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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30, 2000

 

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  • Released This Week: The Sound Of Music: Five Star Collection (2-Disc Set)icon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Share the magical, heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music.

    Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp, an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or merriment. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this timeless classic features some of the world’s best-loved songs.

    Disc Two: Supplemental Material
    This disc contains: Original 1965 documentary Salzburg Sight And Sound (36 minutes)
    Documentary: The Sound Of Music: From Fact To Phenomenon with cast interviews, rare music outtakes, photos and more (87 minutes)
    Audio Supplement by Ernest Lehman (36 minutes)
    Interviews with Julie Andrews and Robert Wise

    Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Interviews, Story Boards, Web Access, TV Spots, Audio Commentary, Documentaries, Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Karaoke Sing-A-Long, Photo Gallery, DVD-ROM Features, Interactive Games

    "The Sound Of Music: Five Star Collection (2-Disc Set)" is rated "G" and has a running time of 175 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY AUGUST 29, 2000

 

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  • NadaPC Touts TV, DVD, Internet Unit
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A company called NadaPC is marketing a compact device that combines television, the Internet and a DVD player in a box that is meant more for the kitchen than the home office.

    The iCEBOX was developed by Seattle-based CMi Worldwide and is manufactured by Samsung Electronics. Samsung will sell a similar unit later this year for about $650.

    NadaPC is giving the units away in exchange for a three-year commitment to its Internet service at a cost of $21.95 per month and the opening of a no-fee checking account at the Internet-based CompuBank. The units were scheduled to be available Tuesday.

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  • Released This Week: Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The Ultimate Edition (T2)icon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator in this explosive adventure spectacle. His mission: to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. His opponent: the T-1000, the most lethal machine ever created, sent back through time to kill young John.

    His ally: Sarah Connor, John's mother, a woman warrior whose warnings go unheeded by a world careening toward a nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. T2 is a tour de force of stunts and astounding special effects, built around a touching and emotional human story.

    Special Features: Audio Commentary, Story Boards, Theatrical Trailer, DVD-ROM Features, Documentaries, Cast/Crew Bios, Included Trivia Booklet, Additional Footage, Scene Access, Interactive Menus

    "Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The Ultimate Edition (T2)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 156 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY AUGUST 28, 2000

 

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  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of free DVDs
    Time: 18:17 EST/23:17 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Another day, another demonstration of how law and technology are diverging in dramatic ways. This time, technologists argue that source code equals speech and that hacks should be protected by the First Amendment. The latest case pits the film industry against the publication 2600, which wants to post on its site source code for hacking DVDs.

    The publication argues that source code equals speech and that government intervention prohibiting the publication of this "speech" would be in violation of the First Amendment.

    Good try, Electronic Freedom Foundation! Your lawyers, who represent 2600, have convinced a growing segment of the public that source code is indeed speech and that viruses, vulnerability exploits and copyright hacks are protected by the Bill of Rights.

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  • Released This Week: Bravehearticon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Mel Gibson stars on both sides of the camera, playing the lead role plus directing and producing this brawling, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, tender love and the will to risk all that's precious: freedom.

    In an emotionally charged performance, Gibson is William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation. Filled with sword-clanging spectacle, Braveheart is a tumultuous tapestry of history come alive, "the most sumptuous and involving historical epic since Lawrence Of Arabia." --Rod Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette, Scene Access

    "Braveheart" is rated "R" and has a running time of 179 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY AUGUST 25, 2000

 

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  • Why DVDs have been a desktop dud
    Time: 06:48 EST/11:48 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Movies are all the rage when it comes to DVDs, but this is not what PC makers had in mind when they started building them into their systems. DVDs, with 8.5GB of capacity, were supposed to overtake CDs as the mass-storage medium of choice in all PCs. But high costs and a lack of content have nearly stopped the DVD-ROM revolution..

    Manufacturers admit that the transition to DVD has been slow, but say it's unavoidable. Many have bet on DVD, including the likes of Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), which recently made DVD-ROM drives a standard component in its new Power Mac G4 Cube. Playing movies is currently the only thing that users can really do with their DVD-ROM drives, which is fine for consumers and travelers with laptops -- but that addresses only part of the potential overall market.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Sarah for This Week's Picks.

    Do you have a favorite DVD Movie you would like to see posted here? Drop me an e-mail and we will get it posted.

    Conspiracy Theoryicon

    New York cab driver and conspiracy buff Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) knows about the secret movers, shakers and assassins who really control things. Trying to put Justice Department attorney Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts) in the know, he's run out of her office. Soon both will run for their lives.

    The two stars conspire for suspense, romance and twists that click like a rush-hour taxi meter. A crackpot theory in the newsletter Jerry publishes may be true. Cryptic Dr. Jonas (Patrick Stewart) and his men aim to quash it - and them too. "I don't know what I know but I know that it's big," Jerry says. What we know is that Conspiracy Theory is big entertainment.

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes

    "Conspiracy Theory" is rated "R" and has a running time of 135 minutes.

    Pretty Woman: 10th Anniversary Special Editionicon

    This special Pretty Woman 10th Anniversary Edition is a director's cut that adds some special touches to an enduring comedy hit. In addition to the original theatrical trailer and a rocking music video of Wild Women Do performed by Natalie Cole, the Anniversary Edition offers plenty of behind-the-scenes fun! On-set interviews with Richard Gere, Julia Roberts and director Garry Marshall serve up entertaining "inside" info - and some funny anecdotes! Behind-the-scenes clips provide an exclusive look into the making of Pretty Woman - a fascinating process that fans are sure to appreciate. You'll find something new to enjoy every time you watch the Pretty Woman: 10th Anniversary Edition!

    Academy Award nominee Julia Roberts (Notting Hill, Runaway Bride) and Richard Gere (Runaway Bride) light up the screen in this irresistible comedy! When successful corporate mogul Edward Lewis (Gere) meets carefree Vivian Ward (Roberts), their two lives are worlds apart. But Vivian's energetic spirit challenges Edward's no-nonsense approach to life, and soon they are teaching each other - and falling in love! This timeless rags-to-riches romance captures hearts with its humor, passion and unforgettable fun!

