As expected, more major studios have revealed product slates in the impending next-generation DVD format war.

As expected, more major studios have revealed product slates in the impending next-generation DVD format war.

Warner Home Video and Universal Studios Home Entertainment have announced slates of 24 and 10 titles, respectively, in support of the Toshiba-led HD DVD format.

The news follows Blu-ray software announcements yesterday (Jan. 4) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate and Paramount Home Entertainment.

WHV’s initial HD DVD releases will include “Batman Begins,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Dukes of Hazzard.” Universal’s slate features “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Cinderella Man” and “Jarhead.”

Universal is the only studio that is solely supporting HD DVD. All other majors are expected to release Blu-ray and HD DVD titles, or only Blu-ray titles.

Exact software release dates on HD DVD and Blu-ray have not yet been set, but HD DVD titles are expected to reach retailers around March to coincide with the release of the first HD DVD players.

Toshiba revealed yesterday (Jan. 4) that two HD DVD players, priced at $500 and $800, will be available this March.

Blu-ray manufacturers Pioneer and Samsung have also announced their first U.S. players. Pioneer’s $1,800 model is expected in June, while Samsung’s $1,000 player may be available this spring.