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Studio Canal Now Supports Blu-ray

Posted August 29, 2007 03:06 PM by Josh Dreuth

Studio CanalStudio Canal has revealed an upcoming Blu-ray boxset for the three 'Les Bronzes' films, making it the first Blu-ray release to come from the formerly HD DVD exclusive studio. The Studio Canal library is very extensive, as they distribute titles for many of the major studios. No release date specs have been released at this time.


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glenn22
  Aug 29, 2007
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Great news!

Cyorg
  Aug 29, 2007
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Why would 70's French comedy be the first thing they release on Blu-Ray?

stockstar1138
  Aug 29, 2007
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Nice! gaining support is much more important than the competitor losing support.

erowe83
  Aug 29, 2007
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Release La haine, Release La Haine, Release La Haine

kaliraver
  Aug 29, 2007
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Great news that a former HD-DUD exclusive studio now supports Blu-Ray!

EvanX
  Aug 29, 2007
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Great! They put out a lot of good foreign films!

jhansla
  Aug 29, 2007
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So what good movies does this studio have? I've never heard of em

stockstar1138
  Aug 29, 2007
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bunch of foreign flicks.

stockstar1138
  Aug 29, 2007
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so heres the deal. studiocanal is owned by vivendi, and vivendi holds a 20% stake in Universal, with GE being the other 80%. so it seems as if we know that vivendi is neutral, which means that there is probably pressure on universal from vivendi to go neutral.
BluFox
  Aug 29, 2007
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I think it's a very big deal for Europe. Which is great.

zebracrackhead
  Aug 29, 2007
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Hmm...Studio Canal had a hand in Hot Fuzz...I wonder if there is any possibility.

Also they took part of these movies Smoking Aces, Wimbledon, 40 Days and 40 Nights, United 93, Pride & Prejudice, and The Interpreter.

Not in my interest, but still a popular movie for some, Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

stockstar1138
  Aug 29, 2007
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they hold the third largest flim library in the world. this is pretty big. remember that hd dvd is losing very badly internationally.

jermwhl
  Aug 29, 2007
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ya win some, ya lose some...and the ones ya lose.....well, they'll come running back sooner rather than later!
Welcome to the wonderful world of blu studio canal!!!!

techyted
  Aug 29, 2007
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Looking at their site, I see Hot Fuzz and Smoking Aces, two movies that are only on HD-DVD that I would like to get my hands on.

www.studiocanal.com/pid402.htm

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DAMNSAM77
  Aug 29, 2007
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All I can say is.....NICE!!!! GO BLU!!! By the way our numbers are being stumped on Amazon by HDDVD, Every go out there and tell a friend about the Buy Two get One Free BluRay sale, and the Free 8 BD movies with PS3!!! Whats driving HDDVD sales is the new Toshiba 1080i player selling for under $240!!!! We need a cheap BD player for the non-entusiast and entry level HD fans!

stockstar1138
  Aug 29, 2007
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Id like some european insight. this is really big, isn't it?

scott87
  Aug 29, 2007
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i from london and this is a big deal especially to places like france this ill be a big deal! But like other posts say hd-dvd is not doing very well over here! But this is great news and good to see another studio go on board hopefully more to follow

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that1guystudios
  Aug 29, 2007
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This is a big deal for overseas. As for America, it's actually nothing that will help us at all. But I'm happy for Europe! As to the comment by DAMNSAM77, price is the biggest factor for most people, so I wholeheartedly agree with you. Blu-Ray needs to lower prices to stay in this game. I want this format to win, but unless they get it going, I think both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD will have a "firesale" next Christmas, and it will be the end of both formats.

TruBlu2
  Aug 29, 2007
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I thought we were doing good on Amazon??? We aren't????

This is incredible news. I told you guys Universal is going neutral. This is just the first domino in that daisy chain!!1

Yee Haa

JAGUAR1977
  Aug 29, 2007
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'!!! By the way our numbers are being stumped on Amazon by HDDVD, '


The difference could be as little as 25 movies, totally insignificant.

A few weeks back Casino Royale was ranked No.2 on Nielson, it was outside the top ten on Amazon!

monkyman
  Aug 29, 2007
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We are doing good on Amazon, But HD-DVD is doing much better with almost a quarter of the titles in the top 100 dvd's. We only have about 15.

Good news about studio canal.

Matt X
  Aug 29, 2007
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"Looking at their site, I see Hot Fuzz and Smoking Aces, two movies that are only on HD-DVD that I would like to get my hands on. " ---


...word, baby. word.

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mrdario64
  Aug 29, 2007
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"So what good movies does this studio have? I've never heard of em "

Mulholland Dr, Flash Gordon, Highlander and many Hammer Films have all been released under the Studio Canal / Momentum banner in the UK. They are BIG.
BluFox
  Aug 29, 2007
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Actually overall we are doing better on Amazon. Look at the Top 100 products!

