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Ray

2005
Ray
Directed by
Taylor Hackford
Starring
Kerry Washington
Regina King
Clifton Powell
Harry Lennix
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12th March 2018

Four weeks on top for Black Panther and seemingly no slowing down for the African set Marvel movie as it smashes the half billion barrier in US grosses.

A fourth weekend take of £41 million for Black Panther takes its total gross to £562 million and joins Star Wars: The Force Awakes to cross the half billion milestone.

Disney can't be too unhappy with the performance of Black Panther but their new muched hyped film A Wrinkle In Time manages a number 2 entry with £33 million.

Reviews have been mixed for the fantasy drama which is reflected in its opening weekend which reflects Disney's last attempt at fantasy drama Tomorrowland from 2015.

New at 3 is horror film Strangers Pray At Night which opens to £10 million while last weeks top new film Red Sparrow falls hard to number 4, Game Night finishes off the top 5.

7th November 2016

There have been many film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs creation Tarzan and this week the latest version enters at the top of the home video chart in the UK.

This version was released in cinemas on 8th July 2016 where it entered at number 2, beaten by The Secret Life of Pets on its 3rd week at the top.

The Legend of Tarzan took £3.5 million on its opening weekend and spent 5 weeks on the UK top 15, it then spent another 7 weeks in Uk cinemas before disappearing.

During that time it took a non too shabby £9.2 million, also the film didn't do too bad on the global stage taking £356.6 million.

Last weeks top film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows, falls quite hard down to number 5 this week after a single week at the top.

Also making its debut on the chart this week is: Supersonic at number 2 and Central Intelligence at number 3.

Also making a re-entry at number 4 thanks to a new version of the Blu-ray is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

1st February 2016

The Biopic of the Kray twins, Legend, takes over at the top of the UK video charts on its first week of release.

The British film topped the UK box office on its release on 11h September 2015 where it spent a single week, on its debut it took £5 million.

The film did however stay at number 2 for a further 3 weeks before starting its decent down the box office.

It spent 8 weeks on the official chart and another 6 weeks bubbling under the radar still showing at a number of cinemas.

The film grossed £18.3 million in the UK and is the 219th top grossing film and it was the 17th top grossing film in the UK in 2015.

Last weeks top film, Everest, falls down to number 2 on its second week of release.

1st October 2015

This weeks top 3 is unchanged from last week meaning that the true story of an expedition to the summit of Everest is still the number one film.

It was a quiet weekend with Everest only taking £1.9 million during it's second weekend of release, this brings it's total gross after 10 days to £6.8 million.

The static top 3 means the highest new film of the week comes in at 4, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette star the the romantic comedy Miss You Already.

Surprisingly positive reviews haven't helped the film that much and the film debuts with only £487,247.

By far the biggest total grossing film on the box office this week is Minions which just about hangs onto the top 15 and has grossed to date £46.3 million, its still not reached Despicable Me's total gross of £47 million but its not far behind.

There should be a big change in next weeks chart with Ridley Scotts The Martian opening, Robert De Niro in The Intern and a new adaptation of Macbeth with Michael Fassbender.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Billy Elliot The Musical Live became the first event movie to go to the top of the box office, it knocked off The Boxtrolls from the top.

Five years ago
The Other Guys held onto the top of the box office with Julia Roberts vehicle Eat Pray love the top new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice retained its hold at the top while Guy Ritchies Revolver was the top new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Jim Carey was still a big box office star and his latest film Me Myself and Irene made its debut a the top knocking Scary Movie into second.

Twenty years ago
Apollo 13 was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1, Braveheart fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Another 48 Hrs took over at the top film while Memphis Belle felling into number 2.

15th September 2015

This week British film Legend starring Tom Hardy crashes in at the top of the UK box office in its debut weekend of release replacing Compton after a couple of weeks.

Legend is based on the story of the Kray twins and details their rise to infamy, the film takes £5.1 million on it's debut.

Falling from the top spot to number 4 this week is Straight Outta Compton, now on its 3rd week of release it has grossed a very respectable £7.1 million.

Also new on the chart this week is Maze Runner The Scorch Trials which enters at number 2 and M. Night Shyamalan The Visit which is new at 3, this makes a whole new top 3 at the UK.

Woody Allen's Irrational Man also enters the chart this week at number 9, low for a new Woody Allen film.

Highest grossing film on the box office this week is Inside Out which now sits at £36.8 million after 8 weeks of release.

Historical charts

A year ago
Boxtrolls made its debut at the top of the box office replacing Lucy which fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Resident Evil: Afterlife was the new film at the top, it replace The Last Exorcism which tumbled to number 4 after one week.

Ten years ago
The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler took over at the top, it replaced The 40 Year Old Virgin which fell to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Scary Movie debuted at the top of the box office with Snatch falling into the runner up spot.

Twenty years ago
Mel Gibsons multi Oscar winning Braveheart made its debut at the top leaving Batman Forever to fall into second.

Twenty five years ago
Memphis Belle debuted at the top leaving Die Hard 2 Die Harder to tumble to second place.

8th September 2015

There is no move at the top of the UK video chart this week as Disney's Cinderella keeps a tight hold of the number 1 spot for a second week. Highest new film is at number 2, a DTV (direct to video) film about the Kray brothers called Rise of the Krays.

Released to coincide with the cinematic release of Legend starring Tom Hardy as the twin brothers. Rise of the Krays stars Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie as the twins and documents their early life before their infamy as gangsters.

The film was released in 16th May 2015 but made no impact on the box office.

Also new this week are: Far From The Madding Crowd and number 3, Monsters Dark Continent at 4.

20th April 2015

This week on DVD and Blu-ray the Ben Stiller starring franchise film Night At The Museum Secret of The Tomb makes it's debut of the top selling film of the week.

The film was released on the 19th December 2014 and made it's debut at number 3 in a busy week of the christmas period, it was on the chart for a total of 7 weeks.

During it's theatrical run in the UK it took £11 million in box office takings which is below either of it's predecessors in the series.

The film did however do well overseas and is the 243rd highest grossing film ever worldwide.

Last weeks top film, Paddington, which went back to the top for a week falls to number 2 this week.

Other new films on the video chart this week are: What We Do In The Shadows which is new at 6, Black Sea which is new at 10 and The Signal which is new at number 12.

2nd February 2015

Combined DVD and Blue-ray sales have Denzel Washington starring the the big screen remake of the TV series The Equalizer at the top.

Released on 26th December in 2014 the film entered the box office chart at the second best film of that week with a doubt gross of £1.9 million.

It never went any higher than 2 and over a 5 week run on the box office the films took a UK gross of £6.7 million.

Last weeks top film, A Walk Among The Tombstones falls this week to number 4 after 3 new entries enter at the top.

Apart from The Equalizer at the top there is The Box trolls at number 2 and What We Did On Our Holiday at number 3.

2nd February 2015

February 2nd is the day when Punxsutawney Phil pops his out from hibernation and if he sees his shadow then were in for a harsh winter and he pops back in for another 6 weeks.

Harold Ramis directed the excellent Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell in 1993 and immortalised the story forever.

Lets all celebrate this day together and hope that Phil doesn't see his shadow later today in Punxsutawney USA.

