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Eight titles will be available at launch

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that May 23 is the launch date for the first Blu-ray movies. The May 23 launch date will coincide with Samsung's release of the first commercially available Blu-ray Disc (BD) player, the BD-P1000. It will be available at launch at Best Buy and Circuit City as well as other electronic specialty store. BD players will soon after be released from Samsung, Pioneer (BDP-HD1) and Sony (BDP-S1).

The launch titles will include:
  • 50 First Dates
  • The Fifth Element
  • Hitch
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • A Knight's Tale
  • The Last Waltz
  • Resident Evil Apocalypse
  • XXX
Sony previously announced that Blu-ray titles would appear in late April; the one month setback is discouraging but at least some progress has been made. 




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