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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial turns 30 with special edition Blu-ray

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial turns 30 with special edition Blu-ray

I can remember watching E.T. in the theater as a kid with my cousins. I thought it was the greatest film ever at the time, and I bet we watched it 100 times when it came out on home video. It's hard to believe that the movie is now celebrating its 30th anniversary and its first ever release on Blu-ray is set for October 9. The film has been digitally remastered and has new 7.1 surround sound.

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Sony NSZ-GS7 takes 2nd try at Google TV on July 22 for $199

Sony NSZ-GS7 takes 2nd try at Google TV on July 22 for $199

Sony has confirmed pricing and availability for its second-gen Google TV range, throwing open pre-orders for the smart TV kit on the eve of Google I/O 2012. The Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player will go up for pre-order today priced at $199, with shipping expected from July 22 in the US. Meanwhile, the NSZ-GP9 Internet Blu-ray player will arrive in time for the holiday season, priced at $299. Both come with a redesigned remote that aims to cut down on the button confusion of the first-gen hardware.

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Star Trek: TNG Season 1 Blu-ray available July 24th

Star Trek: TNG Season 1 Blu-ray available July 24th

Paramount released a sample Blu-ray containing three Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes a few months ago, and it seems to have gone down well with Trek fans. As a result, the first season of Star Trek: TNG will be coming to Blu-ray on July 24th, just in time for the 25th anniversary of the show. The set will feature six discs, 1080p video, and 7.1 DTS-HD MA audio, plus a host of bonus features.

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AVATAR iTunes Extras Special Edition makes you want it all over again

AVATAR iTunes Extras Special Edition makes you want it all over again

There's this movie out there called AVATAR, perhaps you've heard of it, that's been what its creators have had no trouble saying is ground breaking innovations surrounding it since it was first previewed - and today it's been announced that through its iTunes sales channel, the folks at Twentieth Century Fox will be bringing you a whole new interactive experience for the movie unique to the platform. You'll be able to do things like use your mouse as a wand to see where the green-screen is behind the real actors, see the behind the scenes scenes with full menus, and deconstruct "some of the movie's most memorable scenes." This purchase will set you back $19.99 for the HD version or $14.99 for the SD version, and it all starts today (pre-orders, anyway.)

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Pioneer BDP-140 3D Blu-ray Player now available

Pioneer BDP-140 3D Blu-ray Player now available

Remember Pioneer's announcement of their trio of 3D Blu-ray players back in September? Well, the entry-level BDP-140 is now available for purchase on Pioneer's own website for a manufacturer's suggested retail pricing of $299.99. This latest 3D Blu-ray player from Pioneer includes the ability for audio and video streaming from Pandora, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as having the option to play audio and video from USB and DLNA sources. Now, thanks to Pioneer, you can watch your movies in Blu-ray high-definition AND in 3D.

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Star Wars Blu-ray Promo continues Verizon’s love of the Force [Video]

Star Wars Blu-ray Promo continues Verizon’s love of the Force [Video]

It's no coincidence that Verizon has a promotion going with the folks at Lucasfilm promoting the brand new release of the Star Wars movies on Blu-ray. Verizon has been working with the owners of the Star Wars franchise for some time now, going so far as to release a special R2-D2 edition Droid device approximately one year ago this month. What the folks at Verizon and Lucasfilm have for you this week is a text-sending promotion in which you'll receive a lovely video of some highlights from the series, all centered around a single character. You'll be able to do this on your Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, or any other video-capable device, for the most part.

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Lucas mods Return of the Jedi Blu-ray, Vader says Nooooo!

Lucas mods Return of the Jedi Blu-ray, Vader says Nooooo!

I am not sure if I want to drive at to Cali, find George Lucas, and kick him in both of his testicles for changing the Star Wars films again or be pumped that the Blu-ray release is very close. These are after all some of the most iconic and memorable movies from my childhood. The reality is I am feeling a little of both right now. I mentioned a few weeks back that Lucas had said changes were coming.

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Star Wars Blu-ray films get tweaks and new surprises

Star Wars Blu-ray films get tweaks and new surprises

One of the things I am looking forward to is the launch of the Star Wars franchise on Blu-ray. I am really looking forward to the 1080p resolution for checking out my favorite sci-fi movies on my projector screen. We all know that back before the three newer films hit theaters George Lucas went back and tweaked the original films to update them for new audiences. The original films also got some new content that wasn't there the first time around when I was a kid.

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