Warner Reportedly Remaining Dual-Format
Despite a Los Angeles Times reportyesterday that Toshiba had floated a lucrative offer for Warner Bros. to release its movies exclusively on HD DVD, Warner’s Home Video division has stated that there will be no change, and the studio will continue to release its films in both HD DVD and Blu-ray, the blog DigitalBits.com reported.
According to the blog, the offer reported on by the L.A. Times had in fact been made (and rejected) on the same week in August that Paramount and DreamWorks announced their move from dual-format to HD DVD-only, and nothing new has happened in the matter since.
In other hi-def disc news, New Line Cinema- a studio that, like Warner Bros., is under the corporate umbrella of Time Warner- will release its first-ever movie in hi-def disc later this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The summer’s hit musical “Hairspray” will be released on Blu-ray Disc, as well as on standard DVD, in November, with an HD DVD to follow early in 2008. The delay in the latter format, a New Line executive told the Reporter, is due to region coding issues.