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UPDATE - 1/25/08 - 11:30 AM PST)
We're going to start today with some new announcements and cover
art. Then we're going to check back in this afternoon with some
format war business and the associated editorial you've come to
First up, those announcements. New Line has just revealed that The
Golden Compass will street on 4/29. There will be two DVD
versions - a single disc DVD (available in full frame or anamorphic
widescreen - SRP $28.98) and a 2-disc Platinum Edition (SRP $34.99).
The 2-disc DVD looks to include three different series of
documentary featurettes, with over 2.5 hours worth of extras,
including Origins, Behind-the-Scenes
and Lyra's World. There will
also be a 2-disc Blu-ray Disc edition (SRP $39.98) that includes all
of the DVD extras along with BD-Java "visually enhanced"
commentary. A complete list of DVD extras is forthcoming. Here's
what the cover art for all three versions is expected to look like
(subject to change)...
In other announcement news, Universal has set Who's
Your Monkey for release on DVD on 5/6 (SRP $24.98).
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox and MGM have announced a few new
catalog DVDs, including a Billy Wilder
Giftset on 3/4 (includes The
Apartment: Collector's Edition, The
Fortune Cookie, Kiss Me Stupid
and the Some Like it Hot: Special Edition)
and a trio of baseball titles on 3/18 (SRP $14.98 each), including
an Eight Men Out: Collector's Edition,
The Pride of the Yankees: Collector's
Edition and a Bull Durham:
Collector's Edition. Bull
Durham will include audio commentary by director Ron
Shelton, a second commentary with stars Kevin Costner and Tim
Robbins and 4 featurettes (The Greatest
Show on Dirt, Diamonds in the
Rough, Between the Lines: The
Making of Bull Durham and a Kevin
Costner Profile). Eight Men
Out will include audio commentary by director John Sayles
and 4 featurettes (a Two Part
Retrospective, The Story
Behind the Movie, and DB, the
Bat & the 2005 World Series). The
Pride of the Yankees will include 6 featurettes (The
Making of Pride of the Yankees, The
Man Behind the Iron Horse, What
He Left Behind, Always,
Lou Gehrig's Disease: The Search for a
Cure and Curt Schilling: A
Legend on a Legend). Here's a look at cover art...
While we're talking titles this morning, here's some cover art for
a few more recently announced DVDs... Fox's Hitman:
Unrated Edition (3/11 - available with Digital Copy on
both DVD and Blu-ray), Universal's The
Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2
(4/15) and DreamWorks' Beowolf:
Director's Cut (2/26)...
By the way, one last note this morning: Sarah and I managed to
catch a matinee of the new U2
3D IMAX film yesterday... and let me tell you, it's pretty
damn great. If you've never been to a U2 concert before, now's you
chance for just the cost of an IMAX movie ticket. And if you're
already a U2 fan and have seen them live, this film will bring you
right back to the moment and we guarantee that it's the best seat
you've ever had. The 3D effect is surprisingly good and it really
enhances the live music experience in ways you wouldn't expect. But
the better news is that the concert performance is extraordinary,
just as you'd expect from this band. Seriously, if you're a music
fan, you owe it to yourself to check this out. If it doesn't move
you, envelop you or at least get your feet tapping, you might want
to check your pulse. It's a terrific piece of concert filmmaking.
Don't miss it (click
here for the official website with a list of theaters).
Okay... we'll be back with that format war editorial in a couple
hours, so stay tuned...
Okay, we have some official details for you on Buena Vista's No
Country for Old Men. As we reported yesterday, look for
the DVD and Blu-ray to hit stores on 3/11. The DVD (SRP $29.99) will
include 3 behind-the-scenes documentaries (Working
with the Coens: Reflections of Cast and Crew, The
Making of No Country for Old Men and Diary
of a Country Sheriff). The Blu-ray Disc (SRP $34.99) will
include the same extras as the DVD.
Meanwhile, Universal's The Wiz: 30th
Anniversary Edition streets on 2/12 (SRP $19.98) in
anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, the Wiz
on Down the Road featurette, the trailer and a bonus
8-track soundtrack CD.
Fox has announced the DVD release of Moondance
Alexander on 4/29.
Koch Lorber will release Radiant City
on 3/4, with Matías Bize's en la
cama following on 3/11.
Sony will release The 6th Day
on Blu-ray Disc on 4/8.
Tropics Entertainment is beginning its support of Blu-ray with the
2/12 release of Over America in
High-Definition and Over
California in High-Definition.
Paramount is bringing back its Jack Ryan
Collection HD-DVD box set on 3/25 (includes Patriot
Games, Clear and Present
Danger, The Hunt for Red
October and The Sum of All
Fears). You may recall that it appeared very briefly last
year in stores, but was recalled because the packaging for a couple
of the titles listed extras that weren't on the discs. The new discs
will simply have no extras, and the packaging has been revised
Warner Home Video has just announced a bunch of new and re-issue
titles for their various umbrella companies, including TONS of
classic Doctor Who episodes
for the BBC on 3/4 (Ep. 13: The Web
Planet, Ep. 45: The Mind
Robber, Ep. 54: Inferno,
Ep. 57: The Claws of Axos,
Ep. 69: The Green Death, Ep.
78: Genesis of the Daleks, Ep.
87: The Hand of Fear, Ep. 92:
Horror of Fang Rock, Ep. 105:
City of Death, Ep. 110: The
Leisure Hive, Ep. 120: The
Visitation, Ep. 140: The Mark
of the Rani, Ep. 143:
Revelation of the Daleks, Ep.
157: Ghost Light, The
Beginning Collection, Lost in
Time: Patrick Troughton Years and Lost
in Time: William Hartnell Years), more titles featuring
The Wiggles than you can shake
a stick at (and way too numerous to list here) on 3/11, Adult Swim's
Frisky Dingo: Season 1 on
3/25, a new Harold & Kumar: Special
Edition for New Line on 4/1, Sharkwater
and CNN's Planet in Peril
special on 4/8, the BBC's Seven Wonders
of the Industrial World and Allo
'Allo: Complete Series 8 on 5/6, and the Sinatra
mini-series on 5/13. Also, don't forget that Adult Swim's Aqua
Teen Hunger Force: Volume 5 streets on 1/29 from Warner.
