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 Sonic MyDVD Brings DVD Publishing to the Home
Time: 09:50 EST/14:50 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC - news), the world leader in DVD authoring applications, announced today that it is shipping MyDVD(TM), the first consumer software that allows home users to publish their DVD content on low-cost CD-R media. With a suggested retail price of only $99 U.S., MyDVD makes it easy for consumers to create interactive scrapbooks that include videos, images and music to remember and share their birthday parties, sports events, vacations, anniversaries and other personal memories.

Based on Sonic's award-winning DVDit(TM) application for professional desktop DVD publishing, MyDVD's simple drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to select video clips and images, build menus and preview a title in minutes. Projects created with MyDVD can be written to low-cost CD recorders, allowing home video publishers to easily share their videos on a low-cost, universal medium. MyDVD also includes a software viewer on each disc, so that a CD-R with DVD content, a cDVD(TM), can be played on any of the hundreds of millions of PCs equipped with high-speed CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives.

``MyDVD is the 'killer app' for video publishing because it brings life and excitement to home movies,'' said James Manning, Product Manager for MyDVD and DVDit!. ``You don't have to watch hours of boring video footage any longer. With MyDVD you can choose the clips you want, add menus, record them to a disc, and share them with anyone who has a PC.''


 Tool Line Up CD/DVD Box Set
Time: 09:49 EST/14:39 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Tool don't plan on releasing any new music until April, but the band has firmed up a track listing for a CD and video release of some previously recorded material that will be released in time for the holidays.

The first release from Tool in four years will include a four-song DVD — which will also be available in VHS — as well as a CD featuring five live tracks and three studio cuts, according to Volcano Records. The package is scheduled to hit stores on December 12.

The expected moniker for the set was Salival, but the cover artwork and interior printed material arrived on the label's doorstep with no such title, according to a Volcano spokesperson. For now, the project remains untitled. The move is a familiar one for Tool fans, as two of the band's last three album covers do not feature titles.


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X-Men (2000)icon

Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who posses extraordinary and dangerous powers – the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches.

But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen), who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist, unveils his sinister plan for the future!

Special Features: Featurette, Interactive Menus, Photo Gallery, Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Scene Access

"X-Men (2000)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 155 minutes.



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Chicken Run (2000)icon

Unlike anything ever seen on the big screen, Chicken Run is the year’s most original comedy hailed by critics and audiences alike as "magical entertainment for all ages!" (Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert & The Movies) While the chickens on evil Mrs. Tweedy’s farm dream of a better life, a clever hen named Ginger is hatching plans to fly the coop – for good! The only problem is, chickens can’t fly…or can they? Every escape attempt goes foul until Rocky, a smooth-talking All-American rooster, crash-lands into the coop. It’s hardly poultry in motion when Rocky attempts to teach Ginger and her fine feathered friends to fly…but, with teamwork, determination and a little bit o’cluck, the fearless flock plots one last daring attempt in a spectacular bid for freedom!

Featuring unforgettable characters, incredible animation, and all-star voice talent, this instant classic from the Academy Award winning creators of Wallace & Gromit is egg-traordinary fun for the whole family

Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Access, DVD-ROM Features, Theatrical Trailer, Documentaries, Cast/Crew Bios, Production Notes, Behind-the-scenes Footage

"Chicken Run (2000)" is rated "G" and has a running time of 84 minutes.



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  Addonics Announces Mobile DVD/CDRW Drive -- Features 8x DVD and 12x/10x/32x Writing/Rewriting and Reading Speed With FireWire, CardBus or USB Connections
Time: 05:20 EST/10:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Addonics Technologies today announced the Mobile DVD/CDRW drive -- a combination DVD/CDRW drive with high-speed FireWire, CardBus and USB interfaces.

The Addonics Mobile DVD/CDRW features 12x CD-R write,10x CD-RW rewrite, 32x CD-ROM read , and 8x DVD-ROM playback speeds.

Addonics bundles the drive with CD mastering software, and MPEG-2 decoding software for DVD movie playback on all FireWire, CardBus or USB-equipped mobile computers and desktop PCs. The combined DVD/CDRW functionality saves users the cost of buying two storage units for recording CD-ROM discs and playing DVD movies, and satisfies the demand for a low-cost storage and back-up device. The Mobile DVD/CDRW has a list price of $445, $459, and $499 for USB, Cardbus and FireWire connections respectively.


