Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Warner commits 5 more titles on HD DVD, Oct 10...

Warner Home Video has announced that Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Polar Express, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will all be due on HD DVD, this Oct 10. These HD DVD titles will each be available for $28.99 SRP. All bonus materials on the Standard Definition versions of these titles will be included on the HD DVDs.

Expect the main feature on all these HD DVD titles to be presented in 1080p High Definition 16x9 (OAR) video with Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 audio. Dolby TrueHD audio tracks will be available on Batman Begins and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (music-only).

"Batman Begins" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" make their HD DVD debut with In-Movie Experience (IME), the interactive feature allowing viewers to enjoy new ways of accessing interviews and other material -- while the movie is running. The IME for "Batman Begins" gives viewers a window into director Christopher Nolan's personal journey bringing a new look and new direction to Batman, illustrated with comics, cast comments and behind the scenes footage that gives each scene new meaning. The IME for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" offers rare glimpses into director Tim Burton's creative process, scene by scene, that is at once insightful and turned on its head with comic Oompa Loompa interjections, unexpected chocolate fun facts and pop-ups.

Looks like we're set for a wild ride on HD DVD format this holiday season...


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