24th November 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction tops the UK video chart on it's first week of release on Blu-ray and DVD.

The fourth in the Transformers films was released at the UK box office on 11th June of this year taking £11.7 million on it's debut week of release.

The film was on the box office chart for only 5 weeks taking £19 million in the process, and is only the 187th highest grossing film of all time in the UK, it is the lowest of the series.

World wide the film fared slightly better, it grossed $1.07 billion and is the 11th highest grossing film of all time, much of that was from Japan where it is the highest grossing film in that territory.

Falling from the top to fifth is X-Men: Days of Future Past after it debuted at the top last week.

Other new film this week are
How to Train Your Dragon 2 at 2
22 Jump Street at 4
Earth to Echo at 9
The Purge Anarchy at 10
The House of Magic at 18
Pudsey The Dog The Movie at 19

4th November 2014

All change at the top of the UK video chart this week with 2 big new entries going in at 1 and 2 in the run up to the big Christmas selling season.

The Winner was Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie which takes over from Maleficent as the top selling DVD/Blu-ray of the week.

Mrs Brown was released at cinemas on 27th June to much anticipation and hit the top spot on it's opening weekend with a gross of £4.3 million.

It hung around the box office for 6 weeks raking in a quite respectable £14.5 million in the process, a good amount for a low budget movie.

It currently sits at the 289th highest grossing movie in the UK, across the world it didn't get a release date which isn't much of a surprise as it's very my a British phenomenon.

Also doing well is the 2014 version of the Godzilla legend which lands at number 2 this week, a number 1 film from mid May which grossed £17 million at ht box office.

The only other new film this week is the direct to DVD film Adventurer The Curse of The Midas Box.

27th October 2014

Disney's Maleficent casts her spell over the video chart this weeks and knocks Tom Cruise off the top spot on her debut week of release.

Maleficent was one of the fist big summer films out of the stable this year being released on 30th May, on it's debut week it topped the box office chart with a weekend gross of £6.6 million.

It spent a total of 10 weeks on the Uk box office with five of those inside the top 5, it has grossed to date £20.5 million but is still showing in a few cinemas across London.

It is the 160th top grossing film in the UK and with a $710 million world gross is the 62nd top grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film, Edge of Tomorrow, falls to number 3 this week, leapfrogging over Disneys Frozen which hold firm at number 2.

There were a number of new films enter the chart this week, these include: Northern Soul at 4 and 2 Days to Kill at number 5, Walking on Sunshine enters at 7 while Oculus enters at 15. Belle is a new entry at 17.

Check out the full top 20 Blu-ray and DVD charts at 25thframe.co.uk.

13th October 2014

The 2 for 1 sale at the moment on Disney films means that for a second week they are absolutely dominating the UK home video chart.

With no big new releases Disney has managed to re-capture the top, and what other film has managed it but Frozen.

Frozen was released on DVD/Blu-ray back in March of this year and in that time has not dipped outside the top five best sellers for a week, and this week marks it's 4th time as best selling disk of the week.

Highest new entry of the week lands in second place in the shape of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Released in February of the year the film landed on the Uk box office at number 1 with an opening gross of £4 million.

The film stayed at the box office for an impressive 11 weeks taking a UK box office total of £13.6 million, making it the 306th highest grossing film in the UK.

Other new film this week are
A Million Ways to Die in the West at 3

17th September 2014

The Boxtrolls hit the number 1 spot at the UK box office this week, but it had a little help from previews screenings the previous week.

In a similar vein to Bad Neighbours from earlier in the year, The Boxtrolls' official gross for the weekend is £2 million, but £600,000 was achieved with the previous weeks previews.

A £1.6 million weekend would have still seen it at the top but with a much reduced opening, last weeks top film, Lucy falls to second place £811,936, still £800,000 behind.

Regardless of how figures are worked out it was still a very quiet weekend at UK cinemas, only one film over a million and film number 15 under £100,000.

With no major blockbuster out this week either, we might see a similar picture this time next week.

Historical box office.

This time last year things looked far better at the box office, Insidious Chapter 2 topped the box office knocking About Time down to 4th, Rush and White House Down also debuting at 2 and 3.

Five years ago District 13 was still at the top while the highest new film was Dorian Gray which entered at 3.

Ten years ago low budget factual drama Open Water took over at the top of the chart, The Terminal few from 1 to 2 on it;s second week of release.

Fifteen years ago Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starred in Stanley Kubrick final film before his death which entered at the top knocking South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut from the top.

11th August 2014

Selling well on DVD and Blu-ray this week, Rio 2 makes it's debut on the home entertainment chart at the top, removing The Lego Movie after it's spell as the top seller.

Rio 2 hit the UK box office during the Easter holidays this year making it's debut on the chart for April 4th, it debuted at the top with a opening weekend gross of £2.8 million.

Over a fantastic 12 week run at the UK box office it went on to a total gross of £15 million and is the 266th top grossing film ever in the UK.

On the world stage it has made $473 million making it the 135th top film ever. Compared to the first Rio film it outperformed it but only just.

With Rio 2 at the top and The Logo Movie at 2, Noah falls to 3 this week and Frozen holds steady at number 4.

Other new film on video this week
The Legend of Hercules at 5
Starred Up at 6

4th August 2014

DVD and Blu-ray sales this week saw The Lego Movie hold onto the top spot as the biggest seller for a second week despite a challenge from Russell Crowe in Noah.

Noah did it's best to out sell the bricks this week but came in at number 2. The film was released in UK cinemas on April 4th of this year, it failed to be the biggest film of the week debuting at number 2 with a gross of £2.5 million.

It did go one better the following week climbing to number 2 but Captain America: The Winter Soldier kept if from topping the box office chart.

Over a 7 week period Noah managed to take a UK gross of just under £10 million, while on the world stage it is the 231st best grossing movie with a total of $352 million.

Other new film of the video chart this week are
Khumba A Zebras Tale at number 8

Check out the full UK video chart on 25thframe.co.uk

23rd June 2014

This week there is very little to talk about on the DVD/Blu-ray chart. Last weeks top film Robocop is still the top film of the week and the highest new entry is right down the chart at number 16.

Other things of note on the chart is that Frozen has jumped back up to number 2 and has spent 12 weeks as one of the 3 best selling disks in all that time.

As for the highest new entry this week, Endless Love enters the chart at 16.

The film was released on 14th February this year entering the chart at number 8. A two week spell saw is fall out of the chart grossing £1,534,618.

There were no other new film this week.

2nd June 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street retains it's lead at the top of the DVD/Blu-ray charts this week as there were no big new releases to challenge the top.

Despite no new releases the film at number 2 could have re-taken the top for a 3rd time, Disney monster smash Frozen moves back up the chart this week.

Highest new film of the week is I, Frankenstein from director Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart.

The film was released at UK cinemas on 31st January this year, making a small ripple on the charts at number 4 where it took £811,365 on it's debut.

It only lasted 2 weeks dropping to 13 following it's debut and grossed a total of £1.27 million in the UK.