 Computing giants struggle over DVD recording format
Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
For the third Comdex in a row, manufacturers at the trade show strutted out models capable of recording to DVD media. But behind the scenes, manufacturers jockeying to push their preferred rewritable and recordable formats over competing standards have left consumers with a string of failed promises.

Still, for the first time, the DVD recordable market is finally shaking out, although which format will win--DVD-RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RAM--remains uncertain.

The stakes are high, and all the players know it. Market researcher IDC forecasts the CD/DVD-recordable market to be the fastest-growing optical storage segment, expected to register 45 percent growth compounded annually through 2004.


 Toshiba Introduces World's First DVD Video Recorder with HDD
Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Toshiba Corporation today announced the world's first combination of hard disk drive and DVD-RAM video recorder for recording TV programs. The new product, RD-2000, will go on sale in the Japanese market only on December 22.

Integration of a 30GB HDD and a 4.7GB DVD-RAM drive in the RD-2000 allows storage of up to 33.5 hours of video images and supports editing between the HDD and DVD-RAM. With the new combination, Toshiba proposes saving programs to the HDD temporarily and using the DVD to build program libraries of scenes selected from the HDD.

The flexibility of recording to HDD combine with high capacity and high-speed access to make it possible to playback a program from the HDD, to pause or to replay any part, even while the program is still being recorded. Viewers who arrive home while a program is being recorded can thus watch it immediately, without having to wait for the recording to be completed.


 It's the One With ... The Best of ``Friends'' Emmy-Winning TV Show Available On DVD and VHS for the First Time December 19
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
You can never have too many ``Friends'' ... so Warner Home Video (WHV) is bringing six of America's best friends to home video, just in time for the holidays. The 10 best episodes from the first five seasons of the consistently top-rated, Emmy-winning television series ``Friends'' will be available on December 19, marking the first time any of the Friends episodes have been available on VHS or DVD.

Digitally remastered and offered in two volumes (five episodes on each) plus as a two-volume gift set, The Best of Friends will include expanded versions of each episode with exclusive, never-before-seen footage plus The Rembrandt's sensational music video ``I'll Be There for You,'' the best-selling theme from ``Friends.''

Volume Number Two will also contain featurettes shot during the two-part `London' episode. The two-volume gift sets are priced at $24.98 SRP for VHS and $34.98 SRP for DVD. The VHS single volumes are $14.95 SRP and the DVD single volumes are $19.98 SRP.


 This Week's Picks
Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
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The Thin Red Line (1998)icon

A powerful frontline cast - including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and George Clooney - explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Terrence Malick), The Thin Red Line is an unparalleled cinematic masterpiece that Gene Siskel called “brilliant... a terrific achievement...the finest contemporary war film!"

Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Access

"The Thin Red Line (1998)" has a running time of 170 minutes.

You've Got Mail (1998)icon

You've Got Mail delivers all the wit, charm and warmth you'd expect from a reunion of the stars (Hanks, Ryan) and director (Ephron) of Sleepless In Seattle. Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton and more talented co-stars add perfect support to this valentine to modern - to modem - romance in which superstore book chain magnate Hanks and cozy children's bookshop owner Ryan are anonymous email cyberpals who fall head-over-laptops in love, unaware they are combative business rivals.

You've got rare Hollywood magic when You've Got Mail.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Sep. Film Score Audio Track, Cast/Crew Bios, Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Production Notes, Featurette, DVD-ROM Features, Web Access, Theatrical Trailer, Interviews

"You've Got Mail (1998)" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 119 minutes.

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000) icon

In the tradition of the groundbreaking cult classic Heavy Metal, comes Heavy Metal 2000, the sexiest animated sci-fi adventure ever. When lowly space pirate Tyler gets his hands on the key to the chamber of immortality, he becomes a powerful psychopath prepared to destroy anything and anyone in his path..

After he ravages the peaceful planet Eden, buxom avenger F.A.K.K. 2 rises from the ashes of her fallen planet to hunt Tyler, rescue her kidnapped sister and reclaim the key to immortality. Fueled by a cutting-edge metal soundtrack and the voices of Michael Ironside, Julie Strain (who inspired the character of F.A.K.K. 2) and rock’s bad boy Billy Idol, Heavy Metal 2000 will blow you away!

