We have told you about Blu-ray players from Sony and Philips at the CES – now the movie distributors are falling over themselves to get their films to market in 2006, with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, Fox Home Entertainment and Lionsgate all announcing specific Blu-ray titles. The difference between standard DVD releases, apart from the obvious quality, will be enhanced menu navigation, increased added-value and new interactive features.
Sony plans to release 20 titles towards the summer of 2006, including The Fifth Element, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Desperado, For a Few Dollars More, The Guns of Navarone, Hitch, Legends of the Fall,, Robocop, Sense and Sensibility, Species, SWAT and XXX. Sony will also add bonus BD Java games, and other as yet unknown features to new release titles, which will hit the market on the same day as standard DVD releases.
Paramount plans to release around 10 titles, icluding Aeon Flux, The Italian Job, Tomb Raider, U2: Rattle and Hum, Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, We Were Soldiers and Mission Impossible 2 and 3. The Fox line-up includes Fantastic Four, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Behind Enemy Lines, Kiss of the Dragon and Ice Age. Lionsgate’s featured titles will be Lord of War, The Punisher, The Devil’s Rejects and Saw.