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Universal Releases Blu-ray Plans

Posted April 17, 2008 08:12 AM by Josh Dreuth

Universal StudiosUniversal Studios Home Entertainment has released their plans for shifting their high definition focus from the defunct HD DVD format to Blu-ray. Beginning in July, Universal plans to release all new home video releases on Blu-ray day-and-date with their DVD releases. The first title receiving such treatment will be the Neil Marshall film 'Doomsday'.

That title will be followed by a slew of upcoming films, including 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Wanted', 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army', 'Mamma Mia!', and 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'. You will notice that these films have not yet been released theatrically, meaning dates for their home video release are still a ways off.

On the catalog front, the first three Universal titles will be 'The Mummy', 'The Mummy Returns', and 'The Scorpion King', all which have been given a release date of July 22nd. No specs have been announced for these titles, nor any indication if they would be direct ports from the HD DVD or receive new transfers.

Also on slate for 2008 will be 'American Gangster', 'Knocked Up', 'The 40 Year Old Virgin', 'Miami Vice', 'End of Days', 'U-571', and 'Land of the Dead'. More catalog releases are planned, but were not announced at this time.

I would like to personally thank Universal for this wonderful birthday gift. Paramount: you're on the clock.


Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (167 comments)



kenga236
  Apr 17, 2008
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WOO HOO!

HDJK
  Apr 17, 2008
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In that case: Happy B-day Josh!

meyerste
  Apr 17, 2008
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Ahhhh Finally that's great news. Enjoy!

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MOONPHASE
  Apr 17, 2008
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its about time Universal but very smart move even if it is a little late. But like i always say better late then never

HeartOFHatred
  Apr 17, 2008
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What a way to start the day!!! THANKS UNIVERSAL!

haste
  Apr 17, 2008
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Finally...I just watched The Mummy on dvd also. wish i had waited now!

KretzJ
  Apr 17, 2008
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Bring it on... !!!! The Mummy should look awesome on Blu!

Sabian576
  Apr 17, 2008
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Very good news!

true2_blu
  Apr 17, 2008
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This year keeps getting better and better in regards to Blu ray!

Minimejer05
  Apr 17, 2008
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THANK YOU UNI!!

blukrank
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news. Yeah The Mummy movies will look great. Have them on Dtheater and HD DVD and they look and sound great. Hopefully it will look even better on Blu-Ray? Hopefully The Bourne movies will be out on Blu-Ray sometime this year also?
MarkGubarenko
  Apr 17, 2008
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my birthday was yesterday.
so i have
15 - DTS HD MA firmware on PS3
16 - birthday party
17 - Universal Announcement!

wohohoh!

MacDaddyOJack
  Apr 17, 2008
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Hoo-rah!!! U-571 and Doomsday for me!

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Jim L
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news! Although this batch has just a few on my wish list, Universal has some very desirable titles and it's nice to finally have them on board.

:-)

krinkle
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news
ezcobar411
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news indeed and Happy Birthday Josh

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Lucy Diamond
  Apr 17, 2008
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Yesssssssssss!!!!

I'm so glad I was wrong!!!

I said Christmas.

I can deal with the Mummy 1+2 and Knocked up

ManWithNoName
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news, hopefully Bourne movies will out yet this year.
fox81
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great News!!!

discipline
  Apr 17, 2008
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Miami Vice Great!!
I want The Kingdom too :/

bluflu
  Apr 17, 2008
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Welcome aboard Blu, Universal.

Kairav
  Apr 17, 2008
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nice!!!
Quint van der Vaart
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news, now we can enjoy Universal blu-rays

Paramount, take a lesson out of this and start announcing some titles already !

Happy Birthday Josh

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MOONPHASE
  Apr 17, 2008
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Oh and to add to my previous post on here Happy Birthday Josh

MartinMan
  Apr 17, 2008
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whoot!
steve69bez
  Apr 17, 2008
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I hope they release Peter Jackson's KING KONG on blu!!!! The audio was terrible on my old Xbox 360 HD DVD add on (but thats HD DVD for you!!) The PQ should be amazing and hopefully the audio will be fully uncompressed

Heart&Soul
  Apr 17, 2008
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A slow start, but I'm sure it'll pick up fast.

