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Universal announces initial slate of UK HD DVD releases


Source: DVD Times

Looks like the first batch is nothing that we haven’t already seen from the US. Still, the cover art of certain titles, especially Serenity and The Bourne Supremacy, looks considerably better than their American counterparts, and this announcement, as well as the November 13th release date, should please those that don’t like the thought of importing.

In other news, Warner has announced the release of an HD DVD version of Casablanca for November 14th. Not to be outdone, though, the Blu-ray camp has responded by announcing another equally lauded World War 2 classic for December 5th… that Michael Bay meisterwerk, Pearl Harbor.

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 1:49 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD



I wish I had one of those little laughing-face emoticons for your Casablanca/Pearl Harbor comment!

If those Universal HD DVD releases are indeed 24 fps, d'you think they're going to be exactly the same discs as the US versions, possibly even from the same pressing plant? In which case, there can't be any regional coding on the discs (even if they introduce RC on the players in a future firmware update)? Or am I being uncharacteristically optimistic?

Posted by: Philly Q, October 19, 2006 10:50 PM


Apparently Stacey Spears (who has, I believe, been supervising these transfers to some extent) says that Serenity has a new transfer, so this may apply to others as well. VC1 is supposed to be considerably more efficient than it was when the initial slate of HD DVDs was released, so I believe the idea is that, where necessary, they’re re-encoding titles to make room for additional dubs. So no, they’re certainly not using exactly the same discs - languages and subtitles are different. Where possible, I think they’re aiming for a single disc to be released Europe-wide… although obviously censorship concerns and rights issues will make that impossible in certain cases. There won’t be any region coding on these discs, at any rate: the spec hasn’t even been finalised.

And yes, it’s a shame I can’t do emoticons with this site. I’ll look around and see if I can find some sort of WordPress plug-in.

Posted by: Whiggles, October 19, 2006 10:53 PM


but you do know that AV addicts will lap up Pearl Harbor, despite it being an atrocious account of the actual historical event. Michael Bay is improving though - in terms of style but never substance. His "The Island" was quite a visual trip. For filmmakers of this ilk, I much more prefer Tony Scott

Posted by: aw, October 20, 2006 7:09 AM

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