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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY JULY 31, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment to Release Definitive THX Versions of Cult Hit ``Evil Dead II''
    Time: 17:50 EST/22:50 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Anchor Bay Entertainment will release brand-new, THX-approved collector editions of the massive cult hit ``Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn'' on video, DVD and a Limited Edition DVD on Aug. 29.

    The release marks the arrival of the definitive version of the second chapter in the thrilling ``Evil Dead'' trilogy (``The Evil Dead,'' ``Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn'' and ``Army of Darkness''), which has combined video and DVD sales of more than 1.8 million units in the past two years (source: Videoscan). Directed and co-written by Sam Raimi, the trilogy stars Bruce Campbell, who was named one of the top 10 cult stars of the 1990's by Entertainment Weekly.

    The ``Evil Dead II'' THX versions have been fully restored under the supervision of Lucasfilm's THX Digital Mastering Services, resulting in dramatically improved visual clarity and Dolby Surround Sound. They also feature all-new cover artwork utilizing the original poster graphics.

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  • InterVideo's WinDVD Player First To Receive WHQL Certification For Windows Millennium Edition
    Time: 17:45 EST/22:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    InterVideo, Inc. the leading developer of PC video software, today announced that WinDVD, the world's top DVD player, is the first DVD software to receive certification from Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) for Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft's new home and business computer operating system.

    With this certification, WinDVD now carries the Windows-certified logo for all major Microsoft operating systems--Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Millennium -- making it the leading solution for OEMs who are looking to simplify their manufacturing requirements via a single specification. The player passed its test on a Dell Dimension computer system equipped with an ATI Rage 128 Pro graphics card.

    ``Once again InterVideo's WinDVD has proven its compatibility and reliability with the leading operating systems in the world,'' said Chris Grell, WinDVD Program Manager for InterVideo. ``Manufacturers can feel confident in basing all their complex DVD requirements on WinDVD.''

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  • Special Edition of Hitchcock's ``North by Northwest'' Debuts Aug. 29 on DVD & VHS From Warner Home Video
    Time: 17:43 EST/22:43 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    ``North by Northwest'' -- Alfred Hitchcock's sleek masterwork starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason -- will be released for the first time ever on DVD and as a VHS Special Edition on Aug. 29.

    Warner Home Video is distributing the film on DVD for $24.98 SRP and on VHS for $19.98 SRP/$13.95 MAP.

    Nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Screenplay and called ``one of the all-time great entertainments'' by critic Leonard Maltin, ``North by Northwest'' stars Grant as a Manhattan adman mistaken for a spy who escapes kidnapping and dodges a murder frame-up. Eventually, he eludes that notorious low-flying cropduster and, in the film's classic climax, rescues Eva Marie Saint on Mount Rushmore.

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

    "A heart-stopping psychological thriller” (Joel Siegel), this Academy Award-winning film is “one of the best horror movies” (Time) ever. Adapted from a Stephen King novel by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (All The President’s Men) and directed by Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men), this chiller starring Kathy Bates (Titanic) and James Caan (The Godfather) is “a Hitchocockian kind of cat-and-mouse” (The New York Times) game played between two cunning minds – one as sharp as a tack and the other as blunt as a sledgehammer. .

    Novelist Paul Sheldon (Canne) doesn’t remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. Nor does he remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. All he remembers is waking up in the home of Annie Wilkes (Bates) – a maniacal fan who is bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner…for the rest of his "coc-a-doodie" life!

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

    "Misery" is rated "R" and has a running time of 108 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY JULY 28, 2000

 

This Week's Picks

 
  • Universal Studios Home Video and Pseudo Team Up to Create Internet Promotion For 'Beyond the Mat'
    Time: 04:46 EST/09:46 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Universal Studios Home Video and Pseudo Programs, Inc. have joined forces to promote the home video release of ``Beyond the Mat,'' the critically-acclaimed and controversial film that explores the world of professional wrestling, on Pseudo, the original, Internet TV network, (www.pseudo.com). ``Beyond the Mat'' debuts on VHS and DVD on August 22, 2000.

    Beginning this week, Pseudo's website and its recently-launched Real Player channel will include video commercials, as well as banners and buttons on its daily wrestling show, ``Three Minutes of Pain,'' hosted by Pseudo EJ, ``Die Hard'' Derek Gordon. Discussions of the film will also be integrated during Pseudo's live, interactive wrestling-related programming blocks hosted by Gordon. The promotion will continue through August 22.

    ``Universal is smart to leverage the Internet to build a buzz for a controversial movie property, and we're pleased they tapped us for our loyal, streaming video audience,'' said Andrew Budkofsky, VP of Sales for Pseudo. ``We have a solid base of wrestling fans that tune each day for the streaming video shows that 'Die Hard' hosts, and we're happy to offer them a comprehensive look at a film that the WWF very aggressively tried to stop. We'll give Universal the added exposure from our Real Channel, which puts our programming in front of some of the Web's most enthusiastic streaming video fans.''

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  • ActiveDVD Mailing List
    Time: 04:27 EST/09:27 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have been having a small problem with our mailing lists and the new DVD format should be done soon. Thanks for your patience.

    You may sign up here for the HTML mailing list and as soon as it is ready you can all look forward to daily e-mails keeping you up to date with everything that is happening in the world of DVD.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:19 EST/09:19 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Kathy and WillB 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.

    Steel Magnolias: Special Edition

    Six divas of the silver screen – Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts – come together as bosom buddies in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. At The center of the group is Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes could make childbirth life-threatening.

    Terrified and angry at the possibility of losing her only daughter, M’Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field) looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fears of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life.

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Featurette, Production Notes, Audio Commentary, Cast/Crew Bios, Sep. Film Score Audio Track, Deleted Scenes

    "Steel Magnolias: Special Edition" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 119 minutes.

     

    Drowning Mona

    After years of driving the town crazy, Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) drove herself into a river. But when this twist of fate turns out to be an act of murder, Chief of Police Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito) has his work cut out for him.

    The obnoxious Mona is survived by a town full of enemies, aka prime suspects, including her cheating husband (William Fichtner), his mistress (Jamie Lee Curtis), a heartless son (Marcus Thomas), the police chief’s daughter (Neve Campbell) and her fiancé (Casey Affleck). To know Mona Dearly was to hate her, and the big mystery isn’t who would want to see her dead…but who wouldn’t. Now, Chief Rash tries to figure out whom to blame – but the town just wants to know who to thank.

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

    "Drowning Mona" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 96 minutes.

     

    The Arrival

    Radio astronomer Zane Ziminsky believes he's picked up a cosmic noise that signals extraterrestrial intelligence. But after turning over the tape to his boss Phil Gordian, Zane is fired, his girlfriend gets transferred and his partner is found dead from a supposed suicide.

    Zane's desperate search for answers leads him to a mysterious power plant in Mexico generating more than electricity and run by people who are not what they appear to be. Zane is arrested for the murder of a scientist investigating an impending ecological disaster. Escaping custody, Zane carries proof of a world-shattering alien invasion in this intense sci-fi thriller.

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Production Notes, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Cast/Crew Bios

    "The Arrival" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 109 minutes.

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  • SunnComm, Inc. May Have Answer to End CD and DVD Content Piracy
    Time: 4:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    SunnComm, Inc. released more information about its newly acquired technology and its patents (pending).

    Peter H. Jacobs, President and CEO said, ``The company recently acquired ownership to certain patent applications for propriety copy-protection and encryption software which is intended to be used to copy-protect digital music, video and other intellectual properties delivered on compact disk (CD), Digital Video Disk (DVD) or via the Internet. These proprietary technologies, if accepted by the major recording and video duplication companies, may provide the company an opportunity for substantial revenues and with significant annual growth opportunity.''

