December 17, 2006 |
Kudos: The boutique Criterion Collection continues to deliver definitive digital editions of classic vintage and contemporary films. This year Criterion brought out tantalizing discs of Carol Reed's "Fallen Idol," Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai," G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box," three versions of Orson Welles' neglected masterpiece "The Complete Mr. Arkadian," "Olivier's Shakespeare" and "3 Films by Louis Malle."
December 7, 2006 |
Holiday shoppers in North America snapped up nearly 5 million DVD copies of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" on the hit title's first day in release, Walt Disney Co. said. The strong start for "Dead Man's Chest," which was released as a single DVD and a two-disc box set Tuesday, means that Disney's Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment could have the three bestselling DVDs for 2006, Disney said.
November 3, 2006 |
Movie-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. said Thursday that it narrowed its third-quarter loss and increased its same-store rental revenue in the United States despite a weak lineup of new DVD releases. Its shares soared nearly 10%. Chairman and Chief Executive John Antioco said a better lineup of DVD releases and a new policy letting customers return videos ordered online either through the mail or at stores made the company "bullish on prospects for revenue in 2007." Blockbuster said it lost $24.
October 10, 2006 |
Sonic Solutions, a maker of CD and DVD copying programs, and encryption software maker Macrovision Corp. said Monday that they would provide retailers with technology to download films and sell them on DVDs on demand, freeing up warehouses and shelf space. Macrovision and Sonic are the first to offer software that uses digital downloads of films from Hollywood studios to create copyright-protected DVDs with artwork and bonus features.
October 5, 2006 |
Beck loaded up his new album "The Information" with a bonus DVD with homemade videos for each song and stickers that fans can use to create customized CD covers, all in the hope of giving consumers more reasons to buy it. So what happens? In England, the album has been disqualified from appearing on sales charts because those extras give it "an unfair advantage" over less elaborate packages. The ruling comes from the Official U.K. Charts Co.
August 9, 2006 |
It doesn't pay to be a film fan these days -- not when DVD distributors keep releasing new versions of the same movie, forcing cinephiles to pay again and again for much the same material. You can buy multiple versions of "The Wizard of Oz," "Some Like It Hot," the "Star Wars" films and all three "The Lord of the Rings" movies. Each version is a little different because of additional scenes, added commentary or new extras.
July 15, 2006 |
Justin Timberlake can arguably carry a tune, but apparently not a movie. Despite some back-up from Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, Timberlake's feature acting debut in "Edison Force" is headed straight to video stores and DVD sales. The crime thriller about a cub reporter taking on the racist, corrupt establishment is set to hit stores Tuesday. Timberlake does not sing or dance in the film, and judging from the reviews it's received, he doesn't act much either.
July 1, 2006 |
Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) on Friday called on the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to investigate allegations that pirated DVDs were being smuggled into Los Angeles by flight crews of the Russian airline Aeroflot. Berman said the call was in response to a Los Angeles Times article on Sunday that detailed how a suspected bootlegger was allegedly assisted by Aeroflot employees.
June 1, 2006 |
Time Warner Inc., Walt Disney Co. and other movie distributors settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of hearing-impaired customers who bought DVDs containing bonus material that wasn't enhanced for people with hearing problems. The studios, which also include Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, deny liability and are settling to avoid further litigation, according to a statement.
May 30, 2006 |
Looking for new, less risky ways to boost profit, Warner Bros. is launching a direct-to-DVD business that will release 10 to 15 low-budget movies a year. First up will be a sequel to the studio's 2005 hit "The Dukes of Hazzard," scheduled to go on sale at the end of this year or in early 2007. Movies made exclusively for DVD typically are done on the cheap without the costly stars and lavish production expenses associated with theatrical films.