If an incredibly bored person with a time machine made a trip to see me in the summer of 2000, for the sole purpose of telling me about the amazing games and televisions and consoles that would all be out within the next ten years…well…I don’t know what I would’ve said.
If he had also told me that we would only be playing games for about a week until the next one came out, I would have called him a liar. I had a Nintendo64 then, and I still loved every game that I had bought for it. Nagano Olympics sucked from the second I saw in under the gift-wrapping at what would prove to be another disappointing Christmas at my uncle’s place.
A recent poll of random HD-Report users asked which fall Blu-ray release they are most looking forward to. The most votes went to the Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition) which won with 23% of the votes. Transformers was released on Tuesday and is currently the second most popular Blu-ray disc on Amazon. Coming in second with 20% of the votes was Casino Royale (Collector’s Edition, 2 discs) slated for October 21 release.
The Incredible Hulk will be released on Blu-ray this coming October 21. Among the features of the Blu-ray release and Special Edition DVD are deleted scenes, an alternative beginning, and a digital copy for iPod, Mac and PC. The Blu-ray version will be packaged in a special collections edition 3d box. The film stars Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler and William Hurt.
Has it been 5 generations already? Samsung announced its fifth generation Blu-ray player today. The BD-P2500 boasts total BD profile compatibility, including BD Live, Bonus View (Profile 1.1), and Profile 1.0 interactivity features. It also features Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processing, and has 7.1 channel analog audio output.
Yamaha is certain there is a market for a real high-end Blu-ray Disc player. The BD-S2900 features 12-bit Deep Color, Audio Bitstream, BonusView functions (including Picture-in-Picture), and of course 1080p/24fps. The new player, announced on Monday, will retail for $1,199.95.
According to a report from Strategy Analytics, “The Blu-ray Disc Association has objected to claims that these services deliver high definition picture and sound equal to that delivered by Blu-ray Disc, and suggests that these comparisons are irresponsible and misleading to consumers.”
Paramount, once exclusive to HD DVD at the height the format battle, will be offering a $10 rebate for customers who want to upgrade to high-definition Blu-ray Disc. According to Variety, only certain library titles will be included in the offer including “The Godfather” and “Transformers.” Paramount is hoping to give Blu-ray sales a boost this coming holiday season.
Warner Home Video announced three new Blu-ray releases. The hi-def releases include The Polar Express Presented in 3-D, Austin Powers Collection: Shagadelic Edition, Loaded with Extra Mojo (how is that for a title?), and Casablanca Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Warner Bros. recently opened its library to bring 85 titles to VOD.
Amazon is having a sale on selected Blu-ray Discs that discount the retail by 40-45%. The discount really puts Blu-ray at an affordable price, and for the most part these are not your discount bin titles. The best deal they have going is Ocean’s Thirteen for $19.95. The retail price of this Blu-ray Disc is normally $35.99, a savings of $16.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 on Blu-ray will simply be what is was when it was released on DVD, a two-pack of the individually discs, except this time in high-definition. The Blu-ray Disc set is priced at $69.98, and individual discs priced at $34.99. No discount on the 2-pack, but you would expect retailers to drop the price. Here are some extras that may entice you to pick these up.
Paramount Home Entertainment announced Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc October 14. Although it was given one of the worst film titles in a long time, except for the ‘Indiana Jones’ part, this film is a refreshing throwback to the 80’s films.
Hitachi Home Electronics has announced a new HD hybrid camcorder (DZ-BD10HA) that functions in three formats and improves upon Blu-ray Disc recording capabilities from last year’s DZ-BD7HA hybrid camcorder. The new DZ-BD10HA has also improved upon power consumption and noise in the 8cm BD/DVD drive.
The three format hybrid camcorder is able to record HD video onto Blu-ray Disc, hard drive, or SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) card. It allows recording up to 4 hours and 20 minutes of 1920×1080 resolution video, or 8 hours 40 minutes of 1440×1080 onto the built-in 30GB hard drive.
Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2 will be released on Blu-ray Disc September 9. The 2-disc high-definition set is now available for pre-order on Amazon. However there is some speculation about whether or not to wait for the release of the elusive director’s cut Kill Bill – The Whole Bloody Affair, a box set that was much anticipated on standard DVD but never realized in the United States.
NEC announced it has come up with a new Single-Chip LSI named EMMA 3PF that is 50% smaller than previous chips, therefore reducing part production costs and space requirements. That means new Blu-ray players could end up smaller and less expensive because of the new size and combined functions into one chip.
Yet another Keanu Reeves Blu-ray release slated for October 14th, The Ultimate Matrix Collection will be released along with graphic novel based Constantine. Should we name October 14th “Keanu Reeves Day?” Two great films being released the same day on BD…the only question is which should I pick up first?
The Matrix, while revolutionary for its time, does seem a bit dated in moments. The “Matrix-branded” 360-degree camera movements wowed fans at the time, but ended up being so overused in the industry that its effect seems to have been reduced to more of a gimmick.
THX 1138 directed by George Lucas looked surprisingly well in high-definition (HD) on Friday night. The 1971 science fiction film was the first feature-length film directed by George Lucas. Now considered by some to be a “cult classic,” it was remastered and released on DVD in 2004. HDNet presented the film in letterbox format to preserve the 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
LG announced a new BD player that has Netflix streaming capability. The LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player scheduled to be released this Fall will be able to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from the 12,000+ Netflix library. Problem is, Netflix does not currently stream high-definition.
A sale at Amazon discounts Disney Blu-ray Discs at 40%. Regularly priced $34.99 Blu-ray discs are now $20.95. Regularly priced $29.99 discs are now $17.95. Some Disney titles worth mentioning are Pirates of the Caribbean (all three from Disney), Cars (Disney), Apocalypto (Touchstone), Enemy of the State (Touchstone), Flightplan (Touchstone/Disney), No Country for Old Men (Disney) and 66 more according the latest list from Amazon.
“JFK”, directed by Oliver Stone, will debut on Blu-ray Disc on November 11. The high-definition release will be accompanied by the release of a “Three-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition” on standard DVD.
The Blu-ray Disc will be sold with special hardcover book packaging, press materials and photographs from the film. The three-disc DVD package will include the Two-Disc Special Edition Director’s Cut which adds 17 minutes to the film. It also includes the documentary Beyond JFK: A Question of Conspiracy and other JFK memorabilia .
Warner Home Video will debut the high-definition Blu-ray Disc release of Constantine on October 14. The film was originally released in high-def in June of 2006 on the now defunct HD DVD format. No details on specs yet but Warner says the disc will include hours of extras including the IME (In-Movie-Experience), documentaries and deleted scenes.