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Hands On: Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player

High Dynamic Range continues to prove its importance as Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player lands on Australian shelves.

Panasonic jumped the gun recently in order to announce Australia’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray disc first player — I’ve already put the Panasonic player through its paces, but it won’t actually be on sale until September and judging by overseas pricing it’s likely to sell for at least $1000. Now Samsung has thrown its hat in the ring with a $599 player that hits the shelves this month.


Lunch Time Deals: Buy One Get One Free Blu-Rays At JB Hi-Fi

When you’re buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo’s Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the ‘net. Today we’ve spotted a buy-one-get-one-free deal on blu-rays at JB Hi-Fi, but there’s a couple of conditions.


4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays Are Already On Sale In Australia

Although you can’t buy a a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player just yet, you can buy the super-high-resolution discs that work in them. 20th Century Fox is the first movie publisher with 4K Blu-rays already in Australian stores, with six movies already available — and there are plenty more on the way.


Check Out The Difference Between 4K HDR Ultra HD And Blu-Ray

Video: This side-by-side comparison video of 4K HDR Ultra HD and Blu-Ray doesn’t show the true technological difference between the two (because things get lost in translation when it ends up as a video on YouTube). But it does illustrate how there is a visual difference between the two that goes beyond just more resolution. 4K TVs are often disregarded because we can’t appreciate the resolution unless the screen is much bigger than usual, but with 4K allowing for high dynamic range, Ultra HD movies can pack a much better colour punch.


All The New Things We Learned From The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-Ray

What more can be said about Star Wars: The Force Awakens that already hasn’t? It’s literally been a topic of conversation for years, and you’d think it would slow down eventually. Instead, it’s the opposite — especially since the film hits digital download today and we found a ton of new info in the extras.


We Finally Have Footage Of The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes

Disney has released a teaser trailer. For deleted scenes. Only Star Wars could pull this off, but we kind of love it.


The 40th Anniversary Python Holy Grail Box Set Doubles As A Working Catapult

It’s hard to believe that the greatest achievement in comedic filmmaking is already 40 years old. And to help get another generation hooked on the antics of Monty Python, the 40th anniversary box set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail includes a tiny (but working) cow catapult.


Panasonic's 4K Blu-Ray Player Could Make Discs Matter Again

The CES show floor just opened, and the chaos is real. Sift through it and you’ll find Panasonic has a gem hiding out in its massive booth. We’ve already been told 12930821321312 times that that 4K is here, and while the screens are, the stuff to watch is still sparse. But Panasonic’s new Blu-Ray prototype wants to make sure you can use every pixel possible.


A More Efficient Solar Panel Can Be Made With Old Blu-ray Discs 

Yes, a Blu-ray copy of Police Story 3: Supercop was destroyed for the sake of science. It turns out that the nanostructure of Blu-ray disc makes them especially well-suited to soaking up light — exactly what you’d want with a solar panel.


A Blu-ray Disc Player On Your Car's GPS Is Probably Not A Good Idea

There’s just one thing that could make your drive to work less agonizing when the GPS is telling you there’s no way around the endless traffic: access to your Criterion Collection Blu-ray discs. Or at least that’s the scenario Panasonic is envisioning now that it’s including Blu-ray players on its satellite navigation units.


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