Universal Blu-ray Releases Summer 2008
Universal Studios, once Hollywood’s top backer of the HD DVD video format, will soon release all its new videos on Blu-ray Disc at the same time as its standard DVDs. The studio is set to announce Thursday that the program will kick off in the summer with the recent box office flop Doomsday.
Universal’s Blu-ray strategy includes plans to release about 40 titles in the second half of the year, including The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Mamma Mia, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Universal will officially enter the Blu-ray market July 22 with The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The
Scorpion King. Also planned for domestic Blu-ray before the year is up are the titles American Gangster, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Miami Vice, End of Days, U-571 and Land of the Dead.
Universal had been HD DVD’s biggest studio backer ever since the next-generation optical disc format came to market in April 2006. But when Toshiba pulled the plug on the format in February, the studio wasted no time switching its allegiance to Sony’s Blu-ray.
Via Blu-ray Stats