UPDATE (9/11/07, 4:30 PM): In a just-posted story, Video Business is reporting that New Line is planning to release 'Hairspray' on Blu-ray only this November, with an HD DVD release to follow in early 2008.
After months of rumors, New Line has confirmed to High-Def Digest that it is on the verge of announcing its first next-gen release with the November debut of 'Hairspray.'
The last remaining major studio yet to release a title on either HD DVD or Blu-ray, New Line's belated entrance into the high-def fray has been the subject of endless speculation ever since the next-gen format war began.
The rumors hit a fever pitch this past weekend, after online forums began to buzz that a November 20 street date for 'Hairspray' was on the verge of being announced. Further stoking the fire was last Friday's addition of several New Line titles (among dozens of others) to the "coming soon list" on Warner's high-hef consumer web site.
In light of the intense speculation, we asked New Line to set the record straight, and while they refused reveal any specifics, they did confirm to us that their "official high-def plans will be revealed shortly," with a press release for 'Hairspray' due "very soon."
This isn't the first time we've heard semi-official tell of a planned next-gen release for 'Hairspray.' As we've previously reported, a New Line rep was quoted at last July's Home Media Expo as saying the the studio was preparing to enter the next-gen game with a Q4 high-def release of 'Hairspray' on both high-def formats, although no exact street date or specs were revealed at that time.
Needless to say, we'll keep you posted as soon as any official announcements come in from New Line regarding this or any other high-def title.
In the meantime, we've set up a couple of dedicated threads for discussion of New Line's anticipated next-gen debut in our Forums area -- click the following links to discuss the 'Hairspray' Blu-ray release and the 'Hairspray' HD DVD release.