Special Features: Sep. Film Score Audio Track, Scene Access, Interactive Menus, Photo Gallery, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette

"Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 88 minutes.



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 Sonic Solutions and Pioneer Bring Affordable DVD Recording to Consumers and Professionals
Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC - news) announced at this week's COMDEX show that it has integrated support for Pioneer's new DVD recording devices into Sonic's award-winning DVDit! and MyDVD authoring applications. Expected to ship in early 2001, Pioneer's new DVD-R/RW recorders will enable consumers and multimedia professionals to record both DVD-compatible DVD-R and DVD-RW media as well as CD-compatible CD-R and CD-RW media on a single drive. Sonic's MyDVD and DVDit! software make it possible for consumers to publish their favorite videos, Internet video clips and corporate presentations on DVD-RW discs which can be played on multimedia PCs and DVD set-top players everywhere.

``Sonic continues to expand the DVD authoring and recording market, and Sonic MyDVD and DVDit! deliver powerful and easy DVD authoring to consumers and professionals alike,'' said Andy Parsons, Sr. VP of Product Development for Pioneer New Media Technologies. ``Pioneer is enthusiastic to collaborate with Sonic -- together, we make it possible for consumers to record and create their own DVD videos at home for the first time.''

``Pioneer's new DVD-R/RW recorders, with their expected low price and high degree of compatibility with existing DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM readers, help make DVD publishing a reality for anyone who wants to see their multimedia and video content on DVD,'' said Mark Ely, Vice President of Business Development at Sonic Solutions. ``Sonic is delighted to be working with Pioneer on such an important new product.''


 Philips Demonstrates Integrated DVD+RW Video Recorder and Data Drive
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Philips Electronics, co-developer of the CD, and a leading manufacturer of DVD players and CD-RW drives, today demonstrated samples of its first DVD+RW video recorder and data drive. The prototypes, on display at COMDEX Fall 2000, gave the first public demonstration in the USA of data and video content recording on DVD discs that can be played on a standard DVD-ROM or DVD Video player. As the ideal solution for storing digital home video recordings and data, DVD+RW uses CD-sized 12 cm discs -- without a caddy -- and can write up to 4.7 GB of data on a single disc. Furthermore, the drive can read and play all existing pre-recorded DVD-ROM and DVD-Video titles.

``Consumers are looking for one DVD format that does it all; a single solution offering two-way compatibility with existing DVD-ROM drives and DVD players,'' said Frank Simonis, DVD+RW Marketing Manager at Philips Optical Storage. ``For those who have bought a DVD player and would like to edit their own video content on DVD, DVD+RW is the solution. Offering up to two hours of high-quality video (MPEG-2), or up to four hours of video quality superior to VHS, any TV program will also fit onto the DVD+RW disc. Of course, for data and photo archiving, each disc offers a vast amount of storage, equivalent to 2800 floppies. The Philips DVD +RW video recorder will record discs at standard DVD-Video speeds, as required for real time video recording. The DVD+RW Data drive will be designed to record at speeds of up to 2.4 times DVD speed, enabling even more demanding applications in computer environments.''


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Fantasia 2000 (1999)icon

Seven entirely new segments plus the return of the popular "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"!

From the animators of The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin comes the critically acclaimed Fantasia 2000. Honoring Walt Disney's hope that Fantasia would become a work-in-progress, Roy E. Disney oversaw this brilliant new film, in which more than 1,200 artists, animators and technicians set striking new images to breathtaking musical scores.

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

"Fantasia 2000 (1999)" is rated "G" and has a running time of 75 minutes.



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 Electronics retailers wage price war over DVD players System
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Holiday shoppers seeking a new DVD player will find bargains aplenty, but the price war over the hottest commodity to hit the mainstream this year will hit consumer electronics retailers right in the cash register.

Electronics chain store Best Buy Co. Inc. warned of an earnings shortfall on Thursday, citing a slowing economy that forced it to cut prices on competitive products and squeeze profit margins.

Although low pricing is largely the nature of the beast in this business, it is more acute at certain times.


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The Perfect Storm (2000)icon

In the Fall of 1991, the "Andrea Gail" left Gloucester, Mass. and headed for the fishing grounds of the North Atlantic. Two weeks later, an event took place that had never occurred in recorded history.

