April 2, 2007
Back when DVDs were new—you know, all of ten years ago—I decided that I wasn't going to bother spending the money on a DVD player until three particular titles that I wanted to see became available. It took a few years for it to happen, but eventually the titles came out and I spent just under $1200 on what was then the ideal player.

I recently decided that I would compile a similar list of ten high-definition discs and post about it here. My list is still incomplete, but yesterday I happened on a list of HD DVD and Blu-ray titles due to come out in Japan this year... and three of my must-haves are on the list! It looks like it's going to be an expensive 2007.

The list I came across is specifically of classics: Akira, Wings of Honneamise, Ghost in the Shell, things like that. (Steamboy is also on the list; make of that what you will.) Further examination reveals that Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is already out in Blu-ray, and the Japanese Art of Disney Blu-ray disc, with English-language audio and subtitles, is due in April. Doubly sweet is that unlike DVD, HD DVD has no region encoding (yet), and in the Blu-ray spec North America and Japan share the same region.

I started adding domestic high-definition releases to our upcoming releases listings a few months ago; as of this week, you'll find foreign releases as well, with links to YesAsia and other stores.

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