Blu-ray Disc Ripper 1.4 First to Copy BD-Live Content

The latest version of the people's Blu-ray ripper, Blu-ray Disc Ripper 1.4, is the first to support BD-Live titles. BD Ripper 1.4 now grabs the AACS folder, which might be needed for BD-Live flicks to decrypt downloaded content. That means it in effect copies the BD-Live extended content » 11/07/08 12:45pm 11/07/08 12:45pm, bringing us one step closer…

Spinal Tap BD-Live Game: Equal Parts South Park, Rock Band, WTF?

A few days ago, I mentioned » 10/08/08 10:20pm 10/08/08 10:20pm that the only new special feature on the forthcoming Blu-ray would be a crazy game that threatens to put Rock Band to shame. It's just a BD-Java game, so there's no real chance of that, but we did get pictures that show it's at least bound to be fun for 15 minutes. Only thing, judging…

Disney Sucks the Magic Out of Films With 120 Pages of Blu-Ray Legalese

Sleeping Beauty » 10/08/08 6:30am 10/08/08 6:30am is Disney's first classic animated film to to Blu-ray, and it's loaded with legitimately compelling BD-Live extra features. tried to check these out, but got smacked with a 57 page EULA followed by a Privacy Policy before they could view of them. Also upsetting: the new ending, in which Princess…

Spinal Tap Blu-ray Hits January; Game Lets You Create Your Own New…

The upcoming This Is Spinal Tap » 10/06/08 10:00pm 10/06/08 10:00pm Blu-ray is of course exciting to me. After all, it's been what, like seven years since I last hurled money at Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest and the rest of the lot for their well-deservedly best-selling DVD special edition. But while the Blu-ray will come with an intriguing-sounding…

Sony's BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Officially $300 and BD-Live Capable

Not only did Sony's mainstream BDP-S350 Blu-ray player finally get its firmware update to be fully compatible with the net-interactive BD-Live (BD 2.0) content already hitting stores, but it also got that $100 price reduction we told you about » 9/29/08 2:40pm 9/29/08 2:40pm. Even on the MSRP-only Sony Style site, it's $299.99, which means it could…

X-Files to Become First Fox Blu-ray Release With BD-Live

Like 99.99% off all the people on this planet, you probably missed The X-Files: I Want To Believe » 9/16/08 6:40pm 9/16/08 6:40pm when it crash landed, burning and smoking into theaters over the summer. Not to worry though—Fox is hoping that adding BD-Live functionality to the upcoming Blu-ray release will help soften the financial blow. Thanks to…

Sony's $2000 BDP-S5000ES Flagship Blu-ray Player: Stuck Between Pioneer…

Sony is trying to bargain with potential buyers of Pioneer's $2,200 BDP-09FD » 9/03/08 7:00pm 9/03/08 7:00pm: For $200 less, you can get yourself the BDP-S5000ES. Meanwhile, it's equally intended to regain the love of all those home-theater enthusiasts who bee-lined it for the PS3 (rather than a dedicated BD player) because of its networking and…

Panasonic Drops Sleeker DMP-BD35 & DMP-BD55 Blu-ray Decks

We just saw the DMP-BD50 a few months back » 8/28/08 8:39am 8/28/08 8:39am, but now at IFA Panasonic has made official two new BD-Live 2.0-compatible players, the BD35 and BD55. The only discernible difference between the two, at the moment, is the BD55 supports analog 7.1 channel audio output. On top of that, they both share a slimmed-down chassis…

Pioneer Sneaks Out $2200 Elite BDP-09FD; First Blu-ray Player That…

Last May Pioneer told us that autumn would bring a "super duper" Blu-ray player » 8/22/08 5:05pm 8/22/08 5:05pm—the most powerful Blu-ray player ever built. It makes up for the current crop, which are lower in price but are missing key features like BD-Live for internet-based content. Well, not a leaf has fallen off a tree, yet here it is already,…

Rumor: The Dark Knight Could Coax Warner into BD-Live Release

Warner Bros, along with plenty others, has been skeptical about BD-Live. WTF is BD-Live, you ask? It's that feature in the Blu-ray spec allowing, among other internet-based functionality, people seated on couches across the US to watch movies simultaneously and chat about them. Now rumor has it that the company is… » 8/07/08 1:00pm 8/07/08 1:00pm

Sony BDP-S350 and Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray 2.0 Enabled/Ready Players…

Our good friend Gary Merson the HD Guru reviewed Sony's BDP-S350 and Panasonic's DMP-BD50, the latest Blu-ray players from each company, Battlemodo style. Both BD players scored high marks on video performance, with a slight edge to Panasonic, but Panasonic's $600 BD50 smoked Sony's S350 on pretty much everything else. » 7/29/08 8:40pm 7/29/08 8:40pm