George Clooney and Mark Whlberg lead a talented cast in this harrowing special-effects adventure that intercuts the plight of seafarers struggling to reach safe harbor with the heroics of air/sea rescue crews. The Perfect Storm tosses excitement your way in waves.

Special Features: Featurette, DVD-ROM Features, Theatrical Trailer, Story Boards, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Interactive Menus, Documentaries, Web Access, Audio Commentary

"The Perfect Storm (2000)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 129 minutes.



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  Sharp Delivers New Portable DVD Player With Largest LCD Screen on Market - DV-L80U is World's First Portable DVD Player with Eight-Inch Screen
Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Sharp Electronics Corporation today announced the availability of the new DV-L80U portable DVD player with the world's largest LCD screen available. The DV-L80U sets a new standard for portable DVD players by delivering home theater quality features housed in a sleek, compact design that boasts an eight-inch view screen that is 30% percent larger than Sharp's previous model, the DV-L70U.

With a lightweight design combined with an easy-to-use graphical user interface, the portable DV-L80U gives consumers more viewing area without compromising size or weight. Measuring just 8.3`` (W) X 6.1'' (H) X 1`` (D) -- only slightly larger than a paperback book -- and weighing less than two pounds without the battery (2 pounds, 13 ounces with battery), the DV-L80U gives consumers the flexibility and quality they have come to expect from Sharp's versatile portable entertainment devices.

The DV-L80U also boasts an incredible 3.5 hour battery life, a built-in Dolby® Digital Audio Decoder (5.1 channels and Dolby Pro Logic), DVD-RW integrated technology, easy-to-use function controls and an ultra-thin, unified remote control. This compact, easy-to-use unit enables consumers to experience high quality entertainment virtually everywhere -- from home to the office to the car, to the beach or even camping.


  Pilar To Use Macrovision's DVD Copy Protection On Forthcoming Releases
Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Macrovision UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Macrovision Corporation of Sunnyvale, California (NASDAQ: MVSN - news) announced today that Pilar UK has signed an agreement to copy protect 100 percent of its DVD video and DVD music video titles.

The first title to be protected will be Wonderwall. ``When we began the Wonderwall DVD, one of our prime concerns was copy protection and Macrovision quickly came to mind as the obvious choice,'' said Richard Damery of Pilar UK Ltd. /font>

Macrovision's DVD copy protection is designed to prevent unauthorized copying of DVD programming to videocassettes without impacting the original picture. It is now used on most DVDs being released and is the only technology of its kind that is currently available to protect against unauthorized copying from DVD players to VCRs. It is used by the majority of Motion Picture Association (MPA) studios, as well as corporate, educational and special interest rights owners. Worldwide, over 280 million DVDs, 3 billion videocassettes, and 45 million digital set-top boxes have utilized Macrovision's video copy protection technologies.


 Cypress Hill 'Still Smokin'' As They Ready For Road
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Cypress Hill's first DVD and home video, Still Smokin', will arrive in stores in late December, just after the release of the Los Angeles-based group's first live album, Live At The Fillmore, which hits record stores on December 12.

Both the DVD and home video feature footage culled from the recording of the live album in San Francisco, as well as a complete Cypress Hill video collection. The DVD also includes "So You Wanna Be A Superstar," a 30-minute Cypress Hill television special that takes a look at the worlds of rock and hip-hop.


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Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
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42nd Street (1933)icon

Meet a dewy-eyed ingénue, a gee-whiz tenor, stuck-up stars, hard-up producers, brassy blondes and “shady ladies from the 80s.” They’re all denizens of 42nd Street, belting out ageless Harry Warren/Al Dubin songs and t aping out Busby Berkeley’s sensational Depression-lifting production numbers.

The put-on-a-show plot spins merrily, full of snappy banter and new faces Ruby Keeler (her movie debut), Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. The show-stopping numbers (Shuffle Off To Buffalo, You’re Getting to Be A Habit With Me and the title tune) still dazzle. Looking and sounding its best in years via this new digital transfer from the restored original camera negative and optical audio tracks, 42nd Street shows good time never go out of style.

Special Features: Filmed in B&W, Documentaries, Interactive Menus, Production Notes, Theatrical Trailer, Scene Access

"42nd Street (1933)" has a running time of 89 minutes.

