Starz Unveils Feature-Packed Specs for First Blu-ray Titles

Posted Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 08:00 AM PDT by
Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) [Blu-ray Box Art]

Specs are in for Starz Home Entertainment's first wave of Blu-ray titles, and they're sure to put a smile on the faces of eager horror fans.

As first announced earlier this summer, Starz will launch its Blu-ray support on October 2 with a quartet of horror classics, including the original 'Halloween,' 'Dawn of the Dead,' 'Day of the Dead' and 'Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.'

Though Starz (formerly Anchor Bay) has taken considerable flak in the past for its standard-def DVD practice of "double-dipping" multiple versions of the same title with different bonus features, their first wave of Blu-ray releases would seem to suggest a change in strategy.

All four titles will port over the lion's share of bonus material included on the various DVD editions, including audio commentaries, making-of documentaries and featurettes, deleted material, still galleries, trailers and more. (For complete supplemental details for each title, click the links under the "Discs Mentioned in this Article" section below.)

Meanwhile, each of the Blu-ray versions will include a brand new, high-def exclusive "Fast Film Facts" subtitle track, which the studio says will feature pop-up trivia, historical info and cast & crew biographies.

Given the wealth of bonus content promised, it should come as no surprise that all of Starz's initial titles are set to hit Blu-ray on BD-50 dual-layer discs. Other tech specs include 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and uncompressed PCM 5.1 audio on all four titles ('Dawn of the Dead' and 'Day of the Dead' are also set to include their original mono tracks in Dolby Digital).

Each title has a list price of $29.98.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Halloween (1978) (Blu-ray)
Dawn of the Dead (1978) (Blu-ray)
Day of the Dead (1985) (Blu-ray)
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (Blu-ray)
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