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Microsoft leaked list: title-by-title analysis

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#1 of 17 Efrain Lopez

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Posted June 27 2006 - 10:30 PM

I recently went through Microsoft's leaked list from a few weeks ago (their official HD-DVD site has now changed the "upcoming titles" list). I think it's pretty interesting:

A few weeks ago, Microsoft's HD-DVD website put up a HUGE list of supposedly upcoming titles. It was shortly removed and now there is a much shorter, more immediate list, but not before I had time to copy and paste the list.

It's really a bit of a mystery though, because some of the titles I don't think are even in production yet (Sin City 2), while other titles on the list served as a good indicator of what was to be announced (Animal House, Army of Darkness, and other Universal films). That said, it is also missing some obvious stuff that was already announced at CES or since then.

Either way, I went through each title to explain it's presence and how seriously each one is possibily acting as an indicator to what will come later this year (for example, Universal had announced since I think January that Tokyo Drift would be their first movie to be released on both DVD and HD-DVD on the same day).

Keeping in mind the following of course, I went through the list:

-Universal is good about announcing their titles months in advance, and have released slated through then end of September, so the remaining titles on the list are probably October-December at the earliest
-Warner will do it a couple of weeks ahead usually.
-Paramount has yet to announce any new info.

12 Monkeys <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
2 Fast 2 Furious <-probably releases w/ Tokyo Drift, Q4
American Pie (Unrated) <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
An American Werewolf in London <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Animal House <-recently announced
Army of Darkness <- just announced for October
Awake <-very far off Weinstein release, Hayden Christensen stars
Backdraft <-recently announced
Batman Begins <-rumors that it's ready, come on Warner!
Battlestar Galactica (2004) Season 1 <-supposedly Christmas
Bikini Destinations (TV Series) <-waiting on Magnolia/HDNet
Black Dahlia possible Universal day-and-date Q4?
Blazing Saddles <-released
The Blues Brothers: Extended Edition <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
The Bone Collector <-recently announced
The Breakfast Club <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Braveheart <-waiting on Paramount
Breaking and Entering <-very far off Weinstein release
Bubble <-waiting on Magnolia/HDNet
Casino <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory <-rumors that it's ready, come on Warner!
Children of Men possible Universal day-and-date Q4?
Conan the Barbarian <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Constantine <-released
Dante's Peak <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Dawn of the Dead (Unrated) <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Dazed and Confused <-recently announced
Decameron <-think this is Weinstein TBA
The Deer Hunter <-Studio Canal title for Europe, owned by Universal in US
Derailed <-waiting on Weintstein Co.
Discovery’s Historic Mission <-waiting on Magnolia/HDNet
Dracula (1931) <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Dune Theatrical <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Elizabethtown <-Paramount hasn't mentioned this officially, probably Q4
End of Days <-recently announced
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room <-waiting on Magnolia/HDNet
Fast Times and Ridgemont High <- just announced for October
The Fast and the Furious <-probably releases w/ Tokyo Drift
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift <-Universal's first day-and-date
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas <-recently announced
Fearless Warner announcement anytime?
Field of Dreams <- Universal, probably Q4
Firewall <-released
Forest Gump <-Paramount hasn't mentioned this officially, probably Q4
Four Brothers <-waiting on Paramount
The Fugitive <-released
Frankenstein (1931) <- Universal, probably Q4
Friday Night Lights <-recently announced
Ghost <-Paramount hasn't mentioned this officially, probably Q4
Grease <-Paramount hasn't mentioned this officially, probably Q4
Grind House <-very far off (2007!) Weinstein release
Happy Gilmore <-released
Harry Potter <-ready or not, Warner likes to delay
How the Grinch Stole Christmas <-no doubt 'till Christmas
