It will likely be a few years before portable Blu-ray disc players hit the market (assuming the format doesn’t follow the path of the UMD), but here’s a bit of news for all you early adopters of the non-pocketable variety.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced Friday that the first movie to be released on a dual-layer 50GB Blu-ray will be the (not-so-well received and critically unacclaimed) Adam Sandler flick Click. Available tomorrow, the Blu-ray release includes all of the DVD bonus features in high-definition as well as uncompressed PCM audio. Not exactly what I expected from a disc with nearly six times the capacity of a dual-layer DVD, but maybe that’s what it takes to deliver an "unprecedented HD experience."
The studio’s next two releases, Black Hawk Down on November 14 and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby on December 12, should make better use of the extra space. Black Hawk Down, for example, will include Sony’s new Blu-Wizard playlist technology, which lets users customize how they view the disc’s extras. The feature doesn’t sound particularly thrilling on its own, and frankly, these upcoming titles make me question the typical Blu-ray player’s $1,000 price tag.[PR Newswire]