And we wanted to post this one separately, because we know a lot of
you Gen-Xers will get a kick out of it. Warner will be releasing the
Rankin and Bass classic The Easter Bunny
is Comin to Town as a new Deluxe
Edition on 2/19 (SRP $14.98). It includes three
additional stop-motion animation shorts: Breakfast
of Magicians, Floating Through
Daydream Garden and Easter
Bunny is Comin to Town: The Easter Express.
By the way, we looked into that
Daily story from yesterday about Warner extending their
HD-DVD support three weeks. It's actually not an extension, it's
really just a clarification. It simply reflects the fact that Warner
is delaying their catalog HD-DVD releases three weeks after the DVD
and Blu-ray release as well as new release titles. So whatever the
last major DVD and Blu-ray title announcement is before the end of
May, the HD-DVD version will come out in early June and will be the
studio's last release on the format.
Finally today, just a quick note: Industry sources are telling us
that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is expected to sell its 2
millionth Blu-ray Disc in North America this week, probably either
today or tomorrow.
(LATE UPDATE - 1/23/08
- 1 PM PST)
We've got just a few more quick items to report this afternoon.
First up, a quick Best Picture nominee release round-up...
We've confirmed with Buena Vista that Joel and Ethan Coen's No
Country for Old Men will street on DVD and Blu-ray Disc
on 3/11. Watch for the official announcement in the next couple of
Meanwhile, industry sources are telling us to expect 20th Century
Fox's Juno on DVD and Blu-ray
in late March or early April. We anticipate official details soon.
Universal's Atonement will
almost certainly be released on both DVD and HD-DVD, but no street
date has yet been announced.
Paramount is expected to release There
Will Be Blood, also likely on DVD and HD-DVD, but again
no street date has yet been announced.
And Warner will release Michael Clayton
on DVD and Blu-ray on 2/19, with the HD-DVD version following on
Around the Net this afternoon,
Business has a story up on the high-def format war's cost
to the home video industry this past year, as well as the industry's
hope for a better 2008 as the war resolves.
is reporting that Samsung has decided to kill their BD-UP5000
dual-format combo player, but may release a high-end replacement
later in 2008.
Courier Mail in Australia has posted a comprehensive piece
on the status of the format war down under, post-CES. And
Daily has reported that Chicago-based regional retailer
Grant's Appliances has decided to discontinue carrying HD-DVD.
Daily is also reporting that Warner's end date for HD-DVD
support has been extended an additional three weeks.
Completely non-format war related,
has a bunch of "I-Reports" up from viewers who have
met Heath Ledger over the years. I have a feeling that Ledger's
death is hitting movie fans hard, and that they'll be feeling the
loss for a while, especially given that his career seemed to be on a
major upward track, that he was so young and that his last completed
film is still currently over 6 months away from theaters. It's just
such a shame.
(EARLY UPDATE - 1/23/08 - 12:01 AM PST)
Morning, film fans.
As promised, we're checking in early today with a brand spankin'
Coming Attractions column from our very own Barrie
Maxwell. In this installment, Barrie reviews some 14 new and recent
classic film titles on DVD, including VCI's
USA Jubilee Collection,
with Buffalo Bill and
Eagle, Grapevine Video's double bill of
Takes Over/The Last Three, Restored Serials Super
Our Gang Collection: Volumes One,
Young Savages, Fox's
Affair to Remember: 50th Anniversary Edition, Sony's
two-disc release of
vs. the Flying Saucers, Warner's
(1965) and Paramount's
Season Two, Volume One and
Season Two, Volume Two. Enjoy.
Also today, just a quick note: For those of you who have asked us
about the availability of larger sizes of our Digital
Bits Anamorphic Widescreen T-shirts, we've just gotten in
a limited stock of them in sizes 2XL and 3XL (white only).
to order if you're interested.
(LATE UPDATE -
1/22/08 - 6:15 PM PST)
You know, some things just suck to have to report. This is one of
Obviously, there's very sad news this evening. It seems that actor
Ledger has died at the age of 28. There's not a lot of details
available yet, other than that he was found dead in his New York
City apartment today. Ledger was recently nominated for an Academy
Award for his role in Brokeback Mountain.
He also starred in The Patriot
and A Knight's Tale among
other films, and will be featured as The Joker in Warner's The
Dark Knight in July. He was currently in the middle of
filming on director Terry Gilliam's The
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
First, this is obviously shocking news. We were all pretty stunned
around here when we heard of it late this afternoon. Ledger was a
very talented actor, and from everything we've heard he was a pretty
decent human being too. It's a real shame - terribly sad news,
especially when you consider that he has a daughter that's just a
few years old. Ugh.
The other thing we can't help thinking this evening is just
completely trivial, but as film fans we just can't help thinking it:
Man, Terry Gilliam just can't catch a break. I mean, seriously.
Anyway, sorry to end the day on such a sad note, but there it is.
(LATE UPDATE -
1/22/08 - 1:15 PM PST)
Okay... we're naturally getting a bunch of e-mails today with
questions about the NPD charts we posted this morning (click
here for the permalink to the charts), and the raw data they
were based on. So we wanted to post a follow-up.
For the record, we didn't get the charts from NPD... we created
them ourselves based on the actual NPD unit sales data. And here, in
the interest of transparency, is that actual sales data. Again,
these numbers do NOT include the PS3 or the Xbox 360 add-on drive -
these are just straight set-top players.
Here's how the January Week 1 unit sales looked for each format
(week ending 1/5)...
Blu-ray Disc - 15,257 units
HD-DVD - 14,558 units
That was prior to the Warner announcement, which came on 1/4. Now
here's how the January Week 2 unit sales data for each format looked
AFTER the announcement (for the week ending 1/12)...
Blu-ray Disc - 21,770 units
HD-DVD - 1,758 units
As you can see, the HD-DVD player numbers dropped dramatically.
However, it's also true that 21,770 isn't a doubling of the 15,257
of the previous week, so we stand corrected on the Blu-ray comment -
Blu-ray player sales did not double, but they did increase
significantly. It was always our intention that the data would speak
for itself, which is why we were very careful in accurately creating
the pie charts, and it's why we're posting the unit sales data for
you now. We think the data DOES speak for itself, but now you can
all draw your own conclusions.
While we're at it, here are the unit sales numbers for the month of
December as well (weeks ending 12/8 to 12/29)...
Blu-ray Disc - 115,132 units
HD-DVD - 76,148 units
So there you go. FYI, we will post the numbers for the second half
of January as they become available, to track how sales of both
formats are affected by the various recent sales and discounts.
