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THE FIGHTER A KNOCKOUT ON HOME VIDEO

March 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Scoring a rare trifecta win, Paramount Home Entertainment’s The Fighter debuted on top of both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts and Home Media magazine’s rental chart. The film, which stars Mark Wahlberg and received supporting actor wins for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, accounted for two-thirds of all disc sales last week. Some […]

ANALYST URGES STUDIOS TO STEP UP ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION

February 3, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Making their movies available for sale via digital distribution within two months after they debut in theaters may be the only way studios will be able to stem the flight of moviegoers to cheap rental services like Netflix and Redbox, according to BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield. Greenfield, who has previously said that electronic sell-through […]

CLASSIC FILMS TO GO ON “MORATORIUM” BEFORE RESTORATION

December 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros. Home Video announced Tuesday that, as of Dec. 31, it is withdrawing three classic films from its DVD catalog while it restores and remasters them digitally for release on standard DVD and high-definition Blu-ray Disc formats in 2012. The three films affected by the moratorium, MGM’s Singing in the Rain and Warner Bros./Seven […]

SHREK GETS A TOUCH-UP

November 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation says it has “touched up” more than 700 scenes from its four Shrek movies for its holiday DVD/Blu-ray Disc package: Shrek: The Whole Story, which is being released by Paramount Home Video on Dec. 7. Home Media magazine quoted CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg as saying that the Shrek discs represent “our heritage here, the […]

NEWSPAPER FINDS DISNEY VOD WEBSITE

November 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Times has discovered a little-known website operated by the Walt Disney Co. where users can rent or buy digital versions of some of the studio’s movies and watch them via Internet-connected TV sets, computers, and mobile devices. The website, disneymoviesonline.go.com, “debuted in May without fanfare” as a test for what is likely […]

BEST BUY TO SELL $60 BLU-RAY PLAYER ON BLACK FRIDAY

November 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In a move that would seem to treat the Blu-ray Disc player the way Gillette treats its razors, Best Buy plans to sell the Toshiba BDX1100 player for just $59.99 on Thursday, Nov. 26 — Black Friday. Presumably the retailer is hoping that drastically reducing the price of the player will spur sales of the […]

KIOSK RENTALS LIKELY TO ROCKET IN 2011

November 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Kiosk operators Redbox and Blockbuster Express are likely to see their revenue soar as a result of increased Blu-ray Disc rentals, which command a 50-percent premium, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. As reported by Home Media magazine, Pachter, in a note to clients, forecasts that Blu-ray rentals will boost Redbox’s revenue by 25 […]

BUY A BLU-RAY DISC, GET FREE VOD

August 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Borrowing a strategy from newspapers that allow paying subscribers free access to their websites who are otherwise blocked by a pay wall and cable systems that give customers video-on-demand access to certain content, NBC will allow viewers of The Office to watch episodes of Season 7 of The Office, which premieres on September 23, if […]

STAR WARS GETTING BLU-RAY TREATMENT

August 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

George Lucas says he has been waiting for the Blu-ray Disc format to prove itself before releasing his Star Wars films in the high-definition standard. In an interview with the New York Times, Lucas said, “We’ve been wanting to do it as soon as we possibly could, but we just wanted to do it when […]

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