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Tuesday January 8, 2008 3:44 pm

This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: January 08, 2008

Zodiac HD DVDThis week marks the release of the first batch of high-definition DVDs since on-the-fence Warner landed decidedly on the Blu side; I must admit, as an HD DVD man, the day feels a bit colder than normal. But no matter—the format war is far from over.

On a lighter note, both formats have some exciting titles to speak of, including the Blu-ray release of one of my favorite movies from 2007, Sunshine; Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film, The Pianist, on HD DVD; and the long-awaited special edition of David Fincher’s Zodiac, also on HD DVD. The DVD release from July contained nary a special feature, so this two-disc director’s cut ought to please those Fincher fans waiting for a decent version.

Check out the full list of high-def releases after the jump.

Blu-ray:

  • 3:10 to Yuma (Lionsgate)—starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Gretchen Mol; directed by James Mangold
  • Con Air (Buena Vista)—starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich; directed by Simon West
  • Dragon Wars (Sony)—starring Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks and Robert Forster; directed by Hyung-rae Shim
  • Killing Machine/Shogun’s Ninja (BCI)—starring Sonny Chiba and Yutaka Nakajima; directed by Norifumi Suzuki
  • Man on Fire (Fox)—starring Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning and Christopher Walken; directed by Tony Scott
  • Night of the Werewolf/Vengeance of the Zombies (BCI)—starring Paul Naschy, Mirta Miller and Azucena Hernandez; directed by Paul Naschy
  • The Rock (Buena Vista)—starring Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris; directed by Michael Bay
  • Sister Street Fighter/Sister Street Fighter 2 (BCI)—starring Masashi Ishibashi, Tsunehiko Watase and Etsuko Shihomi; directed by Higehiro Ozawa
  • Sunshine (Fox)—starring Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans and Rose Byrne; directed by Danny Boyle

HD DVD:

  • Mobsters (Universal)—starring Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey and Lara Flynn Boyle; directed by Michael Karbelnikoff
  • The Pianist (Universal)—starring Adrien Brody, Frank Finlay and Thomas Kretschmann; directed by Roman Polanski
  • White Noise (Universal)—starring Michael Keaton, Deborah Kara Unger and Chandra West; directed by Geoffrey Sax
  • White Noise 2: The Light (Universal)—starring Katee Sackoff and Nathan Fillion, directed by Patrick Lussier
  • Zodiac: Director’s Cut (Paramount)—starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.; directed by David Fincher

(Click here to see the options for this week.)

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