Sony DVDs to go to Vietnam

Starting with 'Casino Royale,' 'Spider-Man'

LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment this month will become the first major U.S. studio to release DVDs in Vietnam.

The studio has partnered with Vietnamese company Galaxy Studio for distribution.

Releases begin May 9 with a group of 15 titles, including "Casino Royale," "Surf's Up" and the "Spider-Man" franchise. Plans call for the release of about five to 10 DVD titles per month and the eventual launch of high-definition Blu-ray Disc releases.

The deal "represents the industry's first major step in developing this untapped market," said T. Paul Miller, SPHE's senior vp international.