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  • Released This Week: Frequency: New Line Platinum Series (2000)icon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    What if you had the chance to travel back in time and change just one event in your life? What would it be?

    All his life, police officer John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) has been haunted by one tragic event. When a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon of nature opens a mysterious channel to the past, John is stunned to discover that he is able to communicate with his da Frank (Dennis Quaid)…who’s been dead for 30 years. But by changing the past, they set in motion a string of brutal, unsolved murders, with John’s mother – and Frank’s wife – next victim. Racing against time, the son and father must now find a way to stop the crime that could destroy the future for both of them. Directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear), this mind-bending, edge-of-your-seat thriller will keep your adrenaline pumping, long after its final, astonishing climax.

    Special Features: Sep. Film Score Audio Track, Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer, Scene Access, Deleted Scenes, Web Access, Documentaries, DVD-ROM Features, Audio Commentary

    "Frequency: New Line Platinum Series (2000)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 119 minutes.

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  • Celebrate Halloween With the New Special-Edition Video/DVD of ``Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas''
    Time: 11:23 EST/16:23 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Touchstone Home Video's ``Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Edition'' features more than 60 magical minutes of bonus footage and is available for the first time on video and DVD.

    The Special Edition features two of Burton's frightfully comical shorts: his directorial debut, ``Vincent'' (1982), about a boy's delusion that he's Vincent Price, and the never-before-available uncut version of his horror spoof ``Frankenweenie'' (1984), a spoof of the Frankenstein horror film genre. The DVD also includes a still-frame gallery, storyboard-to-film comparison and deleted scenes. Film buffs will appreciate the presentation of ``Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Edition'' in the original theatrical aspect ratio (1.66:1) selected by the filmmakers, using a master approved by Burton himself. For the ultimate in DVD audio, it contains DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.

    Preview Bonus Features on ``Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Edition,'' Available for the First Time on Video and DVD at

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

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

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

    Trial By Juryicon

    He’s guilty of murder. The feds have him dead to rights. At last there’s no escape for this mob boss, a Teflon Don who has slipped free of murder raps so many times before. But something goes wrong in the jury room. Eleven jurors vote guilty. One woman, her life and family threatened by the mob, votes to let the killer walk. And to set things right, that woman will have to fight back with a vengeance.

    In Trial By Jury, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer (Scarlett) plays Valerie Alston, a dutiful juror thrust into a nightmare…and forced by her plight to discover hidden resources she never suspected she had. Armand Assante (The Mambo Kings) is the gangster who vows death to Valerie and her son if she votes guilty. William Hurt (Body Heat) as a cop turned mob lowlife and Gabriel Byrne (Point Of No Return) as a zealous prosecutor add to the excitement of this fast-paced action thriller. 

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

    "Trial By Jury" is rated "R" and has a running time of 100 minutes.

    In Dreams (1999)icon

    Claire Cooper’s (Annette Bening) peaceful family life takes a chilling turn when a mysterious serial killer (Robert Downey Jr.) invades her seemingly idyllic New England town…and haunts her dreams with dark clues to his next deadly moves. With frightening accuracy, Claire predicts his every turn, but still no one believes her.

    Unable to convince the police, her doctor (Stephen Rea) or even her husband (Aidian Quinn) of her mind-link with the madman, Clair must confront the killer alone…and on his terms…before another terrifying dream becomes a reality! 

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

    "In Dreams (1999)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 100 minutes.

    Body Heat (1981)icon

    Attorney Ned Racine's life coasts along in neutral - until he meets a siren in white (with a well-to-do husband) named Matty Walker. Ned knows Matty's the kind of woman a man would kill to be with. So he does.

    William Hurt and Kathleen Turner strike sparks in Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat, a sexy, haunting tale echoing 1940s film noir but charged with an energy and passion that can only flare in the '80s. Kasdan’s assured directorial debut foreshadows the emotional textures he would bring to later films The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon. Sit back and bask in this contemporary classic’s wicked warmth. 

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes

    "Body Heat (1981)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 113 minutes.

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  • Sony's PlayStation2 Debuts in U.S.
    Time: 11:23 EST/16:23 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Never mind the World Series. For some, the only game in town was at Software Etc., where hard-core gamers lined up to get the Sony PlayStation2

    ``If you're a gamer, you have to have one,'' said 30-year-old Gabrielle Aldort of New York, one of many people who pre-ordered the $299 console in February.

    The latest version of Sony's video game console went on sale at midnight Wednesday at hundreds of stores across North America. In fact, initial demand for the new PlayStation was expected to be so great that Sony has already said it will not be able to meet it.

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  • The Interactive DVD ``SUPERNATURAL LIVE -- An Evening With Carlos Santana and Friends'' Goes Platinum Less Than One Month After Release!
    Time: 11:21 EST/16:21 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Less than four short weeks after its September 15 release, the interactive DVD ``SUPERNATURAL LIVE -- An Evening with Carlos Santana and Friends'' was certified gold and platinum on October 13, 2000. This achievement is the latest accolade in what has been an extended sweep of SUPERNATURAL success that's still going strong almost a year-and-a-half after the multiple-award-winning album's initial release and its over 70 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.

    The accompanying DVD, ``SUPERNATURAL LIVE -- An Evening with Carlos Santana and Friends,'' features an all-star, gala full-length concert celebration of Carlos' music with special guest appearances by artists including Lauryn Hill, Everlast, Dave Matthews, Cee-Lo, Wayne Shorter, and Rob Thomas, co-writer and lead vocalist on SUPERNATURAL'S smash hit ``Smooth,'' the longest running No. 1 single of 1999 with 12 consecutive weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100. In addition to special concert versions of ``Smooth'' and SUPERNATURAL'S other platinum No. 1 single, ``Maria, Maria'' -- performed live here with The Product G&B and on record in collaboration with Wyclef Jean -- SUPERNATURAL LIVE showcases six other tracks from the internationally acclaimed album including ``Put Your Lights On'' with Everlast, and ``Love Of My Life'' with Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford.

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  • Released This Week: Pitch Black: Unrated Version (2000)icon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    It's evil vs. evil in an electrifying showdown that USA Today calls "…the best excuse to root for the bad guy since Arnold in the original Terminator." .

    The daylight can burn you, but the darkness will kill you. From the mind of the writer of The Fugitive comes the pulse-pounding sci-fi thriller, Pitch Black. Experience the psychological terror when a group of marooned passengers must face a pack of terrifying creatures whose only weakness is the light. With little power and dwindling numbers, the doomed passengers turn to a vicious convict (Vin Diesel) with an appetite for destruction and eerie eyes that can guide them through the darkness.

