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Par sets 10-pic DVD slate

'First Contact' skedded for Oct. 6 bow

Paramount will kick off its slate of DVD releases with 10 pics pulled from its library, led by the Oct. 6 bow of its star franchise “Star Trek: First Contact.”

The studio, which had been one of the few remaining holdouts among the major studios to put its films on DVD, also pacted with Panasonic Disc services for the replication of all of its DVD products.

“As we close 1998 and enter 1999, Paramount will continue to provide a volume of quality choices to drive this format into the new millennium,” said Eric Doctorow, Par’s global homevideo prexy. The vids will boast a suggested retail price of $29.99 in the U.S.

The studio has identified 45 pics that it will release in order to fill the fourth quarter pipeline. Conspicuous by its absence on the list was “Titanic” which some insiders predict will bow in time for the Christmas sales rush.

The first wave of titles will be followed by an Oct. 20 release of five additional films. The studio will release 15 additional — but yet unnamed — titles in November and December.

In addition to “Face/Off,” “Twilight” and “Kiss the Girls” in the first wave, Par will bow “The Saint,” which will have a special commentary from producer Phillip Noyce.

The DVD bows, which will feature interactive menus and scene selection, will be available in widescreen format. “Top Gun” will be available in both widescreen and pan-and-scan.

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