With ever growing numbers of retailers and industry players choosing their sides in the HD DVD and Blu-ray format wars, most of us agree that there is unlikely to be a winner any time soon. Not so Tartan Video, whose owner, Hamish McAlpine has gone on record as saying that to go with Blu-ray was a no-brainer for Tartan.
"Not only is the format superior to HD DVD, but also the fact that 7 out of 8 studios have chosen to release their films on Blu-ray means that this so-called ‘format war’ is over before it has really begun".
Titles such as Oldman, the 50th anniversary re-release of the utterly brilliant “The Seventh Seal” and the recent Black Book will be available immediately. We do question the benefit of a Blu-ray release of these classic films, as the original print is unlikely to offer a high-definition source, but obviously future titles are likely to be filmed in HD. Puzzling the TR office even more is the decision to include the DVD version of all these films with the Blu-ray disc. Most likely it is simply in order to rival the HD DVD/DVD Combo discs available on the market.