Enrico, I believe Passion of the Christ is a 20th Century Fox title which means Blu-ray, however, be patient. If you scour the various websites and read industry articles and trends I think you can be safe in assuming that Fox titles will be coming to the HD DVD format eventually. In the meantime, there are plenty of HD DVD titles to keep you busy. I just rent titles from the offending studios.
No, but Enrico raises a valid point. The Passion is one of those titles released by a different company in Canada (in this case Equinoxe Films), so it's entirely possible that since Equinoxe's video distribution in Canada is handled by Warner that it will wind up on HD DVD here.
And The Passion is a Newmarket Films title, licenced to Fox for video distribution, as is Donnie Darko. Other Newmarket titles have been licenced to other video companies. Whale Rider, for example, was licenced to Sony, as was Monster.
That will change soon. The HD-DVD org has just voted on adding region coding into their specs. Toshiba has announced that their next generation machines will have it. I am not sure if that covers the new players comming from Toshiba or they will wait for the third generation players.
yes sir and for those that cared, the Canadian DVD of Passion had a full bitrate DTS track. So it wasn't even a port distributed by another company.
In otherwords not only might it be HD-DVD in Canada it might not even be the same transfer or audio. Whether that is a good thing or not, I am not sure. It does however at least open the possibility to have it on both formats.
Canada currently imports all their HD-DVDs from the states. (Unless this has recently changed) None are even made specifically for Canada (meaning no French on the covers, unlike Blu Ray). So I would imagine Warner Canada at the moment is not ready to produce their own HD-DVDs, so I doubt this title will be coming anytime soon.
I bought the XBox 360 hd-dvd player that came with King Kong and it had french on the cover. I'm not sure if every copy is bilingual or if its just for Canada. Hopefully this doesn't become the norm. Bilingual covers make collecting dvds much less fun.