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News Headlines For Friday 31st March 2000
This Week's Picks
  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:41 EST/09:41 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    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 13th Warrior

    Antonio Banderas (The Mask Of Zorro) brings huge star power to an immensely thrilling action-adventure from the hit-making director of Die Hard and The Thomas Crown Affair! An exiled ambassador far from his homeland, Ahmed (Banderas) comes across a fierce band of warriors who are being attacked by ferocious creatures legendary for devouring all living things in their path!

    And when an old fortune-teller warns the combatants that they are doomed to failure without a 13th warrior, Ahmed is given no choice but to join their battle and help conquer the mysterious enemy! Suspenseful and endlessly exciting, this exhilarating hit is sure to thrill anyone who enjoys action on an epic scale!

    "The 13th Warrior" is rated "R" and has a running time of 103 minutes.



    How does Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin), Hollywood's least successful director, get Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy), Hollywood's biggest star, in his ultra low-budget film? Any way he can. With an ingenious scheme and the help of Kit's eager and nerdy brother Jiff, an ambitious and sexy wannabe (Heather Graham) and an over-the-hill diva (Christine Baranski).

    Bowfinger sets out to trick Kit Ramsey into the performance of a lifetime. Enjoy the fun with Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin - together for the first time in the hit comedy Bowfinger.

    "Bowfinger" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 97 minutes.


    Crazy In Alabama

    Antonio Banderas’ directorial debut opens in the summer of 1965, and everyone in Alabama has gone completely crazy, especially 12-year-old Peejoe’s glamorous Aunt Lucille (Melanie Griffith). Deciding not to let her abusive husband stand in the way of her dreams of television stardom, she gets rid of him in a most unusual way and leaves Peejoe (Lucas Black) with lots of questions and one explosive secret.

    Accompanied only by her hatbox and its mysterious contents, Lucille tries to evade both the cops and her demons on her hilarious journey to Hollywood, while Peejoe is left behind with his uncle (David Morse) in Alabama. And as he tries to steer clear of the cunning sheriff (Meat Loaf), Peejoe learns which secrets to keep and which ones to tell in this poignant comedy about the price of freedom and why it’s always worth it, whatever the cost.

    "Crazy in Alabama" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 113 minutes.

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News Headlines For Thursday 30th March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • DVD EXPRESS Launches New Name --
    Time: 17:59 EDT/22:59 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    DVD EXPRESS announced the launch of its new name, new site and new logo --, a premier online entertainment destination.

    The relaunched site marks the first time a Web surfer can find video games, music, movies, auctions, entertainment news, chat, e-mail and more, all at one location.

    A financial merger with Maximum Holdings Inc. in January of this year brings a plethora of gaming news, information and an opportunity to buy almost any video game title available. Maximum Holdings also brings to its network of more than 32 interactive gaming sites, including and the leading video game magazine, Game Fan.

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  • Jackie Chan Fans Will Flip Over Columbia TriStar Home Video's Hip New Flick -- Gen-X Cops
    Time: 17:58 EDT/22:58 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Columbia TriStar Home Video (, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, and Click2Asia Inc., a leading global Internet media company for Asians and those interested in Asia, will launch the ultimate online premiere of Jackie Chan's DVD/VHS release, ``Gen-X Cops.''

    A cutting-edge action-adventure thriller with a millennium attitude, the film stars Nicholas Tse (``Young and Dangerous: The Prequel''), Stephen Fung (``Hold You Tight''), Sam Lee (``Beast Cops'') and a newcomer to the big screen, Grace Kip. The premiere of ``Gen-X Cops'' will be hosted on Click2Asia, at .

    ``Gen-X Cops'' Online Premiere Exclusives Include:

    • Watch the online sneak preview/trailer of ``Gen-X Cops'' on Click2Asia
    • ``Chan Chat'' on Click2Asia to chat real-time with some of the principal talent from ``Gen-X Cops.'' (Reporters are welcomed to participate in the chat sessions.)
    • Read Jackie Chan's editorial discussing work on ``Gen-X Cops'' and his long history in film
    • Check out Jackie Chan fan trivia and more
    • Kick-off of online contest to win a trip to hang out with the stars of ``Gen-X Cops''
    • Win exclusive offers of ``Gen-X Cops'' on DVD and VHS, signed by Jackie Chan and the principal talent
    • Win the ultimate Sony DVD system

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  • Oscars Come Home On DVD
    Time: 17:44 EDT/22:44 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    With nearly 7 million DVD-Video players in U.S. homes, many of this year's Academy Award winning films can be enjoyed in the one theater where the seats are comfortable, the popcorn is cheap and the parking is free -- the home theater.

    While top winner ``American Beauty'' (DreamWorks Home Entertainment/ Universal Studios Home Video) is not expected in stores until fall and ``Cider House Rules'' (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) thereafter, a number of the Oscar winning titles are scheduled to hit stores within the next few months. DVD fans will see Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank in ``Boys Don't Cry'' (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) available April 18 and best supporting actress Angelina Jolie in ``Girl, Interrupted'' (Columbia TriStar Home Video) in stores June 8. Tim Burton's mystical story of ``Sleepy Hollow'' (Paramount Home Video) won Oscar nods for its art direction, and can be brought home on May 16. And ``Topsy-Turvy'' (USA Home Entertainment), which won awards for both make-up and costume design, will be available June 13.

    A number of nominated films will be in stores soon as well, including ``The Talented Mr. Ripley'' (Paramount Home Video) on June 27, ``Being John Malkovich'' (USA Home Entertainment) on May 2, ``The Insider'' (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) on April 11, ``The Green Mile'' (Warner Home Video) and ``Magnolia'' (New Line Home Video) this summer and the recently released thriller ``The Sixth Sense'' (Buena Vista Home Entertainment).

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  • Wedding Memories Enter The Digital Age On DVD
    Time: 17:44 EDT/22:44 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Wedding photos and even wedding videos are rapidly moving down the list of the most desired ways to preserve the once in a lifetime memories of a couples wedding day.

    As the advantages of watching ones nuptials on DVD become more well known, the demand for this service has increased dramatically.

    Wedding Video Image, one of the first companies to offer this new service, has helped spread the word about the unique features such as crystal clear picture, interactivity, direct scene access, and longevity of the DVD format.

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  • InterVideo Announces Software DVD Player for Linux
    Time: 17:42 EDT/22:42 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    InterVideo, Inc. (IVI) today announced that it would soon release a software DVD player/decoder for the Linux operating system, enabling users to experience DVD video and audio quality rivaling that of high-end consumer electronic players. The product, which will be called LinDVD, is expected to be the first legal DVD software solution for the Linux OS.

    ``InterVideo has made a commitment to support the Linux community with digital audio and video products,'' said Joe Monastiero, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for InterVideo, Inc. ``LinDVD is the first product in a lineup that will ultimately include all of our Windows multimedia products.''

    The dearth of DVD solutions for Linux users has been recently well publicized, including a widely reported incident of hackers creating an unauthorized DVD decoder for Linux, resulting in lawsuits filed by the DVD industry. InterVideo has a long-standing Content Scrambling System (CSS) license, enabling it to produce and market DVD player/decoder software without violating copyright or other laws.

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  • Spruce DVD Authoring Ease-of-Use and Speed Make the Difference for Vidfilm Digital Media
    Time: 17:40 EDT/22:40 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Vidfilm, a leading post production facility based in Glendale, Calif., has switched to the award-wining Spruce Technologies' DVDMaestro(TM) ( authoring system as the foundation for its recent and ongoing expansion. Vidfilm is using the system to author DVD titles for industry leaders such as Sony Pictures and Miramax films.

    Kirk Kessler, Director of Digital Media for Vidfilm, said, ``We started out in the DVD world using other systems, but when we found ourselves expanding we took a look at Spruce. We liked the ease of authoring and Spruce's MPX3000 encoder board looked very good. In fact, the look of it is as good or better than many of the other encoders I've used. We're very pleased with the system so far. We also very excited about the things Spruce has shown us that are coming in future versions.''

    Vidfilm is using Spruce DVDStation-MX, a complete DVD encoding and authoring solution that integrates Spruce's flagship DVDMaestro(TM) authoring system with Spruce's industry-leading MPX-3000 hardware encoder in a high-performance Windows NT computer.

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  • Sony aims to ship 10 mln PlayStation2s in 2000/01
    Time: 17:35 EDT/22:35 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sony Corp said on Thursday it aims to ship 10 million of its blockbuster PlayStation2 game consoles worldwide in the business year starting on April 1.

    Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony's game subsidiary Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, told a news conference the company was also sticking to its shipments forecast of 1.4 million units in the business year ending on Friday, less than a month after the console was launched in Japan on March 4.

    The heavily hyped home game machine, which includes a digital video disc (DVD) player and will eventually offer access to the Internet, is key to Sony's profit outlook.

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  • Released This Week: The Omega Code
    Time: 17:15 EDT/22:15 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    According to many, the Bible contains information about the future, even foretelling events that lead to the end of the world. The apocalyptic Book of Daniel and Book of Revelation are said to predict that “he who controls Jerusalem in the final days” will control the world.

    What if someone could use the latest technology to finally untangle these prophecies, break the code, and learn the future of our history?

    The Omega Code is a suspense thriller about just such an event – discovery of the Bible’s intangible secrets and hidden messages, and the fight to control the world before the end of days.

    "The Omega Code" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 100 minutes.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 29th March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • Released This Week: Leprechaun In The Hood
    Time: 17:15 EDT/22:15 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    After a long and golden dormancy, the Leprechaun is brought back to life by three bungling rap artists looking to launch their music career.

    When Butch, Postmaster P and Stray Bullet loot the local hip-hop mogul’s studio to fund their demo album, the threesome unwittingly ends up with the secret of Mack Daddy’s success: a magical flute. Their gigs instantly turn golden, but a blood-thirsty Leprechaun and an angry Mack Daddy are hot on their trail, leaving a wake of destruction tainted by politically incorrect limericks.

    "Leprechaun in the Hood" is rated "R" and has a running time of 91 minutes.

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  • Image Entertainment Expands International Distribution
    Time: 17:35 EDT/22:35 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading licensee and distributor of DVD programming in North America, today announced the signing of agreements that will see the Company's exclusively held programs distributed in Japan by Nippon Columbia and throughout Australia and New Zealand by Warnervision.

    The exclusive license agreements were made with Image's joint-venture partner Aviva International, LLC, international sales agent for the Company's products, and Nippon Columbia, for DVD and videocassette distribution to video and music retailers, Internet retailers, wholesalers, rack-jobbers, schools, libraries and institutions throughout Japan. Image's programming has been licensed to Warnervision for similar release throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    The first titles to be released in Japan, Australia and New Zealand under these new licensing agreements will be Image's record-breaking DVD Eagles: Hell Freezes Over and Sheryl Crow: Rockin' the Globe Live, Peter Frampton: Live In Detroit, The Cranberries Live In Paris, The Twilight Zone series, the original Broadway cast performance of Victor / Victoria with Julie Andrews as well as a wide selection of additional programming to be announced and available to be released into the territories throughout the term of the deals.

