First Look Throws Hat in HD DVD Ring with 'The Contract'

Posted Mon Apr 9, 2007 at 11:32 AM PDT by
The Contract

Indie studio First Look is throwing its hat into the next-gen ring, announcing its debut HD DVD release with a July debut of the dramatic thriller 'The Contract.'

The recently-formed company specializes in low-budget but high-profile independent films, and so far has seen most of its success in DVD market, enjoying success with such limited release hits as 'Sleeping Dogs Lie,' 'Caffeine' and the Morgan Freeman-directed '10 Items or Less.'

For the studio's next-gen debut, they have selected the Freeman and John Cusack-starrer 'The Contract.' The Bruce Beresford-directed thriller earned a scant $2 million at the box office, though strong critical notices may result in a stronger shelf life on video.

The film is due for HD DVD release only on July 24, day-and-date with the standard-def version.

There is no Blu-ray release announced, nor has First Look confirmed nor denied any plans to support the rival format.

Specs are not yet available for 'The Contract,' though First Look has set a suggested list price of $32.98, four bucks more than the DVD.

We'll keep you posted on full specs for 'The Contract' and all future First Look releases as soon as they are announced. In the meantime, we've added a new listing for the film to our HD DVD Release Schedule.

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The Contract (HD DVD)
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