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Blu-ray Disc

Knowledge Identifier: $Blu-ray_Disc

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Blu-ray Disc

Optical disc storage medium designed to supersede the DVD format.add

Category: Technology (10)

Launched in 1996.

Countries: United States (63%), (18%), Japan (5%)

Main connections: DVD, Japan, Amazon.com

Linked to: Metadata, Blu-ray Disc Association, Pioneer Corporation, Microsoft

 

Timeline


 

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1996

By comparison, the first blue laser was invented in 1996, with the first prototype discs coming four years later add something


1997

Video - After the invention of the DVD in 1997 and Blu-ray Disc in 2006, sales of videotape and recording equipment plummeted


2000

The first Blu-ray Disc prototypes were unveiled in October 2000, and the first prototype player was released in April 2003 in Japan add something

 

The first DVR Blue prototypes were unveiled at the CEATEC exhibition in October 2000 by Sony add something


2001

The Godfather - Other extras are held over from Paramount's 2001 DVD release, although slight differences obtain between the repurposed extras on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets; the HD box has more content

 

A trademark for the "Blue Disc" logo was filed February 9, 2001 add something


2002

On February 19, 2002, the project was officially announced as Blu-ray Disc, and Blu-ray Disc Founders was founded by the nine initial members add something


2004

AACS LA, a consortium founded in 2004, had been developing the DRM platform that could be used to securely distribute movies to consumers add something

 

The Blu-ray Disc physical specifications were completed in 2004 add something

 

TDK - Industry trends see the company moving into new forms of media; in 2004 TDK was the first media-manufacturer to join the companies developing BD post-DVD technology

 

On October 4, 2004, the name "Blu-ray Disc Founders" was officially changed to the Blu-ray Disc Association , and 20th Century Fox joined the BDA's Board of Directors add something


2005

By 2005, quad-layer discs had been demonstrated on a drive with modified optics and standard unaltered optics add something

 

The BDFS was replaced by UDF 2,50 in the second BD-RE specification in 2005, in order to enable interoperability among consumer electronics Blu-ray recorders and personal computer systems add something

 

In January 2005, TDK announced that they had developed an ultra-hard yet very thin coating polymer for Blu-ray Discs; this was a significant technical advance because a far tougher protection was desired in the consumer market to protect bare disks against scratching and damage compared to DVD, while technically Blu-ray Disc required a much "thinner" layer for the denser and higher frequency blue laser add something


2006

A few early Blu-ray Disc players released in 2006 could play DVDs but not CDs add something

 

MPEG-2 was used by many studios for the first series of Blu-ray Discs, which were launched throughout 2006 add something

 

Since the appearance of the format on devices in 2006, several successful attacks have been made on it add something

 

The BD-ROM specifications were finalized in early 2006 add something

 

HDMI - Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, introduced in 2006, offer high-fidelity audio features that require HDMI for best results

 

Apollo 13 (film) - In 2006, "Apollo 13" was released on HD DVD; on 13 April 2010, it was released on Blu-ray disc, on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 accident

 

Scarface (1983 film) - The Blu-ray features BD-Live, Pocket-Blu app access, and "U-control"; featuring the "Scarface Scoreboard" from the 2006 Platinum Edition DVD, and picture-in-picture cast and crew interviews along with celebrity fan retrospectives, outtakes, and scene comparisons between the 1932 and 1983 versions, and the 1989 television edit

 

DVD - Currently, DVD-Video is the dominant form of home video distribution worldwide, although in Japan it was surpassed by Blu-ray Disc when Blu-ray first went on sale in Japan on March 31, 2006

 

Afterwards, it continued to be developed until its official release in June 2006 add something

 

The Terminator - On June 20, 2006, the film was released on Blu-ray through Sony in the United States

 

Crash (2004 film) - It was the first Best Picture winner to be released on Blu-ray Disc in the United States, on June 27, 2006

 

Hitachi-LG Data Storage - In July 2006, the company started to develop Blu-ray Disc drives

 

The first mass-market Blu-ray Disc rewritable drive for the PC was the BWU-100A, released by Sony on July 18, 2006 add something

 

In August 2006, TDK announced that they had created a working experimental Blu-ray Disc capable of holding 200 GB of data on a single side, using six 33 GB data layers add something

 

Memento (film) - "Memento" was released on Blu-ray Disc on August 15, 2006

 

