High-Def Digest-Digest - April 28, 2011

Posted Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 04:15 PM PDT by Dick Ward

High-Def Digest-Digest: April 28, 2011

April has been a busy month for the industry.  New movies have been announced for Blu-ray, Philips has left the HDTV business, Sony shipped a huge amount of new TVs and a new videogame system was announced by Nintendo.  It's a lot to keep up with, but that's what the High-Def Digest-Digest is all about.

Blu-ray News

'The Guns of Navarone' Blu-ray Pre-Orders Now Available
The classic World War II film starring David Niven, Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn is up for pre-order.   A release date has not yet been announced.

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' Blu-ray Up for Pre-Order!
One of the funniest films of all time and the best known from Monty Python, 'The Holy Grail' is on its way to Blu-ray.  It's available for pre-order now.

'Barry Lyndon' and 'Lolita' Blu-rays Amazon Exclusives
The full Kubrick collection will be available on May 31, but if you want to pick these two films up as separates, Amazon will be the place to get them.

'The Adjustment Bureau' Blu-ray Dated and Detailed
You'll be able to get your hands on the Matt Damon/Emily Blunt film complete with feature commentary and deleted scenes on June 21.

'Jumanji,' 'Stuart Little' (1 &2), and 'Zathura' Announced for Blu-ray
Four different family friendly adventures will be coming to Blu-ray on June 28th.

Mitsubishi Japan's New Blu-ray Player Features BDXL Support and a Double Sided Remote
They're not coming to the US, but Mitsubishi's new Blu-ray players do everything you'd expect and more.

Top 10 Impending Blu-ray Releases We Just Had To Pre-Order
Aaron Peck takes a look at future Blu-ray releases that are just too good to wait for.

Other News

Dish Ordered To Shut Down Patent Violating DVRs - Dish Upgrading Customers
A federal judge has ordered that Dish shut down DVRs that infringe on a patent held by TiVo.  Customers still using those older DVRs are likely to get an upgrade.

James Cameron, Michael Bay, and More Speak Out Against Premium VOD
Directors join in the fight against premium VOD content, citing a decrease in overall profits and the ever decreasing cost of content.

Sony Ships 37 New Models of 2011 Bravias
Over half are 3D capable and even more are capable of connecting to the internet for streaming content.

Sony's PlayStation 3 Hits 50 Million in Worldwide Sales
Though the system got off to a slow start, the impressive sale numbers also mean that 50 million 3D capable Blu-ray players have been sold.

Philips Sells its HDTV Business to TPV Technology
Just weeks after taking over as CEO of Philips, Frans van Houten has struck a deal to sell off the HDTV side of the business.

The Bonus View

Since When Are Movies Known for Their FX Teams?
Out newest contributor, Luke Hickman, wonders why a special effects team is worth mentioning over Oscar nominated actors.

Move Madness Continues - Batman vs The Joker
Our Movie Madness polls continue with Batman and The Joker facing off in a battle to the death.  The winner is up to you!

A New Nintendo System Coming in 2011
The rumor is confirmed and a new Wii is on the way.  From the sound of things it will be very different indeed.

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