Home Media Magazine - March 9-15, 2008 - (Page 38)
NEWS www.homemediamagazine.com rector filmographies and archival behind-the-scenes photos. Baker said the studio is committed to 10 Blu-ray-book combo releases this year, which the executive sees as a means of jump-starting Blu-ray sales. Future releases include Woodstock, films from the “Harry Potter” franchise, Blade Runner, Gone With the Wind and North by Northwest. “It’s a big deal,” he said. The deluxe-edition sequels, which are also available separately on DVD for $14.97 each, include commentaries from their respective directors and/or writers. “These five films were in many regards … precursors to action films such as Lethal Weapon and Die Hard,” Baker said. All five “Dirty Harry” films, which have been in moratorium since 2006, were supposed to have been released in conjunction with a previously announced “Harry” video game last year. Delays to the game’s launch — projected later this year — extended the moratorium. Warner to Bow ‘Ultimate’ Dirty Harry By Erik Gruenwedel efore he became a Hollywood elder statesman, cinematic auteur and cultural icon, Clint Eastwood played police inspector Harry Callahan, a.k.a. Dirty Harry. The 1971 landmark eponymous Warner Bros. film by director Don Siegel, inspired in part as a response to the Zodiac serial killer, ushered in the antihero police genre and cinematic vigilante justice. Rated by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest crime dramas in history, Dirty Harry at the time sparked considerable debate for its non-PC themes. The film displayed a haphazard approach to due process, victims’ rights, police brutality and guns underscored by Callahan’s infamous quip to evildoers on the opposite end of his trademark .44 Magnum: “Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” Warner Home Video June 3 will release the Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector’s Edition on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The seven-disc DVD boxed set retails for $74.92 and the five-disc Blu-ray edition for $129.95. The Ultimate Edition includes Harry and four sequels, all digitally remastered: Magnum Force: Deluxe Edition (1973), The Enforcer: Deluxe Edition (1976), Sudden Impact: Deluxe Edition (1983) and The Dead Pool: Deluxe Edition (1988). Extras include commentaries by Eastwood and film critic Richard Schickel; an interview gallery; a 1993 TV special, “Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso”; and featurettes “The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry” and “Dirty Harry: The original and Dirty Harry’s Way.” Jeff Baker, SVP and GM of theatrical catalog and domestic sales with Warner, said Eastwood represents a benchmark as the studio celebrates its 85th anniversary. “Clint Eastwood and ‘Dirty Harry’ have made our day for 37 years,” Baker said. “A hell of a franchise.” The “Harry” films have collectively shipped 5 million units to date (including VHS), according to Warner. Baker said that in addition to Eastwood’s career, the actor is significant for his longevity (40-plus years) with the studio. “He is probably, in terms of length of service and association with the company, the longest-standing actor, producer and director that’s been on the [Warner] lot,” Baker said. A separate two-disc Dirty Harry: Special Edition on DVD ($20.97) and Bluray ($34.99) marks Warner’s second Blu-ray/coffee book pairing following the March 25 multiple-edition rerelease of 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde. Like the Blu-ray Bonnie and Clyde, Harry includes a 40-page hardcover book/disc jacket that features a detailed production history, star/di- BRIEFS I NETFLIX APPROVES $150M STOCK REPURCHASE Netflix Inc.’s board authorized the purchase of up to $150 million of its common stock through 2008. The board in January issued separate authorization for the repurchase of $100 million in stock, completed last month. – Erik Gruenwedel JUST ANNOUNCED A Weekly Product Update* I TIVO REPORTS Q4 LOSS TiVo reported a net loss of more than $6 million for Q4 2007, a better showing than the nearly $20 million the company lost during the same period last year. The company has won a series of recent court battles against Dish Network Corp., regarding patent violations by the EchoStar satellite service. The U.S. federal court of appeals this year upheld an earlier ruling that Dish owed TiVo nearly $100 million for digital video