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Image Cancels HD DVD Slate, to Bow Oscar Doc

10 Mar, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Citing changes in the marketplace, Image Entertainment March 10 said it will discontinue plans to release movies in the HD DVD format, including next month's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and select Imax releases.

Devil, which stars Oscar winners Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei, streets April 15 in standard DVD and Blu-ray.

“It's pretty obvious [why],” said Garrett Lee, SVP of product development at Chatsworth, Calif.-based Image.

He said the scheduled April 8 releases of Imax titles The Alps, Coral Reef Adventure, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag and Mystery of the Nile would likely also bow in Blu-ray.

“I would anticipate they would all be released in Blu-ray as well,” Lee said.

Separately, Image said it would distribute in the fourth quarter on DVD ThinkFilm's Oscar-winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side.

Directed by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Taxi explores the alleged abuse of power by the Bush Administration during attempts to investigate the killing of an Afghanistan taxi driver on the U.S. Air Force base in Bagram.

Taxi was an eagerly sought-after title even before it received an Oscar,” said Steven DeMille, SVP of Image. “[It] will make a strong pre-holiday seller.”

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