    Jacobs further commented that, ``These technologies will allow media companies to distribute their content on disk or over the Internet without fear of piracy. A shrink wrapped CD or DVD purchased off-the-shelf which was manufactured using this technology cannot be 'burned' onto another disk or copied to other storage media. Internet content down-loaded to a computer disk, once burned to a CD cannot be re-copied to another disk or other storage media.'' He went on to say, ``These technologies will allow companies to offer their products for sale over the Internet or on disks without any degradation in quality and with built in copy protection. The technology is not format specific; therefore content providers are free to utilize any of the current digital formats available to distribute their product. The downloaded product will meet the music industry audio standards, when recorded on a CD writer at 16-bit, 44.1k bandwidth. No additional hardware or modification to existing CD writers is required,'' he said.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WENESDAY JULY 26, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Spatializer N-2-2 Included in Two New Portable DVD Players From Toshiba Corporation
    Time: 19:42 EST/00:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Spatializer Audio Laboratories Inc. announced today that Toshiba Corporation has incorporated Spatializer N-2-2 Virtual Surround Sound in their first line of portable DVD-ROM/Video Players. Toshiba MED300AS incorporates a 5.8-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with a resolution of 800x480 dots to play DVD without any loss of resolution. The resolution is four times better than that of an amorphous type. The MED200AS is the world smallest and lightest portable DVD video player without a LCD screen. Both models can connect to a PC and feature Spatializer N-2-2 with both on-board speaker (MED300AS) and headphone settings. They can be used as a 4x DVD-ROM drive and 24x CD-ROM drive to read CD-ROM, video CD, music CD, CD-R and CD-RW.

    ``We are pleased that Toshiba Corporation has once again selected Spatializer N-2-2, this time for their exciting new line of portable DVD players,'' said Henry R. Mandell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spatializer Audio Laboratories, Inc. ``We have worked together for quite some time with Toshiba Corporation on their DVD products, but it is always a privilege to be involved with an entirely new product launch, especially with a product of this caliber. Equally exciting for us is the opportunity to showcase our technology in portable devices such as these, including our headphone application of N-2-2. We recently announced our strategic initiative to broaden the use of our applications in the exploding portable digital products market. This is the first in what we believe will be many transactions to expand the use of our DigitalFX(TM) technology. ''

    ``We are most enthusiastic about the launch of our new line of portable DVD-ROM/Video players and are pleased to again be offering our customers Spatializer N-2-2,'' said Hiroyuki Sakamoto, Senior Manager of the newly formed Mobile AV Network Division, Digital Media Equipment & Services Company, Toshiba Corporation. ``Spatializer was the provider who could offer us the best audio enhancement solutions to help us increase our product sales in the global DVD market. Spatializer N-2-2 'has been well received by our customers, and we believe that 'Spatializer N-2-2 adds significant value to our complete range of DVD products and to our customer's entertainment experience.''

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  • DVD Trial Testimony Ends
    Time: 05:18 EST/10:18 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A Manhattan judge indicated Tuesday he was likely to declare what is seemingly banal computer code as a form of expressive content, a distinction that may help bring it First Amendment protection.

    But if U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rules the way he appeared to be leaning in court, it's likely to create some ripples in the DVD industry. The computer code the judge may opt to protect would make it possible for anyone to copy DVDs.

    Kaplan heard the conclusion of testimony Tuesday in a case brought by the motion picture industry to try to stop DVDs from being copied on computers. He will decide the case without a jury after lawyers submit papers in August.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY JULY 25, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Media 100 Announces iFinish DVD Edition, Most Advanced Integrated Content Creation And DVD Production Solution
    Time: 16:34 EST/21:34 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Media 100 Inc., the leading provider of software, systems and services for streaming media on the Internet, today unveiled the iFinish DVD Edition for professional DVD production. The iFinish DVD Edition includes the ability to easily create broadcast-quality video integrated with the industry's most advanced real-time MPEG-2 file creation capability and is the only DVD production solution in-a-box available that provides the control, quality and real-time performance of a complete professional DVD production workflow.

    ``Media 100 is all about enabling our customers to create dynamic video content explicitly for both the Internet and DVD which is rich with interactive features - we call that streaming,'' said Mike Savello, director of marketing at Media 100. ``Designing audio and video content that can take advantage of this interactivity is an important step in creating new and unique experiences for consumers of this content. Media 100 is making it easy to create interactive video content for streaming on the Internet and, with the announcement of the iFinish DVD Edition, for creating interactive DVD titles.''

    The iFinish DVD Edition is built upon Media 100's award winning iFinish product line, the most intuitive, easy-to-use systems for creating the highest quality Internet streaming media and interactive DVD titles. The iFinish DVD Edition includes a new version of DVD authoring software from Sonic Solutions, DVDit! PE (Professional Edition), that combines with the real-time MPEG-2 capability of iFinish to enable rapid, professional-level DVD authoring. In addition to providing 99 menus, professional mastering support, Dolby encoding and widescreen video support, DVDit! PE also supports cDVD(TM), a revolutionary format that allows users to produce DVD titles today using low-cost CD-R media that play back on virtually any PC with a CD-ROM drive.

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  • DPS to Bundle DVD Authoring Solution
    Time: 16:31 EST/21:31 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Digital Processing Systems Inc. (TSE - DPS) announced today that DVD Quick Builder(TM), the DVD authoring package from BernClare Multimedia Inc., will be bundled with dpsVelocity(TM) 7.5, DPS' flagship non-linear editing solution. Combining DVD Quick Builder with the power of dpsVelocity enables users to edit, effect, stream, and produce DVD's of their digital video content all on one unique system, faster and easier than ever before.

    "DVD authoring brings us one step closer to the full realization our eBroadcast(TM) initiative," stated Brick Eksten, Director of Technology at DPS. "Our customers now have the ability to re-purpose their broadcast quality video productions for web streaming video formats, interactive CD-ROM and high- quality DVD formats, without the time consuming steps involved in competing products. The ability to create the interactive DVD format video as part of the overall production process gives our customers a level of productivity that cannot be matched anywhere else. We see DVD video as one of the key distribution formats, and we are excited to include this functionality with dpsVelocity."

    DVD Quick Builder is a straightforward yet significant addition to the dpsVelocity package. Targeted directly at the typical video editor, it offers support for up to two video titles and 99 chapters. Support for DVD Quick Builder has been integrated into the editing environment, allowing editors to mark chapter points directly in the timeline as part of the editing process and thus streamlining the DVD creative process. While DVD Quick Builder is a simple and elegant solution for DVD authoring, output from dpsVelocity is also fully compatible with popular packages such as Sonic DVDit!(TM) and Spruce Virtuoso(TM), allowing users to work with whichever authoring software they prefer.

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

    In this must-see comedy hit, two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested and charged with murder. Fortunately, one of them has a lawyer in the family – Vincent Gambini (Joe Pesci), a former auto mechanic from Brooklyn who has never been in court – or in Alabama.

    When cousin Vinny arrives with his leather-clad girlfriend (Marisa Tomei in her Oscar–winning performance) to handle his first case, it’s a real shock – for him and the Deep South!

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

    "My Cousin Vinny" is rated "R" and has a running time of 120 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY JULY 24, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Man Denies Wrongdoing in DVD Case
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A man accused by the motion picture industry of trying to sabotage its efforts to prevent DVDs from being copied on computers says he is a journalist, not a computer expert, and provides a public service.

    ``I've never taken a computer course or anything like that,'' Eric Corley told U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan during two days of testimony that concluded Friday in a civil trial in Manhattan. ``I consider myself a journalist.''

    The judge, hearing the case without a jury, must decide whether the eight major movie studios can stop Corley from making software available online or posting links to it so that people can copy DVDs.

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

    “Leonardo DiCaprio is electrifying” (David Sheehan, CBS-TV) in this adrenaline-drenched, tantalizingly seductive thriller from the director of Trainspotting. Richard (DiCaprio), a young American backpacker, is willing to risk his life for just one thing: that mind-blowing rush you can only get from braving the ultimate adventure. But on a secret, deceptively perfect beach, Richard will discover that “heaven on earth” can instantly change into a jungle of seduction and danger.

