Blu Ray took another step closer to becoming the next high definition disc format ahead of rival HD-DVD with most of the major movie studios lining up at IFA to announce Blu Ray titles from this November.
Despite the very public split between Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures, Mission Impossible 3 will be one of Paramount Pictures’ first Blu Ray titles when it launches at the end of November. Meanwhile Warner Home Video ("we have been late coming into the Blu Ray fold, admitted Stephen Nickerson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Warner Home Video) announced it will launch titles in several European countries including UK, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.
"We will have at least ten core titles in each European country before Christmas," said Nickerson. These will include latest releases such as Harrison Ford’s Firewall and George Clooney’s Syriana as well as vintage titles such as Full Metal Jacket and Space Cowboys.
As we have already reported here, 20th Century Fox has announced it will release several Blu-Ray titles this autumn, most notably Kingdom of Heaven, Behind Enemy Lines and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And from October Sony is set to release several Blu-Ray titles including Hitch, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, RV, The Fifth Element, Hostel and A Knight’s Tale.
Other news from the Blu-Ray camp is that Sun Microsystems has become the association’s latest board member.
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