Microsoft offers free movies to HD DVD adopters

30 Nov 2007

Microsoft has teamed up with the Hollywood heavyweights to offer free HD DVD movies to customers who purchase the Xbox 360 HD DVD player, which retails at around €169.99.

Five free movies are on offer from a range of 14 different popular titles including: Serenity, The Chronicles of Riddick, Hulk, Children of Men, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Troy, Full Metal Jacket, Corpse Bride, The Prestige, Swordfish, Black Rain, Dreamgirls and Word Trade Center.

In order to claim their free high-definition movies, customers send in a form, which they can get from a participating retailer, or by visiting, along with proof of purchase in the form of the barcode from their HD DVD player.

Orla Sheridan, country manager, entertainment and devices division, Microsoft Ireland, said: “The HD DVD player for Xbox 360 gives customers a high-quality and affordable way to enjoy state-of-the-art HD DVD movies.

“We’re delighted to enable everyone to enjoy the technology to the full and offer some fantastic movie releases, completely free.”

Universal, Paramount, Warner and Dreamworks are among the studios that have exclusive distribution deals with the HD DVD format, while Sony Pictures, Disney, MGM and 20th Century Fox are tied in to the competing high-definition format Blu-Ray.

By Marie Boran