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  • DV Studio Chooses Sonic DVDit! for Apollo Expert DVDer
    Time: 17:25 EDT/22:25 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions announced today that DV Studio Technologies, LLC, will bundle DVDit!, the industry's easiest to use DVD publishing system, with its Apollo Expert DVDer(TM) MPEG-2 video encoding solution. With DVDit!, DV Studio customers can now author the high-quality MPEG-2 video they encode with DVDer and publish it directly to DVD-R for set-top DVD playback or to CD-R for playback on any DVD-equipped PC.

    ``We are extremely pleased to offer DVDit! with our Apollo Expert DVDer encoding solution,'' said Dr. Ash Pahwa, CEO of DV Studio Technologies, LLC. ``Sonic Solutions is the leader in DVD authoring systems and the power and ease-of-use of DVDit! is a perfect match for our MPEG-2 hardware.''

    Apollo Expert DVDer from DV Studio Technologies is a real-time MPEG-2 hardware-based encoder and decoder for Windows NT. Among its features are real-time MPEG-2 variable bit-rate and constant bit-rate encoding, creation of both multiplexed and elementary MPEG-2 video and audio streams, output of both WAV and MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio files, support for NTSC and PAL video formats and video bit rates from 1 to 25 Megabits per second.

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News Headlines For Tuesday 28th March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • ``The Sixth Sense'' Debuts Riveting New Web Site
    Time: 17:15 EDT/22:15 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Buena Vista Home Entertainment will unveil a new ``The Sixth Sense'' Web site, a revolutionary interactive experience, on March 28, to coincide with the release of ``The Sixth Sense'' thriller on home video and DVD.

    The spine-tingling site, found at , takes paranormal activity to new depths and boasts a never-before-released look into the film's creation. The site also delivers exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of the suspenseful film that had the nation on the edge of its seat and most recently earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture.

    Beginning March 28, visitors to the site can explore Chapter One of the Oscar®-nominated screenplay, but beware -- everything may not be as it seems. This first-of-its-kind interactive screenplay is full of haunted twists and unexpected turns. Hidden within the shadows of each scene is a ``Secret Key'' that unlocks a new part of the mystery.

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  • InterVideo's WinDVD Bundled into New Gateway Profile(TM) PC
    Time: 17:10 EDT/22:10 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Leading PC video software developer InterVideo, Inc. today announced that Gateway has begun shipping InterVideo's WinDVD software-only DVD player/decoder with its new Profile(TM) all-in-one LCD desktop computer. InterVideo's WinDVD player, recognized as the technical leader in software DVD, enables users to experience DVD video and audio with quality that rivals high-end televisions.

    ``InterVideo is very excited about being included in Gateway's new generation of Profile computers,'' said Joe Monastiero, V.P. of sales and marketing for InterVideo. ``The Profile is a progressive, stylish multimedia system, and a perfect showcase for our DVD technology. With our software and the Profile's sleek new hardware, Gateway's business and education customers will be guaranteed the best possible digital video and audio experience.''

    ``Gateway's Profile design centers on its 15-inch LCD active matrix display, making it highly desirable for DVD output,'' said Eddie Liao, Senior Engineering Project Manager for the Profile series line. ``We chose WinDVD for the playback/decoder engine because of its excellent video quality and complete DVD feature set. Our customers demand the best quality possible from all our products, and we believe we've got it with InterVideo's WinDVD player.

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  • MacMedic Utilities Ready for Panasonic DVD-RAM Backup/Recovery
    Time: 17:09 EDT/22:09 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Panasonic® and the Total Recall Software Division of Total Recall Data Recovery, Inc., jointly announced today that MacMedic, a comprehensive drive utility, supports backup to and data recovery from the Panasonic 5.2GB DVD-RAM drive.

    MacMedic and the professional version, MacMedic Pro, can be used with Apple®'s complete line of computer systems, including Macintosh® G4 workstations, which incorporate the industry-standard DVD-RAM drive.

    With MacMedic and a Panasonic DVD-RAM drive, Macintosh users have everything they need for reliable, unattended backup and simplified restoration. They can schedule regular, complete backups or incremental backups that are limited to new or changed files. MacMedic also provides powerful tools for the recovery of directories as well as individual files that have been deleted or lost.

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  • Picardy Media Group Selects Sonic Solutions for Web-linked DVD Production
    Time: 17:07 EDT/22:07 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions announced today that Picardy Media Group's Television Post Production Division, Scotland's leading media business solutions company, has chosen DVD Fusion with eDVD for Web-linked DVD production. DVD Fusion will become an integral part of Picardy Media Group's (PMG's) plans to address the high-growth electronic media market in Scotland and the UK.

    With an extensive roster of blue chip companies including British Telecom, The Bank of Scotland, BP, The Scottish Executive, and Hewden Stuart, PMG is one of the first facilities in Europe to integrate web-based DVD production technology and is fast positioning itself as a major force in the UK's electronic media market. With the addition of the Sonic DVD authoring system with eDVD, PMG will offer its customers a comprehensive range of web-based interactive DVD content production services including internet-based interactive training and corporate Intranets.

    ``The advanced Internet connectivity that Sonic's DVD Creator production system provides with eDVD will make it possible for us to seamlessly combine high-bandwidth DVD-Video content with up-to-the-minute web-based HTML content,'' said Iain Hogg, Managing Director of Picardy Media Group. ``By teaming with Sonic, the industry leader in DVD production systems, we are able to satisfy our customers' hunger for high-quality web-connected video content.''

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News Headlines For Monday 27th March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • Spruce and Matrox Collaborate to Offer Professional DVD Authoring With Realtime Editing
    Time: 17:54 EDT/22:54 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Spruce Technologies and Matrox have teamed up to offer their customers a complete solution combining Spruce's professional DVD authoring software with the Matrox DigiSuite DTV realtime editing platform. The solution will be sold exclusively through the Spruce/Matrox authorized reseller channels.

    ``This combined package gives customers an end-to-end solution that seamlessly moves their projects from postproduction through DVD pre-mastering and into their clients' hands,'' says Spiro Plagakis, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Matrox Video Products Group. ``DVDVirtuoso's rich feature set will appeal to any DigiSuite DTV user looking for advanced DVD authoring tools.''

    Spruce DVDVirtuoso(TM) is a no-compromise, entry-level solution for professional DVD authoring aimed at producers that require DVD's high quality video and audio with straightforward menu and navigation structures. DVDVirtuoso accepts MPEG-2 files directly from Matrox DigiSuite DTV for uninterrupted workflow and can reside in a single integrated workstation. The system features the very best of Spruce's leading technologies including Spruce's proven timeline-style user interface, menu creator, and connection editor. DVDVirtuoso also features RealView(TM), Spruce's exclusive real-time preview and simulation technology that enhances productivity and creativity by enabling users to verify a DVD title as it is being created.

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  • Micro-PACE to Distribute Sonic DVDit! Leading Distributor of Digital Content Creation Products to Bring DVDit! to US Market
    Time: 17:50 EDT/22:50 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions announced today that Illinois-based Micro-PACE, a leading distributor of digital media products including digital video capture, editing, web production and digital music creation, will distribute the Sonic DVDit! line of products in the United States.

    Through its extensive network of over 3000 resellers nationwide and via its DV Direct e-tail site at, Micro-PACE will deliver DVDit! to dealers and consumers eager to use or resell DVD publishing systems. Micro-Pace will carry DVDit! SE as a standalone application as well as DVDit! LE to SE upgrades for current users of DVDit!LE.

    In addition to providing high-level technical knowledge and personal service to its resellers, Micro-PACE offers configuration, installation, service and support for a wide variety of products. In addition to the Sonic DVDit! line of products, Micro-PACE distributes product for one hundred of the most progressive companies in the digital content creation market, including: 3Dlabs, Artel, Avid, Canopus, Digital Origin, AST, Integrated Computing Engines (ICE), Matrox, Medea, Media 100, NewTek, Pinnacle Systems and Sonic Foundry.

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  • IndieDVD Acquires Award-Winning Films for Initial DVD Distribution
    Time: 17:45 EDT/22:45 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    IndieDVD Inc., an alliance of independent filmmakers and marketers, today announced that they have acquired the DVD rights to several short independent films for their upcoming DVD compilation. Under terms of the standard agreement, the filmmakers and production companies have granted IndieDVD digital-exclusive rights to their film for the purpose of DVD distribution and retail sale. Indie DVD offers the filmmaker a full screen, interactive medium for independent cinema that can be played on a home entertainment system.

    IndieDVDs most recent acquisition is Lionheart Production's Korean War film ``The Nest.'' Recognized as the Best Action Short at the New York International Independent Film Festival in 1999, the twenty-four minute long film features Nathan Blackburn, former cast member of MTV's Real World Seattle. Set on the battlefield during the Korean conflict, ``it is a story about the battle between the soldiers -- and the battle within themselves'' according to producer and co-star DJ Perry.

    ``IndieDVD offers the best opportunity for widespread distribution of our short film,'' said Ed Schaefer, Principal Partner of Lionheart Filmworks, LLC. ``We are pleased to partner with such a visionary organization.''

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  • New Neil Young Home Video and DVD, SILVER & GOLD, To Coincide With Release of Album
    Time: 17:07 EDT/22:07 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    SILVER & GOLD, a live performance video from legendary singer/songwriter Neil Young, is set for release on home video and DVD on April 25th. Shot during his 1999 solo acoustic tour, SILVER & GOLD features new and classic Neil Young performances taped before a live audience at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas, capturing the music, magic, and excitement of one of rock's consummate performers.

    Additionally, the home video and DVD releases coincide with the SILVER & GOLD album release from Reprise Records (April 25th) and the video had its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film and Music Festival in Austin, Texas on March 17th. The accompanying SILVER & GOLD album features ten tracks and showcases one of rock's greatest performers at his pinnacle. The SILVER & GOLD home video and DVD are closed-captioned and feature five selections not included on the CD and cassette versions of the album. Those added selections include Young's own version of ``Looking Forward,'' a group rendition of the title song of the current Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album, as well as performances of Young solo classics ``Long May You Run,'' ``Harvest Moon,'' ``The Great Divide'' and ``Philadelphia.''

    A complete track listing for the home video and DVD releases includes ``Looking Forward,'' ``Out Of Control,'' ``Buffalo Springfield Again,'' ``Philadelphia,'' ``Daddy Went Walkin','' ``Distant Camera,'' ``Red Sun,'' ``Long May You Run,'' ``Harvest Moon,'' ``The Great Divide,'' ``Slowpoke,'' ``Good To See You'' and ``Silver & Gold.''

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  • Pioneer Ships Industry's Fastest DVD-ROM Drive
    Time: 17:04 EDT/22:04 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of DVD technology-based products, Monday announced that it is shipping the industry's first 16X (max.) DVD-ROM drive, ``Sweet 16.'' As with its introduction of the 10X drive, Pioneer is again the first to bring the fastest DVD-ROM drive to market.

    ``Prices of DVD-ROM drives are dropping, making them a feature of choice in many PCs shipped today,'' said Mary Craig, principal analyst, optical disk drives worldwide, Dataquest. ``With its backward compatibility to CD-ROM and lightening-fast speeds, customers are learning to appreciate the performance and benefits that DVD offers.''

