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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • DreamWorks to bow colossal ``Gladiator'' DVD
    Time: 06:13 EST/11:13 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    DreamWorks is hoping to slay all comers in the DVD arena with its elaborate double-disc special edition of ``Gladiator'' on Nov. 21. The package will include more than four hours of extra material -- among the most for a release of a recent theatrical hit.

    The studio is expected to announce Tuesday that it is mounting its biggest single marketing campaign ever for homevideo. The release includes a rental-priced VHS edition, but most of the media blitz slated for Thanksgiving weekend will focus on the DVD edition, the most elaborate ever created by DreamWorks.

    Company officials are said to expect near-record initial sales of 2 million to 3 million units and anticipate that the picture -- which generated $185 million at the domestic box office, the second highest tally of the year -- will be the best-selling DVD of the year.

    The price point of $29.99 (comparable to some standard edition releases) will help. It is also one of the few titles to feature both Dolby Digital and the space-hogging DTS surroundsound on the same dual-layered disc featuring the 2-1/2-hour movie, just as DreamWorks' ``American Beauty'' will when it is released on Oct. 24.

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  • Released This Week: 28 Days: Special Edition icon
    Time: 06:00 EST/11:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A disastrous drunken episode lands successful N.Y. journalist Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) in rehab, where she encounters a bizarre assortment of characters and unique rituals during her touching and often hilarious road to recovery.

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

    "28 Days: Special Edition " is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 104 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Image Entertainment Announces DVD Releases of Two Films About Fantasy Filmmaking Pioneer George Pal
    Time: 13:10 EST/18:10 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Image Entertainment, Inc. today announced the DVD release of two award-winning feature films about the life and work of pioneering fantasy and science fiction filmmaker George Pal.

    On September 19, Image will release the documentary ``The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal,'' followed on November 14 by the release of the anthology film ``The Puppetoon Movie,'' both made by director Arnold Leibovit. Both DVD releases are special editions and will include substantial supplemental material, much of it previously unavailable to the public.

    Considered to be the father of the modern sci-fi film, George Pal created more than 40 ``Puppetoons'' for Paramount Pictures in the 1940s, utilizing thousands of individually carved puppets, animated in stop-motion, to produce each short film. Pal was an admitted influence on filmmakers ranging from Gene Roddenberry to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. During the 1940s, his studio staff included such animation luminaries as Willis O'Brien (``The Lost World'') and Ray Harryhausen (``Jason and the Argonauts,'' ``The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad''). In the early 1950s, Pal began to work on feature film projects that combined live-action with stop-motion animation. Pal produced or directed many films considered science fiction and fantasy classics, including ``Destination Moon'' (also available on DVD from Image Entertainment), ``When Worlds Collide,'' ``The War of the Worlds,'' ``tom thumb,'' ``The Time Machine,'' ``The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao'' and ``The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.'' Pal's films won a total of eight Academy Awards, and his special effects techniques, as well as his unique, humanistic vision, continue to influence filmmakers today. A remake of 1960's ``The Time Machine'' is currently in production at Dreamworks.

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  • "Survivor" Mastermind Spills Sequel Secrets, DVD Plans
    Time: 13:08 EST/18:08 GMT | News Source: E-Online | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    He's created a reality-television phenomenon, sparked water-cooler conversations, office pools, and lined up thousands of regular folks hoping for their own shot at $1 million. Put it this way: If Richard Hatch is Survivor's Darth Gaydar, consider this guy the Emperor. He's Mark Burnett, the mastermind behind CBS' summer TV smash (which returned Friday in reruns), the purveyor of a new book dishing behind-the-scenes Survivor juice--and now the guy who wants to shoot some regular American schmuck into the heavens for a televised rendezvous with Russia's space station Mir.

    The 40-year-old executive producer is currently consumed with promoting his island chronicles--Survivor hit book stores Tuesday--and finishing casting for the highly anticipated sequel Survivor: The Australian Outback. ("I'm back to casting at nine o'clock, and we'll probably go through the night," he tells E! Online, on his way to another book signing in Los Angeles.)

    Burnett also confirms that a Survivor DVD is in the works. A VHS edition of the Survivor series is expected to hits stores after the Olympics, but given the lengthy turnaround time for DVDs (at least three months), a souped-up digital version, complete with unseen footage, most likely wouldn't hit stores until Survivor's sequel debuts January 28 after the Super Bowl. Viacom-owned Paramount Home Video has yet to make an official announcement.

