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December 2, 2009

The new dual format 'flipper' discs feature standard DVD format on one side, and Blu-ray o...

The new dual format 'flipper' discs feature standard DVD format on one side, and Blu-ray on the other

Universal Studios Home Entertainment are easing the transition from DVD to Blu-ray with the announcement it will release dual-format discs containing both Blu-ray and DVD versions of some of its films on a single disc. The so-called “flipper” discs will allow users to choose between Blu-ray and DVD formats by flipping the disc, making it easy for movie buffs to future-proof their collections.

Blu-ray is slowly gathering steam, but even those who have purchased a Blu-ray player can still sometimes find themselves leaning towards a standard DVD instead of a Blu-ray disc purely for the sake of convenience. Those that have taken the plunge into the High Definition format will still likely have standard DVD players dotted around the house, limiting the viewing options of Blu-ray discs. Meanwhile, for those planning to upgrade to Blu-ray at a future date, the new discs mean movie buffs won’t be forced to double up on discs to keep their collections up to date.

Universal will launch the flipper discs on January 19, 2010 with the Bourne trilogy of films starring Matt Damon, at prices yet to be announced. Other titles will follow.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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They already did this with HD DVD during the format war and people didn't like it. The combo disks invariably cost more and many people were furious that they were forced to pay for a DVD side that they had no intention of ever using.

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2nd December, 2009 @ 09:54 pm PST
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