New Line, the last remaining studio to join the high-def format fray, officially announced that it will be releasing titles on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray, starting with this Summer’s hit musical “Hairspray” on November 20th.
As New Line is owned by Time Warner, the sole major studio left publishing on both formats, the move doesn’t come as a surprise.
There’s one unexpected twist though – because there’s no region coding on HD-DVDs, New Line will delay the HD-DVD release of titles it directly owns. The “Hairspray” HD-DVD release will thus be delayed til early 2008.
Those films which it acquired and doesn’t have international rights to will have a day and date release with the regular DVD and Blu-Ray editions.