Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray release has problems!

Source: The Digital Bits

Those of you who have already picked up your copy of Saving Private Ryan last week on Blu-ray might have a little problem on your hands.

Apparently there is a audio-sync issues around the Chapter 15 mark. So as you sit there expecting to watch some of the finest WWII action to be committed to film you might get what looks like a bad English dubbing job that belongs in an old Kung-Fu flick instead.

Don't go storm the beaches (Link NSFW ... European beaches, you know.) quite yet, however, as Paramount Studios seems to be working on the issue, and Amazon pulled the Blu-ray down from its site for now until this problem is fixed. The studio is working on a solution for the problem, and for the many who enthusiastically already got their hands on Saving Private Ryan some kind of replacement plan is in the works.

Update: Paramount has officially confirmed the audio-sync problem, and has pushed back the foreign releases until the issue is resolved. The studio has concluded that there was a quality control problem at Technicolor and they are working on resolving the issue.

Those of you that have the flawed discs can either return the disc to the retailer that you purchased it from or for more information contact Technicolor directly call 888-370-8621 for US and Canada. The replacement Blu-ray discs are expected to be on retailers shelves by May 18th.

Battlestar Galactica Season 3

Source: Blu-ray.com

So say we all!

Up to this point the only way to get the third season of the Sci-Fi (I refuse to refer to it as SyFy) Channel's break away political thriller, that just so happens to be in space, Battlestar Galactica was to by the big frakk'n Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series box set. July 27th will present a second option.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 will be released in a 5 disc set, exactly the same as the 5 released in the larger collection including the same special features.

Extras Include:

  • U-Control: Battlestar Blips and The Oracle
  • Creator Ronald D. Moore's Podcast Commentaries
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance Webisodes
  • Video Blogs
  • Extended Cuts for Select Episodes
  • Colonial Military Assessment Quiz

Simulated Mission to Mars

Source: Popular Science

You thought that cubicle farm at work sucked? Try being a member of the six man team of Russia's upcoming Mars mission simulation; it ain't no cakewalk I can assure you.

Last year Russia performed a 105 day Mars mission abbreviated simulation with great success, and now they aim to up the ante with a full length simulated journey to the red planet.

The first two intrepid crew members have just been announced; one Romain Charles of France and a Columbian-Italian by the name of Diego Urbina. Still to be determined by the end of this month are the three Russian Cosmonauts and a Chinese Taikonaut. No official word on why there aren't any Americans in on this, but either NASA does its own thing or the European Space Agency saw Harland Williams magnum opus Rocketman.

"Blast off" is slated for the 3rd of next month and the simulation will last, get this, 548 days. That is 18 months of isolation in confined quarters. 1.5 years imprisoned in a do it yourself Mars in box. The majority of the simulation will be spent within the 20,000 square foot spacecraft itself, which for six people it not exactly spacious. To think, I used to get cabin fever just sitting in my dorm room ...

The year and a half long mission will take place in a larger simulation container, located in Moscow, consisting not only a spacecraft to simulate the journey but everything that will be involved in an actual Martian mission. The sealed container will be fully equipped with a landing craft and a model of Martian landscape capable of simulating the actual trip to the surface of Mars culminating in a spacewalk that well be a welcomed treat for the few crew members that get to escape the ship for a short while.

No word yet on if they expect to find Val Kilmer or Don Cheadle on the surface. But if I had to guess I would go with Kilmer. It could possibly explain his absence from the big screen for the past few years.

The emphasis on reality is obviously a key component to creating a successful simulation and the European Space Agency isn't cutting corners. Hell, there will even be a 20 minute delay in communications just like in a real mission. They will also throw them the occasional curveballs, as in the life threatening kind, just to keep them on their toes. I guess this means if and when one of the crew members loses and throws the rest of the team out of the airlock it will be to late to salvage the mission.

Here's hoping foreign relations don't get too strained ...