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News and Views from the Blu-ray Disc Association

11 May 2007

Contents in this issue • • • • Paramount releases three gritty tales of life on the streets on Blu-ray Disc View BD movies on your PC using new Pioneer drive Burn to BD straight from your Mac Sony entertains in style with new BD capable VAIO Notebook

Paramount releases three gritty tales of life on the streets on Bluray Disc

Three acclaimed films filled with the gritty drama of urban crime and violence arrive for the first time on Blu-ray Disc when HUSTLE & FLOW debuts in North America on June 26, 2007 and THE WARRIORS Ultimate Director’s Cut and THE UNTOUCHABLES Special Collector’s Edition debut on July 3, 2007 from Paramount Home Entertainment. “Come out and play-ay” with director Walter Hill’s definitive vision of his cult classic THE WARRIORS, which takes place in the gang subculture of the late 1970s as war rages on the streets of the boroughs of New York City. Director Brian DePalma’s powerful saga of crime boss Al Capone and federal agent Eliot Ness, THE UNTOUCHABLES, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and remains a seminal tale of corruption and justice. One of the most powerful and critically-acclaimed films of 2005, HUSTLE & FLOW follows the struggle of a small-time hustler and pimp out to grab his last chance at living the dream and becoming a rap star. THE WARRIORS Ultimate Director’s Cut Blu-ray Disc presentation will be 1080p High Definition with English 5.1, French Mono and Spanish Mono Dolby Digital, English SDH+, English, French and Spanish subtitles. The following special features are presented in standard definition, except where noted: • • • • • • Introduction by director Walter Hill The Warriors: The Beginning The Warriors: Battleground The Warriors: The Way Home The Warriors: The Phenomenon Original Theatrical trailer (HD)

THE UNTOUCHABLES Special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray presentation will be 1080p High Definition with English 6.1 DTS, English 5.1, French 5.1 EX and Spanish 5.1 EX Dolby Digital and English SDH+, English, French and Spanish subtitles. The following special features are presented in standard definition, except where noted: • • • • • • The Script, The Cast Production Stories Reinventing the Genre The Classic Original Featurette: “The Men” Original Theatrical trailer (HD)

The HUSTLE & FLOW Blu-ray presentation will be 1080p High Definition with English 5.1, French 5.1 and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English SDH+, English, French and Spanish subtitles. The following special features are presented in standard definition, except where noted: • • • • • • • • Commentary by writer/director Craig Brewer Behind The Hustle By Any Means Necessary Creatin’ Crunk Memphis Hometown Premiere Paula Jai Parker Audition Ludacris and Terrence Howard Rehearsal Scene Extensions o DJay Meets Shelby o The Keyboard It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp—acoustic version Six Promotional Spots Original Theatrical trailer 1 (HD) Original Theatrical trailer 2 (HD)

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View BD movies on your PC using new Pioneer drive

Demonstrating its continued commitment to High Definition optical disc technology, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. has announced the BDC-2202, a robust Blu-ray Disc computer drive, which will be available to consumers beginning next month for a suggested price of $299. When installed in a properly configured PC, the Pioneer Blu-ray Disc combination drive allows users to playback new High Definition Bluray Disc film titles as well as read and write digital content to DVD and CD, fulfilling their storage and entertainment needs. The drive can read BD-ROM/BD-R/BD-RE at up to 5X and can read BD-ROM (DL) and BD-R/-RE (DL) at up to 2X speed. It comes bundled with media software that ensures compatibility with commercially released Blu-ray Disc movies. It also allows users to create personal DVD movies and digital photo slideshows, securely backup personal data and media files to DVD or CD, and create and burn favorite music to CD. The software also offers a Direct-to-Disc feature allowing aspiring

