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Warner VP on 2007 releases and Blu-ray "catch-up" titles

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Dave_P.


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Posted December 21 2006 - 07:42 AM

From The Digital Bits:


We've also finally heard back from Warner per our high-def inquiry from early last week. We've spoken today with Warner Home Video's VP of HD Media Development, Dan Silverberg, about the studio's support of both the HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats moving forward. Here's what he had to say:

"WHV's objective is to have triple day and date releases for all new theatrical titles on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. We began this with The Lake House and more recently Superman Returns and Ant Bully. As for our catalog titles, we would like to have simultaneous HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases. Again, this is something we have done recently with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story, and will be doing with Scooby-Doo and Alexander: The Director's Cut, as well as recent DVD releases coming soon to high def like Wickerman and Beerfest, both being the unrated versions.

We also plan to make every effort to "catch-up" the 2006 titles currently only out on HD DVD with the Blu-ray versions in 2007. There are two reasons that the discrepancy exists. One has to do with the interactivity layer for BD with respect to picture-in-picture functionality. Some of our titles like Batman Begins and V for Vendetta have extensive interactive experiences and we don't want the Blu-ray consumer to have a "lesser" experience. We expect that this enhanced interactivity will be ready on the Blu-ray side soon. The other reason had to do with length of movies and the availability of 50 GB discs. That situation has already improved, as the releases of Unforgiven, Last Samurai and Goodfellas (1/16) show. We are also working on Enter the Dragon and a few others for early 2007 Blu-ray release as part of that "catching up" plan."

#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted December 21 2006 - 11:30 AM

For me Warner wins the "Studio of the Year" price again. They're doing it (almost) exactly as any consumer might want.
I wish certain other studios were listening to that and taking in!


#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Mark Bendiksen

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Posted December 23 2006 - 09:27 AM

Agreed. With the exception of a few minor missteps during standard DVD's infancy, Warner has consistently been the best studio in terms of releasing films on disc. They must have a tremendous team of folks in charge of their home video division.