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Blu-ray: “We’ve just lost Paramount”

HD DVD/Blu-ray/DVD

Sources: Viacom; Lyris Lite

The underdog fights back! After fighting a losing battle against Blu-ray for the better part of the year, the HD DVD camp have just launched a massive salvo against the rival format by securing the exclusive support of Paramount Pictures. Paramount, and all studios whose movies are distributed by them, including DreamWorks Animation SKG, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, will release their films exclusively on HD DVD as of August 28th, when Blades of Glory will become their first title not to be available on Blu-ray.

The only exception to this new state of affairs will be Steven Spielberg-directed films (those he merely produced will still be exclusive), which, to quote the press release, “are not exclusive to either format”.

All I can say is that this is really, really going to hurt certain people when the likes of Shrek, Transformers, Titanic and Braveheart are released.

Update, August 20th, 2007 06:51 PM: I’m currently camping on the announcement thread. It’s a laugh riot.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2007 at 5:45 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD



From the thread:

"I will gladly pull every DVD in my collection and have it hand delivered to the front lawn of Paramount studios. You with me?"

Geez...*rolls eyes*

Posted by: Jayson, August 20, 2007 7:10 PM


The wording on the Spielberg bit implies a cross-studio mandate.

Wonder what that means for the recently-announced, intended Blu-ray exclusive release of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND?

If Spielberg insists there be a companion HD DVD release, the barriers are really starting to crumble.


Posted by: Jeffrey Allen Rydell, August 21, 2007 5:05 AM


I have a feeling the Spielberg deal refers only to the Paramount-owned titles, but a very interesting situation could arise if Sony found themselves expected to release an HD DVD of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. One to watch out for, for sure.

Posted by: Whiggles, August 21, 2007 8:55 AM


Looks like Spielberg wants to dip his toes into Blu-ray, but keep all options open for the future. Oh well. I was hoping he might help to define the terms more...


Posted by: Jeffrey Allen Rydell, August 22, 2007 3:53 PM

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