    Special Features: Parental Lock, Interactive Games, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette, Scene Access, Audio Commentary

    "Pitch Black: Unrated Version (2000)" is Unrated and has a running time of 112minutes.

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  • Sony PlayStation2 Drives DVD Market
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    With dazzling, near-film-quality graphics, Sony's new video-game machine PlayStation2 is having a huge impact in a related industry: Japan's fledgling DVD market.

    Since March, more than 3 million PlayStation2's have been sold in Japan. In the first eight months of this year, DVD sales nearly quadrupled to 16 million, compared to the same period the previous year, according to the Japan Video Software Association, an industry group.

    ``We anticipated this giant boost from PlayStation2 and began expanding our DVD section ahead of time,'' Ayako Kobori, spokeswoman for Culture Convenience Club Co, said Tuesday. ``Some people are using PlayStation2 more to play DVDs than to play games.''

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  • Released This Week: U-571: Collector's Edition (2000)icon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A U.S. Navy captain and his crew are just beginning to enjoy 48 hours of leave when they receive word to immediately return to duty. On a top-secret assignment, they must disguise themselves as Nazis and infiltrate a severely damaged Nazi U-boat. Once on board, they are to steal the Nazi's top-secret decoding device and sink the sub before the Germans catch on to what's really happening. Their mission is more dangerous and frightening than anything they could have ever imagined, but one which has the power to turn the tide of battle.

    "U-571 is exciting!" says Newsweek. Filled with incredible explosions, raging fires and speeding torpedoes, this suspense-filled, action-packed film sets a new standard for high-impact entertainment and features an impressive all-star cast.

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

    "U-571: Collector's Edition (2000)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 117 minutes.

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  • Macrovision Announces Five-Year Copy Protection Extension With Paramount Home Entertainment
    Time: 13:56 EST/18:56 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Macrovision Corporation announced today that Paramount Home Entertainment Inc., has signed a five-year extension to copy protect 100 percent of its worldwide DVDs (digital video discs), as well as selected videocassettes.

    ``Paramount has always been a strong protector of its intellectual property. Macrovision is pleased to apply copy protection to Paramount content distributed throughout the world. Paramount is making a substantive commitment to copy protection in deciding to protect 100% of its DVDs,'' said Carol Flaherty, vice president of Macrovision's Video Copy Protection Group. ``In addition they are providing retailers with a valuable tool in helping to maximize rental and sell through investment without bearing the risk of revenue loss from unauthorized consumer copying.''

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  • MedioStream Real-Time MPEG-2 Software Encoder Supports Panasonic DVD-RAM Drive
    Time: 13:42 EST/18:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Panasonic and MedioStream announced today the compatibility of MedioStream's Medio MVision(TM) real-time MPEG-2 software encoder and Panasonic's 4.7GB DVD-RAM drive. By integrating Medio MVision and the Panasonic rewritable DVD drive, OEMs, value-added resellers and system integrators can provide their customers with a cost-effective solution for DVD video encoding, decoding, high-capacity storage and exceptionally smooth video playback.

    Designed to work with any standard Pentium II or III system, Medio MVision delivers the same clean, crisp DVD video quality that more expensive, hardware-based MPEG-2 encoders deliver, but at a fraction of the cost. With MedioStream's advanced algorithm, Medio MVision can compress captured video on the fly, without causing any motion artifacts and without requiring dedicated hardware. In addition to being able to process 30 fps video with up to full D1 (720x480) resolution, Medio MVision can be integrated to support all of the DVD features, including navigation, MPEG-2 and Dolby® Digital (AC-3) decoding, video/audio synchronization, decryption, 3D audio, and more. Its unique and flexible bit-rate control mechanism also makes it ideal for DVD authoring, video editing, and video streaming.

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  • Retailers plugging PlayStation 2, but consumers beware
    Time: 05:20 EST/10:20 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Ad circulars in weekend newspapers began touting the PlayStation 2 (PS2), although retailers concede that your chances of getting one are slim when the game console debuts Thursday.

    The ads themselves sound promising. Target, for example, is offering a free vertical stand to those who buy the game console at Sony's suggested retail price of $299. Best Buy is also selling units for $299 and including a PS2 coupon book. Circuit City said it will offer the game console for $349, throwing in the Fantavision game, Gameshark sampler disk, and other goodies.

    However, the fine print was less encouraging. Neither Target nor Best Buy are offering rain checks, meaning it's catch as catch can. Circuit City has a warning on its Web site that there are only a "small number" of machines in each store and that it expects they will sell out within minutes of stores opening at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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  • Released This Week: American Beauty: The Awards Editionicon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Marking the feature film directorial debut of award-winning theatre director Sam Mendes, this funny, moving and shocking journey through life in suburban America follows the trials and tribulations of Lester (Kevin Spacey) and Carolyn (Annette Bening), an upper-middle-class couple whose marriage - and lives - are slowly unraveling. Lester's wife hates him, his daughter Jane regards him with contempt, and his boss is positioning him for the ax.

    So Lester decides to make a few changes in his life; the freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife and daughter. But Lester is about to learn that the ultimate freedom comes at the ultimate price. Winner of five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay and Cinematography.

    Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Parental Lock, Interactive Menus, Featurette, Scene Access, DVD-ROM Features, Cast/Crew Bios, Audio Commentary, Story Boards

    "American Beauty: The Awards Edition" is rated "R" and has a running time of 122 minutes.

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  • Neil Young Concert DVD & Video Confirmed
    Time: 05:24 EST/10:24 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Neil Young's upcoming live album, Road Rock Volume 1, will be accompanied by a DVD and video, according to Reprise Records. The Red Rocks Live, Friends & Relatives DVD and video was shot entirely during Young's performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver during his summer Music In Head tour. The title refers to the makeup of Young's road band, which included his wife Pegi and sister Astrid on backing vocals and a group of players that included longtime cohorts Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Jim Keltner, and Donald "Duck" Dunn. While the album is due out November 21, Friends And Relatives is slated for a December release.

    This event will be followed by chats with the film's director Roland Emmerich on Oct. 25, from 5PM-6PM (PDT); producer Dean Devlin on Oct. 26, 5PM-6PM (PDT) and actor Jason Isaacs on Oct. 27, from 5PM-6PM (PDT).

