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French studios back red laser HD format

April 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Wannabe hi-def format will launch in France with software support from two French studios. Seven Sept and Metropolitan FilmExport have both pledged 20 titles for release in the autumn, with regular releases to follow. French buyers of an upcoming HD VMD player will be able to select five titles from the catalogue free of charge, later this year. Seven Sept’s Michel Poirier says his company is duty bound to support all new high definition formats.
NME says that it has also secured German distribution for a selection of US titles in the HD VMD format. Developed by UK-based New Medium Enterprises, HD VMD is a high-density red-laser format that allows up to eight layers of information to be stored per disc side. Resolutions up to 1080p are supported. To date, the maverick system has found few backers amongst the Hollywood elite.

Tags: DVD · HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Trade

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