|The Sopranos merge with the Blu-ray Disc family
HBO Home Video has confirmed reports that it too has sided exclusively with Blu-ray Disc. HBO Home Video is closely partnered with Warner Home Video, so “going Blu” is not unexpected for the company.
HBO Video president Henry McGee confirmed with the Hollywood Reporter that HBO, too, is “following the same policy as Warner Home Video.”
To date, the only major high-definition release from HBO Home Video was the sixth season of The Sopranos. Available on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, the season six collection of The Sopranos was met with praise for its dramatic improvement over the standard definition DVD version.
Other HBO series that may have seen release on HD DVD, such as Band of Brothers, Angels in America, Deadwood and From the Earth to the Moon, will likely become Blu-ray Disc exclusive releases.
Other Warner partner New Line has also said that it will no longer be releasing movies on HD DVD. New Line’s only HD DVD release to date, Pan’s Labyrinth, will also be its last on the format. New Line’s pending releases of Rush Hour 3 and Hairspray are cancelled for HD DVD.