Universal’s 100 HD-DVD Disc Plans

With the format war still in full fighting mode, Universal Pictures has launched a strong salvo for the HD-DVD side with which it exclusively releases titles.

Two weeks ago rival Blu-ray put in a strong showing at the Consumer Electronics Show with multiple announcements of 2007 titles from Blu-ray exclusive studios Fox, Disney & Sony.

In contrast HD-DVD kept relatively quiet with only a modest presentation, and Universal stayed out altogether.

Now they’ve confirmed they will release more than 100 new film and television titles in 2007, including some must have titles for early tech adopters – most notably the first season of the critically acclaimed new “Battlestar Galactica” for the first time in high definition.

Also more than 90% of the planned 2007 Universal titles will be released as combo discs – which feature an HD DVD version and a standard DVD version of the movie on the same disc.

Titles currently slated for 2007 include recent releases such as “Hollywoodland,” “Children of Men,” “The Good Shepherd” and “Smokin’ Aces”, along with catalogue titles like: “The 40-Year-Old Virgin, “American Pie,” “The Big Lebowski,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Brazil,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Inside Man,” “Liar Liar,” “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,” “Meet The Fockers,” “The Mummy Returns,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Scarface,” and “Shaun of the Dead”.