9th January 2008
Here's the sleeve art for the Doctor Who
- The Monster of Peladon audiobook, which will be released on March
the 3rd. The two-disc set will be narrated by Elisabeth Sladen, who also
contributes an interview about the making of the series.
7th January 2008
The big news is that Warner Brothers has
finally made a decisive move in the high definition format war, by
deciding to release only on Blu-ray from May this year. You can read more
This gives the Blu-ray side the vast
majority of studio support, and will see the format surge forward in
sales. HD DVD still counts Paramount and Universal as exclusive studios,
but Warner's move looks like it has allowed Blu-ray to conclusively take
the lead, and there are strong rumours that Paramount and Universal will
be going neutral, or exclusively Blu-ray, very soon.
Hopefully, before long, everyone will be
able to unite behind one format, and the battle to win consumers over from
DVD can begin in earnest.
Here's the full text of Warner Bros.
Entertainment's official statement:
In response to consumer demand, Warner
Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles
exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was
announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin
Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
“Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release
in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long
term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want,” said
Meyer. “The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed
if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively
distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success
and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly,
Warner Home Video will continue to release
its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray. After a short window
following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will
continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May 2008.
"Warner Bros. has produced in both
high-definition formats in an effort to provide consumer choice, foster
mainstream adoption and drive down hardware prices,” said Jeff Bewkes,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc., the parent
company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Today’s decision by Warner Bros.
to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best
decision both for consumers and Time Warner.”
“A two-format landscape has led to consumer
confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the
technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue
stream that it can be for the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Consumers have
clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is
the right step in making this great home entertainment experience
accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very
closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media
and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working
with them on other projects in the future.”
Here in the UK, the news is somewhat more
mundane, and, unfortunately, it's business as usual for Fox, who have
delayed, once again, several forthcoming Blu-ray titles:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Day After Tomorrow
Master and Commander
These titles were due on February the 18th,
but have been delayed (with no new release date given). Some of these
titles have already been released elsewhere in Europe, so I don't expect
that they will be delayed for long.
Books will release a series of hardback novels based on ITV's hit fantasy
series Primeval on March the 21st. Here's the full press release...
Titan Books will be making a new foray into
fiction with the launch of a series of originated novels based on the hit
ITV prime time TV series from Impossible Pictures, Primeval.
When strange anomalies in time start to
appear, Evolutionary Zoologist Professor Cutter and his team find
themselves confronted with the creatures of their studies, and they must
help track down and capture a multitude of dangerous prehistoric creatures
from Earth's distant past. Written by Steve Saville, Scribe
nominated author of tie-ins for Torchwood, Star Wars and
Doctor Who, the first of Titan’s novels will be
Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar
[Titan Books, 21 March 2008, £6.99, 272pp],
plunging Cutter and the team into the Peruvian rain forest for a thrilling
A heady mixture of action and adventure,
Primeval has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike,
selling over 100,000 DVD box sets and syndicating to networks across the
world, from Germany to Australia to Korea. Now, these exciting new novels
propose to carry Professor Cutter and his team to places and situations
beyond the television series, exploring new levels of adventure in the
Primeval universe. With the second series launching in January ‘08,
Titan’s thrilling new fiction will be the perfect way for fans to immerse
themselves in the show, and a great chance for those who’ve missed the
series to jump on board.
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