(LATE UPDATE -
1/22/08 - 12:15 PM PST)
How's about some more new title release announcements? We've got a
bunch of them for you this afternoon.
First, 20th Century Fox has just revealed the DVD and Blu-ray Disc
release of Hitman on 3/11. The
film will be available as a single-disc edition in two versions - a
93-minute Theatrical Edition
and a 94-minute Unrated Edition
(SRP $29.98), each with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (the Unrated version
also includes DTS 5.1). Extras on each include 4 deleted scenes and
an alternate ending. Also available will be a 2-disc Hitman:
Digital Copy Unrated Special Edition DVD (SRP $34.98)
will include all of the single-disc extras, along with 3
behind-the-scenes featurettes (In the
Crosshairs, Digital Hits
and Settling the Score), 6
Instruments of Destruction
featurettes (Para-Ordinance P18.9,
Blaser R93 LRS2, MM16,
FN F2000, Micro
Uzi and M240), a
gag reel and the Digital Copy version of the film compatible with
Macs, PCs, laptops, iPods and other portable devices. Finally, the
Hitman: Unrated Special Edition
Blu-ray Disc (SRP $39.98) will include all of the above bonus
content on one Blu-ray Disc, along with a standard DVD disc that
includes the Digital Copy version. Audio on the Blu-ray will be
English DTS HD 5.1, along with French DTS 5.1 and Spanish Dolby
Meanwhile, Disney will release its mostly live-action fantasy Enchanted
on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 3/18. The DVD (SRP $19.95) will be
available in separate full frame and anamorphic widescreen versions.
Extras will include deleted scenes, bloopers, 3 Fantasy
Comes to Life featurettes and the Pip's
Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure game. The Blu-ray (SRP
$34.99) will include all of the DVD features along with The
D-Files interactive viewing option which allows you to
spot all of the references to Disney classics hidden in the film.
Sony has announced the DVD release of What
Love Is and The Good Night
Universal has set a Serial Mom:
Collector's Edition for release on 5/6 (SRP $19.98). The
studio is also re-issuing The Car
and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The
Movie on DVD on 5/6 (SRP also $19.98 each).
Criterion has announced a pair of new DVD releases for April,
including Juan Antonio Bardem's Death of
a Cyclist (Cat #472 - due 4/22) and Allen Baron's Blast
of Silence (#428 - due 4/15).
Lionsgate has revealed its March release slate, set to include The
Kill Point and Left for Dead
on 3/4, the Leprechaun Triple Feature
(including Leprechaun, Leprechaun
2 and Leprechaun 3)
and Crave on 3/11, Jillian
Michaels 30 Day Shred, Don't
Drink the Water and 8 Horrorfest
titles - Borderland, Mulberry
Street, Deaths of Ian Stone,
Nightmare Man, Unearthed,
Lake Dead, Crazy
Eights and Tooth and Nail
- on 3/18, and finally James Clavell's
Noble House, the Alain Delon
5-Film Collection (including Diaboliquement
Votre, Le Gitan,
La Piscine, Notre
Histoire and La Veuve De
Couderc) and Wristcutters: A
Love Story on 3/25.
Manga will release a Tactics Box Set
on 2/12 (SRP $49.98) containing all 5 volumes of the anime series on
DVD. For those who already own the first four volumes, Tactics:
Volume 5 will be available separately on 3/11 (SRP
Finally, Paramount has announced some new TV titles for release in
April and May from its various umbrella companies, including A
Shot at Love with Tila Tequila: The Complete Unrated First Season
and Melrose Place: The Fourth Season
(4/15), Laverne & Shirley: The
Complete Fourth Season (4/22), Beverly
Hills 90210: The Fourth Season, Celebration
of Gospel: Spirit in Song, Cheers:
The Ninth Season, Keyshia
Cole: The Way It Is and The
Big Gay Sketch Show: The Complete Second Season (all
4/29), African American Lives 2,
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 3: Fire
Volume 3, The 4400: The Fourth
Season and The Invaders:
Season One (all 5/6), and Mission:
Impossible - The Fourth TV Season, The
Animation Show: Volume 3 and Backyardigans:
High Flying Adventures (on 5/11).
And to close things out this afternoon, we have a couple notes from
around the Net...
The online comic
Arcade has a funny strip up at the moment that should give
those of you who recall Divx (not the video codec but the
pay-per-view disc format) a laugh.
article has nothing to do with the format war or DVD, but it
should induce a bit of a horrified gasp when you read it -
especially those of you working at a desk in a cubicle in some
nameless office park. And to think, keeping his red Swingline
stapler was once Milton's biggest worry...
We unintentionally neglected this sad news over the last couple
weeks, but we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing
Grant. They will all, of course, be missed.
Finally, as we mentioned earlier, the Oscar nominations were
announced this morning up in Hollywood. Vying for the Best Picture
nod this year are Atonement,
Clayton, No Country for Old
Men and There Will Be Blood.
You can read the complete list
We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning with a new Classic
Coming Attractions column from our own Barrie Maxwell,
featuring 14 new disc reviews. Until then... stay tuned!
(EARLY UPDATE -
1/22/08 - 12:01 AM PST)
Yeah, I know it's actually 7 PM on Monday evening. So what. Let's
get an early start on our Tuesday morning post. Why? Because why the
heck not? Plus, it'll save me having to get up at 5 AM, and it'll
give you something to read over your morning coffee too. That's what
they call a two-fer.
Real quick, before we get started: Our own Russell Hammond has once
again updated the
DVD Cover Art section with all the latest DVD, Blu-ray and
HD-DVD cover scans and Amazon pre-order links. So if you're a cover
art connoisseur, and we know that many of you are, enjoy.
Okay... so the latest hardware sales data from market research firm
NPD Group is in, and it reveals that - as one would expect - HD-DVD
player sales have also been impacted by the news of Warner's
decision to drop the format later this year. One quick note:
The data that follows does NOT include sales
of Sony's PlayStation 3 or the HD-DVD add-on drive for Microsoft's
Xbox 360. These are stand-alone, set-top players only.
First up, let's look at the month of December (weeks ending 12/8 to
12/29), along with the first two weeks of January (weeks ending 1/5
As you can see, Blu-ray Disc players outsold HD-DVD players in the
month of December here in the States by about a 60/40 margin, and
that split has grown to 70/30 in favor of Blu-ray in the first half
of January. This despite the fact that HD-DVD players were (on
average) some $200 cheaper than Blu-ray players throughout the
holiday shopping season.
