MGM Announces Specs for First Blu-ray Titles

Posted Mon Sep 4, 2006 at 10:30 PM PDT by
The Usual Suspects

Full specs have come in for MGM's Blu-ray launch titles, with the studio announcing support for the DTS Master Audio format but eschewing extras on its first discs.

As first reported late last week, MGM will release 'Windtalkers' and the Oscar-winning cult favorite 'The Usual Suspects' on November 28, followed by 'Bulletproof Monk' and the classic 'Rocky' on December 5. The four titles be the first in the studios' new distribution pact with Fox Home Entertainment

Like Fox's first Blu-ray titles, all of MGM's initial releases will be presented in full 1080p video and include both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Master Audio lossless surround tracks. However, departing from Fox's approach of using AVC/MPEG-4 compression, MGM will utilize MPEG-2 only on its discs.

Also, in a move likely to disappoint Blu-ray early adopters, apparently none of MGM's first titles will include any supplemental features, nor any exclusive HD content (aside from "unique interactive pop-up menus"), despite the discs' premium $39.98 list price.

Full details for all four of the MGM titles can be found via the studio's official press release here.

Complete specs have also been added to our complete Blu-ray Release Schedule, with box art for all four MGM titles expected in the days ahead.