21 November 2005

Bad Omens For Blu-ray?

Hey guys, it's Donnie...Sony, Sony, Sony...What were you thinking?

Sony announced this past weekend that they have completed the authoring on the first Blu-ray disc. Blu-ray, or BD-ROM for those of you not "in the know" is one of the two formats that will serve as the next generation of DVD. (The other is called HD-DVD.) Sony is boasting that this new Blu-ray disc features "dynamic menus with full resolution graphics and animation, superior audio and unparalleled picture quality," but then again, HD-DVD is going to be offering pretty much the same capabilities. Since Sony and Toshiba refuse to come to some sort of compromise in the formatting, thus sparing the consumer from having to relive the nightmare of Beta vs VHS (and make no mistake, we all got royally screwed on that one) the real deciding factor for the majority of the public is probably going to be what titles they can and cannot get for each format. Therefore you'd think that Sony would want to debut Blu-ray with a total blockbuster film, a movie that most everyone would consider a "must-have film" and that would make folks rush out to want to adopt this new format.

So what film did they choose to debut on Blu-ray?

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

No, I am not shitting you.

I'm so disappointed in Sony. This should have been a no-brainer. Without even thinking about it, Sony's biggest property is EASILY Spider-Man, a franchise that is not only considered to be artistically sound, but has also made them a boatload of money. Spider-Man 2 is considered to be one of the best superhero movies of all time, so what possible reason could they have for not using it to premiere their new format? Did Sam Raimi throw a tantrum? That's about all I can come up with.

Now I'm REALLY interested to see what Toshiba debuts on HD-DVD.


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