    With speeds that are 16 times faster than first generation DVD-ROM technology, the 16X DVD-ROM/40X CD-ROM is compatible with single and dual layer DVD-ROM and DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, Video CD and Photo CD media, preserving compatibility with conventional CD formats. Pioneer's most advanced drive to-date, the 16X DVD-ROM offers:

    • Random seek times of less than 85 msec for DVD-ROM (70 msec for CD-ROM)
    • Access times less than 95 msec (80 msec for CD-ROM)
    • ATAPI interface
    • Horizontal or vertical mounting capabilities

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  • Image Entertainment to Release DVD and Videocassette of Steely Dan's `2 Against Nature Live' Concert
    Time: 17:00 EDT/22:00 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading licensee and distributor of DVD programming in North America, today announced the June 13 release of Steely Dan's ``2 Against Nature Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party in hi-fi Stereo,'' a live concert featuring material from the chart-topping album of the same name.

    Steely Dan's ``2 Against Nature'' album was released on February 29 and entered the Billboard Charts at #6. The band begins a worldwide concert tour in Japan on May 14. The U.S. leg of the tour kicks off on June 13 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, coinciding with the home video release.

    Steely Dan, comprised of Walter Becker (bass) and Donald Fagen (vocals and keyboards), has not released an album of new music since 1980's bestselling Gaucho. The DVD of the concert, filmed January 28 - 29 at Sony Studios in New York City, will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Multi-Channel audio tracks on the same disc. The tracks were recorded and mixed by Elliot Scheiner and Roger Nichols.

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News Headlines For Sunday 26th March 2000
Halloween H20
  • ActiveDVD: Halloween: H2O: DVD - Review
    Time: 13:17 EDT/18:17 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have posted our review of the Halloween H20 DVD. Here is a snippet from the review:

    In this film sees a turning point of where Laurie finally confronts the terror that has been following her for the last 20 years and at one point Laurie becomes the hunter and Michael Myers becomes the hunted. This film is quite good offering a good dosage of horror to a film that started off good, kind of got worse in the middle and picked up at the end.

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News Headlines For Friday 24th March 2000
This Week's Picks
  • DVD Genie 3.40
    Time: 19:17 EDT/00:17 GMT News Source: 3D Spotlight Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Version 3.40 of DVD Genie has been released. DVD Genie allows you to modify the region code for popular software-based DVD Players such as Software Cinemaster, PowerDVD and WinDVD (among a few). It also allows you to tweak these programs with undocumented features to better fit your system.

    DVD Genie will also allow you to select which program runs when a DVD Disc is inserted into the drive and contains support for fullscreen Zooming on widescreen movies with certain players.

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  • The Matrix Named Best Film in Anti-Awards, The Internet's Largest Online Movie Poll
    Time: 17:49 EDT/22:49 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Matrix, the sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves, was voted by online movie buffs as the Best Film of 1999 in the Anti-Awards. It easily beat out runner-up American Beauty, 47% to 21%, in the world's largest Internet movie poll, which was the cooperative effort of 30 top independent movie Web sites. Other nominated films were Fight Club, The Green Mile, and The Sixth Sense. Voting took place at the official Anti-Awards web site, from March 11 to 22, with more than 300,000 votes cast. Official results with a statistical breakdown for all 37 categories will be posted on the site on March 24, 2000.

    Overall, The Matrix took home 10 Anti-Awards, including Best Director (Larry and Andy Wachowski), Best Action Film, Best Sci-Fi Film, Film They'll Remember in 20 Years, Biggest Surprise, Best Opening Sequence, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography.

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  • 5.1 Entertainment Group Launches Silverline & immergent Record Labels
    Time: 17:45 EST/22:45 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    5.1 Entertainment Group, the worldwide leader in production and release of DVD Music Products, announced the formation of their Silverline and immergent record labels. Both will operate under the 5.1 Entertainment Group banner.

    Catering to the thriving DVD-based ``6-channel surround sound'' music marketplace, Silverline Records will debut over 15 high end classical and jazz DVD Music titles on March 28, 2000, with immergent Records' initial pop reissue releases due Spring/Summer 2000. Discs will carry a suggested retail list price of $19.98.

    The 5.1 Entertainment Group is at the forefront of developing the groundbreaking ``5.1 (five speakers, plus the sub-woofer) multi-channel format,'' also known as ``6-channel surround sound.'' The DVD Music discs, which play on any and all DVD players (including today's DVD players and the soon to be released DVD Audio Format), offer more than twice the sound quality of traditional CDs, as well as compelling visuals. Every Silverline and immergent disc will contain AC3 and DTS formats and, in June 2000, DVD Audio will also be incorporated on all releases. 5.1 Entertainment Group is at the forefront in providing ``6-channel sound'' for the 12 million-plus (and rapidly growing number) of DVD and home theater consumers.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:41 EST/09:41 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Abyss: Special Edition

    In this thrilling, underwater action-adventure from writer-director James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens), a civilian oil-rig crew is recruited to conduct a search-and-rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver (Ed Harris) soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey over 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface, where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.

    Includes both the Special Edition, with 28 minutes of additional footage, and the original theatrical version, along with the 60-minute documentary Under Pressure: Making The Abyss, and much more.

    "The Abyss: Special Edition" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 171 minutes.


    Star Trek: The Original Series Vol. 9

    Shore Leave
    Stardate: 3025.3 - Airdate: December 29, 1966
    The White Rabbit and Alice in Wonderland? A knight on horseback? Don Juan, a samurai warrior, a World War II fighter plane? These strange sights await Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise when they beam down for shore leave on a mysterious planet. Is it all an illusion or some sort of trick? So it would seem, until the knight charges Dr. McCoy - and kills him!

    The Squire Of Gothos
    Stardate: 2124.5 - Airdate: January 12, 1967
    En route to Colony Beta Six, the U.S.S. Enterprise is trapped in orbit around an uncharted planet - a planet that shouldn't be there! Kirk discovers its sole inhabitant is an illogical but extremely powerful alien named Trelane (William Campbell), who challenges Kirk to a fox hunt - with Kirk playing the fox - in return for the U.S.S. Enterprise's freedom.

    "Star Trek: The Original Series Vol. 9 " is rated "G" and has a running time of 100 minutes.


    Blue Streak

    Master jewel thief Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence, Life, Bad Boys) has a big problem. A $20 million problem. Recently released from prison for the botched heist of a huge diamond, he's anxious to retrieve the hot rock which he hid at a construction site two years earlier.

    Unfortunately, his hiding place is now at the center of a recently completed high-security police precinct. Posing as a detective, and partnered with straight-laced rookie Carlson (Luke Wilson, Home Fries, Bottle Rocket), Miles utilizes his criminal expertise and inadvertently rises up the ranks, winning the respect of his fellow "boys in blue."

    "Blue Streak" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 94 minutes.

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  • SNL Product Line Eclipses 1 Million Units
    Time: 04:37 EDT/09:37 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Trimark Home Video today announced that it has shipped more than 1 million total units of its Saturday Night Live sell-thru product line.

    Leading the way to date is ``SNL: The Best of Chris Farley,'' which alone has shipped nearly 200,000 units. Other top sellers include ``SNL: The Best of Adam Sandler'' and ``SNL: The Best of Mike Myers.'' In April, the company will release the DVD version of ``SNL: The Best of Chris Farley,'' VHS and DVD versions of ``SNL: The Best of Steve Martin'' and ``SNL: Game Show Parodies'' on VHS (order date: April 3, street date: April 25 for all three).

    ``The entire SNL lineup continues to re-order on a consistent basis, and this is directly attributable to the quality of the content provided by NBC and to the time and effort Trimark has spent on packaging and product placement in retail,'' said Ron Schwartz, Trimark's Senior Vice President of Home Video.

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News Headlines For Thursday 23rd March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • ActiveDVD: Deep Blue Sea: DVD - Review
    Time: 16:39 EDT/21:39 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have posted our review of the Deep Blue Sea DVD. Here is a snippet from the review:

    The main difference between this film and Jaws is the fact that the researchers are trapped in the lab which is slowly sinking. The way the research center actually begins to sink is quite scary and will send shivers down your spine. The sense of claustrophobia in this film is something that you will notice after a while.

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  • Strategy Analytics Forecasts $13.6bn Flat Panel TV Market by 2005
    Time: 16:10 EDT/21:10 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    That age-old science fiction dream is set to become reality - the wall-hanging TV is about to invade your living room. What is more, new research from Strategy Analytics, Inc. suggests that consumers will find it more enticing than many other emerging technologies, including MP3 players, DVD recorders, Internet TV and smartphones.

    These findings are presented in a study entitled ``Wall-Hanging TV: Are Consumers Ready?'' and published recently by Strategy Analytics, Inc. within its strategic advisory service, The Interactive Home.

    Strategy Analytics conducted 140 two-hour interviews with next-generation consumers represented by the student population of San Diego State University to discover their attitudes and motivations towards a wide range of emerging technologies and services. Given $1500 to spend in a Virtual Mall, the respondents chose to spend 24% of their money on wall-hanging TVs priced at $1000, compared to 19% on advanced automotive information systems, 11% on recordable DVD and 11% on smartphones and only 2% on MP3 players.

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  • Adult DVD Talk Develops First Price Search Engine for Adult DVDs
    Time: 16:07 EDT/21:07 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Adult DVD Talk expands its online community to add new shopping features, including the Internet's first price search engine for adult DVDs.

    Visitors can not only find the lowest online price for adult DVD titles, but they can also access movie reviews written by consumers for consumers and forum discussions. Adult DVD Talk provides the factual shopping information and lets the community express their opinions on titles, stores, stars and more. Combining the price search, the movie reviews and an active message board Adult DVD Talk has taken the caveat emptor out of adult DVD shopping.

    While on one hand Adult DVD Talk has made shopping easy, the community has on the other hand made market research as simple as a search. Forum participants have given the studios valuable feedback on their DVD likes and dislikes. Through both the forum and online chats with directors and stars, Adult DVD Talk has let the DVD producers know where their money is best spent.

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  • World's Most Powerful Audio System Now Available From AIWA
    Time: 16:04 EDT/21:04 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    With 800 watts of total power, a new surround sound audio system from AIWA is the most powerful available, and at the same time represents a radical new concept in audio system design.

    The new AIWA Mega A/V XH-A1000 digital audio system represents home entertainment on a grand scale, from its imposing main section to its floor-standing speakers. The main section includes the amplifiers, CD changer, tuner and auto-reverse cassette deck, with its silver front panel dominated by a full-width multi-color information display. In addition to the three-way/four-driver main speaker system, the XH-A1000 comes with two surround speakers and a center channel speaker, making it ideal for home theater applications.

    For genuine cinema-like performance, AIWA's Mega A/V system features the company's Multi-Amplifier technology and built-in subwoofers that together ensure powerful deep bass performance without the clutter and complexity of a separate subwoofer. In the XH-A1000, the Multi-Amplifier system uses a 200-watts-per-channel amplifier to power subwoofers built into sealed compartments in the left and right speaker cabinets, while a separate 80-watts-per-channel amplifier handles the mid and high frequencies. The center channel speaker is driven by its own 80-watts amplifier, while the two surround speakers are powered by an 80-watts-per-channel amplifier. That adds up to an incredible total power output of 800 watts!

