Mike Dunn President Worldwide Home Entertainment for 20th Century Fox says the studio will introduce its first nine Blu-ray movies worldwide this November. Key titles comprise Ice Age 2, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Fantastic Four, Kiss of the Dragon, Omen 666, Speed, Transporter, Behind enemy lines and Kingdom of Heaven The Director’s Cut.
Dunn also announced from MGM The Usual Suspects, Rocky, Bulletproof Monk and Windtalkers Speaking at the IFA technology expo, he revealed that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be the first BD title to be released in BD Java. It will have both Dolby and DTS lossless audio and assorted interactive functions, including a first person shooter PC game.
The Fox chief also said that Ice Age 2 The Meltdown will be released day and date with DVD. “We will put a multi-million dollar campaign behind it,” he promised. The title will debut in UK, Europe, Australia and America on November 14.
“We have a full on commitment to Blu-ray,” he promised. “We have spent tens of millions of dollars on making our software look good on BD. There’s another format out there, but the rational choice is Blu-ray and 50GB is critical to the format’s success.”
The first 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray disc will be the extended version of Kingdom Heaven. Speaking about the release, director Ridley Scott said “I have reviewed my director’s cut, the long version, on Blu-ray and I was astounded. It was like looking through a window of clarity. I wanted one immediately.”
Dunn says that the studio would use whatever capacity disc was appropriate, “but to do a spectacular job with a movie that runs over 125 minutes, you need more than a 25GB disc. Our objective is to provide a high-level of interactivity.”
A Fox spokesman said the titles would be a mix of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC codecs.: “We are evaluating each codec separately to see which gives the best results for individual movies.” MPEG-4 AVC titles are Behind enemy lines, The league of extraordinary gentlemen and Speed.