Paramount Adds High-Res Audio to Blu-ray, HD DVD Menu

Posted Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 09:30 AM PDT by

After eschewing high-resolution audio on its Blu-ray and HD DVD titles for over a year now, Paramount Home Entertainment has announced they will finally support the Dolby TrueHD and PCM formats on several upcoming next-gen releases.

Though Paramount's releases on both high-def formats have won praise for their generally high-quality transfers and for including most bonus features in full HD video, inexplicably they've not included high-res audio formats (such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS Master Lossless Audio and uncompressed PCM).

But now, apparently responding to continual requests of early adopters, the studio finally has added high-res audio to several upcoming titles on both high-formats, beginning with 'Blades of Glory' on August 28th, and 'Next' which follows on September 25.

The studio has recently unveiled full specs for the two titles on both formats, with each getting different (but comparable) audio. The HD DVD versions will enjoy a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track, while the Blu-ray editions will receive uncompressed PCM tracks (also in 5.1).

It's expected that at least several other titles in Paramount's next-gen pipeline will follow suit.

Extras on both 'Blades of Glory' and 'Next' will include making-of featurettes, plus each film's respective theatrical trailer -- all presented in full 1080p HD video.

We've added full specs to the disc details pages for both 'Blades of Glory' and 'Next,' which can both be found in our Blu-ray Release Schedule and our HD DVD Release Schedule under August 28 and September 25, respectively. Stay tuned for box cover art in the coming days.

We've also set up dedicated threads for Paramount's latest in our Forums area -- click the following links to discuss the 'Next' Blu-ray release and the 'Next' HD DVD release, or the 'Blades of Glory' Blu-ray release and the 'Blades of Glory' HD DVD release..

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Next (Blu-ray)
Blades of Glory (Blu-ray)
Next (HD DVD)
Blades of Glory (HD DVD)
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