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News Date: Monday 29th November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
DVD Recorder


News Date: Saturday 27th November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
WWW Review

  • DVD-ROM Drivers Updated
    Time: 09:02 EST/14:02 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have made some big updates to our DVD-ROM Drivers section, in addition to new drivers we have also added a few of the latest software DVD players to download.

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  • Wild Wild West Review @ DVD File
    Time: 04:15 EST/09:15 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Dan Ramer over at DVD File has posted a review of the upcoming DVD release of Wild Wild West, although it rightly bombed at the box office here is what he had to say.

    The film's theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 is presented anamorphically, and the video is terrific. There is a high degree of detail with only the slightest hint of edge enhancement. The color balance, brightness, and contrast are superb. I noticed no artifacts whatsoever. Noise is nonexistent. I must say that this is one of the best-looking DVDs I've seen from Warner

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News Date: Thursday 25th November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Studio Day 1999

This doesn't have to be a very long review. If you're a fan of Heavy Metal -- run out and get this disc. Now. Don't wait in line, don't work for your allowance, don't even wait for the store clerk to give you a bag. Just hand over whatever amount they're asking, get your receipt, rip off the cellophane wrap, and get your ass home to pop this disc in your DVD player. There is so much stuff on this disc, it'll blow your mind.

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  • Blue Streak On DVD February 2nd
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: DVD Town Posted By: Kevin Crocker

The Martin Lawrence action comedy Blue Streak hits DVD February 2nd next year and should contain the following features:

* HBO First Look: Inside and Undercover
* Featurette: "Blue Streak - Setting Up for the Score"
* Three Music Videos:
- "Girl's Best Friend" by Jay-Z
- Criminal Mind by Tyrese featuring Heavy D
- Damn (Should've Treated You Right) by So Plush featuring Ja Rule
* Talent Files (Les Mayfield, Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle)

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News Date: Tuesday 23rd November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Studio Day 1999

Every year, Dave's Video - The Laser Place (in Studio City, CA) sponsors its much beloved Studio Day, to give the home video divisions of the major Hollywood studios an opportunity to receive direct, one-on-one feedback from consumers, about their laserdisc and DVD product. Often, the studios will also reward loyal fans with a sneak peak at upcoming releases. It's a wonderful opportunity for those who produce our favorite discs to mingle and chat with the folks who are most avid about collecting them.

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We've got a little more early word on upcoming DVD titles for early 2000 - this time for February and March (note that we're only going to mention titles that we haven't so far, so you may wish to look a week or two back in The Rumor Mill to get the complete list of titles for early 2000).

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  • Toy Story Coming To DVD!
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: The Digital Bits Posted By: Kevin Crocker

I've just received word from our most reliable sources, that Buena Vista Home Entertainment is gearing up to release Disney and Pixar's original Toy Story on DVD, on January 11th, 2000! We don't have any word on features or pricing (anamorphic, please!), but this is solid information. I'm also told that the studio plans to release at least 1 or 2 animated titles a month, leading up to the Fall 2001 release of Snow White to DVD. As many of you know, the studio has recently committed itself to releasing some 26 non-moritorium animated titles on DVD, before the release of the first of its 10-year moritorium classics, which is expected to be Snow White in late 2001. So that means that we've got LOTS of Disney animation to look forward to on DVD in the coming months. Can't wait! Now if the Mouse would just figure out that $39 and $49 isn't family-friendly pricing by a LONG shot...

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I'm afraid that this review is just going to reveal way too much about myself. Oh, whatever. The deal with Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is this - whether you like this film or not, is almost entirely dependent on whether or not you enjoy crass and disgusting body-function humor. What some people call \\toilet humor// (\\//… finger quotes). Now I'm a guy that laughs at a good fart joke, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Come on… we all do it, right? It's funny. And frankly, I think anyone who turns up their nose at a good fart joke is being dishonest with themselves. Hey - I like foreign films and high-brow humor as much as the next sophisticate, but I'm sorry, the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles is damn funny. So there. Anyway, The Spy Who Shagged Me is Mike Myers run amok, to the millionth power. It's out of control. And I love it.

