Universal Unleashes Memorial Day HD DVD Release Blitz

Posted Tue Mar 6, 2007 at 11:19 AM PST by
Lost in Translation

Announcing their second wave of May HD DVD releases, Universal Studios Home Entertainment says they will release six more catalog releases on May 29.

Due in stores will be a diverse assortment of hits and cult favorites, including 'The Big Lebowski,' 'Dragonheart,' 'Midnight Run,' 'The River,' the director's cut edition of Peter Jackson's 'The Frighteners,' and Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning 'Lost in Translation.'

Full specs include Dolby Digital 1080p/VC-1 transfers, Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 surround tracks (at 1.5mbps) and all of the same extras as their standard DVD counterparts.

Note that although Universal previously pledged that an estimated 90 percent of it its 2007 HD DVD releases would be combo discs, all six of these titles are straight-up HD-30 dual-layer, HD DVD-only platters.

Universal has set a suggested $28.95 list price for each title.

After quite a release drought in early 2007, Universal seems to at last be kicking their support into high gear for the summer. This large wave of titles also hits stores only one week after another HD DVD trio of Universal catalog hits is due in stores on May 22, including 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'The Hurricane' and 'Skeleton Key.'

Full specs have been added for all of these Universal's titles to our complete HD DVD Release Schedule under May 29.

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