But the most striking revelation in the data is the change in the
hardware sales ratios between the first and second weeks of January
(ending 1/5 and 1/12), reflecting the impact of Warner's
announcement (and the mainstream media reaction). The graphs below
show player sales for each format both before and after Warner's 1/4
As you can see, HD-DVD player sales dropped dramatically in the
week after Warner's announcement, while Blu-ray Disc player sales
nearly doubled over the same period.
Nevertheless, Universal Studios Home Entertainment EVP of high-def
strategic marketing, Ken Graffeo (also the co-president of the North
American HD-DVD Promotional Group), continues to emphasize his
studio's support of HD-DVD
a new interview with BetaNews. Among the comments
Graffeo makes, he says that in the wake of Warner's decision to drop
HD-DVD, retailers "want to wait for what
the consumer does. We've always said we want to follow the consumer."
He later adds, "Where the consumer has a
say is what they do and what they purchase. That's probably the
biggest statement that could be made." And once more,
near the end of the piece: "I think
anything is possible, and again it comes back to the consumer who
has the final voice." Given this, it will be interesting
to see what Universal does if the hardware and software sales
numbers continue to favor Blu-ray going forward in 2008.
Graffeo also comments thusly on recent rumors (which The
Bits, Daily Variety
and other publications have reported), to the effect that Universal
may change its high-def support status by the end of 2008:
"First of all, I want to say that none
of those rumors were substantiated. Nobody ever talked to us."
For the record, when we attempted to contact Graffeo for an
interview on this very subject upon returning from CES, we were told
the following: "No one at Universal is
commenting on or off the record on this subject currently."
In addition, we'd like to point out that nothing in this interview
precludes Universal from announcing a move to support Blu-ray at
some later date in 2008. What Graffeo says is: "This
is business as usual for us and there are no plans to make any
changes." You'll recall that Warner had no plans to
abandon their dual format strategy... until the day they suddenly
did. The same could be said for Paramount and DreamWorks last year,
when they decided to support HD-DVD exclusively - a change of policy
so sudden that even most of their own employees didn't know about it
until the morning it was announced. You can be sure that Universal
will continue to officially have no plans. Until they suddenly do.
In terms of news 'round the Net today,
are due in later this morning. Not sure if anyone still cares.
Not even sure if we still do, but you know, we have to report such
In other news, There Will Be Blood
is a pretty damn great little flick, in case you were wondering.
Matt and I checked it out on Saturday. I'm betting Daniel Day-Lewis
will be among the names revealed later this morning.
Also today, Cloverfield has
already turned a profit, or
they say. And here's that
Trek teaser trailer we mentioned on Friday, all sparkly
and official like. Enjoy.
Well... here we go, folks. The HD-DVD format seems to have taken a
pretty big sales hit following Warner's pre-CES announcement that
they're dropping the format altogether in May.
Media has posted the digital version of this week's issue,
and here's the graph...
The drop for the week is more than 50% of the previous week's
sales. Things aren't much better on the hardware side either. We
missed this when it was first posted, but
Week reported last week that word at CES was that HD-DVD
player sales were already being impacted by Blu-ray's gaining
momentum during and immediately after the Christmas holiday:
"Industry watchers were abuzz with
reports that retailers were seeing heavy return rates on HD DVD
players since Christmas after buyers realized many of the movies
they wanted were only on Blu-ray."
Keep in mind, that was prior to Warner's announcement, which likely
also caused no small numbers of returns. The industry is now closely
watching the hardware numbers (the latest NPD Group market research
data should be in soon) to see what it reveals.
Along these lines, we've got a new
Mill post today with some unofficial details of all that
we're hearing from within the industry on this format war, so be
sure to check it out.
There are also a few quick reports from around the Net today. The
first is from
Edmonton Journal, which discusses Blu-ray's market
domination over HD-DVD in the Japanese market. The original report
Business also has a piece up on how smaller retailers are
adjusting their high-def plans to favor Blu-ray in the wake of
Warner's move toward the format.
Then there's this...
video report from CNN in London featuring an interview with
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Stephen Pope, who suggests that WalMart is
going to stop carrying HD-DVD players in their stores.
is reporting that Best Buy will be offering their customers
additional incentives to pick Blu-ray over HD-DVD - $10 gift cards
with the purchase of any two Blu-ray movies and $25 with the
purchase of any three Blu-ray movies. The original report is
at Punch Jump.
(EARLY UPDATE -
1/18/08 - 10:30 AM PST)
Sorry, couldn't resist. I saw that somewhere the other day and it
made me laugh. ;)
Okay... so, Cloverfield. Matt
and I (and Todd in Atlanta) all went out and caught Midnight
screenings of the film last night. Turns out it's pretty good.
Here's your basic plot (don't worry, there are no real spoilers in
this review): A bunch of New York City twenty-somethings are at a
going away party for one of their friends, who's moving to Japan.
One of his buddies is videotaping the festivities for him to watch
later. Suddenly, something big and nasty starts attacking the city,
and the buddy keeps taping. Soon they're all running through the
streets trying to escape Manhattan as the beastie rampages and
whatnot. But oh-no! Party guy's sort-of girlfriend calls his cell
(don't worry, it's all explained in like the first ten minutes).
She's hurt and needs his help! So he goes back into the city to save
her, and some of his buddies go with him, and naturally all hell
breaks lose around them. And the whole thing plays as if you're part
of the government team that found the camera later, so you're
reviewing the footage after the fact.
The premise of the film has been called Godzilla
meets Blair Witch Project, and
yep... that's about right. As utterly derivative as the concept is,
however, the most surprising thing is that it hasn't been done
already. It's such an obvious take on the genre. It's actually quite
entertaining too, with deft direction, mostly decent acting, solid
CG effects and even some genuinely creepy and jolting moments along
If I had any criticisms of Cloverfield,
it's that it's about half an hour too short. It's only got a run
time of 90 minutes, and it feels like about half of that is end
credits (really only ten minutes or so, but you get the idea). This
thing needed to have about half an hour of additional story, with
maybe a few more characters and twists and kills along the way to
really draw out the tension. And I also wish it had a little bit of
a more satisfying payoff. Still, for what it is, Cloverfield
works pretty well. Don't go in expecting the reinvention of the
cinema or anything, because this ain't it. Or if it is, the cinema's
gonna leave you wanting for a lot more substance from here on out,
I'm afraid. But this is a film that, surprisingly, nearly lives up
to its hype... and it's a pretty good little ride. We're betting
it's gonna make a TON of money.