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  • Rumor Alert! Star Wars Episode 1 Soon To Be On VHD & DVD
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: The Digital Bits Posted By: Kevin Crocker

So you want a good rumor? Okay... can do. We've been able to confirm (via three separate sources of information that have been very reliable in the past), that Fox and Lucasfilm are currently talking about streeting Star Wars: Episode I on VHS on April 4th, 2000. And word is that there's a very good chance that a DVD version of the film could street day and date (likely a movie-only edition). Let me stress that this is VERY early information, and official announcements are a LONG way off. The date could and probably will change. But this is the date our sources say is currently being talked about internally. One important note - we're told that if the DVD is given a green light, we're only talking about Episode I. There are no plans at the moment of releasing the original Star Wars Trilogy to DVD (other than the 2005 or 2006 date Lucas has stated previously). See... told you it was a good rumor (and we expect you to treat it as such)!

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"Stargate" features a strong action hero, Kurt Russell, an encouraging premise, good special effects, excellent sound, and one of the dumbest payoffs in big-budget film history. Yet it did very well at the box office and generated a cable TV series.

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The good Matt Brighton from DVD Authority have a interview with co-director and writer of A Bug's Life Andrew Stanton online at his site. Be sure to check it out.

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News Date: Monday 22nd November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Warner Bros. DVD Press Release

Hailed as one of the best "mini-series" on television, this 6 hour drama is based on the huge best selling book of the same name from Stephen King.

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Warner Home Video Rounds Out Fall With Action-Packed Adventures on DVD

November Titles Include Family Favorites, Thrilling Star Turns and Compelling Dramas

BURBANK, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Nov. 22, 1999--Warner Home Video (WHV) today announced DVD releases for November. Priced from $19.98 to $24.98, the wide range of titles will appeal to audiences of all ages, providing premium DVD entertainment for hours on end.

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News Date: Monday 15th November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
DVD Talk With Renny Harlin Tomorrow!

Universal gets a great big thumbs up from the DVD Talk team for announcing that The Red Violin on DVD will feature BOTH a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track and a DTS on the SAME DVD! The Red Violin will also sport an isolated music track and will be enhanced for widescreen TV's. Of all the studios Universal seems to be the most willing to try out new DVD combinations to see what will work in the marketplace (like several versions of Patch Adams & The Mummy). We hope that the dual audio format on The Red Violin will be something we see on other Universal releases in the future.

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 Director Renny Harlin will be answering questions and discussing the Warner Home Video release of Deep Blue Sea on DVD as well his other Action DVD Releases (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Long Kiss Goodnight and Cutthroat Island)


WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16
6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:
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  • Finally! Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: DVD Dish Posted By: Kevin Crocker

    I've read several negative reviews of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." Their main gripe was that the sequel was just more of the same. Really? No kidding? You see, that is the beauty of spoofing films like those in the James Bond series. Most of the Bond films were nothing more than mutant versions of themselves. Bigger budgets. Bigger set pieces. Still, it all boiled down to either a madman or criminal genius holding the world for ransom. If you didn't like the first "Austin Powers" film, then by all means stay away. There is nothing here for you. I loved the first Austin Powers film, "International Man of Mystery." While I'm not as passionate about "The Spy Who Shagged Me," I did manage to laugh a lot and leave the theater with a big grin on my face.

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  • The Definitive Blair Witch Project DVD Review
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: DVD Dish Posted By: Kevin Crocker

"The Blair Witch Project" is going to irritate a lot of people, mostly horror fans who have been led to believe that this little film school exercise is actually the scariest thing since "The Exorcist." Well excuse me, but I know "The Exorcist," and this film is no "Exorcist." It's not even scary. While the filmmaker's manage to create a modicum of mood and atmosphere, they fail to generate suspense and tension. Instead of being creepy, most of the film is crappy."