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  • What the F#@%?!: Glitch Found on "Toy Story 2" DVDs
    Time: 05:20 EST/10:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Hey kids! Turns out you've got an unwelcome friend in John Cusack! Walt Disney Home Video is scrambling to recall some of its just-released Toy Story 2 DVDs, after they found out the G-rated blockbuster was accidentally duplicated to include an expletive-filled clip from the R-rated flick High Fidelity.

    Viewers reportedly discovered the glitch in the three-disc "Ultimate Toy Box Collector's Edition," a set released Tuesday that includes the Toy Story films and an additional disc with behind-the-scenes goodies and commentary from director John Lasseter.

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  • Released This Week: The Patriot: Special Edition (2000)icon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In the emotionally-charged adventure The Patriot, Academy Award – winner Mel Gibson stars as Benjamin Martin, a reluctant hero who is swept into the American Revolution when the war reaches his home and threatens his family.

    A hero of the fierce French and Indian conflict, Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. But when the British arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger what he holds most dear, Martin takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger of 10 Things I Hate About You), and leads a brave rebel Militia into battle against a relentless and overwhelming English army. In the process, he discovers the only way to protect his family is to fight for young nation’s freedom.

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

    "The Patriot: Special Edition (2000)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 165 minutes.

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  • Academy Award-Winner Mel Gibson Chats On-line to Launch the Patriot Week On Yahoo! Chat
    Time: 16:42 EST/22:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In support of the DVD and video release of the hit film ``The Patriot,'' Yahoo! (R)Chat ( will host ``The Patriot Week,'' a series of chats with the film's actors, director and producer beginning on Oct. 24.

    This event will be followed by chats with the film's director Roland Emmerich on Oct. 25, from 5PM-6PM (PDT); producer Dean Devlin on Oct. 26, 5PM-6PM (PDT) and actor Jason Isaacs on Oct. 27, from 5PM-6PM (PDT).

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 07:05 EST/12:05 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

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

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

    Total Recallicon

    Arnold Schwarzenegger explodes out of the year 2084 A.D. with non-stop action, as he smashes his way through a horrifyingly real fantasy world, complete with a gorgeous but deadly wife (Sharon Stone), and into a nightmarish reality of a Martian mining colony ruled over by a terrorizing dictator who can alter reality to suit his whims.

    The red planet erupts with rebellious mutants, the fire of an alluring woman and a vicious enemy.

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Production Notes, Cast/Crew Bios, Theatrical Trailer, Copy Protection

    "Total Recall" is rated "R" and has a running time of 114 minutes.

    Inspector Gadgeticon

    Wowser! Disney's Inspector Gadget turbocharges to life in a wild and quirky adventure comedy with a thousand moving parts! During a daring rescue attempt, John Brown (Matthew Broderick), a naive and clueless security guard, experiences the wrath of the evil Dr. Claw (Rupert Everett) and is left clinging to life. Jumping at the chance to put her robotics expertise to the test, the brilliant Dr. Brenda Bradford (Joely Fisher) transforms him into Inspector Gadget - the ultimate crime-fighting tool! And Gadget is going to need every techno-trick up his cyber-sleeve to defeat the ruthless Claw - before Claw reduces our hero to spare parts and wreaks havoc on the world!

    Non-stop action, seamless special effects and a gazillion gizmos makes Inspector Gadget a hilarious techno-thrill ride the whole family will watch over and over.

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

    "Inspector Gadget" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 78 minutes.

    Blade Runner: The Director's Cuticon

    Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st-century Los Angeles. He's a Blade Runner stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human.

    The story of Blade Runner is familiar to countless fans, but few have seen it like this. Because this is director Ridley Scott's own vision of his sci-fi classic. This new version omits Deckard's voiceover narration, develops in slightly greater detail the romance between Deckard and Rachael (Sean Young) and removes the "uplifting" finale. The result is a heightened emotional impact: a great film made greater. Most intriguing of all is a newly included unicorn vision that suggests Deckard may be a humanoid. Do Androids dream of electric sheep? Is Deckard a replicant? As with all things in the future, you must discover the answer for yourself.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Production Notes, Interactive Menus

    "Blade Runner: The Director's Cut" is rated "R" and has a running time of 117 minutes.

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  • Image Entertainment to Release Aardman Animation's Academy Award-Winning ``Creature Comforts'' on DVD
    Time: 06:42 EST/11:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Image Entertainment, Inc. today announced the November 28th DVD release of the Academy Award-winning ``Creature Comforts,'' from the acclaimed Aardman Animation Studios, on DVD.

    The short, a precursor to the box office success ``Chicken Run,'' will be accompanied on the $9.99 DVD by three additional Aardman shorts, ``Wat's Pig,'' ``Not Without My Handbag'' and ``Adam.''

    These classic Aardman shorts, like ``Chicken Run'' and the ``Wallace & Gromit'' series, were produced using a clay animation process with stop-action cinematography. ``Creature Comforts'' will be presented in anamorphic widescreen and the other three shorts will be featured in their original full-frame configurations. The 35-minute program will be in Dolby Digital stereo and close captioned for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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  • NSYNC Home Video in Stores October 24th 'Live At Madison Square Garden'
    Time: 06:42 EST/11:42 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Jive Recording artist *NSYNC are releasing a 90-minute home video, ``Live From Madison Square Garden'' on October 24, 2000. The DVD will be in stores on November 14. The 13-song performance footage is from their HBO concert special ``Live From Madison Square Garden'' on July 27. Songs included are ``Bye, Bye, Bye,'' ``This I Promise You,'' ``It's Gonna Be Me,'' as well as past hits ``I Drive Myself Crazy'' and ``Tearin' Up My Heart.''

    NSYNC are currently on the second leg of their national tour in support of their 9x certified platinum release, No Strings Attached (released March 21, 2000). The current single, ``This I Promise You,'' is currently at No. 11 with a bullet on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. ``This I Promise You'' is available in three versions English, Spanish (``Yo Te Voy A Amar'') and Spanglish.

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  • Fingering the DVD Pirates
    Time: 06:40 EST/11:40 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    An anti-piracy fingerprinting technology for identifying illegally copied CDs and DVDs has been developed by a company specializing in the forensic analysis of bullets. Intelligent Automation of Rockville, Maryland has applied ballistic techniques to the growing problem of pirating CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs on an industrial scale.

