Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Some Upcoming HD DVDs from Warner Home Video (France)

[July 11, 2007] Originally posted.
[August 22, 2007] Updated with some cover artwork previews, plus the announcement of separate French HD DVD releases of each film in the Matrix Trilogy.

Warner Home Video (France) has indicated that The Reaping (Les Châtiments) will be available on HD DVD in France, this Oct 24. It will have a recommended retail price of 24,99 €. As usual, the main feature will be presented in 1080p High Definition OAR video with Dolby Digital-Plus audio options.

Besides that, Warner (France) has also indicated that two french films will be available on HD DVD in France, this Oct 31. They include Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages and Les Triplettes de Belleville. The details that I'm able to get hold of is pretty sketchy. But I can say here that a 1080p High Definition OAR video is pretty much set in the stone. And these titles are very likely to be HD DVD-exclusives. Similarly, each will be priced at 24,99 €.

This HD DVD release of Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages is likely to mirror the contents found on the French 2-disc DVD release.

Should any reader have official information on the video/audio specifications of these releases, please do not hesitate to e-mail us the information at hd_dvd_format (AT) yahoo (DOT) com so that we could share it with the online HD DVD community as soon as possible. Thanks in advance!

Another thing, Warner Home Video (France) has announced that separate HD DVD releases for each of the The Matrix Trilogy films, is available to own from October 17 for 24,99 € each. That is to say, if you liked the first Matrix film, you can just buy the the HD DVD release of the first one. Main feature presentation specs and list of bonus materials for the HD DVD release of each film in the series is expected to mirror that of the North American HD DVD release (The Complete Matrix Trilogy HD DVD set). There has been no confirmation if Warner will do the same in North America, where the HD DVDs of all 3 films have been packaged and sold as a single product.

I'll have to say thumbs up for localise content on HD DVD... Seriously, it is largely because of DVD, that I'm introduced to the whole new world of foreign films... and HD DVD has continued with this tradition.

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