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Old 03-14-2008, 11:32 AM
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I know that HD DVD launched in Japan 18 days (March 31) before the US, but when were the first releases there, and what were they? Was it packed in the player? Elephant's Dream was the first European release (in Germany), but what about the individual countries? What are all the countries so far that have released an HD DVD title and what/when were the first(s)? Thanks for your input.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:41 AM
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In Japan the first "release" must have been Resident Evil (Biohazard) and "Midnight Jellybean" (if I remember the title correctly => it was actually Moonlight Jellyfish (thanks for correction, Josh Z!)) that came bundled with the XA1 when it launched here. Those versions were never sold separately and didn't even have proper cases and covers. At that time there were zero discs available to buy so they had to bundle something. I remember seeing the player in some electronics stores just when it came out playing Resident Evil. I sure looked at it a long time but figured I'd wait a bit before buying in

I bought my HD-XF2 (2nd generation model) on the first day it came out.

The first regular releases in Japan that came out (7-Apr-2006) were these Virtual Trip discs:
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...1-22/ref=nosim
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...1-22/ref=nosim
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...1-22/ref=nosim

The first movies that came out as a regular releases in Japan (28-Apr-2006) were Shinobi and Finding Neverland:
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...1-22/ref=nosim
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...1-22/ref=nosim

(Amazon doesn't show the right cover images for these 2 movies.)

I'm digging this info about regular releases from this list, I just set the starting date to March 2006 and reloaded the page. Normally it shows the announced releases 1 year forward from around current date.
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/av/do...ship/index.htm

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Old 03-14-2008, 12:52 PM
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Thanks for the info. Does that last link have an option in English? I ordered Finding Neverland and The Gift from HMV.
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Renaissance in France (09/27/06)
Underworld Evolution in Poland (04/01/07)
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Renaissance in France (09/27/06)
Underworld Evolution in Poland (04/01/07)
That area-hd.de link in your sig is very helpful, thanks. I have the Spanish Underworld: Evolution (released 4/24/07).
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In Japan the first "release" must have been Resident Evil (Biohazard) and "Midnight Jellybean" (if I remember the title correctly)
Close, it was 'Moolight Jellyfish'.
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Close, it was 'Moolight Jellyfish'.
I almost got it Kind of funny how I remembered it...
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Pat Metheny Group-the Way Up was the first UK release...i could have sworn they were released towards the beginning of Oct 2006 but Amazon says 30th October 2006, I'll go with them...
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