The latest studio to announce plans for its first Profile 1.1 Blu-ray title, Sony's 'Resident Evil: Extinction' is shaping up to be its most technologically advanced BD release yet.
As we've previously reported, the studio first alerted retailers that it was planning a January 2, 2008 Blu-ray release for the third film in 'Resident Evil' franchise late last month. Although Sony declined to release supplemental details at the time, full specs for the title are now in, and they seem sure to impress.
Among the Blu-ray exclusives planned for the disc are two Profile 1.1-enhanced features -- the "Under the Umbrella" video commentary (Sony's first true picture-in-picture track), and "Blu-Wizard 2.0," a newly-energized version of the studio's disc search content and organization interface, which will now "memorize" how you've watched content and store it for future access even after you eject the disc from the player.
Additional supplements shared with the standard-def DVD version of the film (which is debuting day-and-date with the Blu-ray) include an audio commentary, four making-of featurettes, eleven deleted scenes, and two high-def trailers for the video games "Devil May Cry 4" and "Resident Evil 5."
Tech specs include 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and uncompressed PCM 5.1 Surround audio (at 48kHz/24-bit).
As presstime, Sony had not yet announced full specs for the original 'Resident Evil' or the 'Resident Evil Trilogy,' which are both due on Blu-ray the same day as 'Extinction,' but Sony is listing the collection as a three-disc set, so we expect it to simply contain the three stand-alone editions of the trilogy (the second film in the seres -- 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' -- was first released on Blu-ray earlier this year). Needless to say, we'll keep you posted.
As previously announced, MSRP for the 'Extinction' Blu-ray is $39.98.
You'll find final disc details for 'Resident Evil: Extinction' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, indexed under January 2, 2008.