HD DVD extravaganza
After a slow start in 2007, the HD DVD ball seems finally to be starting to roll with the announcement of some of highly anticipated titles being added to the schedule. First of all, Warner has finally broken their silence and added A Scanner Darkly and Dog Day Afternoon to their slate, both announced for both HD DVD and Blu-ray with a street date of April 10th. The former is one that I purposefully held off buying in standard definition because I suspected that an HD release couldn’t be too far off. The latter… well, I must confess I’ve never seen it, but Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino sounds like a solid combination, and I’m aware of how highly it’s regarded.
Perhaps even more significant, however, is the appearance on the HD DVD Promotion Group’s site, www.thelookandsoundofperfect.com, of a banner announcing the song and dance razzmatazz extravaganza Dreamgirls as “coming soon to HD DVD”. Why is this big news? Why, because this would be the first DreamWorks title to appear on either high definition format. Because DreamWorks is owned by the format-neutral Paramount, a Blu-ray release is presumably on the cards too, with a March 20th release date being rumoured but not confirmed.
It’s all good news as far as I’m concerned. It’s always great to see a new studio jumping into the HD arena, especially a heavyweight like DreamWorks (sign me up for HD American Beauty and Gladiator).
Update, February 21st, 2007 11:24 PM: Better add Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers to the DreamWorks list too.