As for the Star Trek teaser
trailer... it is indeed a tease. I kinda dig the vibe though, and
I'm cautiously starting to think that maybe J.J. Abrams and company
actually GET it. At the screening we went to last night, the trailer
even elicited a few cheers from the kids, which I didn't expect
given that Matt and I were by far the oldest guys in the joint. Do
the kids even know what Star Trek
is these days? Huh. Anyway, Christmas 2008 is a long way off. So I
guess we'll see eventually. Watch for the trailer online later this
(and in the meantime, our friend Anthony covers it pretty well
at Trek Movie).
By the way, if you do go see Cloverfield,
don't sit too close to the screen. Just trust me. That was a little
advice for Matt and I from Todd last night (thanks to the three hour
time difference), and it was well followed. Imagine someone grabbing
your head and shaking it for like 75 minutes straight and you'll get
Okay... so let's talk release news. Sony has just announced the DVD
debut of Lonesome Dove: Comanche Moon
as a 2-disc DVD (SRP $29.95). Yeah, that's that thing that was on
CBS the other night with the guy from Lord
of the Rings... who, as it happens, is also playing young
Dr. McCoy on Star Trek. I hear
the miniseries was pretty decent, but I don't know. I missed like
the first 14 Lonesome Dove
shows, so you know. You don't just want to jump in there right at
Meanwhile, Fox has set American Dad:
Volume Three for release on 4/15. They also just
re-released Family Guy presents Blue
Harvest on DVD complete with "Digital Copy for
iTunes" on 1/15. Look for a little sticker on the front.
And Warner has set August Rush
for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 3/11. The HD-DVD version will
follow on 4/1. Warner will also release Echo
and Other Elephants, the 2-disc David
Attenborough: Wildlife Specials (includes Polar
Bear: Arctic Warrior, Crocodile:
Smiling Predator, Leopard:
Agent of Darkness, Eagle:
Master of the Skies, Humpback
Whale: Giant of the Oceans, Wolf:
Legendary Outlaw, Great
Natural Wonders of the World and Greatest
Wildlife Show on Earth - SRP $29.98) and The
BBC Natural History Collection (includes Planet
Earth, The Blue Planet: Seas
of Life, The Life of Mammals
and The Life of Birds on 17
discs - SRP $199.92) all for the BBC on 4/1.
Morning, folks. We thought we'd check in a little early today. Just
in case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out last night's
post too, which features some good new upcoming release
Speaking of upcoming releases, we've just gotten word that Warner
will deliver the I Am Legend: Special
Edition on 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 3/18, with the
HD-DVD version due to follow a few weeks later in early April
(street date is TBA). Additional details on pricing and extras are
expected to be announced shortly.
While you're coffee is still steaming this morning, we thought you
might also enjoy a few new disc reviews, including Todd Doogan's
take on Anchor Bay's new
Evil Deal: Ultimate Edition... also known affectionately
around our offices as The Evil Dead: Are
You F--king Kidding Me? Edition. Also available for your
reading pleasure this morning are Peter Schorn's comments on the
Earth: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and HD-DVD
(distributed by Warner), as well as Jeff Kleist's two cents on Fox's
Break: Season One on Blu-ray. Enjoy!
Also this morning, in news around the Net,
Media has a story up on the recent new announcements of
HD-DVD titles following the news out of CES. And right there at the
tail end of the piece may be the first official signal of declining
sales for the format - the canary in the coal mine so to speak:
"The product announcements come in a
week when the top 10 high-definition disc sellers are all Blu-ray
Disc releases, according to an analysis of Nielsen VideoScan First
Alert sales numbers by Home Media Magazines market
Net HD DVD sales, according to Nielsen, constituted only 15% of
hi-def disc sales last week. And the top HD DVD seller, The
Kingdom, sold just 10% as many copies as the top Blu-ray Disc
release, 3:10 to Yuma."
This would presumably be for the week ending 1/13, and thus would
be the first actual reporting data potentially reflecting the impact
that the Warner announcement may have on HD-DVD software sales.
Okay... we've got a couple things to report this evening...
First, Warner has revealed that the Twister:
Special Edition will be among the studio's last HD-DVD
catalog releases. It's just been officially announced for DVD and
Blu-ray on 5/6, and the HD-DVD version is now slated to follow on
5/27. Given that Warner's HD-DVD support ends on 5/31, that would
seem to be it. The DVD will sell for SRP $20.97, with the high-def
versions selling for $28.99 each. Extras on all three versions will
include audio commentary by director Jan DeBont and visual effects
supervisor Stefan Fangmeier, 2 featurettes (Chasing
the Storm: Twister Revisited and Anatomy
of a Twister), HBO's First
Look special The Making of
Twister, the 2003 History Channel special Nature
Tech: Tornadoes, Van Halen's Humans
Being music video and theatrical trailers.
Meanwhile, Sony has revealed a Midnight
Express: 30th Anniversary Edition for release on DVD on
2/5 (SRP $19.94). Extras will include audio commentary with director
Alan Parker, a pair of featurettes, a photo gallery and a booklet
with photos and liner notes.
