Breaking the Blu cherry and all still remains well. I hope you’ve enjoyed my first two Blu reviews for the site. Rest assured, everything is always a work in progress, and we’re coming along rather nicely, don’t you think?
The big news for the week has to be the announcement of The Matrix trilogy arriving to HD-DVD shelves on 5/22, with a BD release sometime down the road. The common assumption for the BD delay appears to be the lack of BD-J interactivity right now, which would also explain why Ba…man Begins, V for Vendetta and similar titles with a Warner In Movie Experience/Pop Up Function aren’t out for PS3 buyers right now, and probably why the Harry Potter series hasn’t come out yet either. Was this a not too subtle shot across Sony’s bow to get this functionality working? Only time will tell. Toshiba has announced price cuts on their HD-A2 and XA2 models, with the A2 retailing for $399, proving that the ever so elusive $300 and under price point isn’t that far away.
In other release news, Catch and Release comes to Blu-ray from Sony on 5/8, while Stomp the Yard comes out a week later, and in even more Blu exclusives, Curse of the Golden Flower is released two weeks later. And Disney announces a street date way, WAY out, as Santa Clause 3 comes out on 11/20. Maybe SE’s of the other two are on their way? Buena Vista will drop Apocalypto on 5/22 (an expensive day for Blu buyers) and Bridge to Terabithia on 6/19, both of which are day and date SD releases also. Format neutral folks get Freedom Writers from Warner on 5/22, and Paramount brags of new special editions of The Warriors and The Untouchables on 7/3.
There’s a little bit of everything when it comes to new releases this week. HD-DVD buyers get Children of Men, while Blu-ray backers get Pursuit of Happyness. Format neutral buyers get March of the Penguins and Happy Feet on both platforms, so there’s another sales barometer to measure gang!.
That’s all for this week high definers, so until next time, keep the brightness low and the resolution high!