It's official: Fox is back. Fox Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment have issued a joint press release unveiling a long list of Blu-ray exclusive releases for 2007.
As promised earlier today, Fox/MGM has at last broken their months-long silence on their future Blu-ray release plans. The hits-heavy Q4 slate will include a mix of new theatrical blockbusters and top catalog titles, as well as Fox's first-ever TV-on-High-Def release.
Due day-and-date with the standard-def DVD releases, Fox will bring two of this summer's biggest blockbusters to Blu-ray, 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' and 'Live Free or Die Hard' (street dates TBA), along with four day & date BD/DVD new theatrical releases from MGM (all still as yet-unnamed).
Both studios will also issue a combined catalog slate of 19 catalog titles on Blu-ray on North America in Q4 2007 through Q1 2008, with the following confirmed street dates:
October 2 - 'Master & Commander,' 'The Day After Tomorrow'
October 9 - 'From Hell,' 'The Fly (1986)', 'Edward Scissorhands,' '28 Days Later,' 'RoboCop,' 'The Amityville Horror (1979)'
November 6 - 'Battle of Britain,' 'A Bridge Too Far'
November 13 - 'I, Robot'
December 4 - 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith,' 'Independence Day,' 'Cast Away,' 'Ronin'
Also in November (exact date TBA), Fox will release the previous installments in the Die Hard franchise, 'Die Hard,' 'Die Hard 2: Die Harder' and "Die Hard with a Vengeance.'
Finally, Fox will release its first-ever TV-on-High-Def release, 'Prison Break' sometime in the fourth quarter. An exact street date -- and just which season(s) of the show will be released -- is still to come.
Select titles are also set to be the first Fox/MGM Blu-ray releases to make use of the format's exclusive BD-Java technology. Among the exclusive extras will be an "Alien Scavenger Hunt" on 'Independence Day,' a "Global Warming Trivia Track" on 'The Day After Tomorrow, and 'Master & Commander' will feature a historical and geographical pop-up map.
All of the known details of Fox/MGM's announcement can be found in the press release, which can be read in full here.
We'll keep you posted as soon as final pricing, spec and street date details are confirmed, which should be in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
We're also in the process of adding all of Fox's newly-announced titles to our Blu-ray Release Schedule under their respective announce dates and, in the case of titles without a firm street date, under the "Release Dates Pending" section. Watch this space!
- Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Blu-ray)
- The Day After Tomorrow (Blu-ray)
- From Hell (Blu-ray)
- The Fly (1986) (Blu-ray)
- Edward Scissorhands (Blu-ray)
- 28 Days Later (Blu-ray)
- RoboCop (Blu-ray)
- The Amityville Horror (1979) (Blu-ray)
- Battle of Britain (Blu-ray)
- A Bridge Too Far (Blu-ray)
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Blu-ray)
- Cast Away (Blu-ray)
- Independence Day (Blu-ray)
- Ronin (Blu-ray)