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Blu Titan
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news, and Happy BD Josh!

NJ_RAMS_FAN
  Apr 17, 2008
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finally!!! I want JASON BOURNE!!!

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Slec
  Apr 17, 2008
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Happy Birthday Josh! Had to dig out the Universal logo from the attic eh?
hubcityrider
  Apr 17, 2008
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i'll take those 2 mummy flix!!!

Galley
  Apr 17, 2008
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"Serenity", now!

PS3-Playb3yond
  Apr 17, 2008
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Wow, great news. Definitely going to get Incredible Hulk. It's going to looks great.

seigneur_rayden
  Apr 17, 2008
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It was about time. I can't wait to pick up the mummys.

NoQuestion
  Apr 17, 2008
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Happy Birthday Josh.

Also, you can probabally expect The Kingdom to make release this year seeing that it was one of the more recent titles that was released on blu. I hope attonement and definately, maybe makes it as well. Great list of titles though i will get just about all of them.

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Beta Man
  Apr 17, 2008
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It's great that they are planning on putting out more release dates, but I don't want The Mummy, I don't want the Bourne movies, and I don't want the other ones they listed with the exception of U-571 which I'll be EAGERLY waiting for.....

flickdirect
  Apr 17, 2008
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Mummy here I come!

Belloche
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news! sign me up for a copy of Doomsday.
kurtlingle
  Apr 17, 2008
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Finally!

Blu-ray is close to be a unified format (no pun intended). This is great as the industry moves to blu so will many others.

Great news!
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Kirsty_Mc
  Apr 17, 2008
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Excellent news... though I will be waiting for some reviews as I don't really want HD-DVD repackages.
mikenike
  Apr 17, 2008
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Wow... I really need a better job. With all these new releases, I'm gonna be broke soon! Cannot wait for the following catalogs: The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, American Gangster (I put off on the DVD just for this), Knocked Up, and The 40-YO Virgin. Also can't wait for Wanted.

GarettP
  Apr 17, 2008
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Happy B Day Josh!

Bout time Universal, bring on Bourne! Can't wait to finally see American Gangster!
quitemouse
  Apr 17, 2008
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what? no dinosaurs? (Jurassic Park)

Edo
  Apr 17, 2008
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hellzzz yeahhh ... Mummyyyyy =)

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Moefiz
  Apr 17, 2008
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Finally.....Universal goes Blu.....nice birthday present indeed....Happy Birthday Josh.

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tilallr1
  Apr 17, 2008
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Serenity NOW!!!!

Also, Jurassic Park & Back to the friggin !@#$ Future. Yah!

groovyone
  Apr 17, 2008
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Hooray! One less question to pester the insiders with.

CptGreedle
  Apr 17, 2008
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Ok.. Thanks for the annnouncement Universal. Glad to see you are getting in the game, and i look
forward to Hellboy II. Now WHERE THE HECK IS BOURNE!?

Doughoef
  Apr 17, 2008
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Pass on these. Happy for others here but I feel no need to upgrade Knocked Up or 40 YOV to BR and personally didn't think American Gangster was all that great.

cathexist
  Apr 17, 2008
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...mmm Hellboy II

TauHeel05
  Apr 17, 2008
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word, definitely will pick up 'doomsday' to see hot-ass rhona mitra.

JTK
  Apr 17, 2008
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Finally.

Paramount is dragging their heels due to the understandable embarassment from their stupidity. Now they're on the clock with a glaring spotlight for sure.

reson8er
  Apr 17, 2008
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I'd love to see "John Carpenters: The Thing" added to that list, but its a good start.

Rovic
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news!

bondfooll
  Apr 17, 2008
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Heroes? Bourne? Jurassic Park?
Ben123
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great News! Now where is Paramount?

RickD
  Apr 17, 2008
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Awesome news! Looking forward to 'The Mummy' movies and a good number of the others they have listed. It's going to be a good year!

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Cplhicks
  Apr 17, 2008
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Finally! Yeah, I want the Bourne movies! I never bought Ultimatum because I was waiting for Blu....

