Published: January 4, 2006 9:24 AM PDT
By Marcus Lai
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced Tuesday its first wave of feature films on Blu-ray format.
Fox will drop 20 titles in its first wave, including Fantastic Four, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Behind Enemy Lines, Kiss of the Dragon, and Ice Age.
Blu-ray is a next-generation high-definition DVD format by Sony. It faces competition from rival Toshiba’s HD-DVD format.
The first Fox Blu-ray films will coincide with Blu-ray hardware launches in North America, Japan, and Europe in 2006.
"Blu-ray is the superior high definition technology that fully delivers on the promise of a next generation format and represents the bright future of home entertainment," noted Mike Dunn, President Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
"The release of our films on Blu-ray will provide consumers with in-home entertainment beyond anything they have imagined."
Blu-ray will be a key feature in Sony’s next Playstation console, Playstation 3. The game console is expected a mass market device that will penetrate Sony’s high-definition format into living rooms.
It is due out in spring 2006, the same the Toshiba's first commercial HD-DVD are expected to hit stores.