    The company hopes to sell the technology, which is still in development, to pro-copyright industry consortia like the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America, police departments and movie and record companies. "It allows you to identify the source so you can go after them," said Joseph Schwartz, Intelligent Automation's CEO

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  • National Semiconductor Announces Next Generation DVD-on-a-Chip
    Time: 11:15 EST/16:15 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM - news) today announced the second generation of its DVD-on-a-chip product family for the rapidly growing DVD player market. Utilizing its extensive hardware and software design expertise, National has taken the high level of integration achieved in the first generation to the next step by providing the first solution on the market with progressive scan video support and DVD-Audio capability in one chip. The National® Mediamatics(TM) NDV8501 chip, the first member of the second generation, provides a unique total system that delivers the high-quality playback demanded by the most discriminating consumers.

    Japanese electronics maker Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) is designing the chip into its DVD players. ``JVC has adopted Mediamatics' second generation DVD-on-a-chip solution in our new XV-D721 DVD player,'' said Hiromu Sekiguchi, deputy general manager, JVC Optical DISC Business Division. ``Mediamatics' DVD-on-a-chip solution features the most advanced functions, such as Progressive Scan and Point Transform Control, which will enable consumers to experience higher quality audio and video programs through DVD players.''

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  • Ken Burns's "Jazz" Available as a Deluxe Box Set From PBS Home Video and Warner Home Video; Critically Acclaimed Film Available on VHS and DVD With Never-Before-Seen Footage
    Time: 11:11 EST/16:11 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    On Jan. 2, 2001, PBS Home Video and Warner Home Video (WHV) present "Jazz," the new and highly praised work from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.

    "Jazz" is the final installment in Burns's trilogy on American life, which began with "The Civil War" and continued with "Baseball." "Jazz" is available as a ten-VHS set and a ten-DVD set ($149.88 VHS SRP/$199.92 DVD SRP), both including exclusive, never-before-seen footage.

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  • Pixela Demonstrates World's First DVD-RAM Drive With NetChip's USB 2.0 Interface in World PC Expo, Tokyo
    Time: 11:11 EST/16:11 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Pixela Corporation, a leading Japanese software and peripheral manufacturer, will demonstrate the world's first DVD-RAM drive with USB 2.0 interface at World PC Expo in Tokyo, Japan. The USB 2.0 DVD-RAM drive has a built-in 4.7GB ATAPI DVD-RAM drive from Matsushita Electronics and a USB 2.0/ATAPI bridge. Pixela developed the USB 2.0/ATAPI bridge board using NetChip Technology's NET2290 general purpose USB 2.0 peripheral controller chip and a local microprocessor.

    ``The USB 1.1 has changed its face as USB 2.0, with the transfer rate dramatically increased, while adapting all the useful functions, such as 'Plug and Play,''' said Hiroshi Fujioka, president of Pixela Corporation. ``USB 2.0 is the ideal interface for peripheral vendors such as Pixela. We will continue to use this USB 2.0 interface with our peripheral products in the future.''

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  • Released This Week: Keeping the Faithicon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Best friends since they were kids, Rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) and Father Brian Finn (Edward Norton) are dynamic and popular young men living and working on New York's Upper West Side.

    When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), once their childhood friend and now grown into a beautiful corporate executive, suddenly returns to the city, she reenters Jake and Brian's lives and hearts with a vengeance. Sparks fly and an unusual and complicated love triangle ensues.

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

    "Keeping the Faith" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 129 minutes.

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  • Digital Leisure Releasing Sega's Hologram Time Traveler
    Time: 13:45 EST/18:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Revolutionary hologram technology made Hologram Time Traveler an instant hit in the arcades in 1991 and now Digital Leisure has brought the 3D experience to your home computer or DVD movie player for the first time ever. You control Marshall Gram as he journeys through time to save Princess Kyi-La on your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM computer, or DVD movie player using the remote control.

    Selling over $18,000,000.00 in its arcade debut, Hologram Time Traveler remains the first and only coin-operated arcade game to deliver a real 3D hologram experience. To maintain this hologram feel, Digital Leisure is including free 3D glasses with its CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and DVD-Video versions. A 2D version is included on the same disc that may be played without the 3D glasses.

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  • DVD-Video Continues Record Pace Growth
    Time: 13:44 EST/18:44 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Based on the current record breaking performance of DVD-Video, the format continues its dramatic growth. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), in the third quarter of 2000, DVD player shipments were nearly 2.5 million units. This is 120 percent more than shipped in the same period of 1999.

    Launch-to-date, more than 10 million DVD players have been shipped to retailers, a benchmark of success for any consumer electronics product. DVD-Video reached this milestone faster than any other home electronics product including the compact disc and VHS. If growth continues at this rate, there will be nearly nine million DVD-Video players shipped to retailers in calendar 2000, bringing the total units shipped since the format's inception to more than 14 million.

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  • Arista Forges Ahead With Dvd Single Releases
    Time: 04:20 EST/09:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Arista's first round of DVD single releases will include some of the label's finest artists. Outkast, Toni Braxton, Usher and Whitney Houston are among the artists featured. Set to hit stores on Nov. 21, the discs will retail for $9.98 and feature behind-the-scenes, performance, and interview footage, along with videos and hit songs by the artists.

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  • Released This Week: Beowulficon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Set in a grim future of stone, steel and darkness, the Kanterra Outpost is besieged by an unstoppable beast, Grendel, who has come to kill anything in its path.

    A stranger named Beowulf offers his services in battle against the beast. Secrets are revealed as to the origin of the monster and as to Beowulf's true birthright, which lies within the Outpost's darkness.

    Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Scene Access, Interactive Menus, Documentaries

    "Beowulf: Special Edition" is rated "R" and has a running time of 93 minutes.

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  • Buckle Up ... The Outrageously Funny $67 Million Box Office Hit ``Road Trip'' Releases In Rated and Unrated Versions on DVD and VHS Dec. 19, 2000
    Time: 13:45 EST/18:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company's $67 million, side-splitting summer box office success ``Road Trip,'' starring the hugely popular Tom Green, hits the highway for VHS and DVD on Dec. 19, 2000 -- just in time for millions on holiday break to rent or buy.

    The latest hit film from Ivan Reitman, the maker of the definitive college comedy ``Animal House,'' Road Trip releases in both a rated and unrated version. Like last year's hugely successful release of ``American Pie,'' the unrated edition of ``Road Trip'' comes complete with uncensored, never-before-seen footage from the movie's famed shower scene.

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  • Sampo America Introduces New Line of DVD Players
    Time: 13:44 EST/18:44 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sampo America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the leading Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer Sampo Corp., is launching a new line of DVD players in time for the gift giving season.

