Bourne Supremacy
Double-sided discs due on sale in January, starting with the Bourne trilogy

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that next month's US release of the three movies in the Bourne trilogy, available for the first time on Blu-ray as single titles, will be in the form of double-sided Blu-ray Disc/DVD 'flippers'.

The three titles – The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum – hit US shops on January 19, Universal having previously released them singly in the defunct HD DVD format, which also used a 'flipper' format to enhance compatibility.

Other studios have aimed at minimising customer confusion with two-disc packs containing Blu-ray and DVD versions – and sometimes a bonus digital copy into the bargain.

But Universal reckons this new move will allow a simpler way for customers to buy a DVD now, and have it HD-compatible as and when they buy a Blu-ray Disc player.

It will also mean a single disc can be used in a home BD machine and also in a laptop or personal DVD player.

More after the break

The company says both versions will come complete with extras, and that it's considering applying the 'flipper' format to new-release titles.

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