    Special Features: Music Videos, Interactive Menus, Featurette, Scene Access, Theatrical Trailer, Additional Footage, Audio Commentary

    "Pretty Woman: 10th Anniversary Special Edition" is rated "R" and has a running time of 134 minutes.

    Erin Brockovichicon

    A real woman. A real story. A real triumph. Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich, a feisty young mother who fought for justice any way she knew how. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, she convinces attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation.

    Now Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. And while Ed doesn’t want anything to do with the case, Erin won’t take “no” for an answer. So the two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

    Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Web Access, Deleted Scenes, Scene Access, Cast/Crew Bios, Featurette, Interactive Menus, Production Notes

    "Erin Brockovich"  is rated "R" and has a running time of 132 minutes.

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  • DVD format lifts overall video business
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Rapidly growing DVD sales are reviving interest in homevideo in general, with year-to-date sales of VCRs up 7% in 2000, according to the Intl. Recording Media Assn.

    Later this year, 10% of all U.S. households will have a DVD videoplayer and/or a computer DVD-ROM drive capable of playing a DVD movie, according to the trade group's president, Charles Van Horn. He estimated that more than 500 million DVD discs will be manufactured this year.

    In a speech to be delivered Thursday morning at the DVD Entertainment 2000 conference at the Hilton Universal City & Towers, Van Horn will also note that DVD has generated 10 times the sales numbers of CDs in the same introductory period and four times that of the VCR.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23, 2000

 

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  • ``Fantasia 2000'' on Disney DVD and VHS
    Time: 18:07 EST/23:07 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Walt Disney Home Video is proud to present the breathtaking masterpiece, Disney's ``Fantasia 2000,'' an incredible symphony of sound, color and magical excitement, on VHS and DVD Nov. 14, 2000.

    A brilliant pairing of music and animation, ``Fantasia 2000'' features seven all-new, spectacular sequences and one returning favorite, brought to life with music from such immortal composers as Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky, and the talents of Roy E. Disney and the innovative Disney artists behind such great films as ``Aladdin'' and ``The Lion King.''

    This amazing film is a new, contemporary vision of the ``Fantasia'' concept that Walt Disney pioneered, taking audiences on a journey into an entertaining, brilliant realm of cinematic imagination. In recognition of this momentous achievement, ``Fantasia 2000'' on VHS and DVD contains a collectible commemorative booklet that highlights the art, music and technology of the film.

    The original ``Fantasia,'' beloved to millions, celebrates its 60th anniversary (of its original theatrical release) almost to the day, with a first-time-ever release on DVD in a special 60th anniversary edition on Nov. 14. This beloved masterpiece has been restored and remastered, and now includes the original intermission and narration, not seen since 1940. The animated segment ``Clair de Lune,'' created 60 years ago as part of the film, is finally being released on ``Fantasia'' (DVD), as originally conceived.

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  • Released This Week: The Tigger Movie
    Time: 17:41 EST/22:41 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In the classic tradition of Disney’s animated feature films, the first Winnie The Pooh theatrical feature in 23 years weaves magical storytelling, charming characters and memorable songs into an enchanting tale of adventure and heart.

    As it happens, everybody – Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, Rabbit, Owl – is preparing a suitable winter home for Eeyore. When everything they do seems to get undone by Tigger’s exuberant bouncing, Rabbit suggests Tigger go outside and find other Tiggers to bounce with – a notion Tigger finds ridiculous because, after all, he’s “the onliest one!” Or is he? And so begins Tigger’s amazing journey to find his family. The Tigger Movie is filled with the joy and wonder of what it means to be a family – and that families come in all shapes and sizes. Enriched with seven delightful Pooh songs, this whimsical and touching film will bounce right into your heart – and feet.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Interactive Games, Interactive Menus, Interviews, Music Videos

    "The Tigger Movie" is rated "G" and has a running time of 77 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY AUGUST 21, 2000

 

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  • HBO Home Video Releases 'If These Walls Could Talk 2
    Time: 18:09 EST/23:09 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Starring Sharon Stone (``Basic Instinct''), Ellen DeGeneres (``The Love Letter''), Vanessa Redgrave (``Girl, Interrupted''), Michelle Williams (``Halloween H20'') and Academy Award nominee Chlo Sevigny (``Boys Don't Cry''), ``IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2'' will be available in stores nationwide on video and DVD October 10. Recently nominated for four Emmy Awards®, ``IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2'' has a running time of 96 minutes and is rated R. The HBO Films production is available for order on VHS by September 26 for $50.00 SRP and on DVD by September 12.

    The highest rated HBO Original Movie in the last three years, ``IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2'' has been hailed ``A romantic comedy ... very funny'' by the ``Washington Post'' and ``Steamy'' by ``Daily Variety.'' The ``Chicago Sun-Times'' called WALLS ``Passionate'' and ``USA Today'' agreed saying, If walls could talk, they'd be raving about Redgrave.

    An elderly woman (Vanessa Redgrave) widowed when her companion of 50 years dies in 1961, finds herself alone and unprotected as the in-laws move in to cast her out. In 1972, a feminist coed (Michelle Williams) finds that sexual politics take a back seat when a boyish girl (Chlo Sevigny) attempts to seduce her. And in 2000, a couple (Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Stone) with almost everything that two women can have, want the one thing they cant have unless something more than fate intervenes. Three couples over three decades, bonded by an unconventional love, and a house that might offer up their stories ``IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK.''

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  • DVD Code Cracker Sent Packing
    Time: 18:07 EST/23:07 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The DVD code-cracking case decided last week has plenty of fantasy on both sides. The movie studios, which won the case, say they fear pirates will download movies on the Internet. Defenders of the decryption program say the program should be legal, so surfers can take pieces of DVD files to write video book reports.

    Neither scenario is common or likely today. Downloading a movie on the Internet is still difficult and time-consuming. There is also scant evidence that the users of DeCSS, the decryption software in question, are using it for anything other than watching movies for their own amusement. But like good science fiction, either scenario could become reality in the near future.

    Last week a federal judge in Manhattan ruled that it is illegal to distribute or provide links to a computer program used to crack codes on DVD files. While the stakes may be low at the moment, the arguments on both sides are intense.

