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Future’s DVD Review embraces next-generation formats

Refocused magazine covers high definition and download releases

Refocused magazine covers high definition and download releases31/08/06 – DVD Review – the UK’s best selling DVD magazine steps into the next-generation, when it becomes the first title to cover the latest viewing formats.

From its October issue, on sale Thursday 14th September, Future’s DVD Review will devote space each month to discs releases on the new BLU-RAY and HD-DVD high definition formats, both due to launch in Europe before Christmas. The magazine will also cover movies released on the internet for online download.

Taking its first look at the future of home entertainment, the magazine reviews The Dukes of Hazzard: Unrated HD-DVD, currently on sale in the USA. The disc features a high definition transfer of the movie and fully embraces HD-DVD’s system of enhanced extras, with its “In-Movie Experience” which offers behind-the-scenes detail and trivia picture-in-picture as the main feature plays.

With the magazine now covering a range of formats, DVD Review introduces a monthly “Essentials” section, updated regularly with the ten best DVDs, HD-DVDs, BLU-RAY discs and legal downloads available to buy. Providing enthusiasts with an instant guide, “Essentials” highlights the releases you shouldn’t miss.

Editor of DVD Review, Cassie Whittell said:

“With the new formats launching in the UK soon and the download revolution kicking off, it’s an exciting time for DVD Review. By covering these new developments we can help inform enthusiasts, letting them know which of the new next-generation formats really deserves their hard-earned cash and which films or shows they should be buying.”

Publisher of Future’s Film and TV titles, Simon Maxwell added:

“The introduction of these new formats ushers in the biggest revolution since DVD launched almost a decade a go. There will be three new ways of buying and watching movies and TV shows – all competing with for consumer and entertainment industry backing. All of Future’s film and TV magazines, including our trade titles; Home Entertainment Week and Timecode will be on hand to guide their audiences through the complex array of next-generation formats.”

Elsewhere in the October issue of DVD Review, Emmy award-winner Kiefer Sutherland, discusses his hit TV show, 24 and his alter ego, Jack Bauer. Ridley Scott discusses his forthcoming Blade Runner: Directors Cut and how he planned to revitalise the long running Alien franchise.

DVD Review also offers the second in its series of popular “Easter Egg” books. With the phenomenon of finding the hidden content on DVD discs continuing to grow, the exclusive book reveals 325 of the very best examples. The A-to-Z guide shows how to find the hidden gems and exactly what you get for your remote control endeavours.

Issue 95 of DVD Review goes on sale Thursday, 14th September, with a coverprice of £3.99

ENDS

About Future
Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK, US, France and Italy. Founded in 1985 with one UK magazine, today it creates over 150 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, automotive, sports, crafts and leisure sectors. Over 100 international editions of Future’s magazines are also published under licence in 30 other countries across the world. Future employs over 1,500 people worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

For more information please contact:
Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, on 01225 822517 or will.guyatt@futurenet.co.uk