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April 1999 Headlines 

04/26/99

REAL ENTERTAINMENT MAKES JERRY TOO HOT FOR DVD

Welcome To The Hellennium!
Jerry Springer: Too Hot For TV! 2000
First Available Only On DVD
To Street July 20, 1999

Woodland Hills, CA - After last year's widely successful retail launch of Jerry Springer: Too Hot For TV! - Deluxe Edition, followed by the subsequent release of four additional best-selling Jerry Springer videos, home video powerhouse Real Entertainment will launch the retail release of the newest title in the Jerry Springer franchise, Too Hot For TV! 2000 - Welcome to the Hellennium, initially only on the DVD format on July 20, 1999. Real Entertainment plans to mark the company's first foray into the burgeoning DVD arena with the release of one of the most eagerly-anticipated titles this year. Originally only available on VHS through direct response, now Jerry Springer: Too Hot For TV! 2000 - Welcome to the Hellennium will make its retail premiere first on the DVD format. Jerry and the producers of the Jerry Springer Show combed through hours of episodes to find the wildest guests, the hottest action and the most outrageous & uncensored clips for this special "millennium treat" for Springer fans. Only available on the DVD release, Jerry Springer: Too Hot For TV! 2000 - Welcome to the Hellennium will also include a personal one-on-one interview with Jerry Springer and a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show. The DVD release of Jerry Springer: Too Hot For TV! 2000 - Welcome to the Hellennium will be available for sellthrough on July 20, 1999 for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

For more information on this title, please visit
www.realentertainment.com or www.getjerry.com.

JERRY SPRINGER: TOO HOT FOR TV! 2000 - Welcome to the Hellennium
Order date: June 22, 1999
Street date: July 20, 1999
DVD Item # 6514
SRP: $19.99
Dolby Stereo Sound / Color
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

04/19/99

PARAMOUNT DVD CONSUMER HOTLINE TELEPHONE NUMBER

Paramount has instituted a new Home Video DVD Consumer Hotline at 323-956-8070. Interested consumers can let now let Paramount know what titles they would like to see released on DVD. Additionally, anyone who would like to make sure that TITANIC is issued with the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement should take advantage of the hotline.

LUCIO FULCI'S CAT IN THE BRAIN DELUXE LASERDISC

NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES!!!!!  LIMITED PRESSING OF 500 AVAILABLE ONLY FROM BLACKEST HEART MEDIA

Less than 200 discs left!!!! Box Office Spectaculars is proud to present the very first official U.S.release of CAT IN THE BRAIN (aka NIGHTMARE CONCERT), Lucio Fulci's classic of nightmare depravity. Without question Fulci's most graphically gory and subversively cerebral film, CAT IN THE BRAIN is being presented in its original UNCENSORED director's cut in this deluxe limited-edition laserdisc which no true fan of horror should be without. So throw away those grainy fifth generation bootlegs! Here's what you 'll get:

+New digital video transfer
+Digital stereo soundtrack (English language)
+Separate analogue track of the original Italian soundtrack
+Original trailer
+Stills gallery
+Exclusive on-stage video of Fulci's triumphant appearance at the FANGORIA WEEKEND OF HORRORS , New York City, January 1996
+PLUS!!!!!!!!!! A BEAUTIFUL FULL COLOR REPRODUCTION OF THE ORIGINAL ITALIAN MOVIE POSTER INCLUDED WITH EACH DISC!
CAT IN THE BRAIN is attractively packaged in a deluxe jacket featuring incredibly lurid artwork, extensive chapter stops, and liner notes by acclaimed horror novelist David J. Schow (screenwriter of
THE CROW and LEATHERFACE). This CLV laserdisc is an extremely limited pressing of only 500 copies and is available exclusively from BLACKEST HEART MEDIA for the bargain price of $55 postpaid. We have already sold almost 400 discs in pre-orders, so order yours today to avoid missing out.

