SONY PICTURES PRESS RELEASE: House Of Flying Daggers (DVD and UMD formats) + UMD info

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Aaron Silverman, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    11,238
    Likes Received:
    787
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment To Release HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS April 19 on the Universal Media Disc ™ (UMD ™) Format for the Playstation® Portable (PSP ™) - Day and Date with DVD.

    Pricing Announced for UMD ™ Videos.

    The Academy Award-nominated action film House of Flying Daggers will be released in North America on the Universal Media Disc (UMD ™) video format that plays on the new PSP ™ (PlayStation® Portable) handheld entertainment system. Street date is April 19 - day and date with the DVD - with the suggested list price (SLP) of $28.95.

    The first slate of previously announced catalogue UMD titles includes XXX, Hellboy, Resident Evil 2 and Once Upon A Time In Mexico and debuts on April 19 and will be priced at $19.95 (SLP).

    Additional UMD titles are scheduled to be released monthly thereafter. These UMD releases will include a mix of day and date titles priced similarly to their respective DVDs and catalogue titles priced at $19.95 (SLP).

    The announcement was made by Marshall Forster, Executive Vice President for SPHE North America.

    "The release of these hit action films for the PlayStation Portable marks an important chapter in the personal entertainment industry for our consumers and a new, incremental business for our business partners," noted Mr. Forster. "SPHE is delighted to be part of the introduction of this remarkable entertainment technology to the home entertainment market."

    PSP sets a new standard as the first truly integrated portable entertainment system designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive entertainment experience and to support multiple lifestyle applications, including games, music, movies, communication, and wireless gaming. The UMD is a newly developed compact, high capacity optical format that can store up to 1.8 GB of digital data on a 60mm disc - or an entire feature film on a single UMD video.

    Movies on UMD will be produced in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and encoded using advanced AVC compression, which provides the type of picture quality consumers have come to expect from SPHE DVDs. For added protection, a lightweight disc sleeve is also utilized, along with advanced encryption technology for content security.
     
  2. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    11,238
    Likes Received:
    787
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    Personal comment: I think that charging the same for a UMD as for the same DVD is a huge mistake. That pricing won't last.
     
  3. RobertDigilio

    RobertDigilio Auditioning

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2003
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Whoa boy, here we go again....Will Sony NEVER learn?? Cough..MiniDisc, Cough.

    More useless junk cluttering an already cluttered market. I mean why can't MiniDVD fill that role? Don't the already have MiniDV camcorders that work fine that use this same basic size media?? Oh yeah, that's right, Sony doesn't have the monopoly on that technology. I wonder how long UMD will last. Only time will tell...
     
  4. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 1999
    Messages:
    4,487
    Likes Received:
    334
    Trophy Points:
    4,110


    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Why the heck does HTF even bother with "press releases" for this company when they don't even listen to their customers???
     
  5. Tony_Ramos

    Tony_Ramos Second Unit

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2003
    Messages:
    496
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Too bad the plot went to crap during the last 15 minutes...

    I was LOVING it until then [​IMG]
     
  6. PeterMano

    PeterMano Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    182
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    This is what I call a sony fishing expedition to see if anyone bites at these price points. Film fans aren't interested in a 4.3" viewing experience via headphones and gamers don't want two hour flicks on a portable. They want games.
     
  7. Kris Deering

    Kris Deering Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2000
    Messages:
    209
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Real Name:
    Kris Deering
    That is a horrible price point. I understand that this will be a limited market but come on. You know the quality of image and sound isn't going to be near the DVD counterpart, but the price is the same if not more??? What are they thinking???

    If this is their mindset then this looks very grim for Blu-Ray and the subsequent pricing of those titles!
     
  8. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    11,238
    Likes Received:
    787
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman

    Because I get free DVDs to review. [​IMG]

    On a serious note, Sony did invite us to their lot last year and gave us a special demo of Blu-Ray. Hopefully they are moving in a better direction in terms of paying attention to their customers. Pretty much all of their recent releases that I've reviewed have been of good quality, the only exceptions being a few MAR titles.
     
  9. LorenzoL

    LorenzoL Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'm on the fence whether to purchase the PSP but I'll tell you right now that I'll be the first one in line for the PS3 especially if it has Blu-Ray technology.

    What worries me is that the Blu-Ray group has not announced their proposed launch date or their initial movie titles yet.
     

Share This Page