Universal Studios will kick off a new program for the Blu-ray format by releasing 40 titles this summer.
Among them are the studio’s five big feature films of the summer, including “The Incredible Hulk,” with Edward Norton, William Hurt and Liv Tyler; “Wanted,” an action thriller starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie; ” Hellboy II: The Golden Army”; “Mamma Mia,” the adaptation of the musical starring Meryl Streep; and the sequel “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” with Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.
Universal officially will enter the Blu-ray market July 22 with a trio of films from its “Mummy” action-adventure franchise: “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns,” both starring Fraser, and the spinoff “The Scorpion King,” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In addition, movie catalog titles “American Gangster,” “Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Miami Vice,” “End of Days,” “U-571” and “Land of the Dead,” among others are planned for domestic Blu-ray later this year.
Universal had been HD DVD’s biggest studio backer ever since the next-generation optical disc format came to market in April 2006. However, when Toshiba pulled the plug on the format in February, the studio wasted no time switching its allegiance to Sony’s Blu-ray.