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Magnolia Launches First Blu-ray Slate

9 Oct, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced its first wave of high-definition titles. The distributor will bow six Blu-ray Disc releases Oct. 10.

The titles from HDNet television include Bubble ($29.98), a 2005 film by director Steven Soderbergh about three Midwestern factory workers whose lives are changed by a local murder; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room ($29.98) a documentary about how top executives at the infamous Houston utility company profited despite its spectacular fall into bankruptcy; and The War Within ($29.98), which explores the transformation of a Pakistani man into a suicide bomber and his moral dilemmas. This title includes audio commentary by writer-director Joseph Castelo and actor Firdous Bamji.

Also on the slate are Bikini Destinations: Triple Fantasy ($26.98), which showcases beautiful women in exotic locations; HDNet World Report Special: Shuttle Discovery's Historic Mission ($26.98), featuring coverage of the spacecraft's 2005 launch, including footage from Mission Control; and the 2005 comedy One Last Thing ($29.98), starring Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”) and Sunny Mabrey (Snakes on a Plane), featuring interviews with actors and director Alex Steyermark.

Los Angeles-based Magnolia is scheduled to bow a slate of films in the rival HD DVD format in November.

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