Paramount Sets July Blu-ray Bow for 'Beowulf'

Posted Fri May 30, 2008 at 08:00 AM PDT by Peter Bracke
Beowulf (2007)

Announcing its latest HD DVD "catch up" title, Paramount has set a late-July berth for the computer animated hit 'Beowulf.'

Scoring over $200 million at the worldwide box office, 'Beowulf's cutting-edge mix of fantasy and CGI first hit HD DVD last year, turning it into one of the format's top hits. Paramount has now announced a Blu-ray version which will debut on July 29.

Presented in its Director's Cut form, the standard set of extras mirrors the previous high-def release with a 16-part documentary "The Making of 'Beowulf,'" plus a dozen deleted scenes and original theatrical trailers. (All of the bonus content will also be presented in full HD.)

Paramount has yet to confirm if any of the HD DVD exclusive content will find its way to the Blu-ray, but we'll let you know as soon as final specs are announced.

Tech specs boast 1080p/VC-1 video and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround audio, plus optional Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround dubs and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Suggested retail for the Blu-ray has been set at $39.98.

You'll find the latest specs for 'Beowulf: Director's Cut' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under July 29.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Beowulf: The Director's Cut (2007) (Blu-ray)
Beowulf: The Director's Cut (2007) (HD DVD)
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