Originally scheduled for dual-format release this week, the Blu-ray edition of 'Nature's Journey' has been pushed back by a month.
As we first reported back in July, the Blu-ray version of the made-for-high definition title was set to get the upper hand in terms of specs, with a peak 37mbps 1080i video encode and a DTS HD Lossless Master Audio 5.0 surround track vs the HD DVD's 26mpbs 1080i encode and a standard DTS-HD 5.0 surround track.
Now, although the HD DVD edition remains on track for release tomorrow (Sept 11), it seems some unforeseen snags have delayed the souped-up Blu-ray version.
Earlier today, we spoke with the disc's producer Richard Casey, who explained the reasons for the delay.
"We pushed the envelope with our sophisticated BD-J Menus, 37Mbps Video Encodes, and DTS-HD Master Audio," said Casey. "This caused problems for both the Professional Authoring and Compilation Tools as well as Consumer BD Players. Firmware updates and fixes had to be implemented to bring the tools and the players up to spec. We pretty much tripped up every tool and player showing their flaws and weaknesses with this release."
Casey says the Blu-ray edition of is now set for release on October 9th.
We've updated our listing for 'Nature's Journey' in our Blu-ray release schedule to reflect the disc's new release date. Meanwhile, watch for our reviews of both next-gen versions of 'Nature's Journey' in the coming weeks.