A French Blu-ray distributor has published a rough schedule of what catalogue titles will be going the high-definition route in 2010 over on the Continent, in the process giving us hints about what big titles of yesteryear will be getting the jump to high-def in coming months States-side reports Blu-ray.com.
The biggest releases of the Season are “The African Queen” on March 27th and “Doctor Zhivago” on May 4th. The only AFI Top 100 film not available on DVD in the US, and only on VERY poor quality DVD overseas, ‘Queen’ has undergone a six-year meticulous restoration job and will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray for the first time. ‘Zhivago’ has also scored a major restoration.
During the Summer we’ll see cinematic classics like A Star is Born, Grand Prix, Kelly’s Heroes, The Magnificent Seven and Where Eagles Dare. There’ll also be more modern hits like “Armageddon,” both “Bad Boys”, “Borat,” Chris Nolan’s “Insomnia”, the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, the first two “Shrek” films, and “Thelma and Louise”
Clint Eastwood will see a bunch of his old films get the upgrade including “Absolute Power,” “The Rookie” and the other two films in his Sergio Leone trilogy “Fistful of Dollars” and “For a Few Dollars More”
Later in the year “The Exorcist,” “The Maltese Falcon” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” are all getting Blu-rays minted from major restorations of the original film. “Excalibur” and “Forbidden Planet” will also see Blu-ray releases, though likely using the same prints from their previous HD-DVD releases. “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Mars Attacks” and “Three Kings” will also be hitting Blu-ray towards the year’s end.