Blu-ray Titles Pushed Back to June3 May, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold
While HD DVD titles continue to trickle in, the retail arrival of the first Blu-ray Disc titles has been pushed back to June 20, a month later than originally scheduled.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment president Benjamin Feingold said his studio's first batch of Blu-ray Disc releases will be ready May 23, as planned.
“But the majority of our retail base and hardware partners have requested that we reconsider this date to better coincide with the first commercially available Blu-ray-compatible hardware,” Feingold said.
The decision to hold off shipping Blu-ray titles to retailers comes several weeks after Samsung announced its first Blu-ray player wouldn't arrive in stores until June 25, a month behind schedule.
Feingold said the first nine Blu-ray Disc titles from Sony won't ship until then “in an effort to ensure a more coordinated launch.”
The first Blu-ray Disc titles from Warner Home Video are expected to arrive in stores around the same time, although no firm dates or titles have been announced.
The Sony Blu-ray Disc titles that are now slated to arrive in stores June 20 are Underworld: Evolution (which arrives on DVD June 6), 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight's Tale, The Last Waltz, Resident Evil: Apocalypse and XXX.