No 'Cars,' 'Pirates' on Blu-ray in 2006, Says Disney CEO
Posted Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 09:56 AM PDT by
Disney is holding off on releasing its biggest guns on Blu-ray in 2006,
CEO Bob Iger confirmed during the companies annual third-quarter conference
"We need a few things in terms of platform penetration," Iger said
of Disney's plans not to release any major A-list titles on Blu-ray during the
lucrative 4Q holiday season, including such hits as Pixar's 'Cars' and the $380-million
grossing blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest.'
Iger was quick to stress that the studio is still bullish on the long-term prospects
of Blu-ray, despite continued uncertainty on just how fast consumers will ultimately embrace high-definition.
"It's still early in the life of next-generation DVD to predict,"
added Iger. "In all likelihood, adoption of next-gen DVD will be slower
to market than standard-definition DVD, which was rather dramatic."
Disney's first wave of Blu-ray releases, largely made up of catalog favorites
are due to hit stores beginning September 19.
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