Universal’s first new Blu-ray to be box office flop

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Universal's first new Blu-ray to be box office flop

Los Angeles (CA) – When Universal announced that it was abandoning HD DVD to switch over to Blu-ray, it was the one that gave the rubber stamp of failure to HD DVD.

Universal was by far the biggest studio backer of the flopped high-def disc format, at one point accounting for around half of new HD DVD titles.  For the first time today, it announced specific new movie titles it will be bringing to Blu-ray Disc.

According to an announcement from Universal, its first Blu-ray film will be Doomsday, an interesting choice given its poor box office results.  It will come out “this summer.”

Additionally, more than 40 Universal titles are confirmed for release on BD by the end of the year.  The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and Wanted are part of the list.

Additionally, several movies Universal already released on HD DVD will be printed on Blu-ray Disc as well.  These include The Mummy, The Scorpion King, Knocked Up, and Land of the Dead.

Universal put out more movies on HD DVD than any other studio, and has hinted that there may be some titles release on that format that will not reach Blu-ray any time soon.