The first movies using 50 GB dual-layer discs were introduced in October 2006 add something

 

Air (visual novel) - Additionally, "Air" became one of the first anime series to be released in Blu-ray Disc format on December 22, 2006


2007

Paramount Studios, which started releasing movies only in HD DVD format during late 2007, said it would start releasing in Blu-ray Disc add something

 

Linux adoption - For example in early 2007, Dell did not sell specific hardware and software with Ubuntu 7,04 computers, including printers, projectors, Bluetooth keyboards and mice, TV tuners and remote controls, desktop modems and Blu-ray disc drives, due to incompatibilities at that time, as well as legal issues

 

By January 2007, Blu-ray Discs had outsold HD DVDs, and during the first three quarters of 2007, BD outsold HD DVD by about two to one add something

 

In January 2007, Hitachi showcased a 100 GB Blu-ray Disc, consisting of four layers containing 25 GB each add something

 

Casino Royale (2006 film) - In the UK, "Casino Royale" was released on 16 March 2007 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

 

Casino Royale (2006 film) - "Casino Royale" was simultaneously released on DVD, UMD and Blu-ray Disc on 16 March 2007

 

Since September 2007, BD-RE is available in the smaller 8 cm Mini Blu-ray Disc size add something

 

On September 18, 2007, Pioneer and Mitsubishi codeveloped BD-R LTH , which features an organic dye recording layer that can be manufactured by modifying existing CD-R and DVD-R production equipment, significantly reducing manufacturing costs add something

 

Brokeback Mountain - On that same day, "Brokeback Mountain" was released as a Combo Format HD DVD/DVD. "Brokeback Mountain" was released on Blu-ray Disc on September 30, 2007, but only in the UK. "Brokeback Mountain" was released on Blu-ray Disc in the United States on March 10, 2009

 

Blade Runner - Scott's "The Final Cut" was released by Warner Bros. theatrically on October 5, 2007, and subsequently released on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc in December 2007

 

A Clockwork Orange (film) - An HD $ DVD, Blu-ray, and DVD re-release version of the film was released on October 23, 2007

 

On November 2, 2007, the Grace Period Profile was superseded by Bonus View as the minimum profile for new BD-Video players released to the market add something

 

The Aviator (2004 film) - The film was later released in High Definition on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD on November 6, 2007

 

Prison Break - The release date was later announced to be November 13, 2007 and "Prison Break" became the first television show to be released on Blu-ray Disc by Fox. The Blu-ray box set contains six discs and includes all the DVD box set's special features


2008

This conclusion was based on the fact that Singulus Technologies has received orders for 21 Blu-ray dual-layer machines during the first quarter of 2008, while 17 DVD machines of this type were made in the same period in 1997 add something

 

Ultimate Disney - In 2008, Ultimate Disney critics began reviewing Blu-ray movies

 

In February 2008, Taiyo Yuden, Mitsubishi, and Maxell released the first BD-R LTH Discs, and in March 2008, Sony's PlayStation 3 gained official support for BD-R LTH Discs with the 2,20 firmware update add something

 

Toshiba, the main company that supported HD DVD, conceded in February 2008, releasing its own Blu-ray Disc player in late 2009 add something

 

Following these new developments, on February 19, 2008, Toshiba announced it would end production of HD DVD devices, allowing Blu-ray Disc to become the industry standard for high-density optical discs add something

 

Both studios announced initial Blu-ray lineups in May 2008 add something

 

The Dark Knight (film) - The sequence was released on the Blu-ray Disc edition of "Batman Begins" on July 8, 2008

 

Lonesome Dove (TV miniseries) - It was released on Blu-ray Disc on August 5, 2008 just months before the film's 20th anniversary

 

Transformers (film) - It was released on Blu-ray on September 2, 2008

 

L.A. Confidential (film) - A two-disc Special Edition was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 23, 2008

 

The Godfather - After a restoration of the first two films, "The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration" was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on September 23, 2008 from a transfer by Robert A. Harris of Film Preserve

 

Sin City (film) - On October 21, 2008, a Blu-ray edition, which is region free, was released by Alliance in Canada

 

According to GfK Retail and Technology, in the first week of November 2008, sales of Blu-ray recorders surpassed DVD recorders in Japan add something

 

Air (visual novel) - A new version of the Blu-ray Disc box set was released on November 28, 2008 in Japan

 