    The DVE line features three models - the DVE-620 with component video output, the DVE-660 with Dolby Digital Decoder and the DVE-625, which comes equipped with Karaoke. All three models in the DVE line support MP3 audio playback so users can experience downloaded music on high quality sound systems.

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  • Released This Week: Toy Story/Toy Story 2 (2-Pack) icon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Toy Story (1995, 80 minutes) As 6-year-old Andy’s favorite toy, Woody (Tom Hanks), a take-charge, pull-string cowboy, is confident in his role as room leader. But after Andy’s birthday party, newcomer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), a flashy space ranger with laser action and pop-out wings, crash-lands into Woody’s world.

    Buzz instantly wins the admiration of Andy’s other toys, igniting a rivalry that lands the duo inside the home of Sid — the toy-torturing boy next door. To escape Sid’s evil plans, Woody and Buzz must work together and realize they’ve got the perfect friend ... in each other!

    Toy Story 2 (1999, 94 minutes, Deleted Scenes)Andy goes to summer camp and the toys face a new crisis: Woody turns out to be a valuable collectible, and is kidnapped by an evil toy collector. It's now up to Buzz and the gang to find a way to save him.

    Special Features: Interactive Games, Theatrical Trailer, Scene Access

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  • Aaron Neville Becomes the First Major Artist to Release an Album in DVD Audio
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Aaron Neville will become the first major artist to release an album in the DVD audio format. On October 24th, 2000 Aaron's solo album 'Devotion,' will be released on DVD through Silverline Records. The companion compact disc release of the title has already debuted on the Billboard charts. The controversial silence surrounding DVD Audio has been broken by Silverline and Warner Brothers who last week separately announced a series of titles in the long-awaited format.

    Following the motion picture industry's great success with DVD video, the recording industry is poised to do the same by releasing DVD Audio titles, which provide a stunning six-channel surround sound experience. This advanced resolution audio is more than twice that of a traditional compact disc. In addition, DVD Audio discs may contain exciting visual content including photos, video and conceptual art and graphics. 'Devotion' plays on all existing DVD players as well as the newly released DVD Audio systems.

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  • Warner attempts to out-hack DVD hackerst
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Time Warner's home video division has changed DVD's region coding scheme to make it even harder to play movies sold in one territory in another. Other DVD distributors are expected to follow suit. Sony subsidiary Columbia Tristar has already agreed to do so.

    According to a leaked internal Warner Home Video document posted on Web site DVD Debate, the company began shipping discs with an "enhanced" region code at the start of this month.

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  • Released This Week: Shanghai Noon (2000)icon
    Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Two cultures collide when East meets West in Shanghai Noon, a wildly hilarious, stunt-filled action-adventure-comedy starring the death-defying action hero Jackie Chan (Rush Hour), Owen Wilson (Armageddon, The Haunting) and Lucy Liu (Payback, TV’s Ally McBeal). Chan plays Chinese Imperial Guard Chon Wang (say it out loud) who hightails it to the wild and woolly West to rescue the beautiful kidnapped Princess Pei Pei (Liu).

    When he meets up with laid-back outlaw cowboy dude Roy O’Bannon (Wilson) – the best mismatch ever made in the rough and tumble Old West - the two face jail, brawls, bordellos and the vilest villains this side of the Great Wall! Spectacular stunts, outrageous irreverence and epic vistas reign as East meets West in a battle for honor, royalty and a fortune in gold! It’s a real kick.

    Special Features: Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, Music Videos, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menus, Photo Gallery, Scene Access

    "Shanghai Noon (2000)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 110 minutes.

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  • A.S.A.P./DVD Series - Arista Signature Artist Program Presents Digital Value Discs - Launched With DVD Singles by Toni Braxton, Dido, Whitney Houston, OutKast, Pink, and Spiritualized DVD 'Singles' Contain Multiple Hit Videos Plus Extra Interactive Content
    Time: 05:05 EST/10:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Arista Records is set to launch the music industry's first full line of DVD singles, with next month's introduction of the A.S.A.P./DVD series -- Arista Signature Artist Program presents Digital Value Discs -- representing a broad spectrum of popular artists, beginning with seven releases by Toni Braxton (two separate DVDs), Dido, Whitney Houston, OutKast, Pink, and Spiritualized.

    This multi-genre series will showcase familiar video performances of top hits by each artist, enhanced by extra interactive content comprising either interview footage, live performance, behind-the-scenes footage, electronic press kit material, or a combination of these elements, as well as an Internet link. The first set of releases announced above (with an attractive MSRP of $9.98 each) is set for November 21st in-store date -- two days before Thanksgiving and the start of the biggest retail shopping weekend of the year -- to be followed by further releases in December (Usher), January (Joy Enriquez, Dream) and so on.

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  • TTR Technologies Completes Prototype in Breakthrough Protection Against DVD-DVD Piracy
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    TTR Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of digital anti-piracy technologies, announced the completion of the first prototype protecting DVD's against digital piracy.

    The new patent pending technology successfully leverages TTR's copy protection technology originally developed to protect CD-ROM's and CD's against software and music content piracy.

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  • Released This Week: Rules Of Engagement (2000) icon
    Time: 08:45:00 EST/12:45 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson deliver electrifying performances in this “tense, superbly-directed and top-drawer drama” about what happens when the rules that command a soldier become the rules that condemn him. Colonel Terry Childers (Jackson) is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers’ only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a military lawyer of questionable abilities. Together, they face the battle of their lives.

    Directed by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin and co-starring Guy Pearce, Bruce Greenwood, Anne Archer and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Rules Of Engagement is “a magnificent movie you must see.”

    Special Features: Interviews, Interactive Menus, Behind-the-scenes Footage, Scene Access, Audio Commentary, Featurette

    "Rules Of Engagement (2000)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 127 minutes.

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  • ``DINOSAUR'' -- The Landmark Adventure Thunders Onto VHS and DVD Jan. 30, 2001
    Offered As Standard DVD and Deluxe 2-Disc Collector's DVD Edition

    Time: 08:40 EST/12:40 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Walt Disney Pictures Presents DINOSAUR, the magnificent pre-historic animated adventure, making its heavyweight debut on VHS and Disney DVD from Walt Disney Home Video on Jan. 30, 2001.

    A milestone in cinema history, DINOSAUR features an incredible cast of computer-animated Dinosaurs set in a jaw-dropping photorealistic world, creating a thrilling experience unlike any other. The moving story and top-notch voice cast, together with the groundbreaking animation, takes audiences on an amazing journey to the time when Dinosaurs ruled the earth.