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  • Released This Week: Supernova
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In the deep reaches of space, the Nightingale 229 answers an emergency distress signal from across the galaxy. After the death of the Captain and with the ship heading into the gravitational pull of a nearby star preparing to go supernova, co-pilot Nick Vanzant takes the helm. Complications abound as the crew picks up the sole survivor from a rogue moon. They soon realize they've picked up far more than they bargained for as they learn more about the passenger and his mysterious cargo.

    “Spader and Bassett strike sparks” (Los Angeles Times) in this dazzling sci-fi suspense thriller about a deep space medical rescue team who must fight an alien force intent on destroying the universe.

    Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Deleted Scenes, Included Trivia Booklet

    "Supernova" is rated "R" and has a running time of 91 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY AUGUST 18, 2000

 

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  • All New For 2001! ``The Hunchback of Notre Dame II''
    Time: 11:05 EST/16:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Once again, let the bells of Notre Dame ring as Disney's all-new movie ``The Hunchback of Notre Dame II'' premieres on Walt Disney Home Video and Disney DVD in 2001.

    Quasimodo, the lovable but lonely bellringer who became a hero, returns in this all-new, animated tale which transports viewers to the magical streets of medieval Paris. In a sweeping tale of love and adventure, Quasimodo faces a new villain, the circus master Sarousch, and a new challenge -- romance!

    ``The Hunchback of Notre Dame II'' features an all-star vocal cast of returning actors from Disney's original ``Hunchback'' and a fresh new group of voice talent. Tom Hulce (``Amadeus'') once more plays Quasimodo, Demi Moore (``G.I. Jane'') returns as Esmeralda the Gypsy and Kevin Kline (``Wild Wild West'') reprises his role as Phoebus, the Captain of the Guard. Jennifer Love Hewitt (TV's ``Party of Five'') stars as Quasimodo's love interest, the circus performer Madellaine, and Hewitt also co-wrote and sings the film's end-title song. Haley Joel Osment, the sensational Oscar-nominated star of ``The Sixth Sense,'' voices the role of Zephyr, the son of Esmeralda and Phoebus. The wicked circus master Sarousch, Quasimodo's nemesis, is played by Michael McKean (``Mystery, Alaska'').

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  • More Disney Magic for 2001
    Time: 11:03 EST/16:03 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    It's coming in Spring 2001 -- the Disney sequel that audiences have demanded! ``Lady & The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure'' continues the animated magic from one of Disney's most beloved films, premiering on video and Disney DVD in the Spring of 2001. Many of ``Lady & The Tramp'''s favorite characters return, with an exciting cast of new friends, an irresistible slate of new songs and a terrific vocal cast.

    So strong a story was Disney's original ``Lady & The Tramp'' that over 40 years later it is still one of the most popular animated films available. Now, the all-new ``Lady & The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure'' continues the rich legacy of a Disney classic with a rollicking adventure that picks up where the original ``Lady & The Tramp'' left off, premiering only on Walt Disney Home Video and Disney DVD in Spring 2001.

    A first rate vocal cast adds to the excitement of ``Lady & The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure.'' Included in the voice talent are Scott Wolf (TV's ``Party of Five'') as Lady and Tramp's spirited son, Scamp, and Alyssa Milano (TV's ``Melrose Place'' and ``Charmed'') as Scamp's friend, the female stray named Angel. Jodi Benson (``The Little Mermaid'') is Lady, Jeff Bennett (``An Extremely Goofy Movie'') voices Tramp, Chazz Palminteri (``Stuart Little'') is Buster, the leader of the strays, Cathy Moriarty (``Raging Bull'') is the flirtatious Ruby, Bronson Pinchot (``First Wives Club'') is Francois, a French bulldog, Mickey Rooney (``The Black Stallion'') is Sparky, the elder statesman of the junkyard, and Bill Fagerbaake (TV's ``Coach'') is Mooch, a sweet-natured English Sheepdog.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 00:00 EST/05:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Patty and Herb for This Week's Picks.

    Do you have a favorite DVD Movie you would like to see posted here? Drop me an e-mail and we will get it posted.

    The Mummy (1999): Collector's Edition (Widescreen)

    Deep in the Egyptian desert, a handful of people searching for a long-lost treasure have just unearthed a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror. Combining the thrills of a rousing adventure with the suspense of Universal’s legendary 1932 horror classic, the Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser, is a true nonstop action epic, filled with dazzling visual effects, top-notch talent and superb storytelling.

    Special Features: Web Access, Production Notes, Cast/Crew Bios, Audio Commentary, Interactive Menus, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Filmographies, Theatrical Trailer, Documentaries, Film Highlights, DVD-ROM Features, Parental Lock

    "The Mummy (1999): Collector's Edition (Widescreen)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 125 minutes.

    Sleepless In Seattle

    Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Nora Ephron’s wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny.

    Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who, thanks to the wiles of his worried son, becomes a reluctant guest on a radio call-in show. He's an instant hit with thousands of female listeners, who deluge his Seattle home with letters of comfort. Meanwhile, inspired in equal parts by Sam's story and by classic Hollywood romance, writer Annie Reed (Ryan) becomes convinced that it's her destiny to meet Sam. There are just two problems: Annie’s engaged to someone else, and Sam doesn’t know – yet - that they’re made for each other. Co-Starring Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson and Rob Reiner, Sleepless In Seattle is “absolutely enchanting… one of the year’s most completely enjoyable motion pictures” --Michael Medved, Sneak Previews.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Cast/Crew Bios, Featurette, Interactive Menus, Music Videos, Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailer

    "Sleepless In Seattle" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 105 minutes.

    Frankenstein (1931)

    Boris Karloff stars as the screen’s most memorable monster in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made. Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster (Karloff) out of lifeless body parts. It’s director James Whale’s adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel blended with Karloff’s compassionate portrayal of a creature groping for identity that makes Frankenstein a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.