Also new this week
August Ostage County
Inside Llewyn Davis
Top Dog

4th May 2014

Kick back, fire up the Blu-ray player and slap on Star Wars, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

This year seems to be the first year that Lucasfilm has recognised the day and it's mentioned on their website, is this the Disney influence, if so, good on them.

Here's what the twitterverse is saying about the day

3rd April 2014

Leading the way at UK cinemas this week is Russell Crowe in Noah, a retelling of the biblical story of Noah's Ark, also starring Ray Winston and Emma Watson.

Also out this week is:
Divergent, latest teen action drama in the vein of The Hunger Games saga

Rio 2, sequel to the smash hit comedy from 2011, not Disney this time but 20th Century Fox.

Th Double stars Jesse Eisenberg as a Mr Nobody who hooks on to a new colleague that is his double but has the exact opposite personality.

31st March 2014

Biblical re-telling, with a Hollywood edge, hits the top of the US box office this week as Russell Crowe stars in Noah.

Starring alongside Emma Watson and Ray Winston the epic hits the top with an estimated $44 million.

Last weeks top film Divergence falls a single place to number 2 this week with a box office gross of $26.5 million.

Other new film in the US this week:
Sabotage at number 7.

24th March 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tops the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart this week on its debut week on sale.

Released at cinemas at the end of November last year this film proved that The Hunger Games series had become a phenomenon.

Spending 9 weeks on the box office it grossed £33.8 million dollars and is the 58th top film ever at the UK.

It also grossed $828.3 million worldwide and is the 33rd highest grossing film ever.

Last week best selling disk, Gravity, fell to 3 this week after Escape Plan enter in the runner up position.

17th March 2014

No move for Gravity at the top of the DVD/Blu-ray sales chart, no doubt the Oscars help it out no end, highest new film is at 2 this week.

With Gravity holding its own at the top, Enders Game had to settle for the runner up spot to debut. The Harrison Ford starring film was meant to be a big sci-fi film released at the end of October last year, but a weak entry at 5 on the box office saw the film sink after 4 weeks taking just shy of £3 million.

It's an interesting week for movie sales, Disney has its annual sale on currently and this has seen 9 Disney disks enter the top 20. The highest of these is Monsters University from last year, but The Little Mermaid has also made a high entry at 7, incredible for a 25 year old film.

10th March 2014

After a good haul at last weeks Oscars Gravity debuts as the top selling DVD/Blu-ray this week.

Starring Sandra Bullock and (for half the film) George Clooney, there was no stopping Gravity this week.

Gravity was released at the UK box office in November last year, debuting at the top of the Box Office, where it spent 2 weeks.

After 16 weeks the film is still in cinemas as may well stay for a few more weeks after it's success at the Oscars.

Last weeks top film, Thor The Dark World, falls down to 2 this week.

10th February 2014

Staying put at the top of the UK DVD/Blu-ray sales chart this week is Rush.

With no shift at the top the highest new film of the week is Prisoners in at number two. Prisoners was released last September and hit the top spot on it's debut, it took a UK gross of £7 million over 6 weeks.

About Time is also a high new film which enters at number 3. About Time was released at the start of September last year and took £7.5 million over 6 weeks.

3rd February 2014

Best selling DVD/Blu-ray for weekending 3rd February is Ron Howard's racing film Rush.

The film was released at the UK box office mid September 2013 and entered at number 2, although is was the top film the following week.

Rush spent 7 weeks at UK cinemas taking £10 million.

Last weeks top film White House Down falls to number four.

29th January 2014

This week makes it 2 in a row for DiCaprio and Scorsese as The Wolf of Wall Street retains it's hold as the top film in the country.

Taking in &pounfd;3.6 million over the weekend nothing gave it a run for it's money, the total for the film is now £10.9 million from 10 days.

Highest new film is Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, a re-boot of the series and the fifth film to portray the character. Maybe a little disappointing the film only took £1.2 million and lands at 3.

A year ago Les Mis was still riding the wave of popularity at the top of the box office while Spielberg's Lincoln entered at 3 as the highest new film, the top 5 were all Oscar contenders.

Five years ago it was still Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire at the top with the Tom Cruise vehicle Valkyrie landing in second place.

Ten years ago we had a new number one film, Scary Movie 3 which knocked The Return of the King from the top spot after five weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago it was all change at the top with girl power reigning in Practical Magic knocking Little Voice from the top.

20th January 2014

Vin Diesel takes him most famous character, Riddick, to the top of the DVD/Blu-ray sales chart this week.

Riddick is the third film in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise, all starring Diesel, and was at the UK box office back in September where is debuted at number 2 and spent 3 weeks in cinemas.

Check out the UK DVD/Blu-ray top 20.

13th December 2012

It was a sizable hit back in March of this year and people took to Google to find out more as The Hunger Games is the most searched for film if 2012.

Maybe it's because it was a little unkown when the film came out, who knows but the film beat Skyfall which is second and Prometeus which is thurd.

The full list 10 ten most searched films on google is
1. The Hunger Games
2. Skyfall
3. Prometheus
4. The Avengers
5. Magic Mike
6. John Carter
7. Ek Tha Tiger
8. Paranormal Activity 4
9. Taken 2
10. Dark Shadows

An interesting array of films with no mention of Breaking Dawn, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit or Spider-Man!

Interestingly the 2 actors which got the most search queries this year were Whitney Houston and Michael Clarke Duncan who both sadly passed away this year.

What can we learn from this? Probably not a lot but it's interesting to see, what do you think? To see more go to Google's Zeitgeist site.

19th September 2012

Ray Winston takes us on a nostalgia trip (for those who remember) with a reimaging of the mid 70's TV series The Sweeney taking the box office crown.

Director Nick Love is the writer and director or this TV series transition which has clearly hit a note with British audiences as its opening weekend manages a low but impressive £1,545,294. Last weeks top film Dredd has a large fall to 5 this week with a weekend take of £769,381 taking it's 2 week total to £2,725,180.

The Dark Knight Rises continues to make money and is by far the top film of the year now with a UK gross of £55,769,510 having been on the charts for 9 weeks.

A year ago the spy thriller Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy debuted at the top with £2,814,860 knocking The Inbetweeners Movie down to second place.

Five years ago Run Fatboy Run was still at the top while challenger Superbad entered the chart at 2.

Ten years ago M. Night Shyamalan was still in favour at Disney and took Signs to the top of the box office knocking The Bourne Identity off.

25th May 2012

It's 35 years since Star Wars made it debut in the US, it opened in Manns Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles (and actually 31 other locations across America), and people queued around the block to see it.

The legacy of the original has been immense and still to this day the Star Wars series of 6 films is one of the highest grossing movie series of all time, behind only Harry Potter and James Bond.

1977 opening of Star Wars in LA

The franchise hit mass criticism and lost some of it's appeal after the 1999 release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace which was to explain the back story of the popular villain Darth Vader, but all it really did was anger fans because it was frankly quite naff.

The disappointment of the new trilogy of films angered fans more because a few years previously Lucas had messed with the loved original trilogy adding new special effects and scenes, fans preferred the original theatrical release, especially the changed Jaba The Hut scene and the now infamous Gredo shoots first scene.

Despite all this Star Wars is alive and well, and in truth us fans still love the series, the new films got better as the series went on and we all hope and prey for the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special to be released on Blu-ray some time.