HD-DUD fans are trying it, mind you!

ericede
  Aug 29, 2007
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Here is a Babel Fish translation of the first paragraph. (French to English)

"After the advertisement of the two boxes "integral" for the end of the year, StudioCanal comes to reveal visual box HD-DVD... and especially the existence of a Blu-Ray box ! A first for the editor who announces for the moment only this title on the format of Sony, Holidays of Mr. Bean, next innovation high definition of the editor, being expected that on HD-DVD."

atdm71
  Aug 29, 2007
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Good news for Blu, bad news for HD-DVDoomed.
Titus37
  Aug 29, 2007
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This is big news!
beavis667
  Aug 29, 2007
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Wow so we'll be able to get Hot Fuzz on BD with these guys? AWESOME
MovieMan19
  Aug 29, 2007
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Universal will not be going Blu-Ray anytime soon. GE has money in HD-DVD and that will keep Universal where they are, if you have any doubts take a look at their new UniversalHiDef.Com website which launched today. There are several things that could happen in the next weeks;

1. Warner goes HD-DVD Exclusive (they favor HD-DVD because the get money from each disc sold)
2. LionsGate goes neutral (they want their movies to sell as much as possible, going dual format would accomplish that and they haven't been happy with the sales numbers of either format by itself)
3. The Weinstein Company goes neutral (the same as LionsGate, they want as much money coming in from their high def masters as possible)
4. Disney goes neutral (Disney was the company that got Microsoft involved in developing their high def technology to begin with, Disney voted to have both VC1 and HDi be part of Blu-Ray but were overruled by Sony. Also if Warner goes HD-DVD exclusive Disney would have an interest is going neutral since Warner distributes Disney's movies overseas.)

All of those have some bit of possibility of happening based on industry talks, Universal going neutral is not going to happen anytime soon, especially not after the Paramount/DreamWorks deal. Also Vivendi has always supported Blu-Ray under Universal Music Group which they own completely. Vivendi has little control over Universal in the US now and in 2008 GE has the option to take the rest of Vivendi's stock in Universal which will take them out completely.

ericede
  Aug 29, 2007
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Ah MovieMan19, your out of the ballpark sense of reality gives me joy.

You might as well have written:
"Because I want this to happen it will"

You just managed to come up with best case senarios for every studio that is crushing HD-DVD with it's Blu-Ray support.

Nice try though.

JAGUAR1977
  Aug 29, 2007
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' if you have any doubts take a look at their new UniversalHiDef.Com website which launched today'


Yeah I noticed that too, 'HiDef', is a little vague for a company thats meant to be 110% HD-DVD exclusive and will never EVER go neautral.........yeah right!

ericede
  Aug 29, 2007
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Those are bigs words... makes them hard to swallow, and anyone who thinks that those words can't be eaten needs to sit down and have dinner with Micheal Bay.

Phebus
  Aug 29, 2007
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It's wrong, Studio Canal had always been neutral...Since one year, but at this time no Blu-Ray in France...Neutral and not... before "Les Bronzés" ;-) And now (today) Studio Canal and Universal are in the same offices in France for the video :-)
MovieMan19
  Aug 29, 2007
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If Disney is so happy with disc sales why are they offering every retailer $5 back on every Blu-Ray they sell till September 1st? That is why everyone is having such crazy special on Disney Blu-Ray titles right now. If they were selling great to begin with there would be no need for them to offer any incentive. It's almost as if they are just trying to clean out their warehouses. There is alot going on behind the scenes that no one knows about.
Petri Teittinen
  Aug 29, 2007
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"I told you guys Universal is going neutral."

Did anyone actually believe you? Sorry, but that's wishful thinking only.

Elandyll
  Aug 29, 2007
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The catalogue of StudioCanal is huge, not only because they are the main investor for Film production in France and one of the leaders in Europe, but also thanks to their international ventures across the years.
Their catalogue is over 5000 titles strong, and aside from French/ Euro stuff you might not have heard of (like Brotherhood of the Wolves, or La Haine), you will find stuff like Arizona Dream, Air America, Angel Heart, Crash, Delicatessen, Evil Dead 2, Zorro (the Banderas ones), The 9th Gate, Bridget Jones' diary1/2, Leaving Las Vegas, The Pianist, The Interpreter, Mulholland Drive, Monthy Python, O'Brother, Scary Movie, Shaun of the Dead, Stargate, Universal Soldier, U-571 and ... Terminator 2 & Total Recall (big prods of the 80s in association with Carolco). That's only a few.

Now, let's also not go berzerk too fast. A lot of those are co-prods, and they may only have retained the rights for European distribution (if not French only distro). Some of those they have not even been involved with at all (buying the rights), so who knows exaclty what they will release where?