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  • Released This Week: High Fidelity icon
    Time: 13:03 EST/18:03 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    From the guys who brought you Grosse Point Blank comes the absolutely hilarious High Fidelity. John Cusak (Being John Malkovich) stars as Rob Gordon, the owner of a semi-failing record store located on one of the back streets of Chicago. He sells music the old-fashioned way, on vinyl, with his two wacky clerks – the hysterically funny rock snob Barry (Jack Black) and the more quietly opinionated underachiever Dick (Todd Louiso). .

    But Rob’s business isn’t the only thing in his life that’s floundering – his needle skips the love groove when his longtime girlfriend Laura (newcomer Iben Hjejle) walks out on him. And this forces him to examine his past failed attempts at romance the only way he knows how! For a rocking fun time, give High Fidelity a spin. It’s sure to make your all-time top-five list for comedies – with a bullet!

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, Interviews

    "High Fidelity" is rated "R" and has a running time of 113 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2000

 

This Weeks Picks

 
  • Yggdrasil Ships World's First Linux DVD9-ROM
    Time: 04:19 EST/09:19 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Yggdrasil Computing, Inc., the company that created the Linux CDROM industry, has shipped the world's first Linux DVD9-ROM, a successor format to CD-ROMs, with over twelve times the capacity. Linux DVD Archives (MSRP $24.95) contains over eight billion bytes of open source software (over 23 billion bytes uncompressed), giving Linux users a new level of convenience and access to open source software.

    ``The value of every product we have ever shipped is convenience,'' said Adam Richter, President of Yggdrasil Computing. ``The growth of free software has increased the size of our Archives product to eight CDs. If you have to switch among that many discs, it's not very convenient. So, we decided to really push the technology to address this problem.''

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  • Philips New Sound Cards Provide the Ultimate PC Home Theater, Gaming and Music Experience
    Time: 04:17 EST/09:17 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Philips Consumer Electronics is introducing three new sound cards to bring an enhanced multi-entertainment experience to the PC. The new lineup includes: Rhythmic Edge(TM) (3D stereo), Seismic Edge(TM) (quad surround) and Acoustic Edge(TM), the industry's first PCI audio accelerator enabling 5.1-channel playback of games, music and movies. While current industry technology limits 5.1-channel output to DVD content, the Acoustic Edge(TM) breaks this barrier by converting all types of media into 5.1 channel output and enhancing DVD movies, allowing a realistic home theater experience from the PC.

    The Acoustic Edge is also the industry's only sound card that combines high-performance hardware acceleration, effective two-speaker 3D virtualization and multi-channel speaker support, making it the ideal solution for gaming, music and movie enthusiasts.

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  • InterVideo Introduces Linux Software DVD Player -- LinDVD(TM)
    Time: 04:15 EST/09:15 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    InterVideo, Inc. has taken the wraps off its Linux software DVD player. InterVideo is currently engaged with many top computer, Internet appliance, and set top box manufacturers that need the highest quality DVD playback for their devices. LinDVD is now available to manufacturers for evaluation and integration.

    At the Linux World tradeshow in Taipei (Sep 7-9, 2000), InterVideo demonstrated fully functional platforms using LinDVD, demonstrating high quality video running at the full video frame rate with integrated CSS copy protection.

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  • ActiveDVD: Titanic - Review
    Time: 04:10 EST/09:10 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Darren Bisbey has posted his review of the DVD Titanic. Here is a snippet from his review:

    Ok we all know the facts about the Titanic! An unsinkable ship that discovers very quickly it wasn't as unsinkable as the makers first thought. I'm not sure how many films have been made about that fateful night in 1911. (I haven't ruined the plot of a story this was a true and sad story about the 'ship of dreams' and the lives lost on that night.) This is a modern day remake of the events leading up to and including the demise of Titanic. The film was produced, directed and written by James Cameron (Terminator 2, Aliens and The Abyss) This remake was the most financially successful film of the decade. Utilizing the latest computer animation ever seen at the time. I saw the film at the cinema and can remember having to remind myself that the real Titanic was 2 miles underneath the ocean.

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  • Two Days Before Thanksgiving the Feathers are Going to Fly ...
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    It may be Thanksgiving terror for turkeys, but chickens are all a ``cluck'' about their independence day as CHICKEN RUN, flies the coop for VHS and DVD on November 21, 2000 from DreamWorks Home Entertainment. The first full-length feature film from Aardman, the Academy Award®-winning creators of ``Wallace & Gromit,''* CHICKEN RUN amassed a smashing box office result of close to $105 million.

