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Award-Winning 'Weeds' Going Blu

8 Jan, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Critically acclaimed Showtime series “Weeds” headlines an ambitious 2007 Blu-ray Disc release slate from mini-major Lionsgate, it was announced today at CES in Las Vegas.

“Weeds,” starring Golden Globe-winner Mary Louise-Parker and Elizabeth Perkins as disaffected soccer moms, is in its second season. It has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards.

The release, in addition to animated series releases of “Ultimate Avengers” and “Ultimate Avengers 2,” showcase a Blu-ray slate that should top 40 titles by the end of the year, according to Santa Monica, Calif.-based Lionsgate.

Pricing and exact release dates were not disclosed.

Upcoming movies in Blu-ray include Feb. 6 American Psycho, Rambo: First Blood, Reservoir Dogs and Young Guns.

Future titles include House of 1000 Corpses, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Waiting, USA Network's The Dead Zone, Requiem for a Dream, PI, Cabin Fever, Monster's Ball, Dune and Belly.

Lionsgate previously announced Jan. 9 simultaneous releases 50GB Blu-ray ($39.99) and DVD ($28.98) versions of Crank, followed by 25GB Blu-ray ($39.99) and DVD ($28.98) versions of Employee of the Month (Jan. 16) and unrated versions of Saw II and III on 25GB Blu-ray discs (Jan. 23) at $39.99 each.

“There has never been a home entertainment experience available to mass audiences like Blu-ray, and Lionsgate will continue to deliver to consumers our top-line product with sound, audio and extras that are beyond anything they ever could have imagined," said Steve Beeks, president of Lionsgate. “As a company, we have always been at the forefront in utilizing technology to offer consumers the best viewing experience. Blu-ray's technological capabilities take home movie-watching to new levels.”

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