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So it looks better, this high definition thing?

HD DVD

A few routine high definition updates for you, just to make you aware of what’s going on in the land of 1080p. I’ve pre-ordered the upcoming HD DVD of The Bourne Identity, due out on July 24th. As per DVD Times, the standard definition DVD being released at the same time will feature an extended cut, and, while the HD DVD will apparently replicate the bonus content from this release, it’s unclear whether or not it will also feature this longer cut. I’d hazard a guess that it will, although whether this is something to be celebrated or decried depends on whether or not director Doug Liman was involved. Simply put, I’m aware, after the likes of the Gladiator fiasco, many of these extended cuts are merely the result of studio executives demanding that a few minutes be added to the running time in order to justify selling a new copy of the same film.

HD DVD

Universal has also announced a bunch of titles, including the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, for August 28th, while Sony will be releasing Arlington Road on Blu-ray on August 7th (sans commentary, a move that High-Def Digest rather generously refers to as “streamlin[ing]”). Both of these titles are shoe-ins for me - Arlington Road is a cracking if far-fetched thriller, and the Dawn of the Dead remake, while a pale shadow of the original, has a number of things going for it, in particularly the ever-impressive Sarah Polley and an appropriate dose of black humour. It should also be good HD demo material, if that makes any difference… as will Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, making its debut on Blu-ray on the same day as Arlington Road. I won’t, however, be picking up this particular title - the BD could look like a million bucks and I still wouldn’t have any desire to subject myself to that tedious dry-heave of a movie again.

David Fincher’s Zodiac, meanwhile, is coming to both formats on September 18th, a couple of months after their standard definition counterpart’s street date of July 24th. Lyris, who saw it at the cinema last week, came back raving about it, and I’m certainly game for anything from David Fincher. Speaking of which, I haven’t seen Fight Club yet. How about it, Fox? That’s if you eventually get off your asses and release anything in HD.

 
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 10:18 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Animation | Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | HD DVD

 
Comments

1.

See FIGHT CLUB now!
Its out in a superb edition on DVD!

Posted by: ARCVILE, June 1, 2007 2:34 AM

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It would be interesting to see if "Dawn of the Dead" is going to be censored again.

The US DVD has digitally manipulated one shot of a naked woman. This shot remains intact in every other release the movie has gotten.

Posted by: Kamyar-MZ, June 2, 2007 12:02 AM

3.

I’d almost forgotten about that. A completely bizarre state of affairs to say the least.

Posted by: Whiggles, June 2, 2007 12:10 AM

4.

still can't entirely get to grips with the issue of whether 'paprika' (satoshi kon) will have english subs on the blur-ray issued in france on the 20th. if so, it will be the first blur i will pay for (got free 'taladega nights' and 'casino royale' with my PS3 purchase / registration), and, if not, it will be 'solid state society', which i also hoe will be a blu release in america during july - still seems to be a rumor more than a confirmation though.

Posted by: logboy, June 2, 2007 9:46 AM

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