debuts on Blu-ray

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Ben Affleck is back as Doug MacRay, the conflicted criminal who thinks he might finally taste life without looking over his shoulder.

Landing on Blu-ray Disc on 31st January, The Town is a hard-edged heist thriller packed with style, action, entertainment and romance – the ideal combination for a Blu-ray release.

The critically acclaimed, astutely observed story is finely told by both cast and crew and continues to solidify Affleck’s talents in front of, and behind the camera.

Obsessed With Film have the full story here, including an exclusive clip of the Blu-ray release.

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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.

Blu-ray 3D player review: Sony BDP-S470

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At IFA this year, 3D was a stand out theme, as the world’s largest home entertainment manufacturers showcased a variety of 3D products, from TVs and projectors to laptops and Blu-ray Disc players.

A 3D Blu-ray player already on the market is Sony’s BDP-S470, which represents great value at just £180. CNet UK has recently reviewed this model, awarding it an impressive 4.5/5.

A slim compact machine, CNet says the BDP-S470 is ‘visually appealing’ but not at the expense of the outputs provided.  The picture quality is also commended, with the reviewer stating that he ‘thoroughly loved the picture this player produced.’

As for its internet connectivity, it is deemed, ‘just right’, providing UK users with access to BBC iPlayer, Demand Five and Love Film through the Bravia Internet Video service.

To read CNet UK’s full review of the Sony BDP-S470, click here.

Record breaking Avatar boosts UK Blu-ray Sales

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Last week we reported on the record-breaking launch of Avatar in the US and other territories. This success has been mirrored in the UK, where it sold 222,824 copies in one day and became the fastest selling Blu-ray Disc so far in the region.

This success was anticipated by supermarket giant Tesco, who kept 180 of its stores open until midnight to meet demand.

Speaking about the success, Tesco’s home movie buying manager Keith Metcalfe comments on the positive impact it has had on the Blu-ray industry overall:

“The release of Avatar is being seen by the industry as a historic moment in the development of the Blu-ray format – potentially the tipping point that many people have waited for to get their first Blu-ray player. We think it could replicate what happened when The Matrix was released on DVD in 1999, which was the point when many people bought their first DVD players.”

For the full story, click here.

BVA’s ‘What Are You Waiting For’ campaign proves a success

Blu-ray KantarResearch out from Kantar Worldpanel has shown that the British Video Association’s ‘What are you waiting for?’ TV advertising campaign from Q4 2009 was successful in raising awareness of the benefits of the Blu-ray format in the run up to Christmas.

Kantar World panel found that the campaign, which ran across all major UK TV channels in November and December, was recalled by over nine million consumers, increasing awareness and understanding of the format. Nearly two thirds of respondents (64.7%) felt that Blu-ray picture quality was better than DVD, a rise of 10%, while just under half (47.9%) felt that the sound quality was better, a rise of 12%.

Lavinia Carey, Director General, British Video Association, commented: ‘The best way to enjoy films at home is on high definition Blu-ray discs. Our campaign set out to highlight the benefits of Blu-ray to consumers and to boost understanding and awareness.  The results of the research are heartening and indicate that we are moving in the right direction. This year we will be looking at how we maintain momentum and continue to encourage members of the public to trade up to high definition software.”

Full details of the findings can be read in the BVA’s press release.

The Gadget Show on the BD experience: enough to set your heart racing

Last week, UK TV programme The Gadget Show carried out an interesting experiment to get a better idea of the emotional impact of the Blu-ray experience when compared with DVD.

It took a group of students from Aston University and hooked them up with equipment to monitor any changes in their heart rates. Half of the group then watched a sequence from the BBC’s nature documentary Life on Blu-ray Disc, while the other half watched the same scene on DVD.

As they watched, the team monitored changes in heart rate, with some startling results. The group watching the DVD saw an average increase in heart rate of 26.7%, but the Blu-ray group’s average increased by 39% – which is more than half as much again.

The experiment was a great way to demonstrate the added excitement and immersion that Blu-ray Discs can deliver. If you’d like to see it for yourself, click here to watch the segment online.

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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