    Special Features: Cast/Crew Bios, Audio Commentary, Web Access, Filmed in B&W, Film Highlights, Production Notes, Theatrical Trailer, Documentaries

    "Frankenstein (1931)" has a running time of 71 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY AUGUST 17, 2000

 

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  • Movie industry wins DVD suit
    Time: 06:25 EST/11:25 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of the motion picture industry in its battle to protect DVDs from being copied on computers, finding that computer code is expressive but isn't subject to regulation.

    U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said it was ''a matter of First Amendment concern.''

    ''But computer code is not purely expressive any more than the assassination of a political figure is purely a political statement,'' he said.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 2000

 

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  • Released This Week: The Cider House Rules
    Time: 06:30 EST/11:30 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Honored with two Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actor for Michael Caine and Best Adapted Screen play for John Irving – The Cider House Rules tells a compelling and heartwarming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs! Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire – Pleasantville, The Ice Storm, Wonder Boys) has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of St. Cloud’s Orphanage in rural Maine. Though groomed by its proprietor, Dr. Larch (Caine), to be his successor, Homer nonetheless feels the need to strike out on his own and experience the world outside.

    Then, while working at an apple orchard, Homer falls for the beautiful Candy (Charlize Theron – Reindeer Games, The Devil’s Advocate) and learns some powerfully indelible lessons about life, love and home! Based on John Irving’s best-selling American classic and featuring a sensational all-star cast including Delroy Lindo and newcomer Erykah Badu, this entertaining motion picture earned raves from critics and moviegoers everywhere!

    Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menus, Documentaries, Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Cast/Crew Bios, Scene Access

    "The Cider House Rules" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 125 minutes.

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  • The Caped Crusader Returns in the Movie Event of the Year: ``Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker''
    Time: 06:25 EST/11:25 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The New Batman Spreads His Wings and Flies Onto Video and DVD in This Highly Anticipated Movie

    On Oct. 24, Gotham City will get a double dose of Batman as Bruce Wayne and the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, take on the world's most infamous villain in Warner Home Video's (WHV) ``Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.''

    Full of the nonstop action, suspense, intrigue and mayhem that have captivated Batman fans for decades, this state-of-the-art movie finally reveals what really happened during Batman's last encounter with the Joker. This first-ever, feature-length ``Batman Beyond'' movie boasts a sleek new animation style sure to excite children and adults alike.

    This exciting, theatrical-quality addition to ``Batman Beyond'' finds the sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime back with his own unique brand of pandemonium.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY AUGUST 15, 2000

 

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  • Released This Week: Platoon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and based on the first-hand experience of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, Platoon is powerful, intense and starkly brutal. “Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing” -Leonard Maltin, it is “a dark unforgettable memorial” – The Washington Post to every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.

    Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is young, naďve American who, upon his arrival in Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing gear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him. While his two commanding officers (Oscar-nominated**Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man’s highest value…life.

    Special Features: Included Trivia Booklet, Theatrical Trailer, Interactive Menus, Scene Access

    "Platoon" is rated "R" and has a running time of 120 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY AUGUST 14, 2000

 

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  • Madonna's 'Music' DVD Single Set for Advance Release on September 5th; DVD Single Is First Glimpse of New Record From Music Visionary
    Time: 12:55 EST/17:55 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Due to the overwhelming anticipation of Madonna's new album ``Music,'' Warner Reprise Video announces the September 5th release of a retail DVD single, featuring two versions of the title track video. The MUSIC DVD single is closed captioned, presented in liner PCM for best sound quality and will be priced at $9.95. The MUSIC DVD not only marks the first DVD single release from Warner Reprise Video, but it also provides an early peek at the sound and genius of Madonna's new album, due out September 19th.

    The MUSIC DVD single, which features Madonna and pals out for a night on the town, is the title track of her new album, which has been co-produced by Madonna, Mirwais and William Orbit. Always a visionary in the medium of music video, Madonna (with the help of Grammy and MTV Music Award winning ``Ray Of Light'' director Jonas Akerlund) has once again built a video to complement her unique and groundbreaking sound.

    The MUSIC DVD single is the first release of new video material since Madonna's ``Video Collection 93:99'' last year, and it joins two other previously-released video singles -- 1998's ``Ray Of Light'' and ``Justify My Love,'' which came out in 1990 and shattered all video single sales records. The unprecedented release of ``Justify My Love'' was certified platinum a record 8 times and endures as one of the most tangible examples of Madonna's evolving video catalog. A complete listing of Madonna's music home videos is as follows: ``Madonna,'' ``Live - The Virgin Tour,'' ``Ciao Italia - Live,'' ``Justify My Love,'' ``The Immaculate Collection,'' ``The Girlie Show - Live Down Under,'' ``Ray Of Light,'' ``The Video Collection 93:99.''

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  • RAVISENT Announces Licensing Agreement With Iomega, RAVISENT's CineMaster Platform Powers Iomega Corporation's DVD-ROM Product
    Time: 12:53 EST/17:53 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    RAVISENT Technologies Inc. today announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Iomega Corporation, a global leader in data management solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Iomega is including RAVISENT's Software CineMaster DVD playback solution with the new Iomega internal 6x4x24x4x ZipCD ATAPI Optical CD-RW/DVD Reader Combination Drive.

    Adding to its extremely popular storage solutions, Iomega's new internal ZipCD(TM)ATAPI Optical CD-RW/DVD Reader will be offered to customers who want to upgrade their computers. The CD-RW/DVD drive is versatile and consumer friendly. ``single drive can replace a CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD drive, allowing customers to write or rewrite most CD formats and easily read DVD titles,'' said Michael Johnson, product general manager, optical products, Iomega Corporation.

    RAVISENT's CineMaster represents a major leap forward in DVD playback on a PC. The software combines the highest quality DVD playback experience available in a software-only solution with an extensible application framework. Software CineMaster is noticeably superior to other software DVD products, showing full frame rate video with no frame drops in amazing clarity and detail.

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  • Released This Week: Erin Brockovich
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A real woman. A real story. A real triumph. Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich, a feisty young mother who fought for justice any way she knew how. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, she convinces attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation.

    Now Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. And while Ed doesn’t want anything to do with the case, Erin won’t take “no” for an answer. So the two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

    Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Web Access, Deleted Scenes, Scene Access, Cast/Crew Bios, Featurette, Interactive Menus, Production Notes

    "Erin Brockovich" is rated "R" and has a running time of 132 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY AUGUST 10, 2000

 

This Week's Picks

 
  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Patty for This Week's Picks.