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  • It's Oscar Time! Releases Drive-In Special Edition Movie Trailer Magazine On Web-Connected CD
    Time: 16:00 EDT/21:00 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    BigStar Entertainment, which operates , a leading Shop-A-Tainment(TM) filmed entertainment destination site and online movie superstore, today announces the release of Drive-In Special Edition, a Web-connected CD-ROM magazine that ties in with this year's Academy Awards®. This 2000 Academy Awards® special edition CD-ROM gives viewers a comprehensive and entertaining look at the year 2000 Academy Awards®. This CD-ROM, made specifically for this year's Oscars, is available to current customers and can be ordered at no charge on the Web site.

    The 2000 Academy Awards® Magazine CD-ROM features broadcast-quality trailers and clips for this year's Academy Awards® nominated films, including the categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Drive-In provides access to's proprietary editorial content as well. Customers can learn more about the stars of this year's most acclaimed films, purchase films immediately or, for those movies still in the theaters, ask to be notified when one of the nominated films is released on video or DVD.

    The 2000 Academy Awards® Magazine CD-ROM will be released in advance to select markets on Wednesday, March 22nd and will be available to the public on Friday, March 24th.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 22nd March 2000
American Pie: Collector's Edition (Unrated Version): DVD - Review
  • New Threat to DVD?
    Time: 20:34 EDT/01:34 GMT News Source: BetaNews Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A movie codec dubbed DivX began circulating throughout IRC channels earlier this month, and is becoming quite popular in the pirating world. The new codec allows users to view DVD quality movies – at a fraction of the size.

    Unrelated to the now defunct DVD rental system, the new DivX codec was released just recently. The encoding process enables users to convert DVD movies to AVI without sacrificing quality or hard drive space. Encoding this new format may be tougher than the usual procedure, but the overall quality is higher than current movie types and is bound to upset the industry.

    Already under heavy pressure by motion picture companies after a utility called DeCSS was able to circumvent DVD copy protection, the DVD Copy Control Association will once again face the heat. Pirating movies over the Internet is nothing new, but the size and quality of a copied film has kept the process out of the mainstream. DivX changes all this however, touting much higher quality at under half the size.

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  • The Internet Movie Database and Advantage Celebrate Independent Film with the Launch of a New Independent Film Section
    Time: 17:59 EST/22:59 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean's (Nasdaq:AMZN) Internet Movie Database (, the Web's authoritative source of information about movies, and Advantage, a program designed to help independent filmmakers and video producers sell their work, announced an IMDb Independent Film section today at the first annual Yahoo! Internet Life Online Film Festival. The new feature is located at

    The new Independent Film section features broad independent movie coverage, currently offering in-depth searching capabilities for more than 20,000 independent titles. The section will include news on the latest indie films, background information on a featured "movie of the week," lists of the top-selling independent films and soundtracks, articles, production notes, discussion boards, details of future film festivals, and interviews with established and up-and-coming filmmakers.

    "We always listen closely to what our users want, and there is significant interest in the independent arena," said Col Needham, founder and managing director of the Internet Movie Database. "With the launch of the IMDb Independent Film section, movie fans now have access to a broad range of easy-to-use resources for indie films."

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  • ActiveDVD: American Pie: Collector's Edition (Unrated Version): DVD - Review
    Time: 14:44 EDT/19:44 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have posted our review of the American Pie Unrated Collectors Edition DVD. Here is a snippet from the review:

    American Pie managed to remind me of both Porky's and Fast Times At Ridgemond High. but probably more so to the latter. There are a number of gags that are just plain sick (Nothing wrong with that) but the majority are well executed and turns American Pie into an excellent comedy.

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  • DVD Player at Apex of Controversy
    Time: 04:37 EDT/09:37 GMT News Source: Wired Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Hidden features included in a DVD player released in January have the Motion Picture Association of America contemplating legal action. Thanks to , both users and the MPAA are aware that the Apex AD-600A player's DVD copyright protection scheme and regional encoding features can be overridden.

    Developed in China by Visual Disc and Digital Video Corp. (VDDV) and sold in the United States by Apex Digital Inc, the Apex player is attracting attention for reasons besides its low price of US$169.95.

    Unlike other DVD players, the Apex can play DVD movies created anywhere in the world. Regions are assigned specific numbers so, for example, DVDs created in Region 1 –- the United States -– can only be played in that area. But by accessing a hidden menu in the Apex player, users can turn off regional encoding.

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News Headlines For Tuesday 21st March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • Warner Home Video Releases Spring Wave of DVD Titles
    Time: 17:31 EST/22:31 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Warner Home Video today announced an all-star DVD release schedule for April featuring 1999's critically acclaimed action-adventure ``Three Kings.''

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  • Sigma Designs Launches Next-Generation Progressive DVD Player and Advanced Digital Set-Top Box Reference Designs with State-of-the-Art MPEG-2 Decoder in China
    Time: 17:27 EST/22:27 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sigma Designs®, Inc., a recognized leader in digital video solutions for personal computers, today announced that its REALmagic® EM8400 next-generation progressive DVD player and advanced digital set-top box reference designs will be launched in China at venues in Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.

    Sigma will present its EM8400 chip at the International IC conference and exhibition in these three cities. The purpose of the presentation is to explain to China engineers Sigma's state-of-the-art architecture for progressive scan decoders and how this architecture can be designed into various consumer applications such as the next-generation Venus set-top box and other TV-PC convergence appliances for Internet access, web browsing, DVD playback, and video on demand.

    Venus is the Chinese set-top box for consumer applications.

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  • Cygnet and Smart Storage Team Up to Support DVD
    Time: 17:25 EST/22:25 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Cygnet Storage Solutions, Inc. and Smart Storage Inc, both privately held companies, announce the compatibility of Cygnet's InfiniDISC DVD/CD Jukebox product line with Smart Storage's SmartStor Archive v. 3.1 for Windows NT software.

    SmartStor now manages InfiniDISC's disc handling, drive integration, and robotic control to erasable DVD-RAM media, while also utilizing a standards-based UDF file system that conforms to the recently released Windows 2000.

    UDF file system and SmartStor allow a user to write, read and erase data on DVD-RAM similar to hard disk. Additionally, once the media is written, it can be removed and read on any computer system running Windows 2000.

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News Headlines For Monday 20th March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • XENON CORP. of Woburn, MA and WEA (WAMO) Division of Time Warner Enter Into Business Agreement to Use XENON's DVD Bonding Process
    Time: 17:38 EST/22:38 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    An agreement between XENON CORP. and the WEA Division of Time Warner to utilize XENON's low temperature DVD bonding process in the manufacture of DVDs was announced today by Lou Panico, president of XENON. WEA is the world's largest producer of CDs and DVDs, and the tie-up is expected to bring dramatic changes in the DVD industry.

    The production of CDs and DVDs has always been a complicated and difficult process with the bonding process becoming extremely critical.

    The XENON pulsed UV system, however, utilizes a revolutionary spiral- shaped lamp that conforms to the shape of the DVD and produces a toxin-free, warp-free cure with virtually no heat build up.

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  • DVD International Inks Marketing Deal With 5.1 Entertainment Group
    Time: 17:30 EST/22:30 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    DVD International, one of the industry's leading independent DVD suppliers, has signed a marketing agreement with 5.1 Entertainment Group, the worldwide leader in the production and release of DVD Music product, to release a series of six-channel surround sound DVD titles. The first 15 titles--to be released under the Silverline Records label--will be available on March 28th at a suggested retail price of $19.98 each. The announcement was made by David Goodman, President, DVD International, and John Trickett, President/CEO, 5.1 Entertainment Group.

    ``In just a short period of time, 5.1 Entertainment has become a major force in the forefront of the DVD revolution,'' said Goodman. ``Their expertise in the production of six-channel surround sound properties fits perfectly into the DVD International distribution base. We're confident that our account base will react favorably to these initial titles.''

    ``Our unique production capabilities, coupled with DVD International's success in the distribution arena, will allow us to build on the success that has already established 5.1 Entertainment Group as a leader in the DVD field,'' said Trickett.

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  • Sigma Designs Ships Sonic DVDit! LE with REALmagic DVR
    Time: 17:27 EST/22:27 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sigma Designs Inc. and Sonic Solutions announced today that Sigma Designs has begun shipping Sonic's DVDit! LE authoring software with Sigma's REALmagic DVR, a complete DVD/MPEG-2 encoding and playback card.

    REALmagic DVR enables Windows NT users to capture, edit, author and publish video on DVD as well as play DVD-Video content.

    ``We selected DVDit! LE to bundle with REALmagic DVR because of its ease-of-use, extensive feature set and its power to turn DVR's high-quality MPEG-2 video into DVDs that can play back on any set-top DVD player or DVD-equipped PC,'' said Marshall Goldberg, director of Marketing at Sigma Designs. ``Our collaboration with Sonic Solutions allows us to deliver a complete DVD publishing system for under $1,000.''

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  • Chapters Online Launches Oscar(R) Section
    Time: 17:25 EST/22:25 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Chapters Online today challenged movie buffs, armchair critics and theatre popcorn addicts from across the country to predict this year's Oscar® winners with the launch of a special Oscar section on its site. The Oscar section at features a contest, celebrity interviews, Oscar-related articles, polls, and Canada's largest online selection of movies available for purchase on videocassette and DVD.

    Beginning today, movie fans can enter Chapters Online's Oscar contest by taking part in an online poll and naming their predictions for Oscar winners. The participant who makes the most correct selections will receive a `` Oscar 2000 Contest Prize Pack'' valued at more than $250. The prize pack consists of a sweatshirt, baseball cap, duffel bag, golf shirt, original collectors' theatrical posters and more. In the case of a tie, the finalists will be entered into a draw and the winner will be randomly selected.

    In addition to the online Oscar contest, the section features an interactive daily poll where Canadians can share their opinions on a variety of movie-related questions; for example, what was the last film to sweep the five major categories (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay)? The poll provides a uniquely Canadian view of the awards and how Canadians think the nominees will fare on the big night.

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News Headlines For Friday 17th March 2000
This Week's Picks - Sony
  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:41 EST/09:41 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Bone Collector

    He takes his victims' lives and leaves behind mysterious pieces of a bizarre puzzle. And the only person who may be able to make sense of the serial killer's deranged plan is Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington), a one-time top homicide investigator. But after a tragic accident changes his life forever, Rhyme can only watch as other cops bungle the case...until he teams up with a young rookie, Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie), who bravely becomes his eyes and ears and searches out the clues that help them solve the case.

    But as the killer senses the cops closing in, Rhyme realizes that he and his partner are on the trail of a vicious, sadistic murderer who will stop at nothing on his deadly mission. And at any moment, Rhyme and Amelia could become his next targets - and their first case could become their last.

    "The Bone Collector" is rated "R" and has a running time of 118 minutes.


    Outside Providence

    From the hit-making Farrelly Brothers - the guys who brought you There's Something About Mary - Ouside Providence stars Alec Baldwin (The Edge, Mercury Rising) in an outrageously funny story about a kid who's grown up with nothing but a broken home, a three-legged dog and a full-blown attraction to trouble!

