Starz to Unleash 'Halloween,' 'Evil Dead 2,' 'Dawn of the Dead' on Blu-ray

Posted Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 04:55 AM PDT by
Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Nearly a month after formally announcing its support of the Blu-ray format, Starz Home Entertainment says it will release four horror film classics as its first Blu-ray titles.

As we originally reported last month, Starz (formerly Anchor Bay) had been expected to launch its Blu-ray support with its 'Masters of Horror' anthology. Not to worry, 'Masters of Horror' is still bound for Blu-ray beginning in mid-October, but in a surprise announcement, it turns out four other titles will hit store shelves first.

Arriving in stores October 2, the distributor will unleash John Carpenter's 'Halloween,' the horror-comedy 'Evil Dead 2' and two installments in George A. Romeo's original "Living Dead" franchise, 'Dawn of the Dead' and 'Day of the Dead' in first-ever high-def versions.

Tech specs will include full 1080p video transfers (codec TBA), and Starz has also elected to go with uncompressed PCM soundtracks for the audio.

No supplemental details have yet been revealed. Note also that while 'Halloween' and 'Dawn of the Dead' have both been released in prior "Director's Cut" editions on DVD, no information is yet available on exactly which version(s) of the films will make Blu-ray.

Starz has set a suggested $29.98 list price for each title.

We've added listings for the quartet to our Blu-ray Release Schedule, under October 2. Stay tuned for final specs and box art in the coming weeks.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Halloween (1978) (Blu-ray)
Dawn of the Dead (1978) (Blu-ray)
Day of the Dead (1985) (Blu-ray)
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (Blu-ray)
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