Universal Unveils Extensive September HD DVD Lineup

Posted Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 10:21 AM PDT by
Red Dragon While Blu-ray sees its highly-promoted launch this week, Universal continues to aggressively support HD DVD, announcing six new high-profile titles for release this September.

Due on September 12 are 'Red Dragon' and the Oscar-nominated 'Seabiscuit.' Each HD-30 (dual-layer) disc will feature 1080p video and Dolby Digital-Plus soundtracks, plus all of the same supplements as the standard DVD releases.

A week later on September 19 comes two more HD-30 releases, the Arnold Schwarzenegger apocalyptic drama 'End of Days,' and the Hunter S. Thompson biopic 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas,' plus a pair of hybrid HD DVD/DVD combo discs, 'Dazed and Confused' and 'George A. Romero's Land of the Dead.' Each will also be presented in 1080p and Dolby Digital-Plus, and include comparable extras to their standard DVD releases.

These six new announcements join 'Traffic' and 'Backdraft,' which the studio previously announced for a September 12 HD DVD release.

The studio has not yet announced what, if any, exclusive HD bonus content may be included on its September releases. Note that neither 'Traffic,' 'Dazed & Confused' nor 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' will feature any of the extras found on the Criterion Collection DVD versions.

Universal has set a $28.99 retail price for its standard HD DVD releases, with the hybrid HD DVD/DVD titles listing for $34.95.

All titles have been added to our comprehensive HD DVD Release Schedule.
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