    Everything changes for Timothy Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy - Anywhere But Here, The Faculty), however, when he crashes into a parked police car...prompting his loudmouthed old man (Baldwin) to ship him from their blue-collar town to a snobbish prep school! But even though he's out of place, outclassed and seriously outnumbered, nothing could have prepared Tim's new classmates for him!

    Also featuring Amy Smart (Varsity Blues), George Wendt (TV's Cheers) and a great soundtrack of '70s hits, this acclaimed hit brings you more of the sidesplitting laughs you expect from a Farrelly Brothers comedy!

    "Outside Providence" is rated "R" and has a running time of 96 minutes.


    The Best Man

    Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) is a commitment-shy writer and the best man at the wedding of Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia (Monica Calhoun). Unfortunately for Harper, the timing couldn’t be worse. His new book is coming out and it chronicles his college life with his friends in a less-than-perfect light.

    The wedding party reunites college buddies Quentin (Terrence Howard), Mirch (Harold Perrineau) and love interest Jordan (Nia Long). As the celebration weekend nears, scandalous secrets begin to reveal themselves...for better or for worse.

    "The Best Man" is rated "R" and has a running time of 121 minutes.

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  • Sony embarrased by another PlayStation2 flaw
    Time: 04:37 EDT/09:37 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp faced fresh embarrassment on Friday when its new, hugely hyped PlayStation2 (PS2) game console revealed another flaw, sending its share price sliding.

    Sony's game making unit Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) said it had found users of PS2, launched two weeks ago in Japan amid huge publicity and frenzied demand, could manipulate it to watch digital video disk (DVD) software sold overseas.

    That is in breach of an agreement among DVD player makers worldwide that stipulates machines can only play domestically sold disks equipped with disenabling codes.

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News Headlines For Thursday 16th March 2000
Mystery Men - Sleepy Hollow - Man On The Moon
  • 'Pokemon: The First Movie' Video Release Offers Kids Chance to Meet and Challenge Pokemon Card Game Creator in Japan
    Time: 17:53 EDT/22:53 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The $87 Million Hit Blasts Into Stores March 21 on Video and DVD.

    Warner Home Video (WHV) will bring the hit movie from today's hottest franchise to stores on March 21. "Pokemon: The First Movie" will be available on both VHS and DVD. As part of the video release, WHV has inserted five special "Golden Tickets" into five randomly selected "Pokemon: The First Movie" VHS packages. Whoever finds a Pokemon Golden Ticket will be eligible to claim the following once-in-a-lifetime Pokemon prize package(a):

    • A trip for two (child plus parent or guardian) to Japan.
    • A meeting with Mr. Ishihara, president of Creatures and the creator of the Pokemon card game, who will sign the winners' cards and play the game with each winner.
    • A $1,000 shopping spree at the Pokemon Center in Japan.
    • A first-edition starter set of Team Rocket game cards.

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  • ActiveDVD: Mystery Men: DVD - Review
    Time: 16:03 EST/21:03 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Mystery Men - ReviewI have posted my review of the recently released Universal DVD - Mystery Men. Here is a snippet from the review:

    Despite the great casting, good characters and some fine directing from first-time director Kinka Usher, I just didn't find Mystery Men at all funny, not even once which I found very surprising when you consider the comedians who are involved in the movie.

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  • Sleepy Hollow Announced
    Time: 16:03 EST/21:03 GMT News Source: DVD Reviewer Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Paramount Home Video have officially announced Sleepy Hollow for release on 23rd May. Tim Burton's version of Washington Irving's classic has already been nominated for three Academy Awards for Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design. With a cast including Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson and Casper Van Dien, this is a tale of a detective seeking to resolve a series of mysterious beheadings in upstate New York.

    Presented with an Anamorphic transfer, 5.1 Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround soundtracks, extras include a directors commentary track, cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes featurette including never-before-seen scenes, photo gallery, cast biographies and two trailers. Retail price for this one when it arrives will be $29.99.

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  • Man On The Moon - May 30th
    Time: 16:03 EST/21:03 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Man On The Moon is to be released May 30th - starring Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman. This biography of the comedians life is presented with an Anamorphic transfer plus 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. Extras include two making-of featurettes, two music videos from REM, deleted scene, production notes, bios, trailers and DVD-ROM supplements. Retail price for this disc will be $24.95.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 15th March 2000
DVD News Around The Net
  • Goes From PC to Pulp
    Time: 17:55 EST/22:55 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean, premier online destination for film-related content and commerce, today announced the launch of a monthly print publication featuring columns by acclaimed entertainment industry journalists and critics, interviews with top actors and directors, and articles about new and classic films. Beginning today, Reel Magazine will reach movie lovers everywhere as an off-line extension of's editorial content. The inaugural double-issue celebrates the Oscars®, America's favorite movie award, and 200,000 copies will be distributed to movie consumers who sign up through the Web site or pick it up in off-line locations.

    ``Reel Magazine is a natural extension of the brand,'' said Dave Rochlin, chief operating officer of ``We've assembled one of the top editorial staffs in the film world and the magazine is another way for us to present our editorial information to film lovers everywhere. The magazine, combined with our Web site, also offers an opportunity for advertisers to reach a highly concentrated filmed-entertainment audience.''

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  • NetFlix and Circuit City Partner to Bridge Online and Offline DVD Marketplace
    Time: 17:53 EDT/22:53 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Internet movie rental destination NetFlix and Circuit City, one of the nation's largest consumer electronics retailers, announced today that they are joining forces to offer a promotion designed to bridge the online and offline DVD marketplace. The move, expected to accelerate DVD hardware sales at Circuit City's more than 600 retail outlets nationwide, will provide an in-store coupon good for 13 free rentals from NetFlix to purchasers of DVD players beginning March 15 through August 31.

    ``NetFlix's partnership with Circuit City capitalizes on the benefits that a combined online and offline retail effort can bring to consumers,'' said NetFlix CEO Reed Hastings. ``Through alliances and promotions such as this, we have continuously sought to make NetFlix a valuable service for DVD hardware owners by providing them with simple rental programs and access to virtually every DVD published.''

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  • Spruce and InterVideo Partner to Deliver WebDVD Player For All CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Equipped PCs
    Time: 17:44 EST/22:44 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Spruce Technologies and InterVideo Inc. announced today that they have partnered to deliver a WebDVD player for Windows-based PCs, which Spruce customers can freely distribute with titles they create using Spruce Convergence(TM). When combined with Spruce's DVDonCD(TM) technology, the new Convergence-Enabled player enables Spruce customers to distribute DVD-quality material for use with on any of the over 200,000,000 CD-ROM equipped PCs installed today.

    With the introduction of the new player, titles created using Spruce Convergence are optimized to work directly with InterVideo's renowned player engine. By including the player on their finished titles, DVD authors enable virtually any current Windows-based PC (98, 2000 and NT) to play DVD-quality titles without any additional specialized hardware or software.

    ``Spruce chose InterVideo Inc. because their player represents the highest level of performance and quality,'' said David Tinsley, Product Manager of Convergence for Spruce Technologies. ``We view the purpose of Convergence as truly integrating all aspects of the web, e-commerce, local and remote streaming media, with a better-than-broadband quality experience. We have big plans over the next few months to solidify our position as the forerunner in this technology, including evolving this new product into a player that raises the benchmark for multimedia deliverables. This is more than another promise of what the future will bring. We are delivering it now! In fact, we have clients that have already created and distributed titles using this technology.''

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  • Ultera and NewWave Technologies Team to Deliver DVD Replication Solutions
    Time: 17:42 EST/22:42 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Ultera Systems, the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, with unique and technically advanced storage controller products, today announced another move, immediately positioning the company in the DVD marketplace.

    Ultera has signed an agreement with NewWave Technologies as a national distributor for the company's new DVD-R MultiMaster(TM), the most versatile DVD mastering solution available for short-run DVD duplication.

    Ultera's DVD-R array controller allows up to 12 SCSI-based DVD-R drives to be connected to a single host, creating 12 DVD copies in the time it usually takes to record just one, making the Ultera DVD-R MultiMaster the most economical solution to create multiple DVD audio, video or data disks.

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  • Sparks 'B Movie' Mania
    Time: 04:52 EDT/09:52 GMT News Source: Excite News Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Tired of watching the same old mega-budget films filled with inhumanly white teeth, extraordinarily sculpted bra-filler and mind numbing special effects? Tired of going to the movie rental joint only to be tempted by their candy counter? Tired of waiting until 3:00am just to see the films that you can relate to? has the secret to fulfilling your deepest desires -- Free B-Movies.

    "With hundreds of B-Movie titles such as "Hatchet For The Honeymoon," "Monster From Green Hell," "House of Exorcism," "Night of The Living Dead" or "Atomic Brain," is to the B-Movie file what $70 million in campaign contributions is to George W. Bush," says James Nguyen, CEO and founder of

    Imagine sitting in your stuffy little cubicle and logging on to titles like: "Reefer Madness," "Godzilla vs. Megalon" or "Convoy." What better way to kill the last couple hours before leaving work on Friday than to snuggle up with Frank Stallone in "Terror In Beverly Hills."

    In addition to screening your favorite B-Movies, also works closely with major film studios to bring its visitors in-depth information and trailers for current releases.

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  • DVD to overtake VHS in 3 years, study says
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Worldwide spending on DVDs will surpass that on videos by 2003 and there will be DVD players in 625 million homes by the end of the decade, according to a study released in London Tuesday.

    "The implication is VHS is kind of a dead duck," said Bob Marich, senior editor of forecasting group Baskerville Communications Corp., which studies consumer habits.

    "The growth of DVD software will continue through this decade despite competition from pay per view, satellite and cable."

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News Headlines For Tuesday 14th March 2000
 DVD News Around The Net
  • Daikin Scenarist NT 2.0 Brings Full Spectrum of Panasonic Rewriteable DVD-RAM Drive Capabilities to DVD Authoring
    Time: 18:18 EDT/23:18 GMT News Source: Excite News Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Daikin U.S. Comtec Laboratories announced today that its tests have confirmed the compatibility of Daikin's Scenarist(R) NT 2.0 advanced DVD authoring software with Panasonic(R)'s 5.2GB DVD-RAM drive. Enhanced with new productivity features, Daikin's professional premastering and authoring software simplifies the most difficult aspects of creating a DVD title so production time--and the associated costs--are substantially reduced. With drag and drop output to the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive, businesses and professional videographers can also realize significant savings in storage costs. By utilizing the same DVD-RAM drive for premastering, video storage, backup, database storage and for reading CDs at 20x speeds, Scenarist NT users can achieve even greater savings.

    DVD-RAM technology offers DVD software developers, DVD publishers, post-production and creative content providers with compelling reasons for adding a DVD-RAM drive to their DVD authoring tools. The discs provide a removable storage capacity of up to 5.2GB (double-sided) and more than 100,000 write/rewrite cycles for about .008(cent)/MB. Applications that can benefit from combining Daikin's Scenarist NT with a Panasonic DVD-RAM drive range from entertainment, training, and educational videos to corporate product demonstrations.

    "The versatility and capacity of the DVD format has raised the expectations for video content and interactivity," said Dr. Panos Nasiopoulos, Daikin U.S. Director of Marketing Communi-cations. "At the same time, increased competition and tight budgets are dictating the need for faster delivery of DVD titles at a lower cost. Scenarist NT helps DVD authors meet all of these expectations with tools that simplify production and support for DVD-RAM technology."