Ordering Information:
Price: $55.00 (price includes shipping and handling)
California residents add 8.25% sales tax ($4.12 per disc)
VISA, MASTERCARD, check or money orders accepted.
Checks and money orders must be made payable to:
Blackest Heart Media
VISA or MASTERCARD orders can be placed by mail, phone, fax, via e-mail -- bhmedia@pacbell.net

or on-line at the official CAT IN THE BRAIN webpage --
http://www.houseofhorrors.com/catinthebrain.htm
Mailing address: BLACKEST HEART MEDIA
P.O. BOX 3376
ANTIOCH, CA 94531-3376
Phone/fax: (925) 753-0169
Voice mail: (925) 927-8056

04/16/99

ALIEN 3 & ALIEN RESURRECTION TO INCLUDE 16:9 ANAMORPHIC ENHANCEMENT

According to the Laserviews/Image DVD News page ALIEN 3 and ALIEN RESURRECTION will contain the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement. This information was left unclear in the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment press release for their ALIEN LEGACY DVD collection. To recap the press release: Each film will be released individually for $29.98 or all together in an embossed boxed set for $109.98.  The boxed set includes a mail-in offer for a fifth DVD featuring a 20th anniversary documentary/tribute to ALIEN.   ALIEN will feature "making of" materials including interviews, deleted scenes & photographs.  ALIENS will be the 17 minute longer director's cut of the film.  ALIEN 3 will feature a 23-minute documentary.   ALIEN RESURRECTION will include a featurette and interviews.

04/12/99

NETFLIX.COM ONLINE STORE INTRODUCES TWO WEEK DVD RENTALS AND LOWER PRICES AS IT KICKS OFF YEAR TWO

World's Largest Online DVD Rental Store Responds To Customer Demand With A Two Week Rentals Special, Reduced Prices, Free Rentals, And "Free DVDs For A Year" Birthday Sweepstakes
LOS GATOS, Calif., (April 12, 1999) -- NetFlix.com, the world's largest Internet DVD rental store, kicks off its second year with a slate of new promotions and incentives. Effective immediately, customers visiting NetFlix.com (www.netflix.com) can take advantage of the following:

TWO WEEK RENTALS - From now until May 31, all NetFlix.com rentals are effective for two full weeks. This guarantees all NetFlix.com customers will have at least two weekends to catch up on their favorite DVDs. In addition, NetFlix.com has lowered their extended rental fees to $0.99 per week.
LOWER PRICES - Every NetFlix.com rental is now only $3.49. And with the "Flix Value Pak" volume purchase program, two week rentals can now be purchased for as little as $2.99 each.
FREE RENTALS - Every new NetFlix.com customer receives their first three rentals for free.
MORE TITLES - NetFlix.com continues to boast having the world's largest selection of DVD movies, and has always carried virtually every DVD available. NetFlix.com customers can now select from more than 3,100 DVDs.
FREE DVD RENTALS FOR A YEAR - Each week for the next six weeks NetFlix.com will be giving away some of the hottest new home theater equipment from a Panasonic Palm Theater to a Toshiba DVD player and a new ReplayTV. The grand prize winner will be awarded a new Sony Flat Screen TV, a Sony 5-Disc DVD Carousel Changer along with 100 free DVD rentals from NetFlix.com.

Since the company's launch one year ago on April 14, 1998, NetFlix.com has continued to pioneer the burgeoning e-rental marketplace and simplfied the process of renting DVDs. To rent a DVD over the Internet, customers choose from any of NetFlix.com's 3,100 titles. All orders placed before 2:00 p.m. (PST) are shipped the same day and delivered to anywhere in the US in two to three days. Customers keep their rentals for two weeks, then return their discs in the supplied pre-posted and pre-addressed return envelope.
"We've learned a lot from our customers over the last 12 months." said Marc B. Randolph, founder and president of NetFlix.com. "They have continually pushed us to give them a great selection, and to make the process of renting a DVD even easier and more convenient, and with two week rentals and new low prices we've just taken a major step in that direction."
NetFlix.com has strategic alliances with key DVD hardware manufacturers including Sony, Toshiba and Pioneer, with most of the major DVD studios, and with other major e-commerce sites, including Amazon.com.
NetFlix.com is the worlds first and largest online DVD rental store. The NetFlix.com online store, located at www.netflix.com, carries virtually every DVD movie -- currently numbering more than 3,100 titles -- and rents them to owners of DVD video players. In addition to offering its customers the world's largest selection of DVD movies, NetFlix.com provides 7-day rentals, same-day-shipping to anywhere in the United States, easy-to-use search features, advance movie reservations, and multi-rental discounts. By focusing on online rentals, NetFlix.com is pioneering a new online retail model and e-commerce category. Founded in 1997, NetFlix.com is headquartered in Los Gatos, California.

