Breaking Un-News: Fox to Not Ditch Blu-ray [UPDATED: Fox MGM Announce 29 New Titles]

Perhaps in spin-response to the Paramount news from this AM, a Blu ray Consortium rep just called me to tell me Fox is supporting Blu-ray. What's weird is that they're already supposed to be supporting Blu-ray. I guess the "news" is that Fox isn't ditching Blu-ray, as it seemed they were going to since they haven't released a disc on that format since April, according to Wikipedia.

UPDATE: Fox and MGM just announced 29 titles, including 3 Die Hard movies. Were they just waiting for the HD DVD guys to move before telling us all this? UPDATE2: Sony just fired off their fall releases, too, with full details on the interactive extras. (HD DVD's strong point) Will these play in the older Blu ray players? Tiered spec releases suck.


That lapse was weird because Fox helped create Blu. They were the ones gunning for all that deep DRM. We'll update you when the release comes out, because we're hoping that they at least mention some movie titles.

But as you can see in our chart from this morning, there has been no real change, Except for Paramount going to HD DVD exclusively.

Blu-rayHD DVD
Columbia Pictures(1), MGM (1,3)YesNo
Dreamworks (4)NoYes
First Look StudiosNoYes
Fox (3)YesNo
Image EntertainmentYesYes
Magnolia PicturesYesYes
New Line CinemaYesYes
Paramount (2)NoYes
Porn Studios (7)No (except for Vivid)Yes
Studio CanalYesYes
Universal Studios (5)NoYes
Warner Bros. (6)YesYes
The Weinstein Company/DimensionNoYes

