We know that most of you buy both DVD and Blu-ray versions of your optical disc titles (insert sarcasm here). But while JVC developed a combo DVD / Blu-ray format more than two years ago, no titles have been released for it. That's soon to end, with the announcement that Japanese entertainment software developer Pony/Canon will release the first movie title on a hybrid Blu-ray/DVD disc, where else, in Japan in February.
According to CDR-Info
, it's a move designed to accelerate adoption of Blu-ray. The first title is the world-famous "Code Blue emergency helicopter doctor Blu-ray BOX
Typical of a boxed set, it won't be cheap. The 4-disc 534-minute hybrid version will cost 36,540 Yen ($406), while the 7-disc DVD version will cost 23,940 Yen ($266).
The hybrid disc works as follows: the Blu-ray and DVD sections are separated by a film that reflects blue light while it allows the red light to pass through the DVD layer underneath.
The disc itself was produced by Kyodo Television and Infiniti Storage Media
. Infiniti Storage Media claims 99% compatibility with existing BD and DVD players.