In the least surprising news of this century, VideoBusiness is reporting that the titles that are selling the fastest on HD DVD, are new releases, and movies including HD DVD-specific interactive features. 16 Blocks, Syriana, The Bourne Supremacy and Constantine are all noted as having excellent performance in the marketplace, blowing away older titles like Blazing Saddles.
Please take this time to allow the shock you are feeling in response to that wash over you.
Ready to move on? Ok. We've begged, pleaded, cajoled and done...unspeakable things hoping to convince executives of the various movie studios like Warner, Universal and Sony Pictures to put out more (and better) content on HD DVD and Blu-ray but to no avail. Hopefully these cold unflinching numbers can achieve what our time on the casting couch didn't. Convince executives that early adopters won't buy just anything we want premium content in high definition and are willing to pay for it.
It's not that we don't like Blazing Saddles, it's just not exactly what we were dreaming of showing on our 1080p HDTVs.