This is what we were all waiting for (at least us industry figures, you guys still don’t seem to give a stuff): we have an official Blue-ray release date from Sony itself.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is targeting May 23 to deliver the first wave of Blu-ray Disc (BD) titles at retail, it was announced today. Delivery will coincide with the launch that day of the first commercially available BD player from Samsung Electronics, which will be followed shortly by BD players from Pioneer and Sony along with a BD compatible VAIO PC from Sony.
Now I don’t want to dwell too much on which titles are going to be hitting the shelves since many of them were far too depressing the first time around, let alone in high definition, but the likes of 50 First Dates (*shudder*), Hitch (*quiver*) and A Knights Tale (*convulse*) will attractive numerous members of the public with questionable taste. Slightly better will follow in June including Kung Fu Hustle, Robocop and Terminator. Interestingly, Underworld Evolution will debut in early summer and date with the DVD.
Of course earlier this month we revealed the Blu-ray pricing of these titles so if you want to know go back and read it yourself ;)
Now when one technology emerges another tends to die. Many think this would mean DVD, but actually Sony has chosen to kill off its PDD (Professional Disc for Data) format. Drives will be sold until the end of 2007, though media will be around until 2014. Few will probably miss PDD, though without it we probably wouldn’t have Blu-ray at all. So a minute’s respectful silence… …ok that’s enough, now bring on the high def movies!