04/08/99

TITANIC DVD SET TO ARRIVE IN SEPTEMBER

It was announced today that the long awaited TITANIC DVD will finally be released in September by Paramount Home Video. The story was posted on the web HERE. Pricing and other specifics about the TITANIC DVD were not part of this first announcement. Lets hope that the DVD contains, at the very least, the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement. Further details will be posted on this page as they become available.

04/07/99

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT CONFIRMS SOUND PROBLEMS ON THE BLACK HOLE

The following statement is from the Anchor Bay Entertainment web site: If you purchased Anchor Bay Entertainment's recent DVD release of THE BLACK HOLE (DV10732), it has been confirmed that Channel 5 of the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix is defective.

The problems have been traced to Buena Vista Entertainment who signed off on the sound mix currently on the discs. Anchor Bay apologizes for any inconvenience and will have replacement discs on the market after April 19th.

Consumers should return the defective DVDs to the point of purchase for an exchange. If that proves impossible, consumers should contact Anchor Bay after the remastered edition THE BLACK HOLE is pressed (after April 19th).
Anchor Bay Entertainment 1699 Stultz Dr., Troy MI 48084


STERLING HOME ENTERTAINMENT BATTLES THE UNIVERSE WITH SPACE TRUCKERS

New $27 Million Sci-Fi Action-Adventure
Starring Academy Award Nominee Dennis Hopper With Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar & Charles Dance
On April 27, 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, will release the $27 million home video premiere title SPACE TRUCKERS on April 27, 1999.

Academy Award nominee Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider, Speed, Waterworld) leads an all-star cast including Stephen Dorff (Blade, Judgment Night, City of Industry), Debi Mazar (Beethoven's 2nd, Goodfellas, Batman Forever) and Charles Dance (Alien 3, The Last Action Hero) in director Stuart Gordon's (Re-Animator, Fortress, Robot Jox) newest science-fiction adventure, SPACE TRUCKERS, featuring special visual effects by Brian Johnson (Aliens, Dragonheart) and Paul Gentry (Terminator 2 - Judgment Day). The year is 2196 - John Canyon (Hopper) is a down-on-his-luck independent trucker trying to keep an honest living by transporting loads across the solar system in his rocket-powered rig. In a last ditch effort to stay in business rather than being forced into teaming up with "The Corporation," Canyon joins forces with Mike Pucci (Dorff) to pull off a dangerous transport - contents unknown. At over five times the going pay rate, it's an offer they can't refuse. With the help from stowaway Cindy (Mazar), the trio set out on an adventure they will never forget. In order to make the scheduled deadline, Canyon abandons the usual shipping lanes and heads into the scum cluster - a war zone of bandits, black rocks and rogue asteroids, where they eventually are hijacked by the Regalia, a pirate warship headed by Capt. Macanundo (Dance). It is here that the secret of the mystery containers are revealed and the battle for the universe begins! SPACE TRUCKERS will also be released day-and-date on DVD-ROM format as part of 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, trivia games, and internet connection to exciting websites.

For more information on this or additional titles, please visit www.sterling-video.com.

SPACE TRUCKERS
Street date: April 27, 1999
DVD: Item #7205 (SRP - $29.95)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 97 minutes


CHANGING THE FACE OF PORN: ADULT DVD STORE OPENS ONLINE

Irvine, Calif., April 1/ -- DiVaDee.com has opened an online store for adult Digital Video Discs (DVDs), at http://www.divadee.com. The site's innovative use of technology and wide-ranging consumer appeal promote and mark a major change in the adult entertainment market. Catering to the general public, especially women, DiVaDee.com welcomes the new breed of adult video consumer that the DVD format has borne. Playing a major role in the adult industry's move into the mainstream marketplace, DiVaDee.com sells only the best in adult home theater.