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nathanp
  Apr 17, 2008
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Awesome! We've all been waiting for this, some good title too.

thespindoc
  Apr 17, 2008
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I can finally stop holding my breath! Thanks for the great news. I'll pre-O Mummy I & II, Doomsday. Also, like the title suggests, please - please - PLEASE offer up a 7.1 lossless track for U-57.1! Also, bring on the extended Gladiator cut when you get production going smoothly! :^)

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dobyblue
  Apr 17, 2008
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Whoo hooo - U-571.
I can't wait to hear those depth charges losslessly!
=D

Xerious
  Apr 17, 2008
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paramount looks even more stupid after the fact that the one studio exclusively supporting HD DVD from the releases it's slate before them. someone needs to be pink slipped over there.

savage1984
  Apr 17, 2008
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Best news YET!!!

Mr. Joshua
  Apr 17, 2008
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I'm guessing the titles released by Universal on Blu-ray will come later as they will have to do some work with these to get them up to par to meet the very strict and high standards of Blu-ray.....
DealsR4theDevil
  Apr 17, 2008
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GIVE ME SERENITY!!!!
Wolfie
  Apr 17, 2008
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"The Mummy", "The Scorpion King" and "U-571" for me!!

Wolfie

Bond007
  Apr 17, 2008
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Zippity Doo Dah Zippity Ay, Wonderful feeling, Wonderful day!

Moniker
  Apr 17, 2008
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I was excited until I saw the catalog titles slated for release in the near future. Who the hell picks this stuff? I mean, yeah, the Apatow films are great, but they're not the kind of films I would buy an additional copy of, simply because of the hi-def aspect.

I wouldn't have posted this if all the other posts hadn't been soaked in undeserved enthusiasm.

Y3k Bug
  Apr 17, 2008
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I wish they wouldn't have waited this long for the announcement, but glad to have a date to look forward to now.

Bango
  Apr 17, 2008
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Woot, Finally! oh Happy Days!

Sonny
  Apr 17, 2008
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I really wanted AG, & now...I shall have it thanks Uni !!!

kaliraver
  Apr 17, 2008
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This is great news and finally people can shut their traps about when is Universal going to release on Blu-Ray Now all we got to wait for is for a Paramount announcement and were in business. Happy Birthday Josh hope you having a rocking B-Day

bkbluray
  Apr 17, 2008
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Nice! This is great news. I'm guessing they haven't announced Bourne yet because they will have to do some serious prep work for that release (reencode, etc.). Woohoo!!!

Bullseye
  Apr 17, 2008
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At long last. Whoohooooo.

cajun1975
  Apr 17, 2008
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Very nice!

Elandyll
  Apr 17, 2008
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Would would have thought that Uni would beat Paramount, which previously released Blu Rays when neutral, to the punch ?

Hellboy II should look amazing in Blu Ray, but we probably won't see that until late fall (it's not even out yet).

American Gangster and Miami Vice, along with Knocked Up might do good, but where are the Bournes ?

And more importantly, what are the plans for Mr Spielberg's films (and the ones he helped make, like BttF)?

Paramount, it's up to you now, you're the last one standing...

BruceWayne
  Apr 17, 2008
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Perfect thing to start out my day! Great news. July is actually pretty reasonable. Thanks Josh and happy B-day!

bajor27
  Apr 17, 2008
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I can't remember if I've seen U-571, but very interested in Mummy 1 + 2, 40 yr old virgin, knocked up, and american gangster.

I better be able to buy The Mummy 1 + 2 without the Scorpian King because that movie is dreadful. Only reason I own it now is because I bought the trilogy for like $20 (and had never seen it before buying it). I refuse to buy it again though.

Interested to see end of days as well, but I doubt I'll ever buy it.

visual0ne
  Apr 17, 2008
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Yaaaaaaaaaahoooooo. Mummy Trilogy will be mine this July to show my support and encourage
them to release more titles. Can't wait for Fast and Furious and Back to the Future and all the
rest. Make us proud Uni! As for Paramount my question is this, how you going to let Universal, a
studio that has never released a BD in their life, beat you to the punch when you have all the
equipment and means to RESUME BD PRODUCTION?!?!???

