Universal Bumps 'The Hurricane' from May HD DVD Slate

Posted Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 09:01 PM PDT by
The Hurricane (1999) [HD DVD Box Art]

In a reshuffling of its spring HD DVD release schedule, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has bumped 'The Hurricane' from its original May 22 street date.

The critically-acclaimed hit biopic, which earned star Denzel Washington an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of real-life boxer Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, was originally announced for HD DVD release along with a pair of other catalog titles, 'Smokey and the Bandit' and 'The Skeleton Key' (which still remain scheduled for May 22).

The studio has offered no reason for the delay, nor any new street date.

While delayed street dates have become a frequent occurance among high-def disc supporting studios, Universal has generally been the exception to the rule, with very few street date shifts since it first launched its HD DVD support last year.

None of the studio's other May HD DVD offerings have been affected by the change, in a month that will see Universal release nearly a dozen other next-gen titles, including such hits as 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' 'Lost in Translation' and 'The Frighteners.'

We've updated our HD DVD Release Schedule to reflect this change, and we'll certainly keep you posted as soon as a new date for 'The Hurricane' is officially announced.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The Hurricane (2000) (HD DVD)
The Skeleton Key (HD DVD)
Smokey and the Bandit (HD DVD)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (HD DVD)
Lost in Translation (HD DVD)
The Frighteners (HD DVD)
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