Fox's most technologically-advanced next-gen title ever is touching down on Blu-ray this January.
As we first reported yesterday, Fox announced that it was planning to bring 'Sunshine' to Blu-ray sometime in Q1, featuring the format's first Profile 1.1-ready picture-in-picture commentary and a host of other cutting-edge features. They've now issued full details and a street date for the eagerly-awaited title, which will hit Blu-ray on January 8, 2008, day-and-date with the standard-def DVD.
In what the studio is dubbing "Enhanced Viewing Mode," the Blu-ray disc's picture-in-picture feature will make full use of the secondary video decoding capabilities of Profile 1.1-compliant Blu-ray players. Furthermore, the disc will also be the first to utilize Profile 1.1's live audio mixing abilities as well, with a "Surround Sound Mixer" feature that allows users to switch sound sources between main and secondary windows and "remix the audio of a scene from the movie.
(Note that we've received confirmation from Fox that the disc will be fully playable even in non-Profile 1.1-compliant Blu-ray players. The video portion of the "Enhanced Viewing Mode" will be viewable in a full-screen mode at standard DVD resolution (480p) only, while the "Surround Sound Mixer" feature will not be functional.)
Extras identical to the Blu-ray and standard DVD versions include an audio commentary with director Danny Boyle, a collection of 21 video diaries with introduction by Boyle, 12 deleted scenes, an alternate ending, two short films, and the original theatrical trailer.
Tech specs for the BD-50 dual-layer disc include 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and the studio's usual English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround track.
Fox has set a suggested retail price of $39.98.
You'll find final disc details for 'Sunshine' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under January 8, 2008. Watch for box art to be revealed in the coming days...
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- Sunshine (Blu-ray)