Universal Pictures Announces Planned High Definition DVD Releases

Feature Films Include Recent Blockbusters 'The Bourne Supremacy,'

'The Chronicles of Riddick' and 'Van Helsing,' as Well as Catalog Titles

Jan 06, 2005, 00:00 ET from Universal Pictures

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Pictures today announced a
 number of feature films it plans to release in the next generation high
 definition DVD disc format (HD DVD).  The titles represent a combination of
 recent hits and notable offerings from the Universal catalog.  The
 announcement was made today by Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios
 Home Entertainment.
     Titles revealed for HD DVD release include the following high-profile
 films:  "The Bourne Supremacy," "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "Van Helsing."
     In addition, Universal plans to release HD DVD versions of such catalog
 titles as:  "Apollo 13," "U-571," "12 Monkeys," "Dune," "The Thing," "End of
 Days," "Backdraft," "Waterworld," "The Bone Collector," "Spy Game," "Pitch
 Black," "Conan the Barbarian" and "Dante's Peak."
     "We are confident that the many advantages afforded by the HD DVD format
 will significantly elevate the value of our content, while enhancing
 consumers' experience considerably," said Kornblau.  "We look forward to
 growing this technology and firmly establishing the next generation DVD
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 NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the
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 Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi
      Universal Studios Home Entertainment Publicity
      Vivian Mayer
      Sr. Vice President
      (818) 777-3594 / vivian.mayer@nbcuni.com
      Lea Porteneuve
      Vice President
      (818) 777-1391 / lea.porteneuve@nbcuni.com

SOURCE Universal Pictures