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Paramount becomes final studio to move to Blu-ray

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Feb 2008 18:14 User comments (22)

Paramount becomes final studio to move to Blu-ray Paramount has announced that it has become the final major studio to move to Blu-ray, after it had been HD DVD exclusive since last August.
"We are pleased that the industry is moving to a single high-definition format, as we believe it is in the best interest of the consumer," the studio said in a statement.

"As we look to (begin) releasing our titles on Blu-ray, we will monitor consumer adoption and determine our release plans accordingly."


There was no other details issued as to when the transition would begin nor was there word on what titles would be first released on Blu-ray. There was also no word on whether Dreamworks would be moving with its parent company but that announcement is expected soon.


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22 user comments

122.2.2008 18:27

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We are pleased that the industry is moving to a single high-definition format, as we believe it is in the best interest of the consumer
Since when has any of this little format war been about the "best interest of the consumer." ?

It's been a stategy game with corporate powers that be, completely denying consumer input.

Hogwash.

222.2.2008 18:30

Bought out just like Warner Brothers by $ony.


"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition


322.2.2008 18:43

Originally posted by iluvendo:
Bought out just like Warner Brothers by $ony.

Why would Sony pay them out after HD DVD had lost? Of course they were going to swap.

422.2.2008 19:20
vinny13
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Ahh... Great to hear :P

522.2.2008 19:35

Originally posted by pensfan12:
Originally posted by iluvendo:
Bought out just like Warner Brothers by $ony.

Why would Sony pay them out after HD DVD had lost? Of course they were going to swap.
To quote Liu Kang in the movie "Mortal Kombat"

$ony wants "a flawless victory"
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"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition


622.2.2008 19:42
goodswipe
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Originally posted by iluvendo:

To quote Liu Kang in the movie "Mortal Kombat"
$ony wants "a flawless victory"
LMAO...

722.2.2008 19:42

sorry but that sounds like a silly comment from an HD-DVD fan - what else were Paramount going to do ? Refuse to release High Definition discs altogether ? you don't buy distributors out when there is only one product left to distribute.
and remember it was HD-DVD who outbid and bought out Payamount last august to go HD-DVD exclusive.

822.2.2008 20:02

Originally posted by domie:
and remember it was HD-DVD who outbid and bought out Payamount last august to go HD-DVD exclusive.
According to a Hollywood insider the likely reason why Paramount was the last to switch:

Lawers took some time to figure out how much of that $150M payout they had to return to Toshiba.

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For all the recent questions concerning a certain toPic, suffice to say that when money has changed hands and was in the pipeline to change hands at regular intervals, it takes a little while for lawyers to sort out who it belongs to now, "I want my money back", "I aint giving you no money back", etc.
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=31882&page=66

922.2.2008 21:10

So when can we see Transformers out on Blu-ray?

1022.2.2008 21:19

Originally posted by domie:
sorry but that sounds like a silly comment from an HD-DVD fan - what else were Paramount going to do ? Refuse to release High Definition discs altogether ? you don't buy distributors out when there is only one product left to distribute.
and remember it was HD-DVD who outbid and bought out Payamount last august to go HD-DVD exclusive.

I am a high def fan, but I do not own either formats. I believe the true winner will be ultra def and not BD. Upconverted DVD is good enough for me and I 4 one do not wish to repurchase my movie collection just yet.

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition


1122.2.2008 23:10

If Paramount is the last studio to switch, then did I miss Universal going Blue-Ray? When did this happen?

1222.2.2008 23:17

I own both and had no preference; I have no preference because it will all be replaced with something else.

I'm certainly not going to operate under the assumption that the winner of this squirmish is going be king of formats for generations to come.

Hell, my son is still confused as to what a VHS is. So far as he knows, it's the box under the HD Dvd player (next to the PS3) that a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich would fit nicely in to.



1322.2.2008 23:27

Originally posted by sgriesch:
If Paramount is the last studio to switch, then did I miss Universal going Blue-Ray? When did this happen?
Yes we didnt get to report on it when it was fresh but Universal moved to Blu-ray the same day Toshiba confirmed dropping the format :)

1423.2.2008 0:08
vinny13
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I say we stop making "news reports" on this DVD stuff... All they do is piss people off and get others banned for retarded reasons :P

Like that one guy who got banned like 50 times and he still kept on coming back lmao

"If ya lookin' to fight the good fight, ya found one right here."

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1523.2.2008 2:42

I'll just wait for the next format and get a Playstation 4 ;)

1623.2.2008 11:35
Icanbe
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Well it was inevitable, wasn't much choice left.

I do have a question and I'm not trying to be rude or mean, But where's that guy named Hughjars?
I haven't seen a post from him on the last few of these articles.

Peace

1723.2.2008 16:57

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Hell, my son is still confused as to what a VHS is. So far as he knows, it's the box under the HD Dvd player (next to the PS3) that a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich would fit nicely in to.
My daughter refers to the VHS tapes as "Rectangle DVD's." She is too young to know that VHS was ever a viable format.
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1824.2.2008 1:11
vinny13
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Hell, my son is still confused as to what a VHS is. So far as he knows, it's the box under the HD Dvd player (next to the PS3) that a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich would fit nicely in to.
My daughter refers to the VHS tapes as "Rectangle DVD's." She is too young to know that VHS was ever a viable format.
Hey man, rectangle DVDs rule :P

Lol that's crazy... I can't believe I never thought of rectangle DVDs... That sounds much cooler then VHS :D

1924.2.2008 16:55

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Originally posted by sgriesch:
If Paramount is the last studio to switch, then did I miss Universal going Blue-Ray? When did this happen?
Yes we didnt get to report on it when it was fresh but Universal moved to Blu-ray the same day Toshiba confirmed dropping the format :)
Wow! So many things switched at once, that I couldn't follow all of it. I guess it doesn't matter anyway. The war is over, and I have a $400 upconverting DVD player. I hope that I at least still get the free movies that I was suppose to get.
By the way, Tiger Direct had a sale on a 1080i Toshiba HDDVD player w/ 7 movies for $89 if anyone was wanting to cash in on Toshiba's misfortune.

2024.2.2008 19:52

Originally posted by vinny13:
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Hell, my son is still confused as to what a VHS is. So far as he knows, it's the box under the HD Dvd player (next to the PS3) that a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich would fit nicely in to.
My daughter refers to the VHS tapes as "Rectangle DVD's." She is too young to know that VHS was ever a viable format.
Hey man, rectangle DVDs rule :P

Lol that's crazy... I can't believe I never thought of rectangle DVDs... That sounds much cooler then VHS :D
Wish i'd have thought of that...Lol. It does sound much more cool.


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219.4.2008 23:35

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"We are pleased that the industry is moving to a single high-definition format, as we believe it is in the best interest of the consumer," the studio said in a statement.

"As we look to (begin) releasing our titles on Blu-ray, we will monitor consumer adoption and determine our release plans accordingly."
I love how these big studios put all this spin on what they already knew was going to happen.

229.4.2008 23:50

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Hell, my son is still confused as to what a VHS is. So far as he knows, it's the box under the HD Dvd player (next to the PS3) that a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich would fit nicely in to.
My daughter refers to the VHS tapes as "Rectangle DVD's." She is too young to know that VHS was ever a viable format.
Hey man, rectangle DVDs rule :P

Lol that's crazy... I can't believe I never thought of rectangle DVDs... That sounds much cooler then VHS :D
LOL Rectangle DVDs were awesome! Before DVD burners, that was the only way to make a "backup" of up to three 2-hour DVDs to loan to a friend heh-heh! ;-)

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