Blu-ray Fanatic
  Apr 17, 2008
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Yep, it's about damn time
GoBlu08
  Apr 17, 2008
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Cant wait for American Gangster and U571

keene6132
  Apr 17, 2008
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Wonderful! Definitely picking up U571 and will consider the mummy movies. Hopefully they will announce King Kong soon.
numberwhan
  Apr 17, 2008
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My Birthday present came early this year!!
andyn1080
  Apr 17, 2008
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YES!!!! 40yr old virgin, knocked up, (waiting for "forgetting sarah" please be on blu!) AMERICAN GANGSTER !!!! HELLBOY!!! THE MUMMY MOVIES!!! OH YES!!!! AND I LOVE THAT UNIVERSAL ALWAYS (90%) RELEASES THE MOVIES IN FULL SCREEN HD 1:85.1

King03
  Apr 17, 2008
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Very smart move beating Paramount to an announcement. It makes Universal look more in-tune with the customer and Paramount a sore loser.

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jd13
  Apr 17, 2008
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My dreams:
Bourne Trilogy
Serenity
Firefly
King Kong

Happy about:
Mummy movies
Hell Boy
New Hulk

CassilineKnight
  Apr 17, 2008
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Sorry but I'm not impressed

eeyria
  Apr 17, 2008
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Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!

yspkrk
  Apr 17, 2008
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Finally!!! Now.. It's your turn, Paramount!!!

CrŤme Blu-ray
  Apr 17, 2008
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Image my surprise and elation last night when I saw this on my Google sidebar! Going to get 'The Mummy' movies for sure. Can't wait to finally see 'American Gangster'. Looking forward to an announcement for the Bourne trilogy. Hoping 'Apollo 13', 'Backdraft', 'Gladiator', 'Jurassic Park' and countless others are forthcoming.

Universal must own a secret chicken farm 'cause they've put major egg on Paramount's face!

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Gamma_Winstead
  Apr 17, 2008
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And this is why HD DVD owners were happy. At least UNI does something and doesn't keep their costumers out of the dark. *Cough Paramount Cough*

Zixxer
  Apr 17, 2008
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thank you universal!!!
Gaius
  Apr 17, 2008
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THANK GOD!!!!!!
KING KONG BETTER BE AN EARLY 1 THEY BRING TO THE OPTICAL MEDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BrianAgenda
  Apr 17, 2008
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Really great news. Although I've never been a big fan of the Mummy films, so I probably won't be getting any of those 3. American Gangster, Land of the Dead, Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin sound good to me. But Dammit it would have been so sweet if Jurassic Park was their first title. That's the one I'm desperately waiting for.

Palanthian
  Apr 17, 2008
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Yay! Finally. And I am so excited the first release is Doomsday (despite most hating the movie), I absolutely loved it. lol
Silenthillnight
  Apr 17, 2008
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I'm really hoping they release A Beautiful Mind on blu-ray. That's the one movie I really want from Universal. Casino would be nice to have in the meantime though. Get to work late bloomer!
euro3b
  Apr 17, 2008
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i wish King Kong was on that list...

Paden
  Apr 17, 2008
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I'm not impressed either. Their catalog titles will be huge and it's great to see them start to make progress but this is a weak start. I hope they make a splash with some real titles soon.

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wnicholas76
  Apr 17, 2008
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Come on Universal, bring on Jason Bourne!!

SpikesBluBlooded
  Apr 17, 2008
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Well, at least now I know what I'll be spending my "stimulus package" money on...

B-rad
  Apr 17, 2008
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VERY cool!!!

johnto
  Apr 17, 2008
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Why all the lousy cgi dumb movies? Don't they realize Blu-ray buyers like good movies?

Russell_L
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news (finally)!!! Now can we have 'Children of Men', please?

jcdDigix
  Apr 17, 2008
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I agree with you "Shark". Hope they get the message. Anyway nice to hear about Universal
move, my $$ await! < for some "Good" stuff>

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ckenisell
  Apr 17, 2008
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Wow, is it just me or is this a horrible offering announced by Universal? I haven't seen American Gangster yet, so I will reserve judgement on that...but they come out of the gate with Mummy? Pretty lame if you ask me.

