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Blu-ray movie releases for the week of August 10th

Posted in Blu-rays on August 11, 2008 by Andrew B. Hall

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Variety is the spice of life, and this week’s Blu-ray selection has plenty of that. Check it out:

We highly recommend CJ7, a comedic yet touching tale about a father and son pair who finds a strange toy that turns out to be an alien life-form. Thought penned by Stephen Chow and it stars him, the movie is decidedly different from his previous film Kung Fu Hustle, as it lacks Chow’s signature slapstick humor. Watch out for The Ten Commandments, since this is not the classic Charlton Heston movie, but rather an unfortunate 2006 TV miniseries. Val Kilmer, of all people, is excellent in a supporting role in the drama Felon. Kiss of the Spider Woman, an Amazon Blu-ray exclusive, finally finds a release after a month of delay. Mindless action is aplenty in the form of 7 Seconds, Belly, Half Past Dead and XXX: State of the Union. Rest of the releases are listed above.

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Iron Man Blu-ray on September 30th!!!

Posted in Blu-rays on August 9, 2008 by Andrew B. Hall

Paramount Home Entertainment has revealed the detailed specs and special features for the upcoming summer blockbuster hit ‘Iron Man: Ultimate Edition‘, due to hit store shelves on September 30th, day-and-date with the DVD release. The two-disc set will feature 1080p video accompanied by a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.

The disc break down for extras can be seen below:

    Disc 1

  • Hall of Armor — The Invincible Iron Man (HD)
  • Origins
  • Friends & Foes
  • The Definitive Iron Man
  • Demon in a Bottle
  • Extremis and Beyond
  • Ultimate Iron Man
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes (HD)
  • BD Live: Iron Man IQ

    Disc 2

  • I Am Iron Man (HD)
    • The Journey Begins
    • The Suit that makes the Iron Man
    • The Walk of Destruction
    • Grounded In Reality
    • Beneath the Armor
    • It’s All in the Details
    • A Good Story, Well Told
  • Wired: The Visual Effects of Iron Man (HD)
  • Robert Downey Jr. Screen Test (HD)
  • The Actor’s Process (scene rehearsal with cast) (HD)
  • The Onion “Wildly Popular Iron Man Trailer to be Adapted into Full Length Film” (HD)
  • Theatrical Trailers (HD)
  • Image Galleries

Dead Space prequel Downfall coming to Blu-ray and DVD

Posted in Blu-rays, ps3 videos on August 4, 2008 by Andrew B. Hall

A prequel to Dead Space in the form of an animated direct-to-video movie is heading our way October 28th, one week after the game’s debut. Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, the 85-minute movie will detail how the spaceship USG Ishimura transformed into a surreal and hellish nightmare when the crew brought an alien artifact aboard the ship. The Blu-ray version will feature 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround soundtrack.

Extras unique to the Blu-ray include cheat codes for the game and a digital copy. No information yet as to what the cheat codes do exactly.After looking at the trailer, we think this movie might actually be worthy of our money. You can pre-order the Blu-ray version here and the DVD version here. Watch the violent and slightly NSFW trailer after the jump.

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Blu-ray movie releases for the week of August 3rd

Posted in Blu-rays on August 3, 2008 by Andrew B. Hall

After last week’s deluge of titles, this week’s more subtle affair still provides a good variety. Take a look:

Two delayed releases, The BBC High Definition Natural History Collection and Korn: Live at Montreux finally make their debut. Those of you who don’t mind foreign language films should check out the The Counterfeiters, an Oscar-winning Austrian movie about a counterfeiter faced with a moral dilemma during World War II. All three Starship Troopers films also debut on Blu-ray — curiously, you can buy the first and third films stand-alone, but the second film only comes as part of the trilogy box set. Nim’s Island is a cute, albeit a bit formulaic, family flick, but the kids should enjoy it.

The Ultimate Matrix Collection Swallows The Blu Pill

Posted in Blu-rays on July 30, 2008 by Andrew B. Hall

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Even though Warner Brothers published titles in both HD-DVD and Blu-ray at one point, they never got around to releasing The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray, not even after they announced they were becoming Blu-ray exclusive back in January.

That has just changed — The Ultimate Matrix Collection is set to be released on Blu-ray on October 14th for the MSRP of $129.95. Exclusive to this Blu-ray release is a 1080p presentation of The Animatrix and a digital copy of the original The Matrix. Other extras will be the same as the HD-DVD version. You can also pre-order it here for $90.95.

Blu-ray Sales Rise 300%

Posted in Blu-rays on July 28, 2008 by Andrew B. Hall

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In a beneficial turn of events for the home entertainment industry, Blu-ray sales continue to rise drastically despite the staggering U.S. economy.

As DVD sales decline, Blu-ray has been filling in the gap, generating more than $200 million in the first half of 2008. This is in stark contrast to the same point last year, where Blu-ray earnings were less than 33% of current figures.

“We are trending 8% Blu-ray sales [per title], and at the end of the year, we will be between 10% and 12%,” stated Mike Dunn of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Lori MacPherson, general manager for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, North America contributed her thoughts.

“I think people are becoming pickier on what they spend their money on, but home entertainment always represents a good value. Thirty dollars for a Blu-ray movie that you can watch over and over again is still a great value,” she commented.

As Blu-ray production costs begin to drop, savings will be passed on to consumers and, in return, Blu-ray will take an even more prominent place in people’s homes. With HDTV penetration higher than ever, Blu-ray may very well overtake DVD prior to 2012, the previously accepted prediction.

Blu-ray movie releases for the week of July 27th

Posted in Blu-rays on July 27, 2008 by Andrew B. Hall

There is a ton of of Blu-ray releases this week. The good news is that there is something for everyone. The bad news is that we are all going to be feeling a little broke after.

For comedy, we have Harold & Kumar‘s two hilarious adventures. We’ve got some Harrison Ford love here as well with Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games. Indies and foreign flicks include The Band’s Visit, Perhaps Love and The Tiger Blade. Education movies include Bears, Wolves and Human Body: Pushing the Limits. Former HD-DVD exclusive, Beowulf, is finally migrating over to Blu-ray. Finally, note that you can buy the indie short horror flicks Salvage and Mortuary separately or together in one box. Check out the rest of the releases above.