    Featuring awe-inspiring animation, an unforgettable cast of characters, stellar voice cast including Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha and Miranda Richardson, and a story brimming with wit and adventure for the whole family, CHICKEN RUN became an instant classic with audiences worldwide. Available day-and-date with the videocassette release, the specially enhanced DVD edition will feature a flock of interactive entertainment ``eggs-tras'' for everyone to discover and enjoy. CHICKEN RUN will be available for as low as $16.95 for VHS and $19.95 for the DVD.

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  • This Week's Picks
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 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.

    Mission to Mars icon

    From the director of Mission: Impossible comes the thrilling, eye-popping science-fiction adventure Mission To Mars – starring Gary Sinise (Snake Eyes) and Tim Robbins (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me).

    The year is 2020, and the first manned mission to Mars, commanded by Luke Graham (Don Cheadle - Out Of Sight), lands safely on the red planet. But the Martian landscape harbors a bizarre and shocking secret that leads to a mysterious disaster so catastrophic, it decimates the crew. Haunted by a cryptic last message from Graham, NASA launches the Mars Recovery Mission to investigate and bring back survivors – if there are any. Confronted with nearly insurmountable dangers, but propelled by deep friendship, the team finally lands on Mars and makes a discovery so amazing, it takes your breath away. Mission To Mars is an action-packed rocket ride that will enthrall you with its stunning special effects and keep you on the edge of your seat.

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

    "Mission to Mars" is rated "PG" and has a running time of 113 minutes.

    Turbulence 2icon

    For a “fear of flying” group trying to overcome their phobia onboard a jumbo 747, the friendly skies are about to turn deadly. As an otherwise routine journey takes flight, a violent episode of turbulence rips through the massive plane, leaving passengers and crew disabled and a sadistic terrorist (Jeffrey Nordling) - with a nerve gas bomb capable of annihilating millions – in control.

    As a terrifying killing spree unfolds, one of the group’s passengers, a nerdy aircraft engineer (Craig Sheffer), secretly rigs a communication line to air traffic control on land – discovering that the bomb must be jettisoned over the ocean or ground security forces will shoot the plane out of the sky. With time running out and the odds stacked against them, anything can happen – and does – as the last thing anyone onboard the doomed jet has a moment to worry about is their fear of flying.

    Special Features: Scene Access, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, Audio Commentary, Behind-the-scenes Footage, Interactive Menus

    "Turbulence 2" is rated "R" and has a running time of 100 minutes.

    Slow Burn icon

    One beautiful woman, two escaped convicts and a fortune in diamonds ignite a sizzling thriller when three unpredictable and unwilling partners are forced to work together. But in the scorching desert, loyalty and trust are as rare as an ice-cold stream, while greed and violence become as common as scorpions on the sand.

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

    "Slow Burn" is rated "R" and has a running time of 97 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • MP3.com yanks song with illegal DVD-hacking code
    Time: 05:51 EST/10:51 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Joseph Wecker's song about a binary computer code wasn't exactly a chart-topper, but he doesn't think MP3.com should have banned it.

    The popular music Web site today removed the song, in which Wecker, sounding more than a little like a 1960s sit-in protester, sings a version of the banned computer code known as DeCSS.

    In an email letter to Wecker, MP3.com cited the nature of the music lyrics for the song's eradication. "Your song has either a song title or lyrics that are offensive or otherwise inappropriate," the company wrote.

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  • Universal Studios Home Video Announces Joint Promotion With America Online for ``Jurassic Park'' and ``The Lost World''
    Time: 05:49 EST/10:49 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Universal Studios Home Video today announced an agreement with America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, under which the companies will join forces for a wide-ranging series of innovative promotions to launch the VHS and first-time DVD releases of ``Jurassic Park'' and ``Jurassic Park: The Lost World'' on October 10, 2000.

    The agreement establishes AOL as Universal Studios Home Video's premier online marketing partner for the launch. Under the agreement, AOL will promote the new ``Jurassic Park''/``Lost World'' DVD sets in its online entertainment areas, and AOL Moviefone will offer a series of special features promoting the releases. A ``Jurassic Park'' online greeting card program with American Greetings and other promotions within AOL are also planned.