Shedding the sticky floor image often associated with adult products, the store is hosted by the beautiful, animated DiVa Dee. Whether she's dancing in the free FLASH animations that visitors can send to friends or announcing the winner of the monthly DVD player giveaway, DiVa Dee radiates sexiness without indecency. With the Couple's Choice Awards DiVa Dee suggests movies that specifically appeal to women and couples. In this lively, comfortable environment customers can quickly and easily purchase the highest quality adult DVDs. Adult movies are changing and DiVaDee.com is changing the way people buy adult movies.

About DiVaDee.com
Combining the latest and greatest in e-commerce technology with a graphically engaging site, DiVaDee.com aims to upgrade the online shopping experience. Going beyond the standard requirements of competitive pricing, secure transactions, and speedy delivery, DiVaDee.com serves customers in the most technologically advanced manner. Offering many options for searching, helpful product information and real-time stock status, DiVaDee.com incorporates all the benefits of a brick-and-mortar retail store with the convenience and discretion of an online store. DiVaDee.com is headquartered in Irvine, CA.

04/06/99

Advanced Computer & Network Corporation to showcase new JetStor II‘ RAID with Sony DVA-1100 DVD Pre-mastering System at NAB ‘99.

PITTSBURGH, PA – April 5, 1999, /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Computer & Network Corporation (AC&NC) today announced that it will showcase its new JetStor II‘ RAID array with the Sony DVA-1100 DVD pre-mastering system in the Sony booth (#L16730) at NAB ‘99 in Las Vegas, April 19-22.  "We are very excited that Sony has chosen to demonstrate our new JetStor II‘ RAID as an integral part of the DVA-1100 DVD pre-mastering system," said Gene Leyzarovich, President of Advanced Computer & Network Corporation. "Our new product will enable Sony’s customers to acquire high performance data storage at a very competitive cost."  The DVA-1100 DVD Authoring System utilizes Sony’s unique MPEG-2 encoding and control algorithms to provide high-quality images and simple, automated operation. To create titles that cover the full range of options allowed in the DVD format, Sony’s system includes individual software and hardware modules optimized to work as separate, yet fully integrated applications.  According to Robert Coleman, vice president of production and post production for Sony Electronics’ Broadcast and Professional Company, Sony is seeing an increase in the workload at existing DVD authoring studios due to rapid market penetration of consumer DVD hardware and software. There is also an increased interest for new entries and demand for higher picture quality and productivity. The DVA-1100 DVD Authoring System’s GUI guides users through the involved menu authoring operations in a simple and user-friendly way.  "The DVA-1100 system provides for configuration from a single PC system to a multi-PC system to meet the varied needs of our customer base," Coleman said.  "The JetStor II‘ RAID, which Sony will offer as the SMR-2200 within our system, will allow us to configure a single seat system that maintains all the benefits of our DVD pre-mastering applications at an entry-level price."  Advanced Computer & Network Corporation (AC&NC), a privately held company headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, was founded in May 1993 to become the market leader in the development and marketing of high performance fault-tolerant storage solutions. Since its inception, AC&NC has installed its systems in numerous locations in the United States, Canada, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe.   Some of AC&NC’s customers include UUNET, US Navy, Duke Medical Center, Lucent Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Los Angeles Times, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA), NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).  Advanced Computer & Network Corporation’s strategy for success is to offer its customers the best performance, highest data integrity, most cost-effective disk storage systems available anywhere, anytime.  The Broadcast and Professional Company of Sony Electronics is a U.S. provider of video and audio equipment for the broadcast, production, business, industrial, government, medical and education markets. Sony offers a wide array of products and systems for image capture, production and display. Sony also provides specialized equipment and systems for data recording, duplication, electronic photography/publishing, videoconferencing, high definition video, interactive and security applications. In the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 1998, Sony Electronics had record sales of $10.5 billion. 

