February 07, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
We know you look forward to material like “The Gameplan” and “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem” hitting shelves on Blu-ray, but you might be wondering when you’ll start seeing more classics get the high-def treatment for you to enjoy on your sprawling home theater screen. OK, maybe your parents are wondering at least.
Warner Home Video, fresh off its move to Blu-ray exclusivity, gave a preview of some of the HD goodness it plans to offer in 2008 and 09 as part of its 85th birthday celebration, High-Def Digest reports, and it’s going way, way, way back for some top-tier movie classics.
The company did not reveal all of its releases, just highlights. And those in the Blu-ray titles included “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “North by Northwest” (my personal fave of Hitchcock’s) and Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry series. Look for that last one in 2008, and the others mentioned in 2009.
So some of it’s just a tease right now, but hey, if these are the highlights, then there’s gotta be plenty more where that came from. And I for one am pretty intrigued at seeing how much can be done to improve the quality of movies that are going to be 70 (!) years old.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.