Sony Postpones First Blu-Ray Releases

Posted Wed May 3, 2006 at 04:32 PM PDT by
blu-ray discs Sony announced late today it is delaying the release of its initial wave of Blu-Ray disc titles to June, to coincide with the launch next month of the first Blu-Ray players, reports Video Business.

The first batch of Blu-Ray titles from Sony and its subsidiary MGM -- including such hits as 'Hitch,' '50 First Dates,' 'The Fifth Element' and 'xXx' -- were originally set to debut May 23. The titles will now be released beginning June 20.

"Although these titles will be available as scheduled, the majority of our retail base and hardware partners have requested that we reconsider this date to better coincide with the first commercially available Blu-Ray compatible hardware,” said Ben Feingold, head of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment worldwide, in a statement.

"In an effort to ensure a more coordinated launch, we will deliver the first eight SPHE Blu-Ray titles to retail on June 20, along with the first day-and-date with DVD title, 'Underworld: Evolution,'" added Feingold.

Technical specs, supplementary content and suggested retail price for all titles remains unchanged.

The complete listing of rescheduled Sony and MGM Blu-Ray titles confirmed in the statement are listed below. The new dates have also been updated in our complete Blu-Ray Release Schedule.

6/20 -- '50 First Dates,' 'The Fifth Element,' 'Hitch,' 'House of Flying Daggers,' 'A Knight's Tale,' 'The Last Waltz,' 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' and 'xXx.' (Delayed from May 23)

6/27 -- 'Kung Fu Hustle,' 'Legends of the Fall,' 'RoboCop,' 'Stealth,' 'S.W.A.T.' and 'The Terminator.' (Delayed from June 13)
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