Is Tom Hanks on HD DVD a Big Deal?


“Charlie Wilson’s War” is expected to hit shelves in April. Photo: © 2007 Universal Pictures.

Universal announces an early high-def release for "Charlie Wilson's War."

Feb. 05, 2008 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Universal isn’t giving up on HD DVD yet. The studio just announced that it’s planning an early April release for the HD DVD version of “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

Many expected the title to hit sometime this fall. There’s no official date and specs are scarce, but The Man Room says it will be a $40 combo disc release. At the very least, we can expect a making-of featurette, as well as one on the real Charlie Wilson, which includes interviews with Wilson, Joanne Herring, Tom Hanks, Aaron Sorkin, and director Mike Nichols.

“Charlie Wilson’s War” stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s got three Oscar winners, but something about the movie rubs me the wrong way.

Why is Universal pushing the release up? Will it make a dent in HD DVD sales?

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