Geez, when is the next wave of HD-DVD releases coming?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    I'm bored!

    These initial HD-DVD releases are sort of lackluster.

    I want Batman Begins and Charlie & The Chocolate
    (both should look superb on HD-DVD).

    When is the next wave of titles due out? Is there a list as to
    specifically what will be released?
  2. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

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    Here you go as far as I know.

    16 Blocks (Warner)
    Apollo 13 (Universal)
    Assault on Precinct 13 (Universal)
    Blazing Saddles (Warner)
    Bourne Supremacy (Universal)
    Cinderella Man (Universal)
    Chronicles of Riddick (Universal)
    Constantine (Warner)
    Doom (Universal)
    Firewall (Warner)
    The Fugitive (Warner)
    Full Metal Jacket (Warner)
    Goodfellas (Warner)
    Happy Gilmore (Universal)
    Jarhead (Universal)
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Warner)
    Last Samurai (Warner)
    Lethal Weapon (Warner)
    Million Dollar Baby (Warner)
    Perfect Storm (Warner)
    Phantom of the Opera (Warner)
    Rumor Has It (Warner)
    Rundown (Universal)
    Serenity (Universal)
    Swordfish (Warner)
    Syriana (Warner)
    Training Day (Warner)
    U-571 (Universal)
    Unforgiven (Warner)
    Van Helsing (Universal)

    The Dukes of Hazzard (Warner)
    Enter the Dragon (Warner)
    Friday Night Lights (Universal)
    Pitch Black (Universal)

    Animal House (Universal)
    Ray (Universal)
    Unleashed (Universal)

    Bone Collector (Universal)
    Interpreter (Universal)
    Spy Game (Universal)

    That’s the Way of the World (BCI)

    Red Dragon (Universal)
    Seabiscuit (Universal)
    Traffic (Universal)

    Backdraft (Universal)
    Dazed and Confused (Universal)
    End of Days (Universal)
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Universal)
    Galaxina (BCI)
    Golgo 13 (BCI)
    Land of the Dead, George A. Romero's (Universal)

    Army of Darkness (Universal)
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Universal)