    Do you have a favorite DVD Movie you would like to see posted here? Drop me an e-mail and we will get it posted.

    Here On Earth

    Chris Klein (American Pie) and Leelee Sobieski (Never Been Kissed) star in a “heartfelt story of romance, friendship and true love.” --Jump Magazine.

    Rich kid Kelley Morse (Klein) thought he had it all – money, good looks and a new Mercedes. But after a reckless car race destroys a roadside diner, Kelley finds himself sentenced to a summer of manual labor in a small town. That’s where he meets and falls in love with Samantha, a girl from the other side of the tracks. But everything changes when Samantha’s long-time boyfriend Jasper (Josh Hartnett - The Faculty) uncovers their secret romance. This “sweet and romantic” (YM Magazine) tale of first love will capture your heart.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Theatrical Trailer, Music Videos, Interactive Menus

    "Here On Earth" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 96 minutes.

    Brian's Song

    This highly acclaimed winner of five Emmy Awards is one of the best-loved movies ever made for television. It's the true story of the special relationship between two professional football players, Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Brian Piccolo (James Caan). Both star players for the Chicago Bears, Sayers and Piccolo soon become roommates and best friends.

    When Sayers suffers a knee injury in mid-season, it's Piccolo who prods and inspires him to work toward a complete recovery. Then fate deals a cruel blow: Piccolo is stricken with malignant cancer. The constant support and friendship of Sayers plays an important role in Piccolo's heroic fight against the disease. Also starring Shelly Fabares (TV's Coach) as Piccolo's loving wife, Brian's Song is a moving and unforgettable film.

    Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes, Featurette, Cast/Crew Bios, Audio Commentary, Scene Access, Interactive Menus

    "Brian's Song" is rated "G" and has a running time of 74 minutes.

    French Kiss

    Meg Ryan (Sleepless In Seattle) and Kevin Kline (Dave) star in this bouncy romantic comedy about life, love and larceny.

    When her fiancé is smitten by a beautiful French woman, Kate (Ryan) flies to Paris determined to win him back. However, nothing prepares her for Luc (Kline), a cunning, sexy Frenchman with a gift for gab and a fondness for thievery. A self-proclaimed expert on affairs of the heart, Luc promises to help Kate win back her man. But one star-crossed misadventure after another sweeps them across France, ultimately changing them in ways they never dreamed possible.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer

    "French Kiss" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 112 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY AUGUST 10, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Europe's First Certified DVD Training Center Established
    Time: 06:25 EST/11:25 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC - news) announced today that VET (Video Engineering and Training) has established the first Sonic-certified professional training program for the European DVD industry. Based in London, VET has developed a focused course to educate producers and engineers in the essentials of DVD title preparation including title planning, MPEG video encoding, authoring, menu concepts, DVD formatting, and output to DVD-R and Digital Linear Tape (DLT).

    Over the past 15 years, VET has developed a wide variety of training programs encompassing both technical and craft skills for video industry professionals and is one of only three Avid Authorized Education Centres in the United Kingdom (UK).

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  • Released This Week: Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Buzz Lightyear, the ultimate hero from the smash hit Toy Story movies, is back as you’ve never seen him before! Now for the first time ever, be there as the world’s bravest Space Ranger takes on the evil Emperor Zurg in an intergalactic struggle of epic proportions – right in their own backyard: the Gamma Quadrant far, far away. This all-new feature-length animated saga includes a special introduction starring Woody, Jessie and Rex. Join them as they cheer for Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen): hero, legend, movie star…and an action figure’s action figure.

    Will Buzz save the Little Green Men in time? Will he defeat the evil Emperor Zurg? Set your course for out-of-this-world excitement as everyone’s favorite Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command, takes adventure and heroism…to infinity and beyond.

    Special Features: Interactive Games, Audio Commentary, Interactive Menus, Scene Access

    "Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command: The Adventure Begins" is rated "G" and has a running time of 70 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9, 2000

 

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  • The `Ultimate Scream Collection': Four-Disc DVD Deluxe Trilogy Box Set in Stores Sept. 26!
    Time: 18:32 EST/23:32 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Matthew Sabean

    The ``Ultimate Scream Collection,'' a deluxe DVD Trilogy Box Set featuring all three genre-bending suspense sensations plus a bonus fourth disc of never-before-seen treasures from the depths of the ``Scream'' vaults, arrives in stores Tuesday, Sept. 26, for the shockingly low price of $89.99 (S.R.P.) from Dimension Home Video.

    The terrifying saga of Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley came to a close with ``Scream 3,'' but fans of the world's most successful horror trilogy can revel in what happened between takes on the sets of all three films and enter a whole new world of ``Scream'' with the bonus fourth disc.

    The fourth disc takes viewers directly into ``The Cutting Room,'' where, for the first time ever, they can edit a ``Scream'' scene via remote control. Production outtakes, deleted scenes, music videos, even screen tests for actors Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy and Skeet Ulrich are also included in this special collectors' edition tailor-made to thrill ``Scream'' fans.

    In addition to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at all three films and a ``Behind the Scream'' documentary, the four-disc DVD gets up-close and personal with director Wes Craven, screenwriter Kevin Williamson, actors David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jerry O'Connell, Parker Posey, Jenny McCarthy, Jamie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber and many other cast and crew members. The discs also include commentaries from Craven, Williamson, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier.

    Although the ``Scream'' franchise was conceived by screenwriter Kevin Williamson as a trilogy, ``Scream'' fans get plenty of new material to savor with the ``Ultimate Scream Collection.''

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  • Studios hope for DVD hacker case decision within week
    Time: 16:08 EST/21:08 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Matthew Sabean

    Hollywood's big movie studios said on Tuesday they hope a high-profile video hacker case can be decided in a week and help stem film piracy on the Web.

