The bastions of Blu-ray keep their titles coming


Blu-ray Disc strikes back.

Moments after Paramount Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation announced their intent to limit their high-definition releases to the HD DVD format, ardent Blu-ray supporter 20th Century Fox announced an aggressive slate of titles for the remainder of the year.

A total of 29 Blu-ray Disc-exclusive titles are on their way from Fox and distributed label MGM Home Entertainment, including six new theatrical releases that will arrive on Blu-ray the same day as the DVD, including heavyweights "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "Live Free or Die Hard."

Also in the pipeline are four day-and-date theatrical releases from MGM, 19 catalog titles from both studios and Fox's first high-def TV release, "Prison Break."

"Given that Blu-ray has consistently outsold HD DVD all year, and this is the case for any titles released by any studio in both formats, we believe that the time is right for us to accelerate our activities and help convert the nearly 60 million high-definition households worldwide into Blu-ray households," division president Mike Dunn said.

Fox hasn't released any Blu-ray titles since April.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, also exclusively in the Blu-ray camp, also issued a release shortly after the Paramount announcement, listing six catalog titles for September release. Two are new releases, "Black Book" and "Tekkonkinkreet," and four are catalog titles: "The Replacement Killers," "A Few Good Men," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Underworld."

On Friday, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment announced its first Platinum Blu-ray release, "Sleeping Beauty"; its first BD-Live title, "National Treasure"; and its first Blu-ray title with full-motion picture-in-picture bonus features, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."