    Co-starring sexy newcomer Virginie Ledoyen, this “journey to the unexpected, full of surprises, twists and turns, love and romance, lust and desire” (Maria Sallas, Gems) explores the hidden perils and dark places that lurk just beyond he shores of paradise…

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Music Videos, Audio Commentary, Story Boards, Deleted Scenes, Scene Access, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots

    "The Beach" is rated "R" and has a running time of 119 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY JULY 21, 2000

 

This Week's Picks

 
  • Quartet of R.E.M. Music Home Videos Set for Release on DVD August 22nd
    Time: 12:59 EST/17:59 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Warner Reprise Video announces the release of four classic R.E.M. home video titles on DVD. Set for release on August 22nd are the DVD titles Pop Screen, Parallel, This Film Is On and Tourfilm.

    Originally released in 1990, Pop Screen and Tourfilm each received gold sales certification and include some of R.E.M.'s most popular hits. Tracks from the band's first Warner Bros. album, 1988's Green, such as ``Stand'' and ``Pop Song 89'' are joined by classic R.E.M. tracks including ``The One I Love'' and ``It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).'' Following Green, R.E.M. went on tour in 1989 and to document the occasion Tourfilm was released the next year. Tourfilm brings together highlights from several cities, including live performances of ``Stand,'' ``The One I Love,'' ``Finest Worksong'' and ``Get Up.''

    R.E.M.'s first quadruple-platinum album, 1991's Out Of Time sparked the gold-certified This Film Is On home video released that same year. ``Losing My Religion,'' which won the Best Music Video Grammy, and ``Shiny Happy People'' became instant classics. This Film Is On also features the ``MTV Unplugged'' versions of ``Losing My Religion'' and ``Love Is All Around.''

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  • WMME Manufacture in Excess of 25 Million Macrovision Copy Protected DVDs
    Time: 06:54 EST/11:54 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Macrovision UK Ltd., a subsidiary of Macrovision Corporation of Sunnyvale, California and Warner Music Manufacturing Europe (WMME), a pan-European DVD-Video manufacturer fully licensed to incorporate Macrovision's proprietary copy protection technology, announced today that WMME have manufactured over 25 million Copy-Protected DVD-Video discs to date.

    Macrovision's DVD copy protection is designed to prevent unauthorized copying of DVD programming to VCRs without impacting the original picture. It is now used on most DVD titles being released and is the only technology of its kind that is currently available to protect against unauthorized copying from DVD players to VCRs. The majority of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) studios copy protect all of their DVDs. Macrovision's DVD copy protection has been utilized on over 75 percent of all DVD discs manufactured worldwide since 1997 (i.e., over 180 million DVDs to-date).

    Cappi Frenger, Director of Sales & Customer Service at WMME said: ``Most of our customers require their property to be copy protected and use Macrovision as a suitable means for their content protection. We are pleased to be a Macrovision-licensed company, as the respect for and protection of all our customers' intellectual property rights is a very significant and central part of our corporate values and ethics.''

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Susan and Daniel 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 Princess Bride

    A fantastical escape into a world of swashbuckling swordsmen and gallant heroes, The Princess Bride is extraordinary entertainment for the whole family. Filled with “romanticism, adventure and a liberal shot of humor” (People), this innovative film from producer/director Rob Reiner and Academy Award–winning screenwriter William Goldman stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin. Featuring brilliant cameo appearance by Peter Falk, Billy Crystal and more, and boasting “wonderful scenes and character vignettes” (Leonard Maltin), this lovable film is a fantasy everyone will adore!

    When Westley (Elwes) leaves to seek his fortune, his true love, Buttercup (Wright), is captured by an evil prince. Will Westley return in time to save her? Can he battle the wizards, warriors and pirates set in his way? You’ll find out in this “wonderfully inventive” (Los Angeles Times) film for all ages!

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

    "The Princess Bride" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 98 minutes.

     

    Sleepy Hollow

    Master storyteller Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands) weaves an eerie, enchanting version of the classic tale of horror. Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane, an eccentric investigator determined to stop the Headless Horseman. Christina Ricci is Katrina Van Tassel, the beautiful and mysterious girl with secret ties to the supernatural terror.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Cast/Crew Bios, Photo Gallery, Theatrical Trailer, Audio Commentary, Interviews, Interactive Menus, Featurette

    "Sleepy Hollow" is rated "R" and has a running time of 105 minutes.

     

    The Hurricane: Collector's Edition

    Academy Award winner Denzel Washington plays Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a man who, in the prime of his boxing career, finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter’s published memoir, The Sixteenth Round, inspired a teenager (Vicellous Reon Shannon) from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists (Deborah Kara Unger, John Hannah, Liev Schreiber) who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence.

    Their extraordinary efforts ultimately secure his release, leaving Hurricane to sum up his 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit by simply stating, "Hate got me into this place, love got me out." Don't miss the movie Rolling Stone called "a stirring fight for freedom! Denzel Washington at his powerful, poignant best!"

    Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Scene Access, Audio Commentary, Cast/Crew Bios, DVD-ROM Features, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes, Interactive Menus

    "The Hurricane: Collector's Edition" is rated "R" and has a running time of 146 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: Wednesday July 19, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • QPS Bundles Retrospect Backup Software With All Computer Storage Products
    Time: 18:35 EST/23:35 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Dantz Development Corporation and QPS, Inc. (www.qps-inc.com ) announced today that QPS will bundle Dantz's award-winning Retrospect® Express Backup software with all of their Que! CD-RW and DVD-RAM drives. The bundle gives customers using either Mac OS or Microsoft Windows an ideal storage solution, complete with flexible backup and restore capabilities, without being required to purchase additional software.

    ``With Retrospect Express Backup, we're giving our customers an alternative backup method that will take their CD recording to the next level,'' said Pierre Abboud, QPS vice president. ``This valuable tool provides the ability to do unattended incremental backups with flexible media rotation. Retrospect Express, used with our colored Que! Savers CDs, will provide our customers with a complete, professional color-coded digital filing system.''

    ``Que! Savers come in five colors and allow the use of a different colored CD for each day of the week,'' continued Abboud. ``Using Retrospect Express, users simply select the volumes they want to back up and schedule the backup days and times. Then, they insert the colored CD assigned for that day. The entire backup process is now automated.''

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  • I/OMagic Jumps Ahead of Competition With Release of Industry's First 16X DVD Drive Into the Retail Marketplace
    Time: 18:33 EST/23:33 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    I/OMagic Corp., a leading developer and marketer of peripheral PC products, Wednesday announced that it recently released the industry's first 16X DVD-ROM drive into the retail marketplace.

    The MagicDVD 16X reads all popular DVD and CD formats and features transfer rates of up to 21.6MB/sec for DVD-ROM data and up to 6MB/s for CD data.

    ``DVD offers consumers the highest quality digital sound and video for their computers,'' said Mike Dendo, vice president of Sales & Marketing for I/OMagic. ``We expect our market share to increase exponentially as I/OMagic already enjoys a strong brand presence in this category.''

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  • EchoStar's New DISH DVD Model 5422 Satellite Television Systems Available Soon
    Time: 18:31 EST/23:31 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    EchoStar Communications Corporation demonstrated today at the annual Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association industry trade show in Las Vegas the world's first combination satellite television receiver with a built-in Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) player -- DISH DVD Model 5422.

    The DISH DVD satellite TV receiver with a DISH 500 system will be available to consumers for only $399 during late summer 2000.

    DISH DVD offers consumers two home theater components in one, providing a convenient, affordable way to watch their favorite DVD movies as well as hundreds of channels of popular DISH Network programming, such as Discovery, ESPN, Disney and more, all with crisp pictures and crystal-clear, CD-quality sound.

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  • Testimony heats up DVD case
    Time: 18:29 EST/23:29 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sparks flew in New York District Court Tuesday as judge and counsel traded barbs over software that lets users decrypt and potentially copy the digital content of a DVD.