In any case, excellent news for Blu-Ray.
rickelchilango
  Aug 29, 2007
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"Every go out there and tell a friend about the Buy Two get One Free BluRay sale, and the Free 8 BD movies with PS3!!!"

so, how does the buy two get one free Blu-Ray sale work?

Solrina
  Aug 29, 2007
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It is easy rickelchilango. You simply choose the movies you want from Amazon's list of eligible movies and at checkout they deduct the cheapest movie. I ordered Beerfest, Blood Diamond, Hellboy, Patriot, Road Warrior, & Swordfish for today for just $79.96!
rickelchilango
  Aug 29, 2007
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"You simply choose the movies you want from Amazon's list of eligible movies"

so, where's the list? i'm ready to order some!

LynxFX
  Aug 29, 2007
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"Disney voted to have both VC1 and HDi be part of Blu-Ray but were overruled by Sony."
Sony voted for HDi, they did not overrule anyone. If Sony had the power to overrule, HDi would be part of the BD specs, not BD-J.

Disney is about as deep into Blu-ray support as Toshiba is to HD DVD. They won't be going neutral.

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DAMNSAM77
  Aug 29, 2007
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rickelchilango, it might be too late, because the offers are not showing anymore....only the PS3 offer with 8 movies...but I did manage to get 12 titles for under $150!!! 4 of which are WB titles!! Take that HDDVD!!! KAAACHING!!!!!

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DAMNSAM77
  Aug 29, 2007
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MovieMan19 <-- why dont you cry over at your own forum...hehehe...the "so called $5 incentives" for bluray sales are simply just speculations, they arent clearing any titles and even if they were paying a $5 SPIFF for each disc, then GOOD FOR THEM!!! They need to throw money left and right to all the retailers and other studios, maybe one day, in about 10 yrs , all of Diney's "incentives" may amount to 1/10th of HDDVD's $150 million bribe to CRAPAMOUNT!!!

tru blu
  Aug 29, 2007
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Fantastic news!!

The fact they will be neutral will give more of a chance to show that Blu Ray discs can out sell HD
DVD counterpart.

I say bring on the chance. I like alot of the films they produce e.g Billy Elliot etc. What I want to
know though is it only the movies that they are distibutors for or the stuff they help other studios
release

Their distributor filmography is quite small compared to production:

http://www.imdb.com/company/co0176671/

What happens to their production titles that belong to HD DVD exclusive studios:
Hot Fuzz for example is Universal

May the Blu be with you...

tru blu
  Aug 29, 2007
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MovieMan19

Warner doesn't distribute Disney movies in Australia. Buena Vista does!!

As for their $5 deal, they did this when dvd first came out to take sales away from VHS & laserdisc...

Maybe your not old enough to remember that?

And their SD DVD's are always on sale at different times of the year.

Excalibur-king
  Aug 29, 2007
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One by one the dominoes are dropping...
Blu-ray FTW!!!!

inu-liger
  Aug 29, 2007
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Am really glad to hear this (I heard about it over at the forums @ AnimeOnBlu-Ray.com just a few minutes ago )

Even though I'm not sure that there's much I'd want to import from Studio Canal atm assuming they don't code their titles Region B only, I'm glad to hear that more studios are showing support for a clearly winning format

I wish I would have gotten my paycheque earlier this week, on the other hand. I would probably have liked to take advantage of Amazon.com's 2 for 1 sales

Oh well, at least I can look forward to likely getting some more new and upcoming anime titles on BD
anotheraviator
  Aug 29, 2007
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Sorry folks. This isn't even news. Someone just found a joint venture BD title on the website and called it "news"

Do a Google news check on Studio Canal and you'll see that TODAY they just signed a new contract with Universal Pictures extending them to 2010. This will likely be the only BD disc you'll see from SC in the near future.
TheDooD
  Aug 29, 2007
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sadly ive come to the same conclusion. it kinda does look like some sort of deal between a blu ray studio and studio canal for some over seas distribution. what movie is it do you know? this being listed as news this early when the details are unknown will probably spoil a few peoples hopes if it happens to be nothing. i hope its more than it seems. im trying to find the universal bit but i cant find it. do you have a link to the article?
TheDooD
  Aug 29, 2007
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nevermind i found them in the article.
anotheraviator
  Aug 29, 2007
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http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117971043.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

I don't think Studio Canal has ever been exclusively HD-DVD... but they have focused on HD-DVD because of the cost of BD replication.

I think with this new Universal media distribution contract it's probably not going to happen anytime soon either.
Lyris
  Aug 30, 2007
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I don't recall Studio Canal ever being exclusive to HD DVD? They've always been format neutral.
Petri Teittinen
  Aug 30, 2007
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^^ Indeed, SC has never announced any exclusivity.

majorlos
  Sep 03, 2007
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wow what great news


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