Indie distributor Opus Arte is expanding its high-def repertoire, announcing plans to release its first Blu-ray titles beginning this March.
Since first launching its US next-gen support as an HD DVD exclusive distributor in early 2007, Opus Arte has become the leading supplier of "high art" titles on the format, with a growing catalog of releases (including 'Swan Lake,' 'Strauss: Die Fledermaus' and 'Cecilia & Bryn at Glyndebourne').
Opus Arte now says that in a move to broaden it's "long term commitment" to high-definition releases, the company will be adding Blu-ray to the mix. Moving forward, Opus Arte plans to release "as least" two new titles per month on HD DVD and Blu-ray (specific titles may not necessarily be day-and-date on both formats).
At press time, Opus Arte had not yet announced an exact street date for its first Blu-ray release, but the distributor tells us that its debut title, Mendelssohn's "A Midsummers Night's Dream' (which was released on HD DVD last November), is due sometime in late March.
We'll keep you posted on all upcoming future Opus Arte announcements as they are officially confirmed.
In the meantime, we've added 'A Midsummer's Night's Dream' to the "Release Dates Pending" section of our Blu-ray Release Schedule. Stay tuned!