It has been quiet in the Universal Home Entertainment camp since they abandoned HD-DVD a few weeks ago but today the studio unveiled their Blu-Ray plans, going forward.
Starting in the second half of this year, Universal has slated over 40 titles for release on Blu-Ray, including five of the studio’s upcoming theatrical summer feature films, according to a report in trade publication Home Media Magazine. Among these titles will be high definition versions of The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Hellboy II and the Abba musical Mamma Mia as well as the latest entry in the “Mummy” franchise The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Incidentally, the “Mummy” franchise will also mark Universal’s return to high definition when the studio makes The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King their first Blu-Ray titles on July 22, coinciding with the latest films’ theatrical bow.
Universal will also release on Blu-Ray many of the title, previously released on HD-DVD, such as U-571, Land of the Dead, End Of Days, American Gangster, the 40-Year Old Virgin and many more.
Other highlights of universal’s Blu-Ray lineup includes the first and second season of Heroes on August 26 as well as Casino, The Thing, Galdiator and Miami Vice.
This is great news for all Blu-Ray owners, though interestingly, no mention has been made of Peter Jackson’s King Kong.