John Woo Snags First Blu-ray Movie, Game Combo Disc

A collector’s edition of John Woo’s Stranglehold game on PlayStation 3 will include a full-length, 1080p version of John Woo's critically acclaimed action film Hard Boiled on the same Blu-ray Disc. Stranglehold collector’s edition will retail for $69.95, $10 more than the regular edition, and marks the first movie and game hybrid disc for the Blu-ray format. Interestingly enough, the Weinstein Company, the company who owns the rights to Hard Boiled in North America, is an exclusive HD DVD supporter. Stranglehold may be the only place that Hard Boiled will touch in the world of Blu-ray Disc, as the standalone movie-only version of the John Woo classic will logically be an HD DVD exclusive.

The exclusive collector's edition of Stranglehold demonstrates the power of PlayStation 3 Blu-ray disc and the total entertainment experience that can only be found on PlayStation 3. The 50GB capacity of Blu-ray disc allows PS3 content publishers to do things simply not possible on our competitor's 9GB DVD-based systems. Thanks to the advanced technology found in PS3, developers like Midway can truly realize their visions, bringing consumers even closer to the game,” said Riley Russell, senior vice president Third Party Relations and general counsel, SCEA.

News source: DailyTech

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Blu-ray is better format than hddvd because it has more space , twice faster bandwidth and is more available.

Yay! So if you want the collectors edition of the movie you have to pay $70...woo hoo way to go sony, what if i want the collectors edition of the movie and dont want the freaking game?

I find this a bit confusing. Wasn't the advantage of blu-ray supposed to be in the arena of allowing more space for games? Now they're filling tons of empty space with a movie instead.

yea, but you know not alot of games are going to utilize all that empty space. it would probably take a production time of 5 years or a game to have enough content to fill all that room. might as well through a flick in there,

I've been saying this all along. It's a plus, man. I mean would you rather have empty space given a choice?

No I would rather have a DVD drive and not have to fork out more than a months pay(what's left after bills and everything) for a GAMING console.

I'm not sure what's confusing about this story. They fill the space with what they want. The flexibility in the Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats is precisely the capacity. They offer the versatility a Digital Versatile Disc don't these days. :-p

If you're worried, I'm sure you'll see HD-DVD's and Blu-ray discs in the future that feature some amazing games too. But we're still in the early days of the format, and I can't blame the game developers for not having switched to only developing for these formats yet.

HawkMan said,
No I would rather have a DVD drive and not have to fork out more than a months pay(what's left after bills and everything) for a GAMING console.

Honestly, no one is telling you or forcing you to buy it. If you find it to be too expensive to the point of being a ripoff, then don't buy it. You only buy what you can afford and if you barely have money at the end of the month to get one, then don't.

Well I thought Blu-Ray was good on the PS3 for improved textures and worlds and the like for games, I guess developers haven't got that far yet :blink:, I'm all for Blu-Ray & HD-DVD there both great, but if there using this technology like this just to simply use up space, then what is the point? Seems like DVD9 would have a been a good idea for PS3 after all, at least it wouldn't cost £425.

HawkMan said,
Hardrive data can be backed up.

Yeah, and you can buy another copy of the game if needed (not everyone backs up BTW). Especially if the console itself takes a dump like many many XBOX 360s.

In any case, BD discs are coated to make them even more resilient than DVDs.

BD disks are coated to make them "as" protected as DVD's because thei plastic layer outside of the data foil is so thin. they HAVE to have the coating.

Really, Do they actually consider being able to put a Blu-Ray movie on the same disk as the game a revolutionary feature.

come on. the game I'd play several times a day possibly, at least once a day in the first few days. the mvoie... I'd watch it once on some weekend, maybe again after a year+. Why would you want or need the movie to be on the game disk for this. you aren't going to be wathcing the movie and playing the game at the same time.

Putting a HD-DVD movie disk in the case with the game would accomplish the same only you could have two versions, one game version with HD-DVD and one with a regular DVD. so the customer can choose what he wants.

This is simply done and will probably only be done once, to hype their format and say "ooh look at what we can do". but server no real purpose,I rather have the movie on a separate disk anyway, games go here, movies go here. I don't go into the games collection to find a movie.

Perfect example of the "my chosen format can't do this so it sucks".

ALL Sony PS3s can play the HiDef movie. All 360s cannot.

I don't care about the format, I prefer HD-DVD sure.

but putting a movie on a game disk isn't any less stupid no matter what the format is.

oh and btw, all 360's can play a Hi-def movie, but you need a reader for the disk, that's far different from not being able to play them. and for the pirce of a PS3, my 360 can sure as hell play hi-def movies, and I can buy a stack of movies as well.

No, but it's nice to not change discs when going from the game to the movie. How is that stupid in any way? I bet if it was done with the HD-DVD discs, you'd be cheering rather than calling it stupid.

Blu-ray is, all in all, better than HD-DVD. It's just convenient for the time being, NOT revolutionary.

Dakkaroth said,
No, but it's nice to not change discs when going from the game to the movie. How is that stupid in any way? I bet if it was done with the HD-DVD discs, you'd be cheering rather than calling it stupid.

Blu-ray is, all in all, better than HD-DVD. It's just convenient for the time being, NOT revolutionary.

Some people are going to buy it for the movie and not the game. Some will buy it for the game and not the movie.

Either way you'll end up with something you'll probably never use. That's why it's stupid.

Would I still feel like that if they did it with HD-DVD? Yes. It's just a stupid idea and will up the price even more.

go and get a blu-ray burner ! I've just got one last week, so how about you ??

it's just too cheap to get one, from my point of view ...

I don't sure whether it will be "TOO" costly for you or not .. :laugh: :laugh:


between, hopefully, HD-DVD will be faded out soon, good luck, man ...

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