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  • 'Three to Tango' Debuts on DVD and VHS Rental April 11
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Three of Hollywood's hottest young stars -- Matthew Perry (``The Whole Nine Yards,'' ``Friends''); Neve Campbell (``Drowning Mona,'' ``Scream 3,'') and Dylan McDermott (``The Practice,'' ``In the Line of Fire'') -- team up in the romantic comedy ``Three to Tango.''

    The ``Three to Tango'' DVD version contains these extra features: dual format (pan and scan, widescreen), theatrical trailer, subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1. ``Three To Tango'' will also be available on VHS with Spanish subtitles.

    ``A charming romantic comedy in the 'Tootsie' vein,'' according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle, ``Three to Tango'' is about Oscar Novak (Perry), a boyishly handsome young architect on the rise who sooner or later will come out of the closet and declare before friends, parents, the cosmos and the 11-o'clock news that he is, well, straight. But will he do it? After all, the woman of his dreams feels comfortable around him ... because she thinks he's gay.

    ``Three to Tango'' is directed by Damon Santostefano, produced by Bobby Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver and Bettina Sofia Viviano and written by Rodney Vaccaro and Aline Brosh McKenna from a story by Vaccaro. Lawrence B. Abramson and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers; John M. Eckert and Keri Selig are co-producers.

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News Headlines For Monday 13th March 2000
  • 'House on Haunted Hill' Debuts on DVD and VHS Rental April 18
    Time: 18:08 EST/23:08 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In ``House on Haunted Hill,'' the spine-tingling remake of William Castle's 1958 classic horror tale that starred Vincent Price, six strangers have the chance to make $1,000,000 each.

    That is, if they can manage to make it through the night alive.

    Combining white-knuckle terror with dark humor and cutting-edge special effects, ``House on Haunted Hill'' will debut April 18 from Warner Home Video on VHS for rent as well as on DVD.

    Academy-Award winner Robert Zemeckis (``Forrest Gump,'' ``Contact'') and Joel Silver (``The Matrix,'' ``Lethal Weapon'' movies), along with Gil Adler (``Tales from the Crypt'') produced the movie which is a Dark Castle Pictures' production. William Malone directed.

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  • Nintendo: New console won't debut until 2001
    Time: 18:18 EDT/23:18 GMT News Source: Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In a case of bad timing, Nintendo has confirmed that the release of its next-generation game console will be delayed until 2001, which likely will coincide with the release of Microsoft's first console.

    Nintendo announced the release of the console, code-named Dolphin, will be pushed back until the first half of 2001. Nintendo had previously said it would release the product sometime this year.

    The delay comes as Nintendo competitors Sega, Sony and now Microsoft increasingly are stealing the gaming pioneer's thunder. Sega and Sony both have beaten Nintendo to the punch with the release of the Dreamcast and the PlayStation2, respectively. Intended as home-entertainment hubs rather than mere game players, these consoles include features such as Internet connectivity and DVD players, as well as high-speed graphics and processing power.

    Microsoft announced a similarly robust console, the X-Box, at an industry event last week.

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  • Innovation With Second Virtual Theater Screening & Simultaneous Online Chat With `The Matrix' Academy Award(R) Nominees
    Time: 18:08 EST/23:08 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Poised to repeat its online ``first'' from late last year, Warner Home Video (WHV) has announced a second event featuring the Web-enabled ``The Matrix'' DVD.

    This time it spotlights the Academy Award®-nominated special effects and technical wizards who helped mastermind the hit futuristic action-thriller, which has become the No. 1 best-selling DVD of all-time.

    On March 23, users all over the world will again share the unique opportunity of simultaneously watching ``The Matrix'' while chatting online with its creators -- as they did this past November with writer/directors Andy and Larry Wachowski. Now, three more filmmakers will participate: Editor Zach Staenberg, Visual Effects supervisor John Gaeta and Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor Dane Davis.

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  • Sony Europe and Warner Home Video Announce Major Marketing Campaign to Expand DVD-Video Sales in Europe
    Time: 18:02 EST/23:02 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sony Europe GmbH and Warner Home Video are joining forces on a joint DVD-Video marketing campaign designed to drive both hardware and software sales in Europe.

    The campaign, which will run through the year 2000, has been specifically designed to generate greater consumer awareness and interest in the DVD format. It follows a breakthrough year in 1999 for DVD-Video in Europe, where player sales are exceeding 1 million units. Expectations are that DVD hardware sales will reach 4 million units and DVD software sales of at least 60 million units will be achieved in Europe this year.

    The joint marketing campaign is the largest ever in Europe involving both a hardware and a software company. Beginning in April, there will be new TV commercials and print advertising to support the program. The promotion will also be supported by retail activities that will include a special Sony DVD/Home Cinema 4D demonstration display as well as point-of-sales materials.

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  • The Smiths' Classic Music Videos Compiled on DVD 'The Complete Picture'
    Time: 17:59 EST/22:59 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Warner/Reprise Home Video is set to release THE SMITHS: THE COMPLETE PICTURE, a compilation of the band's greatest video hits and performance footage on DVD. The fifty-minute collection is set for release on April 4th and is a companion to the VHS of the same title, which was released in 1992. THE SMITHS: THE COMPLETE PICTURE DVD is also closed-captioned and is presented in linear PCM stereo for the finest sound quality.

    Featured on THE SMITHS: THE COMPLETE PICTURE DVD are music videos for the songs ``Panic,'' ``Ask,'' ``Girlfriend In A Coma'' (with excerpts from the '60s cult classic ``The Leather Boys''), ``How Soon Is Now?'' and ``Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before'' (with members of The Smiths' Indeed fanzine enterprise impersonating Morrissey). Also found on the DVD is the earliest television footage of The Smiths performing ``This Charming Man,'' as well as some of the band's legendary performances on the British television show ``Top Of The Pops''.

    In addition, THE SMITHS: THE COMPLETE PICTURE features the short film by Derek Jarman ``The Queen Is Dead,'' which includes the tracks ``The Queen Is Dead,'' ``There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'' and ``Panic.''

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  •, Inc. Launches Movie Previews, Allows Visitors to Vote For Academy Award(R) Nominated Films
    Time: 17:21 EST/22:21 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean, Inc., the web's premiere preview network, today announced its expansion into home video and DVD previews. Visitors to can now view streaming movie trailers for hundreds of new VHS and DVD releases.

    In celebration of its movie launch, is honoring the Academy Awards® by allowing users to preview and vote for the Academy Award nominated films in eight of the top categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, and Best Director. American Beauty is currently the runaway favorite among voters, earning 39% of the votes for Best Picture.

    Similar to the music charts on, visitors can click and instantly preview films from categories including DVD, Movies, and Kids & Family. The charts, which are updated daily, offer an easy way for consumers to browse and preview all the newest video releases so they can decide which videos to rent or purchase online or offline. has created the Internet's premier digital marketplace for music and videos. When a visitor to clicks on a movie title, a movie trailer begins streaming and a pop-up window appears which includes a sponsor's website. All previews are sponsored by distributors and e-tailers that position the music and video products they sponsor on charts. Consumers view the sponsor's website as they preview and have an opportunity to buy (or learn more about) the products they are previewing. Charter sponsors on's video charts include Winstar Home Video,, and DVD EXPRESS.

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News Headlines For Saturday 11th March 2000

News Headlines For Friday 10th March 2000
Week Picks
  • This Weeks Picks
    Time: 04:41 EST/09:41 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Eyes Wide Shut

    Stanley Kubrick’s daring last film is many things. It is a compelling psychosexual journey. A haunting dreamscape. A riveting tale of suspense. A major milestone in the careers of stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. And “a worthy final chapter to a great director’s career” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).

    Cruise plays Dr. William Harford, who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage – and may even ensnare him in a lurid murder mystery – after his wife’s (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Graceful tracking shots, controlled pacing, rich colors, startling images: bravura traits that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone’s eyes wide open.

    "Eyes Wide Shut" is rated "R" and has a running time of 159 minutes.


    Double Jeopardy

    The chase is on! Ashley Judd shines in this unstoppable, untoppable box-office smash that co-stars Tommy Lee Jones in his “best performance since The Fugitive.”

    Judd plays Libby Parsons, who discovers that the husband she's convicted of murdering staged his own death and framed her for the crime. Released on parole, she skips town to find him – and that puts parole officer Travis Lehman (Jones) on her trail. Packed with more crowd-pleasing excitement than several movies put together, Double Jeopardy delivers “lots of action and spine-tingling suspense from start to finish.”

    "Double Jeopardy" is rated "R" and has a running time of 105 minutes.


    Key Largo

    A hurricane swells outside, but it’s nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) holes up and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple (Lionel Barrymore) and ex-GI Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart).

    McCloud’s the one man capable of standing up against the belligerent Rocco. But the postwar world’s realities may have taken all the fight out of him. John Huston co-wrote and compellingly directs this film of Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play with a searing Academy Award–winning performance by Claire Trevor as Rocco’s gold-hearted, boozy moll. In Huston’s hands, it becomes a powerful, sweltering classic.

    "Key Largo" has a running time of 101 minutes.

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News Headlines For Thursday 9th March 2000
Three Kings
  • UK's Leading Online DVD Retailer, DVDplus, Partners with MGI Software
    Time: 17:25 EST/22:25 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    MGI Software, a leader in e-commerce imaging and digital video, today announced a commercial partnership with DVDplus, the UK's leading online DVD retailer. The partnership will provide European users of MGI SoftDVD MAX - MGI's software-only DVD player - with a direct link to the DVDplus web site ( ) which stocks every DVD released to the UK market.

    Simply clicking on the MGI logo in SoftDVD MAX immediately launches the user's browser and transports them to the DVDplus site. Once there, visitors can choose from an extensive range of DVD titles and take advantage of the regular discounts and special promotions featured on the DVDplus web site. In return for attracting interested MGI SoftDVD MAX users to the DVDplus web site, the companies have entered into a revenue sharing agreement. The partnership is similar in nature to the relationship MGI Software has established with DVD EXPRESS for North American users..

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  • Warner Home Video Launches Special Web Site for ''The Humphrey Bogart Collection''
    Time: 17:21 EST/22:21 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Warner Home Video (WHV) has launched an exclusive Web site,, dedicated to Humphrey Bogart, America's greatest movie star.

    Packed with information about the Warner film legend, the new site coincides with this week's debut of WHV's ``The Humphrey Bogart Collection,'' which re-introduces 19 Bogart classics.

    Two unique featrures of will be 1) posting historical studio correspondence involving Bogart and 2) inviting particiapnts to share their memories of Bogart and his films (the best will also be posted). Visitors to the site will find detailed information about Bogart's movies and his career, as well as photographs and trivia.

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  • Microsoft To Hold A Conference On "New Game Business" Tomorrow
    Time: 06:20 EST/11:20 GMT News Source: Microsoft Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it will hold a news conference at 02:00 GMT on Friday in Tokyo about a new game business. "The company will talk about its new game business. We can't comment any further" a Microsoft spokesman said.

    Microsoft Vice President Rick Thompson, who is in charge of hardware, will attend the conference.