4th January 2012

Sales of films and TV show on a physical disk declined by 7.2% in 2011 while sales of digital media downloads rose by 12%. Despite this Blu-ray is growing with it now accounting for 18% of the market.

Rental sales for downloads are expected to get stronger and stronger as the video shop of the ‘90's continues to become a relic. The saviors for DVD/Blu-ray is the triple play disk set allowing for the consumer to have the Blu-ray, DVD and digital for mobile devices version of a film.

Despite this downturn in sales December saw a big increase in sales and accounted for nearly 25% of the yearly sales of physical disks, and Blu-ray saw a year on year increase of nearly 27%.

British films saw an incredible year for sales with the last 2 chapters of the Harry Potter series by far outselling everything else. The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners and Paul also did very well with British talent attached. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was also a big seller, it was made in Britain.

Despite the recession the home video market, which includes physical and digital media was worth £2,251 billion in 2011.

Here is the top 10 films and TV sales of 2011

  1. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  2. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  3. The Inbetweeners
  4. The King's Speech
  5. Pirates Of The Caribbean - On Stranger Tides
  6. Despicable Me
  7. Paul
  8. Tangled
  9. Peter Kay - Live - The Tour That Didn't Tour
  10. Transformers - Dark Of The Moon

30th December 2011

It had all the cast reunited from the first Fast and Furious movie and this excited movie goers so much that not only did the film make over $600 million dollars worldwide and become a DVD/Blu-ray smash hit but it was the most pirated film in 2011 according to torrentfreak.com

Fast Five starring Vin Diesel was downloaded more than 9 million times, in second place was The Hangover Part II and in third place was Thor. The argument for Pirated movies has been a long and intense once, but all 3 of these films were big hits at the cinema with each one taking over or close to half a billion dollars in box office takings.

I'm not sure what this list tells us, I'll let you make up your own minds, cinema attendances were down this year but were in the middle of a world wide financial crisis, personally I think that on the whole people who will see the film in cinemas will do and then maybe down load the movie, people who download the movie and don't see it in cinemas would never anyway. This is an interesting list so for your pleasure take a look at the top 10 most downloaded films of 2011 and by all means let me know your thoughts.

Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent, 2011
rank movie downloads worldwide grosses
torrentfreak.com
1 Fast Five 9,260,000 $626,137,675
2 The Hangover Part II 8,840,000 $581,464,305
3 Thor 8,330,000 $449,326,618
4 Source Code 7,910,000 $123,278,618
5 I Am Number Four 7,670,000 $144,500,437
6 Sucker Punch 7,200,000 $89,792,502
7 127 Hours 6,910,000 $60,738,797
8 Rango 6,480,000 $245,155,348
9 The King's Speech 6,250,000 $414,211,549
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 6,030,000 $1,328,111,219
Source: Torrent Freak

16th September 2011

Sorry about the pun! To mark the release of the full Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray for the first time BT turned the BT Tower into a giant Lightsaber, and pretty cool it looked too.

As luck would have it the body of the tower does resemble the handle of a Star Wars Light Saber, so they then projected a very powerful light from the top to get the effect.

Turning on the Lightsaber was the man behind C-3PO Anthony Daniels and the party that took place at the top of the tower was attended by many other stars from the saga.

If you feel you need to get the Blu-ray version of the films, with all the new changes that have happened over the past 40 years then you can buy it via Amazon.co.uk.

Check out the picture and video below to see the tower in action.

14th April 2011

Sony Pictures have agreed to distribute the next as yet unnamed Bond film that is in development, as it did with the last two films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The film, which will again star Daniel Craig as Bond, is to be directed by Sam Mendes.

The film has had a difficult production to date, the film studio MGM, who own the franchise copyright, went into administration (its since been bought and rescued) and the production all but collapsing within the legal wranglings that followed, it looks like things are on track now.

MGM will retain distribution in the US and some other place with Sony not only distributing here but also co-funding the film (expect the usual array of product placement in the film).

It's looking like the film should have a smooth production now, with rumors that a script is near on complete, the title will be announced in due time (as with all Bond films) and the November 9th 2012 release date will be met.

4th March 2011

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away a prequel to a successful franchise of films came out and on the whole massively disappointed fans, and that film was a conventional film in what has been the traditional 2D, the the film maker was unhappy with that like many of his previous films and wanted it in 3D, and in 2012 he will get his wish.

Put another was Lucasfilms has announced that the first Episode of Star Wars, as in The Phantom Menace will get its 3D theatrical debut on February 10th 2012. The press release doesn't specify location but I suspect the UK release on or around the same time.

Back in 1997, 20 years after the original Star Wars came out, Lucas pushed the cash cow back into cinemas with updated special effect that he claimed gave the vision closer to what he wanted to do in 1977. Now 12 years after the release of The Phantom Menace he has converted in to 3D, and the other 5 films are bound to follow.

As Star Wars fans now understand, we haven't seen Star Wars, any 6 of the films, in reality yet, the narrative of the film wont change again, but we will have to, about every 10 – 15 years or so, re-experience the series using greater technology.

Remember that also this year we have the Blu-ray versions of the films coming that will give us the most visually stunning version of the films to date which can go on the selves along with the original VHS release, the re-mastered video release, the ultimate box set, the special edition VHS release, the original DVD releases, the re-releases with the original theatrical versions (did I miss any) and so on and so on, actually I have already made space on my shelf for the 3D Blu-ray box set.

So for now, until we get holographic cinema, the 3D version of the 6 film saga are set to be released in cinemas starting February 10th 2012, see you there.

7th January 2011

The Star Wars announcement at CES 2011 yesterday was that the Saga would be released on Blu-ray in September of this year , no exact date was given but the 3 box set's that will be released are available for pre-order now.

In what was considered a relatively low key event for such a huge announcement involved Darth Vader, a handful of Stormtroopers and Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn coming out and making a short statement.

The 3 box sets that will be released are an Original Trilogy Box Set, a Prequels Trilogy Box Set and a 9 disk Saga Box set that will include 3 diska with over 30 hours of extra material, of which there was no mention of content.

Thankfully there was no mention of any Star Wars 3D, it's no secret that Lucas is working on a retrofit for the films but maybe that will be a separate release and this one will not be effected, it's a long time till September though. Also no mention of the Star Wars Holiday Special, we can live in hope that this will be cleaned, converted to HD and included.

The film are available on Amazon.co.uk with current prices at £33.99 for the two trilogy sets and £69.99 for the Saga set.

There was a press release to follow which gave far more information

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE

THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY

IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas' epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

-          Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)

-          Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)

-          Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN.  Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

Flanked by a  legion of his finest  Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing  “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.''

“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”

“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”

“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon's customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”

8th June 2010

Now the dust has settled on the WWDC keynote speech given last night (morning?) by Steve Jobs where he announced the next version of the iPhone, aside from the new front camera, speed and iOS4 operating system, the big news was the screen and it's HD goodness.

First of all the screen uses what is being called a Retina display, Jobs claims it's better than OLED. The displays pixels are 78 micrometers wide which allows the screen to have 4x the resolution of the iPhone 3Gs. This means the screen has 326 pixels per inch, the naked eye can only see 300 pixels per inch, which means that the screen is better than human eyesight.

