Talladega Nights Blu-ray DVD To Be Bundled With Playstation 3

The high-definition war is about to heat up. Although the general public has been pretty hesitant to buy anything so far, both Toshiba’s HD-DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray format have begun to roll out a steady stream of releases with the hopes of winning over consumers. However, a key element to the race has been missing up until this point: the Playstation 3. Sony is hoping that this next-gen gaming console will be able to covertly plant a Blu-ray player in living rooms across America, helping give them the edge. And if it wasn’t obvious that the PS3 is an important part of their Blu-ray strategy, they’ve confirmed it this week with the announcement that the first 500,000 Playstation 3 units will come with the Blu-ray release of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Unrated). This is similar to the PSP bundle released last year that included a UMD version of Spider-Man 2 (and we all know how well those UMD movies sold as a result).

On the flip side, however, an HD-DVD add-on for the X-Box 360 will be released in mid-November with a reasonable retail price of $199 US. It will come bundled with the HD-DVD release of Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Will Ferrell versus a giant gorilla? I’ll take Kong in this one. I mean, high-def is really all about the special effects movies… who cares how pretty Will Ferrell looks? As for the larger battle, however, it’s still a little early to call. I do think Toshiba has another good idea with their Combo Format HD-DVD releases (they include regular DVDs as well). Anyone out there want to make predictions?

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  • For some reason i’m leaning towards HD-DVD. After quick look at the current Blue-Ray releases i’d have to say that i don’t see one title that I’m interested in purchasing.

    On the other hand, with HD-DVD i’m definitely planning on picking up Army of Darkness, Slither, and most importantly John Carpenter’s The Thing. I know it’s early yet, but this is the time to be wowing potential customers with what you have to offer, and i’m just not seeing the titles from Blue-Ray.

    Also, I think the actual names could be an issue. The average consumer has just embraced the DVD and I think they’d be more willing to trust a format that shares the same name: HD-DVD. I know my parents would be more likely to trust something with that name over a mysterious technology called Blue-Ray. It sounds like a pair of sunglasses.

  • I’m with Jay. The HD titles have been much more impressive thatn the Blue-Ray. Either way, until the price on these things come down, I’m not putting my money in either camp. It’s just not worth it for me.

  • Henrik

    The name thing is pretty important. Jay makes an excellent point. My friend said he thought Blu-Ray was the better name though, because HD-DVD is too hard to say. Like if you were to say “Can I borrow your Star Wars HD-DVD?” That just doesn’t roll off the tongue.

    Either way… I am just holding my fingers crossed that the studio’s will not force me to switch. I hope they keep releasing quality regular DVDs for new releases. It’s way too fast and I’m worried. Are we going to get a new format everytime they have exhausted their movie vaults? I just want to be left alone, and I love my DVDs.

    As for the quality….meh. It’s never going to be like going to the theatre anyway, and maybe movies don’t need you to focus on the ability to see every blade of grass on the field.

    I don’t need HD to see the extreme subtleties of Tom Hanks’ performance in Road to Perdition, and I for damn sure don’t need it to feel the intensity of Alex de Large eating spaghetti in A Clockwork Orange.

  • roy

    How long will it be before HD-DVD or BLU-RAY are anulled? I’m staying out of the whole HD craze until one format becomes concrete.

    Does anyone know how long DVD has been around for?

  • Since around 97 i believe.

  • I felt good about this post. It confirmed for me some of the things I’ve been thinking about.