Fox and MGM Unveil Blu-Ray Exclusive Worldwide Releases for 2007



    29 Titles To Debut Packed With Soon-to-Be-Announced BD Industry 'Firsts'
- PLUS - Fox's First TV Title 'PRISON BREAK'

    FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER And LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and
Other Titles To Debut Day-and-Date on BD/DVD

    -- Blu-ray Out-Performing HD DVD 2-to-1 At Retail in 2007 --

    LOS ANGELES, August 20 /CNW/ - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
(TCFHE) today unveiled an aggressive global Blu-ray Disc release strategy
including 29 new release and "must-have" catalog titles that runs through the
end of the 2007 calendar year. Among the many highlights of the impressive
worldwide slate are six day & date BD/DVD new theatrical releases from Fox
including the $241 million box-office family favorite FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF
THE SILVER SURFER and the $335 million box-office action powerhouse LIVE FREE
OR DIE HARD, four day & date BD/DVD (U.S. only) new theatrical releases from
MGM, 19 'must-have on BD' films from the two studios' libraries, Fox's
first-ever TV release on BD - PRISON BREAK -- and Fox's intention to release
at least one state-of-the-art title per month featuring numerous BD 'firsts.'

    The only high-definition packaged media universally supported by the
film, music, gaming and computer industries, BD is the #1 selling
high-definition packaged media. In fact, on a worldwide basis, BD is averaging
nearly 70% market-share per week of all high definition titles sold this year
and, in the U.S., it is out-performing HD DVD by a margin of 115%.

    "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. "By the end of this calendar year there will be expansive
availability of technically vibrant releases featuring never-before-seen,
advanced BD-J interactivity as well as a broad offering of playback devices at
attractive prices that will prove to any doubting consumers once and for all
that Blu-ray is the only way."

    "And as Blu-ray continues to grows stronger, it has become survival of
the fittest which is most apparent in the retail landscape where our eager and
growing global Blu-ray consumer base has caused a shift that is forcing the
allocation of more space to the format that is selling the best. And, in many
recent instances of note, top retailers in North America are choosing to
promote the Blu-ray format exclusively in their stores," continued Dunn.

    Among the BD industry 'firsts' from the Studios' upcoming global release
slate are picture in picture capability, enhanced viewing and surround sound
modes with the ability to mix and match picture and sound, direct access to
in-movie features through one of the four colored buttons on the BD remote and
the most technically vibrant BD-Java interactive multi-player challenge and
trivia games to date. The Studios' slate also takes full advantage of BD-Live
functionality this fourth quarter. Internet-connected consumers will enjoy
unique, title specific "web-enabled" interactive features and games and
"web-exclusive" downloadable content with the ability to connect and interact
with other broadband BD users worldwide.

    Cementing its leadership position within the industry - previous BD
releases NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and X-MEN THE LAST STAND rank in the Top 20
best-sellers - the vast majority of the Studios' upcoming global slate will be
presented on 50 GB dual-layer discs with advanced BD-J interactivity and
feature numerous Blu-ray exclusive high-definition bonus materials that
further realizes BD's incredible potential. Consumers will enjoy the superior
video and audio elements of AVC encoding and Lossless HD audio on many of the
coming titles as well as enhanced and integrated menus, personal scene
selections, search indexing, trivia and other title specific games and
high-definition bonus materials.

    Upcoming BD-J features exclusive to priority catalogue titles from Fox
and MGM include an "Alien Scavenger Hunt" (INDEPENDENCE DAY) that challenges
players to earn points by identifying the correct number of aliens in select
scenes to unlock additional bonus features; a "Global Warming Trivia Track"
(THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW) where users must correctly answer questions about
global warming to keep the Earth's temperature from rising and being
destroyed; and a historical and geographical pop-up map (MASTER & COMMANDER)
that tracks the location of Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and his enemies.

    Listed below are the upcoming Blu-ray Disc releases from Fox and MGM
excluding new theatrical day & date BD/DVD releases. EXACT TITLE
CONFIGURATIONS TO FOLLOW IN THE COMING WEEKS.

    
    TITLE                         N.A. RELEASE       INTERNATIONAL RELEASE
    MASTER & COMMANDER             OCT. 2             OCT.
    THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW         OCT. 2             NOV.
    FROM HELL                      OCT. 9             OCT.
    THE FLY (1986)                 OCT. 9             Q1 08
    EDWARD SCISSORHANDS            OCT. 9             NOV.
    28 DAYS LATER                  OCT. 9             North America Only
    ROBOCOP (MGM)                  OCT. 9             DEC.
    AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979) (MGM) OCT. 9             North America Only
    BATTLE OF BRITAIN (MGM)        NOV. 6             Q1 08
    A BRIDGE TOO FAR (MGM)         NOV. 6             Q1 08
    I, ROBOT                       NOV. 13            Q1 08
    DIE HARD                       NOV.               NOV.
    DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER         NOV                NOV.
    DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE      NOV.               NOV.
    RED DAWN (MGM)                 NOV.               Q1 08
    MR. AND MRS. SMITH             DEC. 4             DEC.
    INDEPENDENCE DAY               DEC. 4             DEC.
    CAST AWAY                      DEC. 4             North America Only
    RONIN (MGM)                    DEC. 4             DEC.
    

    Blu-ray Disc is a next generation optical disc format developed for
high-definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer
Blu-ray Disc holds up to 25 gigabytes of data and a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc
holds up to 50 gigabytes of data. This greater storage capacity enables the
Blu-ray Disc to store over six times the amount of content than is possible
with current DVDs, and is particularly well-suited for high definition feature
films with extended levels of additional bonus and interactive material.
Blu-ray also features the most advanced copy protection, player backward
compatibility with the current DVD format, connectivity and advanced
interactivity.

    Fox takes advantage of the next generation format's high definition
technology and advanced functionality to present its titles with the highest
quality audiovisual elements. Showcasing picture quality with six times the
resolution of DVD and theater quality "uncompressed" audio for the purest
digital sound, the cutting-edge discs also feature enhanced and integrated
menus, games, high-definition bonus materials and Java-encoding for more
dynamic and sophisticated interactivity.

    The Studio's commitment to emerging technologies is dedicated to
enhancing the consumer experience of its products and providing for backward
compatibility with their existing home entertainment libraries while also
aggressively protecting its intellectual property from piracy. The Blu-ray
companies fully embrace the Studio's steadfast commitment to the fight against
piracy and the preservation of the integrity of its properties. Twentieth
Century Fox is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blu- ray Disc
Association.

    A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution
company for all Fox film and television programming on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray
Disc (BD) as well as acquisitions and original productions. The company also
releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year
TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it
services to retail outlets -- from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to
specialty stores and e-commerce - throughout the world. Twentieth Century Fox
Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film
Corporation, a News Corporation company.




For further information:

For further information: Fox Home Entertainment North America Steve
Feldstein/Callie Jernigan 310.369.5369 / 310.369.8370 or International Marla
Rothschild/Stephanie Wenborn 310.369.5827 / 44.77.986.28695

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