    In support of this one-of-a-kind film, DINOSAUR on DVD is being offered as both a Standard Edition DVD and as a special 2-disc Collector's Edition DVD, offering many features including both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (THX Certified with THX Optimode), behind-the-scenes featurettes, challenging games and much more.

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  • 'LEFT BEHIND: The Movie,' Based On the Enormously Successful Best-Selling Novel to Hit Video Shelves October 31, 2000
    Time: 08:35 EST/12:35 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    ``LEFT BEHIND: The Movie,'' the highly anticipated dramatic adaptation of the enormously successful best-selling novel ``Left Behind,'' one of a series of novels that has sold more than 20,000,000 copies worldwide, will hit video shelves across the world on October 31, 2000 in both VHS and DVD formats.

    The suggested retail price is $29.95. Keeping pace with the immense popularity of the runaway bestseller, more than 1.2 million units of the video/DVD have been pre-sold to retailers by Canadian producers Cloud Ten Pictures and Namesake Entertainment.

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Jurassic Park

  • Released This Week: Jurassic Park/The Lost World Collection (2-Disc Set)icon
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Jurassic Park (1993, 127 minutes) Multimillionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has a plan for a spectacular new theme park: a secluded island where visitors can observe actual dinosaurs. With the latest development in DNA technology, scientists can clone brachiosaurs, tricerotops, velociraptors and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, using the blood preserved in amber from insects that bit the dinosaurs long ago.

    Paleontologists Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are duly impressed with the living results during an advance visit. But when a devious employee tampers with the sophisticated security system, the dinosaurs escape, forcing the visitors to fight for their very survival.

    The Lost World (1997, 129 minutes, Deleted Scenes) The disaster that occurred at Jurassic Park is over. It's been four years since the genetically bred dinosaurs terrorized the scientists and visitors who had come to marvel at their existence. But Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) has just learned some very disturbing news: John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), the billionaire entrepreneur who funded the original Park, has been breeding more dinosaurs at a second, secret location. What's even more shocking to Dr. Malcolm is learning that his girlfriend, paleontologist Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore), is already at the site, studying the dinosaurs.

    Arriving at the island, Dr. Malcolm must not only avoid the dangerous velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus Rex, he must deal with a big game hunter who plans to bag the biggest trophy of his life, and John Hammond’s nephew, who plans to transport dinosaurs to the mainland. Is San Diego ready for dinosaurs roaming its streets?

    Special Features: Documentaries, Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer, DVD-ROM Features, Scene Access, Featurette, Cast/Crew Bios, Story Boards, Production Notes, Photo Gallery

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  • Brilliant Digital Bundles Content Previews on Multi-Title Disc for DVD-Enabled Dell Computers
    Time: 05:59 EST/10:59 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc. (AMEX:BDE - news), the pioneering entertainment content provider and technology developer for the converging Internet and television markets, announced today that it will be providing free previews of its 3D digitally animated entertainment content as part of a multi-title DVD disc that will be bundled with all of Dell Computers' DVD-enabled laptops and desktops.

    The agreement is through Greenleaf Technologies and its WIG consortium (a strategic alliance between Warner Advanced Media Operations, Infogrames and Greenleaf), that brings together premier electronic content providers, advanced media, and new technology through software delivered via DVD-ROM. The content bundled discs will be available with approximately 1 million Dell computers expected to ship during the next twelve months.

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  • InterVideo's WinDVD Player/Decoder Chosen for Ricoh `Just Link' CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive
    Time: 05:40 EST/10:40 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Leading PC video software developer InterVideo, Inc. today announced that WinDVD, the company's award-winning DVD player/decoder, has been chosen to support DVD playback in Ricoh's new `Just Link' CD-RW/DVD-ROM combination drive. Ricoh's latest CD/DVD device enables users to both play and write to their own CDs, as well as playback DVD video discs.

    The `Just Link' CD/DVD drive, released Sept. 1, 2000, is an aftermarket component sold through retailers and other PC equipment distributors. It enables users to greatly upgrade their PC multimedia capabilities via a single, dependable, all-in-one unit.

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  • Spatializer N-2-2 Virtual Surround Sound Technology Incorporated in LG DVD-RW Recorder
    Time: 05:35 EST/10:35 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Spatializer Audio Laboratories Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SPAZ - news), developer and marketer of the de facto standard for virtual surround sound, announced today that its Spatializer N-2-2(TM) audio enhancement technology has been included in the first DVD-RW (read/write) recorder from LG Electronics. Acclaimed as the most natural virtual surround sound available, Spatializer N-2-2 reproduces the spatial realism of 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital® through just two standard speakers, thereby eliminating the cost and complexity of such multi-speaker installations. Spatializer N-2-2 is delivered to the new DVD player/recorder via C-Cube Microsystems' (Nasdaq: CUBE - news) Ziva-4 (R) DVD decoder.

    LG Electronics, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, is showing the new DVD-RW recorder this week at the Korean Electronics Show (KES), in Seoul, Korea and plans to have the product available in 2001.

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  • Zoran's Vaddis Chip Shipping in Arcam's First DVD Players
    Time: 06:59 EST/11:59 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Zoran Corporation, a leading provider of digital solutions-on-a-chip for applications in the growing multimedia and Internet consumer markets, today announced that its Vaddis DVD Decoder IC is used in U.K. specialist audio manufacturer Arcam's new DiVA (Digitally integrated Video and Audio) series DVD-Video players. The high-performance Arcam DV88 DVD player is designed to playback regular DVD-Video discs and music CDs as well as CD-R, CD-RW discs, HDCD encoded CDs, and some MP3 encoded CDs. The Vaddis decoder incorporates software programmable video and audio processors supporting a vast array of features for multiple formats and theater quality reproduction of movies and dedicated musical entertainment in high-quality DVD players like those built by Arcam.

    ``The DiVA series represents a major advance for Arcam in developing products that combine high performance video with our high quality audio,'' said John Dawson, managing director at Arcam. ``As a specialist audio electronics manufacturer, we are determined that our first DVD player will be a benchmark for the DVD-Video format. Zoran's quality audio and video decompression technology helps us deliver the ultimate movie and music entertainment experience to the home cinema market.''

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  • Sonic MyDVD is First to Bring DVD Publishing to the Home
    Time: 06:45 EST/11:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sonic Solutions, the leader in DVD authoring software, announced today at the DVD Forum Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, that it has again redefined the DVD publishing landscape with the introduction of MyDVD, the first DVD authoring application designed specifically for the home user. With a suggested retail price of only $99, MyDVD enables consumers and video enthusiasts to capture ``your life on DVD'' and allows them to add compelling interactivity, graphics and menus to their birthday parties, sports events, vacations, anniversaries and other personal video content.

