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New Line in the deep Blu sea

HD DVD/Blu-ray/DVD

In a move that is sure to have surprised precisely no people, New Line Cinema have announced their plans to follow parent company Warner and support Blu-ray exclusively. Charitably described as a “transition” by High-Def Digest, this move is more of the “jump cut” variety, as the move is effective immediately, making the studio’s first HD DVD release, Pan’s Labyrinth, also its last. New Line’s stance towards HD DVD was always more lukewarm than Warner’s, with its non-catalogue releases Hairspray and Rush Hour 3 delayed on HD DVD due to cited concerns over the format’s lack of region coding. Therefore, despite announcing that these titles would be arriving on the red format at a later date, this will no longer be the case. Good things, it would seem, don’t always come to those who wait. Or bad things, in the case of Rush Hour 3.

In other news, Paramount and Universal are remaining tight-lipped about the situation, with the usually garrulous Universal declining to comment, while Paramount, despite reaffirming its support for HD DVD, has decided to make no new release announcements at the present time, stating that the titles they had planned to unveil at CES are now “up in the air”.

Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 10:37 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD | Technology



I predict Paramount will be next.

Posted by: Avanze, January 8, 2008 10:51 PM


You can't claim support for a format without announcing any titles!

I feel when Toshiba et al show their hand, we'll either see HD DVDs last stand, or there will be some kind of saving face announcement as they pack it in.

It was a strange feeling picking up Zodiac on HD DVD today, wondering if it would be my last new release purchase on the format.

Posted by: Bleddyn Williams, January 9, 2008 1:33 AM

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