'Serenity' to Lead Off Universal's First HD-DVD Titles
Posted Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 11:18 AM PDT by
The launch of the first HD-DVD player and discs only
a week away, Universal appears poised to announce
the release of its first three titles for the format
, reports Video Business. The studio
has quietly alerted select retailer websites that it will debut 'Serenity'
on April 18, followed a week later by 'Apollo 13' and 'Doom.'
Though Universal has not made an any official announcement of the titles, nor
would a studio spokesperson confirm nor deny the releases to VB, all three of
the HD-DVD titles have quietly appeared on retail websites including Amazon.com,
Target.com and Circuit City.com. Both Amazon and Target currently list all three
titles with a list price of $34.95 each; Circuit City at $33.95. No details
on technical specs or supplementary material for any of the releases is yet
available, though all are expected to contain the same extra features as their
standard DVD counterparts.
If the April 18 holds date for 'Serenity,' both Universal and Warner will have discs on the market timed with the format's launch. The only other studio
to commit to the HD-DVD format, Paramount, has yet to announce any release plans.
For a complete list of currently announced HD-DVD titles visit our HD-DVD Release Schedule, which has now been updated to include the Universal