Buena Vista Announces First Blu-ray Titles; Studio to also Produce Original HD Content

Posted Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 10:09 AM PDT by
Dinosaur Buena Vista Home Entertainment today announced it will debut its first two waves of Blu-ray disc releases beginning in September and, in an unforeseen twist, will also include exclusive original short films shot in high-def on select titles.

Arriving September 19, BVHE's first wave of four titles includes the family hits 'Dinosaur' and 'Eight Below,' the Kevin Smith comedy 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' and 'The Great Raid.'

'Dinosaur' and 'Eight Below' will also feature the studio's new "Blu-Scape" high-def shorts, which are inspired by the film and shot by award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg ('Erin Brockovich,' 'Any Given Sunday').

"The Blu-ray Disc represents a major technological breakthrough in our industry, and just as DVD revolutionized home entertainment, the Blu-ray Disc promises to deliver a new and unparalleled consumer experience," BVHE president Bob Chapek said in a prepared statement. "The possibilities are endless, and we've just begun to bridge the future of this exciting new paradigm."

A second wave of titles will follow on October 17, including 'Glory Road,' 'Haunted Mansion,' 'Gone in 60 Seconds,' 'Dark Water' and 'The Brothers Grimm.' The first three will also include exclusive "Blu-Scape" shorts.

Buena Vista has not yet announced full details on technical specs nor further supplements. The studio said "most" of its first Blu-ray titles will be priced at a suggested list of $34.95.

The latest details for all of BVHE's first Blu-ray releases have been added to our complete Blu-ray Release Schedule.
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