When last I left you, the viewer, I was in the midst of frantically typing “Yo” so that I could be a participant of the chat with Warner Brothers Home Video, to ask about any coming next-gen titles from the studio. What we found out was fairly illuminating. The Warner hits L.A. Confidential, Poltergeist, Deliverance and the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet will all appear on HD-DVD and Blu-ray this year, with Heat and The Music Man to come out in 2008. They also reconfirmed …hat other Stanley Kubrick films, along with Blade Runner, should be on their way out as well.
In other, perhaps tastier Blu-Ray news, Bill Hunt managed to get a quick look at a large though not complete look at the Universal titles on HD-DVD for most of the coming year. Titles include Midnight Run, The Big Lebowski, Lost in Translation, Mallrats, Being John Malkovich, Born on the Fourth of July and The Bourne Identity. How much of a dent Universal makes remains to be seen, but at least they finally may have some activity worth talking about.
In other more conventional release news to speak of, Fox touts Night at the Museum on Blu-ray for a 4/24 release (Sony rolls The Queen out the same day, while Sony releases extended cuts of Revenge and Donnie Brasco out for 5/8. Warner will release Enter the Dragon and The Dirty Dozen on Blu-ray on 4/17. HD-DVD has, well, look at their release schedule! Oh well. No new next-gen titles to speak of this week, so save every penny for the Blu-ray Casino Royale release next week.
That’s all for this week as the first quarter continues to drag on. And on. And on. So until next time high definers, keep the brightness low and the resolution high!