MUMBAI: Cementing its intention to release at least one state-of-the-art title per month, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) announced worldwide Blu-ray new release plans for the $267 million global box-office family favorite Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer and the $348 million global box-office action powerhouse Live Free Or Die Hard day-and-date with the BD release of the Die Hard trilogy.
The announcement further supports TCFHEâ€™s aggressive global Blu-ray Disc release strategy that includes 29 new release and â€œmust-haveâ€ catalog titles from Fox and MGM that runs through the end of the 2007 calendar year.
The only high-definition packaged media universally supported by the film, music, gaming and computer industries, BD is the #1 selling high-definition packaged media.
â€œOn a worldwide basis, BD is averaging nearly 70% market-share per week of all high definition titles sold this year and, in the US, it is out-performing HD DVD by two to one; in some territories the ratio is three to one,â€ said Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment president worldwide Mike Dunn.
â€œGiven the retail landscape this holiday season, we expect the sales gap between Blu-ray and HD DVD to grow significantly wider as the most anticipated films of the year debut exclusively on the Blu-ray format,â€ he added.
â€œIn fact, once our Blu-ray consumers, and those still on the fence, experience the advanced BD-J interactivity games available on Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer and Live Free Or Die Hard, theyâ€™ll realise what weâ€™ve been telling them all along â€“ Blu-ray is really the only way,â€ continued Dunn.