Warner Home Video (WHV) announced at a press conference at CES 2005 that it plans to release more than 50 new and catalog titles, including selections from New Line Home Ent. and HBO Video, during the launch of HD DVD, the next generation digital video format, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2005.
"We're proud to continue our longstanding tradition of innovation and leadership in home video by debuting an exciting selection of new releases on HD DVD that will be accompanied by time tested favorites from our extensive library," said Jim Cardwell, president, Warner Home Video. "HD DVD is the future of home entertainment and is the format that will lead us into the high definition entertainment era. It will create new and exciting opportunities for consumers to enjoy their favorite movies, TV series, sports programming, children's entertainment, documentaries and other specialized titles with unprecedented picture and sound quality, advanced navigation and interactivity and increased security."
The press conference featured a demonstration of HD DVD highlighted by an exclusive first look of clips from Warner Bros. Pictures pre-theatrical releases to be issued by Warner Home Video on HD DVD. These HD DVD clips will include footage of Christian Bale in BATMAN BEGINS, Keanu Reeves in CONSTANTINE and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
"Warner Home Video's endorsement creates a deep and diverse base of content support for HD DVD," said Marsha King, evp/gm of Warner Home Video. "It ensures that consumers will be able to enjoy an impressive collection of their favorite movies, TV series and other entertainment as they have never seen them before -- in high definition and with HD DVD's rich features."
"New Line Home Entertainment has always been at the forefront of industry innovation, and our involvement in the launch of HD DVD signals our continued commitment to the evolution of home entertainment," said Stephen Einhorn, president/coo, New Line Ent. "In support of HD DVD and to provide consumers with a compelling new entertainment experience, we're planning to issue a selection of our most exciting films in the format including such titles as SE7EN, BLADE, RUSH HOUR and AUSTIN POWERS."
"HD DVD represents an exciting new development that will significantly enhance the consumer's home entertainment experience," said Henry McGee, president, HBO Video. "We are backing the launch of HD DVD with a line-up of releases from HBO's highly acclaimed programming including the first season of THE SOPRANOS and the miniseries ANGELS IN AMERICA and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON."
Planned Warner Home Video HD DVD Launch Titles:
ABOVE THE LAWALEXANDERANGELS IN AMERICA (HBO)AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (NEW LINE)BATMAN BEGINSBLADE (New Line)CATWOMANCHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORYCONSTANTINECONTACTDARK CITY (New Line)THE DUKES OF HAZZARDERASEREXECUTIVE DECISIONFINAL DESTINATION (New Line)FRIDAY (New Line)FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (HBO)THE FUGITIVEGOTHIKAHARD TO KILLHARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONEHARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETSHARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABANHOUSE OF WAX (2005)THE LAST SAMURAITHE MASK (New Line)THE MATRIXTHE MATRIX RELOADEDTHE MATRIX REVOLUTIONSMAVERICKMILLION DOLLAR BABYTHE MUSIC MANMYSTIC RIVERNEXT OF KINNORTH BY NORTHWESTOCEAN'S ELEVENOCEAN'S TWELVEPASSENGER 57THE PERFECT STORMTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004)THE PLAYER (New Line)THE POLAR EXPRESSRED PLANETRUSH HOUR (New Line)SE7EN (New Line)SOLDIERTHE SOPRANOS (HBO)SPAWN (New Line)SWORDFISHTROYUNDER SIEGEU.S. MARSHALSWILD WILD WEST
With operations in 89 international territories, Warner Home Video commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Ent. Co., Castle Rock Ent., HBO Video and New Line Home Ent.
New Line Home Ent. markets New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features theatrical films on DVD and VHS, including the premium DVD brand infinifilm. The company also distributes feature films and non-theatrical programs acquired or produced by New Line Home Ent. and New Line Television.
HBO Video markets an extensive array of programs ranging from HBO's critically acclaimed and groundbreaking series to theatrical features.