In December 2008, Pioneer Corporation unveiled a 400 GB Blu-ray Disc that will be compatible with current players after a firmware update add something

 

In December 2008, the Blu-ray Disc version of "The Dark Knight" sold 600,000 copies on the first day of its launch in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom add something

 

The Exorcist (film) - In an interview with "DVD Review", Friedkin mentioned that he was scheduled to begin work on "The Exorcist" Blu-ray on December 2, 2008

 

The Dark Knight (film) - The DVD and Blu-ray Disc editions were released in Australia on December 10, 2008


2009

At CES 2009, Panasonic unveiled the DMP-B15, the first portable Blu-ray Disc player, and Sharp introduced the LC-BD60U and LC-BD80U series, the first LCD HDTVs with integrated Blu-ray Disc players add something

 

Sharp has announced that they will sell HDTVs with integrated Blu-ray Disc recorders in the United States by the end of 2009 add something

 

The French Connection (film) - For a 2009 reissue on Blu-ray Disc, William Friedkin controversially altered the film's color timing to give it a "colder" look

 

King Kong (2005 film) - The pack contained the HD DVD drive, the Universal Media Remote and "King Kong" on HD DVD. It was available separately as a standard HD DVD. The film's theatrical and extended cuts were released together on Blu-ray Disc on January 20, 2009

 

In Bruges - It was released on Blu-ray on 27 January 2009; and in region 1 on 13 July 2010

 

Sin City (film) - On January 29, 2009 a United States Blu-ray release was confirmed for April 23, 2009

 

Milk (film) - "Milk" was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 10, 2009

 

Bolt (2008 film) - "Bolt" was released on Region A Blu-ray Disc in the United States on March 22, 2009

 

Compilation of Final Fantasy VII - A director's cut version of "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" entitled "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete" was released in Japan on April 16, 2009 on Blu-ray Disc, with the English version released the same year

 

The Wrestler (2008 film) - It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on April 21, 2009 in the United States

 

Bolt (2008 film) - This marked the first time a major home-video release debuted on Blu-ray Disc before DVD. "Bolt" was released on both Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2009

 

Lost (TV series) - The first two seasons were released separately on Blu-ray Disc on June 16, 2009

 

Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series) - The complete series set was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 28, 2009, in limited edition packaging and with a Cylon Centurion figurine in certain territories

 

Vizio - The company released its first Blu-ray Disc player in August 2009

 

Monsters vs. Aliens (franchise) - The short premiered on Nickelodeon in 2D on September 26, 2009, and was released 3 days later in 2D and 3D on the "Monsters vs Aliens" Blu-ray and the double DVD pack

 

Monsters vs. Aliens (franchise) - It was released on DVD and Blu-ray September 29, 2009, in North America and included the easter egg to the upcoming movies and previews

 

Heat (1995 film) - The Blu-ray Disc was released on November 10, 2009, featuring a high-definition film transfer, supervised by Mann

 

Kings of Leon - It was later released on Blu-ray Disc on November 24, 2009

 

Terminator Salvation - The DVD and Blu-ray Disc of the film was released on December 1, 2009

 

On December 17, 2009, the BDA officially announced 3D specs for Blu-ray Disc, allowing backward compatibility with current 2D Blu-ray players add something


2010

According to the Digital Entertainment Group, the total number of Blu-ray Disc playback devices sold in the U.S. had reached 28,5 million by the end of 2010 add something

 

No date has been set to include the increased space, although in 2010 Blu-ray.com reported that "it will likely happen sometime later this year add something

 

On January 1, 2010, Sony, in association with Panasonic, announced plans to increase the storage capacity on their Blu-ray Discs from 25 GB to 33,4 GB via a technology called i-MLSE add something

 

PlayStation - Video content such as films and television shows are available from the PlayStation Store on the PlayStation 3 and PSP and will be made available on some new & Sony BRAVIA televisions, VAIO laptop computers and Sony Blu-ray Disc players from February 2010

 

Precious (film) - The film released on DVD-Video and Blu-ray Disc formats on March 9, 2010, reaching number one on the top DVD sales chart in the United States with 1,5 million DVDs sold in its first week of release

 

Toy Story 2 - The film was available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in a Special Edition Combo Pack that was released on March 23, 2010, along with the first film

 

The Lord of the Rings (film series) - Warner Bros. released the trilogy's theatrical versions on Blu-ray Disc in a boxed set on 6 April 2010