    The plaintiffs in the case, which include Hollywood's eight biggest studios -- Seagram Co. Ltd.'s Universal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Time Warner and their rivals -- are seeking to stop a computer journalist from republishing a software code that unlocks the media scrambling within DVDs, enabling them to be copied and transmitted over the Web.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY AUGUST 8, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • InterVideo Delivers Full Product Line Support for Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM
    Time: 16:10 EST/21:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Matthew Sabean

    Panasonic and InterVideo announced today that InterVideo's complete product line of DVD and MPEG-2 video editing, production and playback solutions support Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM drives and media. With the products users can capture and compress MPEG-2 video, add audio and special effects, edit the materials, and output the video to a rewritable, removable DVD-RAM disc for up to 2 hours of video playback.

    InterVideo's personal and professional video editing and authoring products include WinDVR, WinDVD, WinCoder and LinDVD. Used with Panasonic's recently announced DVD-RAM drives, completed feature-length (2 hour) business and home videos can be stored on a 4.7GB single-sided bare disc. Videos can be played back on Panasonic's DVD-RAM drives and newer-generation DVD-ROM drives.

    ``With the rapid convergence of computer and consumer technology, business and home videographers want to produce videos that are as good as those they see in the theater, said William Wang, InterVideo's Director of Marketing. ''Our products take the drudgery and expense out of the editing and production process. With Panasonic's 4.7GB DVD-RAM drives and media, they can store the video and play it back on a wide variety of video playback devices. No matter how many times you use the bare disc media, the video will look as good as the day it was produced. Quality doesn't deteriorate as it will with VHS, even after 30 years.``

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  • ''Time Code'' gets full-frame video/DVD release
    Time: 16:08 EST/21:08 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By:
    Matthew Sabean

    In a rare, if not unprecedented situation, the theatrical version of the unique four-screen digital film ``Time Code'' was cropped to fit movie theater screens, meaning that its first full-frame presentation will be on home video and DVD.

    Columbia TriStar Home Video's full-screen presentation of director Mike Figgis' movie on both DVD and VHS Oct. 10 will allow viewers for the first time to see the full frame of each of the four films running simultaneously in a quadruple-split screen. Moviegoers saw an image that was cropped vertically for the 1.85:1 widescreen theater screen presentation. The 97-minute movie features four different films that were shot simultaneously in a single take with handheld digital cameras in different locations around Los Angeles. Because each take ran about 97 minutes with no editing, Figgis shot 15 entire movies, with each movie featuring dramatically different performances and even different actors.

    The DVD special edition will also feature the unrated feature-length first take. Figgis provides commentary during both films.

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  • Released This Week: Holy Smoke
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Kate Winslet (Titanic, Sense And Sensibility) and Harvey Keitel (U-571, Pulp Fiction) add scintillating performances to a seductive, darkly hilarious motion picture that’s met with overwhelming critical acclaim! While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron (Winslet) falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters (Keitel), a macho cult deprogrammer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway.

    But P.J. quickly learns that he’s met his match in the sexy, intelligent and iron-willed Ruth! Another memorable motion picture directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion – you’ll feel an undeniable comic charge from the sparks that fly as P.J. and Ruth face off in an electric battle of the sexes!

    Special Features: Scene Access, Interactive Menus

    "Holy Smoke" is rated "R" and has a running time of 114 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY AUGUST 7, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • More Popular Than Ever, the Grinch Comes to Town This Holiday Season!
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Grinch will be everywhere this holiday season, and everyone but the ``Whos'' down in Whoville will rejoice that he is returning to town on Oct. 31 as Warner Home Video (WHV) brings a new digitally enhanced version of Dr. Seuss' classic ``How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'' to families everywhere.

    With the live-action feature ``How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'' from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, starring Jim Carrey as The Grinch and directed by Ron Howard, scheduled for release on Nov. 17, 2000, Grinch popularity is certain to be at an all-time high. Both VHS ($14.95 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP) versions of ``How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,'' in addition, include the Dr. Seuss favorite ``Horton Hears a Who!''

    Loaded with special features, the digitally enhanced ``How the Grinch Stole Christmas!''/``Horton Hears a Who!'' DVD includes:

    • ``Songs in the Key of Grinch'' - Interviews with award-winning composer Albert Hague and vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft
    • TNT's ``How the Grinch Stole Christmas'' Special Edition
    • ``Making Animation and Bringing It to Life'' - Commentary by animator Phil Roman and June Foray (voice of Cindy Lou Who)
    • Pencil sketches of The Grinch and Horton characters
    • Jump to musical selections
    • English, French and Spanish language tracks and subtitles

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  • Released This Week: Reindeer Games
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Red-hot Hollywood stars Ben Affleck (Shakespeare In Love, Good Will Hunting) and Charlize Theron (The Devil’s Advocate, The Cider House Rules) team up with Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Ransom) in this action-packed story of high-stakes crime and deception! Upon release from a stint in prison, Rudy (Affleck) impulsively decides to pose as his old cell mate Nick in order to make time with Nick’s beautiful pen pal, Ashley (Theron).

    But Rudy’s ruse blows up when he realizes that Ashley was double-crossing Nick…and now he’s inescapably part of an armed robbery plot being hatched by her dangerously evil brother (Sinise)! Also featuring Clarence Williams III (The General’s Daughter, Life), Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn, Con Air) and Dennis Farina (Out Of Sight, Get Shorty) – don’t miss this intensely entertaining, nonstop movie thrill ride!

    Special Features: Scene Access, Interactive Menus, Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette

    "Reindeer Games" is rated "R" and has a running time of 104 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY AUGUST 4, 2000

 

This Week's Picks

 
  • Good Guys to Introduce Panasonic DVD Video Recorder
    Time: 05:36 EST/10:36 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Good Guys (Nasdaq: GGUY - news), the nation's second-largest specialty retailer of consumer entertainment electronics, today announced that it will be one of the first in the nation to offer Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company's (PCEC's) soon-to-be released DVD Video Recorder. The product is expected to be available in late September at all 79 Good Guys locations and will be demonstrated tonight at a customer event at the Santa Clara Good Guys store as part of Panasonic's national introduction.

