The Euro Trend to Blu-ray Exclusivity Continues…

Posted by Dave Cowl on February 7, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Studios

filmax.jpgWe read over at of three more European distributors opting to release HD only on Blu-ray Disc.

Firstly, in Sweden, both SF and Scanbox have announced that they are scrapping all plans to release films on HD DVD, and will release exclusively on the Blu-ray format. We should see the first titles from Scanbox in the April time frame.

In Spain we read that Filmax will also release exclusively on Blu-ray Disc. While no release dates have been made public, Filmax is working on titles including ‘Resident Evil’, ‘Flyboys’, and ‘Million Dollar Baby’.

With the trend in Europe towards Blu-ray, and Japan having always been firmly in the Blu-ray camp, one has to wonder if the US will be the only market where HD DVD has any hope of survival…? 

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11 Responses to “The Euro Trend to Blu-ray Exclusivity Continues…”

  1. Merrick97 on February 7th, 2008 9:20 am

    HD-DVD has no hope. Universal and Paramount will be releasing on blu soon enough.

  2. whoelse on February 7th, 2008 9:26 am

    HD DVD has no hope globally!

  3. Jared on February 7th, 2008 10:06 am

    Every day the news just keeps getting better

  4. Jonsson on February 7th, 2008 10:43 am

    Yes, good news…again.

    Now we only wait for Universal and Paramount to get their act together and act in the best interrest of the HD community and drop their support for the dead HD-DUH format.

  5. Merrick97 on February 7th, 2008 10:46 am

    Dont forget to prepare a post of all the Warner films expect to come to bluray this year.

    Ya know, the films HD-DVD WONT be getting.

  6. Belard on February 7th, 2008 11:17 am

    I can feel it…. Any minute now…

    All these stupid studios, distrubutors and manufactures are going to FLIP over to HD-DVD! They’ll realise that the 10% (Japan) and 30% (Euro) markets means the opposite!

  7. Dave Cowl on February 7th, 2008 11:19 am

    Many of the Warner announced titles will get HD DVD release… though of course those Q3 and later will not be…

    I have been meaning to write a post… only so much time in the day :D

  8. paulw on February 7th, 2008 12:09 pm

    Bad news for Europe when they realize that they can no longer play their cheap new Amazon purchased movies from the US on their European bought Blu-ray players..

  9. Felix on February 7th, 2008 12:27 pm

    smaller studios becoming blu-ray exclusive, slowly built up and becoming an avalanche. Long Live BD! Down with HD DVD

  10. DavidB on February 8th, 2008 5:05 am

    The con$umer wins with a single standard. I don’t care which (though I believe Blu-ray has more potential), I’m just glad to see the market finally stabilizing in 1 direction.

  11. Jonsson on February 8th, 2008 11:33 am

    Paulw, what you say is just rubbish. DVD have been “region-coded” all the time and yet it’s dead easy to get a “zone-free” player. You can get it legally in Switzerland and easily anyway in any other country. It’s not going to be any different for Blu.

    Also, US titles are not that much cheaper, at least not when you count shipping. Most people here simply do not care. It’s simply not worth it.

    You simply have no idea what you’re talking about. For most people, the only reason to get a zone 1 DVD is to get it earlier than the European release and it’s a very small minority of Europeans that are fanatic enough to consider that an important advantage. Those people will get a zone-free player anyway so…

    Wake up, the world doesn’t revolve around US. Those how really care about cheap disks look to the east not to the west.

    Now please, do not misunderstand me, I do not endorse the “pirate copying factories” of Asia, I just state the facts.

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