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Burton Films Top Newest High-Def Releases

19 Sep, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Warner Home Video Oct. 10 continues to spread high-def cheer with the combined release of seven titles in HD DVD and rival Blu-ray Disc formats.

Making their debut on HD DVD are Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder. Also making their HD DVD debuts are Batman Begins and two animated titles: Burton's Corpse Bride and The Polar Express.

Making their Blu-ray debut are George Clooney's Syriana and 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis. These releases bring to 55 the total number of high-def titles in both formats, which Warner claims is 70% higher than that of any other studio.

The HD DVD titles will retail for $28.99 SRP and the two Blu-Ray Discs will retail for $34.99 SRP.

Both Batman Begins and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory include In-Movie Experience (IME), the interactive feature that allows viewers to interact with select bonus material while the movie is running.

Batman director Christopher Nolan explains how he brought a new look and new direction to Batman, illustrated by comics, cast comments and behind the scenes footage.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features glimpses into Burton's creative process, scene by scene, unexpected chocolate fun facts and pop-ups.

Bonus materials found on the standard-definition versions of these titles will be included on the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc versions as well.

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