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AVRevForum.com 08-20-2007 12:53 PM

Paramount And Dreamworks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support For HD DVD
 
Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. and DreamWorks Animation SKG, each announced today that they will exclusively support the next-generation HD DVD format on a worldwide basis. The exclusive HD DVD commitment will include all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment.

The companies each said that the decision to distribute exclusively in the HD DVD format resulted from an extensive evaluation of current market offerings, which confirmed the clear benefits of HD DVD, particularly its market-ready technology and lower manufacturing costs. Paramount Home Entertainment will launch its exclusive HD DVD program with the release of the blockbuster comedy hit "Blades of Glory" on August 28th and follow with two of the biggest grossing movies of the year "Transformers" and "Shrek the Third". These three titles alone represent more than $1.5 billion in box office ticket sales worldwide.

"The combination of Paramount and DreamWorks Animation brings a critical mass of current box office hits to consumers with a line-up of live action and animated films that are perfect for HD DVD," stated Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, which is currently the leading studio in domestic box office. "Part of our vision is to aggressively extend our movies beyond the theater, and deliver the quality and features that appeal to our audience. I believe HD DVD is not only the affordable high quality choice for consumers, but also the smart choice for Paramount."

"We decided to release "Shrek the Third" and other DreamWorks Animation titles exclusively on HD DVD because we believe it is the best format to bring high quality home entertainment to a key segment of our audience families," stated DreamWorks Animation CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg. "We believe the combination of this year's low- priced HD DVD players and the commitment to release a significant number of hit titles in the fall makes HD DVD the best way to view movies at home."

With the rapid increase of HD TV screens in households, and audiences wanting to enjoy the total entertainment experience, HD DVD has emerged as the most affordable way for consumers to watch their movies in high definition. In addition to pristine quality, HD DVD also offers consumers the chance to personalize the movie-watching experience, to interact with their movies and even to connect with a community of other fans.

Paramount Home Entertainment will issue new releases day and date as well as catalog titles exclusively on HD DVD. Today's announcement does not include films directed by Steven Spielberg, as his films are not exclusive to either format.

TheMoose 08-20-2007 01:21 PM

Re: Paramount And Dreamworks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support For HD DVD
 
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Originally Posted by AVRevForum.com (Post 2101)
The companies each said that the decision to distribute exclusively in the HD DVD format resulted from an extensive evaluation of current market offerings, which confirmed the clear benefits of HD DVD

Well that & the $150 million dollars they were paid to go to HD-DVD!

All this means is the format war will continue & that's bad for the consumers.:(

Butch 08-20-2007 02:49 PM

Re: Paramount And Dreamworks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support For HD DVD
 
Wow! That site is definitely pro-Blu.

You can't fault the studio. Heck, for $150M I'll go exclusive HD-DVD.

I just hope that one format wins, and soon. I don't care which because they both look terrific. Technically speaking, I believe Blu-Ray is the superior format mostly due to its larger capacity for data storage.

ottojg14 08-27-2007 09:40 PM

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Of course it doen't help that in thier greediness to get a head start on the HD DVD camp..Blu-Ray's first players were crap..that eventually needed a firmware/software upgrade (as if for that kind of money back then..we needed to be 'Beta-Testers' too!)! Then..to make matters worse they come out with Blu-Ray titles that look/ed worse or no better than the original plain ol' DVD (Fifth Element comes to mind)! It's bad enough we end up being beta testers for alot of new games that come out for the PC..but home video hardware too??

kennyt 08-28-2007 02:45 AM

Re: Paramount And Dreamworks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support For HD DVD
 
ottojg14,

I was always amazed that Sony put the Fifth Element into it's first Blu-ray players given how bad the transfer was, I guess the guy who did that one paid dearly as they have done the unprecedented move of swapping out the original version for the new issue FREE to everyone!!!

I still have the original, and am waiting to borrow a friends new one so I can compare how much better the transfer is.

KT


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