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  • Amazon.com To Offer Refunds on DVDs
    Time: 05:44 EST/10:44 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Amazon.com customers who didn't receive the lowest possible price during price testing of Amazon's DVD video offerings will receive refunds, the company confirmed Wednesday. This month, the company conducted price tests in its DVD store, randomly changing the price of DVDs in select cases to see whether customers would pay more or less for a given item. Because some Amazon.com customers paid more than others, the company is refunding the difference from the lowest price paid. Amazon.com will continue to conduct price testing on its Web site, but will, as a matter of policy, offer refunds to anyone who paid a higher price as part of the test. DVD customers were expected to receive e-mails notifying them of their refunds on Wednesday.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • HBO Home Video Puts a Hit Out on Video and DVD, 'The Sopranos: The Complete First Season,' Dec. 12
    Time: 17:49 EST/22:49 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Just in time for the holidays fans can own the thirteen hours that started a phenomenon when THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON comes to home video and DVD. Winner of 5 Emmy Awards®, THE SOPRANOS, starring James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, is the story of a modern-day mob boss caught between responsibilities to his family and his ``family.'' Approaching the premiere of the third season on HBO in March 2001, THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, features thirteen remarkable episodes and will be available on December 12. THE SOPRANOS is packaged in a five volume VHS Collector's Edition for $99.92 SRP and a four disc DVD Collector's Edition for $99.98 SRP. (Prepack order date: October 31; Singles order date: November 14)

    DVD Features Exclusive Interview and Audio Commentary with Creator David Chase

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  • Apple beefs up iBook with DVD, more storage
    Time: 12:40 EST/17:40 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Apple Computer today added brawn to its colorful line of iBook notebooks by beefing up storage and adding DVD.

    CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new product at Apple Expo 2000 in Paris, where the company also said it will begin offering new graphics cards from ATI Technologies in its PowerMac systems.

    Behind the scenes a startling drama unfolded, as show exhibitors struggled with the aftermath of a faulty fire sprinkler system that left up to 2 inches of water in many areas of Porte de Versailles Hall. Jobs gave his 10 a.m. Paris time (1 a.m. PT) keynote in another building.

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  • ActiveDVD: Fight Club: Special Edition - Review
    Time: 05:50 EST/10:50 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Darren Bisbey has posted his review of the recently released DVD Fight Club. Here is a snippet from his review:

    Fight Club could be easily put amongst the genre of a thriller movie, but although this title does fit certain aspects of the movie, it would be better placed in the new category of films that has recently risen. The category of 'must see that again'. Fight club is dark, moody, funny and provocative. I was recommended to watch this movie, but I stayed away from it's general cinema release and waited for the DVD release. I was not disappointed.

    The DVD is of high quality and found the menus easy to use. With this particular edition there are two discs, the second disk contains: behind the scenes with multiple camera angles and commentary, out-takes, deleted scenes etc.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Released This Week: This Is Spinal Tap: Special Editionicon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Rob Reiner's directorial debut has developed into a cult phenomenon. The film that invented the "mockumentary" has now outlasted most of the bands it mocked. Following the ill-fated American comeback tour of an aging heavy metal group, this film has joined the ranks of the greatest comedies ever made.

    Special Features: Outtakes, Music Videos, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Additional Footage, Interviews, Scene Access, Audio Commentary, Interactive Menus

    "This Is Spinal Tap: Special Edition" is rated "R" and has a running time of 88 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • ActiveDVD Reviewers
    Time: 20:00 EST/01:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    ActiveDVD is currently seeking individuals to provide DVD Reviews for our ActiveDVD Section. This could be a favorite movie, a new release, or anything currently out on DVD.  So if you have a view on a movie and would like to contribute to our web site then ActiveDVD is looking for you.

    For more information please contact matt@activewin.com.

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

    An all-star evening of concert magic with Carlos Santana and special guests Cee-Lo, Everlast, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford, Sarah McLachlan, The Product G&B, Wayne Shorter and Rob Thomas.

    Track Listing:
    1. (Da Le) Yaleo – Santana Band with horns
    2. Love Of My Life – Santana Band with Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford
    3. Angel – Carlos Santana with Sarah McLachlan
    4. Put Your Lights On – Santana Band with Everlast
    5. Africa Bamba – Santana Band with horns
    6. Do You Like The Way – Santana Band with Lauryn Hill and Cee-Lo & horns
    7. Migra – Santana Band with horns
    8. Day Of Celebration – Santana Band
    9. Victory Is Won – Santana Band
    10. Maria Maria – Santana Band with The Product G&B
    11. Apache – Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson & Wayne Shorter
    12. Smooth/Dame Tu Amor – Santana Band with Rob Thomas & horns
    13. Gypsy Queen/Oye Como Va – Santana Band
    14. Encore: Make Somebody Happy/Right On Be Free – Santana Band with Cee-Lo, Everlast, Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan, The Product G&B, Rob Thomas, Carter Beauford and Wayne Shorter

