HBO Home Video has confirmed reports
that it too has sided exclusively with Blu-ray Disc. HBO Home Video is closely
partnered with Warner Home Video, so “going Blu” is not unexpected for the company.
HBO Video president Henry McGee
confirmed with the Hollywood Reporter that HBO, too, is
“following the same policy as Warner Home Video.”
To date, the only major high-definition
release from HBO Home Video was the sixth season of The Sopranos.
Available on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, the season six collection of The
Sopranos was met with praise for its dramatic improvement over the standard
definition DVD version.
Other HBO series that may have seen
release on HD DVD, such as Band of Brothers, Angels in America, Deadwood and
From the Earth to the Moon, will likely become Blu-ray Disc exclusive
Other Warner partner New Line has
also said that it will no longer be releasing movies on HD DVD. New
Line’s only HD DVD release to date, Pan’s Labyrinth, will also be its
last on the format. New Line’s pending releases of Rush Hour 3 and Hairspray
are cancelled for HD DVD.