Universal Sets Specs for Late Summer HD DVD Lineup; 'Toyko Drift' Also at the Starting Gate

Posted Thu Jul 27, 2006 at 11:30 AM PDT by
Universal August 2006 HD DVD Box Art Continuing their aggressive support of the HD DVD format, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has unveiled the full specs for its extensive lineup of August and September disc releases.

Universal's upcoming late summer waves of titles include: 'National Lampoon's Animal House,' 'Ray' and 'Unleashed' (August 8); 'The Bone Collector,' 'The Interpreter' and 'Spy Game' (August 22); 'Red Dragon,' 'Seabiscuit' and 'Traffic' (September 12); 'Backdraft,' 'Dazed & Confused,' 'End of Days,' 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' and an unrated version of 'George A. Romero's Land of the Dead' (September 19); and 'The Fast and the Furious' and '2 Fast 2 Furious' (September 26).

All releases in the upcoming waves will be HD-30 dual-layer discs, except 'National Lampoon's Animal House,' 'Dazed & Confused,' 'Land of the Dead' and 'Unleashed,' which will be HD DVD/DVD hybrid discs.

All titles will be presented in 1080p and Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 surround. 'End of Days,' 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' and both 'Fast and the Furious' flicks will also include Dolby TrueHD tracks, while 'The Bone Collector,' 'The Interpreter,' 'Dazed & Confused,' 'Land of the Dead' and 'Unleashed' will offer DTS 5.1 surround options.

The releases will also feature the same supplemental content as their standard DVD counterparts, including audio commentaries, featurettes and deleted scenes. Universal has also announced that beginning with their August HD DVD releases, they will -- at last -- be including theatrical trailers on select titles, which had not been included on any of the studio's past releases.

Note, however, that neither 'Traffic,' 'Dazed & Confused' nor 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' will include any of the bonus materials featured on the Criterion DVD releases.

And hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of an HD DVD release for the first two films in the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise, the studio has unveiled the box art for the third and latest installment in the series, 'The Fast and the Furious: Toyko Drift.' Oddly, however, an official street date the title has yet to be announced.

Complete details for all of Universal's August and September titles, including box cover art, have been added to our complete HD DVD Release Schedule.
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