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New to Blu: October 29-November 4

American Horror Story: Coven lands on Blu-ray in time for Halloween. Entertainment Weekly celebrated its release with a behind-the-scenes exclusive about the shooting of an episode that some of the cast revealed was “sometimes just as scary as watching it”. As for the Blu-ray specs, “The overall picture is a bit soft and lacking in […]

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More Xbox and Box Set Streaming on the Cards

House of Cards may be one of the lowest-rating HD drama series on TV3 but it’s the network’s #1 video on demand drawcard. Coinciding with today’s Blu-ray release of the first season, MediaWorks TV announced season two will be available to watch as a box set on its VOD platform, 3NOW, for 28 days from […]

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Underbelly NZ Bows Today on DVD

The DVD of Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud went on sale today less than 12 hours after last night’s series finale. The turnaround from primetime to shopfront is unprecedented — and partly why the HD series isn’t being released simultaneously on Blu-ray. Roadshow Entertainment general manager John Davie says a Blu-ray was […]

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Oppo in 3D an Optical Delight

Oppo in 3D an Optical Delight

Oppo’s first Blu-ray 3D player is worth buying just for its 2D capability. The BDP-93 is priced higher than most of the competition but picture purists won’t begrudge the $1350 price tag given the calibre of the extras – even if the appreciating dollar is making it harder to justify. However, the premium’s partly due […]

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New to Blu: June 22-28

New to Blu: June 22-28

Fans of Downton Abbey will be able to buy the popular period drama on Blu-ray barely 12 hours after its season-one finale. It screens 8.30 tonight on Prime and the Blu-ray goes on sale tomorrow for $45. DVD Town thought some scenes suffered from heavy grain and noise but rated the transfer 9/10. “For the most […]

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Bauer to Bow Out on Blu-ray

Jack’s back — but as you’ve never seen him before … in HD! For the first time, the conspiracy thriller serial, 24, will be released here on Blu-ray. The eighth and final season will go on sale on December 1, two weeks earlier than in the US and the same day as a complete series collection on […]

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Due on Blu: Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Great Migrations

On the eve of Sky starting one HD series in SD and ending another, Madman Entertainment has confirmed both titles will be out on Blu-ray for Christmas. The two-disc Great Migrations, which premieres 7.30pm Sunday on National Geographic Channel, will sell for $55 from December 2. Although NatGeo is one of the many channels Sky is […]

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New to Blu: November 3-9 (TV)

It’s an epic week for TV-on-Blu-ray releases, with the WWII mini-series, The Pacific, leading the charge. US critics were blown away by HBO’s HD specs.“The Pacific comes to Blu-ray with a stellar video presentation, and an audio presentation that is unparalleled,” Hi-Def Digest raved. “Fine detail is some of the best I’ve ever seen. During […]

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Blu-ray of the Day: Glee – The Complete First Season

Cast: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling. Creators: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy. Score: James S Levine. Cinematography: Christopher Baffa. It’s tempting to dub Glee a quirky High School Musical spin on Freaks and Geeks. But the series has its own, unique voice that’s fresh, funny and moving. Co-creator […]

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Blu-Tube: November Highlights

The Pacific leads November’s wave of TV-on-Blu-ray releases. The 10-part Band of Brothers stablemate goes on sale on November 3, along with season two of the Aussie hit, Packed to the Rafters, the Complete Specials box set of Doctor Who and the second Sex & the City movie. Extras on the six-disc The Pacific will […]

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