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Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Unveils 2007 Blu-ray Release Schedule

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 10:54 AM by Scott Jentsch

Disney's home entertainment arm Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment decided to announce its world-wide Blu-ray high definition releases for 2007 all at once.

There's a lot of name dropping and multiple mentions due to the different regions of the world that are covered in the press release that I've included at the end of this article, so I'll summarize the North American release schedule:

March 2007

  • Chicken Little (3/20)
  • Finding Neverland (3/20)

April 2007

  • King Arthur Director's Cut (4/3)
  • G.I. Jane (4/3)

May 2007

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

June 2007

  • Con Air (6/8)
  • Crimson Tide (6/8)
  • The Rock (6/8)

Summer 2007

  • Cars
  • The Recruit
  • Open Range

This line-up is pretty good, I must say. Cars is a great movie and it's going to look fantastic in HD, and Open Range benefits from great landscapes and tight action shots in the gunfight that Westerns always bring to the screen. The Rock is nearly a classic, and Crimson Tide is no slouch either!

Releasing the two Pirates of the Caribbean movies right before the next one releases in theaters is a good strategy. All of these movies are the type of titles that the HD formats are going to need in order to catch the attention of the movie fans looking to watch something great on their new HDTVs.

I can't help but think, however, that Disney could have delivered an even greater boost to the Blu-ray camp by at least pre-announcing more of its classic titles. No other studio has the library that has such mass appeal, and I think many more people would stand up and take notice if movies like Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and the Toy Story movies were mentioned as coming out in 2007.

With movies like Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe going back in the vault later this month, they could have capitalized on the exclusivity of making these movies available only on Blu-ray as a way to make the format more attractive to fans.

Perhaps more announcements are coming that will make some of these wishes come true. All I need to do is find the right star and a cricket to sing backup...

Press Release

Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Unveils Unparalleled Blu-ray Disc(TM) Release Slate for North America, Europe and Asia

Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Con Air, King Arthur Director's Cut, Chicken Little, The Rock, Cinderella Man, Face/Off, Crimson Tide, Air Force One, Finding Neverland, G.I. Jane, The Recruit, Open Range, Remember The Titans and Scary Movie 4 Among the Exciting Titles to Be Released on Blu-ray Disc

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment (BVWHE) today announced the company's most extensive Blu-ray Disc slate yet, with action-packed and family titles due for release throughout 2007 in North America, Europe and Asia. Showing its continued commitment to the next-generation, high-definition format, the company has selected a wide range of titles, many 50GB, to showcase the new Blu-ray Disc format, from blockbusters and Academy Award(R)-winning masterpieces, to popular animated movies for the entire family.

In North America, BVWHE will release titles beginning March '07 to include Chicken Little, King Arthur Director's Cut, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Cars, Con Air, Crimson Tide, The Rock, Finding Neverland, G.I. Jane, The Recruit, Open Range and Remember The Titans.

In Europe, titles to be released beginning March '07 will include Eight Below, Chicken Little, Enemy of the State, Flightplan, Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Pearl Harbor, Scary Movie 4, Sky High, The Wild, Dinosaur, King Arthur Director's Cut, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Bruce Almighty, Con Air, Crimson Tide, The Rock, Cars, Air Force One and Finding Neverland.

In Asia, titles to be released beginning March '07 will include Chicken Little, Face/Off, King Arthur Director's Cut, The Wild, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Scary Movie 4, Cars, Con Air, Crimson Tide, The Rock and Air Force One.

See paragraphs below for complete date listings.

Commenting on the announcement, BVWHE President Bob Chapek stated, "Blu-ray is quickly becoming the high-definition standard on the market today and we are very pleased to add this amazing slate of Blu-ray releases that will appeal to our core demographic. With the dual-layer, 50GB discs, the possibilities for exciting new interactive features and additional bonus content are endless."

The company has already had tremendous success with the first generation of Blu-ray Disc titles such as Eight Below and Dinosaur, and is releasing most new titles on the new dual-layer Blu-ray Discs that features a massive storage capacity of 50GB, enabling the highest caliber encodes, expanded bonus material and exciting new interactive features.

As part of its worldwide release strategy BVWHE will release Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in all territories May '07 and Con Air, Crimson Tide and The Rock in all territories beginning June '07. Cars will also see a worldwide rollout schedule in 2007.

In North America, BVWHE will release Chicken Little and Finding Neverland on March 20; King Arthur Director's Cut and G.I. Jane on April 3; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in May; Con Air, Crimson Tide and The Rock on June 8; and Cars, The Recruit and Open Range in Summer '07.

Europe will see its first Blu-ray Disc titles from BVWHE beginning in March with the release of Eight Below, Chicken Little, Enemy of the State, Flightplan, Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Pearl Harbor, Scary Movie 4, Sky High, Finding Neverland and The Wild. Next up are Dinosaur and King Arthur Director's Cut in April; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in May; Bruce Almighty, Con Air, Crimson Tide and The Rock in June; and Cars, Air Force One and Reign of Fire in Summer '07.

In Asia, BVWHE will release Face Off in March; Chicken Little and The Wild in April; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Scary Movie 4 in May; and Cars, Con Air, Crimson Tide, The Rock, King Arthur Director's Cut, Air Force One and Starship Troopers in Summer '07.

Blu-ray Disc is the next-generation optical disc format for high-definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 25GB of data, and a double-layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 50GB of data. Blu-ray Disc is supported by the world's leading consumer electronics, personal computer and gaming companies, and, with seven of eight Hollywood studios releasing their high-definition content on Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray will deliver the widest variety of high-definition, home entertainment content.

About Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment

Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista DVD, Blu-ray Disc and electronic distribution product. Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment is a division of Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Source: Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Press Release



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