And why do they have to include titles in their announcment of movies that have yet to be released in the theaters? They act like it's something special. DUH! Every movie you release in the theaters should make it to Blu-Ray from now on. There's no reason that they shouldn't and if they do, it's because your studio is behind the times.

Personally, I'm not impressed. Go back to the drawing board Universal. At the VERY least, you should give us, Evan Almighty, King Kong, Heroes Seasons 1 & 2 (I've read that you are, but why not include that in your Blu-Ray coming out announcement?), The Bourne Trilogy, Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Game, Children of Men, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Seabiscuit, The Rundown and Cinderella Man. Then, throw in Back to the Future and the Jurrasic Park films for good measure.

marzetta7
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news, and I wholeheartedly agree that these releases need to be AVC with the bitrate maxed out and PCM. Time to kick the old transfers Universal did for HD DVD to the curb!
roachxp
  Apr 17, 2008
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Gladiator, Casion, and The Thing were also in the full release too.

alphadec
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news but.......

where is flecth, the thing, etc. ?????

tru blu
  Apr 17, 2008
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This is the news alot of us have been waiting for!! Put me down for most if not all those titles.

TruBlu2
  Apr 17, 2008
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Happy Birthday Josh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you are younger today then you were yesterday.


Nice announcement from Universal

All things blu
  Apr 17, 2008
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Universal studios has made me a happy person, thanks for the look into the furture.(Hellboy II,The Incredible Hulk, Miami Vice)."NICE"!!!!! DTS-HD(MA)-(HR) OK.

DefTechPioElite
  Apr 17, 2008
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HEEEELLLLLLLLZ YEAH!!!!! The Mummy flix come out the day after my birthday!!! EXTREEEEEME! Harold and Kumar 1&2 please!

DutchBoy
  Apr 17, 2008
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I need my Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz!

Macca 22
  Apr 17, 2008
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American gangster extended version please universal and uncut versions of the mummy and mummy returns please
never$$hort
  Apr 17, 2008
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Better late than never!

BluPayne4400
  Apr 17, 2008
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More money deducted from all our bank accounts.lol Great titles to start off thou

hdalien
  Apr 17, 2008
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I want the Thing!

Zaphod
  Apr 17, 2008
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I am going to be so BROKE!

Whytewash
  Apr 17, 2008
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a breath of fresh air... now all we need is paramounts announcement and life will be complete

BLU_Heaven
  Apr 17, 2008
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thats Awsome!!!

but is that their line up for 2008!

i expected more...

well thanks universal for finally get some movies out

Tru 2 Blu
  Apr 17, 2008
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WOO HOO ! Finally

NMErickson
  Apr 17, 2008
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Yes!! The Mummy 1&2 will be sweet on Blu Ray. What kind of birthday present will I get when mid-January rolls around? To Universal: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!! It's great to see they are finally addressing the back catalog (a little)

keene6132
  Apr 17, 2008
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Quote from roachxp: Gladiator, Casion, and The Thing were also in the full release too.

I didn't see anything mentioned about Gladiator. Gladiator is Dreamworks (Paramount).

EvolutionCherry
  Apr 17, 2008
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IT'S ABOUT GOD DAMNED TIME. Paramount needs to follow suit REAL soon.

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Guinness7
  Apr 17, 2008
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Very Nice.

mugen302005
  Apr 17, 2008
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Nice!! I'll be picking the mommy and HAPPY B-DAY JOSH!!

mcrexx
  Apr 17, 2008
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Lossless audio for ALL Universal, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

Blu Falcon
  Apr 17, 2008
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You mean I can now sell my Universal HD DVDs now?

Blu Haze
  Apr 17, 2008
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Good for anyone who said to wait a year or two they were oh so wrong. Paramount will be annoncing soon too. Dont cry.

apollo92178
  Apr 17, 2008
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Will be getting Miami Vice and American Gangster, I just hope they push Blu Ray to its technological
limits and not half ass it. As for Paramount, funny how again they are left holding the bag. I hope
they fire the clowns in charge of that circus..

