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New Line Pulls a ‘Paramount’

Posted by Dave Cowl on January 9, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Studios



newline.jpgHigh Def Digest is reporting that New Line has indicated their intentions regarding format support.

Unlike Warner who will release HD DVD until May, New Line will follow the Paramount paradigm and drop the ‘unwanted’ format immediately. This means that Pan’s Labyrinth will be the first, and last, HD DVD from New Line.

Apparently they are not going to ship any more copies of this title, so get your copy while you can.

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4 Responses to “New Line Pulls a ‘Paramount’”

  1. Mehar Gill on January 9th, 2008 11:30 am

    Actually Paramount did support Blu Ray for a few weeks after the announcment up until Blades of Glory, they went exclusive.

  2. Kevin Murphy on January 9th, 2008 12:32 pm

    Near as I can tell, New Line has been chafing at Warner’s neutrality for some time now, finding new and varied reasons to drag their feet to avoid releasing on HD DVD. That they have taken this opportunity to rid themselves of the hated format comes as no surprise. I suspect that if Warner had gone the other way there would have been as few New Line releases as possible. The most likely reason is a Fox-like DRM fetish.

  3. DS2 on January 9th, 2008 1:06 pm

    @Kevin

    Yeah, you ain’t kiddin’. I’m just thankful that Pan’s Labyrinth even got released. Damn near my favorite movie of the past few years.

    Small comfort in the face of the bigger news, but what a beautiful comfort! I had to resist temptation on the SD version several times…glad the waiting paid off! (phew–that was a close one.)

  4. The Guardian on January 9th, 2008 2:25 pm

    Mehar, Blades of Glory came out the very week after Paramount switched – they most definitely ended Blu-ray support immediately.

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