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Fox: Blu-ray Movie Sales Topping HD DVD

8 Jan, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sales of Blu-ray Disc movies during the week before Christmas surpassed rival offerings on HD DVD by 21%, according to proprietary research released today at CES by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The studio, an ardent supporter of Blu-ray, contends sales of Blu-ray movies will outpace HD DVD 3.5-to-1 by the end of the first quarter March 26.

Fox intends to release more than 40 titles day-and-date with standard DVD in the first half of 2007, including 5-to-10 movies monthly incorporating new releases and catalog titles from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment.

Fox is scheduled to distribute MGM's first 50GB expanded capacity release Flyboys Jan. 30. Other 25GB Blu-ray titles already in release by MGM include Windtalkers, Bulletproof Monkey and Rocky.

Fox, which released its first 50GB release in November, will street eight 50GB titles in the first half, beginning in April with The Fly.

Although no pricing or added material on the releases was disclosed, the studio previously listed a $39.99 retail price for Blu-ray titles Ice Age, Dodgeball, Commando and From Hell, slated for distribution March 13.

Fox Blu-ray titles this month include Jan. 23, Alien vs. Predator, Men of Honor and Courage Under Fire. On Feb. 13, the studio will street The Sentinel, Entrapment, Broken Arrow and Phone Booth.

April 3: Tristan & Isolde, Me, Myself & Irene, Dude, Where's My Car? and The Fly; April 17: Turistas.

May 7: Master & Commander, Man on Fire, Edward Scissorhands, Predator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Siege.

June 7: Independence Day, I, Robot and Cast Away.

MGM titles on Blu-ray slated for release include Hart's War (Jan. 30), The Usual Suspects (Feb. 13), and Dances with Wolves, The Thomas Crown Affair and Hoosiers on March 13.

In April MGM will release on Blu-ray: The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal; and in May, Platoon, The Graduate, Battle of Britain and A Bridge Too Far.

Finally, in June, Ronin, To Live & Die in L.A. , A Fistful of Dollars, Out of Time, Walking Tall and Bull Durham.

“We are looking forward to this pivotal year and the ultimate establishment of Blu-ray as the high-definition packaged media standard,” said Mike Dunn, president worldwide, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “We remain extremely encouraged by the growth in sales and player penetration and are fully committed to creating the most compelling products possible and to the continued pioneering development of BD with our partners.”

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