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Will Smith’s ‘HANCOCK’ flies into stores on November 25

Sony Pictures today announced a November 25th release date for the box-office hit HANCOCK, starring Will Smith. The movie has pulled in $560MM worldwide. The movie will be released as a two-disc Blu-ray set, of which one disc is actually a DVD with a digital copy of the movie on it that can then be transferred over to a portable device such as an iPod.

The main (Blu-ray) disc includes both the theatrical and unrated Versions of Hancock, seven behind the scenes featurettes, and the Blu-ray exclusive: “On-Set Visual Diary” BonusView Picture-In-Picture, including a longer version of the Picture-In-Picture on the unrated version of the film.

Will Smith stars as Hancock, a sarcastic and misunderstood superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public. When Hancock grudgingly agrees to an extreme makeover from idealistic publicist Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), his life and reputation rise from the ashes and all seems right again – until he meets a woman (Charlize Theron) with similar powers to his and the key to his secret past. 


‘Austin Powers Collection’ Blu-ray Cover Art

Release date: December 2, 2008


Sony reveals BRAVIA Theatre BDV-IT1000

In Japan, there’s a popular snack called Pocky – a very thin, chocolate covered pretzel stick. And ‘Pocky’ is the code name Sony used during the development of the brand-new BRAVIA Theatre BDV-IT1000 Blu-ray Disc home cinema system. Why? It’s simple: the speakers used in the system look just as slim as the snack.

That’s made possible by a compact full-range speaker drive-unit developed by Sony’s engineers: just 16mm wide, it’s about the width of a finger. Three of these drive-units are used in each of the front and centre speakers, and two in the rear speakers.


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Bonus features for 6-Disc ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Blu-ray set

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced the bonus features that will be included in the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy: 6-Disc Blu-ray collection, available on September 16, 2008. All three films from producer Jerry Bruckheimer will be available for the first time together in a Blu-ray collection.

The six-disc set features tons of bonus features including behind-the-scenes documentaries, bloopers and a Blu-ray exclusive: Enter the Maelstrom, which takes viewers deep into the franchise’s conclusion.

Bonus Features
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
* Scoundrels of the Sea: Piecing Together the Treasured Past of Pirates (In-movie Feature exclusive to Blu-ray Disc)

* 3 Audio Commentaries – Gore Verbinsky and Johnny Depp; Jerry Bruckheimer, Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport

* An Epic At Sea: The Making of Pirates

* Blooper Reel

* Below Deck: An Interactive History Of Pirates

* Deleted and Alternate Scenes


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5 more Disney classics, including Snow White, coming to Blu-ray

The NY Times reports that Disney plans on releasing five more classic animated movies on Blu-ray within two years. The five movies bound for high-definition glory are: Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 and last but no least, Beauty and the Beast. Disney will kick off it’s Platinum Blu-ray releases with Sleeping Beauty on October 7th.

All of the releases will take full advantage of Blu-ray technology including BD Live, which allows for internet interactivity. Bob Chapek, president of Disney’s home entertainment division, is fully behind Blu-ray and BD Live, commenting “BD Live is not a niche product, We see mass adoption of the technology.”

Pinocchio – Spring 2009
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Fall 2009
Fantasia – 2010
Fantasia 2000 – 2010
Beauty and the Beast – Fall 2010


‘Old School’ Blu-ray Cover Art

Release date: December 16, 2008


‘WALL-E’ Blu-ray Cover Art

Release date: November 18, 2008


Top 20 Blu-ray movies for the week ending August 17, 2008


New releases for August 26, 2008

Here are this week’s new releases:

The Adventures Of Robin Hood
Afro Samurai
End Of Days
Guge: Lost Kingdom of Tibet
Heroes: Season 1
Heroes: Season 2  

IMAX: Ocean Oasis
Miami Vice
Pale Rider
Puccini: La Boheme
The Secret
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Verdi: Il Trovatore
What Happens in Vegas


‘Futurama: Bender’s Game’ Blu-ray Cover Art

Release date: November 04, 2008


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