Originally Posted by BrandonJF
I don't get it - how could it ever be not possible to use a BD50?
I would guess that a BD50 may cost more and possibly take longer to get a production run scheduled. Universal may have decided to try and fit what they can on BD25s for some of these "less important" catalog titles. .
Its all about the discs, baby. Either BD50's are hard to get or the price is too expensive.
Heroes Season 2 is a great example. It includes 2 BD50's and 2 BD25's. Why not 3 BD50's? Either Universal was unable to secure more BD50's or the price of BD25s (times two) is cheaper then a single BD50.
Take a look at The Scorpion King 2. Originally announced as a BD50 loaded with special features, gets down graded at the last moment to a BD25 with zero special features.
End of Days. BD25 and drops all the HD DVD special features.
U-571. Drops all the individual special features to incorporate them into a U-Control.
Miami Vice is a BD50 and has all the previous HD DVD special features plus a few more (though no Theatrical cut).
It looks like Universal finally might be correcting its mistakes with Knocked Up and 40 Year Old (both 50GB discs), but then comes along The Thing which may drop the 80 minute doc. Land of the Dead should be fine as it was originally on a 15GB/9DVD Combo disc and Dawn should be fine as well.