Posted Mon Oct 9, 2006 at 12:02 PM PDT by
After months of fits and starts, Magnolia Home Entertainment has at last announced its first wave of Blu-ray releases, with HD DVD to follow shortly thereafter.
Though Magnolia's first Blu-ray release, for Steven Soderbergh's controversial 'Bubble' has been available for order via Amazon.com (and at other outlets) for a couple of weeks now, the indie distributor will officially release the film along with five others on October 10.
Among Magnolia's six-strong first Blu-ray wave are 'Bubble,' the 2005 dramatic comedy 'One Last Thing...' 'The War Within,' documentary 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,' and the HDNet shows 'Bikini Destinations: Triple Fantasy' and 'HDNet World Report Special: Shuttle Discovery's Historic Mission.'
All six titles will be relsaed on BD-25 single-layer discs with 1080p/MPEG-2 transfers and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound on most titles (note that 'Bubble' is Dolby 3.0 surround only). 'One Last Thing' and 'The War Within' will feature audio commentaries, though most others appear relatively bare bones (supplements for all titles have not yet been announced).
Magnolia has set a $29.98 list price for its theatrical titles, and $26.98 a pop for the HDNet releases.
Magnolia also says they plan to release their first wave of HD DVD titles sometime in November, though exact dates are not yet announced.
We've updated the listings for all six titles in our Blu-ray Release Schedule.
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