As we've reported previously, Universal will release American
Gangster in 3 versions... and we now have a street date:
2/19. Look for a 2-disc Unrated Extended
DVD (SRP $29.98), a 3-Disc Unrated
Extended Collector's Edition DVD ($34.98) and a
single-disc DVD/HD-DVD combo version ($39.98). The 2-disc Unrated
Extended DVD will include the film with audio commentary
by director Ridley Scott and writer Steven Zaillian, an alternate
opening to the film, the 5-part Fallen
Empire: Making American Gangster documentary (includes
Tru-Blu: The Real Story, Killer
Threads: Costumes, Crime War:
Production, Into the Arena:
Ali vs. Frazier and Rhythm of
the Street: Sound, Music and Editing), 3 Case
Files featurettes (Script
Meeting, Heroin Test Show &
Tell, Setting Up the Takedown)
and a deleted scene (Frank and Eva's
Wedding). The 3-disc Collector's
Edition will include all of the above, along with the
BET Special: The Making of American
Gangster, Dateline NBC:
American Gangster First Look, the Hip-Hop
Infusion featurette, Second
Session Digital Files, the film's theatrical trailer, 2
music videos (Blue Magic by
Jay Z and Do You Feel Me by
Anthony Hamilton featuring Ghostface Killah) and an elaborate insert
booklet. Strangely, it seems that the DVD/HD-DVD version will
feature only some of the extras, including the alternate opening,
deleted scenes, PiP options, the commentary with director Ridley
Scott and writer Steven Zaillian and something called Uncovering
the Past: The Real Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts. So it
sounds like if you want everything, you have to buy at least two
Also, Paramount will release the CG animated Beowulf
on DVD and HD-DVD on 2/26. The DVD will be available in single-disc
theatrical and 2-disc director's cut editions (SRP $29.99 each), as
well as a 2-disc HD-DVD (SRP $39.99). The 2-disc DVD will include
the A Heros Journey: The Making of
Beowulf documentary, 4 featurettes (Beasts
of Burden: Designing the Creatures of Beowulf, The
Origins of Beowulf, Creating
the Ultimate Beowulf and The
Art of Beowulf) as well as deleted scenes and the
theatrical trailer. The HD-DVD will include an In
the Volume PiP track, web enabled features, the A
Hero's Journey: The Making of Beowulf documentary
complete with interactive features, The 10-part The
Journey Continues documentary, 5 featurettes (Beasts
of Burden: Designing the Creatures of Beowulf, The
Origins of Beowulf, Creating
the Ultimate Beowulf, The Art
of Beowulf and A Conversation
with Robert Zemeckis), along with deleted scenes. All
video extras on the HD-DVD will be in high-def.
And in news around the Net today, word out of the Adult Video News
(AVN) convention in Las Vegas is that the porn industry is starting
to lean heavily Blu after Warner's decision. There are now reports
that Digital Playground may be dropping HD-DVD by the end of the
year. You can read more
at TG Daily and
Finally this morning, no less a consumer authority than
Economist magazine has just weighed in on the high-def
format war in the wake of CES. Their verdict? "It
is possible that HD DVD will live on as a data-storage technology
for computers, suggests Eiichi Katayama of Nomura, an investment
bank. But as far as the living room is concerned, HD DVD now looks
like the new Betamax."
(LATE UPDATE -
1/15/08 - 5 PM PST)
Hey, how's about a nice Hawaiian Punch? Or maybe some new title
announcements? The latter we can do...
Warner has just announced the DVD release of National Geographic's
Eden at the End of the World
and National Geographic's Six Degrees
Could Change the World (both due 4/8), National
Geographic's Human Footprint
(4/15) and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim's Robot
Chicken: Star Wars (5/20 - SRP $14.97).
Meanwhile, Universal will release Country
Remedy on DVD on 4/29.
And Fox is planning to release The
Seeker on DVD on 3/18. As we mentioned earlier, Fox has
delayed Master and Commander: The Far
Side of the World on Blu-ray from 2/5 until June, at
which time it will be part of a Father's Day Blu-ray promotion set
to include Mrs. Doubtfire,
Longest Day, The Sand Pebbles,
A Bridge Too Far and Battle
of Britain among other titles. Also, word is the studio
is prepping Mr. Magorium's Wonder
Emporium for DVD and Blu-ray release on 3/4, as well as
Predator for Blu-ray release
on 4/15. The latter is timed to coincide with the eventual DVD and
Blu-ray release of Alien vs. Predator:
Requiem (TBA, but you can reasonably expect it sometime
in April as well).
(EARLY UPDATE -
1/15/08 - 1:45 PM PST)
As you might expect, there are more high-def format war stories
appearing around the Net this week, and so we wanted to comment
today on a few of them, as many of you have been asking us about
them via e-mail.
First though, credit where credit is due: Antone Gonsalves of InformationWeek
has corrected the error in
story online (as we mentioned in last night's post). Blu-ray
players can indeed upconvert standard DVD video to near high-def
quality. Thanks to Antone for doing that.
Okay, there are rumors flying around the Net - seeming to originate
from columnist Don Lindich in
piece at The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Saturday -
that prior to Warner's defection, the HD-DVD camp had nearly won
both Fox and Warner over to their side, but the BDA reportedly paid
Fox $120 million to stay in the Blu-ray camp at the "11th hour."
This story has been spread around the Net in various movie and tech
blogs, particularly those that have leaned towards HD-DVD thus far.
Now, I want to make one thing abundantly clear: We're certainly not
going to disparage Lindich for making the choice he did and standing
by it. We obviously chose a side in this format war and stood by it
too, because we (like Don) believed it was the right thing to do by
our readers, and so we respect him 100% for having the courage of
his convictions. 100%. But there are a few details in his original
piece that readers have asked us to comment on today.
First of all, this is a format war. So not surprisingly, the main
rule at play thus far with these two camps has seemed to be: "All's
fair in love and war." For all the talk about how Warner must
surely only have bitten the blue pill due to huge payoffs from the
BDA (something Warner's Ron Sanders and others have repeatedly
denied, I might add), does anyone really think that the HD-DVD camp
didn't offer an equally "green" red pill to Warner to go
HD-DVD only? And apparently also to Fox, according to Lindich's
Second, I'll again point out that the HD-DVD camp did the exact
same thing with Paramount and DreamWorks last year, to the tune of
$150 million. And we're now hearing that they MAY be trying to do it
again, to keep the remaining HD-DVD studios loyal in the wake of
Warner's decision. So this would seem to be a case of "what
goes around comes around." As we noted last week, you may
recall that, at the time, Paramount simply cancelled many Blu-ray
titles that had already been solicited with retailers. Warner is not
only still releasing the HD-DVD titles it's announced, but it's
releasing more that haven't yet been announced. The bottom line is
that HD-DVD enthusiasts have until 5/31 to enjoy titles from Warner
on that format, and there are still MAJOR Warner titles on HD-DVD
that have yet to be released on Blu-ray.
Finally, as to these rumors about Fox... does anyone REALLY believe
Fox would have flipped to the HD-DVD camp after all their talk about
how important Blu-ray's added BD+ copy protection was? As some of
you might recall, Fox actually delayed releasing titles on Blu-ray
for a period of many months last year in order to wait for BD+ to be
finalized. And all this was happening while AACS decryption keys
were being extracted from HD-DVD releases and posted online. Fox has
been one of the most vocal supporters of Blu-ray. The idea that they
would suddenly flip to HD-DVD exclusivity, when software of their
preferred format is not only more protected in their eyes but has
also been outselling HD-DVD for over a year now, is completely
absurd. That would be like a marathon runner with a significant lead
at mile twenty-four suddenly deciding to sit down for a coffee break
before finishing the race. The belief that Fox was about to go
HD-DVD only may simply have been a case of wishful thinking, but
wishing does not make it so.
