Confirmed: New Line to Launch Blu-ray, HD DVD Support with 'Hairspray'

Posted Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 08:00 AM PDT by
Hairspray (2007)

The last major studio holdout in the high-def sweepstakes, New Line Home Entertainment has confirmed earlier reports that it will release 'Hairspray' as their very first Blu-ray and HD DVD disc.

The news first surfaced Monday at the Home Media Expo in Las Vegas, when a New Line rep reportedly let slip that the distributor is planning to launch its Blu-ray and HD DVD support with the release of 'Hairspray' later in 2007.

We contacted New Line Home Entertainment directly for comment, and they've confirmed to us that, indeed, the rumors are true. The studio is currently "in preparation" to release 'Hairspray' as its debut next-gen title, timed as a day-and-date release with the standard-def DVD version.

With the remake of 'Hairspray' only hitting theaters this weekend, New Line has yet to set a street date for its video release, but given the current theatrical-to-video window of roughly three-to-four months, a fourth quarter 2007 time frame seems likely.

New Line expects to have further details on their upcoming Blu-ray and HD DVD plans -- starting with a formal announcement -- in the coming months.

Needless to say, we'll keep you posted on New Line's plans as they're revealed.

In the meantime, we've added 'Hairspray' to the "Release Dates Pending" section of both our Blu-ray Release Schedule and HD DVD Release Schedule.

We've also set up dedicated threads for 'Hairspray' in our Forums area -- click the following links to discuss the 'Hairspray' Blu-ray release and the 'Hairspray' HD DVD release.

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