 

It previously released support for 3D gaming on April 21, 2010 add something

 

Clannad (visual novel) - A Blu-ray Disc box set of "Clannad" was released on April 30, 2010

 

Clannad (visual novel) - A Blu-ray Disc box set of "Clannad" ranked third for the week of April 26 and May 2, 2010, and ranked again at 13 the following week

 

On July 20, 2010, the research team of Sony and Japanese Tohoku University announced the joint development of a blue-violet laser, which will help in creating Blu-ray discs with a capacity of 1 TB using only two layers add something

 

Seven (film) - The Blu-ray Disc was released September 14, 2010

 

The Exorcist (film) - In October 2010, Warner released "The Exorcist " on Blu-ray, including the behind-the-scenes filming of the spider-walk scene

 

Trent Reznor - The film's score was released in October 2010 in multiple formats, including digital download, compact disc, 5,1 surround on Blu-ray disc, and vinyl record

 

The Sound of Music (film) - The film made its debut issue on Blu-ray Disc on November 2, 2010, for its 45th anniversary


2011

In order to ease the transition to high definition formats, the adoption of this protection method was postponed until 2011 add something

 

Return of the Jedi - A Blu-ray Disc version of the " Star Wars" saga was announced for release in 2011 during Star Wars Celebration V. Several deleted scenes from "Return of the Jedi" were included for the Blu-ray version, including a sandstorm sequence following the Battle at the Sarlacc Pit, a scene featuring Moff Jerjerrod and Death Star officers during the Battle of Endor, and a scene where Darth Vader communicates with Luke via the Force as Skywalker is assembling his new lightsaber before he infiltrates Jabba's palace

 

Ben-Hur (1959 film) - In 2011, Warner Home Video released a 50th anniversary edition on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, making it the first home video release where the film is present on its original aspect ratio

 

Jade (Mortal Kombat) - In 2011, a "free exclusive Jade character costume download" for the PlayStation 3 version of the reboot game was featured as part of promotional content in the Blu-ray Disc release of the two "Mortal Kombat" feature films

 

Inception - The majority of the score was included in high resolution 5,1 surround sound on the 2nd disc of the 2 disc Blu-ray release Hans Zimmer's music was nominated for an Academy *award in the Best Original Score category in 2011, losing to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of "The Social Network"

 

The Social Network - "The Social Network" was released on DVD and Blu-ray January 11, 2011

 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - A Blu-ray edition was released in the U.S. on January 25, 2011, with a 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC video transfer, and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5,1 Surround and French DTS 5,1 Surround tracks

 

Inception - In February 2011 Jonathan Liebesman suggested that Warner Bros were attempting a 3D conversion for Blu-ray release

 

Taxi Driver - The restored print premiered in February 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival, and to promote the Blu-ray, Sony had the print screened at AMC Theatres across the United States on March 19 and 22

 

Murder a la Mod - However, the film was released by Criterion on Blu-ray in April 2011, as bonus feature to "Blow Out"

 

Taxi Driver - A Blu-ray was released on April 5, 2011 to commemorate the film's 35th anniversary

 

Since the version 3,70 software update in August 9, 2011, the PlayStation 3 can support DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio while playing 3D Blu-ray add something

 

The Big Lebowski - On August 16, 2011 Universal Pictures released "The Big Lebowski" on Blu-ray

 

Born on the Fourth of July (film) - On September 1, 2011 Universal Australia released the film on Blu-ray Disc

 

Scarface (1983 film) - Universal Studios released "Scarface" on Blu-ray on September 6, 2011 in a two-disc, limited edition, steelbox package

 

Citizen Kane - On September 13, 2011, "Citizen Kane" was released on Blu-ray disc and DVD in a 70th anniversary box set called "The Ultimate Collectors Edition"

 

Jurassic Park - The "Jurassic Park" Ultimate Trilogy was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on October 25, 2011 in North America

 

Kings of Leon - RCA Records later announced that the film would be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 1, 2011

 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was released on Blu-ray Disc, $DVD, and Digital Copy on December 13, 2011


2012

The Terminator - In late 2012, the film was re-released on Blu-ray, this time with a transfer by MGM, which features improved sharpness compared to Sony's 2006 Blu-ray, and revised color grading, as well as expanded extra material, such as deleted scenes and a making-of feature

 

Annie Hall - It was first released on Blu-ray on January 24, 2012 alongside Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan"