    Dazzle Multimedia, Inc., a leading provider of desktop and notebook digital video editing systems for businesses and consumers, is the first to ship MyDVD, in a bundle with the firm's award-winning Digital Video Creator (DVC) system. The DVC / MyDVD for Dazzle combination is the first complete solution that allows consumers to record, edit, encode and then author their own DVD projects.

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  • DVD-Video Sets Milestone as 10 Millionth Player is Shipped
    Time: 06:40 EST/11:40 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Ten million DVD-Video players have shipped to market, signaling the format's unparalleled acceptance among consumers in North America.

    This level is reached faster than any other consumer electronics product in history, just three and a half years after its introduction. The DVD Entertainment Group announced this new milestone for the popular home video format at the annual DVD Forum meeting in Scottsdale.

    According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), CD players took seven years to ship 10 million units, and eight years for VCRs to reach this level. Underscoring the strong consumer demand for the format, DVD-Video players have doubled their presence in the marketplace since reaching five percent household penetration in December 1999.

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  • Ricoh Corporation Announces Shipping for New MP9120A 12X10X32 CD-R/RW/CD-ROM and 8X DVD-ROM Combo Drive
    Time: 06:35 EST/11:35 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Ricoh's Disc Media and Systems Center Division (DMS-C) has announced immediate shipping for the fastest new CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combination drive in the industry. Priced at $349 (MAP), the MP9120A (ATAPI) has 12X CD-R and 10X CD-RW recording speed, 32X CD-ROM and 8X DVD-ROM read speeds. Ricoh is one of only three companies manufacturing combination drives; the remainder of drives sold are through OEMs. The MP9120A will be available through Ricoh's CD online store at , other major retailers, e-tailers, distributors, and through OEM channels.

    Targeted toward mid-to high-end audio, multimedia and other users with drive speed concerns, the MP9120A has other characteristics; such as, its new JustLink(TM) error prevention technology, that will make it popular among ``pro-sumers.''

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  • Warner Music plays with digital security
    Time: 02:16 EST/07:16 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In an effort to develop new digital products and thwart Internet piracy, Warner Music Group is expanding its partnerships with secure online distributors and preparing to unveil a new, high-quality DVD-audio format with anti-copying features.

    Warner Music today said it will offer 100 audio tracks online through Liquid Audio in its latest digital distribution deal. The company also plans to begin distributing by Nov. 7 DVD-audio releases from artists including Stone Temple Pilots and Natalie Merchant, as well as Beethoven symphonies conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Warner Music said each DVD-audio disc would cost $24.98.

    Record labels have been struggling for some time to inject a layer of security into new digital music releases. For example, all of the major labels are moving ahead with plans to offer secure downloads by the end of the year, although none have advanced beyond the experimental phase.

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  • Released This Week: She's The One (1996) icon
    Time: 06:00:00 EST/11:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Filmmaker and star Edward Burns follows his acclaimed film debut, The Brothers McMullen, with this equally fresh, funny and wry romantic comedy about two brothers wrestling with their preposterous approaches to life and love. Mickey (Burns), a free-spirited New York cabbie, and Francis (Mike McGlone), a materialistic Wall Street stockbroker, are extremely competitive and confused about women as a result of their father’s (John Mahoney) influence.

    Though they disagree about nearly everything, they have one thing in common: Mickey’s ex-fiancée Heather (Cameron Diaz) is Francis’ secret lover. Though both brothers have beautiful wives (Maxine Bahns and Jennifer Aniston), Heather triggers their longtime sibling rivalry with uproarious unexpected results.

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

    "She's The One (1996)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 96 minutes.

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  • Warner to bow albums in DVD audio format
    Time: 17:16 EST/22:16 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Warner Music Group on Monday took the music industry's first step into the next generation of digital audiophilia: The label announced it will release seven albums in DVD audio format, a technology that offers audio resolution more than twice as accurate as that of a conventional CD.

    The first-ever DVD audio offering by a major label will include works by artists ranging from Beethoven and Ravel to Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Natalie Merchant. More titles will follow on a monthly basis.

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    Time: 02:25 EST/07:25 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

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  • PBS Home Video and Warner Home Video Pitch Perfect Game With Emmy-Winning ``Baseball'' on DVD
    Time: 02:16 EST/07:16 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    It will be a whole new ballgame for the DVD format on Oct. 17 when PBS Home Video and Warner Home Video (WHV) take to the playing field with the most popular miniseries in PBS history: Ken Burns' landmark documentary ``Baseball.''

    The ten-``inning'' package includes the entire Emmy-winning miniseries along with ``The Making of Baseball,'' extensive interviews (hosted by Charlie Rose) and additional bonus material. ``Baseball'' will available on DVD for $179.98 SRP.

    Declared ``a grand slam'' by People magazine, this critically acclaimed film spans more than 100 years of baseball -- and American -- history as it chronicles the struggles of a rising nation: the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the rise of popular culture and the search for heroes. Baseball premiered on PBS in September 1994, and garnered a record audience of 43 million viewers.

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  • Released This Week: The Brothers McMullen (1995) icon
    Time: 02:00 EST/07:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sometimes the best friends are those you’ve known your whole life.

    Three brothers from Long Island try to reconcile their lives and loves in this charming romantic comedy, which won Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival. After their good-for-nothing father dies and their mother leaves to be with the man she really loves, brothers Jack, Barry and Patrick are left with only each other as they struggle with their own relationships. Married Jack is tempted to have an affair; Patrick isn’t sure his fiancée is “the one;” and Barry can’t deal with the fact the he is actually falling in love. Written, directed by and starring Edward Burns, The Brothers McMullen is a heartwarming look at matters of the heart.

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

    "The Brothers McMullen (1995)" is rated "R" and has a running time of 98 minutes.

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  • Warner Music Group Unveils First Releases in DVD-Audio Format
    Time: 17:16 EST/22:16 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    With a release date of November 7th, in time for the holiday shopping season, Warner Music Group (WMG) becomes the first of the major music companies to offer albums in the DVD-Audio format. The new format, which features Advanced Resolution(TM), multi-channel audio that dramatically enhances the listening experience, is the most significant industry format launch since the introduction of the CD nearly twenty years ago.

