Updated: Serenity Coming to Blu-ray with New Cover Art and Features

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Update: Newly designed cover art has been added along with a poll between the HD DVD and Blu-ray covers at the bottom of the article.

Universal’s first HD DVD release Serenity has been noticeably absent from the studio’s Blu-ray slate since they began supporting Blu-ray in July. With Fox releasing Firefly: The Complete Series on Blu-ray next week, we thought for sure Serenity would appear shortly thereafter.

This morning, Universal announced Serenity is indeed coming to Blu-ray soon, on a BD50 disc December 30 to be precise. And it will be worth the wait with a number of upgrades over its HD DVD predecessor.

The most obvious and expected update is the bump in audio resolution from 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus to lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The same widescreen 2.35:1 1080p transfer is likely to be used.

Extra features have really been beefed up with a second audio commentary, U-Control, a database feature and BD-Live support. The complete list as as follows.

  • Alliance Database
  • U Control: Mr. Universe Compendium
  • U Control: Digital Tour of Serenity
  • U Control: Picture in Picture
  • U Control: Visual Commentary with Writer/Director Joss Whedon & Cast
  • BD Live: My Scenes Sharing
  • Feature Commentery with Writer / Director Joss Whedon
  • Feature Commentary with Writer / Director Joss Whedon & Cast Members Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Ron Glass
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Joss Whedon
  • Future History – The Story of Earth That Was
  • What’s In A Firefly
  • Re-Lighting The Firefly
  • A Filmmaker’s Journey
  • We’ll Have A Fruity Oaty Good Time!
  • Extended Scenes
  • Take A Walk On Serenity
  • The Green Clan
  • Session 416

Serenity on Blu-ray will retail for $29.98.

Click here to pre-order Serenity on Blu-ray for $21.95 from Amazon.com.

Which cover do you like better? The old HD DVD one or the new Blu-ray one? Both are pictured below, and you can vote on your favorite in this public poll located in the HDR Forums.

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