Blu-Ray is Coming…

Sony has finally decided on a launch date and titles for the intial release of Blu-Ray Disc home theater products.The magical date will be May 23rd and there shall be a small handful of fan favourite films available for launch.For which and whether or not you should hold off,read ahead… The initial batch of Blu-Ray titles will be the following –

  • XXX
  • Resident Evil Apocalypse
  • 50 First Dates
  • The Fifth Element
  • A Knight’s Tale
  • The Last Waltz
  • Hitch
  • House of Flying Daggers

On June 13th, there will be a second batch of movies released –

  • Robocop
  • SWAT
  • Stealth
  • Species
  • Legends of the Fall
  • Terminator
  • Kung Fu Hustle

The titles themselves will be available from Sony at $23.95 for new releases and $17.95 for catalog titles at wholesale prices. That should translate to $30 us for the final product consumers will pick up in stores. THERE HAVE NOT been any individual specs released for any title. Who knows if they have any special features or even what their specific sound schemes will be.THE ONLY Blu-Ray player that will be available at launch will be the Samsung BD-P1000. Look for more soon there after, including the much debated and worried over Playstation 3.Our personal opinion here at EyeCraveDVD is that unless you have thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket, it’s better to wait for a (pun intended) clearer picture of exactly how these new next-gen formats will work. All that’s really known from this whole next-gen format fiasco is that YOU WILL need an HDMI connection from the player to your HDTV in order to actually watch the movie in the HD resolution that you paid for. Millions upon millions of current HDTV owners DON’T have that connection and will therefor be left out in the digital cold. Also, it’s still unclear if you’ll be required to connect your player to the phoneline or internet so that Hollywood can monitor what you’re watching and how you’re watching it. Finally, the most basic concern (aside from the expense) is that no one has mentioned any specs for the basic products. Sure we know the movies will come in HD, but that’s just about all we know. What special features will be included? any? or will the titles be bare bones. Are there interactive menu’s? special offers to buy more discs? boxed set plans?There are too many questions still left unanswered to for us to recommend warranted purchase. Although, we’ll continue to cover the next-gen formats as they evolve and will continue to let you know what your fellow home theater nuts here at EyeCraveDVD think about the whole situation.

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