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First Set-Top Blu-ray Recorder Hits Australia

By Ben Gourlay | Jun 11, 2008 06:11 am CDT

Now that my Computex spanning embargo has lifted; back to some Blu-ray news!

Panasonic have announced that Australian stores should now have in stock the DMR-BW500. Uninspiring model number I know.
What is inspiring, however, is that this marks the first Blu-ray recorder to be released outside of Japan. Even better is the price: $2,299 AUD. A lot of money to be sure, but lower than the first DVD recorder to hit the Australian market in late 2000; they started at $6,499!

I have been hassling Panasonic for a review unit for a TweakTown first look, but so far unsuccessful. Of course, persistence is a trait of mine...

For now, take a gander at this mechanical beastie.

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Transformers Blu-ray - It's Official

By Ben Gourlay | May 29, 2008 02:43 am CDT

Paramount Home Entertainment U.S. have announced full details for the Blu-ray edition of Transformers. The 2 disc release, which hits US stores on September 2nd, will be a mirror of the previously released HD-DVD disc, but adds on an uncompressed PCM audio track (instead of the lossy Dolby Digital soundtrack on the HD-DVD) and a new video encode, supervised by Michael Bay himself, which takes full advantage of the higher bitrates available on Blu-ray. The disc will also utilise BD Live!, but without specifics.

Paramount Home Entertainment Australia have yet to make a similar announcement, but they would be crazy to miss the Christmas window.

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Paramount Preparing Transformers Blu-ray

By Ben Gourlay | May 24, 2008 05:02 am CDT

When Paramount Pictures announced plans to join Blu-ray once again, there was a huge HD-DVD hit that was strangely absent from the lineup - Transformers, and since then Paramount have been quiet on the issue, with speculation they may be holding back the title for the theatrical release of Transformers 2 next July.

However now, Paramount UK have begun shipping Blu-ray elements to the British Censorship office (BBFC), a neccessary step before being able to release a title in the UK. This is always a good indicator that a DVD or Blu-ray is soon to be released.

You can find the breakdown right here.

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Denon Unveil New Blu-ray Player

By Ben Gourlay | May 23, 2008 02:29 am CDT

Denon electronics today announced their first profile 1.1 player to the U.S. market, for release in October.

The DVD-1800BD also features Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD Master Audio bitstream output and features full HDMI 1.3a compatability. Oh, and it will also upscale standard DVD's.

There has been no announcement for the Australian market, but we will try to get some information from Denon Australia.

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Paramount Announce Return To Blu-Ray

By Ben Gourlay | May 1, 2008 05:37 am CDT

Finally after months of guessing, Paramount has confirmed their triumphant US return to the Blu-ray fold on May 20th by announcing 4 new release titles; Bee Movie, Face/Off, Blades of Glory, Next and re-releases of their previously released titles. These titles will suprisingly be shipping to stores as early as next week. Then in June, Paramount will bow Cloverfield, There Will Be Blood, and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Whilst Paramount Home Entertainment Australia have yet to make a similar announcement, our spies tell us to look for releases beginning in July.

And no, no word of Transformers just yet; I just hope they don't hold off until Transformers 2 which will be released in July 2009.

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Blu-ray Tech At Centre Of Patent Dispute

By Ben Gourlay | Mar 23, 2008 04:51 am CDT

Blu-ray just can't get a win. Just at the end of a multi-year fight for survival against rival Toshiba's HD-DVD format, Blu-ray has another battle to fight.

By a 56 year old Female professor.

It seems that almost 15 years ago, a patent was handed to Prof. Gertrude F. Neumark Rothschild of Columbia University, against the manufacturing of Blue laser diodes, the heart of Blu-ray technology. If the Judge preceding on the patent infringement decides the 30 companies named in the infringement are guilty... things could get expensive.

One side note, I can't even get my Girlfriend interested in Blu-ray, yet the creator is, seemingly, a female. I don't get it.

Check out BetaNews for the full run down.

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'Batman Begins' Flies To Blu-ray In July

By Ben Gourlay | Mar 15, 2008 05:11 pm CDT

The long awaited Blu-ray version of Batman Begins is being readied for a release in the US on July 8th, in two flavours; a standard Blu-ray version, with all of the features of the best selling HD-DVD version and a limited edition collectors gift set featuring a lenticular motion badge, and a host of printed material including script pages, photos and storyboards.

Warner Brothers held out releasing the film pointing to the lack of Blu-ray support for picture in picture decoding, even though it could have been achieved utilising a separate encode of the film on a 50GB disc. The real reason however was Warners' initial favour for the now deceased format.

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This Week's Mammoth Blu-ray Slate

By Ben Gourlay | Mar 8, 2008 05:15 pm CST

The week just gone has been the biggest batch of releases for some time, so things would be amiss if I didn't mention them.

Twentieth Century Fox released Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Ronin, Pathfinder: Unrated, Robocop and Master And Commander.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Catch and release, Good Luck Chuck, Rent, Resident Evil: Extinction and Welcome To The Jungle.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment released Cars, Ratatouille, Dark Water and Chicago.

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Sony Firmware update for Blu-ray players

By Ben Gourlay | Mar 5, 2008 11:34 pm CST

Sony have released firmware upgrades for all existing Blu-ray players, BDP-S1, BDP-S300 and BDP-S500.

Whilst the upgrade notes offer no other enhancements than BD Java improvements, owners of the BDP-S300 have a small surprise in store; the unit now (unadvertised) will decode Dolby TrueHD audio tracks, and output as PCM, to a compatible amplifier. Note, that all units still fail to decode DTS HD-MA.

The firmware upgrades can be found at Sonys FTP server here.

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