It wasn't planned for release until February 26, but Warner now says that the Blu-ray edition of 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' will hit stores three weeks earlier to get a jump on the film's mounting Oscar buzz.
The critically-acclaimed western (which just nabbed a Golden Globe nod for star Casey Affleck as well as a host of other early award recognition) will now make its Blu-ray bow on February 5.
Alas, HD DVD fans won't be able to share in the early fun, as the studio's Oscar push for 'Jesse James' applies only to the Blu-ray and standard DVD editions. In keeping with Warner's plan to delay all of its previously announced HD DVD titles as part of its Blu-ray transition strategy, the HD DVD's street date remains March 18 -- leaving a gulf of a full six weeks between the two next-gen versions.
All specs and supplement details for the Blu-ray (and HD DVD) remain as announced, as does suggested list price, with the two high-def editions set to retail for $35.98 a piece.
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- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Blu-ray)
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (HD DVD)