Guys And Dolls (1955)icon

Hollywood legends Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine (from the original Broadway cast) are dazzling in this Frank Loesser (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) masterpiece, unleashing a "spectacular, song-and-dance show that's loaded with entertainment" (New York Journal-American). Featuring hits like "Luck Be A Lady" and "A Woman in Love," this smash film version of one of Broadway's most popular musicals is guaranteed, rip-roaring "four-star entertainment" (New York Daily News)..

The slickest big-time New York City gamblers, Sky Masterson (Brando) and Nathan Detroit (Sinatra), can't resist making or taking a bet on anything. So When a pretty missionary (Simmons) sets up shop in the neighborhood, Nathan stakes a grand that Sky can't seduce her. But all bets are off when Sky falls madly in love in this romantic musical spectacular that sets the Big Apple afire with excitement!

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

"Guys And Dolls (1955)" has a running time of 149 minutes.

Oklahoma! (1955)icon

Oklahoma! is presented in its original theatrical format. The film's original screen composition can now be viewed in all its widescreen splendor with the added attraction of being digitally mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality.

Set in the Oklahoma Territory in the early 1900s, this joyous celebration of frontier life is a story of tender romance and dangerous passion. Gordon MacRae is Curly, a sunny, good-natured ranch hand, and Shirley Jones is Laurey Williams, the farmer's daughter he loves. Rod Steiger is the menacing Jud, who tries to come between them. The first Rodgers & Hammerstein collaboration, this Academy Award winner for Best Score features the classic songs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "People Will Say We're in Love."

Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Interactive Menus, Cast/Crew Bios, Scene Access

"Oklahoma! (1955)" has a running time of 145 minutes.



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 Visteon Joins General Motors to Introduce First DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System
Time: 14:05 EST/19:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC - news) has teamed up with General Motors Corporation to introduce the automotive industry's first family of vehicles to feature Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) Rear Seat Entertainment systems.

"Our new family of midsize SUV's coming to the market in early 2001 will incorporate state-of-the art technology throughout -- including the industry's first factory-installed DVD system," said Tom Wallace, vehicle-line executive, GM Midsize Trucks. "Through a collaborative effort with Visteon, we're taking in-vehicle entertainment to the next level. And the customer wins with a system that has great visual quality, versatility and convenience."

With this innovative product, children in the back seat will be fully occupied. Just pop in the kids' favorite movie or video game into Visteon Corporation's DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System, then revel in the sudden quiet. While the kids are entertained in the back seat, you can enjoy your own music or have a pleasant front seat conversation. This technology quiets the crowd, helps make the driving experience more relaxing, and helps to reduce driver distraction.


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Wall Street (1987)icon

In this riveting, behind-the-scenes look at big business in the 1980s, an ambitious stockbroker (Charlie Sheen) is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage when he is seduced by the power, status and financial wizardry of Wall Street legend Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas).

But he soon discovers that the pursuit of overnight riches comes at a price that's too high to pay. Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen co-star in Oliver Stone’s gripping morality tale about the American dream gone wrong.

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

"Wall Street (1987)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 126 minutes.



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Titan A.E. (2000)icon

A reluctant young hero holds the key to the future of mankind in the palm of his hand in this eye-popping, sci-fi adventure.

It’s the year 3028 and the Drej, a vicious alien race, have destroyed Earth. Fifteen years later, a young man named Cale learns he possesses a genetically encoded map to the Titan, a spaceship that holds the secrets to the salvation of the human race. With the Drej in hot pursuit, Cale blasts off with the new crew of the Valkyrie in an attempt to find the Titan before the Drej destroy it…along with mankind’s last chance for a home of their own. Featuring an all-star voice cast that includes Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore and an edgy, out-of-this-world soundtrack, Titan A.E. is an intergalactic thrill ride for a new generation.

Special Features: DVD-ROM Features, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menus, TV Spots, Music Videos, Scene Access, Audio Commentary, Photo Gallery, Featurette, Theatrical Trailer

"Titan A.E. (2000)" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 94 minutes.



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 InterVideo Unveils DVD Player/Decoder For Windows CE Devices
Time: 15:00 EST/20:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
InterVideo, Inc., the leading developer of PC video software, today introduced CeDVD, a new software-based DVD player/decoder designed specifically for the Windows CE operating system. CeDVD, to be demonstrated this month at Fall Comdex, is designed to power DVD playback for a new generation of mobile and multifunction consumer electronics products running Windows CE, including home entertainment devices, personal video recorders, convergent multimedia products and much more.

