Weinstein Co. to release four high-def titles

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Four high-profile theatrical films from the Weinstein Co. will lead off the studio's plunge into the high-definition disc market, the company was expected to announce Monday.

"Derailed," "Scary Movie 4," "Wolf Creek" and "The Matador" will be released Dec. 19 on the next-generation HD-DVD format by Genius Products, the home video distributor 70% owned by the Weinstein Co.

A second wave of titles has been pegged for January release, including "Lucky Number Slevin," the supernatural thriller "Pulse" and Kevin Smith's "Clerks II."

"HD-DVD represents the next step in the evolution of home entertainment," Genius Products CEO Trevor Drinkwater said. "Our first wave of titles offers an excellent array of entertainment options to showcase the phenomenal picture and sound quality of the new format."

"Derailed," a thriller about an affair gone awry, stars Jennifer Aniston and grossed $36 million in theaters. "Scary Movie 4," this year's installment in the successful horror movie spoof franchise, earned $90.7 million. The grisly horror film "Wolf Creek" took in $16.2 million, while the quirky Pierce Brosnan comedy "The Matador" made $12.6 million.

Three other studios support the HD-DVD format, which is vying with rival Blu-ray Disc to become the next-generation standard: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Warner and Paramount also are releasing movies on Blu-ray, which also enjoys exclusive support from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, MGM, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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