In a posting today on his Digital Bits web site, editor Bill Hunt has published an extensive list of titles that would appear to flesh out Universal's HD DVD release schedule for 2007.
Though many of the April and May releases on the list have already been confirmed by the studio, most of the others fall under the rumor mill category for now, although they do appear to be a mix of new, old and catalog gems, one quite consistent with Universal's past HD DVD release strategy.
No actual street dates were provided, but among the highlights are:
June - Breach, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Sneakers, Born on the 4th of July, Scent of a Women, Daylight, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Meet Joe Black, Mallrats, Being John Malkovich, Mystery Men, American Me, The Watcher, Bulletproof
July - Billy Madison, The War, The Wedding Date, Dante's Peak, Cat in the Hat, Dead Silence, The Bourne Identity, The Nutty Professor 2, In Good Company, Streets of Fire, Hot Fuzz, Sea of Love, Darkman, Shaun of the Dead, Deliver Us from Eva
August - Heroes: Season One
September - The Last Starfighter, Legend, Battlestar Galactica: Season One, For the Love of the Game, Knocked Up, Evening, The Getaway, Patch Adams, Cat People
Should these turn out to be Universal's authentic plans for 2007, it will certainly help make a serious dent in their earlier, post-CES pledge to release at least 100 new titles in the calendar year. Though the above, roughly sixty-odd titles are still a bit short of that total, it is a vast improvement over the studio's HD DVD output so far this year, which has been meager, to put it kindly.
Since we don't update our release schedules with titles until they are officially confirmed by the studio, we're leaving these as rumored titles for now. But we'll certainly keep you posted on all of Universal's future releases as they're announced.