The Hulk <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
The Interpreter <-owned by Universal, expect Quarter 4
Italian Job <-waiting on Paramount
Killshot <-very far off Weinstein release
King Kong (Deluxe Edition) <- guessing November around extended SD release
La Cité des Enfants Perdus <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
La Grande Vadrouille <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
La Haine <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
Land of the Dead (Unrated) <-recently announced
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider <-waiting on Paramount
L'armée des Ombres <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
Last Legion <-very far off (2007!) Weinstein release
Le Cercle Rouge <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
Le Lauréat <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
Le Pacte des Loups <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
Le Pianiste <- Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
Les Trois Jours du Condor <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
The Libertine <-waiting on Weintstein Co.
Lucky Number Slevin <-very far off Weinstein release
The Matador <-waiting on Weintstein Co.
Matrix <-supposedly delayed a lot by Warner
Meet the Fockers <- Universal, probably Q4
Meet the Parents <- Universal, probably Q4
M:I:3 <- perhaps first day-and-date from Paramount?
Miami Vice <- Universal, probably Q4
Miami Vice Season 1 <- Universal, probably Q4
Mrs. Henderson Presents <-waiting on Weintstein Co.
The Mummy (1999) <-Universal probably waiting for bigger userbase
Ocean’s Twelve Warner announced long ago, probably not far off
Out of Sight <- Universal, probably Q4
Passion of the Clerks <-very far off Weinstein release
The Perfect Storm <-released
The Polar Express <-no doubt 'till Christmas
Pitch Black <-recently announced
Pulse <-very far off Weinstein release
Ray <-recently announced
Red Dragon <-recently announced
The Rundown <-released
Scary Movie 4 <-waiting on Weintstein Co.
School for Scoundrels <-very far off Weinstein release
School of Rock <-Paramount hasn't mentioned this officially, probably Q4
The Scorpian King <-Universal probably waiting for bigger userbase
Seabiscuit <-recently announced
Sin City 2 <-very far off Weinstein release
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow <-waiting on Paramount
Spartacus <- Universal, probably Q4
Spongebob Squarepants <-Paramount hasn't mentioned this officially, probably Q4
Spy Game <-recently announced
The Thing <- Universal, probably Q4
Traffic <-recently announced
TransAmerica <-waiting on Weintstein Co.
Two for the Money <- Universal, probably Q4
U2: Rattle & Hum <-waiting on Paramount
Unforgiven <-released
Unleashed <-recently announced
Voyage au Bout de l'Enfer <-Studio Canal title for Europe, Q4?
Waist Deep possible Universal/Focus Features day-and-date Q4?
The War Within <-waiting on Magnolia/HDNet
Waterworld <- Universal, probably Q4
Wolf Creek <-waiting on Weintstein Co.
Young Hannibal <-very far off (2007!) Weinstein release

Interesting to note that Microsoft may have just been using old lists from either press releases or knowledge in-house of what's coming up, or a combination of both. Some of these which weren't mentioned at all at CES are being announced, like the Universal titles for September. Others, like Warner new releases (Syriana & Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), aren't on the list... I wonder how much of that list we will see this Christmas, or if there is a chance there is stuff on there we won't ever see (Sin City 2, is it even in production yet?) Peculiar to say the least, but anybody wanna comment?

#2 of 17 John Stell

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Posted June 28 2006 - 01:55 AM

Wow - Dracula and Frankenstein? I'd love to watch them in hi-def this Halloween!
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#3 of 17 Hayes Preston

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Posted June 28 2006 - 03:57 AM

I am glad someone copied that list, as I looked at it briefly but then it was gone.

Interesting to see so many titles especially the ones that haven't even seen theaters yet (Sin City 2, Young Hannibal.) Sin City 2 is slated for a Spring 2007 release, so you knows where HD DVD will be then, dead? or larger market share?

I personally am excited about the prospects of Batman Begins, King Kong Harry Potter, and Battlestar Galactica.

Efrain, can you elaborate on the Matrix delay you heard about, that's another one I'd buy, if it had all the exrtas from the super delux box set.

