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Seven New Warner Bros Titles Coming to DVD in High Definition

Published October 11, 2006 in DVD News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros.
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It looks like Warner Bros will play both sides in the medium war between Toshiba's HD DVD and Sony's Blu-ray. Warner Home Video has recently announced that they have seven new titles -- most of which are pretty money by the way -- coming to either HD DVD, Blu-ray or both.

But which format do they look better in?

Warner Bros to Release Seven Titles to Blu-ray and HD DVD

On October 31, Warner Home Video will release seven new high definition titles. Making their debuts are V for Vendetta and Excalibur on HD DVD and The Phantom of the Opera, The Searchers and Unforgiven on Blu-ray Disc. Under Siege will be making a simultaneous debut on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

V for Vendetta makes its 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 V for Vendetta features the "Director's Notebook: Reimagining a Cult Classic for the 21st Century."

Both HD DVD and Blu-ray titles will be available for $28.99 SRP. All bonus materials on the Standard Definition versions of these titles will be included on the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc versions.

About the Movies

From Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers, creators of The Matrix trilogy, comes the most action-packed, entertaining and talked-about thriller this year. V for Vendetta is the electrifying story of an everyday woman in futuristic Britain who becomes the unlikely accomplice of a mysterious freedom fighter in his radical effort to rid the country of oppression. V for Vendetta is an exhilarating and innovative film featuring provocative performances by Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving.

Excalibur - Raised by Merlin, young Arthur draws the mystical sword of Excalibur from the stone and becomes King. He grows to manhood and with his wife Guenevere and first knight Lancelot unites the country and founds the Knights of the Round Table. But the love between Lancelot and Guenevere, and the treachery of his sister Morgana and son Mordred cause King Arthur's pride to jeopardize the kingdom. An epic battle between the knights of good and evil decides the fate of Camelot. Directed with skill and panache from legendary director John Boorman (Deliverance), the visual splendor of Excalibur will only be heightened by the thrill of experiencing it in High Definition.

Under Siege - Steven Seagal comes aboard and comes on strong, in this box-office blockbuster, combining humor and heroics in a fireball of a movie. He's ex-Navy SEAL and highly decorated combat operative Casey Ryback. Relying on his slam-bang martial-arts skills and equipped with enough hardware to single-handedly wage World War III, Ryback turns the Missouri's deck and below deck areas into guerilla combat zones.

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely young soprano Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera. The Phantom of the Opera features the acting talent and exemplary voice of Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson and Minnie Driver. Joel Schumacher directs.

The Searchers, with an indelible image of the American frontier and the men and women who challenged it, stars John Wayne and was directed by John Ford. Wayne plays an ex-Confederate soldier searching for his niece (Natalie Wood), captured by the Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his five-year search, he encounters something unexpected: his own humanity. Meticulously restored by Warner Bros. for the film's 50th Anniversary, the magnificent VistaVision photography comes alive when viewed in High-Definition.

Unforgiven is Clint Eastwood's classic Western masterpiece which earned 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture. Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman play retired, down-on-their-luck outlaws who pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey.

Warner Home Video HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The new formats also provide a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu-bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

Erroneous! Erroneous on both counts! I hate that some of the films will go to HD DVD and others to Blu-ray; something that will require consumers to blow loads of money purchasing both players.

Can somebody please give an honest report before the holidays on which medium is the better and we can stick with that, maybe? I am currently still holding out. Besides, prices on the players are expected to plummet near Christmas.

Stay tuned for updates.

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