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  • New Titles In The Works For February
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: The Digital Bits Posted By: Kevin Crocker

MGM

Stigmata, Stargate SG1 (2 hour pilot and 2 episodes), On the Beach, The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, Meteor, Heaven's Gate, Bridge at Remagen, Betrayed, One Man's Hero, Hoosiers (re-release), Bound for Glory, and Storefront Hitchcock

Fox

Best Laid Plans and Brokedown Palace

Columbia TriStar

Love Stinks, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Belle Epoque, Persuasion, To Sir With Love, The Winslow Boy, and more Godzilla double feature discs: Godzilla vs. Destroyah/Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla, and Rebirth of Mothra I & II

Disney

Tarzan, The Sixth Sense, When a Man Loves a Woman, I Love You, I Love You Not, and Georgia

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News Date: Thursday 11th November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Top 15

  • 13th Warrior In January
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: DVD Dish Posted By: Kevin Crocker

After sitting on a shelf for over a year and a short release in theater in August, Touchstone Home Video will release "The 13th Warrior" on DVD and video January 18. Antonio Banderas stars in the action-adventure directed by John McTiernan from the best-selling novel "Eaters of the Dead" by Michael Crichton. January 18 will also see the release of "An Ideal Husband" from Miramax Home Entertainment. The romantic comedy stars Rupert Evertt, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Northam. The prequel to "From Dusk Till Dawn" entitled "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter," arrives on January 18 from Dimension Home Video. P. J. Pesce directs the prequel set in the old West and starring Michael Parks, Rebecca Gayheart, Danny Trejo, Sonia Braga, Marco Leonardi and Ara Celi. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez serve as executive producers. I'm expecting a screener any moment, so expect the first on-line review here. A week later, Miramax Home Entertainment will release "My Son The Fanatic" starring Rachel Griffiths and Stellan Skarsgard. The romantic drama has been rated R. Also part of the release schedule but bypassing  DVD are "Warren Miller's The Fifty," "My Life So Far," starring Colin Firth, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Irene Jacob and Malcolm McDowell,   and "Woman Wanted," starring Holly Hunter, Keifer Sutherland (who also directed) and Michael Moriarty, due January 25. On January 18, look for the video releases of two made-for-television features, "Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure," and "Safety Patrol," starring Leslie Nielsen.

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Well, it's happened once again. Home video pirates, operating out of Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, have once again struck DVD. We've seen this before, with the Titanic bootleg, with Disney animated bootleg discs, and others

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  • Disney Does December
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: DVD Dish Posted By: Kevin Crocker

Walt Disney Home Video will bring a little summer to winter this year with the release of Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam" on video and DVD. Lee's controversial film is just but one of several new titles due from the label and its subsidiaries in December, including several day-and-date releases with their VHS counterparts. Here's the line-up and some of the announced features. Please note that several titles have been anamorphically enhanced for widescreen televisions:
DECEMBER 7:
EDDIE
SENSELESS
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: SPECIAL EDITION
DECEMBER 14:
FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE
ROGUE TRADER
(1.85:1 widescreen/16x9/Dolby Surround)
THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU
(1.85:1 Widescreen/16X9/Dolby Surround)
DECEMBER 21:
SUMMER OF SAM
(1.85:1 widescreen/5.1 Dolby Digital)
SUPERCOP 2
(1.85:1 widescreen/5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Dubbed)
TEACHING MRS. TINGLE
(1.85:1 widescreen/16x9/5.1 Surround & DTS)

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News Date: Tuesday 9th November 1999
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Top 15


News Date: Monday 8th November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Columbia/Tristar 2k Giveaway

That will be the news headlines once they start giving away 2000 prizes a day for the entire year! Where do I sign up?! Here's a lengthy press release with all the information and a bunch of new titles they plan to start the year with. I love the way Columbia/TriStar does things.

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News Date: Saturday 6th November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
DVD Releases - Official FAQ

  • Official DVD FAQ Updated
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: TheDigitalBits Posted By: Kevin Crocker

    If you have questions about the DVD format, or would just like to learn more about DVD, I think you'll find it well worth a read. It's definitely the right place to start!
    The text is quite large (over 300k), and will take several moments to load, so please be patient...

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  • Massive DVD Release 1st Qtr 2000!
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: TheDigitalBits Posted By: Kevin Crocker

    So you wanna know what's coming from the studios to DVD for early next year? Okay... we got your upcoming title list right here, baby. Here's what's on the way, per studio, for January 2000. Street dates and features are still TBD. We'll give you an idea of titles in the works for later in the year as well

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  • Seven SE and Other Universal Films
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: TheDigitalBits Posted By: Kevin Crocker

"Just got the go-ahead today on the second Universal DVD series, which will consist of Creature from the Black Lagoon (May), The Invisible Man (June), Phantom of the Opera ('43 version, July), It Came from Outer Space (August) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (September). Each will include original documentaries, commentary tracks and all the trimmings. DJS"

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News Date: Wednesday 3rdd November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
SPR Interview

  • DVD Studio & Industry Links
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Kevin Crocker

    An extensive list of all the studios. publishers, and movie houses that create your favorite DVD titles. Just head over to the links page.