    12 Monkeys (Universal)
    The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Universal)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (Warner)
    Above the Law (Warner)
    Aeon Flux (Paramount)
    Alexander (Warner)
    Angels in America (HBO)
    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (New Line)
    Awake (Weinstein Co.)
    Band of Brothers (HBO)
    Batman Begins (Warner)
    Bikini Destinations (Magnolia)
    Black Rain (Paramount)
    Blade (New Line)
    Blade Runner (Warner)
    Braveheart (Paramount)
    Breaking and Entering (Weinstein Co.)
    Bubble (Magnolia)
    Catwoman (Warner)
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner)
    A Clockwork Orange (Warner)
    Coach Carter (Paramount)
    Conan the Barbarian (Universal)
    Contact (Warner)
    The Corpse Bride (Warner)
    Dante's Peak (Universal)
    Dark City (New Line)
    Deadwood: Season One (HBO)
    Decameron (Weinstein Co.)
    Derailed (Weinstein Co.)
    The Dirty Dozen (Warner)
    The Dirty Harry Collection (Warner)
    Dune (1985) (Universal)
    Elizabethtown (Paramount)
    Eraser (Warner)
    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia)
    Executive Decision (Warner)
    Eyes Wide Shut (Warner)
    Final Destination (New Line)
    Forbidden Planet (Warner)
    Forrest Gump (Paramount)
    Four Brothers (Paramount)
    Friday (New Line)
    Friends: Season One (Warner)
    From the Earth to the Moon (HBO)
    Ghost (Paramount)
    Gothika (Warner)
    Grand Prix (Warner)
    Grease (Paramount)
    The Green Mile (Warner)
    Grind House (Weinstein Co.)
    Hard to Kill (Warner)
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Warner)
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner)
    House of Wax (2005) (Warner)
    The Italian Job (Paramount)
    Killshot (Weinstein Co.)
    King Kong (2005) (Universal)
    Last Legion (Weinstein Co.)
    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Paramount)
    The Libertine (Weinstein Co.)
    Lucky Number Slevin (Weinstein Co.)
    The Maltese Falcon (Warner)
    The Manchurian Candidate (2004) (Paramount)
    The Mask (New Line)
    The Matador (Weinstein Co.)
    The Matrix (Warner)
    The Matrix Reloaded (Warner)
    The Matrix Revolutions (Warner)
    Maverick (Warner)
    Mission: Impossible (Paramount)
    Mission: Impossible 2 (Paramount)
    Mission: Impossible 3 (Paramount)
    Mrs. Henderson Presents (Weinstein Co.)
    The Music Man (Warner)
    Mutiny on the Bounty (Warner)
    Mystic River (Warner)
    Next of Kin (Warner)
    North by Northwest (Warner)
    Ocean's Eleven (Warner)
    Ocean's Twelve (Warner)
    Passenger 57 (Warner)
    Passion of the Clerks (Weinstein Co.)
    The Player (New Line)
    The Polar Express (Warner)
    Poseidon (Warner)
    Pulse (Weinstein Co.)
    Red Planet (Warner)
    Rush Hour (New Line)
    Sahara (Paramount)
    Save the Last Dance (Paramount)
    Scary Movie 4 (Weinstein Co.)
    School of Rock (Paramount)
    School for Scoundrels (Weinstein Co.)
    Se7en (New Line)
    The Shining (1980) (Warner)
    Shuttle Discovery's Historic Mission (Magnolia)
    Sin City 2 (Weinstein Co.)
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Paramount)
    Sleepy Hollow (Paramount)
    Soldier (Warner)
    The Sopranos: Season One (HBO)
    Spawn (New Line)
    Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie (Paramount)
    Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount)
    Superman Returns (Warner)
    Superman: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner)
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Warner)
    The Thing (1982) (Universal)
    TransAmerica (Weinstein Co.)
    Troy (Warner)
    Twister (Warner)
    Under Siege (Warner)
    U.S. Marshals (Warner)
    U2: Rattle and Hum (Paramount)
    Vanilla Sky (Paramount)
    Vengeance of the Zombies (BCI)
    The War Within (Magnolia)
    Waterworld (Universal)
    We Were Soldiers (Paramount)
    Wild Wild West (Warner)
    Wolf Creek (Weinstein Co.)
    Young Hannibal (Weinstein Co.)
  3. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

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    How can you be bored when you haven't even watched one HD DVD from beginning to end yet?[​IMG]

  4. JohnS

    JohnS Producer

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    I agree, I'm a litle bored, but there's plenty to watch.
    I've said this before, we will probally see the majority of great HD DVD titles around Thanksgiving-Christmas.

    I too want Batman Begins and C&C factory.

    I actually want Paramount to release those first wave titles they were suppose to. (Four Bros. & Tomb Raider)
  5. CaptDS9E

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    Exactly. Thats like saying your bored with a Video game system before playing a game
  6. Steve Blair

    Steve Blair Second Unit

    Mar 27, 1999
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    Warner doesn't announce their titles very much in advance so expect many releases after 7/11/06. Many times they've announced within a week of the release so there will be plenty to choose from.
  7. Steven Simon

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  8. Pete T C

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    I am guessing the "big" titles are being saved for the Blu-Ray onslaught in Oct-Nov.
  9. Ronald Epstein

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    That's the problem!

    There's nothing I want to watch beginning to end, though I am
    being forced to do so over the next day to evaluate my new purchase.

    While everyone has their own unique taste for what is good and
    what is not, I think these initial titles are sort of lame. In fact, if
    you read many member responses as to why they are not entering
    the HD-DVD format it's because they agree that the titles that are
    out are pretty lame.