recorder software patent violations. Additionally, the company is focusing less on selling its own set-tops, instead licensing its software to satellite and cable operators. TiVo added nearly 35,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, but lost more than 120,000 subscribers for all of 2007. It has nearly 4 million users. – Chris Tribbey P.S. I Love You STREET DATE The Great Debaters BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) Over Her Dead Body I CINRAM REPORTS LOSS Cinram International Income Fund reported a 2007 net loss of more than $300 million, primarily due to a poor Q4. However, Cinram CEO Dave Rubenstein expressed hope that a winner in the format war would help the replicator grow its already large home video segment. The bulk of Cinram’s business remains in home video replication, with Q4 2007 and year-over-year profits in that segment improving significantly. – Chris Tribbey TITLE PREBOOK GENRE PRICE P.S. I Love You 5/6 4/1 $53.6 Drama DVD $28.98, BD $35.99 Warner. 2007. Gerard Butler, Hillary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Kathy Bates, Harry Connick Jr. A young widow is guided through new life adventures via a series of letters her husband left for her. The Great Debaters 5/13 4/1 $30.1 Drama DVD $29.95 Genius/Weinstein. 2007. Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Jumee Smollett, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker. Based on the true story of professor Melvin Tolson and the Wiley College debate team during the 1930s. Also available in a two-DVD collector’s set for $32.95. Over Her Dead Body 5/6 4/1 $7.5 Comedy DVD $27.95 I CIRCUIT CITY LOSES STAFF Circuit City confirmed that two executives, chief marketing officer Peter Weedfald and small-stores president Steven Pappas, are no longer with the company. The news comes amid worse-than-expected Q3 financial losses for the retailer and anticipated losses for Q4 2007. Circuit City announced in December it had lost more than $207 million in Q3 2007, compared to a loss of a little more than $20 million during the same period in 2006. In February the retailer received a boost from lenders, who upped the company’s credit line from $500 million to $1.3 billion through Jan. 31, 2013. – Chris Tribbey New Line. 2008. Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs. A bridezilla who died on her wedding day returns to haunt her groom’s new fiancée. Last Hour 4/15 3/18 DTV Action DVD $19.99 I REPORT: DVR, HOME THEATERS AND GAMES THRIVE A survey conducted by ABI Research of 1,002 consumers online revealed 38% had home theater systems or video game consoles attached to their TVs, while nearly as many used a DVR. The survey also showed 25% of respondents chose their pay-TV service based on price, nearly as many chose based on convenience and promotional offers, and programming and customer service only mattered to 15% to 20%. Meanwhile only a few respondents used network media adaptors, and mobile TV appealed to only 6% of respondents. – Billy Gil Vivendi Visual/CodeBlack. 2008. DMX, Michael Madsen, David Carradine, Paul Sorvino, William Baldwin. Three years after the death of his father, a man receives a letter from him requesting he visit China, where he becomes trapped in a house with four strangers who also received letters. The Backwoods 4/14 3/19 DTV Thriller DVD $26.98 Lionsgate. 2006. Gary Oldman, Paddy Considine, Virginie Ledoyen, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. Two English couples’ holiday in Spain is disrupted when they attempt to rescue a deformed girl chained inside an abandoned house, but the villagers are determined to keep her there. Sick Nurses 4/22 3/25 DTV Horror DVD $26.98 Magnolia. 2007. Seven young nurses and a respected doctor sell body parts of dead patients on the black market, until one of the nurses is killed, cursing the other six. Her ghost returns to the hospital to exact revenge. In Thai with English subtitles. Square Pegs: The Complete Series 5/20 4/14 TV Comedy DVD $29.95 Sony Pictures. 1982-1983. Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, Jamie Gertz, Tracy Nelson. The three-DVD set features all 19 episodes chronicling the struggle of high-school geeks trying to be part of the in-crowd. Includes behind-the-scenes featurettes with cast and crew interviews. * In order of box office, then prebook date Home Media Magazine March 9–15, 2008
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