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February 1999 Headlines 


Truman Show Tops Top 10 DVD Rental Chart

SCOTTS VALLEY, CALIF. (February 12, 1999) -- Riding the wave of attention created by a trio of wins at last month’s Golden Globes" and this week’s Academy Award" nominations, The Truman Show debuted at number one on’s top ten DVD rental list for the period January 30 through February 11, 1999. According to (, the world’s largest online DVD rental store, the film that marked Jim Carrey’s debut as a serious actor was not the only critically acclaimed film popular with consumers. Out Of Sight, the George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez adventure romance that landed on many critics’ 1998 top ten lists, and fellow Golden Globe" nominated films, The Mask Of Zorro, and The Horse Whisperer, finished second, ninth and tenth respectively.

The Top Ten DVD Movies Rented on the Internet are:
1. The Truman Show
2. Out of Sight
3. Blade
4. Armageddon
5. Six Days Seven Nights
6. The Avengers
7. Lethal Weapon 4
8. Godzilla
9. Mask of Zorro
10. The Horse Whisperer


A number of web sites, including The Digital Bits and DVD Review, are reporting that the folks at Paramount have heard the cries of DVD fans and will be including the anamorphic on upcoming titles.   In case you don't remember Paramount's first four DVDs included the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement, but none of their titles since those four have included the highly desirable feature.  Let's hope that this report turns out to be the real deal.  As soon as it's official, it will be posted here as well as on The Anamorphic Wide Screen Support Page.  Now if we could get the support of Buena Vista...


Industry’s Leading DVD Promoter Adds to Growing Base of Entertainment Content

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (February 2, 1999) – Versatile Media One (VM1) has obtained from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE:MGM) the alternate ending to the hit film Ronin starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Jonathan Price. The one-minute, 45-second clip will appear on the next issue of VM1’s popular VersaDisc promotional DVD, due out in late February.

"Bringing this sort of unique entertainment content to DVD consumers is precisely what VersaDisc’s commitment to the DVD industry is all about," said Giovanni D’Andrea, president of Versatile Media One. "We are excited about raising the visibility of the release of Ronin on DVD by promoting this historical ending of the film to our subscribers. We think everyone who saw Ronin in theaters will appreciate the opportunity to own a free copy of the alternate ending to the film on VersaDisc."

VersaDisc is the most widely distributed consumer DVD promotional disc and is available through several bundling agreements and mailed directly to subscribers who register for free at

The first DVD of its kind, VersaDisc provides consumers with a free full-length feature film on one side of each issue and news, reviews, game demos, music videos and more on the DVD-ROM side of the disc. Featuring the broadcast quality, storage capacity and interactivity of DVD with real-time interaction by linking users of the disc directly to the Web, VersaDisc keeps consumers informed about the very latest entertainment content available on DVD.

MGM will release its DVD version of Ronin on February 23 and an online event surrounding the film will be held on March 14 at

Versatile Media One is a privately held corporation based in Altadena, California. In addition to publishing VersaDisc, VM1 is a comprehensive DVD studio, providing DVD authoring, encoding and graphic production. For more information about VM1 and a free subscription to VersaDisc, visit, call (626) 296-6360 or email


DVD Review is reporting that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will be issuing DIE HARD, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER and DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE individually as well as a boxed set.   These titles are supposed to contain the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement, although it hasn't been confirmed.  Additionally, ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN 3 and ALIEN RESURRECTION are reported to also contain the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement. Let's hope that this report turns out to be the genuine article. 

February 1999 Headlines