    Obviously, the studios played it "safe" with these releases and
    I don't blame them for doing so when entering uknown territory.
    However, if they are going to lure more people in and make HD-DVD
    more exciting, the titles are going to have to be better than what
    is available now.

    And why is Warner being so "secretive" about announcing release
    dates or doing so at the very last minute? It would be really great
    if we had an idea what is going to be available a little further in
    advance. Perhaps all of this is just due to the format being new
    and soon the studios will be following a normal release pattern.
  10. Robert Crawford

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    Without doubt, my taste in film is much broader than many on this forum so buying titles I wanted on HD wasn't a problem with me. However, if I was you and didn't like any of the films already released then I would've waited before buying into this format war. As someone alluded to already, I expect the HD releases in the 4th quarter to be titles many of us will want on HD.

  11. Ronald Epstein

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    But why?

    It was all the positive press on this forum from owners that
    got me into HD-DVD this early. Most everyone that has bought
    a player loves it. The price is right, and the studios are promising
    to deliver some great titles over the next 6 months.

    I am hearing rumors that Batman Returns and Charlie
    And The Chocolate Factory
    will be out shortly. Those two titles
    alone would have gotten me into this format.
  12. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

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    I'm just responding to your complaint about being bored with this format since you've expressed limited interest in the HD DVD releases up to this point.
  13. ChristopherDAC

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    I have said it before, and I'll say it again : I'm not buying either format until there are releases I want. Without that, a player does me no good.
  14. Steve Tannehill

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    Patience is a virtue, even for those of us buying the titles. I waited almost two weeks for Syriana and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang because I got them at a great price from Amazon, and because they only got a small initial shipment.

    And I realize we have different taste in movies, but there is nothing lame about Goodfellas, Unforgiven, Lethal Weapon, Blazing Saddles, Serenity, and others. Even movies I have missed in theaters and DVD, like Chronicles of Riddick and Van Helsing, were entertaining.

    I am not sure why Warner is playing their release schedule so close to the vest, unless it has something to do with planning around available manufacturing capacity. Maybe they would rather not make release promises they can not keep.

    Let me recommend something you might find useful as titles are finding their way to the format: Netflix. They carry HD DVD, and this is a great alternative to purchasing the right to watch eye candy you may not want to keep. I've re-subscribed for just this purpose (although I still tend to buy discs over renting them).

    And just wait until Animal House is out. In one month, we can see every marble roll out into the Deathmobile parade. Thank you, Lord! [​IMG]

    - Steve
  15. Ed St. Clair

    Ed St. Clair Producer

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    I feel your pain! ;-)
    I was on another forum, on a thread that had people posting there was no problem with the ONE (count them, 1!) major title HD DVD released in the U.S. last week! With NOTHING this week, that's LW (and only LW!) over a three week period.
    Snooze fest!!!
  16. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Jun 30, 1997
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    Although it's not a huge title, the criminally-overlooked KISS KISS BANG BANG is an awful lot of fun. I haven't enjoyed a recent movie this much in years. Try it, you'll like it. [​IMG]
  17. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Well, take this with a rather large grain of salt, but...

    Rumored WB dates from Future Shop system

    We'll find out soon enough if those 7/18 dates are legitimate.

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Great fun and I definitely second Mark's recommendation. Especially if you are a fan of noir / detective films.

    - Walter.
  18. Romier S

    Romier S Producer

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    I'm not even sure why you bothered to ask the question of why here. It's a matter of content. If the content available doesn't interest you and you don't have the patience to deal with a limited release schedule so early in the formats life, there's little to no reason for you to be an early adopter here.
  19. Ronald Epstein

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    What may seem like a great selection of titles to some may not
    seem that way to others. Just read this thread again and you'll
    see that that there are those that also agree with my opinion.

    I entered this format with the expectation that there would be
    a better assortment of titles available in just a few months, as you
    mentioned above.