    With opening arguments out of the way on Monday, Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday continued to hear witness testimony in a lawsuit brought by some of the industry's biggest studios against Eric Corley (aka Emmanuel Goldstein). His hacker news site, www.2600.org, offers hundreds of links to the decryption program, called DeCSS.

    But the proceedings were punctuated by demands from a frustrated Kaplan to both attorneys that they refrain from getting bogged down in either technological minutiae or the deep-seated passions underlying the issues of piracy and free speech.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: Tuesday July 18, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • ActiveDVD Mailing List
    Time: 17:15 EST/22:15 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    To the delight of many of our viewers we be starting our ActiveDVD Mailing List.

    You may sign up here for the HTML mailing list and starting next week you can all look forward to daily e-mails keeping you up to date with everything that is happening in the world of DVD.

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  • ASACA Unveils DVD-RAM Library Capable of Delivering Nearly 30 Days of Nonstop DVD-Video Playback
    Time: 17:14 EST/22:14 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    At DVD Pro 2000 this week, ASACA Corporation unveiled its new TeraCart® Digital Virtual Storage Library that incorporates Panasonic second-generation 9.4GB DVD-RAM drives and media. Demonstrated in Panasonic's Booth 313, the new TeraCart Libraries can be configured with 1 to 192 DVD-RAM drives and up to 11,600 double-sided 9.4GB DVD-RAM discs to provide capacities ranging from 2.3TB to more than 109TB.

    Available for about the same total system cost as a tape system, the ASACA DVD-RAM Storage Systems bring interactive, broadcast-quality video and audio storage within the reach of businesses and government agencies for training, sales and marketing presentations, education, entertainment and archiving applications. Unlike tape, DVD-RAM provides random access -- there's no waiting while the tape rewinds, and the quality of the videos stored on DVD-RAM doesn't deteriorate over time as it does with tape. The libraries are also excellent high-performance, economical storage/retrieval solutions for business data and knowledge management applications.

    Library configurations range from 230 hours to over 10,800 hours of MPEG-2 video. A standalone ASACA 750-disc (9.4GB per disc) DVD-RAM library at a rate of 22.16Mb/sec will provide a total play time of more than 700 hours of video -- enough for 29 days of nonstop playback. With a transfer rate of 2.78MB/sec and up to 12 rewritable drives online, the ASACA library enables TV stations to program and edit in advance and to queue-up digital data files to be played in sequence.

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  • Released This Week: The Ninth Gate
    Time: 06:08 EST/11:08 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Johnny Depp unlocks the gates to hell in Roman Polanski’s newest thriller. Depp stars as Dean Corso, an unscrupulous rare book dealer who is hired to locate the last remaining copies of The Nine Gates, a demonic manuscript that can summon the Devil. Corso becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving murder, theft and satanic ritual, and ultimately finds himself confronting the devil incarnate.

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Scene Access, Featurette, TV Spots, Story Boards, Sep. Film Score Audio Track, Theatrical Trailer, Audio Commentary, Cast/Crew Bios

    "The Ninth Gate" is rated "R" and has a running time of 133 minutes.

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  • DeCSS in court: DVDs can be cracked
    Time: 05:35 EST/10:35 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A university professor testified on Monday in New York Federal Court that DeCSS, a program that decrypts the protections on digital video disks will quickly lead to rampant copying of movies -- just as music is being copied and traded over Napster .

    "It is clear what is going on in the music industry is that music files are being compressed and traded," said Michael I. Shamos, a professor of computer science and the director of the Universal Library project at Carnegie Mellon University. "It is completely clear to me that the same is being done with video that is happening to music."

    Shamos' testimony is the first step toward proving that DeCSS is a tool with the primary purpose, according to eight major movie studios that are the plaintiffs in the case, of allowing people to pirate their movies.

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  • Hollywood Gangs Up on DVD Hacker
    Time: 05:27 EST/10:27 GMT | News Source: E! Online | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Hollywood's top film studios see the future. And they're hoping, praying (and suing) to make sure it doesn't look anything like the music industry's current battle with Napster .

    In what studios hope will stem the spread of DVD piracy on the Internet, testimony got underway today in the Motion Picture Association of America's case against alleged hacker Eric Corley, who's accused of spreading information about how to crack the encryption code on DVDs.

    Corley, who also goes by the name Emmanuel Goldstein (the hero from the George Orwell novel 1984), is the publisher of 2600.com , a magazine and Website dedicated to hacker news and information. But the studios--which include Universal, Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros.--targeted Corley after he began publicizing the source code for DeCSS (Decode Content Scrambling System), a free software utility that allows users to bypass encryption codes and copy DVDs onto their computers.

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  • Notebook buyers latch on to DVD for movies to go
    Time: 05:21 EST/10:21 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    For most people the answer is "no." DVD drive sales have failed to take off as quickly as expected, with few consumers excited about watching movies on PCs, according to analysts.

    But DVD has become the drive of choice on notebooks, with more and more bored business travelers preferring to watch last year's Oscar winners on long flights over losing at solitaire.

    "People are not watching movies on their PCs--it's a relative few," Dataquest analyst Mary Craig said. "But on the other hand, demand is quite a bit higher on notebooks."

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: Monday July 17, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • 'Jaws' 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD Creates Feeding Frenzy Among Consumers
    Time: 19:30 EST/00:30 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Twenty-five years after breaking box-office records as the first film to gross more than $100 million, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster, ``Jaws,'' is once again making a huge splash -- this time on the DVD front. Overwhelming consumer demand for the ``Jaws'' Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD release has resulted in an industry first for Universal Studios Home Video and an impressive feat for a title that has never stopped thrilling audiences for over two decades.

    ``In 1975, 'Jaws' captivated audiences like no other film that came before it,'' said Craig Kornblau, president, Universal Studios Home Video. ``Twenty-five years later, the film still fascinates people as evidenced by the incredible demand for the Collector's Edition DVD and video. With the success of this release, Universal now has six DVD titles that have shipped in excess of a million units, more than any other studio has enjoyed.''

    The five other DVD titles distributed by Universal Studios Home Video that have shipped over a million units include ``The Mummy,'' ``American Pie,'' ``End of Days,'' and the DreamWorks releases ``Galaxy Quest'' and ``Saving Private Ryan.''

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  • InterActual Announces InterActual Player 2.0
    Time: 19:27 EST/00:27 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    InterActual® Technologies today debuts at the DVD Pro 2000 conference its next generation software, InterActual Player 2.0, for multi-platform support of DVD and the web. The successor to the popular PCFriendly(TM) software, InterActual Player 2.0 includes support for both the Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems, and also provides a common platform for the design of Internet-enhanced DVDs and CDs for use on upcoming web-connected DVD consumer electronics players and appliances. InterActual Player 2.0 is the first software application to bridge the worlds of DVD and the Internet in a single, cross-platform environment.

    Having shipped on over 30 million DVDs worldwide, InterActual PCFriendly software is the industry standard solution for providing ROM features and web connectivity to DVD titles. Some of the best-selling DVDs of all time include InterActual PCFriendly software, including The Abyss Collector's Edition, American Pie, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Blair Witch Project, The Matrix, The Mummy, Stuart Little, Walt Disney's Tarzan and over 200 other titles. InterActual Player 2.0 software is fully backwards compatible with all PCFriendly titles.

    ``It's the best of all worlds,'' remarked Todd Collart, President and CEO of InterActual. ``By combining the immediacy and personalization of the Internet with the unsurpassed video quality of DVD, we're enabling content developers from all industries to create an experience that simply wasn't possible before.''

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  • Spruce Technologies Introduces DVDTransfer System to Automate Video to DVD Transfers
    Time: 19:25 EST/00:25 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Spruce Technologies today introduced DVDTransfer(TM), the world's first standalone system for automatically transferring video directly to DVD. The turnkey package is making its debut at the DVDPro 2000 Conference and Expo, Booth 201, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA.

