No, that's not a typo. The new Panasonic DMR-BR630V is a Blu-ray/DVR system with recording capabilities. It can record to either the Blu-ray or the 320GB hard drive. If you want to go slightly retro, the disc recorder will also record to DVD.
In today's world of MP3 players and Playstations, there is still something reassuring about big, heavy, old-school components. Does a 50-pound device reproduce audio better than a 5-ounce device? Who knows? But it sure makes your back hurt when you lift it, and that's really what it's all about.
We've already alerted you to the forthcoming release of the Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray. Now Warner Brothers is whetting appetites with more details. The seven-disc box set will hit store shelves on October 14.
Wake the kids. Call the neighbors. Mark your calender. October 14. The Ultimate Matrix Collection will be released on Blu-ray. Seven discs, $129.95, from Warner Home Video. This set has long been available on HD DVD, but that format is history. Now it's Blu-ray's turn. Warner straddled the HD/BD fence, but tended to release its big titles on HD.
While Blu-ray might be seeing slow sales in the U.S. market, Japanese sales of Blu-ray in June topped 122,000, hitting the 6-figure/month mark for the first time ever. Compared to May's 82,000 units, you can see why it's a big deal.
The latest Batman movie is barely breaking out in theaters, yet The Dark Knight's director is already talking about the Blu-ray release. Some sequences of the movie were shot in the IMAX format. For the theatrical 35mm release, they did 35mm "extractions" from the IMAX negatives.