    Special Features: Scene Access, Behind-the-scenes Footage, Cast/Crew Bios, Featurette, Interactive Menus, Interviews, Music Videos, Photo Gallery

    "Santana: Supernatural Live" has a running time of 88 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Spend the Holidays in `South Park!' Three All-New Videos Available Just in Time for the Holiday Season
    Time: 17:51 EST/22:51 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Warner Home Video (WHV) and Comedy Central invite you to spend the holidays in the quiet, mountain town of South Park, Colo.

    Three all-new videos with exclusive bonus footage will hit stores on Nov. 7, available for only $14.95 SRP (Three-pack $39.98 SRP). In addition, two outrageous DVDs ($19.98 SRP) -- each featuring three hilarious ``South Park'' episodes and awesome bonus footage -- will be available day-and-date.

    ``Christmas in South Park'' (including ``Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics' and ''Merry Christmas Charlie Manson``) will feature Part I of the much talked about British documentary ''Goin' Down to South Park``; the ''Best of South Park`` (including fan favorites ''Chinpoko Mon`` and ''Rainforest Schmainforest``) will offer the second portion of the documentary.

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  • Pangea Design Signs a $20 Million 10-Year Exclusive Agreement With Direct Movies Online.com, Inc.
    Time: 06:33 EST/11:33 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Pangea Design, Inc. announces that it has signed a 10-year exclusive agreement with Direct Movies Online.com, Inc. to provide near DVD quality video to the Internet on a pay-per-view basis. Pangea Design has developed the technology, website interface, and network infrastructure that allows Direct Movies Online.com to be the first site with unlimited pay-per-view Video On Demand. Pangea expects the contract to generate over $20 million in revenue.

    Pangea Design has a strong background as a first mover in Internet technology, recently introducing their Digital Video Media Network and Digital Media Player, both of which will be used in consort with Direct Movies Online.com to provide the highest quality Video On Demand.

    Using Pangea Design's technology, consumers who visit Direct Movies Online.com's web site will be able to stream a near DVD quality full-length video directly to their television or computer, and watch it at their convenience with multiple viewings possible depending on their choice at the time of purchase. ``Direct Movies Online.com found all of its technical needs met by Pangea Design,'' said Paul J. Montle, Chairman of Direct Movies Online.com. ``Our company's success is guaranteed by the amazing feats the people at Pangea Design have accomplished. Their technology surpasses any other company I have seen in the industry.''

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  • DVD Renting Households Grow 333 Percent Since 1998
    Time: 05:55 EST/10:55 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We now know who the DVD Console and DVD-ROM households are.

    We know their level and mix of DVD purchases and rentals and its impact on their VHS activity. Additionally, we know what types of other entertainment activities and consumer electronics products they have. We also know how the DVD installed base's profile and activity have changed since the first player was sold.

    This data was just published in the third wave of CENTRIS' ``Who's `Bought In' to DVD: A Demographic, Technology and Entertainment Profile of Early Adopters.''

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  • Universal scores court victory against MP3.com
    Time: 05:45 EST/10:45 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In the latest legal win for traditional media companies seeking to protect intellectual property in cyberspace, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled that MP3.com Inc. wilfully infringed copyrights owned by Seagram Co Ltd.'s Universal Music, the world's biggest music company.

    ``It sends a very clear signal to the Internet industry that the traditional content companies still hold a lot of cards when it comes to controlling their copyrights online,'' said Eric Scheirer, analyst with Forrester Research.

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  • Tae-Bo(R) LIVE! Hits the Streets Billy Blanks' follow-up to the original Tae-Bo videos to be available for retail distribution.
    Time: 05:30 EST/10:30 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    NCP Marketing Group, Inc., the infomercial producer and global marketer of the platinum award-winning original Billy Blanks' Tae-Bo® Video Library, announces the release of the 4-volume Tae-Bo® LIVE! Video Series on VHS and DVD. Previously sold exclusively via infomercial, this new evolution of Blanks' phenomenal workout will be distributed to outlets across the country by NCP distribution partners, Century Inc. and Ventura Distribution, Inc. on September 24, 2000. Century will handle distribution for sporting goods retailers and mass merchants. Ventura will handle distribution for the entertainment industry.

