Sony, Lionsgate Release First 50 GB Blu-ray Titles

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment this week is releasing the first of an initial trio of 50 GB dual-layer Blu-ray Disc movie titles, starting with the Adam Sandler summer comedy "Click" (launched on Oct. 10).

The gritty war movie "Black Hawk Down" will be available on Nov. 14, followed on Dec. 12 by the comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" with Will Ferrell. All three motion pictures are productions of the Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center and Sony DADC manufactured the discs.

The most obvious early differences between the 25 GD single-layer and the 50 GB dual-layer disc, from a consumer point of view, likely will be the addition of far more special feature material compared to standard DVD releases (i.e., seven "making of" featurettes, several trailers, and numerous deleted scenes for "Click").

Also, even some early 50 GB Blu-ray Discs are reportedly expected to include remote-controlled options available within scenes while viewing the movie itself. All bonus material for "Clicks" also was produced in HD (as was the entire movie itself), along with uncompressed PCM audio.

And according to High-Def Digest, Lionsgate is planning to release its first 50 GB dual-layer Blu-ray Disc with the film "The Descent." The cult horror title will be available Dec. 26.

The Lionsgate entry reportedly will be presented in 1080p/MPEG-2 video, and include both uncompressed PCM 6.1 surround sound and standard Dolby Digital 5.1.