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1999 NEWS TIDBITS

March 1999 Headlines 

03/25/99

ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT HAS SUPPLIED SOME DETAILS ABOUT SOME OF THEIR UPCOMING RELEASES:

BELLY 16:9 widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and director's commentary.
THE JAZZ SINGER 4:3 widescreen.
THE PUNISHER 16:9 widescreen, production notes, cast and crew information.
MILLENNIUM 16:9 widescreen, production notes, cast and crew information.

03/17/99

SHARPLINE ARTS ACCLAIMED LASER DISC SPECIAL EDITIONS NOW UPDATED FOR DVD!

ROSE BLOOMS AGAIN

Pioneer Entertainment presents RAMBLING ROSE: Special Edition on DVD March 16th.

Glendale, California - (March 17, 1999) Sharpline Arts is pleased to announce Pioneer Entertainmentıs release of the special edition of RAMBLING ROSE on DVD March 16th. In 1992, director Martha Coolidge recorded a commentary (the first woman director to do so) and also provided an alternate ending and outtakes to her sensitive and acclaimed 1991 film about a poor orphan girl who causes a stir at a Depression era home in the deep south. RAMBLING ROSE stars Robert Duvall, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Lukas Haas, and John Heard. Pioneer contracted Sharpline Arts to convert and adapt for the DVD format all of supplemental material which they originally produced for the 1993 special edition Laserdisc, which also includes a featurette containing an on-camera interview with the director and behind-the-scenes footage. For the DVD, Sharpline Arts has re-constructed and re-mixed the commentary track for the feature, outtakes, and alternate ending. Additionally, beautiful new graphics were generated for the still archive sections of photographs, artwork, and text, all accessible through Sharpline Artsı matching menu screens. Donıt miss this new and improved version of what the Los Angeles Times calls "a sensitive and articulate look at filmmaking."

ALIEN GROWS!

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to release the ALIEN 20th Anniversary Edition on DVD and VHS, featuring a documentary and supplemental materials produced by Sharpline Arts.

Glendale, California ­ (March 17, 1999) In 1992, Fox Video released the benchmark Special Edition Laser Disc of Ridley Scottıs ALIEN, for which Sharpline Artsı extensive supplemental presentation set a standard for the medium. Since then, Sharpline Arts has been called upon to preserve and enhance the gems of the Fox catalog, its staff having produced distinguished Laser Disc special editions for ALIENS, THE ABYSS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and THE KING AND I, and best-selling soundtrack albums for THE STAR WARS TRILOGY SPECIAL EDITION. Now, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ALIEN with the DVD debut of all four films in the series and a VHS Collectorıs Set, to be released this summer, and they have again turned to Sharpline Arts for the supplemental programming. This time, the rare outtakes, photographs, and behind-the-scenes footage presented on the Laser Disc have been incorporated into a comprehensive 68-minute documentary on the making of ALIEN, produced by David C. Fein and directed by Michael Matessino. New interviews and additional never-before-seen material will be featured, and the DVD will contain a running commentary with director Ridley Scott and many more exclusive surprises. Like its Laser Disc predecessor, ALIEN on DVD is poised to set a new standard for the format, and is certain to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

For more information about SHARPLINE ARTS, visit "www.sharplinearts.com"

03/12/98

REMINDER-- RONIN  ON-LINE EVENT ON SUNDAY

Don't forget that MGM Home Entertainment's RONIN on-line event will take place at 8pm (EST) on March 14, 1999.  You can find our special report previewing the event HERE.

03/11/99

KINGPIN COMES TO DVD IN WIDE SCREEN

The Digital Bits as well as several other web sites are reporting that KINGPIN will be coming to DVD in both wide screen (hooray) and full screen version. Status on the anamorphic enhancement is unknown at this time.  The KINGPIN DVD will be released on May 4th, and it will include a new audio commentary with the Farrelly brothers, an original theatrical trailer, plus additional tasteless footage certain to have audiences in hysterics.


NETFLIX.COM ANNOUNCES LATEST LIST OF TOP 10 DVD MOVIES RENTED ON THE INTERNET

LOS GATOS, CALIF. (March 10, 1999) -- Landing at number one, MGM’s special edition DVD release of Ronin joined other action-packed thrillers such as Snake Eyes, Rush Hour and Out Of Sight on NetFlix.com’s top ten DVD rental list, for the period March 4 through March 11, 1999, according to NetFlix.com (www.netflix.com), the world's largest DVD rental store. Adding a touch of romance to the list, Practical Magic, starring screen sirens Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock debuted on the top ten lists along with the Cinderella-inspired tale, Ever After. NetFlix.com customers found something to sink their teeth into with Vampires, launching the DVD to number nine, along with the eight-ranked hip horror thriller, Urban Legend. Other chart toppers include Rounders and The Truman Show.

The Top Ten DVD Movies Rented on the Internet are:
1. Ronin - Special Edition
2. Snake Eyes
3. Practical Magic - Special Edition
4. Rounders
5. The Truman Show
6. Rush Hour
7. Ever After
8. Urban Legends
9. Vampires
10. Out Of Sight

03/06/99

DVDTalk.com helps consumers find DVD bargains on line.
Officially launched on 03/03/99, DVDTalk.com features a regular up date on DVD bargains, breaking DVD news, information, and a listing of the week's top ten selling DVD titles.

03/04/99

DIE HARD NOT ANAMORPHIC

Oh well, reports are coming in that DIE HARD, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER and DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE are not anamorphic.  I guess you can't believe every report you read on the web.  Look for Fox anamorphic support to begin with ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN 3 and ALIEN RESURRECTION.  I hope. 

