March 23, 2009 |
Over the last 12 years, Warner Home Video has released about 1,200 vintage films from its vast library on DVD. But that still leaves about 3,800 feature titles that have yet to make their digital debuts. At the studio's current release rate of 100 per year, they wouldn't all be available until midcentury. So in an industry first, the company today is, in a manner of speaking, inviting the public into the vaults to order what it wants.
December 11, 2008 |
The major promotion push behind the DVD release of Warner Bros.' summer blockbuster, "The Dark Knight," appears to have worked -- at least out of the gate. The film, which brought in $530 million in ticket sales in the United States, sold nearly 3 million copies Tuesday, the first day of its DVD release in the U.S., Canada and Britain.
September 28, 2008 |
Newspaper subscribers are accustomed to the sample-size boxes of laundry detergent or aspirin bottles that sometimes arrive packaged with their morning paper, courtesy of advertisers. But readers in battleground states are getting a different kind of freebie: the DVD of a controversial documentary on Islam.
July 2, 2008 |
Here are some noteworthy recent releases of entertainment product aimed at children and families. Michael Reisman "Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper" (6 CDs; 7 hours, 22 minutes; $34; www.listeninglibrary.com) Audio books First-time author Reisman spins a wildly imaginative yarn about a sixth-grader who learns how to control the laws of the universe when he discovers the "Teacher's Edition of Physics." Reisman does this so adroitly that real information about gravity, electricity, friction and such seems as magical as the adventure that catapults Simon Bloom and his two friends into a struggle for domination of the universe.
March 20, 2008 |
Best Buy Co. said Wednesday that it would give $50 gift cards to customers who bought HD DVD video equipment after Toshiba Corp. abandoned the format and surrendered to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray. The retailer will spend $10 million on the payouts, which will go to customers who bought HD DVD players or attachments before Feb. 23. Most customers will receive the cards in the mail, Minneapolis-based Best Buy said. Tokyo-based Toshiba said last month that it was withdrawing from the high-definition DVD market a month after Hollywood studios led by Warner Bros.
February 16, 2008 |
The HD DVD format is reeling from another body blow. The nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said Friday that it would sell movies and players only in the rival Blu-ray format at its 4,000 discount stores and Sam's Clubs. Wal-Mart said it would continue to sell its HD DVD inventory over several months, then devote more shelf space to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray. The announcement from the country's biggest seller of DVDs comes amid a growing number of defections from the Toshiba Corp.
February 12, 2008 |
Netflix Inc., the mail-order movie-rental company, said it would start offering high-definition DVDs exclusively in Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format. Netflix would phase out Toshiba Corp.'s HD-DVD format by the end of the year after a decision by four Hollywood movie studios to opt for the Blu-ray format over Toshiba's for high-definition films and videos, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company said. Best Buy Co. also plans to recommend Blu-ray technology.
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January 31, 2008 |
What started as a Los Angeles family's creative way to dispose of a box of old movies has grown into a project that helps sick children cope with their illnesses. Sisters Marni and Berni Barta, 15 and 17, run Kid Flicks, a nonprofit organization that collects old movies and ships them to children's hospitals across the country and even as far as South Africa. So far the family has collected 28,700 movies and donated them to 287 hospitals.
January 24, 2008 |
Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to announce today that it has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to create made-to-order DVDs of some of the studio's movies and TV shows. The agreement, whose terms were not disclosed, boosts Palo Alto-based HP's ambition to play the middleman in the future of how entertainment is distributed.
December 27, 2007 |
Larry Kay has won awards and endorsements for his DVD that aims to teach preschoolers values through pet care. His investors include a co-founder of the successful stamps.com and the head of the Red Mango USA yogurt chain. His resume includes stints at children's entertainment giants Walt Disney Co., Activision Inc. and MGM. So why can't Kay, head of Animal Wow Entertainment Inc. in Sherman Oaks, sell enough of his whimsical "Dogs Wow Dogs" DVDs and music CDs to get out of the red?