Studios Announce First Blu-Ray Assault
Posted Wed Jan 4, 2006 at 12:57 PM PST by
two years of hype and hope, four studios -- Sony/MGM, Paramount, Fox and
Lion's Gate -- announced their initial
lineup of Blu-Ray titles
today at CES 2006.
studio plans to have 10-20 catalog titles available by early spring,
with each offering a nominal mix of well-known catalog titles and recent blockbusters. Pricing
has not yet been announced, although Sony honco Ben Feingold expected
Blu-Ray discs to cost on average higher than their DVD counterparts, but
"not significantly so." Day-and-date with DVD support was also
sketchy, although Fox and Paramount indicated that such highly-anticipated
blockbusters as 'Mission: Impossible 3' and 'Ice Age 2' would see simultaneous
Blu-Ray and DVD release in 2006.
The initial slates leave us a little wanting -- 'Stealth,' 'Rambo' and 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' is as
good as it gets, folks. While these titles are skewed
towards the young male action audience (which is a safe bet, given Blu-Ray's almost pre-sold
base of Playstation 3 gamers), if high-def DVD is going to succeed with
the mainstream, there has to be more variety. How about a few romantic
comedies? Or even a couple genuine classics? And with only one TV DVD
title announced ('Stargate Atlantis'!) the studios appear to be failing
to capitalize on the biggest growth sector of the DVD market.
with remaining Blu-Ray supporting studios Warner, New Line, Disney and
to announce their Blu-Ray support
by the end of CES 2006, we're still holding out hope that
their offerings will rate a bit higher on the excitement meter.