Weinsteins set hi-def discs


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

"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 a January release, including "Lucky Number Slevin," the supernatural thriller "Pulse" and Kevin Smith's "Clerks II."

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.