``CeDVD represents InterVideo's first giant step into the world of Windows CE devices,'' said Joe Monastiero, VP/Sales and Marketing for InterVideo. ``Windows CE is the small footprint foundation for an amazing array of devices that will revolutionize the viewer and listener experience. We intend to port all of our Windows technologies, including our digital VCR, DTV and MP3 products to the platform.''

Microsoft Windows CE is a modular, real-time embedded operating system that provides overall Windows compatibility for portable 32-bit devices. It powers Internet access devices, Web terminals, CEDs (consumer electronic devices), and embedded communication products, enabling those units to seamlessly integrate with the Internet as well as with other Windows-based products.


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Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)icon

How do you prevent terrorists from unleashing mayhem on the entire world? You don’t. This is a job for IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The world’s greatest spy returns in the movie event of the year, M:I-2.

Top action director John Woo brings his own brand of excitement to the mission that finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) partnering up with the beautiful Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton) to stop renegade agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) from releasing a new kind of terror on an unsuspecting world. But before the mission is complete, they’ll traverse the globe and have to choose between everything they love and everything they believe.

Special Features: Music Videos, Scene Access, Audio Commentary, Interactive Menus, Featurette, Interviews

"Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 124 minutes.



DVD Patent License Incentive Program Announced

"Annie Get Your Gun" Gets First Time Ever Video and DVD Release November 14

 DVD Patent License Incentive Program Announced
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
A DVD patent license incentive program was announced today by six leading developers of DVD technology and formats -- Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Time Warner Inc., Toshiba Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) -- who together are licensing all of the essential DVD-Video and DVD-ROM patents they respectively own. These six companies initiated a worldwide joint licensing program in June 1999.

Under the announced incentive program, companies that execute a DVD Patent License Agreement within the eight-month period following receipt of a letter notifying them of this incentive program, will receive a 25 percent discount on a portion of the payments due under the Agreement. This discount will apply to the payments due for the first six months of any unlicensed activities undertaken prior to June 30, 2000. Notice letters of this incentive program have already been sent to companies believed to be utilizing one or more of the patents, and additional letters will be sent to others as the members of the licensing group identify them.

All companies that manufacture, use, import, sell or offer to sell DVD products -- including DVD Video players, DVD-ROM drives, DVD-Video decoders and DVD-Video and DVD-ROM discs -- that are covered by any patent included in the DVD Patent License, may enter into a DVD Patent License or into separate license arrangements with the six companies.


 Peter Frampton Plans For 25th Anniversary Of 'Comes Alive'
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
January 6 will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Peter Frampton's mega-selling Frampton Comes Alive which, at 18 million copies sold and counting, remains by far the top-selling live album in history. Universal Music Enterprises is gearing up for the milestone event in a big way with two new Frampton Comes Alive releases set to hit stores on January 9.

The first is a two-disc Frampton Comes Alive set that adds three new live tracks from Frampton's 1975 tour--"Just The Time Of Year," "Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby)," and "White Sugar"--as well as a studio recording of "Day's Dawning" from the same period. Besides remastered sound, the new Frampton Comes Alive also modifies the track sequencing to adhere to the actual running order of Frampton's set, which was changed on the original 1976 release due to space and time limitations. The new package will also feature Cameron Crowe's original Frampton Comes Alive liner notes, a fresh essay, and more photos. The second Frampton Comes Alive set is a single-disc DVD-audio edition in 5.1 Surroundsound that features the same packaging as the two-disc audio-only release.


 The Chase is On! Two Pulse-Pounding Thrillers Come to Home Video: Wesley Snipes and Donald Sutherland Star in ``The Art of War'' on VHS Rental & DVD December 26
Also Available On December 26 TNT's Sci-fi Adventure ``Race Against Time''
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
Warner Home Video unleashes two dramatic suspense thrillers on December 26. ``The Art of War'' and TNT's ``Race Against Time'' will both be available for rent on VHS and for sale on DVD. ``The Art of War'' DVD is priced at $24.98 SRP and the ``Race Against Time'' DVD retails for $19.98 SRP.

``The Art of War'' headlines internationally acclaimed box-office star and home video heavyweight WESLEY SNIPES (``Blade,'' ``U.S. Marshals''), award-winning DONALD SUTHERLAND (``Space Cowboys,'' ``A Time to Kill'') and ANNE ARCHER (``Clear and Present Danger,'' ``Fatal Attraction'').

