Buena Vista Home Entertainment is pushing the Blu-ray envelope in 2007.

In a story from The Digital Bits, Buena Vista Home entertainment will also be bringing out Ladder 49 and Reign of Fire for release on February 13, and The Prestige will follow on February 20 and it will be a 50 GB release.

Extras on some of the the DVDs will include:

Ladder 49

DVD Features:

- The Making of Ladder 49 featurette

- Everyday Heroes featurette

- Deleted scenes

- Audio commentary by director Jay Russell

- Robbie Robertson's Shine Your Light music video

- Blu-ray exclusive Movie Showcase

Reign of Fire

DVD Features:

- Breathing Life into the Terror: The Making of the Dragons featurette

- Below the Line: If You Can't Stand the Heat featurette

- Conversation with director Rob Bowman

- Blu-ray exclusive Movie Showcase

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DVD Features:

- The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Christopher Nolan documentary

- The Art of the Prestige production gallery

- Blu-ray exclusive Movie Showcase

Yahoo} reported that Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment announced the company's most extensive Blu-ray Disc slate yet, with action-packed and family titles due for release throughout 2007 in North America, Europe and Asia. Showing its continued commitment to the next-generation, high-definition format, the company has selected a wide range of titles, many 50GB, to showcase the new Blu-ray Disc format, from blockbusters and Academy Award®-winning masterpieces, to popular animated movies for the entire family.

In North America, BVWHE will release titles beginning March '07 to include Chicken Little, King Arthur: Director's Cut, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Cars, Con Air, Crimson Tide, The Rock, Finding Neverland, G.I. Jane, The Recruit, Open Range and Remember the Titans.

Commenting on the announcement, BVWHE President Bob Chapek stated, "Blu-ray is quickly becoming the high-definition standard on the market today and we are very pleased to add this amazing slate of Blu-ray releases that will appeal to our core demographic. With the dual-layer, 50GB discs, the possibilities for exciting new interactive features and additional bonus content are endless."

The company has already had tremendous success with the first generation of Blu-ray Disc titles such as Eight Below and Dinosaur, and is releasing most new titles on the new dual-layer Blu-ray Discs that features a massive storage capacity of 50GB, enabling the highest caliber encodes, expanded bonus material and exciting new interactive features.

As part of its worldwide release strategy BVWHE will release Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in all territories May '07 and Con Air, Crimson Tide and The Rock in all territories beginning June '07. Cars will also see a worldwide rollout schedule in 2007.

In North America, BVWHE will release Chicken Little and Finding Neverland on March 20; King Arthur: Director's Cut and G.I. Jane on April 3; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in May; Con Air, Crimson Tide and The Rock on June 8; and Cars, The Recruit and Open Range in Summer '07.

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Evan Jacobs at Movieweb
Evan Jacobs