Complete information about the JetStor‘ II RAID Array, including technical specifications, can be found on Advanced Computer & Network Corporation’s web site at http://www.acnc.com/product_jetstorii.html or by contacting AC&NC’s marketing department at 1-800-213-2667 or via e-mail at info@acnc.com   More information about Sony products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sony.com/professional, or readers may call 1-800-686-SONY. Additional press information is available at http://www.sony.com/news .

04/01/99

THE ROAN GROUP ENTERS THE DVD MARKET

Today I had a very pleasant conversation with Cary Roan of The Roan Group. Cary announced that The Roan Group would be entering the DVD marketplace in a big way. While the DVD format has been growing over the last two years, The Roan Group has remained noticeably absent (aside from Magic Lantern Entertainment, their joint venture with VCI Home Video). The Roan Group has been biding their time and preparing DVD masters for about 200 titles. Many of The Roan Group’s DVD releases will include double and triple features. Boxed sets are also in the works. In the works are re-issues of titles that have been released on the low cost, low quality public domain DVD labels. Where these low cost DVDs have been noted for their horrible- unwatchable quality, The Roan Group promises that their releases will be mastered from the finest 35mm film elements and will feature superior DVD authoring. Cary Roan made it clear that he wants The Roan Group to offer the best quality DVDs possible. To maximize quality, The Roan Group will be utilizing dual layered DVD 9 discs whenever possible. Upcoming titles will include:

THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS   $29.95

WHITE ZOMBIE   $24.95

THE FILM NOIR OF ANTHONY MANN     $39.95

  • T-MEN

  • RAW DEAL

  • HE WALKED BY NIGHT

THE OUTLAW     $24.95

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD: THE RISQU… YEARS   $39.95

  • OF HUMAN BONDAGE

  • KEPT HUSBANDS

  • MILLIE

ROY ROGERS VOL. 1  $29.95

  • ROLL ON TEXAS

  • KING OF THE COWBOYS

  • DAYS OF JESSE JAMES

HOLLYWOOD SLEUTHS   $29.95

  • KENNEL MURDER CASE

  • NANCY DREW REPORTER

HORROR CLASSICS   $29.95

  • INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN

  • AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN

MR. WONG SERIES   $59.95

  • MR. WONG DETECTIVE

  • MR. WONG IN CHINATOWN

  • MYSTERY OF MR. WONG

  • THE FATAL HOUR

  • DOOMED TO DIE

  • PHANTOM OF CHINATOWN

VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION   $29.95

  • THE BAT

  • HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL

JAMES CAGNEY COLLECTION   $44.95

  • THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

  • SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT

  • BLOOD ON THE SUN

CLASSIC NOIR   $29.95

  • THE STRANGER

  • CAUSE FOR ALARM

A catalog detailing upcoming release will be available from The Roan Group, anyone who is interested in the catalog can request a copy by writing or faxing The Roan Group:

Cary Roan
The Roan Group
361 River Sound Village
Hayesville, NC 28904
Fax: 828-389-0598


20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT SUPPLIES DETAILS FOR UPCOMING ALIEN DVDS

Fox will be releasing ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN 3 and ALIEN RESURRECTION on DVD coming in June.  Each film will be released individually for $29.98 or in an embossed boxed set for $109.98.  The boxed set includes a mail-in offer for a fifth DVD featuring a 20th anniversary documentary/tribute to ALIEN.  Both ALIEN and ALIENS will feature 16:9 anamorphic wide screen transfers, while the presence of 16:9 enhancement for ALIEN 3 and ALIEN RESURRECTION remains unclear.  ALIEN will feature "making of" materials including interviews, deleted scenes & photographs.  ALIENS will be the 17 minute longer director's cut of the film.  ALIEN 3 will feature a 23 minute documentary.   ALIEN RESURRECTION will include a featurette and interviews.


SOUND PROBLEMS ON THE BLACK HOLE

The Digital Bits as well as several other web sites have reported that THE BLACK HOLE is missing the right channel from the 5.1 channel.  Anchor Bay Entertainment is aware of the problem and will be offering an exchage to anyone that purchased the defective discs.  Details have yet to be worked out on how Anchor Bay will handle the exchange.

April 1999 Headlines


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