Splended to Bring Soderberg’s Traffic to Blu-ray in Germany, EMS Brings Monster

Posted by Dave Cowl on April 2, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, Studios

traffic.jpgWe see that Splendid Entertainment will be releasing Traffic on Blu-ray in Germany on May 30th 2008. Steven Soderbergh won an Oscar for Best Director and Benicio Del Toro won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in this film.

This release is interesting on a number of levels. Firstly Traffic is a Universal Studios title in the USA, which means no Blu-ray – in the near future at least. Secondly the HD DVD release of Traffic was widely criticized and was demonstrated to be clearly less sharp than even a 720p broadcast version, with many claiming that it was not true high definition but rather an upconverted standard definition master.

It will be interesting to how the German version on Blu-ray will compare to the HD DVD and whether it will be coded for all regions or Region B only.

monster.jpgMay is also a busy month for distributor EMS, who have a slate of 10 titles coming out on May 5th 2008. The titles cover a range of titles, notably the Academy Award winning performance ofCharlize Theron in Monster, the Christian Bale film The Machinist and Jean-Claude van Damme in Until Death. The other titles are The Contract, Revenge of the Warrior, Running Scared, Born to Fight, Lady Vengeance, Highlander – The Source and Sky Fighters.

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2 Responses to “Splended to Bring Soderberg’s Traffic to Blu-ray in Germany, EMS Brings Monster”

  1. James on April 3rd, 2008 12:10 am

    I would gladly welcome a re-release/re-master of Traffic on Blu-ray.

    I’ve got the HD DVD copy at home, and it is the title I am most ashamed of to own, for the simple fact that it looks awful.

    I know that the film might not ever achieve a “5-star video rating” because its stylization hinders the overall image quality at times, but there’s no way the HD DVD is as good as it gets.

    Anyone popped in their criterion edition of Traffic, and compared it with the HD DVD release?

    I wonder which would look better.

  2. Jeff on April 5th, 2008 6:16 am

    SONY please bring out MONSTER to Blu-ray in the U.S.

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