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Paramount To Release Several UMD Movies This Summer

Posted by Edwin Soto Categories: Portable/Mobile,

Paramount will begin their first releases August 9 with “Team America,” “Coach Carter” and “Without a Paddle.” “Sahara” and “Viva La Bam: Volume 1” will follow those titles August 30. In addition, Paramount Home Entertainment (via Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment) will distribute:

  • Ren and Stimpy Volume 1 1/2 ish
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Volume 1
  • Chappelle’s Show: Volume 1
  • South Park: Volume 1
  • SpongeBob SquarePants The Movie

Obviously, movie studios are jumping onto the UMD bandwagon fairly quickly.

Paramount Home Entertainment Unveils Full Slate of UMD Releases for Sony PlayStation Portable—PSP—Including ``Sahara’’ Day and Date with DVD Debut

HOLLYWOOD—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 23, 2005—Paramount Home Entertainment:

—First Wave Hits Stores August 9 with “Team America,” “Coach Carter” and “Without a Paddle”; “Sahara” and “Viva La Bam: Volume 1” Arrive August 30

—In Conjunction with Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment Will Distribute “Ren and Stimpy Volume 1 1/2 ish,” “SpongeBob SquarePants: Volume 1,” “Chappelle’s Show: Volume 1,” “South Park: Volume 1” and “SpongeBob SquarePants The Movie” Set as Part of Future Waves

Paramount Home Entertainment announced today the release of ten titles on Universal Media Disc (UMD(TM)), playable on Sony’s PlayStation(R) Portable (PSP(TM)). SAHARA, the hit film starring Matthew McConaughey, is debuting August 30 - day and date on DVD, VHS and UMD. The first wave of titles, TEAM AMERICA, COACH CARTER and WITHOUT A PADDLE, is scheduled for release on August 9. In association with MTV Home Entertainment, “VIVA LA BAM: VOLUME 1” which centers on the fanatical and often extreme life of pro-skateboarder Bam Margera will be released on August 30.

In conjunction with Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, Paramount is distributing volumes of some of the hottest TV shows on DVD this year including: Comedy Central’s “CHAPPELLE’S SHOW: VOLUME 1 UNCENSORED,” “REN AND STIMPY VOLUME 1 1/2 ISH” and Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s highly acclaimed “SOUTH PARK: VOLUME 1.” In addition, Nickelodeon’s runaway smash hits “SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: VOLUME 1” and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS THE MOVIE will be landing on UMD later this year. The studio plans to announce additional high-profile UMD titles for 2005 in the coming months.

“Viacom is distinctly positioned to provide a wide variety of content for this new portable multimedia platform given our unique assets which reach the key demographics for PSP,” said Thomas Lesinski, President, Paramount Pictures, Worldwide Home Entertainment. “Our 2005 release schedule demonstrates our commitment to PSP with a great slate of titles ideally suited for this handheld system which has now sold over one million units.”

The first-ever integrated portable entertainment system, PSP system is designed to provide consumers with a comprehensive entertainment experience including games, music, movies, communication, and wireless networking. Validating the multi-media entertainment value proposition of PSP, Paramount Home Entertainment’s feature film and TV content support for the platform is being made available on the newly developed proprietary, compact (60 mm) but high-capacity (1.8 GB) optical disc, UMD, which PSP utilizes as its main storage medium.

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