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January 31, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
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 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
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 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
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 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?
December 24, 2007 | Diane Werts, Newsday
Don't mess with "Star Trek." That was my first reaction when word came down that the new HD-DVD release of the classic 1960s series would not merely be remastered from the original camera negative. In addition to sleek new high-definition video, the discs would also feature -- ye gods! -- "updated" and "enhanced" special effects. Didn't Hollywood learn its lesson when George Lucas "improved" the visual effects of his sainted "Star Wars" movie for rerelease?
December 17, 2007 | From Newsday
It was originally to be called "The Young Detectives." Maybe if it had been, it would have gone the way of the short-lived "The Young Lawyers" and "The Young Rebels" that soon followed. But somewhere during the show's development, in that halcyon year of 1968, the title got changed to the catchier, kitschier "The Mod Squad," a name promising something other than young versions of our same old elders.
December 16, 2007 | DENNIS LIM
In terms of home entertainment, viewers had an embarrassment of riches to choose from this year. Among 2007's best releases were restored old favorites and newly discovered rarities, television classics past and present, and at the top of the heap, the most expansive box set ever devoted to a single director. What follows is a look at the best of the best: Ford at Fox (Fox). John Ford made more than 50 films in his 32-year tenure at Twentieth Century Fox.
November 12, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
American video stores have new-release sections. Chinese video stores have not-yet-released sections. On a recent weeknight here, four people entered a neighborhood shop, where a clerk escorted them through a back door to a closet-sized room. Floor-to-ceiling shelves brimmed with some of the latest Hollywood movies, including "Ratatouille," which had just reached Chinese theaters a week earlier and wasn't due out on DVD until January.
November 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Two Hollywood rivals are joining forces to fight rampant movie piracy. Paramount Pictures will sell freshly released DVDs through Warner Bros. outlets in China in hopes of bringing low-cost, legitimate goods to market quickly. Warner, Paramount and Paramount's DreamWorks affiliate will sell new titles for $3 in China as little as two months after their U.S. theatrical release, the firms said. They said that would be the earliest release and lowest price in any market worldwide.
October 28, 2007 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
For a series so widely acknowledged as a television landmark, David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" has received conspicuously shoddy treatment on the home-video front. The eight-episode first season was released in 2001 without the pilot; the second (and final) season arrived on DVD only last spring after extensive delays.
October 28, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Every so often in the collaborative art called television a little miracle happens. There is a meeting of minds, a confluence of vision, a gathering of particular talents. The planets align, the cards fall into place, and something is born whose worth is instantly apparent to all involved, not as a generator of revenue -- at which it might fail completely -- but as an ennobling refraction of some little bit of the Truth, of what it means, or could mean, to be alive.
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