Blu-Ray

Canadian Listings Completed

I’ve just completed the addition of both parts of the Canadian CD/DVD & Blu-Ray source listings to this blog, which can be found in the menu on the left side of this page, under Buy Stuff. I hope to have the memorabilia listings up by the end of this month.

BTW, I will turn on comments after the transition and will probably add a contact form for additions, corrections and comments.

Blu-Ray Format Enhancements

In an April 2nd, 2010 Press Release the Blu-Ray Disc Association has released details about the new Blu-Ray formats that will be released this year.

There will be two different format enhancements, BDXL and IH-BD, both of which will add additional features to the Blu-Ray format.

The BDXL discs will either include one to two additional layers, resulting in a 100GB to 128GB capacity, or will be rewritable at 100GB. This format is primarily for professionals that require “a compact, stable and long term solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images”.

On the other hand, the Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc (IH-BD) would instead incorporate a rewritable 25GB layer into the current format for consumers, resulting in a dual layered disc containing both “a single BD-ROM layer and a single BD-RE layer so as to enable the user to view, but not overwrite, critical published data while providing the flexibility to include relevant personal data on the same physical disc.”

These new format enhancements are not compatible with the current Blu-Ray players because they require a better laser. But the future BDXL and IH-BD compatible equipment will be downward compatible according to the press release, enabling playback of the current 25GB and 50GB Blu-Ray discs. And the Blu-Ray Disc Association expect consumers to access a new consumer version of the BDXL devices in areas where 3D Blu-Ray players or Blu-Ray recorders have gained acceptance.

LOTR on Blu-Ray Tomorrow

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy will be released tomorrow on Blu-Ray, though I should mention that these are the theatrical releases and not the Special Extended Editions, whose Blu-ray release date is unknown at the moment.

Amazon.com states that the extended trilogy will be made available in 2011 or 2012, though I suspect they will release it during this year’s Christmas holiday period.

The first installment of The Hobbit films is scheduled for release in 2011 according to IMDB.com and they could easily use the release of the extended version on Blu-Ray to build up a summer release of the first Hobbit film.

But of course this is speculation on my part and the press release scheduled for release tomorrow might shine some better light on the subject.

Having not upgraded to Blu-Ray yet i’m not in a rush to get the Blu-Ray release of the extended versions. And I am quite content in watching the special edition DVDs upconverted until it is released.

3D Concerts at Home ?

Samsung has just released their 3D TV televisions and Blu-Ray players in Canada via Bestbuy and Futureshop. And Sony will be releasing 3D televisions in Canada on June 25th via Sony Style Canada.

This technology will not only display 3D images from 3D broadcasts and Blu-Ray discs but will also simulate 3D from normal HDTV broadcasts and Blu-Ray discs, which is good because there aren’t that many 3D concerts and films out there on Blu-Ray yet.

I suspect we will seeing a few IMAX concerts on Blu-Ray soon, including the Rolling Stones, Jonas Brothers and U2 concerts that have been featured at the IMAX theaters, but I’m guessing that wont be seeing many of these releases until the technology becomes a standard, especially from lesser re-known performers.

But I bet Queen Rock Montreal and Live-Aid and Heart: Dreamboat Annie Live would look great in 3D.

Speaking of Queen and U2, “Queen Live In Montreal” will premiere on Treasure HD tonight at 8PM EST and “U2 – Rattle & Hum” will air on that channel on April 30th at 10pm EST.

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