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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has set Aug. 19 as the release date for "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert." The 3-D concert film, which grossed $64.5 million in theaters, will be released on standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Extras include a behind-the-scenes feature, "The Ultimate Personal Tour"; a sing-along mode; and additional songs. And, yes, each package will come with a set of 3-D glasses.
The summer is generally a slow time for theatrical releases coming to DVD, but this year might prove to be an exception. Warner already has slotted two high-profile titles, the commercially leggy "The Bucket List" for June 10 and "Fool's Gold" for June 17. Also on the way: "Meet the Spartans" (June 3) and "Jumper" (June 10), both from Fox, and Lionsgate's "The Eye," a horror film starring Jessica Alba, on June 3. The combined boxoffice clout: more than $300 million.
PorchLight Home Entertainment has acquired U.S. DVD rights to British kids TV program "64 Zoo Lane," which airs in the U.S. on Nick Jr.'s Noggin network. The distribution deal with Millimages U.K. is part of an expanded branding campaign that includes the April 28 release of six books. PorchLight will jump into action July 29 when it gives the program its official U.S. DVD debut.
HD DVD software production continues to wind down. The latest DVD Release Report shows just 18 HD DVD titles remain in the pipeline (as opposed to 70 for Blu-ray Disc). Assuming all those 18 titles come to market, HD DVD will end its two-year run with a library of 436 titles.