Nati man
  Apr 17, 2008
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Can't wait for American Gangster. Thanks Uni!!

w_tanoto
  Apr 17, 2008
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hey.... guess what?? all my formerly owned HD DVD titles and my wishlist for my first Universal Blu-ray titles are all in there: The Mummy and The Mummy Returns (I gave it up a few hours before warner announcement) - yes I am former HD DVD buyer also HD DVD hater at the same time, but my allegiance is still blu-ray only.

tru2blu707
  Apr 17, 2008
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wow...all these movies coming on blu ray so soon?? makes you wonder if they have been plotting this for months. AHA

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mugupo
  Apr 17, 2008
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The Mummy should look great in blu-ray !

crazyboyhayes
  Apr 17, 2008
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Fianally! Some Good News and News I have been waiting for. Iam so excited!

hlo10786
  Apr 17, 2008
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Hell Ya!!!! I am kinda hyped yo for Wanted, I just hoping it's not desapoointing when i go see it. Hope it's good so that i can get it on Blue.

Seretur
  Apr 17, 2008
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Happy birthday, Josh!

Thank you for this wonderful website that all Blu-ray fans have enjoyed and benefited from for so long, and here's hoping that the boons you brought all of us were richly redoubled in your own personal life.

Oh, and Universal -- you rock, guys!

AbsentAbe
  Apr 17, 2008
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To Shark,

Dolby True HD is no where near being inferior to LPCM or DTS-HD Master Audio. In fact they are all exactly the same in the end; they are all lossless formats, so there should be no difference in audio clarity.

sj001
  Apr 17, 2008
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Universal, thank you, some solid titles coming out! Yes!

Rabidhunter
  Apr 17, 2008
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It's about time that Universal got off their butts, Paramount follow suit now!
roachxp
  Apr 17, 2008
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Gladiator is only going to be international via Universal

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that1guystudios
  Apr 17, 2008
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It's official...Paramount better do something fast. Their chance to beat Universal to the punch has now been lost. Now Paramount is left just standing there with no titles. Universal...we welcome you with open arms...let's get to work bringing some of your great titles to Blu-Ray.
Steven Speilberg, now anyone?

mystiksuicide
  Apr 17, 2008
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Great news but let's not forget Battle Star Galactica series
guylovesblu
  Apr 17, 2008
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that 'so amazing to hear universal finally goes blu lets see how long paramount will take with this Great News !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mrmini78
  Apr 18, 2008
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Awesome lineup.... can't wait for bourne movies, transformers and king kong

Mystique
  Apr 18, 2008
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WOO HOO!!! FINALLY!!!!
videonut
  Apr 18, 2008
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I want Battlestar Galactica.

maxoutkast
  Apr 18, 2008
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Yup. Word on Miami Vice. That's the only one I really care about in that bunch. Just hope its the
directors edition.

maxoutkast
  Apr 18, 2008
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Oh, and Hellboy II. Definitely looking forward to that.
Raf008
  Apr 18, 2008
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Fantastic news! Thanks Universal. I'm definitely looking forward for all releses.

Verbal
  Apr 18, 2008
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Yeah, it's great news and all....but I seriously hope they get their act together in terms of putting out quality encodes. Universal has always been one of the worst studios for video transfers, and their record on HD DVD speaks for itself.

If these are ports of the HD DVD versions, I won't be buying any of them.

Except maybe Doomsday, 'cause I missed that completely in theatres.
Gaz
  Apr 18, 2008
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I want The Thing

DarthVibbert
  Apr 18, 2008
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Back to the Future, come on please I want it now.