    However, I have every right to express my personal dismay at
    the selection that is out. And, as an early adopter with experience,
    I was more enthusiastic over the initial titles that were released
    when standard DVD appeared 10 years ago.

    These aren't a horrible selection of titles by any means, and my
    comments weren't trying to convey a sense of urgency. I just
    find it difficult right now to find titles that really interest me.
  20. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    For comparison purposes, and the sake of discussion, I hope... Here is ( based on the Excel document at this site ) the early release schedule for DVD. There may be some discrepancies in the Excel document, but this seems fairly close to my recollection. As you can see from this schedule things didn't really start picking up until August of 1997....

    (Sorted by release date and title )

    February 1997
    Return Of Boogeyman (Boogeyman 3) - Typo? Was there anything in February?

    March 1997
    Red Heat (Movie-Only Edtion/ Canadian)
    Poltergeist (MGM/UA)
    Africa: The Serengeti: IMAX (Lumivision)
    Animation Greats!: NFB Of Canada (Lumivision)
    Antarctica, An Adventure Of A Different Nature: IMAX (Lumivision)
    Tropical Rainforest: IMAX (Lumivision)
    Bonnie And Clyde (Pan & Scan)
    Exorcist (Warner Brothers/ Movie-Only Edition)
    Fugitive (Movie-Only Edition)
    Goldeneye (Movie-Only Edition)
    Interview With The Vampire (Movie-Only Edition)
    Twister (1996/ Warner Brothers/ Movie-Only Edition)
    Wizard Of Oz (1939/ MGM/UA)
    Color Purple (Movie-Only Edition)

    April 1997
    Couples Guide To Great Sex Over 40, Vol. 1 & 2
    Couples Guide To Great Sex Over 40, Vol. 1: Adding Spice To Sex Over 40
    Couples Guide To Great Sex Over 40, Vol. 2: The Mind/Body Connection
    Dare To Bare: Erotic Shaving And Sexual Pleasures
    Tantric Guide To Better Sex
    Young Duke: The Fugitive / On The Run / Next Of Kin
    Black Tulip
    Corsican Brothers
    Eva Braun
    Last Game (1995)
    Sex Crimes
    Sports Bloopers Encyclopedia
    Tale Of Two Kitties
    This Metal Mind
    Titanic (1996/ Simitar/ Documentary)
    JFK (Director's Cut)
    Fly Away Home (Movie-Only Edition)
    In The Line Of Fire (Movie-Only Edition)
    Jumanji (Movie-Only Edition/ Jewel Case)
    Legends Of The Fall (Movie-Only Edition)
    Tornado Run

    May 1997
    R.E.M.: Road Movie
    Eric Clapton Unplugged
    Madonna: The Girlie Show: Live Down Under
    Hidden (Special Edition/ Lumivision)
    Princess And The Pirate (1995)

    June 1997
    Boy And His Dog (Movie-Only Edition/ Lumivision)
    Ring Of Fire: IMAX (Lumivision/ Large Format)
    Rock 'N' Roll High School (Lumivision/ Special Edition)
    Dumb Luck In Vegas
    Long Knives: True Stories Of The U.S. Cavalry's Fight To Win The Old West
    Magnificent Seven (1960)
    National Parks
    Thinking Big
    Playboy: Video Centerfold: 1997 Playmate Of The Year: Victoria Silvstedt (Old Version)
    Mars Attacks! (Snapper Case)
    My Fellow Americans
    Reservoir Dogs (Movie-Only Edition)
    Stargate (Movie-Only Edition)
    Total Recall
    Cutthroat Island (Old Version)
    Ken Burns' America: Empire Of The Air: The Men Who Made Radio
    Caddyshack (Old Version)
    Cool Hand Luke
    Fargo (PolyGram)
    Four Weddings And A Funeral (PolyGram)
    Fourplay: Fourplay (Audio-Only DVD)
    Original Three Tenors In Concert
    Short Cinema Journal #1:1
    Usual Suspects (Special Edition/ PolyGram)
    First Emperor Of China: IMAX (Lumivision)
    Desperado (Special Edition/ Old Version)
    Jerry Maguire (Movie-Only Edition)
    Sleepless In Seattle (Movie-Only Edition)