What this means in layman's terms is that the iPhone can handle 780p HD video, and according to reports the screen is amazing. The screen is 960x640 pixels in resolution and has a contrast ration of 800:1, pretty good for a screen so small.

This wont stop you from getting neck ache, and could possible make your eyes hurt even more when watching Lord of the Rings on the device, but at least that Blu-ray transfer you make will look absolutely amazing, and if you were to attach the iPhone to a HDTV then you could potentially have your own portable video library.

Check out the Apple website for more info.

22nd April 2010

It's an old trick used by the film distribution companies to keep a steady flow of cash coming in by re-releasing old films, and each time in a different way, whether it be in the VHS days of suddenly discovering some new footage and releasing longer or directors cuts, or the more modern way of an improved picture and more extras. When a new format come along, like Blu-ray it give a whole new life to old films, just askGeorge Lucas, he's made a mint from the idea.

Studios are now suggesting that with some of the older films it isn't financially viable to re-release them again on Blue-ray, as Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits website writes in his daily “My Two Cents” column on his site.

It seems that the public these days expecting so much from High Definition that the amount of time and money spent on the disk production doesn't justify the return resulting in many a catalogue title maybe never seeing a release in high definition.

I think many of us are in this situation, you bought the VHS version of your favourite film say, The Breakfast Club. That version cant be played with your current hardware (who has a VHS player anymore?) so you bought the DVD version and enjoy it over and over again, the pictures as crisp today as the day it was bought. You now decide to buy an HDTV and Blu-ray player and find the Blu-ray version of the film, but is it really worth another purchase when your current disk will still play in your new player, and maybe even improve it?

It's an old argument, and when it comes to big Hollywood blockbuster a really good HD remastered transfer will make a huge difference, and I as much as anyone else will be lining the pockets of Lucasfilms when the virtually announced Star Wars Blu-ray films are released, but relatively speaking the list of film I need in HD is probably quite small, although my Blu-ray collection is growing at an alarming rate.

19th April 2010

I know this is one of those events we knew was coming, and sooner rather than later and ign.com have now got virtual confirmation from Lucasfilms Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet that a Blu-ray box set of all 6 films has been in the works for a couple of years now.

He does say that this isn't the long rumored and fast becoming legendary Ultimate box se but Sansweet says ”We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures.”, so after this we can expect even more, probably on the next media format if there is one.

So what's the date for this? Soon can mean years down the line in Blu-ray production time, but the American site The Digital Bits is reporting that it has been told by it's industry insiders of an October 2011 date has been quietly on the slate for a while.

It's no surprise that we will have a high def version of the Star Wars films sometime in the future to add to the Betamax, VHS (multiple versions) and both version on DVD, and come late 2011 seems a reasonable time scale for the films, lets hope this is it, or will the touted 3D version be with us by 2012, good job we love these films.

17th April 2010

It had a format war to deal with at it's conception which created a slow start for Blu-ray, but the BVA's (British Video Association) latest figure are encouraging for the format as it sees a 50% increase in sales in Q1 2010.

HD has been a hard sell to most but with players falling in price to under £100 and good sales of the Blu-ray equipped Playstation 3 sales of the disks rose to 2.7 million for the period so far in 2010.

The total Blu-ray disks sold so far is around the 15 million mark and sales are expected to rise fast this year and should see a massive boost by year-end. Launching a new format just as a recession hits cant have helped but it looks like the UK at least is becoming HD friendly.

For all us home movie enthusiasts out there this is great news, the studios which on the whole have been great releasing catalogue films should start releasing the likes of Lord of the Rings extended editions (I know it's coming, can you believe it's nearly 10 years?), The Back to the Future Trilogy (can you believe it's 25 years?) and the holy grail of films The Star Wars Trilogy before long.

8th April 2010

Blu-ray sales are soaring as prices come down in price and it does look like there will be a day when it's the dominant format and take over from DVD.

A bold statement I know, but many people never thought that DVD would take over from the might of VHS and that was a harder sell in the first place, at least with Blu-ray when you upgrade your player you can still watch all your DVD's, and they will probably look better.

Sales for Blu-ray are increasing fast, the latest figures for the US show that in the first quarter of 2010 (January – March) there was a 68.5% year on year increase amounting to over $330 million in Blu-ray sales.

Blu-ray accounted for 12.3% of packaged media in the same quarter (packaged media meaning not digital distribution) which is a big increase on the 7% from this time last year.

Looks like Blu-ray will be here to stay in the immediate at least, Sony must be happy, as should the future of the Playstation 3, it's certainly how I view my Blu-ray disks.

19th March 2010

Sony and online DVD/Blu-ray rental company Lovefilm have today announced that it will be delivering movies via the internet to owners of Sony internet TV's.

In the same week that bricks and mortar video rental company Blockbuster announce that unless they have an injection of cash they will go bankrupt, one of the more successful online rental companies announce a deal that could amount to the final nail in the video shop coffin.

Movie rentals via the likes of the Playstation Network via a Playstation 3 or XBox Live via an XBox 360 have been with us for a while and proved successful, the internet TV delivers is in essence an extenuation of this.

Samsung are also in negations to offer a similar service and as people replace their TV's the replacement will most likely be internet enabled allowing the service to grow in time.

Is this another example of the physical media being a thing of the past, in the future will our film collection be in the "cloud" and we stream the movie when we want to watch it, will our film collections be Lovefilms catalogue?

I personally still like the idea of physical media, it's still fun and exciting, maybe I'm just an old fossil that needs to accept the future?

Whatever happens it looks like the video shop is going to be a thing of the past, no-one knows this more that Blockbuster Video the once king of the rental market who didn't move with the times and will go bust by the end of the year. As a former employee of the company I cant help but feel sad about that.

16th February 2010

Disney are causing a bit of a storm with cinema distributors because they want to release the forthcoming Tim Burton adaptation of Alice in Wonderland on DVD/Blu-ray only 13 weeks (about 3 months) after it hits the cinemas in the UK and Netherlands.

The usual window is between 4 and 6 months depending on the film, and as Alice in Wonderland is expected to be a big hit it will most likely be 6 months which would give the multiplexes more time to make money, so chains like Vue Entertainment Ltd are threatening to pull the film altogether.

Is this window too short? The cinema's argument is that this will reduce the number of bums on seats in theatres as the cinema goes will be aware they can buy the film soon and hence reduce the money taken for a film at the box office, which also could have a knock on effect on cinema ticket prices for all.

10 years ago the window was 6 months or more, and there was a time when the window was even up to a year, although the market back then was more leaned towards the rental market and the internet was not about, hence no digital downloads, and piracy although an issue wasn't by any means as big as it is now.

Why then does the likes of Disney want such a short window? Is it to tackle piracy? Is it to cash in on the hype of a film in such a fickle here today gone tomorrow market? Or is it simply that home cinema can fulfill the movie goers as readily as an expensive visit to the cinema these days?

Just think if Avatar has a 13 week window it would be scheduled for release around 15th March during a time which it will surely be still riding high at the cinema, or maybe that would be the best time to release it?