cj-kent
  Apr 18, 2008
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I'm really surprised that Uni beat Paramount to the punch. Paramount is dragging this thing out with Toshiba and it's time to get the blu-gear in High-gear. Thanks Uni!
Shark
  Apr 18, 2008
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Absentabe, donít let the Lossless name fool you, Dolby Digitals True HD audio is heavily compressed and anytime you use audio compression that changes the sound quite dramatically. DTS uses vary little compression, mostly just to bring up the midrange so you don't have trouble hearing people talk during the quite periods so the loud parts don't rip your house down. DTS is vary nice. However, uncompressed LPCM is the vary best, extremely dynamic, with unprecedented high fidelity which surpasses your CD collection. I would like to see music start to come out on Blu-ray in 24bit, 192 kHz or higher, uncompressed audio. Swweeet!
Shark
  Apr 18, 2008
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Is there any doubt that Universal and Paramount will transfer all their HD DVDís to Blu-ray discs? They will just be HD DVDís Copied to Blu-ray Discís. Mpeg 2 and VC-1 are both antiquated relics from the old DVD format which should be discontinued. Companies still using them should stop as VC 1 is exactly the same as Mpeg2 except for 1 minor change Microsoft made to make it theirs. They both have fixed bit rates which are half of the Blu-ray AVC - Mpeg4 codec. I donít know about you but I was in the Format fight because of all Blu-ray had to offer, and no one said anything about, if Blu-ray wins, we'll just copy our HD DVD's onto Blu-ray Disc's and sell them that. If we give up now on the quality, these guy's will sell us HD DVD copied to Blu-ray Disc's if it will save them a dime and resell us the same movie again in two or three years remastered in AVC Special Editions with DTS Master HD or LPCM audio. Let's not be complete Muppets this time around. Blu-ray should impose AVC Mpeg 4 as the Standard for Blu-ray like Mpeg 2 was for DVD. Let's see if Sony was serious about quality and not just using AVC to win the format war then do what ever they want afterwards. I notice that Sony has released several movies with Dolby True HD Sound tracks which is inferior to LPCM and DTS Master HD so I'd say if we say Nothing were up the creep with out a paddle. Be patient; don't just jump because they put some good titles in front of you. That's what these guy's do to take the suckers out first. When HD DVD brought out these same titles on HD DVD I didn't just go buy a HD DVD player and in the end the better format won. The same goes here. We should hold out for quality so we don't get sucked in again. If these guy's want to sell movies in the future they will have to make new ones and not just sell us the same movies over and over again. And for heaven sakes speak up and make yourselves heard or theyíll think you donít care. They counting on you doing nothing, so do or say something. Get involved, and have a say. Thatís what this forum is for. Itís not the shopping channel, or the everything is ok as long as itís on a Blu-ray disc club. Buy the way I was one of the guyís that told you not to buy HD DVD, was I right?

natedog543
  Apr 18, 2008
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"Paramount: You're on the clock" lol. love that

AbsentAbe
  Apr 18, 2008
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Shark, here are some links for you that crackinhedz shared in the forum.
http://www.dtsonline.com/dts-hd/identical-to-the-studio-master.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_file_format#Uncompressed_audio_format
And most importantly...
http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/1233

AbsentAbe
  Apr 18, 2008
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I hope that clarifies things for you. It did for me, as I was confused about which is better, the same way many people are.

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that1guystudios
  Apr 18, 2008
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Titles Universal released on HD-DVD that I now want on Blu-Ray...

Hot Fuzz
The Bourne Trilogy
Shawn of the Dead
Pride and Prejudice
Bruce Almighty
Evan Almighty
The Mummy Films (Oh wait...they're already announced ;-)

Titles that Universal hasn't released on either HD format,
that I would love to see released on Blu-Ray...

Back to the Future Trilogy
Jurassic Park
E.T.
Schindler's List
The Producers
The American Tail Films
The Office Seasons 1-4
30 Rock Seasons 1-2

david2189
  Apr 18, 2008
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only want american gangster, rest are pretty bad

blu-backer
  Apr 18, 2008
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Waiting for The Kingdom....

Apollo 18
  Apr 18, 2008
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Fantastic news!!! A lot of must haves - only one question - Where is Serenity?
Shark
  Apr 19, 2008
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ClaytonMG, If you think that all video encoding is the same and audio codec are the same you don't know your ass from a hat. For what reason would I bothyer to lie about Video or Audio Codecs. You need to do your home work before you make negitive comments.

rybread80
  Apr 20, 2008
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So when is Paramount getting on the band wagon?

gamer4eva
  Apr 24, 2008
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forgetting sarah marshall knocked up and 40 year old virgin all on 1 day will be awesome

Cant wait for The Matrix
DisneyLuver
  May 06, 2008
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i cant wait for more titles to be released on blu from universal hopefully for the holidays


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