Just days ago, DreamWorks’ CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg commented that his studio was awaiting word from Toshiba about when that studio could pack up their HD DVD bags and go home. It appeared that we’d at least get Bee Movie from them, and who knows how many others.
Parent company, Paramount, had already indicated that they’d be making Blu-ray movies soon but had not said exactly when HD DVD discs would stop being released.
Well, we now have closure on the above topics. Video Business (from the same people that make the The Hollywood Reporter) is reporting that the Paramount HD DVD titles coming out on March 4 will be their last. Into the Wild and Things We Lost in the Fire are scheduled for release next week, and the article says that any titles scheduled beyond that have been pulled. This includes Bee Movie due March 11, and Sweeney Todd on April 1.
I’m curious whether they had actually started pressing any discs for Bee Movie yet, and whether some will leak out at all. It’s been common for discs to get shipped out around a week before their street date, which suggests they get through manufacturing at least some days prior to that.
Meanwhile, Universal has not indicated what their last HD DVD title will be, and Warner appears to still be committed to releasing discs out through May and some weeks into June.