French Distributor MK2 Now Blu-ray Exclusive?

Posted by Dave Cowl on February 6, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Studios

gvs.thumbnail.jpgAn anonymous French store worker has kindly sent us a scan of the release information for the next High Definition title from MK2 in France.

The movie is called Paranoid Park, the latest from director Gus Van Sant (known for directing Good Will Hunting).

The release information appears to be somewhat inaccurate, stating that the Blu-ray is a DVD9, but it is clear that there are three editions – a simple and two disc DVD release, and a Blu-ray release. There is no mention of HD DVD. 

Amazon France lists the release date as April 28, 2008 and the retail price is 29.99 Euro.

MK2 has released both HD DVD and Blu-ray versions of titles in 2007, such as François Truffaut’s 400 Blows. Do we have another European distributor moving towards Blu-ray exclusivity?

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4 Responses to “French Distributor MK2 Now Blu-ray Exclusive?”

  1. hate tank on February 6th, 2008 2:20 pm

    I believe MK2 is distributed by Warner in France… maybe this explains the move…

  2. Dave Cowl on February 6th, 2008 2:57 pm

    Warners choices explain many of these moves :D

    What is really interesting to me is that it appears that Studio Canal is now distributed by Universal Music, instead of Universal Pictures.

    You can see this if you look at Les Bronzes releases on

    What is interesting about that? Well, Universal Music falls under the BD studio set where Universal Pictures falls under HD DVD. So, will we see a reversal of format for Studio Canal? Something to watch out for…

  3. Jonsson on February 6th, 2008 10:45 pm

    Dave, I for one would really really love to see such a move.

    That would sure have some impact.

    Haven’t there already been some news about the box set of ‘Les Bronzes” coming on Blu from Studio Canal already?

  4. Dave Cowl on February 6th, 2008 11:25 pm

    Les Bronzes Box (Blu-ray) was apparently released on Nov 19, 2007. is not showing stock, and I did hear that the distribution for Studio Canal is a bit chaotic.

    Hopefully we will learn more as things settle down with the new distributors etc…

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