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Game of Thrones Blu-ray coming in March

Game of Thrones Blu-ray coming in March

This isn’t an official announcement, but the good, sneaky folks at have been able to wrangle up the details, package art and street date for Warner and HBO‘s upcoming and much anticipated Game of Thrones Blu-ray boxed set. I’ve got to say, this looks pretty great. Far more full featured than I’m accustomed to seeing from HBO boxed sets. The timing for the release, if CBM has gotten this correct, should directly precede the debut of the second season of the television series, which makes the date seem totally legit. I’ll confirm this for you when Warner officially announces the Blu-ray set, which we should hear about in short order. Until then, just consider this a very unofficial sneak peek.

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] (2011)


(March 20, 2012 – MSRP $79.98)
Video: 1080p
Audio: TBA


  • Blu-Ray Complete Guide to Westeros: An interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in Season One, PLUS 24 exclusive histories of the Seven Kingdoms as told by the characters themselves.
  • Anatomy of an Episode: An in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, “A Golden Crown”.
  • In-Episode Guide: In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays.
  • Hidden Dragon Eggs: Find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.


  • Making Game of Thrones: An exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interview from the cast and crew.
  • Creating the Show Open: An inside look at the creation of the Emmy-winning opening title sequence for Game of Thrones
  • From the Book to the Screen: Executive producers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, and author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenge of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO.
  • Character Profiles: Profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them.
  • The Night’s Watch: An in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the Wall, a 700-foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond.
  • Creating the Dothraki Language: An insightful glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in Game of Thrones.
  • Audio Commentaries: Seven audio commentaries with Cast and Crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and more.

Via: Ryan Gallagher

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The Rocketeer coming to Blu-ray in December

The Rocketeer coming to Blu-ray in December

If you can’t count on the studios to fill you in on their upcoming releases, you can always look to Amazon to keep you apprised of what’s due to hit Blu-ray. And today my favourite e-tailer of all things high-def has posted a pre-order page for the Blu-ray edition of Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer!! With Captain America: The First Avenger, his most recent WW II superhero adventure, a hit at the box office, it was only a matter of time before Disney saw fit to take advantage and get the director’s premiere 1991 Nazi-smashing cult hit out on Blu. There aren’t any details available on the page aside from the $26.50 MSRP and December 13th release date. More on this when we hear official word from the studio. In the meantime, check out the package art below:

Rocketeer Blu-ray

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Criterion teases original 1954 Godzilla on Blu-ray

Criterion teases original 1954 Godzilla on Blu-ray

Hold the phone! What’s this?! Is it possible that Criterion will be gracing us with a cleaned up, tricked out Blu-ray edition of the original 1954 Gojira (more popularly known on these North American shores as Godzilla: King of the Monsters) sometime in the near future? I think it just might happen if the photo below is any indication. Criterion posted it today on their Facebook page – a clear indication that they’ve got the reels in house and are ready to do something with them. So they’re either going to have one hell of a private Gojira screening or they’re preparing to clean that bad boy up for eventual high-def release. I’m betting on the latter.

Some of you might recall that Gojira was released on Blu back in 2009 by Classic Media. While an honest attempt at bringing the lizard to high-def, the transfer was in rough shape, overall quite soft, presented in a strange aspect ratio (1.47:1) and sadly, not worth the upgrade from DVD. Gojira is due for some serious TLC and Criterion are just the folks to offer that print a proper restoration. If they do, they’ll have my dollar.

Fake (but awesome) Criterion cover - Click to enlarge

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Star Wars Blu-ray first impressions and list of deleted scenes

Star Wars Blu-ray first impressions and list of deleted scenes

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray] (1977)I guess it’s kind of a big day for Star Wars Blu-ray discussion. I woke up to Bill Hunt‘s (of The Digital Bits‘ Bill Hunts) impressions of the upcoming 9-disc Complete Saga boxed set, from a tour of the product at Skywalker Ranch, given exclusively to a handful of journalists. It sounds like he was impressed, which just makes me want to have it in my hands that much more. But aside from assurances that the A/V quality is up to snuff this time (I get the feeling this show-and-tell was Lucasfilm‘s way of assuaging those of us who felt the DVDs were rushed and cut massive corners) there aren’t any serious revelations to be had. Then again, it sounds as if he’s holding back some crucial new info, perhaps under NDA for a time, so expect the unexpected when the discs arrive (like maybe, just maybe, the inclusion of the Boba Fett cartoon from the Star Wars Holiday Special as a hidden Easter Egg!)

A few hours later I stumbled over to, who have posted a list purporting to reveal the complete collection of deleted scenes that will be featured on the Blu-ray discs. It looks pretty solid but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it bloom a little beyond this size, whether officially or with the addition of Easter Egg content (cough…animated Boba Fett), by the time the September 16th release rolls around.


Trash Talking Droids
The Battle Is Over
Anakin's Return
Battle On The Boarding Ramp
Extended Podrace Wager
Bail Organa of Alderaan


Extended Speeder Chase
The Lost Twenty
Anakin's Nightmares
Anakin and Ruwee
Raid On The Droid Control Ship and Extended Arena Fight


Elevator Antics
Escape The Hangar
Changes To The Constitution
Utapau Chase Animatics
Mustafar Duel Animatics
Mustafar Duel
Lava River Animatics
Kashyyyk Attack and Order 66 Animatic
Anakin kills Shaak Ti
Jedi Imposters at the Temple
Senate Duel Anamatic
Yoda Communes with Qui-Gon


Tosche Station
Old Woman on Tatooine
Aunt Beru's Blue Milk
The Search for R2-D2
Cantina Rough Cut
Stormtrooper Search
Darth Vader Widens the Search
Alternate Biggs and Luke Reunion


Han and Leia: Extended Echo Base Argument
Luke's Recovery
Luke and Leia: Medical Center
Deleted Wampa Scenes
The Fate of General Veers
Yoda's Test
Hiding in the Asteroid
Alternate Han and Leia Kiss
Lobot's Capture
Leia Tends to Luke


Vader's Arrival and Reaching Out to Luke
Tatooine Sandstorm
Rebel Raid on the Bunker
Jerjerrod's Conflict
Battle of Endor: The Lost Rebels


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The Tree of Life coming to Blu-ray September 27 in Canada

The Tree of Life coming to Blu-ray September 27 in Canada

I haven’t been sent a press release for this yet but I noticed a few days ago that has a preorder for the September 27th release of The Tree of Life on Blu-ray from eOne Films. This is huge news as there hasn’t been a hint of any sort of domestic home video release for the title until now. Even still, I’m not sure where the film will end up in the US – will it be a Fox release or will Criterion license the film so that it might live happily beside the other Terrence Malick titles in their library? Only time will tell.

More on this as details of the Canadian release are revealed…

The Tree of Life French Blu-ray

The Tree of Life - EuropaCorp (French) Blu-ray package art

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray details, package art leaked

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray details, package art leaked

Though it’s barely been in cinemas a week, the new Michael Bay festival of gratuitous glistening skin, metal and Americana, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is already making waves in the world of Blu-ray! A European arm of Paramount has apparently informed retailers about the impending November release of multiple DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film and provided them with package art. Zona DVD has all the details, noting that there will be a regular release, a special collector’s edition with transforming Optimus Prime head/disc-holder-tray-thingy and a Trilogy 3-pack, with all of the films bundled together.

None of this comes as much of a surprise, really. At this point, we’re really just waiting to see what the exact rundown of special features on the discs will be. Thanks to MTV, we already know to expect a crap-load of deleted scenes. But what else awaits us when Transformers: Dark of the Moon is released on Blu-ray in November?

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray

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