'Casablanca' Leads Wave of Six Warner Blu-ray, HD DVD Titles

Posted Wed Oct 18, 2006 at 03:32 PM PDT by

Led by the all-time classics 'Casablanca' and 'Forbidden Planet,' Warner will add six titles total on November 14 to its ever-expanding Blu-ray and HD DVD libraries.

Hitting HD DVD simultaneously and day-and-date with the standard-def DVD, 'Forbidden Planet' will be a first title ever to hit either next-gen format in a deluxe collector's box set. Billed as the "Ultimate Anniversary Edition," Warner will package the title in a "stunning metal case" that includes the HD DVD, a collectible Robby the Robot replica with moveable limbs, 'Forbidden Planet' and 'The Invisible Boy' reproduction lobby cards portfolio, as well as a 'Forbidden Planet' original theatrical poster mail-in offer.

Additional titles to debut on HD DVD include the first undisputed classic to hit a next-gen format, 'Casablanca,' along with the 1962 version of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' starring Marlon Brando.

And hitting Blu-ray for the first time on November 14 will be 'ATL,' 'The Last Samurai' and 2004 Best Picture Oscar winner 'Million Dollar Baby.'

All six releases will include 1080p/VC-1 video transfers, and extras comparative to their standard-def DVD counterparts. Audio specs and box cover art have yet to be revealed, but stay tuned.

Warner has set a suggested $28.95 list price for all titles except 'ATL,' which will retail for $34.95, and the 'Forbidden Planet' Anniversary Edition, which will set you back a cool $59.95.

We've added new listings for 'Casablanca,' 'Forbidden Planet' and 'Mutiny on the Bounty' to our HD DVD Release Schedule, and 'ATL,' 'The Last Samurai' and 'Million Dollar Baby' to our Blu-ray Release Schedule.

We also set up dedicated threads for all releases in our new Forums area -- click the following links to discuss the 'Casablanca' HD DVD release, the 'Forbidden Planet' HD DVD release, the 'Mutiny on the Bounty' HD DVD release, the 'ATL' Blu-ray release, the 'Million Dollar Baby' Blu-ray release and the 'Last Samurai' Blu-ray release.

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