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  • A Plethora Of DVD Announcements
    Time: 14:13 EST/19:13 GMT News Source: DVD Town Posted By: Kevin Crocker

    A lot of new announcements from Image, Anchor Bay and MGM have been added to DVD Town's database. Check them out here!

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  • Warner Releases Announced
    Time: 09:05 EST/14:05 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The details for the remaining Warner December catalog titles have come in (at least as far as I know). In addition to the previous announcements, look for the underrated Peter Weir drama The Mosquito Coast as well as the not-so-underrated Young Guns II on 12/14. Both contain anamorphic widescreen and full frame versions, and trailers. Young Guns II also includes a making-of featurette and 5.1 mix, while Mosquito Coast is 2.0 Surround only.

    A week later on 12/21 comes the Batman Beyond and Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm animated movies. Both feature full frame versions, while Mask Of The Phantasm also features a widescreen 1.77:1 transfer. Both are 2.0 Surround only, with no extra features of note. All of the above 12/14 and 12/21 titles are $19.95.

    Also due on 12/14 from Warner-distributed HBO is Babar: King Of The Elephants and the early Tom Hanks/Rita Wilson comedy Volunteers. Babar is open matte full frame, while Volunteers features a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. Both have trailers and retail for $24.95, and Babar has some additional making-of footage as well.

    Lastly, the following oft-delayed titles South Park Volume 4, 5 and 6 and The Shawshank Redemption arrive 12/14 and 12/21, respectively...

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  • Saving Private Ryan DTS Review @ DVD File
    Time: 09:03 EST/14:03 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Shane over at DVD File has posted his review of the Saving Private Ryan DTS DVD title. Here is a snippet from the review:

    Saving Private Ryan is presented in anamorphic widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The video is very difficult to describe and rate as the transfer purposefully alters the look of many of the things one generally looks for in a DVD. Color and contrast are muted, grain is apparent, and even accentuated by the choice of film elements used for the transfer. All of this was done in order to capture a certain look for this film, one reminiscent of vintage WWII footage.

    In spite of the fact that many of the typical rules of video are bent, the effect is nothing short of stunning and artistically powerful, adding an extra dimension to the hyper-realistic documentary style the film strives to portray. The grainy, contrasty quality of the film does a terrific job of convincing you that you're actually watching a film, and helps dispel the idea that you're watching a DVD. And in spite of this grainy quality, detail is never sacrificed one iota, and overall I found the look of this DVD absolutely mesmerizing. The DTS and Dolby Digital DVDs are virtual twins in the video department, each indistinguishable from the other.

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  • Q&A With Dreamwork's Steve Gustafson On Saving Private Ryan
    Time: 06:57 EST/11:59 GMT News Source: TheDigitalBits Posted By: Kevin Crocker

    I think most of us would agree that DreamWorks has been setting a high standard for DVD quality with their titles thus far. Recently, DreamWorks DVD producer Steven Gustafson offered to answer some of our questions about their upcoming DVD release of Saving Private Ryan, and their DVD work in general.

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News Date: Tuesday 2nd November 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Top 15 - SPR DTS

News Date: Monday 1st November 1999
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  • DVD Express Europe Opens
    Time: 15:28 EST/20:28 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    DVD Express has opened up their new European store which stocks a large number of Region 2 releases. This doesn't mean Europeans cannot still order Region 1 titles from DVD Express though which is good news.

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  • Buena Vista Release Dates
    Time: 15:28 EST/20:28 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Buena Vista has released their January slate and box art on their press site today, and look for more day & date with VHS releases and Miramax titles. In January comes the long-in-gestation The 13th Warrior, the indie hit An Ideal Husband, along with My Life So Far, My Son The Fanatic and finally From Dusk Til' Dawn 3: Hangman's Daughter. Let's just hope this last sequel is better than the other one! All the box art is in the database, and each title retails for $29.95.

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