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'Into the Wild,' 'Things We Lost in the Fire' Mark Paramount's Last HD DVDs

28 Feb, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

Into the Wild

Paramount Home Entertainment will end its HD DVD releases with Things We Lost in Fire and Into the Wild on March 4, the studio confirmed Feb. 28.

Planned HD DVDs from the studio that will not be released include The Kite Runner, a re-release of The Jack Ryan Collection, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

It is not known what DreamWorks Animation SKG's plans are for the scheduled March 11 HD DVD release of Bee Movie.

In total, Paramount released 42 HD DVDs, while DreamWorks has released 13, not including Bee Movie.

The last HD DVD release currently planned from a major studio is Twister, from Warner Home Video, in late May.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told Reuters news service Feb. 26 that his company was unsure of the movie's HD DVD status.

“We said [to Toshiba], ‘we have a release coming up on ‘Bee Movie.' What would you like us to do?” Katzenberg told Reuters, regarding the HD DVD exclusivity contract the studio has with Toshiba.

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