    ``Clients are increasingly specifying that post houses deliver dubs of spots and programs on DVD,'' said John Shike, Director of Marketing. ``Many of our customers also have a growing need to transfer their massive video libraries to DVD for permanent archiving. Previously this meant tying up a valuable DVD authoring workstation and a skilled compressionist for countless hours to facilitate this otherwise routine operation. With DVDTransfer, a very simple GUI enables anyone to click on a few options and press `Start.' The system was specifically designed to be run by non-technical staff and requires almost no training. Using DVDTransfer, making the `DVD dub' is as easy as using a VTR.''

    DVDTransfer was designed to meet the broad range of applications that require an efficient and simple process of transferring video to DVD including film and video dailies, client copies of commercials, conversion of home movies and videos, and video archiving. DVDTransfer allows output directly to DVD-R for immediate results, to DLT for replication and to hard drive as a disk image.

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  • SpectraDisc Corporation, a Spectra Science Subsidiary, Demonstrates Key Technology For Tamper Proofing of Limited-Play DVDs
    Time: 19:22 EST/00:22 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    SpectraDisc Corporation, a subsidiary of Spectra Science Corporation, continues to improve the technology for manufacturing and tamper prevention of its recently developed, limited- play DVD prototype.

    ``We are impressed with SpectraDisc's limited-play technologies and, particularly with the recently demonstrated approach to tamper proofing that prevents the information on the disk from being recovered for continued use. This is critical to the commercial viability of any limited-play product,'' said Robert Pfannkuch, President of Panasonic Disc Services Corporation. ``We are aggressively evaluating all of the SpectraDisc's coatings for a limited- play disc and may adopt one of them in the near future for the development of a manufacturing protocol.''

    SpectraDisc announced in January that a working DVD prototype had been developed and is working with key replicators to refine the design and manufacturability of the technology. ``One of the key issues we solved was the concern that tampering and removal of this coating could compromise the integrity of any limited-play mechanism. We are pleased to be working with Panasonic towards a commercial relationship,'' said Nabil Lawandy, President and CEO of Spectra Science Corporation.

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  • Sonic eDVD Debuts With InterActual Player 2.0
    Time: 19:20 EST/00:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions today announced at the DVD Pro 2000 conference that its eDVD technology, which seamlessly connects DVD and the Web, will use InterActual Technologies Inc.'s new 2.0 player and engine technologies. The new eDVD player application will be included as an output option in all Sonic DVD authoring applications. InterActual's player is the only multi-platform solution that seamlessly combines the high-bandwidth video of DVD with the immediacy of the Internet in a single browser.

    ``InterActual's cross-platform technology will give our users tremendous flexibility in delivering fully-compatible eDVD content,'' said Giles Baker, product manager for DVD Creator at Sonic Solutions. ``This is the only solution that ensures that DVD developers can create web-enabled titles that will play in any environment: Mac, PC or Internet-connected set-top.''

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  • Tracer Technologies Announces Support for Panasonic's 9.4GB DVD-RAM in Linux, UNIX Environments
    Time: 19:18 EST/00:18 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Tracer Technologies, Inc., a division of BakBone Software (TSE:BKB, OTCBB:BKBOF), and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. announced at DVD Pro 2000 today that Tracer's Magna software for DVD-RAM stand-alone drives and MagnaVault(TM) software for DVD jukeboxes will support the forthcoming release of Panasonic's second-generation rewritable DVD drives. MagnaVault optimizes the performance of the industry standard DVD-RAM drive while providing UNIX and Linux users with transparent access to 4.7GB (single-sided) and 9.4GB (double-sided) DVD-RAM media.

    An integral part of BakBone Software's Storage Management Initiative, Tracer Technologies offers a full range of data management solutions for corporate file, database and video server applications. The latest addition to Tracer's XFS file system suite, the Universal Disk Format (UDF) file system, provides a standardized means for interchanging a DVD-RAM file between heterogeneous operating systems.

    Tracer's MagnaVault, which includes a high-performance UNIX device driver and enhanced file system software for stand-alone DVD-RAM drives, is targeted for CAD/CAM/CAE applications, as well as graphics and video production where designers collaborate on projects.

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  • Released This Week: The Whole Nine Yards
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    There goes the neighborhood – in a pine box. When hit man Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski moves into a comfy suburb, everyone’s suddenly in danger of pushing up daisies. And it’s not all Jimmy’s doing, either.

    Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny) directs and a top cast packs heat in this manic comedy about life, love and plenty of ammo. Bruce Willis is Jimmy, whose arrival sparks a chain reaction in which just about everybody wants to clip somebody else. Matthew Perry plays a hapless dentist who finds a way to get on the Tulip’s good and bad sides. And Rosanna Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Natasha Henstridge, Amanda Peet and Kevin Pollak add to the wacky and whacked fun of “a laugh riot.” --Larry King, USA Today

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

    "The Whole Nine Yards" is rated "R" and has a running time of 99 minutes.

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  • New York Court Case Pits Hollywood Vs. Hackers
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The motion picture industry hopes to stem a potential flood of digital video piracy in a civil case set to open on Monday in which Hollywood studios have accused a computer journalist with violating a still untested 1998 federal law that aims to protect digital media.

    Eric Corley, publisher of 2600 (), a top magazine and Web site of the computer hacker underground, is set to stand trial for spreading a utility that allows digital video disks (DVDs) to be copied and transmitted over the Web.

    The plaintiffs in the case, which include Hollywood's eight biggest movie studios -- Universal, MGM, Time-Warner and their rivals -- are seeking to stop Corley from republishing the software code that unlocks the media scrambling within DVDs. The trial will take place in federal court in Manhattan before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY JULY 14, 2000

 

This Week's Picks

 
  • The Video Software Dealers Association Announces the First Titles to Receive DVD Certifications for Outstanding Sales Performance
    Time: 18:37 EST/23:37 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) announced the first eight titles to qualify under its new DVD Certification Program to recognize outstanding sales performance of DVD titles. These titles were announced during the Association's 19th Annual Convention last week in Las Vegas by VSDA President Bo Andersen.

    The VSDA announced the launch of its DVD Certification Program on March 17, 2000. Similar to the record industry's long-standing sales awards, DVD sales certifications are awarded at three levels that are defined as the number of DVD product units sold in the United States (shipped units minus returns).

    ``We are extremely proud to be able to recognize titles which have attained these outstanding sales figures. These impressive sales numbers reinforce the incredible acceptance of this format by consumers and the renewed vigor and excitement that DVD has brought to the home video industry,'' said Andersen.

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  • The Video Software Dealers Association Announces the Inaugural DVD Festival 2000 Award Winners at its 19th Annual Home Entertainment Convention and Expo!
    Time: 18:35 EST/23:35 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The first annual DVD Festival culminated on Monday with the announcement of the winners of the DVD Festival 2000 Awards. The awards presentation was hosted by famed comedian Pauly Shore.

    Warner Home Video walked away with the most awards, four, while Dreamworks secured three and Columbia-TriStar two. Anchor Bay Entertainment, MGM and Pioneer Entertainment each took home one. Warner Home Video's ``Contact'' tied for ``Best Use of Audio/Language Tracks'' with Columbia-TriStar Home Video's ``Run Lola Run.''

    Over 100 entries were received to vie for just eleven categories. A 16 member blue-ribbon panel made up of home entertainment journalists from across the nation were selected to judge the entries. They included Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly; Kevin Brass, Video Store; Al Brumley, Dallas Morning News; Eileen Fitzpatrick, Billboard; Chris Gore, host of ``The New Movie Show'' on FX; Guido Henkel, dvdreview.com; Scott Hettrick, Video Business and Daily Variety; Jeffrey Howard, ``The Movie Guys''; Bill Hunt, digitalbits.com; Laurence Lerman, Video Business; Donald Liebenson, The Chicago Tribune; Leonard Maltin, ``Entertainment Tonight''; Mike Mayo, Author of VideoHound's Guide to DVD; Scott McKim, The Hollywood Reporter; Gary Reber, Widescreen Review; and Ralph Tribbey, The DVD Release Report.