I can see the argument for and against this, but I must admit that I did prefer it in the days when you were unable to watch a film for a period of months after leaving the cinema and then enjoy it even more when the VHS of the film was available for rent.

8th February 2010

It really does look like Ghostbusters 3 is going to happen after Bill Murray gave an interview with The Mail on Sunday stating that we would return in Ghostbusters 3, even if he is a ghost.

I must admit that I really don't want there to be a Ghostbusters 3, the first film is a classic, and the second film, although not even close, is a good enough sequel, but to bring along a third one, I'm not sure after all this time is can work.

The most commonly mooted idea for the plot in recent years has been that the new film will be the start of a re-boot and we'll be introduced to a group of new recruits for the Ghostbuster agency who get trained to take over the reigns from the original 4, but again I'm not sold on this idea, although from the studios view this is still a strong brand over 25 years later and there is mileage in this idea.

From the Sunday Mail interview it looks like poor Venkman will be killed of early on in the film, then return later as a ghost, presumably to help out the busters, this does at least sound promising, and having an actual ghost working for the busters, like Slimer, could work really well.

It really does looks like the film is going to happen, probably for a 2011/12 opening with most if not all the original cast returning, even Sigourney Weaver who sort of confirmed it during the Avatar press tour.

Fingers crossed a new film works and caps off the original series with style.

2nd February 2010

As happens each year the night before the Oscar nominations are announced the Razzie nominations are announced which celebrated the worst in cinematic achievements through the year.

Leading the field this year is the Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, which lets face it was truly awful and in the field for worst film along with All About Steve, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Land of the Lost and Old Dogs should win quite comfortably.

As these awards are something which are not taken too seriously, even by the foundation, in the worst actor category we have all 3 Jonas brothers up for a single nomination, in the same category we have Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy (who has had his fare share of nominations) and John Travolta.

Worst actress nods go to Beyonce, Sandra Bullock, Myley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Sarah Jessica Parker, and guess which of these was in the Transformers movie that may just pip the rest at the post.

The categories are not in the usual fashion and there is a category for Worst Screen Couple for which the Jonas brothers feature again and Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, which of course the Transformers film appears in.

As we celebrated the end of a decade last year there are also categories for picture, actress and actor that were the worst of the naughties.

For more info check out the Razzies website and here is the nomination list

WORST PICTURE OF 2009
"All About Steve"
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"
"Old Dogs""
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (a.k.a. "Trannies, Too")
 
WORST ACTOR OF 2009 
All Three Jonas Brothers, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience"
Will Ferrell, "Land of the Lost"
Steve Martin, "Pink Panther 2"
Eddie Murphy, "Imagine That"
John Travolta, "Old Dogs"

WORST ACTRESS Of 2009 
Beyonce, "Obsessed"
Sandra Bullock, "All About Steve" 
Myley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Megan Fox, "Jennifer’s Body" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" 
Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

WORST SCREEN COUPLE OF 2009

Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, "The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience"

Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, "All About Steve" 
Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or "Comic Riff," "Land of the Lost"  
Shia Lebouf & Either Megan Fox or Any Transformer, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Kristin Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang, "Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 2009 
Candice Bergen, "Bride Wars" 
Ali Larter, "Obsessed" 
Sienna Miller, "G.I. Joe" 
Kelly Preston,"Old Dogs" 
Julie White (as Mom), "Trannies, Too"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 2009  
Billy Ray Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Hugh Hefner (as himself), "Miss March" 
Robert Pattinson, "Twilight Saga: New Moon" 
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka), "Land of the Lost"  
Marlon Wayans, "G.I. Joe"

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL  (COMBINED CATEGORY FOR 2009) 
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"   
"Pink Panther 2" (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST DIRECTOR OF 2009 
Michael Bay, "Trannies, Too" 
Walt Becker, "Old Dogs" 
Brad Silberling, "Land of the Lost"  
Stephen Sommers, "G.I. Joe" 
Phil Traill, "All About Steve"

WORST SCREENPLAY OF 2009    
"All About Steve," screenplay by Kim Barker  
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett, based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe Characters.
"Land of the Lost," written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas, based on Sid & Marty Krofft's TV series
"Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen," written By Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures  
"Twilight Saga: New Moon," screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer

WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE (3 SPECIAL 30TH RAZZIE-VERSARY AWARDZ)
"Battlefield Earth" (2000) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, "winner" of 8 (including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years)
"Freddy Got Fingered" (2001) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five
"Gigli" (2003) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, winner of seven (including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years)
"I Know Who Killed Me" (2007) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of eight
"Swept Away" (2002) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five

WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE 
Ben Affleck  -- (Nominated for nine "achievements,"winner" of two Razzies) "Daredevil," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Paycheck," "Pearl Harbor," "Surviving Christmas" 
Eddie Murphy -- (Nominated for 12 "achievements," "winner" of three Razzies) "Adventures of Pluto Nash," "I Spy," "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit," "Showtime"
Mike Myers -- (Nominated for four "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies), "Cat in the Hat," "The Love Guru"
Rob Schneider -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of one Razzie) "The Animal," "Benchwarmers," "Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo," "Grandma's Boy," "The Hot Chick," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," "Little Man," "Little Nicky" 
John Travolta -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of the Razzies) "Battlefield Earth," "Domestic Disturbance," "Lucky Numbers," "Old Dogs," "Swordfish"

WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE 
Mariah Carey – (The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% Of ALL Votes For Worst Actress Of 2001), "Glitter"
Paris Hilton (Nominated for five "Achievements,"  "Winner" of four Razzies) "The Hottie & The Nottie," "House of Whacks," "Repo: The Genetic Opera"
Lindsay Lohan -- (Nominated for five "achievements,"  "winner" of three Razzies) "Herbie Fully Loaded," "I Know Who Killed Me," "Just My Luck" 
Jennifer Lopez -- (Nominated for nine "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies) "Angel Eyes," "Enough," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Maid in Manhattan," "Monster-in-Law," "The Wedding Planner"
Madonna -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of four Razzies) "Die Another Day," "The Next Best Thing," "Swept Away"

9th January 2010

The big electronical consumer show for the year is just wrapping up in Las Vegas, Nevada and the story of the year for home cinema is the big push from electrical companies like Samsung and LG for 3D television.

3D hit the multiplexes big time in 2009 with film studios like Disney and Fox releasing big budget 3D movies like Up and the Billion dollar plus grossing Avatar. The next natural step for 3D technology is the home market, and the hardware manufactureres were there to demo this is force.

Blu-ray and high definition is certainly the right media for picture clarity to make 3D in the home a reality and with no new video format to push on the consumer this year, and also true High Definition 1080p TV's becoming mainstream 3D is the next technology being pushed on us.

There is a problem with 3D that is being asked by many, is it a gimmick? Or can this really be a serious contender for the next big thing in the home? The big problem with 3D is that you need glasses to enjoy the effect, and for a 2hour+ movie this can be a strain on the eyes.

With 3D television the like of Samsung are discussion having 3D broadcast for normal TV programs, but can you really see whole families sitting down for an evenings entertainment wearing 3D specs, and how much are these specs going to be? For a family of 4 this could get expensive, which means were into a niche market now, and to make money from 3D it has to be marketed to the mainstream.

