Warner Goes Non-Combo with Wave of HD DVD Re-Issues

Posted Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 06:30 AM PDT by
The Departed, Superman Returns [HD DVD Box Art]

Becoming the second studio to "demote" several of its previously-released HD DVD/DVD combo releases, Warner Home Video has announced plans to re-issue a wave of eleven titles in stand-alone HD DVD editions this fall.

On October 2, Warner will discontinue the previous combo versions of the following titles and re-issue them in HD DVD-only versions, at two different price tiers:

Reduced from $39.98 to $34.95 will be the recent theatrical releases 'The Ant Bully,' 'The Fountain,' 'Happy Feet,' 'Lady in the Water,' 'The Lake House,' 'Letters from Iwo Jima,' 'Rumor Has It...,' plus Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning 'The Departed,' and one of 2006's top-selling high-def titles, 'Superman Returns.'

Slashed to an even cheaper $28.99 are the catalog titles 'Good Night, and Good Luck' and 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.'

Warner's move to "de-combo" these titles follows the lead of Universal, which recently re-issued its catalog titles 'Unleashed' and 'Army of Darkness' as HD DVD-only releases.

Although Universal's re-issues resulted in some lost supplements that had been exclusive to the standard-def sides of those discs, Warner has long replicated its bonus materials to both sides of its HD DVD/DVD combos, so all of their October 2 re-releases will include all of the special features as their predecessors.

Tech specs will also be identical to the HD DVD sides of the earlier combo versions.

We've added brand-new listings for these stand-alone versions to our HD DVD Release Schedule, where they are all listed under October 2. We'll keep you posted if there are any spec changes or other further details on these re-issues.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The Ant Bully (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
The Ant Bully (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
The Fountain (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
The Fountain (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Happy Feet (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
Happy Feet (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Lady in the Water (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
Lady in the Water (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
The Lake House (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
The Lake House (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Letters from Iwo Jima (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
Letters from Iwo Jima (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Rumor Has It... (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
Rumor Has It... (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
The Departed (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
The Departed (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Superman Returns (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
Superman Returns (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Good Night, and Good Luck (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
Good Night, and Good Luck (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Combo Edition) (HD DVD)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Re-Issue) (HD DVD)
Army of Darkness (Re-issue) (HD DVD)
Unleashed (Re-issue) (HD DVD)
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