More IMAX Titles Bound for HD DVD, Blu-ray

Posted Wed Nov 7, 2007 at 08:00 AM PST by
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Image Entertainment has announced that two dual-format releases -- 'Dolphins' and 'The Living Sea' -- will anchor its newly reconfigured April wave of next-gen IMAX titles.

According to the indie distributor, the two IMAX favorites will street April 8th on both Blu-ray and HD DVD.

'Dolphins' and 'The Living Sea' will be joined by four previously-announced HD DVD-only IMAX titles -- 'The Alps,' 'Coral Reef Adventure,' 'Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag' and 'Mystery of the Nile' -- which have all now been shifted from their original release date of January 8 to street on the same day as the two dual-format titles. (Note that at press time, Image had yet to announce any of the four earlier HD DVD titles for Blu-ray release.)

Tech specs are still preliminary, but early details indicate 1080p transfers in a recomposed 1.78:1 aspect ratio (versus IMAX's roughly 1.44:1 theatrical exhibition), plus Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio ('Fighter Pilot' also gets a bonus Dolby TrueHD upgrade). Supplemental details are still forthcoming, but we'll keep you posted.

Suggested retail for all titles, regardless of format, will be $24.98 a pop.

As always, you'll find updated disc details for all of Image's upcoming IMAX titles linked from both our Blu-ray Release Schedule and our HD DVD Release Schedule, where they're indexed under April 8, 2008.

We've also set up dedicated threads for Image's IMAX tidal wave in our Forums area -- click the following links to discuss the two Blu-ray releases or the six HD DVD releases.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
IMAX: Dolphins (Blu-ray)
Beowulf: The Director's Cut (2007) (Blu-ray)
IMAX: The Living Sea (Blu-ray)
Torchwood: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Blu-ray)
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (Blu-ray)
Starship Troopers Trilogy (Blu-ray)
Transformers (2007) (Blu-ray)
Tags: Image, IMAX, Disc Announcements (all tags)