#4 of 17 Efrain Lopez

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Posted June 28 2006 - 04:22 AM

someone (insider) on AVS said they hadn't heard anything about Matrix being close, they estimated holidays or past that, so I went off that... this was a few weeks ago though, so maybe things have changed...

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Posted June 28 2006 - 04:26 AM

Like so many other things in life...

I'll believe it when I see it (or them). Posted Image

#6 of 17 Hayes Preston

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Posted June 28 2006 - 04:40 AM

Here's still hoping for my Holiday wish list (HD DVD movies released before Christmas 2006):

Batman Begins
King Kong
Matrix Trilogy
Harry Potter (any of them!)
Battlestar Galactica

It would also be nice to HBO release something on HD DVD; Sproanos, Band of Brothers, From the Earth to the Moon, Deadwood

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Posted June 28 2006 - 05:56 AM

Just curious - what happened to Munich? I just watched this on SD-DVD over the weekend and it is obviously owned by Universal. Does Spielberg have something to do with this?

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Posted June 28 2006 - 10:14 PM

What happened to "Troy", "The Shawshank Redemption" and "T3"???


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Posted June 29 2006 - 12:24 PM

Holy Crap, Battlestar Season 1 will be a MUST BUY for me. As will the last 2 Fast and the Furious films (hell maybe even the Vin Dissel one).
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#10 of 17 Adam Tyner

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Posted June 29 2006 - 01:06 PM

Originally Posted by Sebastien S
What happened to "Troy", "The Shawshank Redemption" and "T3"???
A compressionist who's worked on some of these Warner titles is a regular poster to the AVS Forum, and since he was able to list the average bitrate of the T3 disc, presumably that means it's very close to release.

#11 of 17 Stan Rozenfeld

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Posted June 29 2006 - 05:56 PM

Spartacus release would be very nice!

#12 of 17 Dave Mack

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Posted June 29 2006 - 07:32 PM

Theyd better really remaster DRACULA as the DVD looks TERRIBLE!!!!

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Posted June 29 2006 - 08:07 PM

The Japanese version of The Pianist can be preordered.

. Pianist (25/08/2006)
Japanese, English, German : {DD+ 5.1, MPEG-4 probably}
HD DVD-30 ; 149 mn ; ICT = 0 (Japan)


#14 of 17 Gabe D

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Posted June 30 2006 - 03:11 AM

John Landis mentions an upcoming American Werewolf in London release in a TVGuide.com Interview:

TVGuide.com: Changing topics to your past films: Are any of them targeted for new, updated DVD releases, director's cuts?
I was just told that the 25th anniversary for An American Werewolf in London is coming up. Universal had spent quite a bit of effort on the 20th-anniversary DVD, with all these bells and whistles and there was supposed to be this big event in Manhattan, but then 9/11 happened....

TVGuide.com: So now they're trying it again with the 25th?
Well, the problem is we kind of shot our wad! So what they're doing as we speak, and it's a very time-consuming and costly process, is preparing it to be released in hi-def [DVD format], and that's very exciting.

#15 of 17 Efrain Lopez

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Posted January 11 2007 - 12:39 AM

Well, it's 6 months later and quite a few of those titles made it out. It seems like these are definitely a guide we can use in terms of what the studios are officially working on for release on HD DVD (whether they'll get a release soon or not is a different matter).

I expect a few of those Universal titles won't be too far off...

#16 of 17 Tim Glover

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Posted January 11 2007 - 07:30 AM

Nice thread finding Efrain! Posted Image

#17 of 17 Michael Osadciw

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Posted January 11 2007 - 09:35 AM

I'm not excited about this list. There's a lot of great films on here, but I'm not expecting announcements soon...this could have been a list of titles gathered by someone at microsoft as potential releases, but then could have been pulled because of inaccuracies...who knows...with wide eyes these days, anyone can type anything, post anything...and make mistakes...
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