A new feature for Blu-ray discs: conventional DVD movies [UPDATED]
Today, Universal Studios announced what seems like an elegant solution: two-sided discs with Blu-ray on the front and conventional DVD on the flip. It's starting with the three movies in the "Bourne" trilogy, arguably the greatest series Matt Damon has made. No information yet on what the discs will sell for, and alas, they won't be available for the holidays or as a package -- each of the three discs will hit the shelves Jan. 19. The Blu-ray side will be full-featured, supporting BD-Live and other Blu-ray niftiness.
Updated, 11:04 a.m.: The suggested retail price will be $29.98, which is what Universal suggests for many of its Blu-ray-only titles. In other words, the studio doesn't seem to be setting a premium price for "flipper" discs beyond what it already commands for Blu-ray.
Universal previously had offered hybrid HD-DVD and DVD discs, back when Universal was in the ill-fated HD-DVD camp, so this latest step is a welcome extension of that effort.
-- Jon Healey