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Ironman Available On Blu-ray, DVD Today!

We don't care what anyone says, we think Ironman featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the summer's best flicks and today you can own it on Blu-ray or DVD. Available in either a 2-disc Blu-ray edition, 2-disc DVD edition or single-disc DVD edition, Ironman is available at Amazon and you'll be hard pressed to find cheaper prices anywhere else.

Ironman Ultimate 2-Disc Blu-ray Edition-$25.95 at Amazon
Ironman 2-Disc DVD Special Collector's Edition-$22.99 at Amazon
Ironman Single-Disc DVD Edition-$14.99 at Amazon

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September 29, 2008

Pioneer Treats Taiwan With The Profile 1.1 BDP-LX71 Blu-ray Player, Their Second Ever

pioneer_bdp_lx71.jpgWhile we in North America whine and complain about unreasonable Blu-ray player prices, the folks in Taiwan have just been treated to the release of the Pioneer BDP-LX71; only the second Blu-ray player to be released in the country. Understandable I guess with demand for 50, 000-100, 000 players in the market next year, but with a price tag of NT$39,900 (about US$1250) the Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player will only appeal to Taiwanese deep-pockets. Good news is Tatung is expected to release their own branded Blu-ray player in Taiwan by the end of the year, for about half the price.

Via Digitimes
(Photo Credit: CNET UK)

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The Ultimate Matrix Collection And The Nebuchadnezzar

sdby22157_j1(2).jpgWhile most companies these days are trimming down packaging in the name of environmental-friendliness, Warner Brothers has decided to go against the grain with the Japanese release of The Ultimate Matrix Collection. The trilogy actually comes with 7 discs; aside from the trilogy you'll get a copy of The Animatrix on Blu-ray plus 3 DVD's packed with extra's in the 'how it's made' vein, all of which can be stored in the 2-foot-long Nebuchadnezzar that's part of the whole deal. Hitting Japan December 17, The Ultimate Matrix Collection will cost a pricey $375.

Via OhGizmo

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September 27, 2008

Marantz Gives Us The $799 BD7003 Blu-ray Player Giggles

9-24-08-bd7003.jpgMarantz has added a 'more affordable' Blu-ray player to their disgustingly expensive lineup. The Marantz BD7003 doesn't quite evoke the same raised eyebrows as the $2000 BD8002, but with a price tag of $799 it'll still get more than a few shocked gasps. Especially as the 'high-value' BD7003 is only a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player that tries to cover up its inadequacies with 1080p DVD upscaling, HDMI 1.3a and Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD Master Audio decoding. $800 seems more than a little pricey for these specs, but if you're not intimidated you'll be able to get your hands on the Marantz BD7003 Blu-ray player in November.

Via Hometoys

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September 25, 2008

Panasonic DMP-BD55K BD-Live Blu-ray Player Up For Pre-Order

DMP-BD55K.jpgOnly a few months since the Panasonic DMP-BD50 showed up in the United States, the DMP-BD55K has a pre-order page up at Amazon.

The BD-Live player adds 7.1 lossless decoding and analog output to similar functionality to the DMP-BD50, and at $400 it has an entry price point similar to our fave Blu-ray player, the PS3. Which is course still has WAY more features and is undoubtedly a better bargain.

Via BluRayStats

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Sony Bundles HD Men In Black With 8x Internal SATA BWU-300S Blu-ray Writer

Sony can't be left in the dust when it comes to Blu-ray, so even though Buffalo presented the world with the first internal SATA 8x Blu-ray recorder, Sony isn't far behind.

The company's new BWU-300S Blu-ray writer can burn both single and dual-layer BD-R at 8x speed, polishing off a 25 GB disc in 15 minutes and a 50 GB disc in half an hour, with 6x BD-R compatible media. And of course it'll still burn good ol' standard DVD's at 16x.

With a 5.25 inch form factor, the BWU-300S easily installs into Microsoft Windows XP or Vista PC's and comes bundled with Men In Black on Blu-ray. Interesting....but anyway, the $400 drive is available for pre-order from now and will get general distribution next month. Check out all the details after the jump.

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September 24, 2008

CyberLink's PowerDVD Gets Certified For H.264 Playback

51wIQcqz1jL._SS500_(2).jpgThe Blu-ray Disc Testing Center has certified CyberLink's PowerDVD for H.264 playback support on recordable BD-R 1.1 and re-recordable BD-RE 2.1 Blu-ray discs.

"CyberLink predominately continues to deliver state-of-the-art solutions that are fully compliant with the latest Blu-ray Disc technologies," said Alice H. Chang. "With PowerDVD now certified for BD-RE 2.1 and BD-R 1.1 formats, users are able to enjoy their recorded videos including HDTV programs on the PC with assured playback performance."

This is just the latest expansion into Blu-ray certification for CyberLink's PowerDVD. They're already certified for Profile 1.0, Profile 1.1 with Bonus View, BD-Live, BD+, BD-RE 3.0, AVCHD, and AVCREC.

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Panasonic's UniPhier Processor First DivX Certified Chip For 1080p Blu-ray Playback

uniphier3_panasonic_052108(2).jpgDivX has done another first, announcing this morning that Panasonic's UniPhier System LSI chip is the first to achieve DivX HD Certification for 1080p Blu-ray playback.

With so many of us relying on the DivX format, Panasonic wants to make sure both its Blu-ray and DVD players will playback DivX content and with the certification customers will know.

"The DivX Certified UniPhier System LSI enables the playback of high resolution DivX® content on Blu-ray and DVD players, which is the most significant advantage of next generation DVD devices," said Akito Miyamoto, General Manager of Software and Solutions, Semiconductor Company, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. "Our solution to support DivX HD and standard definition video playback is of great value."

Earlier this year, Panasonic announced the UniPhier 3 Blu-ray processor, its 3rd generation 45 nanometer chip, that by hosting all BD Live features on a single chip could ultimately reduce Blu-ray player prices.

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September 17, 2008

Big Price Cuts Coming? Blu-ray Pricing Trends Show Promise For Black Friday, Holidays

bluray_index.jpgAre online video vendors killing Blu-ray? Well, that's actually a topic for another post. The important point here is that companies like Netflix may be the reason for huge Blu-ray player price drops. In the first two weeks of September alone, PriceSCAN is reporting an 8% decrease in Blu-ray player prices, on top of a 14% decrease over the course of Q3. Sony is rumored to be planning a $100 price cut for their BDP-S350 Blu-ray player bringing the price down to $299, right around a mass adoption price point. While the recent pricing trends might not bode well for manufacturers and retailers come Black Friday and Christmas, it definitely bodes well for the end user-that being YOU.

Via AVS Forum
(Picture Credit: PriceSCAN)

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Sharp Aquos BD-HDv22: Blu-ray, DVD, And VHS In A Box

sharp_blu_ray_vhs-560x278-thumb-520x258.jpgIn one of the strangest combinations of home theater technologies, Sharp has thrown Blu-ray, DVD, and VHS playback and recording into one device. The Sharp Aquos BD-HDv22 allows you to record television programs to a 250 GB hard drive and supports BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW and DVD-R DL. But the most interesting feature of the BD-HDv22 is it allows you to record any dog-eared VHS tapes you have packed away in your closet to Blu-ray disc. We're not sure what the market for one of these would look like, but we're guessing small once you factor in the monstrous $1100 price tag. Still sound interesting? It's scheduled to hit shelves October 20.

Via Boing Boing

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