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Blu-ray flipper discs unveiled: DVD on the other side

Universal is launching double-sided Blu-ray discs, with a Blu-ray movie on one side and DVD on the other

Universal has unveiled the first Blu-ray/DVD 'flipper discs', packing both Blu-ray and DVD versions of a film on the same platter.

A flipper disc is a single, dual-sided disc that has Blu-ray on one side and DVD on the other, so you can watch a movie on your fancy Blu-ray player, and then go for a walk and watch it on your laptop or at a friend's house. Friends who are too poor to have a Blu-ray player, that is.

The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum will be the first films to benefit from the new technology. Hopefully, Free Willy, Jaws and other sea-life-related films will follow soon. Flipper, y'see. Oh, never mind.