Universal Japan Pimps Spielberg Films Coming to HD DVD!

Universal Pictures Japan displayed the following screenshot during their presentation at CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) Japan 2007:

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*Updated – New info surfaces* The slide shows titles such as Babe, Back to the Future Trilogy, Casper, Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws and Jurassic Park as major catalog titles that will be available on HD DVD in the future.This is one of the first instances of publicly displayed media material showing these titles as future HD DVD releases.Given Spielberg’s influence this announcement has created quite a stir on the online Home Theater forums, especially in light of Spielberg’s stated preference for Blu-ray.Keep in mind however, that HD DVD does not feature region coding meaning these titles are available to the world once released. It also begs the question… Will these titles surface on HD DVD in North America as well?*Updated by Shane*With the flurry of activity surrounding the slide above slide Blu-ray supporters have seemingly contacted a representitive for Steven Spielberg regarding the slide. Due to the controversial nature of the slide various sources claim Spielberg’s reps have issued a statement in regards to the titles represented on the slide.From SpielbergFilms.com

“October 8, 2007Universal Japan prematurely touts Spielberg HD-DVD Just a quick note to put a kibosh on some news that circulated online this weekend: An image from a presentation held by Universal Japan has been lighting up the Internet with talk of some major Spielberg films coming to HD-DVD, top-tier titles such as “Jaws,” “E.T.,” “Jurassic Park” and more.Thing is, all of this is news to Amblin/DreamWorks who have a say in the format and issuance of Spielberg’s work on any home video format. Unfortunately, this is the second time in less than six-months that the very anxious HD-DVD group (of which Universal is a very key member when it comes to software content) have prematurely announced Spielberg titles coming to HD-DVD.At this time, there are no official plans to release any Spielberg-directed titles to the HD DVD format, except for tomorrow’s release of “Twilight Zone The Movie” (a feature that includes the short Spielberg film “Kick the Can”).Beyond “Twilight Zone” (that will be released in both HD-DVD and Blu-ray), Spielberg fans have November 13th’s high-def debut of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to look forward to exclusively on the Blu-ray format. Beyond that, any other talk of Spielberg films on high-def at this time is premature, no matter the source, even Universal.”

First of all… there is no dash in HD DVD. See that. No dash. Secondly, there is no real denial that his films will be coming to HD DVD just that Universal has prematurely announced them. “At this time…” DOES NOT mean no.

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