FOX AND MGM UNVEIL BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE RELEASES FOR 2007 29 Titles To Debut Packed With Soon-to-Be-Announced BD Industry 'Firsts' - PLUS - Fox's First TV Title 'PRISON BREAK' FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER And LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and Other Titles To Debut Day-and-Date on BD/DVD — Blu-ray Out-Performing HD DVD 2-to-1 At Retail in 2007 — LOS ANGELES - August 20, 2007 — Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today unveiled an aggressive global Blu-ray Disc release strategy including 29 new release and "must-have" catalog titles that runs through the end of the 2007 calendar year. Among the many highlights of the impressive worldwide slate are six day & date BD/DVD new theatrical releases from Fox including the $241 million box-office family favorite FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER and the $335 million box-office action powerhouse LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, four day & date BD/DVD (U.S. only) new theatrical releases from MGM, 19 'must-have on BD' films from the two studios' libraries, Fox's first-ever TV release on BD - PRISON BREAK — and Fox's intention to release at least one state-of-the-art title per month featuring numerous BD 'firsts.' The only high-definition packaged media universally supported by the film, music, gaming and computer industries, BD is the #1 selling high-definition packaged media. In fact, on a worldwide basis, BD is averaging nearly 70% market-share per week of all high definition titles sold this year and, in the U.S., it is out-performing HD DVD by a margin of 115%. "Given that Blu-ray has consistently outsold HD DVD all year, and this is the case for any titles released by any studio in both formats, we believe that the time is right for us to accelerate our activities and help convert the nearly 60 million high definition households worldwide into Blu-ray households," noted Mike Dunn, President Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "By the end of this calendar year there will be expansive availability of technically vibrant releases featuring never-before-seen, advanced BD-J interactivity as well as a broad offering of playback devices at attractive prices that will prove to any doubting consumers once and for all that Blu-ray is the only way." "And as Blu-ray continues to grows stronger, it has become survival of the fittest which is most apparent in the retail landscape where our eager and growing global Blu-ray consumer base has caused a shift that is forcing the allocation of more space to the format that is selling the best. And, in many recent instances of note, top retailers in North America are choosing to promote the Blu-ray format exclusively in their stores," continued Dunn. Among the BD industry 'firsts' from the Studios' upcoming global release slate are picture in picture capability, enhanced viewing and surround sound modes with the ability to mix and match picture and sound, direct access to in-movie features through one of the four colored buttons on the BD remote and the most technically vibrant BD-Java interactive multi-player challenge and trivia games to date. The Studios' slate also takes full advantage of BD-Live functionality this fourth quarter. Internet-connected consumers will enjoy unique, title specific "web-enabled" interactive features and games and "web-exclusive" downloadable content with the ability to connect and interact with other broadband BD users worldwide. Cementing its leadership position within the industry - previous BD releases NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and X-MEN THE LAST STAND rank in the Top 20 best-sellers - the vast majority of the Studios' upcoming global slate will be presented on 50 GB dual-layer discs with advanced BD-J interactivity and feature numerous Blu-ray exclusive high-definition bonus materials that further realizes BD's incredible potential. Consumers will enjoy the superior video and audio elements of AVC encoding and Lossless HD audio on many of the coming titles as well as enhanced and integrated menus, personal scene selections, search indexing, trivia and other title specific games and high-definition bonus materials. Upcoming BD-J features exclusive to priority catalogue titles from Fox and MGM include an "Alien Scavenger Hunt" (INDEPENDENCE DAY) that challenges players to earn points by identifying the correct number of aliens in select scenes to unlock additional bonus features; a "Global Warming Trivia Track" (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW) where users must correctly answer questions about global warming to keep the Earth's temperature from rising and being destroyed; and a historical and geographical pop-up map (MASTER & COMMANDER) that tracks the location of Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and his enemies. Listed below are the upcoming Blu-ray Disc releases from Fox and MGM excluding new theatrical day & date BD/DVD releases. EXACT TITLE CONFIGURATIONS TO FOLLOW IN THE COMING WEEKS. TITLE N.A. RELEASE INTERNATIONAL RELEASE MASTER & COMMANDER OCT. 2 OCT. THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW OCT. 2 NOV. FROM HELL OCT. 9 OCT. THE FLY (1986) OCT. 9 Q1 08 EDWARD SCISSORHANDS `OCT. 9 NOV. 28 DAYS LATER OCT. 9 North America Only ROBOCOP (MGM) OCT. 9 DEC. AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979) (MGM) OCT. 9 North America Only BATTLE OF BRITAIN (MGM) NOV. 6 Q1 08 A BRIDGE TOO FAR (MGM) NOV. 6 Q1 08 I, ROBOT NOV. 13 Q1 08 DIE HARD NOV NOV. DIE HARD 2 DIE HARDER NOV NOV. DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE NOV NOV. RED DAWN (MGM) NOV Q1 08 MR. AND MRS. SMITH DEC. 4 DEC. INDEPENDENCE DAY DEC. 4 DEC. CAST AWAY DEC. 4 North America Only RONIN (MGM) DEC. 4 DEC Blu-ray Disc is a next generation optical disc format developed for high-definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 25 gigabytes of data and a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 50 gigabytes of data. This greater storage capacity enables the Blu-ray Disc to store over six times the amount of content than is possible with current DVDs, and is particularly well-suited for high definition feature films with extended levels of additional bonus and interactive material. Blu-ray also features the most advanced copy protection, player backward compatibility with the current DVD format, connectivity and advanced interactivity. Fox takes advantage of the next generation format's high definition technology and advanced functionality to present its titles with the highest quality audiovisual elements. Showcasing picture quality with six times the resolution of DVD and theater quality "uncompressed" audio for the purest digital sound, the cutting-edge discs also feature enhanced and integrated menus, games, high-definition bonus materials and Java-encoding for more dynamic and sophisticated interactivity. The Studio's commitment to emerging technologies is dedicated to enhancing the consumer experience of its products and providing for backward compatibility with their existing home entertainment libraries while also aggressively protecting its intellectual property from piracy. The Blu-ray companies fully embrace the Studio's steadfast commitment to the fight against piracy and the preservation of the integrity of its properties. Twentieth Century Fox is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blu- ray Disc Association. A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) as well as acquisitions and original productions. The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets — from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce - throughout the world. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER BLU-RAY DISCTM SLATE THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, A FEW GOOD MEN, BLACK BOOK, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, TEKKONKINKREET AND UNDERWORLD AMONG TITLES CULVER CITY, CALIF. (August 20, 2007) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) announced the September debut of two new releases, Black Book and Tekkonkinkreet, and four catalog Blu-ray High-DefTM titles, The Replacement Killers, A Few Good Men, Memoirs of a Geisha and Underworld. Each of the six Blu-ray releases takes advantage of the format's 50GB storage capacity, high-definition 1080p picture quality and features uncompressed PCM 5.1 audio. These releases add to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's existing library of over 60 high-def titles available on Blu-ray DiscTM. Other Sony Pictures Home Entertainment titles coming exclusively to Blu-ray High-DefTM this fall include Spider-Man3, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Reign Over Me, Surf's Up and Hostel: Part II. THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS - Available September 11th (CAT)

Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino (1995 Best Supporting Actress, Mighty Aphrodite) and International superstar Chow Yun-Fat (John Woo's Hard-Boiled) star in The Replacement Killers, a fierce and explosive action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter and King Arthur). This Blu-ray release includes the following bonus features:
· Featurette: Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood
· Featurette: "Where The Action Is" (Edited HBO special)

*Bonus material presented in Standard Definition

A FEW GOOD MEN - Available September 18th (CAT)

The acclaimed drama about the dangerous dichotomy between following orders and following one's conscience features Tom Cruise as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator, played by Demi Moore, in a politically explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, the two lawyers are confronted with the complex issues of loyalty and honor, including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior, played by Jack Nicholson. Special bonus features include the following:
· Director's Commentary with Rob Reiner
· Documentary: Code of Conduct
· Featurette: From Stage to Screen

*Bonus material presented in Standard Definition

BLACK BOOK (2007) - Available September 25th (DD)

In the darkest days of World War II, Jewish fugitives attempt to escape occupied Holland - only to face a Nazi ambush. Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) alone survives the attack and joins the Dutch Resistance to avenge her family. Unable to fully trust anyone, Rachel navigates a minefield of deception and becomes an enemy to both sides. Black Book relates an untold story of World War II where the distinctions between good and evil become blurred by the complexities of human nature. This poignant Blu-ray release offers an assortment of added-value features, including:
· 'Making-of' featurette
· Director's Commentary

*Bonus material presented in Standard Definition

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA - Available September 25th (CAT)

A Cinderella story like no other, Memoirs of a Geisha stars Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li in a romantic epic about a house servant blossoming against all odds to become the most captivating geisha of her day. The Blu-ray version of the film features the following:
· Production Audio Commentary
· Rob Marshall and John DeLuca Audio Commentary
· Featurette: Sayuri's Journey - From the Novel to the Screen
· Featurette: The Road to Japan
· Featurette: Geisha Bootcamp
· Featurette: Building the Hanamachi
· Featurette: The Look of Geisha
· Featurette: The Music of "Memoirs"
· Featurette: A Geisha's Dance
· Featurette: The World of the Geisha
· Featurette: The Way of the Sumo
· Featurette: Rob Marshall
· Featurette: A Day With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
· Enhanced Photo Gallery (high definition)
· Index
· Blu-meter
· Bookmarks
· AV pop-up menus

*Except where noted, bonus material presented in Standard Definition

TEKKONKINKREET - Available September 25th (DD)

A brutal elegy for our changing times as well as a tour-de-force of visual artistry, Tekkonkinkreet is a deeply resonant story with a heart. The title Tekkonkinkreet is a play on the Japanese words for 'concrete,' 'iron,' and 'muscle,' and it suggests the warring images of
steel and concrete cities amassing against the powers of the imagination. Added-value features on the Blu-ray version of the film include:
· The Making of Tekkonkinkreet - Director Michael Arias' 300-Day Diary
· A Conversation with Director Michael Arias and British Music Duo Plaid
· Filmmaker Commentary
· Blu-meter
· Bookmarks
· AV pop-up menus

*Bonus material presented in Standard Definition

UNDERWORLD - Available September 25th (CAT)

Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman star in this modern-day, action-packed tale of ruthless intrigue and forbidden passion set against the dazzling backdrop of a timeless, Gothic metropolis. Underworld on Blu-ray offers an assortment of added-value features, including:
· Director and Cast Commentary
· Blooper Reel: Outtakes
· Documentary: Fang vs. Fiction
· Featurette: Making-of 'Underworld'
· Featurette: The Visual Effects of 'Underworld'
· Featurette: Creature Effects
· Featurette: Stunts
· Featurette: Designing 'Underworld'
· Featurette: The Look of 'Underworld'
· Featurette: Sights and Sounds of 'Underworld'
· Storyboard Comparisons
· Music Video: Finch - "Worms of the Earth"

*Bonus material presented in Standard Definition

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