5.1 Entertainment and DVDplus have entered an agreement to use DVDplus technology under the DualDisc trademark in Europe, John Trickett, Chairman and CEO of the 5.1 Entertainment Group, and Dieter Dierks, Chairman and CEO of DVDplus International Inc., announced today.
Dieter Dierks said “5.1 Entertainment is a strong and competent partner that will continue to promote and market our patented technology in Europe. I am confident that the exciting 5.1 Entertainment release schedule will continue to lead the industry with innovative and profitable marketing ideas that will generate new business from catalogue repertoire, and enhance the promotion of developing artists.”
John Trickett added “I am very pleased to be working with DVDplus International Inc. and we are looking forward to releasing a number of titles in the coming months.”
The labels of the 5.1 Entertainment Group, Silverline, immergent and Myutopia will begin releasing DualDisc titles in Europe on April 25, 2005. Among the titles will be:
Academy Of St. James: ‘Bach: Brandenburg Concertos’
Blondie: ‘Curse Of Blondie’
Gary Moore: ‘Back To The Blues’
Gene Simmons: ‘***hole’
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band: ‘Swingin’ For The Fences’
Jane Monheit: ‘Come Dream With Me’
Josh One: ‘Narrow Path’
Poncho Sanchez: Poncho At Montreux’
Robert Cray: ‘Time Will Tell’
The Church: ‘Forget Yourself’
The Mavericks: ‘The Mavericks’
Todd Rundgren: ‘Liars’
Utah Symphony Orchestra/Abravanel ‘Brahms: Symphony No.1’
DualDisc is an innovative music product that combines a CD and DVD on a single disc. In addition to a full-length audio album on the CD side, the DVD side offers many features including the full album in enhanced sound (such as Surround Sound and/or DVD-Audio or LPCM stereo), and a wide range of exclusive content such as music videos, “making of” documentaries, interviews, photo galleries, artist commentaries, web links, concert footage, lyrics and more.
DualDisc was first introduced to the American market in October of last year. Since then over one million albums have been sold, proving there is a demand by consumers for a fresh new way of experiencing music.
DualDiscs released by 5.1 Entertainment Group’s record labels, Silverline, immergent and Myutopia, also include web enabled and renewable bonus features through DVD Launcher, along with the ability to upload surround sound music to iPods and Windows-based portable players using Dolby Headphone technology. DualDisc is supported by all of the major records labels.
5.1 Entertainment Group is a vertically integrated music company which owns the Silverline, immergent and Myutopia record labels, as well as 5.1 Production Services and 5.1 Music Publishing. The company is a recognized leader in the audio/visual production, release and marketing of music in the DVD format. In addition to having released the largest catalog of DVD music worldwide with well over 250 albums, 5.1 Entertainment Group has mixed and produced projects for Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Usher, Janet Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, Eminem, Ben Harper, Herbie Hancock, Dishwalla, Alice Cooper, Everclear, Hanson, Sarah Brightman, Yanni, Aaron Neville, Outkast and more.