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  • Disney.com Unveils Exclusive Sneak Peek of ''Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins'' at www.buzzlightyear.com
    Time: 18:31 EST/23:31 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Walt Disney Home Video, Walt Disney Television Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disney.com blast visitors into cyberspace for a brand-new video voyage with Buzz Lightyear, one of America's most lovable heroes, at www.buzzlightyear.com . The ``Toy Story'' space ranger stars in a new action-adventure ``BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND: The Adventure Begins,'' a feature-length traditional, hand-drawn animated film showcasing the intergalactic adventures of Buzz Lightyear, defender of the universe.

    Disney and Pixar present the movie's official site at www.buzzlightyear.com, where fans will get an unprecedented sneak peek at Buzz Lightyear's upcoming saga that premieres on video and DVD August 8, 2000. This hilarious preview marks the first time ever that fans are able to check out a movie trailer exclusively online for a Walt Disney Home Entertainment straight-to-video release.

    Fans can view the movie trailer exclusively by Apple's QuickTime and get a glimpse of Buzz Lightyear's intergalactic struggle with the Evil Emperor Zurg. QuickTime is Apple's standards-based technology for streaming audio and video over the Internet.

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  • Critics Denounce 'Jaws' Ads
    Time: 06:39 EST/11:39 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    ``Jaws'' movie posters displayed on beach trash cans and lifeguard stations have critics snapping that the toothy posters frighten children.

    Youngsters and beachgoers who don't speak English might mistake the advertisements for a warning, they argue, even though shark attacks are virtually unheard of here.

    ``This is offensive. Certainly, it's inappropriate,'' said beach activist Howard Bennett. He said his 3-year-old granddaughter refused to swim after seeing an ad on a trash barrel.

    The posters are part of a national ad campaign promoting this week's release of ``Jaws'' on digital video disc, or DVD, 25 years after the debut of the horror movie about a giant shark that terrorizes a New England resort.

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  • ActiveDVD Mailing List
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    To the delight of many of our viewers we be starting our ActiveDVD Mailing List.

    You may sign up here for the HTML mailing list and starting next week you can all look forward to daily e-mails keeping you up to date with everything that is happening in the world of DVD.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Wayne and Noreen 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.

    Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

    It is the 23rd century. The Federation starship U.S.S. Enterprise is on routine training maneuvers, and Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) seems resigned to the fact that this inspection may well be the last space mission of his career. But Khan is back.

    Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban) – brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth – has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top-secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk…with the threat of a universal Armageddon! Co-starring Kirstie Alley (Cheers) in her stunning motion picture debut.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer

    "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 112 minutes.

     

    Far And Away

    Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in the critically-acclaimed romantic adventure from director Ron Howard. This breathtaking epic opens on the west coast of Ireland, 1892. Joseph Donelly (Cruise), a poor tenant farmer, is determined to bring an oppressive landlord to justice. Instead, he finds himself accompanying the landlord's daughter, Shannon (Kidman), to America in a quest for land. Arriving in Boston, Joseph finds a place for them to live while proving a natural at bare-fisted boxing.

    But his triumph is short-lived as he and Shannon are thrown out into the bitter cold. Joseph sets off for work on the railroad, until a passing wagon train reminds him of his original goal to possess his own land. Preparing to stake his claim in the new territory, he runs into Shannon, who is unhappily reunited with her former fiance. In the excitement of the Oklahoma land rush, they realize their dreams of land and life together in this grand-scale adventure.

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

    "Far And Away" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 134 minutes.

     

    The River Wild

    Hang on tight for a suspense-filled action-thriller starring Oscar-winner Meryl Streep in a stunning performance that will take your breath away! Streep portrays a former river guide who arranges a white-water rafting trip to celebrate her son's birthday and salvage her shaky marriage.

    Her skills and courage are soon put to the test when three mysterious strangers threaten to turn their vacation into a living hell. Also starring Kevin Bacon and David Strathairn, this "pulse-pounding thrill ride" (Rolling Stone Magazine) explodes with action, suspense and unforgettable storytelling from the director of L.A. Confidential.

    Special Features: Cast/Crew Bios, Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Film Highlights, Production Notes

    "The River Wild" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 113 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: Thursday JULY 13, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Warner Home Video Announces the Cosmic Event of the Year With the Release of the New, Feature-Length Movie ``Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders''
    Time: 17:59 EST/22:59 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    On October 3, get ready for the side-splitting sleuthing of Scooby and the gang as Warner Home Video (WHV) presents the all-new, feature-length, direct-to-video movie ``Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders'' on VHS and DVD. Just in time for Halloween, the DVD includes a variety of special features including the making-of-the movie, the making-of-a Scooby-Doo video game, sample interactive games and Scooby's steps to solving a mystery.

    A cosmic case of UFOs, intergalactic intrigue and out-of-this-world romance launches Scooby, Shaggy and the Mystery, Inc. kids into their most unearthly adventure ever! Stranded in a remote desert town, the gang soon discovers the place is crawling with flying saucer buffs, secret scientists ... and less-than-friendly extra-terrestrials! Then, after being chased by ornery aliens and beamed aboard a UFO, something even weirder happens to Shaggy and Scooby - they fall head-over-heels for a beautiful photographer and her captivating canine companion! Now, as clues to the mystery of the alien invaders lead from a top-secret government research base to a huge network of caves hidden under the town, our love-struck heroes join the rest of the gang in a race to crack a case that re-defines the term ``far out!''

    Available for $24.98 on DVD and for $19.96 on VHS, ``Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders'' stars the voice talents of Mark Hamill (``Star Wars'') and Scott Innes (``Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost,'' ``Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island'') and features one of today's hottest artists, Jennifer Love Hewitt (``Party of Five,'' ``I Know What You Did Last Summer''), singing the legendary Scooby-Doo theme song.

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  • The DVD Cyber Center Launches New Web Site DVDCC.COM
    Time: 17:58 EST/22:58 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The DVD Cyber Center announces the launch of its new website located at <http://www.dvdcc.com> as part of its continued effort to bringing top-notch online content and information about DVD technology to the general public.

    The all new domain and look was created by the in-house staff to allow easier updating, a more appealing look and to expand it's coverage and content. The new site has even more reviews of DVD discs, an online forum, and reviews of movies now in the theatre and more.

    ``This is great day for the DVD community on the Internet,'' says John Randall, Editor of DVDCC.COM. ``We have been around for years now watching DVD popularity grow, and we are still committed to bringing free online content about DVD for many years to come.''

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  • Sonic Certifies NewWave's MultiDVD System for Short Run DVD Duplication
    Time: 17:55 EST/22:55 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    NewWave Technologies announced that Sonic Solutions, the leader in DVD authoring tools, has certified their MultiDVD system.

    NewWave's MultiDVD system provides Sonic customers a time saving and cost effective option for in house, short run DVD duplicating.

    NewWave's MultiDVD system combines the Ultera MultiMaster patented array controller technology and the latest generation of DVD-R drives from Pioneer New Media Technologies. Ultera's DVD-R controller synchronizes the duplication process across multiple drives. Their controller appears as a single SCSI device to a Sonic DVD Authoring station or software application.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 12th July 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • Upcoming Releases
    Time: 18:30 EST/23:30 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have added a small list of some of the upcoming DVD Titles and there release dates.

    This will be updated frequently so keep an eye out for more new titles.

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  • Millennium Group Proposes New Comprehensive Watermarking System for Digital-to-Digital Video Copy Protection
    Time: 17:55 EST/22:55 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Millennium Group (Digimarc, Macrovision, and Philips) announced today that they would be offering the motion picture industry a combined digital watermarking and play-control system for new DVD recorders and other consumer electronics or PC-based devices that have the capability of recording or playing digital video.

