×

Sony dives into the Blu

Homevid market hit with title wave

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has kicked off the Blu-ray title wave, announcing the first releases and setting a retail pricing range from $29.95 for catalog pics to $34.95 for new movies.

Titles in the Sony’s first wave include “The Fifth Element,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Hitch,” “House of Flying Daggers,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “Stealth.”

MGM titles (now controlled by Sony) include “For a Few Dollars More,” “The Last Waltz,” “Robocop,” “Species” and “The Terminator.”

Among the new releases from Sony will be “Underworld: Evolution,” which is expected to hit DVD and Blu-ray in early summer.

No other studio has yet announced retail prices for new releases, but Warner Home Video said recently that catalog titles on HD DVD would also be priced at $29.95.

At one time, the new high-def formats were expected to command premium prices, but as the battle between the contending format camps has heated up, neither has wanted to give the other an edge in the marketplace.

An announcement on street dates is expected later this week.

The first HD DVD titles are slated to hit store shelves March 28.

In an effort to ensure a strong impression at retail, availability of the first Blu-ray discs will be restricted to retail outlets that also carry Blu-ray hardware — a decision that could anger some video specialty retailers if the policy remains in place for long.

In recent weeks, prominent software retailers such as Netflix and Movie Gallery have issued statements saying they expect the new formats to give the rental market a shot in the arm and are looking forward to stocking both Blu-ray and HD DVD movies as soon as they’re available.

More Scene

  • Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham2019 Writers

    Writers Guild Announces 2020 Awards Show Date

    The 72nd Annual Writers Guild Awards will take place in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and the Edison Ballroom in New York on Feb. 1, the Writers Guild of America announced. The WGA will begin voting in November and will reveal this year’s TV nominees Dec. 5 and film Jan. 6. [...]

  • LGBTQ Film Festival Outfest Opens With

    Outfest Opens With Documentary About Gay Porn Shops Circus of Books

    Granted, the red carpet at the opening night of Outfest in DTLA may not have been the most star-studded but it was without a doubt the most diverse, inclusive and, yes, fabulous. “I’ve never been here before,” admitted “RuPaul’s Drag Race” vet Trixie Mattel, who stars in the documentary “Moving Parts.” “It’s supposed to be [...]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Opens New Downtown Los

    Alamo Drafthouse Storms into L.A. with New Location

    “Cinema is alive and well tonight!” Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League declared at the theatrical venue’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday night, where a gathering of 160 employees cheered and sliced into a strip of 35mm film in keeping with the company’s tradition. Despite dire predictions heralding the end of the theater-going experience, League was upbeat [...]

  • America Ferrera'Superstore' TV show photocall, Comic

    America Ferrera Blasts 'Send Her Back' Chant: 'Embarrassing and Shameful'

    America Ferrera has been a longtime political activist who has focused a large part of her work on immigrant rights. She’s now speaking out about the chant of “send her back” targeting Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar that was shouted at a President Donald Trump rally earlier this week. “It’s devastating and shocking and embarrassing and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content