(September 18, 2006 - Burbank, CA) – With the release of seven new high definition titles on October 10, Warner Home Video continues to be the leader in high definition media. Making their debut on HD DVD are "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" two uniquely different versions of the story about a boy who discovers a magical world after finding the winning golden ticket in a bar of chocolate. In addition making their HD DVD debuts are "Batman Begins" and two animated titles ... Tim Burton’s "Corpse Bride" and "The Polar Express" - an animated Christmas Classic and one of Warner Home Video's all-time best-selling family DVD's. Making their Blu-Ray debut will be "Syriana" and "16 Blocks." This latest selection of releases marks the release of over 50 high definition titles by WHV (55) which is 70% higher than that of any other studio in the marketplace. "Batman Begins" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" make their 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 "Batman Begins" gives viewers a window into director Christopher Nolan’s personal journey bringing a new look and new direction to Batman, illustrated with comics, cast comments and behind the scenes footage that gives each scene new meaning. The IME for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" offers rare glimpses into director Tim Burton’s creative process, scene by scene, that is at once insightful and turned on its head with comic Oompa Loompa interjections, unexpected chocolate fun facts and pop-ups. The October 10 HD DVD titles will be available for $28.99 SRP and the two Blu-Ray Discs will be available for $34.99 SRP. All bonus materials on the Standard Definition versions of these titles will be included on the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc versions. 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. With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, 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 Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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