    Watermarking adds an imperceptible copy protection fingerprint to digital video that will trigger complementary watermark detectors integrated in the next generation of digital video recording devices. The watermark serves as a copy-control mechanism. To further bolster system security, the new Millennium proposal also provides a play-control mechanism that complements the copy-control mechanism. This is accomplished with Wobbletrack(TM), a new proprietary method of manufacturing authentic DVD discs. When the Wobbletrack(TM) feature is combined with the copy-control watermark, the two will allow playback devices to discriminate between authentic and illegally copied discs and prevent playback of the illegal copies. The new Millennium proposal will also provide a copy-once watermark re-marking technology for applications in which one copy of a video program is allowed.

    ``To facilitate and accelerate the introduction of next generation digital recording devices, we have decided to offer the new Millennium solution to the industry with patent indemnification guarantees that we believe will be acceptable to all users,'' said John Ryan, Macrovision's Chairman and CEO. ``The Millennium Group is offering a complete copy protection solution to the motion picture, CE, and PC industry that will allow consumers and the industry to benefit from the latest advances in digital video.''

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News Headlines For Tuesday 11th July 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • Sharp, Pioneer Team Up to Develop DVD Recorders
    Time: 06:28 EST/11:28 GMT | News Source: Excite | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Japanese electronics firms Sharp Corp and Pioneer Corp set their sights on a bigger share of the growing DVD recorder market on Tuesday with an agreement to cooperate on digital products.

    "We are aiming at integrating our technologies and efficiently developing digital products whose growth potential is substantial," said Magohiro Aramoto, vice president of Sharp.

    Sharp, one of Japan's leading consumer electronics makers, will integrate its semiconductor laser and video signal processing technologies with the DVD recording and playback technology of Pioneer, a top audio equipment maker.

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  • Released This Week: The Hurricane: Collector's Edition
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Academy Award winner Denzel Washington plays Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a man who, in the prime of his boxing career, finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter’s published memoir, The Sixteenth Round, inspired a teenager (Vicellous Reon Shannon) from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists (Deborah Kara Unger, John Hannah, Liev Schreiber) who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence.

    Their extraordinary efforts ultimately secure his release, leaving Hurricane to sum up his 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit by simply stating, "Hate got me into this place, love got me out." Don't miss the movie Rolling Stone called "a stirring fight for freedom! Denzel Washington at his powerful, poignant best!"

    Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Scene Access, Audio Commentary, Cast/Crew Bios, DVD-ROM Features, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes, Interactive Menus

    "The Hurricane: Collector's Edition" is rated "R" and has a running time of 146 minutes.

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News Headlines For Monday 10th July 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • At Mid-Year, DVD-Video On Target to Beat Earlier Projections
    Time: 17:32 EST/22:32 GMT | News Source: Yahoo! | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Based on the performance year-to-date, the DVD-Video industry is on target to beat all earlier industry sales projections.

    According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), in the first half of 2000 DVD player shipments were 2.7 million units. This is more than double the number shipped in the first half of 1999. This represents incremental shipments of 1.4 million units as compared to the same six-month period in 1999.

    If growth continues at this rate, there will be more than 9 million DVD-Video players shipped to United States retailers in calendar 2000, bringing the total units shipped since inception to more than 14 million.

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  • Pinnacle Systems Ships Family of Professional DVD Editing And Authoring Products
    Time: 17:32 EST/22:32 GMT | News Source: Yahoo! | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Pinnacle Systems, Inc. began volume shipments of DC2000 and DVD2000, two new editing and authoring solutions for the professional market. Both solutions enable authoring of interactive MotionCDs and single menu DVDs. MotionCDs are CDs with DVD-quality video and DVD-style menus that can be viewed on most Microsoft Windows(TM) computers worldwide. In addition, the DVD2000 provides the capability to author full-featured industry standard DVDs.

    ``Delivery of digital video on CD and DVD media is increasingly important for professional videographers due to the high quality and low distribution costs of the media and the vast installed base of media players on personal computers and set-top boxes. DC2000 and DVD2000 are positioned perfectly to take a leadership roll in this trend by enhancing the creativity and interactivity of this exciting format,'' said Stephen Hamilton, vice president of Media Creation Solutions for Pinnacle Systems. ``With the capability of authoring MotionCDs, Internet-ready video streams, and DVDs, these solutions set new price and performance standards for the professional editing and authoring markets.''

    Both products use Pinnacle Systems' proprietary SmartGOP(TM) technology to capture, edit and author MPEG-2 IBP streams, the language of DVD. Editing MPEG-2 IBP files has long been considered technologically impossible. DC2000 is the first system on the market that will allow users to edit IBP MPEG-2 video in real-time with single frame accuracy. By using direct IBP encoding, these products eliminate the need for the very time consuming step of recompressing video prior to authoring.

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  • ActiveDVD Mailing List
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    To the delight of many of our viewers we be starting our ActiveDVD Mailing List.

    You may sign up here for the HTML mailing list and starting next week you can all look forward to daily e-mails keeping you up to date with everything that is happening in the world of DVD.

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  • Released This Week: Boiler Room
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi - Saving Private Ryan) runs a small-time casino operation out of his apartment. With his streetwise business smarts, he’s recruited to join the city’s newest and hottest stock brokerage firm, an aggressive, renegade corporation far from the traditions of Wall Street. Trained by the company’s top young Turks, Chris (Vin Diesel - Saving Private Ryan) and Greg (Nicky Katt - A Time To Kill, The Limey), Seth takes quickly to his new job’s instant riches and fast-life pleasures. He even gains new favor with his estranged father (Ron Rifkin - L.A. Confidential). When Seth wins the eye and the heart of Greg’s ex-girlfriend Abbie (Nia Long - The Best Man), it all seems too good to be true. But he’s about to learn the devastating secret behind all this intoxicating success. Just as quickly as he was seduced into the firm, Seth finds himself caught in a trap that could bring himself, his father and his whole world crashing down.

    With riveting performances from its dynamic cast, including Academy Award winner Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare In Love), Boiler Room takes you deep inside the relentless, cutthroat inner sanctum of high-risk finance for an unforgettable and unexpected climax.

    Special Features: Audio Commentary, Interactive Menus, Sep. Film Score Audio Track, DVD-ROM Features, Scene Access, Filmographies, Deleted Scenes, Alternate Endings

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

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  • Released This Week: Jaws: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    This special 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is digitally remastered and contains exclusive footage, interviews and behind-the-scenes material.

    Steven Spielberg directed this classic film that became one of the most enduring action-suspense films of all time. Jaws was an instant blockbuster, a phenomenon, and today it is still among the highest-grossing films in motion picture history, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. Rediscover the timeless film that continues to make entire generations afraid to go in the water.

    Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Scene Access, Photo Gallery, Interactive Menus, Story Boards, Behind-the-scenes Footage, Additional Footage, Interviews, Interactive Film Trivia, Theatrical Trailer

    "Jaws: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition " is rated "PG" and has a running time of 125 minutes.

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News Headlines For Friday 7th July 2000
This Weeks Picks
  • Millionaire.Com Allies With MGM Home Entertainment to Promote James Bond 007 Series
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: Yahoo! | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Today, Millionaire.com announced a joint venture partnership between its upscale Millionaire magazine and MGM Home Entertainment featuring the enormously popular James Bond 007 series of movie releases on VHS and DVD. In conjunction with Virgin Atlantic Airways, the promotion will feature a sweepstakes program on both the James Bond web site and on <http://www.millionaire.com> .

    Millionaire Magazine subscription forms will be included in 1.6 million VHS and DVD formats featuring six extremely popular James Bond 007 film titles. They are (Title and star)

    • Diamonds Are Forever (Sean Connery)
    • From Russia With Love (Sean Connery)
    • Octopussy (Roger Moore)
    • You Only Live Twice (Sean Connery)
    • A View To A Kill (Roger Moore)
    • The Living Daylights (Timothy Dalton)

    ``This is the first time these films have been offered on DVD format,'' stated Chip Chambers, director of marketing. ``In addition, Millionaire Magazine will be featured on the www.jamesbond.com web site. It's a really good fit for us at Millionaire Magazine.''

