Fox unveils worldwide Blu-ray release plans


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 TCFHE’s aggressive global Blu-ray Disc release strategy that includes 29 new release and “must-have” 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.


“On 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,” said Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment president worldwide Mike Dunn.


“Given 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,” he added.


“In 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, they’ll realise what we’ve been telling them all along – Blu-ray is really the only way,” continued Dunn.