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Sony to deliver Blu-ray titles June 20

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment says it will deliver its first seven titles in the high-definition Blu-ray format to retail stores on June 20.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment said Tuesday that it will deliver its first seven titles in the high-definition Blu-ray format to retail stores on June 20. Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony, said the title rollout will coincide with the first commercially available Blu-ray DVD player from Samsung Electronics and a Blu-ray-compatible PC from Sony. The stakes are huge for Sony, developer of the standard known as Blu-ray, which is to compete against a rival high-definition standard known as HD-DVD that was developed by a group led by Toshiba.

Many liken the war to the 1980s battle over video cassette recording standards, which ultimately saw the VHS standard emerge as the victor over Sony's Betamax. Among the titles Sony plans to roll out on June 20 are "50 First Dates," "The Fifth Element," "Hitch" and the "House of Flying Daggers." Further Blu-ray titles will be released by Sony in coming weeks.