Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD discs' started by cicada78, Sep 11, 2007.
Imminent street date for Hairspray means we are one step closer to Lord of the rings.......
Not new news mate
having seen the film its not good news either
I know its not new news......
It's not my type of film either and it's a slightly strange choice for their first but it got fantastic reviews (93% at rotten tomatoes), did well at the box office and just the fact that New Line are finally going to release titles make it all very good news.
I'll probably pick it up for my wife.
Oh I totally agree- my girlfirend will be demanding this for Christmas I am sure.
I just wont be watching it again
Lord of the rings in Hi-Def
im waiting for blade.... love that film.
Hairspray officially announced on Blu-Ray and DVD this year, released on HD-DVD sometime in 2008.
The studio has confirmed to the industry trades Video Business and Home Media Magazine that it will bow the $110 million-plus domestic grosser on November 20, day-and-date on Blu-ray and standard-def DVD. An HD DVD edition will follow, though no exact street date has been set.
However, the delayed release of 'Hairspray' on HD DVD is a departure from Warner's policy of usually releasing its high-def titles on both formats simultaneously. Lasorsa blamed the delay to HD DVD's lack of region coding versus Blu-ray.
"Since we sell to independent international distributors, we have to be more sensitive to their release dates than a major studio," Lasorsa added. "But for second-party acquisitions to which we don't have international rights, we will be day-and-date on all three formats."
Can't say it's a title i'm particularly bothered about but it's good to see New Line enter the game.
Disappointing to see New Line embrace region coding - I thought most studios had moved beyond that
But it is good to see New Line finally enter the high def market. I suspect their small, lacklustre title lineup commencing in late November suggests that the Lord Of The Rings trilogy will not be coming this year though Presumably we'll be waiting until Christmas 08 - still on the positive side HD DVD51 may well be a commercial reality then.
Very bad news and honestly a significant new low from any studio
Now because some people in europe may import they are stoping the US release. Are New Line oblivious to the fact that DVD is all but region free these days? not only that but there will no doubt be a pirate version on the net the day of release but instead they punish the people who want to give them their money.
It's probably only going to affect a small number of titles but honestly it's the principle of the matter really. Presuming they do the same for Rush hour 3 and Pans Labrinth they have lost my £50.
Ok I'm confused as hell, I just googled it and hairspray was released around the world at pretty much the same time in the theatre so why this delay? Can't be protecting a theatrical window like I assumed.
Edit - My mistake I assumed wrongly that because it had been released in the UK that it had been in the rest of europe too and that was a bad assumption.
I am pretty disapointed by this.
Not so much by the wait for he films itself- it is Hairspray and I can buy the BD.
But what a silly reason, they have no region coding?
Warner have no region coding- they dont seem to care!
Presuming you don't have an American Blu-ray player you won't be able to buy the BD. It will certainly be region coded or they wouldn't be doing this.
If you have a US PS3 or Blu-ray player then yes you are good to go. Of topic but if you have one does it need a transformer? I think If I go dual format I'd want an American player but wouldn't want to deal with a transformer.
I think I can safely say my next hardware purchase will be a USA dual-format machine to accompany my UK PS3. For me it will be the only way to cover 'all bases'.
As for using a Transformer, my first DVD player was a US model which I used without any problems for over 5 years.
It would be very funny if the BD was not region locked.
I have a US PS3. It does not need a stepdown, the internal PSU is 110-240V
The only New Line releases I'm interested in are catalogue titles, so hopefully region coding isn't an issue with those releases.
Well that makes a mockery of New Line doesn't it.
The Japanese will be able to get the American Blu-ray version (which of course is the same region as Japan) before the movie hits the Theatres in Japan.
The only 2 countries later than Japan are Russia and Turkey. Not exactly big high def markets.
Thats not to say they will sell it then, simply that they could import it.
I agree though, its very silly
We appeared to be moving towards worldwide simultanious, or near simultanious cinema & home video releases.
Why are they moving away from this?
Whatever price players of either pursuasion are now, they'll be dirt cheap soon enough - a year, two years, whatever.
If BD isn't region crackable, I'll just buy a second US BD player as soon as it's cheap enough.
Woody 1 - Regional Coding 0.
What a waste of space and what a stupid idea it always has been, right from the start of SD DVD.
I know they won't sell it at that point but they say this is being done to protect distribution partners and to prevent importing during or near a theatrical release then the Japan situation goes against what they are saying.
They could release in December and have a decent space between nearly all theatrical releases. Rather than waiting well into next year.
The anti consumer region encoding and DRM that only affects the legitmate consumers anyway was the big reason I went HD-DVD over blu-ray, though cost was part of it too.
This action from New Line makes no sence and is pretty much burying there head in the sand if they don't concider DVD to be region free.
Hair Spray will be BD exclusive untl 2008.
Thats what we have been discussing for 2/3rds of the thread.
The BD version is slated for US release on Nov 20th - one month after the Oct 20th Japanese theatrical release date you posted!
I suppose the worry for New Line is that's it's a new film and people will watch the American disk without going to the cinema.
I think it's the other way with 'Breach'. With no region coding you can order the American copy of the HD DVD and see it before the film reaches the cinema here.
I think this situation will only happen with New Lines new titles though. New Line's back catalogue should be released simultaneously on BD or HD DVD as it isn't going to be affecting the cinema release.
Whatever the outcome I can't do without region coding now. The majority of my films are American, one was European and a few are UK.
When I first read about it today, it was listed as October 16th and I remember thinking it was the same day as Transformers. That site has now changed it to November 20th so I posted based on incorrect info, my appologies.
The point still stands though, the Japanese will be able to import the title just as the theatrical window finishes.
Region Coding is optional on Blu-ray, if a studio doesn't wish to use it on certain titles, like all but Fox have done at some point, they can.
Best of both worlds.
PIP is also confirmed on Blu-ray, the first such announcement I believe.
Is Rush Hour 3 next from New Line?
Not quite - The Descent featured PiP which Lionsgate achieved by including two versions of the movie on the disc - one with PiP burnt in I guess we'll see whether this a Profile 1.1/2.0 release or a bodge like that.
Madness ! And New Line , like Denon , are bumping any e-mail enquiries with their automated Out of Office BS ! The rest of the studios are moving away from Regional Coding , New Line spin the other way
If any of their back catalogue become available elsewhere , I'll buy it there on general principles !
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