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High definition cannibalism

HD DVD/Blu-ray

Ridley Scott’s Hannibal (his best film, in my opinion, although I’m well aware that I’m distinctly in the minority in this regard) was all prepped for a Blu-ray release from MGM/Fox in the US on April 3rd, until, only a couple of weeks from the launch date, Fox yanked almost its entire high definition line-up from the schedule, postponing several titles indefinitely. There is currently no new release date for either Hannibal or the host of other titles in the same position, and, if this continues throughout the summer, then it looks like Universal may beat MGM at their own game. Universal, you see, hold the rights to Hannibal in all territories outside North America, and, as per a post at the AV Science Forum, they intend to release it (and Hannibal Rising) in France on August 1st. Provided it doesn’t have forced subtitles when English audio is selected (a possibility, I admit), I’m all over this one. As a bonus, it will almost certainly be VC1-encoded rather than using the dated MPEG2 codec favoured by MGM.

Oh yeah, and, while New Line continues to drag its feet in terms of hopping aboard the HD bandwagon, Wild Side are planning on releasing it in France on July 4th. Of course, I suspect it’s unlikely that it will include English subtitles, but hopefully, with an HD master readily available, Optimum in the UK will step up to the plate.

“Ta-ta - H.”

 
Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 8:39 AM | Comments: 4
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD

 
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"Ridley Scott's Hannibal (his best film, in my opinion, although I'm well aware that I'm distinctly in the minority in this regard)"

Ahahahha funniest thing EVER!!!!!

Posted by: ARCVILE, May 17, 2007 1:48 AM

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I’m glad I make you laugh, Arcvile. I find you quite amusing myself.

Posted by: Whiggles, May 17, 2007 7:30 AM

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Ahahhaha cool then!
Seriously! HANNIBAL simply cant compete with films like ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER and others directed by Scott.

Posted by: ARCVILE, May 18, 2007 3:41 AM

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I really liked Blade Runner, but I felt it was missing something extra to tip it over the edge from being a very film one to a classic film. That said, I’ve only seen the director’s cut, and I know some people prefer the theatrical cut.

Posted by: Whiggles, May 18, 2007 7:27 AM

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