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Paramount Brings Back Older Blu-ray Titles
The discs were pulled when the studio endorsed HD DVD.
Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2008) -- Paramount has returned more than 20 Blu-ray movies to retailer shelves, according to an article by Video Business.

The discs, which include such films as Sleepy Hollow, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mission Impossible III, were pulled from circulation last August after Paramount endorsed HD DVD over Blu-ray in the high-def format war.

Paramount said at that time it would only offer movies in the HD DVD format, although it had previously released many films on Blu-ray. However, Toshiba pulled the plug on HD DVD at the end of March, ceding victory to Blu-ray.

Video Business reports that Best Buy yesterday began offering the older Paramount Blu-ray titles.

In future weeks, Paramount is also expected to re-release World Trade Center, Mission Impossible 1 & 2, We Were Soldiers, The Manchurian Candidate, Disturbia and several other older Blu-ray movies.

The studio also will release two major new Blu-ray releases on June 3 -- There Will Be Blood and Cloverfield.

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