    ``The DVD Video Recorder opens up a new realm of possibilities for digital enthusiasts and will push the DVD format deeper into the mainstream,'' said Rusty Osterstock, general manager of PCEC's DVD Division. ``Good Guys' experience in introducing new technologies and accurately and effectively explaining the features and benefits to customers through their knowledgeable sales staff creates a great retail evnvironment for our first DVD recorder.''

    Good Guys will offer the Panasonic DMR-E10 DVD Video Recorder which will allow consumers to record high-quality images directly from their television, personal computer or digital camcorder and create their own DVDs using MPEG2 encoding with Hybrid VBR (variable bit rate) technologies. The product features Dolby® Digital 2-channel audio recording for true-to-sound audio reproduction as well as imaging capabilities to improve the picture quality of old VHS videotapes and other recordings.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Jason for This Week's Picks.

    Do you have a favorite DVD Movie you would like to see posted here? Drop me an e-mail and we will get it posted.

    Dune

    The long-awaited film version of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction epic, Dune, explodes on the screen with dazzling special effects, unforgettable images and powerful performances. The saga of intergalactic warrior Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) and his messianic rise to leadership featurs an all-star cast, including Jose Ferrer, Max von Sydow, Oscar winner Linda Hunt and rock lengend, Sting.

    This monumental Dino De Laurentiis presentation is directed by David Lynch, with photography by Academy Award winner Freddie Francis, music by Grammy winner Toto, and incredible monster creation by E.T.'s Carlo Rambaldi. Visit an unbelievable world beyond time and space, and experience the ultimate adventure that goes beyond the imagination.

    Special Features: Cast/Crew Bios, Film Highlights, Interactive Menus, Production Notes, Theatrical Trailer

    "Dune" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 137 minutes.

    Devil's Advocate

    Hotshot attorney Kevin Lomax's 64-0 case record has brought him a tempting offer from an elite New York firm. But the job Lomax accepts isn't what it seems. The Devil is in the details. In this gleeful, modern gothic fable, Keanu Reeves plays eager Lomax and Al Pacino is the charismatic firm founder who knows there are cases to be won... and souls to be lost.

    From Lomax's court triumphs and skyrocket rise to its double-twist ending, Devil's Advocate is red-hot entertainment. Lomax's life, wife and soul are on the line. He's landed a job that's Heaven on Earth... which can lead him straight to Hell.

    Special Features: Audio Commentary, Production Notes, Interactive Menus, TV Spots, Theatrical Trailer

    "Devil's Advocate" is rated "R" and has a running time of 144 minutes.

    The X Files

    "The plague to end all plagues..." When a terrorist bomb destroys a building in Dallas, Texas, FBI Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy surpassing anything they've ever encountered. With the dubious assistance of a paranoid doctor (Academy Award winner Martin Landau), Mulder and Scully risk their careers and their lives to hunt down a deadly virus which may be extraterrestrial in origin, and could destroy life on earth.

    Their pursuit of the truth pits them against the mysterious Syndicate, powerful men who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets safe, leading the agents from a cave in Texas, to the halls of the FBI and finally to a secret installation in Antarctica which holds the greatest secret of them all.

    Special Features: Included Trivia Booklet, Additional Footage, Audio Commentary, Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette

    "The X Files" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 121 minutes.

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  • DVD: still waiting after all these years
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We've been hearing about the wonders of dvd for years, yet being able to write a huge amount of data to one of these elusive disks has yet to occur. n In actuality, the DVD Forum, a group that meets to decide on DVD standards, is approaching its sixth year of diligently working out the technical aspects of delivering the DVD-recordable device. For many IT shops, it's been a long and frustrating wait.

    It's hard to believe in this day and age that we are still using tape as our primary archive device. But with no inexpensive, high-volume, near-line storage options available, we are forced to continually archive to tape—which, frankly, is not designed to do the job in our modern computing environments. For example: We stream audio testimony in from 50 of our courtrooms, which is saved to a large hard disk array. The software we use is coded to write to DAT (digital audiotape) drives.

    And currently, our $5,000 Hewlett-Packard DAT drives are lasting an average of one month before the heads are shot. Sure, we can switch to DLT (digital linear tape) drives—at 10 times the cost—but DLT drives are not designed to write nonstop, 24-by-7, either.

    The DVD-ROM contains all the above-mentioned extras, plus:

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Strategy Analytics: DVD Player Shipments to Hit 22 Million Units This Year Revenue Growth of 220% Expected, Say Analysts
    Time: 17:45 EST/22:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, manufacturers will increase worldwide shipments of set-top DVD players by 300% this year. Retail revenues across the three major regions (US, Europe, Japan) will rise by 220% to $7bn. This year's market is being driven by the launch of DVD-based games consoles, and DVD recorders will fuel the momentum from 2001 onwards.

    These conclusions are presented in a study entitled ``World DVD Planning Report'' and published recently by Strategy Analytics within its strategic advisory service, The Interactive Home.

    The report also concludes that DVD will become the standard home video format within five years, largely replacing VHS cassettes. DVD video disc shipments this year will reach nearly 400 million units, and continue to soar to 2.3 billion by 2005, worth $44bn. Including other DVD formats (games, ROM, audio), shipments will reach 3.7bn by 2005, worth nearly $100bn.

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  • Digital Origin Launches Software-based 'Streaming Media Suites' to Empower New Internet Streaming and DVD Producer Market
    Time: 17:43 EST/22:43 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Digital Origin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Media 100 Inc. (NASDAQ: MDEA - news), today announced two new streaming media and DVD production software suites to enable videographers and web designers to produce the highest-quality content for Internet streaming and DVD. By providing the Industry's leading content creation and streaming media tools in affordable production suites, Digital Origin is empowering a whole new category of videographers and web designers to create professional quality content for delivery on the Internet, intranet, CD-ROM, cDVD or DVD.

    With CleanerEditDV Studio and EditDVD Publisher, Digital Origin is delivering best-in-class solutions in convenient and affordable packages for creating and delivering high quality streaming media productions to the Internet and DVD. These products are also available as pre-configured turnkey solutions based on a Compaq Prosignia as part of the PowerGrade Series announced by Media 100 earlier this month.

