No 'Cars,' 'Pirates' on Blu-ray in 2006, Says Disney CEO

Posted Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 09:56 AM PDT by
Disney CEO Bob Iger Disney is holding off on releasing its biggest guns on Blu-ray in 2006, CEO Bob Iger confirmed during the companies annual third-quarter conference call yesterday.

"We need a few things in terms of platform penetration," Iger said of Disney's plans not to release any major A-list titles on Blu-ray during the lucrative 4Q holiday season, including such hits as Pixar's 'Cars' and the $380-million grossing blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest.'

Iger was quick to stress that the studio is still bullish on the long-term prospects of Blu-ray, despite continued uncertainty on just how fast consumers will ultimately embrace high-definition. "It's still early in the life of next-generation DVD to predict," added Iger. "In all likelihood, adoption of next-gen DVD will be slower to market than standard-definition DVD, which was rather dramatic."

Disney's first wave of Blu-ray releases, largely made up of catalog favorites including 'Dinosaur,' 'Haunted Mansion,' 'Glory Road' and 'Eight Below,' are due to hit stores beginning September 19.

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