    Tae-Bo® LIVE! is the all-new version of what has become known as the hottest workout on the planet. The high-energy tapes, with their upbeat soundtrack, offer a ``total body workout'' for people of varying ages and fitness levels. The individual tapes are titled; Instructional Workout, Basic Workout, 8-Minute Workout and Advanced Workout. To meet consumer and retailer demand, both videotape and DVD formats will be available simultaneously.

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  • 'SUPERNATURAL LIVE - An Evening with Carlos Santana and Friends' Brings Once-In-A-Lifetime All-Star TV Concert Event to Interactive DVD Format
    Time: 05:20 EST/10:20 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Arista recording artist Carlos Santana continues to celebrate his 13-times platinum, historic 9-time Grammy winning SUPERNATURAL CD (now in its 64th week on the Billboard 200 album chart) with the release of the interactive DVD-only release of SUPERNATURAL LIVE - An Evening with Carlos Santana and Friends. The show features an all-star evening of concert magic with the Santana band and special guests Cee-Lo, Everlast, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews and Carter Beauford, Sarah McLachlan, the Product G&B, Wayne Shorter, and Rob Thomas. The DVD is set for September 12th in-store date.

    The DVD highlights concert versions of the album's two RIAA platinum #1 singles, ``Maria Maria'' (with the Product G&B) and ``Smooth'' (with Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty). About a half-dozen other songs that made their debuts on the album, along with a show-stopping duet by Carlos and special guest Sarah McLachlan of her top 5 hit ``Angel'' (from the Nicolas Cage film City Of Angels) are featured.

    SUPERNATURAL LIVE also includes three previously unrecorded titles by Santana, ``Day Of Celebration,'' ``Victory Is Won'' and a surprising version of the '60s rock instrumental ``Apache,'' performed as a trio by Carlos, keyboardist Chester Thompson and legendary guest saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

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  • Now showing: random DVD prices on Amazon
    Time: 05:15 EST/10:15 GMT | News Source: CNet | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Some Amazon.com customers are fuming over random discounts on some of the e-tailer's most popular DVDs.

    The variable prices affected more than half of the company's top-100 best-selling DVDs, or digital versatile discs. Depending on the particular movie and the discount Amazon offered, one customer could pay up to $15 more for a DVD than another customer.

    "This is a bad idea," one customer wrote on the popular DVD Talk discussion forum, where the price differences first came to light. "I can see why they'd want to survey what they sell, but this is definitely the wrong way to do it."

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  • Released This Week: American Psycho (R-Rated Version)icon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    American Psycho is the sexy thriller about Patrick Bateman – a young, handsome, Harvard-educated Wall Street success, seemingly perfect with his stunning fiancée and entourage of high-powered friends. But what his circle of friends doesn’t know is that there is another Patrick Bateman that lurks inside, one that lusts for more than status and material things.

    With a detective hot on his tail and temptation everywhere, Patrick Bateman can’t fight his terrible urges that take him on the pursuit of women, greed and the ultimate crime – murder. Based on the controversial book by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho, Bateman invites viewers to enter his mind and fathom his motives – setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling.

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

    "American Psycho (R-Rated Version) " is rated "R" and has a running time of 103 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Released This Week: Men In Black: Limited Edition icon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe.

    Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) are the Men In Black, providers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on Earth. They are our best, last and only line of defense when close encounters get ugly. They work in secret and they dress in black. They are the best-kept secret in the universe.

    Special Features: Interactive Menus, Multiple Angles, Music Videos, Photo Gallery, Story Boards, DVD-ROM Features, Audio Commentary, Scene Access, Cast/Crew Bios, Documentaries

    "Men In Black: Limited Edition (2-Disc Set)" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 98 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2000

 

DVD News Around The Net

 
  • Judy Garland 1954 Classic 'A Star Is Born,' Set For DVD Debut September 19 From Warner Home Video
    Time: 18:08 EST/23:08 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    ``A Star Is Born,'' the classic musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason, will be released for the first time ever on DVD on September 19. The Warner Home Video DVD, featuring a number of extras, will sell for $24.98 SRP.

    Directed by George Cukor, ``A Star is Born'' was nominated for six Academy-Awards® including Best Actress and Best Actor. The film tells the story of Norman Maine (Mason), an alcoholic film star who meets and marries Esther Blodgett (Garland), an unknown aspiring singer/actress. As Blodgett rises to fame and fortune, she is transformed into a major star, 'Vicki Lester.' Simultaneously, Maine's career spirals downward ending in tragedy. Inconsolable at first, Lester finds the determination to go on with her career.

