Stateside UMD Releases from Bandai
is planning on releasing some of their theatrical titles on UMD later this year. While nothing is finalized yet, they are looking at titles that will "mesh well with gamers," for example Gundam Seed
Movie 1, Escaflowne: The Movie
and one other unnamed catalog title.
At this time it isn't clear whether or not Bandai will be able to include multiple audio tracks and subtitles on the UMD releases. As the product and authoring process is brand new, the limitations of the technology aren't entirely clear at this point.
Bandai is looking at a $19.98 price point for the UMD releases, which will not be bundled with regular DVDs.