'Master & Commander' Blu-ray Back on Course for May

Posted Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 06:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
Master & Commander [Blu-ray Box Art]

After a series of street date delays, Fox has re-announced 'Master & Commander' for Blu-ray release this May.

Originally pegged for a high-def debut late last year, the highly-anticipated 'Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World' has suffered an unrivaled number of release snafus, with Fox delaying and re-announcing the title several times over the intervening months.

Now the studio has set a new (and we hope final) street date of May 13 for the Russell Crowe-starrer, which the studio will release concurrently with two other catalog favorites, 'Mrs. Doubtfire' and 'Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid' as part of a Father's Day-themed Blu-ray promotion.

'Master & Commander's bonus features remain as previously announced, including four deleted scenes and the film's original theatrical trailer (in HD). Exclusive to the Blu-ray are a BD-Java-based "Historical and Geographical Pop-Up Map," a "Search Content" feature, and D-Box enhancement.

Tech specs for the BD-50 dual-layer release include 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video, English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround (48kHz/24-bit) and French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and subtitle options.

MSRP also remains unchanged at $39.98.

You'll find complete disc details for 'Master & Commander' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's now indexed under its new date of May 13.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Fox's latest rescheduling in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Master & Commander' Blu-ray release.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Blu-ray)
Mrs. Doubtfire (Blu-ray)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Blu-ray)
Tags: Fox, Street Date Changes (all tags)