Buena Vista Announces Five UMD Movies
PSP's ever-growing movie library gets a few more...
An announcement made today by President of Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Bob Chapek, outlined that the company has plans to release five titles on the UMD format that plays on Sony's new PSP handheld entertainment system. The five titles are National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Reign of Fire, Kill Bill Vol. 1, and Hero. All are scheduled for an early spring release in the US and Canada. It was also mentioned that other titles may be announced for a UMD release later in the year.
"Buena Vista Home Entertainment is excited to move forward with our movies on this format. With its crisp picture, ease of use and quick response mechanisms, the PSP is poised to revolutionize portable entertainment systems throughout the world," said Chapek. "We are confident that the five titles we announced today appeal to the new PSP consumer."
The UMD is a newly developed compact, high capacity optical format that can store up to 1.8 GB of digital data on a 60mm disc, or an entire feature film on a single UMD video. Movies on UMD will be produced in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios and encoded using advanced AVC compression, which provides very high picture quality.