It finally arrives on Tuesday, July 20th and, for those who aren't planning to invest in Sky's HD movie channels, Film4 HD is the place to be for cinematic visual splendour on Virgin Media. Here are some of the highlights to look forward to in the new channel's first week or so:
Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby at 10.45pm
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ at 9pm, followed by Scorsese's Gangs of New York starring DiCaprio and Daniel Day Lewis at 11.20pm
The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line at 9pm.
Brad Pitt in David Fincher's Fight Club at 11pm
Not a great night: Timothy Olyphant, so excellent in Justified, can't rescue Hitman from mediocrity. 9pm
Bride & Prejudice at 6.45pm, but the main event is the original Die Hard at 9pm
Not the one about aliens hovering over Jo'burg, but a fine film nevertheless: District 13 at 9pm
The 9pm movie is JJ Abrams' Mission Impossible III, and at 11pm there's the excellent Sideways
At 10.50pm Danny Boyle's superior homegrown zombie feast 28 Days Later.
It's not a bad lineup and there's pretty much something worth watching most nights. Daytime tends to be the older films thanks to OFCOM insisting everything has to be family friendly before 9pm unless PIN protected, but there are a few classics tucked in there too (Sunset Boulevard, The Four Feathers, even Carry on Dick is in high def!).
Welcome to Virgin, Film4 HD - great to have ya.