    The DVD extras in ``A Star Is Born,'' include: the 1954 theatrical trailer as well as the original theatrical trailers of the 1937 and 1976 versions, network telecast of the 1954 premiere, documentary coverage of the post-premiere party, three alternative filmings of the song The Man That Got Away and the deleted song When My Sugar Walks Down the Street.

    Also included is: audio of two still-missing scenes from the 1954 premiere version, ``A Report by Jack L. Warner'' featuring footage not seen in the movie, filmographies of Garland, Mason and director Cukor, widescreen format, surround audio and subtitles in English and French.

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  • ``Storm'' Watch: $180 Million Box-Office Smash ``The Perfect Storm'' Arrives Nov. 14 Day-and-Date VHS Sell- Through and DVD
    Time: 18:05 EST/23:05 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    This thrilling, real-life adventure will take audiences by storm on Nov. 14 when Warner Home Video releases ``The Perfect Storm'' day- and-date for sell-through on VHS and DVD. A cinematic experience at its most exhilarating and terrifying, ``The Perfect Storm'' offers a breathless sense of being gripped by a force of nature beyond human control.

    Based on the dramatic events that took place in the waters of the North Atlantic nearly nine years ago, Sebastian Junger's nonfiction account, ``The Perfect Storm,'' has been on the best-seller list for more than 100 weeks, boosted by the popularity of the theatrical release.

    An astonishing, effects-packed disc, ``The Perfect Storm'' DVD is dual-layered with Dolby Digital 5.1 EX audio in wide-screen and full-screen formats and includes the following features:

    • Three feature-length audio commentaries, including director Petersen, author Junger and visual-effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier;
    • Behind-the-scenes documentaries ``HBO First Look: Making The Perfect Storm,'' ``Witnesses to the Storm'' and ``Creating an Emotion'' with composer James Horner;
    • A conceptual art gallery with commentary by Petersen;
    • Production stills set to John Mellencamp's ``Yours Forever,'' the ``Perfect Storm'' theme; and
    • Storyboard galleries.

    Additional enhanced features for DVD-ROM provide a more in-depth look at the production of this real-life thriller:

    • The original theatrical Web site with Web links to chat rooms;
    • A gallery of downloadable mini-documentaries on the film's special effects;
    • A theatrical trailer sampler;
    • Exclusive game for multiple players on the Internet;
    • Future virtual theater event with live filmmaker and cast chat.

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  • Ricoh Announces New, Faster CD-R/RW DVD-ROM Combo Drive
    Time: 18:00 EST/23:00 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Ricoh's Disc Media and Systems Center division (DMS-C) will begin shipping the fastest new CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combination drive on the market at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the company announced today. 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 units on the market are from OEMs. The MP9120A will be available through the Ricoh CD online store at http://www.buyricohcd.com , 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 error prevention, that will make it popular among ``pro-sumers.''

    As the first manufacturer to deliver a drive with newly developed error prevention technology, called JustLink, Ricoh will provide other drive makers with the new technology and include it in future Ricoh-brand CD-R/RW drives. JustLink automatically prevents buffer under-run errors by predicting them before they occur. Stable writing is especially difficult with high-speed writing, recording simultaneously while performing other computer operations, writing files to a CD-R/RW drive from a CD-ROM drive, and recording directly from a network.

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  • Hit a Homerun With 'When It Was a Game 3' From HBO Home Video; Available on VHS and DVD November 21
    Time: 17:59 EST/22:59 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    It's another homerun for your team when the world-class series, When It Was A Game rounds the bases for a third glorious time, featuring baseball legends Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente and more. When It Was A Game 3 steals its way into stores nationwide on November 21. Available on VHS for $14.95 SRP and DVD for $19.98 SRP, When It Was A Game 3 has a running time of 60 minutes and is not rated. Also available on VHS starting November 21, the When It Was A Game ``Triple Play'' Collector's Set features all three installments of the When It Was A Game series for $26.92 SRP. Order due date is October 24.

    When It Was A Game 3 features never-before-seen home movies and vintage photographs with memorable storytelling that bring to life an incredible period in America's history. The third installment in the critically-acclaimed series from HBO Sports presents classic interviews with sluggers Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Tim McCarver, Bob Gibson and Juan Marachal. The storytelling also carries into the stands with commentary from fans and sports writers including Billy Crystal, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Costas and others.

    Described as ``The best of the series,''(New York Daily News) ``Worth waiting for,''(Detroit News) and ``An astonishing marriage of anecdote to film,''(Chicago Tribune) When It Was A Game 3 is a triumph in the documentation of baseball history.

