Warner to launch Blood Diamond on HD DVD

MUMBAI: Warner Home Video will debut its adventure film Blood Diamond on the high definition Blu-ray Disc on 5 June 2007.

The HD DVD will include a commentary by director Edward Zwick, featurettes and production diaries. According to the company, the HD DVD of Blood Diamond will be the first HD DVD to include web-enabled extras which allows viewers to use their players to offer opinions in WHV’s online polls and to view other special features such as maps of conflict pertaining to war-torn areas in Africa.

The HD DVD version of Blood Diamond will also contain the In-Movie Experience (IME), an interactive feature that allows viewers to enjoy new ways of accessing interviews and other material while the movie is running. In addition, for the first time, WHV will include the new Focus Points feature that takes the viewer to in-depth featurettes and production diaries.

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and colour and beautifully crisp sound, the release says. The new formats also provide a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu-bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film. The HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs will be available for $28.99 SRP.

Blood Diamond, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Edward Zwick, talks about the human cost of the diamond trade set in war-torn Sierra Leone. The film stars three-time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly. The film has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Hounsou).