Sony Pictures unveil first Blu-ray Disc titles

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has launched the first three 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray Discs (BD) – Click, Black Hawk Down and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.


The heart-warming comedy Click, starring Adam Sandler, will be available from 10 October. Black Hawk Down, the Oscar-winning, action-packed drama from director Ridley Scott, starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana, features new Blu-Wizard technology and will be available on 14 November.


The hilarious box office hit, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring writer and producer Will Ferrell and Oscar-nominee John C. Reilly, hits shelves 12 December.


All three titles were authored by the Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center (DAC) and manufactured by Sony DADC.


“As consumers make the leap to Blu-ray’s incredible high-definition picture and theatre quality audio, they want access to a diverse selection of content packed with added-value features and reference titles like Ridley Scott’s powerful war epic Black Hawk Down, that will add to their growing Blu-ray Disc libraries. We’re proud to be the first studio to deliver a 50GB Blu-ray Disc title to the marketplace with Click on 10 October, along with two other highly entertaining titles this year that offer the expanded capacity and special features only a 50GB disc can provide,” said Sony Pictures Home Entertainment president David Bishop.


Shot entirely in high-def, the Blu-ray format captures Click’s many poignant and humorous remote-controlled moments with pristine picture quality and superior sound. Click is the first SPHE Blu-ray Disc title to include all bonus features from the DVD release in high-definition and also features uncompressed PCM audio.


Black Hawk Down grossed more than $100 million at the box office and is a gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war. “With a richly detailed master and long running time, Black Hawk Down is an ideal title to demonstrate Blu-ray’s 50GB capability, without any compromise in features or quality,” said Sony Pictures Home Entertainment executive vice president advanced technologies Don Eklund.


Black Hawk Down is also the first Blu-ray Disc title to feature SPHE’s new Blu-Wizard, a unique playlist technology, which lets consumers customize the way they watch special features.


The hilarious $140 million summer blockbuster Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby chronicles the man with two first names, NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, as he tries to gain his father’s respect and love while fulfilling his need for speed. The Blu-ray Disc features the Unrated Edition of the film along with added-value features in high-definition.


SPHE will introduce a variety of new Blu-ray Disc content throughout the fourth quarter 2006. Full of family fun and imagination, Monster House will debut on Blu-ray disc day-and-date with DVD on 24 October and the Wayans brothers’ comedy, Little Man, hits shelves on 7 November.


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released a broad selection of high-definition movies since its initial launch on 20 June. Blu-ray Disc titles currently available to consumers from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment include 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, XXX, Ultraviolet, Underworld: Evolution, Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, The Benchwarmers, Stealth, RV, Silent Hill, Into the Blue, Memento, S.W.A.T., A Knight’s Tale, The Big Hit and Tears of the Sun.

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