'Into the Wild' Treks to HD DVD

Posted Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 12:20 PM PST by Peter Bracke
Into the Wild

Paramount has announced that Sean Penn's Oscar hopeful 'Into the Wild' is bound for HD DVD this February, but don't expect much in the way of extras or high-res audio.

Based on the true story of a college student who embarked on a two-year odyssey of self-discovery with tragic results, the Sean Penn-directed feature has already garnered strong Oscar buzz for both Penn and star Emile Hirsch.

Just in time for awards season, Paramount has set a February 12, 2008, arrival for the $15 million-grossing drama, which the studio will debut on HD DVD day-and-date with the standard-def DVD.

The announced supplements package is surprisingly light for such a highly acclaimed title, with only two featurettes currently planned ("The Story, The Characters" and "The Journey"), plus the film's original theatrical trailer.

Tech specs include the studio's usual 1080p/VC-1 video, with Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround the only format offered.

Paramount has set a suggested retail price for the HD DVD of $39.98.

As always, you'll find disc details for 'Into the Wild' linked from our HD DVD Release Schedule, where it is indexed under February 12, 2008.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Paramount's latest in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Into the Wild' HD DVD release.

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Into the Wild (HD DVD)
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