A tantalizing promotional insert included in the French DVD version of 'Spider-Man 2.1' includes the first official mention of a Blu-ray release date for 'Spider-Man 3.'
While the date indicated in the advert -- "Le 2 Novembre 2007" -- obviously refers to the planned French release for the disc, such a date would certainly make sense as a target for worldwide release, given the film's theatrical debut four months earlier.
Blu-ray fans on this side of the Atlantic have been chomping at the bit for any news of a Stateside release for the 'Spider-Man' films ever since the format launched last year. The Spidey movies are considered one of the "holy grails" for high-def release, but so far, Sony has remained mum on any domestic release plans.
Though the studio continues to tease us with preview spots on their most recent Blu-ray releases, including 'Casino Royale' and 'The Pursuit of Happyness,' there has been no official U.S. release date announced for any of the 'Spider-Man' films. Many expected at least the first film in the series to debut on Blu-ray to coincide with the May 3 theatrical bow of 'Spider-Man 3,' but now -- if the flyer is any hint -- it looks like the soonest we may get Spidey in high-def is later this year.
At presstime, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has not yet returned calls for comment.
To view the promotional flyer in full, we've uploaded complete pics here. And very special thanks to our reader Mark G. for the photos and the tip!
Given such good indications for an eventual domestic Blu-ray release of 'Spider-Man 3,' we've also added the title to the "Release Dates Pending" section of our Blu-ray Release Schedule. Stay tuned!