As it happens, I've actually spoken about this today with Fox's
senior VP of corporate and marketing communications, Steve
Feldstein, who echoed something Warner's Ron Sanders has also said
in recent days: "The kind of money
they're talking about [in these stories] isn't worth jeopardizing a
multi-billion dollar business." In other words, payoffs
would not have impacted Fox and Warner's decisions. Feldstein also
told me that when The Pittsburgh Post
Gazette piece broke, he contacted Lindich immediately to
let him know that he was being misled by someone. When Don
the same piece on his own blog, it was edited to reflect this.
Specifically, the references to $120 million and $500 million
payoffs were gone - something that's worthy of note.
While we're on the subject of Fox today, we've got two more quick
notes for you. First, the rumors that were going around at CES (to
the effect that Apple's Steve Jobs may announced Macs with Blu-ray
drives at MacWorld this week) appear to have been just that.
However, it HAS been announced at the conference that Apple and Fox
have agreed to make Fox's Digital Copy technology available to users
of Apple's iTunes and video iPods. So going forward, when you buy
Fox DVDs that feature Digital Copy, you'll be able to transfer a
legal copy of the movie from the disc into iTunes and then on to
your iPod, iPhone, etc. You can read the official
The other Fox note today pertains to the anticipated release of
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the
World on Blu-ray Disc, which had been set for 2/5.
TCFHE's marketing team has apparently decided to delay the title and
bundle it with others as part of a large Father's Day promotion in
June. Among the additional titles set to be included in this
promotion are Mrs. Doubtfire,
Longest Day, The Sand Pebbles,
A Bridge Too Far and Battle
of Britain among others. The exact street dates and specs
Okay... there's one other news story worth commenting on this
afternoon: It's being reported by
and other sites that some current Blu-ray Disc players won't be able
to play all the features on future Blu-ray Disc releases. This isn't
really news, as it's been widely known for months now. It's true
that many current stand-alone Blu-ray Disc players are not BD
profile 1.1 or 2.0 compatible. All new players sold as of last
November MUST be profile 1.1 ready. Stand-alone profile 2.0 players
will be available in the next few months, beginning with Panasonic's
BD-50. By the end of 2008, virtually all new Blu-ray players should
be 2.0 compatible, and the issue will resolve itself. However, by
far the largest base of Blu-ray Disc players currently in the hands
of consumers is ALREADY future-proof... Sony's PlayStation 3. It's
already been firmware updated to profile 1.1 compatibility, and it
features a built-in Internet connection, making it ready for a
future profile 2.0 firmware update as well (which Sony has confirmed
is coming). As to the fact that some existing players aren't 1.1 and
2.0 ready, it's unfortunate. But it should be pointed out that both
HD-DVD and Blu-ray were rushed to market because of the format war
before they were ready. Anyone who was there at the beginning two
years ago will recall that both formats have had plenty of technical
issues to deal with. But let's put this into context. Anyone who was
there are the beginning of DVD will recall similar issues. People
who purchased the first DVD players weren't able to access the DTS
audio on many DVDs a couple years later without buying a new player.
Many early adopters also needed new players to take advantage of
DVDs with RSDL layer switches and seamless branching. It's just part
of the reality of being an early adopter that when you're among the
first to buy any technology, new features may come along that
require new hardware. The good news is that by the time more
mainstream consumers buy in, most of these issues have been
resolved. So if you've been sitting this format war out so far but
are now interested in Blu-ray, the PlayStation 3 is your safest buy
at the moment... or you can wait a little longer for reasonably
priced profile 2.0 Blu-ray players which will be available in stores
in the coming months.
One last note today... there's a viral video that's been
circulating around the Net on YouTube since the weekend, related to
the "decline" of a certain high-def format in the wake of
Warner's recent decision. It uses footage from a recent foreign film
with, shall we say, somewhat "revised" subtitles. We've
been getting hundreds of e-mails about it, including from many of
our friends at the studios and elsewhere around the home video
industry, as it name checks The Bits.
We're not going to link to it here, as the obvious comparison it
makes between said high-def format and certain historical personages
depicted in the video is... well, not in the best of taste. But yes,
we have seen it. Yes, it is very clever. And yes, we did get a
pretty good laugh out of it around here. 'Nuff said.
Man... it sure will be nice when this format war is FINALLY
completely over, so we can just get back to talking about great
movies. Fingers crossed, that'll happen sooner rather than later.
Speaking of which, we'll be posting a few new disc reviews tomorrow.
(LATE UPDATE - 1/14/08
- 4:45 PM PST)
has posted an interesting piece this afternoon on what
Toshiba's strategy might now be with regards to continuing to push
HD-DVD over the next few months. The gist that that by sticking to
their guns, Tosh might be hoping that Sony will simply pay them to
stop. Here's the relevant text:
Toshiba's latest announcement appeared to be
aimed at saving face and building a better future bargaining
position with Sony, Michael Greeson, president and principal analyst
for The Diffusion Group, told InformationWeek.
Greeson has been fairly close to the HD-DVD camp in the last year,
recently as mid December was saying that the "next wave
of consumers" would decide the format war in favor of HD-DVD.
We're guessing maybe not so much anymore. Still, he has an
interesting point here. With over 70% of the Hollywood studios now
aligned against HD-DVD, there isn't anyone left in this industry who
seriously thinks Toshiba can win the format war. You can almost
certainly expect hardware and software sales to shift strongly in
favor of Blu-ray over the course of 2008, particularly as Warner
begins to release Blu-ray exclusive titles in June. What Toshiba CAN
still do, however, is delay the inevitable Blu-ray victory by
continuing to talk tough, and encouraging Universal and Paramount to
keep releasing HD-DVD software in the meantime. In fact, Universal
could be adopting a similar strategy. By digging in their heels in
support of HD-DVD in the next few months, the studio may be hoping
that the BDA will make them a lucrative offer to back down before
yet another holiday season is squandered by the continued perception
of a format war. If true, this would be a cagey - and risky -
strategy on the part of both Toshiba and Universal. On the other
hand, having bet so heavily on the wrong horse, what else do they
have left to lose? It'll be interesting to see how this plays out
over the next few months.