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  • ''Beauty'' DVD, VHS re-release set
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: Yahoo! | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The much-awaited DVD version of ''American Beauty'' will be released Oct. 24 along with a VHS edition repriced for sale at $24.99.

    Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes participates in two audio commentaries on the DVD, one with scriptwriter Alan Ball and the other with Oscar-winning director of cinematography Conrad Hall. The latter commentary accompanies a storyboard feature that is also included on the VHS version.

    Hall had previously discussed including the enormous amount of unused surreal footage, deleted scenes, shots of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) flying over his neighborhood prior to relating his story and a nine-minute montage that extended the end of the movie to show an investigation of the murder and a trial at which Ricky was convicted of the crime instead of his father.

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  • ''Sound of Music,'' ``Rocky Horror'' set for DVD treatment
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: Yahoo! | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Twentieth Century Fox, which once created some of the most elaborate special-edition laserdiscs, is now doing the same for DVDs.

    The studio is preparing to unleash a torrent of special DVD editions and packaged sets of its most notable library titles, ranging from ``The Sound of Music'' to ``The Rocky Horror Picture Show '' and ``Edward Scissorhands.''

    The 35th anniversary DVD edition of ``The Sound of Music'' will be launched Aug. 29 just as the ``Sing-a-Long-A Sound of Music'' show debuts in New York. The production, which has been playing for more than a year in London, features printed lyrics on the movie karaoke-style. The DVD will include six hours of bonus programming -- much of which is taken from the laserdisc -- and an audio commentary by director Robert Wise.

    The 25th anniversary ``Rocky Horror'' DVD being released Oct. 3 also features most of the hours of extras from the laserdisc version plus a new video prompt for appropriate audience response as noted on a special audio audience participation guidance track.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Our thank-you of the week goes out to Beverly 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.

    Chasing Amy

    Chasing Amy is the third installment in the New Jersey Trilogy from award-winning writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma). Cult comic-book artist Holden (Ben Afflect) falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), only to be thwarted by her sexuality, the disdain of his best friend Banky (Jason Lee), and his own misgivings about himself.

    Filled with Smith’s unique ear for dialogue and insight into relationships, Chasing Amy offers a thoughtful, funny look at how perceptions alter lives, and how obsession and self-doubt skew reality.

    "Chasing Amy " is rated "R" and has a running time of 113 minutes.

     

    Girl, Interrupted

    Two-time Oscar nominee Winona Ryder stars in the fascinating true story of young woman’s life-altering stay at a famous psychiatric hospital in the turbulent late 1960s.

    Questionably diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Susanna (Winona Ryder) rebels against the head nurse (Whoopi Goldberg) and top psychiatrist (Vanessa Redgrave), choosing instead to befriend the resident “loonies” – a group of troubled women including the seductively charismatic sociopath Lisa (Angelina Jolie). But Susanna quickly learns if she wants her freedom, she’ll have to face the person who terrifies her most of all: herself.

    "Girl, Interrupted" is rated "R" and has a running time of 127 minutes.

     

    Harold And Maude

    A classic cult film that features one of the screen’s most unlikely pairs. It will defy everything you’ve ever seen or known about screen lovers. Bud Cort is Harold, a young man bored with wealth but interested in death.

    And Ruth Gordon is Maude, a wonderful old rascal who can see nothing but good intentions in the world. Hal Ashby (Coming Home, Being There) directed from Colin Higgins’ (Foul Play) first script. An outrageously funny and affecting film that proves love has no boundaries. Cat Stevens provides an uplifting musical score.

    "Harold And Maude" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 91 minutes.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 5th July 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • Sonic Ships DVDit! PE
    Time: 17:32 EDT/22:32 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions today further revolutionized the world of DVD publishing with the first shipments of its new professional application for Windows, DVDit! PE.

    An addition to the groundbreaking DVDit! product family, DVDit! PE (``Professional Edition'') increases DVDit!'s reach with professional functionality previously found only on authoring systems costing five to ten times as much. DVDit! PE joins DVDit! LE (``Limited Edition'') and DVDit! SE (``Standard Edition''), which have become the world's leading DVD authoring tools. DVDit! PE is available now from the DVDit! web store (store.dvdit.com) and from Sonic DVDit! resellers for a suggested retail price of $999.

    ``DVDit! PE opens up pro-level DVD authoring to an entirely new audience of video professionals,'' said James Manning, DVDit! product manager at Sonic Solutions. ``At the click of a button, videographers can import Dolby Digital files and 16:9 widescreen video, author sophisticated interactivity and then burn a DVD-R or create a DLT master for mass replication. For video producers who wish to create great-looking DVD content without breaking the bank, DVDit! PE is the ideal solution.''

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  • Digital Leisure to Release Kingdom II: Shadoan for DVD Movie Players and Computers
    Time: 17:28 EDT/22:28 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Take a ride into a new fantasy world from the comfort of your living room and see yourself in the midst of adventure, as you become Lathan Kandor exploring an intricate and vibrant new J.R.R. Tolkien-like world.

    Gather the five missing pieces of the magic amulet, with its awesome power destroy the evil wizard Torlock, and reunite with your love, Princess Grace Delight. Shadoan, the winner of the Parent's Choice Approval Award and the Compact Disc Interactive Association Award for ``Best Children's Title'', also offers a Parental Guidance Mode giving parents to ability to adjust the level of cartoonish fighting and effectively changing the game between PG and G. The intricate animation of more than 70,000 hand-painted cells combined with the intensive use of 5.1 six-channel DTS sound mix, the first video game in history to adopt the process, the same process as used in the Blockbuster Hollywood movie, Titanic, allows the player to find themselves immersed in the fantasy world displayed before them on their home DVD movie player or DVD-ROM.

    Created by Rick Dyer, the co-creator of Dragon's Lair and Space Ace, Shadoan features over 250 locations for Lathan Kandor to pursue in his quest of the magic amulet and return of his fair princess. Shadoan is a leader in the marriage between interactive multimedia titles and Hollywood.

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News Headlines For Monday 3rd July 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • DVD Players a Hard Sell in Japan
    Time: 05:28 EDT/10:28 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    First, it's a high-tech gadget, and the Japanese love gadgets. Second, it delivers crisp movie images and sound directly into the living room, and Japan adores the movies.

    But will digital video disk players - the latest must-have product in the United States - be the next home electronics bonanza here? The picture is still fuzzy.

    Although Japanese DVD manufacturers are bursting into the U.S. market, they must struggle for buyers back home, where cramped housing and a slow economy crimp demand for pricey home theaters built around DVDs. The DVD story is an unusual twist to the globalization trend, where most companies score in home markets first and expand abroad later. Instead, Japanese makers are trying to duplicate their U.S. success in Japan.

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  • Released This Week: Scream 3
    Time: 05:20 EDT/10:20 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox Arquette are back for more in the chilling final chapter of this phenomenally popular and frightfully entertaining trilogy!

    While Sydney Prescott (Campbell) lives in safely guarded seclusion, bodies begin dropping around the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the latest movie sequel based on the gruesome Greensboro killings! And when the escalating terror finally brings her out of hiding, Sidney and other Greensboro survivors are once again drawn into an insidious game of horror movie mayhem! But just when they thought they knew how to play by the rules, they discover that all the rules have been broken! Featuring hot newcomers Parker Posey (The House Of Yes) and Jenny McCarthy (Diamonds) in another stellar ensemble cast, Scream 3 offers an unmatched mix of thrills, laughter and suspense that brings this spine-tingling saga to an unforgettable conclusion!

    "Scream 3" is rated "R" and has a running time of 117 minutes.

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