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Universal - HD DVDs suitable for all!

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Source: The Digital Bits

Universal, after much silence on the HD DVD front, seems finally to be getting into gear with a reasonable-looking schedule of releases for the next few months. Most of their April and May titles have already been announced elsewhere, but there are a few additional nuggets of information here and there, and the material pertaining to June onwards is all new. I’ve listed the titles below, with the ones I’m personally interested in asterisked.

April - The Good Shepherd, Smokin’ Aces, The Game*, The Jerk, The Hitcher, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind*, The Nutty Professor

May - Alpha Dog, The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Unrated, Smokey and the Bandit, Hurricane, Skeleton Key, The River, Midnight Run, The Frighteners, The Big Lebowski, Dragonheart, Lost in Translation*

June - Breach, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Sneakers, Born on the 4th of July, Scent of a Woman, Daylight, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Meet Joe Black, Mallrats, Being John Malkovich*, Mystery Men, American Me, The Watcher, Bulletproof

July - Billy Madison, The War, The Wedding Date, Dante’s Peak, Cat in the Hat, Dead Silence, The Bourne Identity*, The Nutty Professor 2, In Good Company, Streets of Fire, Hot Fuzz, Sea of Love, Darkman, Shaun of the Dead, Deliver Us from Eva

August - Heroes: Season One

September - The Last Starfighter, Legend, Battlestar Galactica: Season One, For the Love of the Game, Knocked Up, Evening, The Getaway: Unrated, Patch Adams, Cat People*

Okay, so I can’t exactly say I’m thrilled about every single title on that list, and I’m a little confused by how sparse August’s schedule is (presumably they’ll announce more titles at a later point, because I find it hard to imagine them only releasing a single title during the course of that month), but I have to say that, on the whole, things are looking up. By the looks of it, Universal will manage to fulfil their pledge of 100 HD DVD titles in 2007 after all.

Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2007 at 11:05 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Cinema | HD DVD



There are a good 11 or 12 titles that I would eventually buy on that list but it isn't a hugely interesting selection.

Is there any word on when Universal's 'big guns' of Hitchcock and Spielberg are being released?
It would be great if they released some Douglas Sirk films of the 50s like Written on the Wind and Imitation of Life. They would look absolutely stunning in HD.
I'd love to see their classic 30s/40s horror getting released as well but looking at current release schedules of all the studios it seems like we'll have to wait a while for significant numbers of black and white films on HD.

Posted by: , March 2, 2007 9:57 AM


There are supposed to be some Hitchcocks coming out this year, the first of which will probably be either Psycho or Vertigo. As for Spielberg, the HD DVD Promotion Group pulled their Spielberg titles from their list and issued a public apology, but Kevin Smith has let slip that they are working on a release of Jaws.

Posted by: Whiggles, March 2, 2007 10:18 AM

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