Universal Studios Home Entertainment has joined Toshiba, Microsoft and France-based Studio Canal to form European HD DVD Promotional Group Ltd.
Announced at the CeBIT electronics trade show in Germany, the group aims to boost the international presence of HD DVD, which rivals Sony's Blu-ray disc format. It hopes to have over 100 HD DVD titles – a third of which from foreign studios – available in Europe by the end of the first quarter, and over 600 titles available worldwide by the year-end.
Universal is offering top Hollywood films like Casino, Ray and The Holiday, while Paramount will release Babel, Dreamgirls and World Trade Center. Warner Home Video titles include Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Happy Feet and The Matrix trilogy.