February 25, 2005 |
Taking its battle against piracy of films and music to the front lines, Warner Home Video said it would sell cut-rate DVDs in China in a bid to compete on counterfeiters' home turf. Basic DVDs, to be available shortly after a film's theatrical release, will sell in China for as little as 22 yuan ($2.65), the company said. That's still more than the pirated versions readily available in China for 8 yuan. Warner hopes its efforts will persuade the government to do more to stamp out the fakes.
November 10, 1989 |
Will there be enough copies of "Batman" for all those eager customers when it makes its home video bow on Wednesday? Maybe not. Shades of "E.T.," some industry executives are lamenting. They're fearing that what happened with MCA's "E.T." last fall--drastic shortages due to underestimated demand--may be repeated with Warner Video's "Batman." Speculation about shortages surfaced not long after the Oct.
November 23, 1989
After reading Tom Killion's report on the earthquake's effect on Santa Cruz (Opinion, Nov. 12), I was once again angered at the senseless loss of life we foist upon ourselves because of our misguided taste for 19th-Century architecture and cheap rent. Every time I see an old so-called "charming Victorian" building, I think of broken bodies and crushed skulls.
August 20, 2009 |
Redbox has sued Warner Home Video, its third such lawsuit against a Hollywood studio for trying to delay distribution of newly released DVDs to the operator of $1 movie rental kiosks. The suit filed Tuesday takes issue with new distribution terms imposed by Warner Home Video that would prohibit kiosk operators like Redbox from obtaining new DVD releases for 28 days after they go on sale. Time Warner Inc.-owned Warner Bros. adopted a policy for its home video unit similar to that imposed by 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, which also prompted Redbox to bring civil suits.
May 31, 2004 |
On screen, Cary Grant dripped sophistication, charm, good looks and intelligence. Women adored him; men envied him. "Everybody wants to be Cary Grant," he once said. "Even I want to be Cary Grant." He may have been the epitome of a movie star, but Cary Grant was a creation, a persona molded by directors Leo McCarey, George Cukor, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. In reality, Grant wasn't a sophisticate. Known to be tight with money, he charged 25 cents for autographs.
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.