Paramount to Discontinue HD DVD after March 4th

Posted by Dave Cowl on February 28, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Studios

Paramount.thumbnail.jpegConfirming the forum chatter, the Hollywood Reporter states that Paramount will cease HD DVD releases after the titles due March 4th.

The studio’s final two HD DVD releases will be Things We Lost in the Fire and Into the Wild.

Paramount is expected to start rolling out Blu-ray Discs in the summer. Until then, titles will be released in standard DVD only.

UPDATE: It seems that Video Business is confirming the story, and adds that DreamWorks’ Bee Movie will also be pulled. 

UPDATE: Home Media Magazine still puts Bee Movie in the unknown category. They said that DreamWorks has released 13 HD DVD titles where I count 7!

UPDATE: High Def Digest is agreeing with Video Business – no Bee Movie for you! Interestingly, Bill Hunt is rumouring (2/27 update) that ‘very reliable sources’ are saying that DreamWorks Animation is currently authoring and replicating multiple new titles on the Blu-ray format for release in the coming months, including Bee Movie, and that they are holding out announcing it for a bigger piece of the Toshiba pie. All very interesting…

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10 Responses to “Paramount to Discontinue HD DVD after March 4th”

  1. Felix on February 28th, 2008 5:53 pm

    so much for $50 from microhiba. lol

  2. Dave on February 28th, 2008 11:49 pm


  3. Jonsson on February 29th, 2008 6:38 am

    The sooner the last remnants of this uneccessary war is swept away the better !

  4. Jesterrace on February 29th, 2008 1:57 pm

    *Update* Nothing is official until it comes from paramount.

  5. Dave Cowl on February 29th, 2008 2:29 pm

    “We’ve just received word from Paramount that DreamWorks Animation will follow its studio parent and end HD DVD support. DreamWorks Animation’s sole remaining HD DVD release, ‘Bee Movie’ (originally scheduled for March 11) has been cancelled.”

    Paramount is where this information is coming from.

  6. Belard on February 29th, 2008 8:44 pm

    I wonder if mehad (sp???) still comes by here? His posts were kinda amusing. ;) He was SURE Paramount would do Star Trek TOS on HD-DVD.

    Its kind of understandable – all in logitics.

    One of my guesses, is that some sources for the HD-DVD production where smaller companies which would want to shut down HD-DVD production ASAP to install Blu-Ray production hardware.

    As long as the HD-DVD equipment was there, its in the way of blue-ray. I’m also better than both studios are buying their own Blu-Hardware to mass-produce inhouse.

  7. Dave Cowl on February 29th, 2008 11:33 pm

    I heard that the Trek eps were largely funded by Toshiba so I am guessing that those funds ‘ran out’…

  8. Belard on March 1st, 2008 4:38 pm

    Paramount thanks Toshiba for that, I’m sure ;)

    So they made some profit from the box set.

  9. paulw on March 3rd, 2008 11:29 am

    “The sooner the last remnants of this uneccessary war is swept away the better !”

    To you it’s that but for us outside of the US it’s the end to access to cheap HD movies.

  10. Belard on March 4th, 2008 12:00 am

    File anti-competive class action law-suit against the companies in your country. Manufacture of DVDs is about 10cents. HiDef Movies, about $1…

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