 

Game of Thrones (season 1) - The ten episodes of the first season of "Game of Thrones" was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 6, 2012

 

My Week with Marilyn - "My Week with Marilyn" was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 13 March 2012 in the United States and on 16 March in the United Kingdom

 

La Haine - Both HD DVD and Blu-ray versions have been released in Europe, and Criterion released the film on Blu-ray in May 2012

 

Louie (TV series) - Season 2 was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Region 1 on June 19, 2012

 

ITV Player - On 6 July 2012, it was announced that &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) Player had been made available on Samsung's Smart TVs and Blu-ray players through their Samsung Smart TV service, for 2011 and later devices

 

The Hunger Games (film) - It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on August 18, 2012

 

Monsters vs. Aliens (franchise) - It was released on August 28, 2012, on DVD and Blu-ray as a part of "Shrek's Thrilling Tales"

 

Lawrence of Arabia (film) - The Blu-ray edition of the film was released in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2012 and in the United States on 13 November 2012

 

Friends - Warner Home Video released a complete series collection on Blu-ray on November 13, 2012

 

Brave (2012 film) - "Brave" was released on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and digital download on November 13, 2012


2013

Ongoing development is underway to create a 1 TB Blu-ray Disc as soon as 2013 add something

 

On January 14, 2013, Blu-ray Disc Association president, Andy Parsons, stated that a task force was created three months prior to conduct a study concerning an extension to the Blu-ray Disc specification that would add support for 4K Ultra HD video add something

 

Les Miserables (2012 film) - On 25 January 2013, Republic Records confirmed via Twitter that a 2-disc deluxe soundtrack was in production alongside the DVD and Blu-ray; it was released on 19 March 2013

 

Pierre Etaix - The Criterion Collection released a box set of eight of the films by Pierre Étaix in DVD and Blu-ray format in April 2013

 

Les Miserables (2012 film) - The film was confirmed for home release on 13 May 2013 on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD in the United_Kingdom; it was released in the United States on 22 March 2013

 

The Doors - In November 2013, The Doors announced the release of "The Doors: R-Evolution" on DVD and Blu-ray Disc


2014

The Doors - On September 15th, 2014, The Doors announced the official U.S. release date for "The Doors: Feast Of Friends" on DVD and Blu-ray Disc as November 11th, 2014

 

Dallas Buyers Club - "Dallas Buyers Club" was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 4, 2014

 

Blue Is the Warmest Colour - The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Canada on 25 February 2014 by Mongrel Media, in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2014 by Artificial Eye and on 18 June 2014 in Australia by Transmission Films

 

American Hustle - "American Hustle" was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 18, 2014

 

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film) - "The Wolf of Wall Street" was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25, 2014

 

Harold P. Warren - As of April 2014, the project appears to largely be stalled, as no updates on the DVD and Blu-ray release have been provided in some time, and its release is approaching two years past its original due date

 

Magic City (TV series) - The entire "Magic City" series will be released by Starz and Anchor Bay in Blu-ray Disc and DVD formats on May 13, 2014

 

Twin Peaks - It was announced on May 15, 2014, that the Blu-ray of the complete series of "Twin Peaks" and the film containing over 90 minutes of deleted scenes would be released on July 29, 2014

 

Twin Peaks - Around ninety minutes of these scenes are included in the complete series Blu-ray that will be released on July 29, 2014

 

All That Jazz (film) - The film is slated for a Blu-Ray release in August 2014 with new supplements through the Criterion Collection brand


2015

In early 2015 the Blu-ray Association announced that Ultra Blu-Ray media is expected to launch in 2016 and should be able to hold 66-100GB. An offical standard has not been adopted yet add something

 

On May 12, 2015, the Blu-ray Disc Association revealed completed specifications and the official Ultra HD Blu-ray logo add something

 

On August 5, 2015, The Blu-ray Disc Association announced it will commence licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format starting August 24, 2015 add something


2016

The first Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Discs will officially be released on March 1, 2016 add something


2017

Some Blu-ray players can play Video CDs, and all 4k Blu-ray players can play regular Blu-ray discs, and most can play DVDs and CDs, but there are no known 4k Blu-ray players that can play Video CDs as of October 13, 2017 add something


2018

As of 2018, most major home entertainment studios, such as Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, etc. have discontinued the Blu-ray 3D format in North America and other regions add something