    The first releases are: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5, conducted by Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin; Core, by Stone Temple Pilots; Tigerlily, by Natalie Merchant; Johann Strauss in Berlin, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Berlin Philharmonic; Brain Salad Surgery, by Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Hommage a l'Orchestre Lamoureux: Chabrier's Espana & Ravel's Bolero, with Orchestre Lamoureux conducted by Yutaka Sado; and The Bedroom Mixes, by the Jazz At The Movies Band. Regular monthly releases will follow. All of the recordings have been remixed from the original masters to take advantage of the optimal surround and stereo sound quality.

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  • Demand outstrips supply for PlayStation 2
    Time: 05:20 EST/10:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Almost three months before Christmas, it may already be too late to get this year's hottest gift.
    Stores have been taking orders since last year for Sony PlayStation 2, and now some have started waiting lists for shipments that won't arrive until 2001.

    But unlike past toy crazes, retailers say, PlayStation 2 appeals to adults born in the '60s and kids born in the '90s. For about $300, people get a machine that plays DVDs as well as video games.

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  • Morrissey's Classic Music Videos Compiled on DVD OYE ESTEBAN!
    - Music Video Collection Set for Release on DVD October 17th -

    Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Warner/Reprise Home Video is set to release OYE ESTEBAN!, a DVD compilation of greatest video hits and performance footage from Morrissey, who still holds the official record for selling out the Hollywood Bowl faster than any other artist. The seventy-minute collection is set for release on October 17th and features 18 tracks that chronicle the ever-evolving career of Morrissey, whose most successful U.S. albums are Your Arsenal (No. 21) in 1992, and Vauxhall & I (No. 19) in 1994. The OYE ESTEBAN! DVD is closed-captioned and is presented in linear PCM stereo for the finest sound quality.

    Featured on OYE ESTEBAN! are five videos that have never before been available on a compilation: ``Seasick, Yet Still Docked,'' ``The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get,'' ``Boxers,'' ``Dagenham Dave,'' ``The Boy Racer'' and ``Sunny'' (which was released only as a bonus track on a 1997 maxi enhanced CD.) Also included is the previously-unreleased, ``Seasick, Yet Still Docked.'' Shot in 1992, the video for ``Seasick, Yet Still Docked'' makes its first appearance (in any form) on OYE ESTEBAN!

    The complete track listing for OYE ESTEBAN! includes: ``Every Day Is Like Sunday,'' ``Suedehead,'' ``Will Never Marry'' (Live), ``November Spawned A Monster,'' ``Interesting Drug,'' ``The Last Of The Famous International Playboys,'' ``My Love Life,'' ``Sing Your Life,'' ``Seasick, Yet Still Docked,'' ``We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful,'' ``Glamorous Glue,'' ``Tomorrow,'' ``You're The One For Me, Fatty,'' ``The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get,'' ``Pregnant For The Last Time,'' ``Boxers,'' ``Dagenham Dave,'' ``The Boy Racer'' and ``Sunny.''

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  • Rob Lowe Stars in the HBO Home Video Release 'Escape Under Pressure' Available on VHS and DVD November 14
    Time: 05:13 EST/10:13 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The underwater thriller starring Rob Lowe (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) and Larisa Miller (Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later), ESCAPE UNDER PRESSURE, comes to video and DVD on November 14. An HBO premiere movie, ESCAPE UNDER PRESSURE was directed by Jean Pellerin and is available on DVD for $19.98 SRP. Available for rental on VHS, this release is rated R and has a running time of 91 minutes. (Order due date: October 31)

    ESCAPE UNDER PRESSURE tells the story of Chloe (Larisa Miller), a Greek History Professor who becomes infatuated with a rare and valuable statue, the Icon of Artemis. When Chloe and her husband John (Rob Lowe) rescue the treasure on board a Greek Ferryboat, they become the targets of a ruthless mercenary. Hired by a wealthy collector, the mercenary sinks the ship in an effort to bring home the icon. Trapped underwater, Chloe and John struggle to survive and must risk their lives to ESCAPE UNDER PRESSURE.

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  • Rapid Growth in DVD Households to Drive Resurgence in Video Rentals and Sales
    Time: 05:13 EST/10:13 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The sale and rental of digital video discs (DVDs) are exploding this year and will lead to a resurgence of growth for the overall retail movie market in the decade ahead, according to a series of reports prepared by Adams Media Research, and published in the bi-weekly Hollywood Aftermarket newsletter.

    After just three years on the market, DVD players are on track to penetrate 12% of U.S. homes by the end of this year, making this the fastest roll-out of a consumer entertainment technology since black-and-white television in the 1940s. Those early adopting homes will spend a staggering $4.7 bil. renting and buying discs in 2000, up from $1.6 bil. last year, according to AMR. AMR's data appear regularly in the newsletters of its publishing partner, GRID Media.

    Given the unprecedented levels of consumption the new packaged video format is inspiring among consumers, AMR projects that overall video rental spending (DVD discs & VHS tapes combined), which was $10 bil. in 1999, will jump to $13.6 bil. by 2005. Video sales, which were $9.2 bil. in 1999, will more than double to $19.2 bil. during the same time frame. By 2005, 61% of video rentals and 74% of video sales will come from DVD.

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  • Released This Week: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 25th Anniversary Edition (2-Disc Set)The Rocky Ho (1975) icon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Was Great When It All Began…” Celebrate 25 Years Of Midnight Movie Madness! The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an “erotic nightmare beyond any measure.” Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music – a “sensual daydream to treasure forever” – starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Do the “Time Warp” and sing “Hot Patootie” with Meatloaf again…and again…and again…at home, or in a movie theater, where it will probably be playing for another 25 years!

    Disc One:

    ·  Multi-story (U.K. or U.S. version): View the original cut or the new edition with the musical sequence “Superheroes” edited back in.

    ·  Commentary by Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn.

    ·  The Theatrical Experience: View Rocky Horror as you would in the theater, complete with introduction from RHPS fan club president Sal Piro. View audience reactions and performers in front of the screen at certain points throughout the film.

    ·  Prompter: “When do I squirt my water pistol and when do I scream?” This subtitle track will tell you.

    ·  DVD-ROM games, trivia and more!

    Disc Two:

    ·  Excerpts and never-before-seen outtakes from VH1 Behind The Music: Featuring interviews with Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn and Meatloaf.

    ·  VH1 Pop-Up Video of “Hot Patootie!”

    ·  Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show

    ·  Theatrical Trailers and more!

    "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 25th Anniversary Edition (2-Disc Set)The Rocky Ho (1975) " is rated "R" and has a running time of 100 minutes.

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