Fox and MGM declare war on HD DVD with 29 Blu-ray releases

Fox and MGM have fought back against the Paramount and Dreamworks announcement that they are ditching support for Blu-ray with the declaration that the two studios are to bring 29 new releases on Blu-ray by the end of the year.

The two companies, both founding members of Blu-ray foundation today unveiled an aggressive global Blu-ray Disc release strategy.

Included in the list are; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Live Free or Die Hard, and TV series Prison Break.

"Given that Blu-ray has consistently outsold HD DVD all year, and this is the case for any titles released by any studio in both formats, we believe that the time is right for us to accelerate our activities and help convert the nearly 60 million high definition households worldwide into Blu-ray households", noted Mike Dunn, President Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

"As Blu-ray continues to grows stronger, it has become survival of the fittest", continued Dunn.

Other titles include; Master and Commander, The Day After Tomorrow, From Hell, The Fly, Edward Scissorhands, 28 Days Later, Robocop, Amityville Horror, Battle of Britain, A Bridge Too Far, I Robot, Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard 3, Red Dawn, Mr and Mrs Smith, Independence Day, Cast Away, and Ronin.