Cost again is where there is a big problem, the hardware companies want us to upgrade all our home entertainment equipment once more for 3D. We willingly did this for DVD because we could see the advantage. We were less willing but again we did it for high def because we could see the advantage, but for 3D, where is the advantage, why should we buy new TV's and players to sit in our houses wearing a pair of silly glasses?

Personally I think there is a place for 3D in the home, but it's for children to enjoy movies like Up on their PS3 with a TV in their own rooms, or the couple sitting down for a couple of hours watching Avatar on a Saturday night, not for television broadcasts for a whole evening, I don't want, or need, Eastenders or Jonathan Ross in 3D!

Moving on the other big thing at CES was the bigger and bigger screen on the TV's that are getting thinner and thinner. There was evidence of OLED but this generally for the smaller screen devices, the bigger sets were generally LCD, and very very thin and light.

5th January 2010

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2010 is kicking off in Las Vegas tomorrow with the Microsoft CEO (Steve Balmer at the moment) being the traditional first Keynote speaker at 6.30pm (PST) on 6th January.

The show always gives a good showcase as what we can expect in the future of technology from the likes of Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and other manufacturers of home entertainment equipment with TV's and film media always having a good showing.

This year Blu-ray and high definition is expected to have a show as the format goes from strength to strength in sales and knocks on the door of DVD in a similar fashion to DBD to VHS 10 years ago.

TV's are on the dawn of a new technology going mainstream, althoug hseen last year OLED is expected to make a bog splash this year. OLED screens are very think and light and give better definition pictures to that of either LCD or plasma, the prices are falling and sizes coming up, expect many TV's PC monitors and other screen devices to be announced.

3D movies made a big impact in cinemas is 2009, and with Avatar doing so well at the box office at the moment studios are keen to push the idea into the home and it's thought that there will be a big display of 3D home movies and TV on display although the technology is new. 3D does have it's doubters who think it's a gimmick and will not catch on.

Also set to make a big impact at CES is tablet PC's, it is widely thought that Apple are on the verge of a big tablet announcement, although we will most likely have to wait until the end of January for that, but there are others who want to enter this market. Tablet PC's could mark a change to the way people view movies on the go, and with Windows 7 touch technology being so good, and probably the excellent iPhone OS being on any Apple device which will allow apps to run on it we could be at the dawn of something big for mobile movies, and in HD of course. Whatever the show has to offer it's always interesting to see what we may have in our homes in the coming years, and what new development in the pipeline, you can follow some of the best coverage, like me, at these site.

engadget.com

5th January 2010

One bit of news that I'm really excited about is the probability that the Back to the Future trilogy will be a Blu-ray release this year, and with some interesting new features.

This advert below was posted on a Spanish DVD site zonadvd.com, and the excellent website The Digital Bits have done the digging around to all but confirm that the poster is authentic, so it looks like we’re going to get the films this year, although the advertised dates could change.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Part 1's release in cinemas, was it that long ago? So it seems natural that it should get a re-release this year, and with the mess up of the original DVD release, this should be something special, especially is the print has been re-mastered by Robert Zemeckis himself, let's hope we get a proper widescreen this time as well.

Looking at the poster you can't help but notice the interesting special feature in the corner, Jaws 19 in 3D, what's that all about, it's an excellent in joke from the second movie, maybe Spielberg got his son to direct it as well.

29th December 2009

Who said that the box office was dead? Well Warner Bros. are set to make $4bn this year in Box Office takings, the highest a studio has ever made in a calendar year.

The big films which helped Warners hit this target were harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, their highest grosser this year, The Hangover, Yes Man, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Gran Torino which all came in over $100m in worldwide grosses.

Other films which have helped are Watchmen, Terminator Salvation and The Blind Side which is yet to see a UK release but did big business in the US. Sherlock Holmes is also sure to make big money for Warners which came out over the Christmas holiday break.

Sure ticket prices are higher today than they have ever been, but we have home cinema systems today which are more affordable than ever and make staying in and watching a video a better experience than ever, couple this with the ever growing Blu-ray and video on demand market and it's a real challenge for the multiplexes.

Looking at the top earners of recent years though and they are all films which are better experienced on a large screen rather than you’re at home 50 inch plasma. Except for last year’s top film, Mamma Mia, which for some reason took on a life of its own?

8th June 2009

Although retail sales on the street are looking pretty glum at the moment with retailers closing their doors by the week it's nice to see a report that sales of Blu-ray movies are up, by an incredible 400%.

The British Video Association have reveled (in a chat with pocket-lint.co.uk) that 1.5 million disk were sold in December. This is great news for Sony, the format and entertainment sales, but lets look try to examine why such a huge jump.

Blu-ray is a new(ish) home movie format, one which had a vicious and fairly long battle with Toshiba's now defunct HD DVD to be the successor to DVD in the home, so 2008 was the first Christmas that consumers had only one high-definition format to choose from, a relief for many I'm sure. Couple this with the fact that the price of the players are coming down to that which consumers beyond the film fanatic are willing to pay and the number of Blu-ray players in the home starts to increase.

HD TVs are also dropping in price and you can currently pick up a decent 1080p TV for well under £1000 if that's too much a decent "HD Ready" can be bought for as little as £300, this together with good sales of the PlayStation 3 which can play Blu-ray movies means that the high definition world is hitting more and more homes, probably by the week.

Now what was the best selling disk on Blu-ray in December, well no surprise to hear it was The Dark Knight (selling nearly 300,000) which was not only one of the more anticipated moves of the year but also one which many people would have wanted on the high-def format, summer action/sci-fi films are what will sell the format.

With all this in mind it's no wonder that sales of the Blu-ray disks are increasing at such a fantastic rate. Don't get me wrong I love Blu-ray and have the full high-def set-up and have enjoyed many films (WALL-E and The Dark Knight are particularly good) on the format, and I hope this surge in sales continues and eventually overtakes DVD, roll on Quantum of Solace it'll be great I'm sure, but it's not really a surprise is it?

8th June 2009

To coin a phrase from a much loved movie, There Can Be Only One, this was true back in the midsts of time when Betamax had a fight with VHS and the same is true now, but unlike back then it looks like the better format this time has won.

So what's all this about, it's about the next generation DVD high definition format wars that has been taking place over the last year or so, two competing camps headed by Sony and Toshiba have been trying to bring a high definition successor to the DVD to market and both have been rallying to get the support of the studios to release their films on the two formats.

The various studios have been one by one taking sides, Sony of course have a large catalogue of film, from themselves and their buy out of Columbia pictures, also with large catalogues are Disney (along with Buena Vista) who have taken the Blu-Ray route and Paramount and Universal. Paramount and Universal pledged their support for HD-DVD back last year to much controversy and large amounts of money allegedly changing hands.

Warner have been on the fence about this and have been releasing films on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray, until now, Warner have now announced that they are to go Blu-ray exclusive on all their films, starting in May.

Clearly this has sent a huge shudder through the HD-DVD ranks as Paramount/Universal are now the only major studio to be backing HD-DVD, and my money is on them making a u-turn sometime this year.