We have one last quick comment on
InformationWeek story, which we feel is important to
point out. It contains a MAJOR error. As of the time of this post,
the story text features the following sentence:
The advantage of the HD DVD model is that it
can play a standard DVD at near high-definition quality, which
Blu-ray players can't do. That's COMPLETELY untrue. We don't
know if Greeson told the writer (Antone Gonsalves) this, or if
Gonsalves just got it wrong. In any case, BOTH of them should have
known better. Blu-ray players can upconvert standard DVDs too. We
assume this was just an error, and not classic format war
Regardless, we hope the text gets corrected soon.
Here at the site this afternoon, our own Russell Hammond has
DVD Cover Art section with the latest DVD and high-def
releases. There's lots of new art and Amazon pre-order links, and
keep in mind that every time you order something from Amazon after
clicking to them through our links, you're helping to support our
work here at the site. As always, we appreciate it.
Finally, we've kicked off TWO new
giving each of you the chance to win copies of Sony's
from Beneath the Sea,
Million Miles from Earth and
vs. the Flying Saucers, along with Warner's
Half Men: The Complete Second Season,
Adventures of Old Christine: Season One,
Scooby Doo?; The Complete Season Three and
Valentine, Charlie Brown, and the BBC's
Entries will be accepted until Noon (Pacific) on Sunday, January
27th. Click on the links to get started and good luck!
(EARLY UPDATE -
1/14/08 - 11:45 AM PST)
Toshiba has come out swinging in the week after the loss of Warner
at CES. Sources are telling us that they may have gotten Paramount
and Universal to delay making any Blu-ray announcements for a couple
of months (until late March or early April), and they've now
dramatically slashed HD-DVD player prices again in what could amount
to a last ditch effort to make something positive happen for the
format. The $299.99 HD-A3 is now just $149.99 at Best Buy, Circuit
City and other retailers, while the HD-A30 has dropped from $399.99
to $199.99, and the HD-A35 is down to $299.99 from $499.99. We're
also hearing of large ad buys to try and motivate consumers. Toshiba
says that these marketing initiatives are based on "strong
fourth quarter sales in 2007 and mass market acceptance of HD DVD."
Word within the industry however is that these sales were at least
in part motivated by the retailers, eager to either move HD-DVD
hardware, clear out shelf space or both. The key question is, will
these units be restocked much when they're gone? You can read more
at Yahoo and
at Video Business.
Speaking of which, we've already heard from a few readers this
morning who purchased HD-DVD players over the holidays, who are
headed back to their local retailers to get refunds of the
difference of what they paid and the new sale price. We wonder how
many others will be trying this too...
On the Blu-ray side,
is reporting that Buena Vista is including $10 rebate coupons
in their Blu-ray versions of The Rock,
Crimson Tide and Con
Air, redeemable if you can prove that you've purchased
the DVD version as well (presumably with UPCs from the discs).
Meanwhile, industry pressure for Toshiba to end the format war
continues to mount.
Media editor T.K. Arnold has just posted an editorial column
calling for the remaining holdout studios to go Blu.
It's a slow day so far in terms of title announcements, but Sony
has revealed a few new releases for March, including Sleuth
on DVD and Blu-ray on 3/11, plus It's a
Big, Big World: Healthy and Happy, It's
a Big, Big World: Everybody's Different, April
Fool's Day, Jimmy Carter Man
from Plains, Party of Five:
The Third Season and all five seasons of The
Shield (recently acquired from Fox) on 3/25.
By the way, do you recall how on Friday I talked about
Tetris, and wondered if Human Space Invaders was far behind?
Yeah, turns out the same guy's already done
Space Invaders, as well as
Pole Position too. Go figure! Thanks to the many readers who
e-mailed us with that news. Okay... time to throw down the gauntlet:
Human Asteroids anyone?
Back with more later. Stay tuned...
We've got a couple new release announcements this morning.
First, Paramount has moved the street date for the DVD and HD-DVD
versions of Into the Wild and
Things We Lost in the Fire to
3/4 (from 2/14). I wouldn't read into this, as the date change is
far more likely related to taking advantage of Oscar buzz and timing
than anything to do with the format war.
Meanwhile, Warner has announced Johnson
Family Dinner for release on DVD on 3/4 (SRP $19.97).
Also due from Warner (for the BBC) is the recent 2007 production of
Sense and Sensibility. Look
for that on 4/8 in two versions - a regular 2-disc set (SRP $34.98)
and a more elaborate 3-disc gift set ($49.98).
Also, Criterion has just announced the next installment in its
excellent Eclipse line, which
is Series 9: The Delirious Fictions of
William Klein. The 3-disc set (SRP $35.96) will include
The Model Couple, Who
Are You, Polly Magoo? and Mr.
By the way, Image Entertainment will release Before
the Devil Knows You're Dead on DVD, Blu-ray and HD-DVD on
4/15. They also have Mystery of the Nile
(IMAX) coming on Blu-ray and HD-DVD on 5/20. And don't
forget that Breaker Morant
streets on Blu-ray and HD-DVD on 2/6. Great film that last one - we
can't wait for it.
We've got a couple new reviews for you anime fans this morning. Our
own Jeff Kleist has given
Space Force: Wings of Honneamise and
The Wolf Brigade a spin on Blu-ray Disc from Bandai
Visual, USA. Both are worth a look.
Also this morning, we haven't verified this in any way, so file it
heavily in the Rumor Mill
category. But our
friends over at Blu-ray.com have learned at CES that
THX is starting prep on a future Blu-ray release of Steven
Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom
of the Crystal Skull. That would make sense, as Spielberg
is known to prefer the BD format. It is, of course, a Paramount
Finally this morning, I saw
story over at Game Daily and thought it was
interesting, given all the format war news of late. It seems that
God of War creator David Jaffe
is speaking out about how he thinks that a single unified console is
the way the gaming industry ought to go in the future. The idea
would be to have a single standard spec, that all the major CE
manufacturers could create hardware and accessories for. That would
allow game developers to spend less money on developing for multiple
platforms, and more on the actual gaming experience. I happen to
think he's right, but I'd be surprised if that EVER happened. Sony,
Microsoft and Nintendo would NEVER go for it at this point.
Regardless, Jaffe makes a good argument and it's an interesting
read, especially in the context of other format wars.
Okay... one last note. Had to get this in here - a little something
to give you a good laugh this morning. Filmmaker and performance
artist Guillaume Reymond has produced
YouTube video featuring Human Tetris. Very clever.
Surely Human Asteroids and
Human Space Invaders can't be
far behind? ;)
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