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So, after a long Blu-ray disc (BD) release hiatus by Fox and MGM, how does one celebrate the recent press release that new titles are coming? This, of course, arrives fast on the heels of Paramount and Dreamworks Animation announcement to drop BD,

High Def Digest: Fox Set to Renew Blu-ray Commitment, Announce Future Release Plans

High Def Digest: Fox/MGM: 'Silver Surfer', 'Live Free Die Hard', Extensive Catalog Coming to Blu-ray

Why, one celebrates by buying one of these studiosí BD-only titles on HD DVD! Yes, Blu-ray-Only Titles are available on HD DVD. Yes, that is correct.

One might ask: How does one do this? The answer has been available all along.

BD-Only Studiosí Dirty Little HD DVD Secret
Apparently, a number of (US) movie studios that claim to be devout, faithful supporters of the BD format are guilty of a little electronic adultery. HD DVD is the mistress at a secret challis, in other markets. Life is interesting indeed.

In a recent post on Home Theater Forum, Dispelling rumors around Paramount/Dreamworks and Microsoft - Home Theater Forum, Kevin Collins, Microsoftís key HD DVD man, says he would like to dispel rumors surrounding the recent decision of Paramount/Dreamworks Animation to drop BD. Collins disavows any payment to sway Paramount/Dreamworks Animation to support HD DVD exclusively and takes a bit of umbrage at certain articles that suggest Microsoft cash was responsible.

Much of what Collins says is similar to what Paramount/Dreamworks Animation has officially said, and incidentally, similar to what a number of other industry insiders have said regarding the costs of manufacturing Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: Blu-ray is expensive to manufacture.

PC World: Paramount's CTO on Why His Studio is Dumping Blu-ray

What is even more interesting is that Mr. Collins provides links to several web sites, such as Amazon.co.uk, that sell movies on HD DVD, movies that supposedly should only be available on BD because of studio exclusive format deals. At least according to what we are told in the US by the BD (sic) only studios.

Xploitedcinema HD DVD

Amazon.co.uk HD DVD

The best part of the whole Blu-ray farce is which titles are available and from whom.

Why, there are titles from every BD only studio around, in one incarnation or another.

If I were to say that a study of the film industry and the interrelationship between major studios and independent studios, (who owns catalog movie rights) would reveal a convoluted mess of inbreeding, it would be an understatement. Independent studios team up with majors... what might appear to be independent studio is often a front company for a major... back catalogs are not always owned by the original production studio even if they are still in business... major titles often have split distribution in different parts of the world... and competitors on both sides of the format war are often business partners elsewhere.

While perusing the availability of HD DVD outside of the US, I noticed studios that release both or HD DVD-only have no problem releasing titles under some form of their own moniker while BD on HD DVD titles tend to be hidden away under the names of local distribution and production houses or subsidiary companies to obscure who owns the rights.

All of the BD-only studios seem to have movies released as HD DVD titles in Europe and elsewhere, but they donít use their real names in these other countries. Even better, many of the very first batch of BD releases are available.

Wikipedia: Blu-ray Released Titles

Below are titles I found just using the two links provided by Mr. Collins, but I am sure further digging will reveal more. I have provided Wikipedia links to articles about the respective companies, studios, and films. In each Wikipedia film article, a column on the left provides production information including which studio released the title, but as rights change hands, I have grouped the movies based on who currently owns rights to release the titles using information kindly provided by www.blu-ray.com, a US-based web site.

An Evaluation of Studios and Titles
How and Why Is This Happening?
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donít use their real names in these other countries.
Right, instead, they use the names of already existing studios. For instance, sometimes Fox uses "Paramount" when they release titles in the UK...oh wait, that's because film distribution rights are usually limited to certain countries. I thought it was fishy that Fox was masquerading as Paramount in Europe...
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Right, instead, they use the names of already existing studios. For instance, sometimes Fox uses "Paramount" when they release titles in the UK...oh wait, that's because film distribution rights are usually limited to certain countries. I thought it was fishy that Fox was masquerading as Paramount in Europe...
You're mean.
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This whole format war is like a heavyweight boxing fight. Blu is the favored fighter but hd dvd is the underdog that believes it can win. Right now, hd dvd is putting on a clinic at the expense of blu and blu is staggering and wobbly against the ropes. DOWN GOES FRAISER!!
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This whole format war is like a heavyweight boxing fight. Blu is the favored fighter but hd dvd is the underdog that believes it can win. Right now, hd dvd is putting on a clinic at the expense of blu and blu is staggering and wobbly against the ropes. DOWN GOES FRAISER!!
Thrilla in Manilla. Ali is biding his time for the onslaught.
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Thrilla in Manilla. Ali is biding his time for the onslaught.
Sorry, Ali can hardly walk, much like your beloved HD DEAD format. Oh wait, maybe it is an accurate comparison...
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Sorry, Ali can hardly walk, much like your beloved HD DEAD format. Oh wait, maybe it is an accurate comparison...
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Whenever I see your Avatar, I think of a vapid (look it up) twenty-something.
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Whenever I see your Avatar, I think of a vapid (look it up) twenty-something.
Or a world famous comedian who went on to direct some of the funniest films of the past 15 or so years?
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You know the guys looking for the cheaper players, dont import discs, early adopters are the only people who really import discs.
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