To add salt to the wound New Line have also announced their allegiance to Blue-ray which means that a certain fantasy trilogy by Peter Jackson* won’t be long before it's making it’s way to high-def.

In figures just released Blu-ray is now outselling HD-DVD by 70% so the writing was on the wall before Warner made the announcement and in truth they have just made a good business decision to go with the stronger format. This looks to have resolved the format was once and for all, this time next year HD-DVD should be a thing of the past and go in the Betamax hall of fame.

7th June 2009

We all agree that the PSP is a smart little device and watching film on it can he handy for when your away from home, like on holiday. At the moment the only way to watch films is on UMD or by cracking the DVD and putting the film on a memory stick.

Sony have now revealed plans to release some films on Blu-ray what also includes a version encoded and shrunk to it fits on a memory stick, and more to the point is legal.

This is a very interesting experiment and its good to see that Sony is trying different ways of getting people using the PSP as more than a gaming device.

I hope that the compression brings the file size down enough that you can fit a couple of movies on a 1gb memory stick, although carrying 5 memory stick is certainly preferable to 5 UMD, and they can be reused.

I don’t think Sony are going to abandon movies on the UMD format just yet but it's the first sign and with a PSP2 inevitable at some point possible in the next few years maybe it will be UMD free.

It is of course another reason to go the Blu-ray route rather than HD-DVD and another sign that HD-DVD really has no way back.

Let me know your thought below.

7th June 2009

I was watching TV last night and during the commercial break of whatever programme I was watching the oddest advert came on!

Now I recognised Daniel Craig instantly as well as recognising that this clearly had something to do with the new Bond film that out at the end of the month (can we wait?) but as the commercial went on it was clear that it wasn't a trailer of anything.

In the advert Bond is just standing there looking fairly beaten up while everything around him explodes, the only time he moves is if some rubble from the exploding building hits him.

And in the end can you guess what the advert was for? It was simply advertising Sony HD, using bond is no gimmick mind, Casino Royale was in its day the best Blu-ray disk on the market by far.

Check the YouTube steam out below for the full advert.

7th June 2009

As soon as CES started and Warner Bros. confirmed that they are going Blu-ray only we all knew it was only a matter of time before there would be only one format and this "war" would be over, and now it looks like Toshiba will announce their withdrawal from HD-DVD.

This speculation along with the Warner announcement and the many US retailers announcing either Blu-ray exclusivity or Blu-ray dominance in stores are enough to kill the format, who wants to buy a player that has little retail support.

Blu-ray is the winner and it's only a matter of days (if not hours) before it will become official. This is one in the eye for Microsoft who has reportedly pumped millions of dollars into support for the format and a big triumph for Sony who developed it.

The conspiracy around the Microsoft involvement is multilayer, but whatever the truth is I think that downloadable content for films and TV has taken a hit in the back of this move as well, people can buy a player with confidence now.

The good news for Sony now is their insistence of putting a Blu-ray player in the Playstation 3 might pay off, the gaming device is still by far one of the better players on the market and is still the cheapest certainly in the European market where the stand alone players are still not that common.

The players are sure to come down in price now and the HD-DVD format will slowly start to disappear off the shelves, for those that did buy an HD-DVD player you will soon be able to pick up the movies very cheap.

7th June 2009

You can call it a victory if you like but the simple fact is that in the home movie market there is only room for one format, and in the high definition future if movie watching in the home we will be doing that on a Blu-ray device.

Toshiba has today (Tuesday) announced that it will discontinue production of all things HD-DVD which basically kills the format dead. It's been a long fought battle but in the end what is widely considered the best format won.

Was it the Playstation 3 which won the battle, I doubt it, but clearly Sony had learned a lesson with the Playstation 2, which was accounted for part of the success of DVD, and delaying the launch of the PS3 to include the high definition player has certainly helped the format along.

So what now of HD-DVD, Universal have also announced that they will switch to Blu-ray and Paramount will follow suit as well that’s a given. Those who bought an HD-DVD player will be able to pick up some bargains but the releases will cease very soon and their players are destined to join the Betmax grave of home entertainment.

Blu-ray is the future of High definition disks, but some at Toshibas think that there will be no physical future for home movies, a thought shared by Microsoft who were a backer of the HD-DVD format, it'll all be downloads soon, but I’m not ready for that future but I'm sure happy that Blu-ray has won this battle.

7th June 2009

There is a bit of controversy circulating around the internet that early adopters of blu-ray disks will lack features of future Blu-ray disks, and although this is true some claims are being made that the early players will not play future disks.

Although the former statement is true, feature on some future disks will not be accessible on certain players, the latter is simply not true.

Lets put this into context, Blu-ray players have a profile, 1.0, 1.1 and in the near future 2.0. Features are categorised in these profiles so for example picture in picture on future disks are part of profile 1.1. If you have an early player that is only capable of 1.0 you will be able to play a 1.1 disk and get the full experience but you wont be able to access the picture in picture feature.

What impact does this have on the current blu-ray player owners? It seems for a majority it will have little impact. One of the reasons why early players are not future proof is that they cannot connect to the internet and so cant be upgraded, this is where the most popular Blu-ray player sold to date has the advantage.

By quite a large margin the best selling player with the largest install base is the Playstation 3 and this is a wireless device which connects to the internet no problem and has already been upgraded to profile 1.1 and the upgrade to 2.0 is just around the corner.

Good news in all this is that one of the standards being introduced for profile 2.0 is the ability to connect to the internet which means that any future upgrades wont be a problem.

If you have been a little bit of an early adopter and you bought a player after November last year then you are probably already set and any player bought then or after that date had to be at least profile 1.1. If you bought one before then just remember you can still watch the film without any loss of picture.

Early adopter generally know that by being the first person on the street to have the latest technology they will probably have an out dated device quicker than the guy next door who waited 2 years before taking the plunge.

7th June 2009

Not sure if sleeper hits exist these days, but if they are then this sure as hell is one, Mamma Mia! is a film adaptation of a stage show and it has becomes the biggest film of the year in the UK.

With a gross of £69,130,014 it out grossed the number 2 film by nearly £20 million. Even more remarkable is that Mamma Mia! has now become the biggest film in the UK, topping Titanic's 10 year reign.

Sliding nicely into the runner up spot for the year is the Bond film Quantum of Solace with a UK gross of £50,405,045. Although a good gross the studio may see this as a little disappointing as the last Bond film, Casino Royale, tool £5 million more.

Third on the list is The Dark Knight with £48,685,166, many thought this might have come out on top, but clearly few realised the power of the chick flick during the year.

All three of the top films of the year are in fact still showing in cinemas across the country, despite 2 of them being available on DVD/Blu-ray already.

The rest of the top films of the year are filled by the like of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull at 4, Sex and the City: The Movie at 5, High School Musical 3 at 7 and Wall-E at 8.

Check out the full list here.

Movie details

The film has a UK gross of £1,592,017 and is the 2450th top grossing film in the UK

UK BBFC Certificate: 15

Genres:Popular in: United States and United Kingdom
Box Office
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 7

Weeks on box office: 4

Box Office History
Date
Place
Week
Total
7N
£485,005
£485,005
10
£287,435
£1,047,766
11
£158,360
£1,386,696
13
£106,620
£1,592,017