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  • ``Three Kings:'' One of the Best of the Year
    Time: 04:41 EST/09:41 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Three Kings"Three Kings," the highly praised action adventure film starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, will be available from Warner Home Video (WHV) on VHS rental and DVD on April 11.

    "Three Kings" was voted best picture of the year by Newsweek's David Ansen and by the Boston Film Critics Association, who also gave a best director nod to David O. Russell. To date, the film has landed on more than 125 U.S. critics' top 10 lists. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern said "Three Kings" sets "a gold standard for all other movies this (past) year."

    The DVD (presented in 16:9 Widescreen) will be a specially enhanced, Web-enabled version with loads of extras priced at $24.98 SRP.

    The DVD will include these special features:

    • Behind-the-scenes documentary: "Under the Bunker: On the Set of Three Kings"
    • Two feature-length audio commentaries with director David O. Russell and producers Chuck Roven and Ed McDonnell
    • Tour of the Iraqi village set
    • Interview with director of photography Tom Sigel
    • David O. Russell's Video Journal
    • Deleted scenes with commentary from director Russell
    • Special photography from Spike Jonze, actor-director ("Being John Malkovich")
    • An intimate look inside the acting process with Ice Cube
    • Bunkers: Three hidden features found on menu pages. (Two bunkers reveal codes that will unlock special features on the Web and one bunker will unlock a TV spot.)

    The enhanced features for DVD-ROM PCs will include:

    • Links to CNN's Gulf War archives
    • Special Web events: Online screenings and chats with filmmakers/stars (details to be announced)
    • Original theatrical Web site and more

    "Three Kings" centers around career soldier Archie Gates (Clooney), who has been marking time in his Gulf War base camp while high-tech U.S. specialists fight. But now, after the war's end, it's time for action as Gates and three other restless Americans decide to raid a bunker holding a stash of gold stolen by the Iraqi army. Get in, get out, get rich: the plan couldn't be easier. Or so they thought.

    "Three Kings" is rated "R" and has a running time of 114 minutes.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 8th March 2000
Oscar Ballots
  • TEAC Maintains Market Lead With Shipment of Industry's Lightest External CD-ROM Drive
    Time: 17:44 EST/22:44 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    TEAC, a world leader in the manufacture of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and CD-R/RW storage technology, today begins shipping the industry's lightest external CD-ROM drive, the 24X PortaCD, for laptop and subnotebook computers. Designed to fit easily into a laptop PC carrying case, the new drive compliments the mobile convenience of the thinnest laptop or subnotebook computer with a sleek, metallic clamshell design that is not much larger than a CD jewel case. The compact 24X PortaCD can be found at participating retailers throughout the country and is available to resellers and VARs through the Company's network of authorized distributors.

    Weighing less than nine ounces and just 1/2`` thick, the top-loading TEAC 24X PortaCD performs at a maximum data transfer rate of 24X or 3.6MB/sec with a 130ms random access time. The high-speed data transfer rate allows smooth video playback without noticeable delay and the drive's low average access time provides quick database searches and access to reference materials. The external drive easily connects to a laptop or subnotebook PC using its accompanying PCMCIA Type II connector. It is powered directly through the PCMCIA connection so there is no need for an AC adapter or power cable. The drive is plug and play compatible with Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. It has front controls and a headphone jack to make it convenient to listen to and playback audio CDs.

    ``Even at a time when CD-ROM drives are relied on for so many standard applications on all PC Systems, there is a new wave of slim subnotebook computers that have opted out of built-in CD-ROM drives in order to stay ultra slim,'' stated Les Luzar, division manager, TEAC's Data Storage Products Division. ``TEAC has designed the sleek, lightweight 24X PortaCD to fit the demand of the traveler who can not be weighed down by bulky notebook peripherals and wants the advantages of a high-performance CD-ROM drive with their portable computer.''

    The 24X PortaCD (model #CD-224PE) is shipping at an MSRP of $199.00.

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  • Four thousand duplicate Oscar ballots mailed
    Time: 04:53 EST/09:53 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The organizers of the Oscars took no chances Tuesday and mailed out 4,000 duplicate ballots after a first batch of ballots disappeared before getting to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    The original ballot papers, representing about four-fifths of the total of those deciding the film industry's most prestigious awards, went missing after being handed over to the Post Office a week ago.

    Academy spokesman John Pavlik said the Academy first realized something was amiss on Sunday night when the Scientific and Technical Awards were handed out. Members attending that ceremony asked why they had not yet received their ballots. Then the Academy started receiving calls from other members on Monday asking what had happened to the voting forms.

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  • Capitol Records to Release "Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story''
    Time: 04:50 EST/09:50 GMT News Source: DVD Shrine Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Capitol Records will release new, expanded special DVD and VHS editions of ``Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys Story,'' the highly rated, critically acclaimed documentary, produced by Stephanie Bennett of Delilah Films and directed by Alan Boyd, which made its U.S. television debut on VH1 in 1998.

    A soundtrack CD of ``Endless Harmony,'' originally released to coincide with the VH1 airing, is also available. The DVD will feature five bonus video clips, including recently rediscovered and previously unreleased footage from the vaults, as well as new 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of seven of their classic songs.

    The VHS release will also contain rare archival footage which has never aired before. In this two-hour documentary on their musical life, The Beach Boys tell the story of their remarkable career, a career that has spanned eight presidents and survived through tremendous personal and professional obstacles.

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News Headlines For Tuesday 7th March 2000
 Yamaha-RX-V1 - Sony Playstation2
  • Anamorphic Widescreen for Dummies
    Time: 04:57 EST/09:57 GMT News Source: The Digital Bits Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Digital Bits has released its great "Anamorphic Widescreen for Dummies" article that will teach even the most tech-savvy person something.

    Bill Hunt, editor of TheDigitalBits, has produced a great guide for all those people who have questions about what an anamorphic transfer is and how it benefits them. It's a great article for anyone with a DVD player.

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  • Warner Home Video Brings Two of the Most Talked-About Movies of 1999 to DVD
    Time: 04:53 EST/09:53 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    March DVD Releases Include ``Eyes Wide Shut'' and ``Pokemon: the First Movie'' Plus Vintage Scooby-Doo and Tom & Jerry Episodes

    Two of the hottest movies of 1999 will be part of the exciting DVD lineup for March, Warner Home Video (WHV) announced today.

    Legendary director Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece and the first Pokemon movie lead the diverse slate of releases, along with the DVD debut of beloved cartoon characters Scooby-Doo and Tom & Jerry. With each priced from suggested retail prices of $24.98-$26.98, there's something for every family member to enjoy.

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  • Experts see dawn of digital cinema years away
    Time: 04:50 EST/09:50 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    With all the talk of new digital technology in entertainment -- DVD, HDTV, the Net -- movie fans might think digital movies will be in local theaters any day, but that won't happen for years, industry experts said Monday.

    The state of digital cinema took much of the spotlight here on the first day of the anual ShoWest trade show where theater owners meet each year to consider the health of their industry, and the health this year is anemic at best.

    Despite a $33 billion 1999 at box offices worldwide, theater operators are overburdened with debt after recent years of building expensive mega-plexes. Many hope new digital films with crisp pictures and clear sound will enhance moviegoing and draw more people into theaters, but others aren't so sure.

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  • Large Merger In Projection Systems Arena
    Time: 04:46 EST/09:46 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Multimedia projection company InFocus, Wilsonville, Ore., said Monday that it is acquiring Norway-based Proxima in a stock swap valued at $478 million. The combined companies will be the world's largest manufacturer of projection systems for PCs, video players, and DVD players. InFocus will continue to use Proxima brand names.

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News Headlines For Monday 6th March 2000
 Yamaha-RX-V1 - Sony Playstation2
  • Yamaha Introduces Its RX-V1 DTS-Extended Surround Home Theater Receiver
    Time: 14:05 EST/19:05 GMT News Source: DVDinsider Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Yamaha Electronics Corporation introduces the RX-V1, the first-ever DTS-Extended Surround home theater receiver. The RX-V1, the first to offer Dolby Digital DTS Surround 6.1 Matrix and DTS-ES, made its worldwide debut in Los Angeles with an exclusive audio and video demonstration at Ken Crane's Home Entertainment Center.

    The new receiver is an expression of Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART Design – an engineering, performance and quality standard for the new era of digital electronics. The RX-V1 incorporates a pair of newly designed LSIs which deliver High Density Cinema DSP. Other new digital features include the use of Burr-Brown PCM 1704 -- 96 kHz, 24-bit -- DACs for all 10 channels and a wide-range, precise digitally controlled analog volume control.

    The RX-V1 is an 8-channel receiver which maintains Yamaha's flagship tradition of adding two front-effects speakers to the conventional surround array. The new receiver delivers 110 watts to the six full-range channels required by the latest DTS and Dolby surround formats, and 35 watts each to the two front effects channels. Total power for the 8-channel amplifier is more than 700 watts RMS. For future external decoders, the RX-V1 is also equipped with 6-channel analog inputs.

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  • Sony Sold Nearly One Mln Playstation2's
    Time: 13:56 EST/18:56 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sony Corp said on Monday it had sold 980,000 of its PlayStation2 video game consoles since the Saturday launch, nearly matching its sales target of one million for the first two days.

    That is more than 10 times the sales scored by the original PlayStation console in the same period when it was launched five years ago, the company said in statement. The figures, however, included consoles sold over the Internet which had not yet been delivered to customers.

    Sony's shipments seemed to have fallen short of demand and it admitted that production was 10 days behind schedule due to a shortage of memory cards, which are used to store games.

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  • Procom Delivers Macintosh Support and Enhanced DVD Support for DataFORCE NAS Appliances
    Time: 13:54 EST/18:54 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Procom Technology Inc. (Nasdaq:PRCM - news) today announced the latest software upgrade for its industry-leading DataFORCE(TM) CD/DVD-ROM network attached storage (NAS) servers.

    The servers have enhanced DVD-ROM capability as well as protocol support for Macintosh(a) and Windows(a) 95 and 98/NT networks, opening up the benefits of Procom's CD-ROM networking technology to a broad new set of users.

    The new Version 2.4 of Procom's Managed Enterprise Software Architecture (MESA(TM)) is being deployed across the complete DataFORCE product line, encompassing workgroup, mid-range and enterprise-class models, allowing MIS administrators to manage all DataFORCE NAS servers from a single, consistent interface.

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News Headlines For Friday 3rd March 2000
 The Insider - Streaming DVD
  • MGM Rumors
    Time: 07:33 EST/12:33 GMT News Source: The Digital Bits Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Digital Bits have posted up a list of MGM's planned releases for early Summer. Beginning in June, look for the titles Desperately Seeking Susan, FX, FX2, Hot Spot, Married to the Mob, Missing in Action, Stonebrook, Supernova and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

    Then in July expect the discs American Pimp, Annie Hall, Banannas, Easy Money, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, the 1989 version of Henry V, Interiors, Love and Death, Manhattan, Sleeper, Stardust Memories, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Princess Bride: Special Edition, Three Strikes and a Woody Allen box set.

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  • "The Insider" available on VHS and DVD April 11th
    Time: 05:45 EST/10:45 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The InsiderAcademy Award Winner Al Pacino and Russell Crowe star in The Insider, a suspenseful edge of your seat thriller, based on the true story that stunned the nation when whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand jeopardized everything he had to reveal the shocking practices of the tobacco industry.

