Universal's Blu-ray release plans uncovered

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Reuters just noted that later today the studio will announce plans to release about 40 movies on the format in the second half of the year, including Doomsday. The only studio to support solely HD DVD from the beginning will come out with all three of its Mummy films: The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Scorpion King July 22 (sounds like someone's bitter about HD DVD and taking it out on Blu-ray owners to us), with catalog releases jumping over from red like Miami Vice, Knocked Up, American Gangster and others before the year is out.

July 22 will mark the first Universal high-def movies to ship in blue boxes, with the release of the first two Mummy movies and the spinoff Scorpion King film.

According to Reuters and the Hollywood Reporter, other catalog releases to make the transfer from HD DVD to Blu-ray Disc before the end of 2008 are American Gangster, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Miami Vice, End of Days, U-571 and Land of the Dead.

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