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Sweden Goes Blu-ray

Posted February 7, 2008 09:25 AM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray DiscTwo of the largest film companies in Sweden have announced their intentions to support Blu-ray exclusively. Following the Warner Brother's announcement, Swedish film companies SF and Scanbox have announced that they are scrapping all plans to release films on HD DVD, and will release exclusively on the Blu-ray format. Scanbox is expected to release their first HD titles in April.

One of the first high definition titles from SF may be 'Arn: The Temple Knight', which is the most expensive film ever produced in Scandinavia. No word on which titles Scanbox have chosen to be their first HD releases.


Source: DVD Forum (SE) | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (40 comments)



rezpekt
  Feb 07, 2008
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Nice!
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Marwin
  Feb 07, 2008
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They mention Saw 4 possibly being one of the first titles from Scanbox in the comments on DVDForum.se

discipline
  Feb 07, 2008
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Fantastic news!

CptGreedle
  Feb 07, 2008
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HA! Another country glowing Blu! Great news! All the dominos are falling into place.
Dofflan
  Feb 07, 2008
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It appears that The Golden Compass will be SF's first Blu-Ray on May 21st and Scanbox will release Saw 4 on April 15th. Both of them are listed for preorder at www.cdon.com and www.discshop.se

camaro17
  Feb 07, 2008
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i thought the golden compass and saw 4 were American films, do you mean that its a Swedish film, or it was made my a company based in Sweden? i don't understand because the movies were shot in English, wait, does Sweden speak English? I'm not very good with all the European countrys. Please answer my questions lol.


Peace

RickD
  Feb 07, 2008
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Nice! I can't wait for the US to fall into place!
kikkomaniac
  Feb 07, 2008
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I live in Sweden and this is GREEEEEEEAT news (mental picture of Tony the tiger) Last week my local HD pusher doubled shelf space for blu.... and NO sign of HD-DUD

Number3
  Feb 07, 2008
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Sweden speak swedish. Though the majority speak good english also. (I am a english man living in Sweden). Golden Compass is not a Swedish film neither is Saw 4. I imagine that SF and Scanbox are the distributers in Sweden for those films.

Plus all this is irrelevant as HD-DVD never really existed here. Here in Sweden we are blu through and through!

lildon24
  Feb 07, 2008
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THATS BANGING... HD-DVD IS DYING ANYWAY... SO BLU RULEZ!!!

stockstar1138
  Feb 07, 2008
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correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't some company is Sweeden have the distribution rights to Transformers.

Number3
  Feb 07, 2008
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I dont know, but if that is true then I am well happy!!!! transformers on blu would be fantastic!

EvolutionCherry
  Feb 07, 2008
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And I doubt that HD DVD will exist in your country at this rate.

Iron Man
  Feb 07, 2008
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Not only Sweden, Scandinavia has gone Blu

shankmanmonster
  Feb 07, 2008
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IKEA Blu Ray players??????????????????????????????????

who will put them togethor????????????????????????????


ahhhhhhhhh NICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainman208
  Feb 07, 2008
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EXCELLENT !!! (With fingers pressed together Burns style).

maineventer44
  Feb 07, 2008
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The HD-DUD camp should really pack it up and throw in the towel because thier format IS infieror to BLU-RAY in every way especially when BD 2.0 comes out this fall. Everyday that passes more and more companies are backing BLU-RAY and dropping HD-DUD which awesome! Remember all you HD-DUD lovers, you ARE on the Betamax side of the format war. Paramount and Universal are prolonging the inevitable. That is HD-DUD WILL go down and WILL go down HARD!!!

Psx0005
  Feb 07, 2008
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At this point, HD-DVD's place in history is pretty much written down so I think that we as Blu-Ray members should show some respect to the format that's clearly losing the war. Beating a dying horse at this point is just bad form for all of us and I think that we should just move on with the Blu-Ray format and getting word out to the consumers that have been sitting out on this ridiculous war that its time to get into the High Definition age. Let's stop the gloating and start showing what Blu-Ray has to offer

Malosch78
  Feb 07, 2008
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Like Iron Man said, not Sweden but hole Scandinavian has gone Blu. SF Film and Scanbox are also big in Denmark ... And SF Films is the scandinavian distributor of Lord Of The Rings ;-)
BTW, 'Arn: The Temple Knight' is a very good movie. Like Kingdom of Heaven, but smaller. And 'Arn: The Temple Knight' is just the first of 2-3 movies about Arn.

Zarathustra
  Feb 07, 2008
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Sweden=metal and Blu-ray
\m/

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bageleaterkkjji
  Feb 07, 2008
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sweden is smarter than paramount universal and toshiba...go sweden lol

maineventer44
  Feb 07, 2008
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Amen Bro!!!

Zixxer
  Feb 07, 2008
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o yeah

U4K61
  Feb 07, 2008
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I can only wonder how Toshiba will manage to put a spin on yet more bad news for them.
JT_Designer
  Feb 07, 2008
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Great news!

Yesterday I overheard someone ask if it would be worth buying a HD-DVD player just to be able to watch one movie he wanted to see which was HD-DVD exclusive. I started laughing and said ummm NO. Why throw away your money?

Rainman208
  Feb 07, 2008
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Good point psx0005. Let's go full steam ahead with Blu. No point in being ugly winners.

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Nerdkiller likes BD
  Feb 07, 2008
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Call the fat lady. Tell her to sing. This is probably the first country to be smothered by a sea of blu. Para and The "U" better be seeing what is happening to their dead format. It's just crumbling away like another red thing, communism (wonder why they have the cases have the same colour as the soviet flag, ha ha ha!).
JT_Designer
  Feb 07, 2008
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HAHA I feel sad for Paramount and Universal stock holders. They must be like wtf is going on. Support Blu-ray already so we start making money again and get a cash dividend.

sAvAgE69
  Feb 07, 2008
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this is fantastic news. and when will paramount switch?

saljr
  Feb 07, 2008
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ViVa Blu-Ray in Sweden. I don't know how to said that in swedish.

Number3
  Feb 07, 2008
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Great news!if sweden goes blu that means I can finally see Lordi concerts in HD?


Lordi is Finnish.

Zarathustra
  Feb 07, 2008
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And a very bad band...considering how many amazing Finnish bands there are...*shakes head*
Imagine Nightwish in Blu.......wow!
moveteam
  Feb 07, 2008
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Scandinavia goes Blu

NFI (Danish), SF and Scandbox (Swedish)
moweeis
  Feb 07, 2008
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Funny part is that SF NEVER had intention of going HD-DVD since they pretty much do all fox

gambare
  Feb 07, 2008
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ugh... my bad, anyway this is good news

TruBlu2
  Feb 07, 2008
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More awesome news for this Thursday. Made my day

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Guinness7
  Feb 07, 2008
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I would think by now there are not many studios that are not blu.

tru blu
  Feb 07, 2008
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Excellent news. Again the dominoes are falling, and I bet they start falling faster, as the more companies join, more will follow.

frenchglen
  Feb 08, 2008
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The world is blu-ing up.
BigCheese
  Feb 08, 2008
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Bra nyheter! (Good news) Im swedish and sitting in the blu-camp so Im happy.


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