    The Insider is one of those movies in which the message, not the medium, is more important, Marshall McLuhan's communication theories aside.

    As co-written by Eric Roth and Michael Mann and directed by Mann, The Insider is a lumbering giant that sprawls across the screen, demanding attention.

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  • Sonic Solutions Introduces Streaming DVD
    Time: 05:38 EST/10:38 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC - news) today revolutionized the market for streaming video applications with the introduction of Streaming DVD(TM), a new technology that combines the interactivity of DVD-Video with the ability to broadcast video content over the Web.

    Built on industry standards such as DVD-Video, MPEG-2 video and MP3 audio, Streaming DVD enables anyone with a personal computer and a high-speed Internet connection to create and broadcast interactive video from their desktop.

    ``Until today, video on the Internet has consisted only of individual video clips or webcasts,'' said Robert Doris, President and CEO of Sonic Solutions. ``Streaming DVD changes all that, and brings interactivity to streaming media for the first time, providing a far more engaging experience. Combined with Sonic's new PersonalBroadcast(TM) technology, DVDit! users can even set up their own personal DVD broadcast station.''

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  • Sony Showcases New Line of DVD Home Entertainment Systems
    Time: 05:32 EST/10:32 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sony DVD Dream SystemSony Electronics today introduced eight new DVD-Video systems designed to maximize the home theater experience for any lifestyle and budget.

    With more than 7 million new DVD buyers expected in 2000 and more than 5,000 software titles available, Sony is introducing its broadest range of DVD systems ever. All the new systems feature single- or multi-disc Sony DVD players, Dolby Digital(TM) 5.1 channel surround sound processing, pre-programmed A/V remotes, and six-piece speaker packages.

    Specifically, these new DVD home theater products include the DVD Dream System(TM), a fully featured lifestyle system combining DVD/CD functionality with a digital multi-channel amplifier and Dolby Digital decoding, a newly designed five-disc DVD/CD SAVA(TM) sound system, two ``Home Theater in a Box'' packages, three full size A/V rack systems and a mini-system.

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  • American Dramatically Expands the Use of DVD Inflight Video Players By Introducing Them on 767-ER Airplanes
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    American Airlines, the first airline in the world to use DVD inflight video players on regularly scheduled flights, today announced a major expansion of the feature. American is adding DVDs to first class service on a wider range of flights between the United States and both Europe and South America, and to first class on eight U.S. cross-country routes.

    All of the DVD players come with new Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headsets, which were another American Airlines service innovation.

    Since introducing DVDs last September, American has been offering the high-technology systems in first class on six MD11 aircraft serving three European routes and two routes to and from South America.

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  • Pinnacle Systems Continues to Innovate With Its Industry Leading, Real-Time Solution for Creating, Publishing and Streaming Rich Media Content
    Time: 05:04 EST/10:04 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Pinnacle Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLE - news ) today announced that its DVD1000 product will be shipping with new advanced features bringing even more power to what has already become an industry-leading video and DVD creation as well as web streaming solution. New features include direct digital control of popular DV camcorders and the new Minerva Impression 2.0 DVD authoring software that provides a powerful collection of authoring features, such as motion menus and multi-angle, previously only available in systems costing several times more.

    DV camcorders have become very popular tools for shooting video since they record in a digital format and provide a higher level of quality than analog camcorders. DVD1000 can now control popular DV camcorders directly through the IEEE-1394 (Firewire) connection to deliver automated capture of video for editing and delivery playback to the DV camcorder. This new high-powered feature provides DVD1000 video editors with significant time savings and workflow accuracy.

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News Headlines For Thursday 2nd March 2000
  • Two more movies will carry the THX EX audio format
    Time: 12:32 EST/17:32 GMT News Source: DVD Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    We just received information about two more movies that will be THX EX enhanced when they hit movie theaters shortly. Ridley Scott's Gladiator and Brian DePalma's Mission To Mars have both been mixed with the THX EX extension in their Dolby Digital mixes. With these two titles, the total number of THX EX-encoded theatrical movies climbs to 15 now, a number of which are also using the THX EX Extension in their DVD releases. Here is a list of the movies that currently make use of the additional rear channel in the mix that is fully compatible with existing 5.1 channel configurations. "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me", "Bats", "The Bone Collector", "Chicken Run", "Fight Club", "Gladiator", "The Haunting", "The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc", "Mission To Mars", "Pitch Black", "Spooky House", "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", "Toy Story 2", "The World Is Not Enough" and "X-Men".

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  • Yamaha Electronics unveils new 6.1 home theater receiver
    Time: 12:30 EST/17:30 GMT News Source: DVD Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    Yamaha Electronics Corporation introduces the RX-V1, the first-ever DTS-Extended Surround home theater receiver. The RX-V1, the first to offer Dolby Digital DTS Surround 6.1 Matrix and DTS-ES, made its worldwide debut today in Los Angeles with an exclusive audio and video demonstration at Ken Crane's Home Entertainment Center. "The RX-V1 is the most advanced, most captivating home theater receiver ever made," said Steve Caldero, vice president, Yamaha Electronics Corp. "It is capable of delivering frequency response of more than 100kHz, thereby offering the highest audio resolution ever available to consumers. The RX-V1 brings amazingly lifelike sound detail to any home theater experience and represents a bold new direction in home entertainment."

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  • ``Music of the Heart'' coming to DVD April 25th
    Time: 05:17 EST/10:17 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The unparalleled Academy Award(R)-winning actress Meryl Streep (Best Actress, 1982, "Sophie's Choice,"), earns her twelfth Oscar(R) nomination for her uncompromising and compelling performance in MUSIC OF THE HEART, the inspirational story of one teacher's profound effect upon her many students' lives.

    Making its triumphant debut on home video and DVD April 25, from Miramax Home Entertainment, MUSIC OF THE HEART received a second Academy Award(R) nomination in the category of Best Original Song. Boasting an exceptional cast, the film also stars Angela Bassett ("What's Love Got To Do With It," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"), Aidan Quinn ("In Dreams"), Cloris Leachman ("The Beverly Hillbillies") Jane Leeves (TV's "Frasier") and marks the feature film acting debut of the incomparable, Grammy(R) Award-winning performer Gloria Estefan.

    The DVD is a two disc Collector's Series featuring the music video, "Music Of The Heart" performed by Gloria Estefan and NSYNC, the documentary film "Small Wonders," as well as other special behind-the-scenes bonus footage.

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  • Village and Warner to launch joint DVD venture
    Time: 05:07 EST/10:07 GMT News Source: ABC News Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Village Roadshow and Warner Home Video have announced a joint venture in the home entertainment sector.

    A video sales company, called Warner Roadshow, will focus on boosting the sale of video and digital video disc (DVD) operations, although both companies will continue to market their products individually.

    Warner Home Video will buy certain physical distribution services from Roadshow's existing facilities, including warehousing and information technology functions.

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  • Extra scenes on 'Stuart Little' DVD
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT News Source: Jam! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Expect big things when "Stuart Little" arrives on DVD.

    The disc, which is scheduled for release April 18 -- the same day as the regular video release -- will retail at $27.95 (US), a mere three bucks above the VHS list price.

    The Hollywood Reporter says the disc will include two audio-commentary tracks, a visual-effects gag reel, a blooper gag reel, screen tests, video games, a read-along feature for kids, six deleted scenes and three music videos.

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  • Cine Magnetics Authors New Yorker Films' First DVD Entry
    Time: 05:04 EST/10:04 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Cine Magnetics Video & Digital Laboratories Wednesday announced it has completed authoring New Yorker Films first-ever DVD offering, ``Jazz on a Summer's Day,'' which required the digital re-mastering of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

    The new release incorporates the latest in DVD technology and capabilities, while featuring an incredible collection of classic live jazz performances.

    Previously available on 16mm and VHS only, ``Jazz on a Summer's Day'' features an exclusive 30-minute interactive journey behind the scenes with director and master photographer Bert Stern. Special features include a 5:1 Surround Sound Stereo soundtrack; Web links; multifunctional chapter access to live performances; reflections of the star performers; highlights of the 1958 America's Cup and a complete festival play list as a bonus.

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  • Toshiba's Innovative Combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive Now Available
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC), Disk Products, Wednesday announced the availability of its combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive via distribution as well as the Toshiba Web site.

    The ideal optical storage product, the SD-R1002 provides the low-cost rewritability of a CD-RW drive with the high-capacity storage and the multimedia capabilities of DVD. The drive offers ``three-in-one'' functionality with CD-R/CD-RW, DVD and CD-ROM compatibility and is available in a complete kit with a suggested list price of $349.

    Toshiba's three-in-one combination drive kit contains all of the necessary equipment to begin using the drive immediately. The kit includes Adaptec® Easy CD Creator(TM) software and DirectCD(TM) for Windows(TM), making recording CDs user-friendly for all skill levels. Toshiba includes CyberLink's DVD software decoder so you can enjoy DVD movie playback. Also in the kit is one piece each CD-R and CD-RW media, IDE and audio cables, and a Bonus Game Sampler featuring samples of today's hottest games.

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News Headlines For Wednesday 1st March 2000
  • Rush takes personal look at ``Stunt Man''
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    If Richard Rush's ``The Stunt Man'' veered left when other more conventional action-comedies of the early '80s veered right, so too does Rush's loopy, feisty and overlong work about his signature film, ``The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man','' in relation to more generic making-of documentaries.

    Commissioned by Fox Video as part of a planned ``Stunt Man'' DVD package intended for release this year, this behind-the-scenes look at the business of Hollywood filmmaking appears threatened, according to Rush, with an uncertain future. Fox Video would be savvy to release the entire package without delay; feature and documentary fit hand-in-glove, and DVD audiences as well as the fervent ``Stunt Man'' cult crowd are primed for its release.

    Reported Fox concerns about the picture's length are, on one hand, well-founded. Just as the feature is hobbled by scenes that far outstay their welcome, so ``Saga'' becomes nearly lost in its own story, with Rush coming dangerously close to sounding like a bitter guy at the bar recounting his tale o' woe. This ignores, however, the beauty of the DVD format, which liberates the viewer to put the loquacious Rush on pause or eject for revisiting another day -- something many non-hardcore viewers are likely to do.

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  • Sony recalls battery packs
    Time: 05:04 EST/10:04 GMT News Source: Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Consumer electronics giant Sony has recalled 415,000 battery packs used in DVD players, camcorders, digital cameras and other devices.

    The recall follows the discovery of three defective battery packs in Japan and Germany. A malfunctioning welding machine cracked some battery cells during manufacturing, causing them to overheat or smoke when recharged, according to the company.

    Sony is recalling about 415,000 InfoLithium battery packs distributed worldwide--160,000 in the United States--manufactured between March and June 1999.

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  • Village links up with Warner Home Video
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Ausralian entertainment group Village Roadshow Ltd said on Wednesday it had formed an alliance with Time Warner Inc's Warner Home Video to create a new video sales company.

    The new venture, to be known as Warner Roadshow Home Entertainment, would focus on growing the sell-through DVD and video operations, although both companies would continue to market products individually.

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