Paramount Announces First Blu-ray Titles – No Trek (Yet) April 30, 2008by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: 1-18-08/Cloverfield,CBS/Paramount,DVD/Blu-ray,Trek Franchise , trackback
Over two months after being the last studio to announce support for Blu-ray, Paramount has finally announced titles, but so far no Trek. The initial five Blu-ray releases (coming out between May 20th and June 3rd) are catching up on previous films released on DVD like There Will Be Blood, and Cloverfield. Then, starting on June 24th Paramount will issue its first Blu-ray title on the same day as the DVD, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” with ‘more to follow.’
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Paramount Pictures worldwide home entertainment president Kelley Avery.
We will have a strong slate of titles for Blu-ray release throughout the year, worldwide, and are enthusiastic about expanding the format’s offerings for a broad consumer audience while delivering an experience that goes beyond what viewers love about DVD.
So far the only Star Trek DVD announced for 2008 is the Season Two set for Star Trek Remastered, coming out on August 5th. It is expected that Season Three will be out by the end of the year or early 2009 which will finish out the remastered TOS on standard def. The only Blu-ray Trek title that seems certain by 2009 is a release for JJ Abrams Star Trek film, but it has been reported that Paramount is working on high def versions of the previous ten Trek feature films. For the CBS TV Trek library both Star Trek Enterprise (and now of course) The Original Series are HD ready and could also make for early Blu-ray releases. But for now, Trek’s future on Blu-ray is still unclear.
TOS-R Seasons One and Two on DVD discounted at Amazon
If old fashioned DVDs are your thing, Season Two of Trek Remastered is available for pre-order discounted to $63.99 and Season One (on HD DVD / DVD combo) is discounted to $96.95