    ``Digital Origin is integrating some of the most sophisticated Internet streaming and DVD production solutions into a powerful and low-cost, all digital workflow,'' said Mike Micheletti, product manager for Digital Origin. ``We're enabling a new class of independent Internet broadcaster and DVD producer to create professional, high quality streaming media content. Based on the native DV format, designers are guaranteed the highest quality image and seamless compatibility of media files across virtually any player format.''

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  • DVD.com Asks Fans to Cast 'Planet of the Apes' Remake, Offers Exclusive Peek at New Footage From Upcoming 'Evolution' 6-Disc Set
    Time: 17:40 EST/22:40 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    DVD.com, the #1 resource for DVD consumers, is predicting that enthusiasts won't be able to keep their ``damn hands off'' ``Planet of the Apes: Evolution,'' the new six DVD set from Fox Home Entertainment that hits streets August 15. Starting today, the site, part of the Express.com family, is going bananas in celebration of the ``Planet of the Apes'' franchise past and present at http://www.dvd.com/stories/play/apes/default.asp. DVD.com is offering fans the opportunity to check out exclusive sneak peeks of new ``Planet of the Apes'' DVD footage and vote on potential cast choices for the upcoming ``Apes'' remake. Visitors can also monkey around with ``The Ape-licator'' after a hard day in the concrete jungle and enter to win the ``Evolution'' six-disc set.

    Bonus Features: The ``Planet of the Apes: Evolution'' box set reminds viewers of a time when big hair was in, people lived like animals and clothing was optional: the 70's! DVD.com offers first-peek streaming video of the cult-classics ``Planet of the Apes,'' ``Beneath the Planet of the Apes,'' ``Escape from the Planet of the Apes,'' ``Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,'' and ``Battle for the Planet of the Apes'' on DVD plus choice clips from the ``Behind the Planet of the Apes'' documentary bonus disc.

    Casting Couch: With Mark Wahlberg reprising Charlton Heston's role of Col. George Taylor in director Tim Burton's upcoming remake of ``Planet of the Apes,'' DVD.com is inviting fans to vote on celebs it is auditioning on its Casting Couch. Will Dr. Dre beat out Dr. Ruth and Dr. C. Everett Coop for the role of Dr. Zaius? Who will play the next mute girl, Nova? Fans decide in a real-time poll.

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  • Released This Week: Romeo Must Die
    Time: 05:35 EST/10:35 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    They’ve got the weapons. They’ve got the posses. And they’ve got no chance against former Hong Kong cop Han Sing. Gravity-warping martial arts, cool visual effects and an all-star music track combine in this revved-up action movie from producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) and starring Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4) in his first English-language lead role.

    Li plays rough-and-ready Han, who shares an attraction with Trish O’Day (screen-debuting songstress Aaliyah) even though their families are rivals in a fierce Oakland turf battle. The two also share plenty of danger as they try to find the real cause of the blood feud. No gun, no posse? No problem. With Jet Li going to war as only he can, Romeo Must Die is alive and kicking.

    Special Features: Scene Access, DVD-ROM Features, Behind-the-scenes Footage, Interactive Menus, Music Videos, Theatrical Trailer, Filmographies, Web Access

    "Romeo Must Die" is rated "R" and has a running time of 115 minutes.

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  • DVD group: Stop wearing our code!
    Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A geek-chic retailer who printed the source code for a DVD decryption program on T-shirts is the latest target of a lawsuit claiming defendants co-opted the secrets behind DVD encryption.

    The DVD Copy Control Association on Monday added Copyleft LLC to a California lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, taking Copyleft founder Steve Blood by surprise.

    "We've been marketing this since last January," Blood said. "It seems a bit late." According to the subpoena he received Monday, the DVD CCA had trouble locating him, despite the fact that the organization's Web site is easy to find.

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  • 'Matrix' ruler of DVD sales world
    Time: 05:06 EST/10:06 GMT | News Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    More than 3 million DVD units of Warner Bros.' special effects-laden blockbuster "The Matrix" have been sold to consumers since the film's September release, making it the best-selling title in the digital format's short history, according to Warner Home Video.

    While 3 million DVD units doesn't begin to match VHS sell-through records of 30-40 million units for the likes of Paramount Pictures' "Titanic" or the Walt Disney Co.'s "Lion King," the number does put it head and shoulders above the next best-selling DVD titles -- Disney's "Tarzan" and "The Sixth Sense," DreamWorks' "Saving Private Ryan" and New Line's "The Spy Who Shagged Me," according to the VideoScan tracking service.

    "The Matrix" is the first DVD title to top the 3-million-unit milestone, which represents nearly half of the entire estimated installed base of DVD players (7.5 million) in North America; this means that nearly half of all consumers who own a DVD player have purchased the Keanu Reeves starrer.

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  • Oliver Stone's `Any Given Sunday Special Edition Director's Cut' Scores On Sept. 1 With DVD and VHS Debut
    Time: 16:21 EST/21:21 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Oliver Stone's ``Any Given Sunday Special Edition Director's Cut'' -- the Academy Award®-winning director's epic yet intimate look at the modern-day gladiators of the gridiron -- will make its DVD and video premiere Friday, Sept. 1. Six minutes of exciting footage not seen in the film's domestic theatrical release will be featured in both the VHS (available for rent) and the DVD (suggested price $24.98). The DVD has also been significantly re-cut by Oliver Stone and will contain a number of exclusive extras in addition to the extra footage.

    ``Any Given Sunday'' scored more than $75 million at the box-office and boasts the invincible all-star line-up of Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, James Woods, Ann-Margaret, Dick Butkus, Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor and Charlton Heston.

    The ``Any Given Sunday'' DVD added features are:

    • The HBO First Look Special behind-the-scenes documentary, ``Full Contact: The Making of Any Given Sunday''
    • The music video ``Shut em' Down,'' by LL Cool J
    • Cast and crew filmography listings
    • Theatrical trailer

    The DVD-ROM contains all the above-mentioned extras, plus:

    • ``Scoreboard'' -- reviews from selected publications, such as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Sports Illustrated and others, posted on ``The Scoreboard''
    • Direct Web link to the Warner Bros. Studio store and ability to instantly purchase the soundtrack CD
    • Original theatrical Web site archived directly on disc

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