    July 1997
    Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill, Live
    Beavis And Butt-Head's Final Judgment
    Odyssey Into Mind's Eye
    Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (Sony Music)
    Three Tenors In Concert 1994
    Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett Unplugged
    Cedarmont Kids: Sing Along Songs: Action Bible Songs (BMG Music)
    Captains Courageous (1996/ Front Row)
    Forbidden Planet (MGM/UA)
    Killer Volcanoes / Deadly Peaks
    Michael Flatley: Lord Of The Dance (USA)
    Night Of The Living Dead (1968/ Movie-Only Edition/ United American)
    Royal Wedding (United American)
    Where The Red Fern Grows (United American)
    Three Musketeers (1996)
    Forever Young
    Jailhouse Rock (MGM/UA)
    Jerry Herman's Broadway At The Hollywood Bowl
    National Lampoon's Vacation

    August 1997
    Bad Boys (1995/ Movie-Only Edition)
    Craft (Movie-Only Edition)
    From Beyond / UFOs: They Are Here
    Little Women (1994/ Movie-Only Edition)
    Matilda (Movie-Only Edition/ Jewel Case)
    Playboy: Voluptuous Vixens #1 (Old Version)
    Amazing Feats Of Young Hercules / Young Pocahontas
    Red Sun (United American)
    Guns That Won The West
    Horror Express (Simitar)
    Freeway (1996/ Special Edition)
    Killer: A Journal Of Murder (Special Edition)
    Lost World (1925/ Movie-Only Edition/ Lumivision)
    Absolute Power
    Adam's Rib (MGM/UA)
    Batman (1989)
    Batman Forever
    Batman Returns
    Blade Runner (Warner Brothers/ Director's Cut)
    Blazing Saddles (Warner Brothers/ Movie-Only Edition)
    Bodyguard (1992/ Movie-Only Edition/ Pan & Scan/ Snapper Case)
    Bridges Of Madison County
    Brigadoon (MGM/UA)
    Chariots Of Fire
    Driving Miss Daisy (Movie-Only Edition)
    Elvis: That's The Way It Is (MGM/UA)
    Glimmer Man
    Goodfellas (Old Version)
    Grumpy Old Men
    Island Of Dr. Moreau (1996/ Snapper Case)
    Lethal Weapon
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Long Kiss Goodnight
    Mask (1994/ Platinum Edition)
    Michael (1996)
    Michael Collins
    Player (Platinum Edition)
    Purple Rain
    Right Stuff
    Risky Business
    Road Warrior
    Seven [Se7en] (Old Version)
    Show Boat (MGM/UA)
    Singin' In The Rain (MGM/UA)
    Streetcar Named Desire (Director's Cut)
    Time To Kill (1996)
    Tin Cup
    Under Siege
    Unforgiven (1992/ Movie-Only Edition)
    Vegas Vacation (Pan & Scan)
    Viva Las Vegas (MGM/UA)
    Wild Bunch (Director's Cut)
    Woodstock: Three Days Of Peace And Music (Director's Cut)
    Year Of Living Dangerously (MGM/UA)
    Alf Bicknell's Personal Beatles Diary
    Dinosaurs And Other Amazing Creatures In 3D
    Dirty Dancing (Movie-Only Edition)
    Doors (Movie-Only Edition)
    Fleetwood Mac: The Dance
    Birdcage (Old Version)
    Into The Woods: Stephen Sondheim (Old Version)
    Playboy: Farrah Fawcett: All Of Me (Old Version)
    Con Artists
    Julie Strain's Bad Girls

    - Walter.

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