filmmakers to capture movies directly from the camcorder to DVD without the inconvenience of using vital hard drive space. “With the BDC-2202, computer savvy consumers are now privy to what was previously only available to professional users. In addition to maintaining the same benefits of current optical disc drives, the included software means users can now enjoy their favorite Blu-ray Disc movies as well as their own personal disc creations,” said Andy Parsons, senior vice president at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. With copious amounts of storage capacity, Blu-ray Disc can hold High Definition video and audio content along with advanced interactive features and extensive bonus materials on a single disc. With the BDC-2202, Blu-ray Disc fans and audio video enthusiasts have the capability to view recently released movies directly on a computer for times when they are not in a home theater environment. According to Home Media Magazine, Blu-ray Disc film titles have accounted for more than half of the 2.4 million HD discs sold. Pioneer has been an innovator of optical disc technology since it brought LaserDisc, the precursor to DVD, to market in 1980. Pioneer went on to introduce the first DVD writer for computer use in 1997, the first DVD recorder as a VCR replacement in 1999, the first DVD/CD writer for home computer users in 2001 and the first Blu-ray Disc writer in 2006. Pioneer Corporation is one of the Blu-ray Disc Founders.

“With the BDC-2202, computer savvy consumers are now privy to what was previously only available to professional users.”

Andy Parsons Senior vice president Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Burn to BD straight from your Mac

Blu-ray Discs can hold 50 gigabytes of data, making a regular DVD seem cramped. Also, they can make life easier for digital photographers, video editors or anybody who needs to store big files on a recordable disc. For those who don’t want to drag around an external Blu-ray Disc drive with their Macintosh laptops, Fastmac recently released an internal slot-loading Blu-ray Disc drive that replaces the DVD drive. Fastmac’s Blu-ray Disc drive works with several recent Macintosh laptop models, as well as the iMac and Mac Mini desktop systems. A list of compatible Macs and full technical specifications are at www.fastmac.com, which is also an online store. Several third-party programs, including Roxio Toast 8 Titanium and Adobe Premiere CS3, can actually do the Blu-ray disc burning on the Mac once the drive is installed. Users can record data not only to Blu-ray Discs, but also to standard recordable DVD and CD media as well. Sadly, the early adopters will not be able to watch Blu-ray Disc movies on their Macs. Fastmac says several companies are working on the software to do this.

Sony entertains in style with new BD capable VAIO Notebook

With the VAIO FZ-Series notebook, Sony aims to put serious technology in the home user’s hands. Based on the brand-new Intel Centrino platform configured with up to 2GB of RAM, the FZ-Series reaches new levels of performance. From the astonishingly realistic colour of the new-generation X-black LCD screen to the integrated Blu-ray Disc optical drive, the VAIO FZ-Series takes the concept of the home notebook to a higher level. The FZ-Series’ screen commands attention. The widescreen X-black LCD with wide colour gamut by ‘BRAVIA’ backlight technologies enables the screen to reproduce the vivid hues of life with remarkable precision. Photos, personal video and films are revitalized as a result. Customer feedback from a survey of 30,000 registered owners of VAIO FE-Series notebooks indicates that screen quality is the most appreciated feature of a notebook, which is why we made sure the FZ-Series stands out in this respect. Despite the widescreen 15.4-inch panel, the FZ-Series is compact and easily portable around the house. “This is a key part of the notebook’s appeal,” says Jun Koyama, Marketing Director for VAIO Of Europe (VOE). “It’s like a 15.4-inch display on a 14.1-inch form factor. You get a nice surprise when you open it up and see the size of the screen, not to mention the quality. And let’s not forget this is a portable capable of playing and editing Full HD content with ease. There’s a great deal of power in a fairly small space.” The VAIO FZ-Series owes its considerable graphics power to the sophisticated NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT notebook graphics processing unit (GPU). As well as excellent 3D performance the GeForce 8400M GT GPU features hardware HD decoding capable of very high bit rate playback for optimum results with HD movies. The VGN-FZ11Z model has an integral Blu-ray Disc optical drive making it the perfect choice for anyone wanting to watch the latest HD format Hollywood releases. An HDMI output with HDCP completes the HD functionality, providing the crucial single-cable connection to an HD-Ready TV. As well as playing new Blu-ray Disc films, the drive can also record in the format. At its simplest, this gives you a very handy 50GB of general-purpose archival capacity per disc, but of course Blu-ray Disc is the perfect format for storing HD personal video. The FZ-Series is capable of both editing Full HD video, and playing the results in 1080p Full HD, so it can become your personal HD video editing suite.

FZ-Series VAIO Notebook

Jun Koyama

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