03/01/99

FOX GOES ANAMORPHIC

A number of web site are reporting that upcoming 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will include the anamorphic enhancement. This pretty much confirms the rumors that have been swirling around since last month. Look for anamorphic support to begin with DIE HARD, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER and DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE.  ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN 3 and ALIEN RESURRECTION will also feature the enhancement.  ALIEN and ALIENS will supposedly also feature all the extras contained in the special edition Laserdisc boxed sets, plus some (unconfirmed) new extras produced specifically for this release.   The DVD File is also reporting that Fox will be upgrading  their DVDs to include full-motion menus, plus cast & crew biographies and production notes.


NEWS FROM NEW LINE

The PC-enhanced PLEASANTVILLE DVD will be available on March 23, and will feature a higher quality version of the theatrical release due to its digital to digital transfer. Garnering three Academy Award nominations, the PLEASANTVILLE DVD features numerous added-value elements including featurettes, music videos, audio commentaries, as well as traditional DVD features.  Additionally, DVD Review is reporting that New Line is currently working on Platinum Edition DVD of the upcoming Chow Yun Fat film THE CORRUPTOR that also stars Mark Wahlberg. Also in the works as a Platinum Edition DVD AUSTIN POWERS 2: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, plus the entire A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series.


ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE FIRST DVD 18 TITLE.

THE STAND, the six hour miniseries based upon the Stephen King novel will be the first title offered by Artisan Entertainment on DVD 18.  DVD 18 is a dual sided, dual layered DVD format that fulfills the maximum storage potential of a single DVD disc.  DVD 18 replication will be handled at WAMO (Warner Advanced Media Operations).  While DVD 18 has been promised since the inception of the format, it has remained a technical challenge for DVD replication facilities.  Expect the initial number of DVD 18 titles to remain limited until all replication facilities can meet the challenge of replication.


NETFLIX.COM ANNOUNCES LATEST LIST OF TOP 10 DVD MOVIES RENTED ON THE INTERNET

SCOTTS VALLEY, CALIF. (February 25, 1999) -- Bracketed by two heartfelt dramas, The Truman Show and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, action-packed DVD releases starring today's hottest male stars dominated the top ten DVD rental list for the period February 11 through February, 24 1999, according to NetFlix.com (www.netflix.com), the world's largest DVD rental store. The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey, in its second consecutive appearance at number one, resisted challenges from the star-studded box office blockbuster Armageddon and the critically acclaimed Out Of Sight, featuring George Clooney. The remainder of the top ten reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood's Leading Men: Six Days, Seven Nights (Harrison Ford), The Mask Of Zorro (Antonio Banderas), Lethal Weapon 4 (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover), Snake Eyes (Nicolas Cage), Rounders (Matt Damon, Ed Norton) and The Negotiator (Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey).

The Top Ten DVD Movies Rented on the Internet are:
1. The Truman Show
2. Armageddon
3. Out Of Sight
4. The Mask of Zorro
5. Lethal Weapon 4
6. Six Days, Seven Nights
7. Snake Eyes
8. Rounders
9. The Negotiator
10. How Stella Got Her Groove Back


STERLING HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD WITH PROGENY

New Home Video Premiere Title From Sci-Fi/Horror Genre Director Brian Yuzna Available On VHS & Millennium Series DVD To Street March 30, 1999

(Studio City, CA) - Sterling Home Entertainment, the premier independent home video distributor for the motion picture production companies Lions Gate Films and Imperial Entertainment, presents the home video release of the science-fiction thriller PROGENY, debuting nationwide on March 30, 1999. From acclaimed sci-fi/horror genre director Brian Yuzna (The Dentist, Return of the Living Dead III, Necronomicon), writer Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Robot Jox, From Beyond) and special effects designer Screaming Mad George (Star Kid, Children of the Corn III), PROGENY is a shocking cross between Rosemary's Baby and Alien. This "out of this world" sci-fi thriller features a talented cast including Academy-Award nominees Lindsay Crouse (Places in the Heart, The Juror) and Brad Dourif (Bride of Chucky, Alien Resurrection, Urban Legend), along with Wilford Brimley (Cocoon, The Firm, In & Out), Arnold Vosloo (Darkman II & III, Hard Target) and Jillian McWhirter (The Dentist II, Strangeland, After Midnight). After hoping and praying, Craig (Vosloo) and Sherry Burton's (McWhirter) dream of having a baby just came true. But it's nothing like they expected- because this baby is definitely not of this world. Fearing the worst, Craig teams up with alien abduction expert Bert Clavell (Dourif) to unravel the truth. Through hypnosis, they discover in horrific detail that Sherry was impregnated by aliens. Determined to remove the alien fetus from his wife, Craig and Clavell sneak into her hospital room to perform an irregular operation - where the wrong move could end Sherry's life! Now the only way to save themselves is to face the terror within. The impossible cannot be denied when you feel it inside you!

PROGENY will also be released as the second title in the newly launched Sterling Home Entertainment DVD Millennium Series. This deluxe edition of the film will feature a widescreen presentation (2.35:1 aspect ratio) with an additional Spanish-subtitled format, audio commentary, scene index & interactive menus, detailed production notes with cast & crew interviews and biographies, and theatrical trailer; along with enhanced DVD-ROM content including complete screenplay with script interaction, exclusive stories from actual alien abductees, trivia games, and internet connection to exciting websites. For more information on this or additional titles, please visit www.sterling-video.com.

PROGENY
Street date: March 30, 1999
Millenium Series DVD-ROM: Item #7185 (SRP - $29.95)
Sound: Dolby Surround
Running Time: 96 minutes

March 1999 Headlines


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