The story weaves a white-knuckle tale of conspiracy, deception and murder. When United Nations covert agent, Neil Shaw (Snipes), is framed for a murder he did not commit, he must resort to high-tech espionage tactics to run from his own allies, evade the FBI and stop what could become World War III.


 ``Annie Get Your Gun'' Gets First Time Ever Video and DVD Release November 14
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
``Annie Get Your Gun'' -- the 1950 Academy Award® winning motion picture starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel -- is one of America's best loved movie musicals. It has not been distributed in theatres or been seen on television since 1973, and it has never been available on home video.

``The public has fervently requested this movie ever since home video began,'' said George Feltenstein, Sr., vice-president marketing, Turner Entertainment Company. ``I've never actually totaled how many letters we've received but it's well into the thousands. Fortunately, in recent years, much of the red tape holding back the video release of so many films has been eliminated, with three famous exceptions, `The High and the Mighty,' `Porgy & Bess' and `Annie Get Your Gun.' Now, finally, `Annie ...' has been liberated. That's big news and that's great news.''

So, on November 14, in celebration of the musical's 50th anniversary, Warner Home Video will release ``Annie Get Your Gun'' on DVD and in a Special Edition VHS, both loaded with extra features. The DVD will sell for the suggested retail price of $24.98; the collectible clamshell VHS is priced at $19.98 SRP.


 Beastie Boys Drop Science Via Vinyl, DVD, Photo Exhibit
Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean
The Beastie Boys will celebrate the limited-edition vinyl release of their 42-song anthology, The Sounds of Science, with a photo exhibition in New York chronicling the band's history.

The exhibit, which begins November 16 at Gavin Brown's Enterprise (located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood), will also feature a video installation containing footage from the Beasties' upcoming double-disc DVD collection, due November 7.

Proceeds from the sale of the show's works — by artists including Spike Jonze, Ricky Powell and Beastie Adam Yauch (alias Nathanial Hornblower) — will benefit Milarepa, the organization established by the band to support Tibet's liberation from China.


 This Week's Picks
Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 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.

Law And Disorder (1974)icon

When their working-class neighborhood becomes overrun with perverts and thieves, Willie (Carroll O’Connor) and Sy (Ernest Borgnine) decide to organize an auxiliary police force. But as their oddball cronies and bumbling antics hit the mean streets of New York City, the old friends discover that a little authority can go a wrong way…and that sometimes the streets can hit back.

Karen Black co-stars in this quirky 1970s comedy from award-winning director Ivan Passer that proves in a changing world, it’s tough to patrol what you can’t control.

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

"Law And Disorder (1974)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 106 minutes.

Return To Me (2000)icon

Who knew that when he ordered the special, he’d get the dish of his life? David Duchovny (“The ‘X’-Files”) and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) ignite sparks in this “warm-hearted winner” (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) about a widower and a waitress who meet and fall in love. Featuring an incredible all-star cast, this hilarious romantic comedy delivers a lot of laughs, tears and joys that will make your spirits soar.

It took a lot of coaxing to get Bob (Duchovny), a recently widowed architect, to go on a blind date at a quirky Irish-Italian eatery. Once there, he’s smitten instantly…not with his date, but with the sharp-witted waitress, Grace (Driver). With unsolicited help from Grace’s match-making Grandfather (Carroll O’Connnor), Bob asks her out. And as their relationship blossoms, everything seems to be going great, until an unbelievable truth is revealed…one that could easily break both of their hearts for good.

Special Features: Music Videos, Interactive Menus, Audio Commentary, Scene Access, Deleted Scenes

"Return To Me (2000)" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 116 minutes.

Gossip (2000)icon

Psst! Did you hear about Beau and Naomi? Everyone who’s anyone on campus is in the know. But what almost no one knows is that the vicious rumor is a hoax. Three journalism students planted the trashy little story, planning to track how it changes as it burns through the university. But what goes around comes around.

College journalism students plant a trashy rumor about a celibate co-ed, planning to track how the story changes as it burns through the university. But what the students never imagine is that the savagely mutating tale will turn against them.

Special Features: Scene Access, Interactive Menus

"Gossip (2000)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 90 minutes.


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