Paramount Unveils Specs for HD DVD Launch Titles; First Paramount Discs Reviewed

Posted Fri Jul 21, 2006 at 12:22 PM PDT by
Sleepy Hollow [HD DVD Box Art] Following Paramount's recent announcement of its first three waves of titles to debut on HD DVD, the studio has now revealed full specs for each of the releases, which are set to include a wealth of bonus features as well as optional DTS soundtracks on all titles.

All of Paramount's initial HD DVD launch titles will be HD-30 dual-layer discs and present the film in its original aspect ratio and be encoded in 1080p. Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 surround tracks will be standard on all titles as well as optional DTS 5.1 surround tracks (select releases will include DTS-HD and/or DTS-ES 6.1 surround mixes).

The titles will also feature the same supplemental content as their standard DVD counterparts, including audio commentaries, featurettes and deleted scenes. Paramount's approach continues the strategy of fellow HD DVD supporting studios Warner and Universal, which also uniformly include the same extras as the standard DVD releases.

Paramount's first three waves of HD DVD titles include: 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,' 'Sahara,' 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' (July 25); 'Four Brothers,' 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'We Were Soldiers' (August 1); 'Aeon Flux,' 'The Italian Job' and 'U2: Rattle & Hum' (August 8).

Complete details for all four of Paramount's initial HD DVD titles, including box cover art, have been added to our complete HD DVD Release Schedule.

High Def Digest has also begun posting the web's first full-length reviews of the Paramount titles, including 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Sahara.' Stay tuned for reviews of all of Paramount's remaining launch titles in the days ahead.
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