Sony announce UK Blu-Ray launch

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced their launch plans for the new High Definition Blu-Ray format.

Titles that will appear on UK shelves on 16th October include The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hostel, SWAT and Tears of the Sun.

More details on the launch titles and other UK plans will be posted as soon as we have them.

Artwork for the launch titles is shown below followed by the full press release.

Full press release follows:


IFA; BERLIN, GERMANY and CULVER CITY, CALIF. (August 31, 2006) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) President, David Bishop, today announced the company is expanding its distribution of Blu-ray Disc (BD) titles beyond the United States and Canada. The international rollout will begin this autumn to coincide with the first availability of Blu-ray hardware in territories including Europe, Japan, Australia and Korea.

“We stand behind the superiority of Blu-ray as the preeminent high-definition optical disc format and are committed to delivering a strong slate of Blu-ray titles to entertainment enthusiasts worldwide,” said Mr. Bishop.

SPHE UK's first slate of Blu-ray disc titles is to launch October 16th and includes a broad mix of catalogue titles including Exorcism of Emily Rose, SWAT, Tears of the Sun and Hostel.

"With the explosive growth of high-definition displays in the international marketplace, the timely introduction of the Blu-ray Disc format will provide consumers with significant amounts of content, of unrivaled quality, to maximize the potential of their high-definition entertainment systems,” Mr. Bishop added.

Regarding pricing of international SPHE Blu-ray content, Adrian Alperovich, Senior Executive Vice President, International, said: “Pricing of Blu-ray titles will be commensurate in each country with pricing of DVD at launch.”

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