Warner Bros. is going global with it's HD plans as it looks to release 15 new movies in Europe.

Warner Home Video, which distributes the largest film library of any studio, announced today at IFA 2006 the company's plans to release more than 15 HD DVD titles in European markets. These markets include France, Germany, Spain and the UK. The initial films, a combination of recent hits and catalog favorites, are expected to be available late 2006.

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Warner Bros. titles will be released in conjunction with the expected European availability of HD DVD movie players and will include recent hits such as Rumor Has It and Constantine, as well as classics from the extensive Warner Home Video library such as Goodfellas, Troy and Lethal Weapon.

"European consumers are primed for high definition content with their steady adoption of HDTVs. With the introduction of HD DVD players and Warner Bros. HD DVD titles, we are poised to meet this growing demand," said Ron Sanders, President of Warner Home Video. "Warner Home Video is offering a wide array of high definition titles so movie enthusiasts throughout Europe can witness the stunning in-home viewing and audio experience that high definition provides."

HD DVD offers resolution up to six times higher than standard definition DVDs, extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color in addition to beautifully crisp sound. HD DVD also provides a new level of interactivity, giving instant access to extra features with the debut of a seamless menu-bar that allows viewers to enjoy features and settings without leaving or interrupting the film.

Today, the vast Warner Bros. library, considered one of the most prestigious and prodigious in the world, consists of more than 6,600 feature films, 40,000 television titles and 14,000 animated titles (including over 1,500 classic animated shorts). The library currently consists of films from such distinguished banners as Warner Bros. Pictures, Castle Rock, Warner Independent Pictures, Lorimar Pictures, RKO and classic MGM (pre-1986).

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