Buena Vista Goes All BD-50 for January Blu-ray Slate

Posted Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 09:33 PM PST by
Casanova [Blu-ray Box Art]

Announcing their first line-up of all BD-50 dual-layer Blu-ray discs, Buena Vista Home Entertainment will kick off the new year with four new releases, led by a day-and-date 'The Guardian.'

Joining the Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher action drama on January 23 are the 2002 Best Picture Oscar winner 'Chicago,' 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,' and rescheduled from its original November 21 release date, the Heath Ledger romantic comedy 'Casanova.'

"We continue to forge new frontiers with our Blu-ray discs and to further explore the seemingly limitless boundaries of creativity the format allows," said Buena Vista president Bob Chapek of the studio's first all-BD-50 slate. "We've just begun to cultivate the future growth of our industry with Blu-ray."

Though no video or audio specs have yet been confirmed, all four releases will pack in the extras. Among the supplements included are audio commentaries on all four releases, multiple making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and more.

'Casanova' will also include "Reflections of Venice," a Blu-scape short film created specifically for Blu-ray by noted cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg.

Buena Vista has set a $34.95 suggested list price for each release.

The latest details for all four titles have been added to our Blu-ray Release Schedule, and stay tuned for final specs as soon as they are officially announced.

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