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  • Fox Home Entertainment chooses Cinram as exclusive DVD product provider in North America
    Time: 17:55 EST/22:55 GMT | News Source: Press Release | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Cinram International announced today that it has signed a two-year agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) to be its exclusive digital video disc (DVD) manufacturer and distributor in the U.S. and Canada, effective September 1, 2000.

    ``DVD entertainment represents the fastest growing market for Cinram in North America,'' said Isidore Philosophe, chairman and CEO of Cinram International. ``This DVD agreement with Fox demonstrates the breadth of Cinram's multimedia products and services and our commitment to delivering high volumes of Fox DVD and VHS products quickly onto the market.''

    This agreement marks Cinram's latest expansion in the U.S. DVD markets and the growth of its relationship with TCFHE. Earlier this year, Cinram entered into a related but separate multi-year agreement with TCFHE to be its exclusive manufacturer and distributor of VHS video cassettes in North America.

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  • Released This Week: Any Given Sunday: Special Edition Director's Cuticon
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT | News Source: ActiveDVD | Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Life is a contact sport and football is life when three-time Academy Award–winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and a dynamic acting ensemble explore the fortunes of the Miami Sharks in Any Given Sunday.

    At the 50-yard line of this gridiron cosmos is Al Pacino as Tony D’Amato, the embattled Sharks coach facing a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy Sharks owner (Cameron Diaz) who’s sure Tony is way too old-school. An injured quarterback (Dennis Quaid), a flashy, bull-headed backup QB (Jamie Foxx), a slithery team doctor (James Woods) and a running back with an incentive-laden contract (LL Cool J) also provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook. And throughout, there’s the awesome spectacle of motion, sound and action orchestrated into “Oliver Stone’s most electrifying film in years. A dazzling spectacle.” –-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

    Special Features: DVD-ROM Features, Scene Access, Interactive Menus, Documentaries, Cast/Crew Bios, Filmographies, Story Boards, Music Videos, Theatrical Trailer, Web Access

    "Any Given Sunday: Special Edition Director's Cut" is rated "R" and has a running time of 157 minutes.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2000

 

This Weeks Picks

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

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

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

    The Next Best Thingicon

    The sparks fly and laughs follow when Rupert Everett and Madonna team up for this irresistibly funny and heartwarming movie directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy).

    Abbie (Madonna) and her friend Robert (Rupert Everett) would make the perfect couple – except for one small complication: He’s gay. We’ll, at least they don’t have to worry about sex messing up their relationship. Or do they? One night, loneliness gets the best of them, and before one can scream “reality check,” Abbie and Robert become lovers and, ultimately, parents. But when Abbie meets her dream man (Benjamin Bratt) Abbie and Robert’s unconventional family is put to the test. Can best friends form the best of families, especially when one is gay? The answer emerges with wit, warmth, and a bundle of wonderful surprises in the The Next Best Thing.

    Special Features: Music Videos, Theatrical Trailer, Interviews, Interactive Menus, Cast/Crew Bios

    "The Next Best Thing" is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 107 minutes.

    North By Northwesticon

    Washington. Jefferson. Lincoln. Teddy Roosevelt. Alfred Hitchcock. No, you won’t find the great director’s face alongside the Mount Rushmore Presidents. Just the same, the filmmaker has indelibly linked himself with that national monument, making it the setting for North By Northwest's bravura climax. Gary Grant teams with Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this superlative espionage caper judged one of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 American Films and spruced up with a new digital transfer and remixed Dolby Surround Stereo.

    Grant plays a Manhattan advertising executive plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased and, in another signature set piece, crop-dusted. He also holds on for dear life from that famed carved rock (for which back lot sets were used). But don’t expect the Master Of Suspense to leave star or audience hanging.

    Special Features: Production Notes, Theatrical Trailer, Scene Access, Audio Commentary, TV Spots, Behind-the-scenes Footage, Photo Gallery, Interactive Menus

    "North By Northwest" has a running time of 136 minutes.

    I Dreamed of Africaicon

    Kim Basinger portrays Kuki Gallmann in this true story about a woman who gives up her comfortable life in Italy to run a farm with her husband and son in rural Africa.

    While the land is magnificent, it is also dangerous, and our heroine soon learns that behind the beauty of nature lies pain, passion, joy and hardship.

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

    "I Dreamed of Africa " is rated "PG-13" and has a running time of 115 minutes.

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