DVD NEWS (fwd)

Kim Hale x5355 (kah000@dns.colum.edu)
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 18:13:59 -0600 (CST)

I recently received this and thought it might be of interest to
videolibbers. Has anyone out there started thinking about the impact of
DVD will have on libraries? Perhaps I missed a discussion thread on this
in the past.

My concern is two-fold: One: Yet ANOTHER format to deal with...and, Two: an
easier item to steal (er, permanently borrow).

Anyone else care to share their opinions?

Kimberly Hale, Acquisitions Librarian/Coordinator of Collection Development
Columbia College Library
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 1997 18:20:09 -0500 (EST)
From: The Laser's Edge <wadkins@lasersedge.com>
To: Disc-Update@lasersedge.com
Subject: DVD NEWS

Here are two articles, courtesy of our friends at US LASER

Warner Home Video announces first DVD titles at Consumer Electronics Show

Las Vegas, January 8

Warner Home Video (WHV), a Time Warner Entertainment Company, will release
the first DVD titles beginning in spring 1997. Released simultaneously
with VHS, movies on DVD will be offered at affordable sell-through prices
which should prove instrumental in popularizing the DVD format. Titles
scheduled for March include "Space Jam" and "Twister," with future
releases such as "Sleepers," "Michael Collins," "Mars Attacks!" and
"Michael" to be available concurrent with their VHS counterparts.

"We are confident that consumers will be impressed by DVD's superior
quality and features," said Warren Lieberfarb, WHV President. "We are
proud that Warner Bros. is among the first major studios to announce
titles for this next-generation format."

Stored on a disc the same size as a music CD, DVD's enormous digital
storageprovides an exceptional picture and theater-quality Dolby Digital
surround sound. DVD offers the experience of watching movies in multiple
screen formats including the original theatrical widescreen version. An
interactive, on-screen menu system allows DVD users to switch between
multiple language tracks and/or subtitles. Viewers can also choose to
watch the original theatrical trailer as well as explore material about
the cast, director and making of the film.

Upcoming disc content may carry other additional features including:
running director commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, storyboards,
internet browser capability, director's cut versions, screen tests and
interviews with cast and crew.

Warner Home Video DVD Launch Titles

Blade Runner: The Director's Cut
The Bodyguard
The Bridges of Madison County
Bonnie & Clyde
The Color Purple
Doctor Zhivago
The Exorcist
The Fugitive
The Glimmer Man
Gone with the Wind
Interview with the Vampire
JFK: Special Edition Director's Cut
Lethal Weapon
The Road Warrior
Singin' in the Rain
Space Jam
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Time to Kill
Woodstock: The Director's Cut

Future Releases (simultaneously with VHS)

Mars Attacks!
Michael Collins
My Fellow Americans


Las Vegas, NV (1/8/97)

Columbia TriStar Home Video will release its first feature film titles in
North America in the DVD format concurrent with the sale of Sony DVD
players in April 1997, it was announced today by Benjamin Feingold,
president of CTHV. More than 20 DVD titles are tentatively slated for
release domestically during the first twelve months from the Sony product
introduction. The titles will be made available to the traditional home
video distribution network.

The DVD release packages will comprise an attractive mix of new and
classic hit films. Included are such blockbusters as "Jumanji" starring
Robin Williams, "In the Line of Fire" starring Clint Eastwood and "Legends
of the Fall" starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt, as well as some
of the best classic titles from the outstanding Columbia Pictures and
TriStar Pictures film libraries such as "Taxi Driver" starring Robert
DeNiro and Jodie Foster and "From Here to Eternity" starring Burt
Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra. Included in this initial slate
are such new titles as "Matilda" starring Danny Devito, Rhea Perlman and
Mara Wilson and "Fly Away Home" starring Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels.

To meet the needs of every retailer during this initial release phase,
DVDs will be packaged in either of two ways. One style is the
VSDA-specified size packaging. The other option will be the traditional
jewel case similar to that used by the music industry today.

Actual pricing for DVD titles will be announced formally at a later date
during the standard sales solicitation period currently followed by CTHV
for its videocassette and laserdisc titles. Prices during the initial
period will range between current VHS sell-through and laserdisc titles.

In making the announcement, Benjamin Feingold, president of CTHV, stated

"CTHV is very excited to be able to make titles available in the
DVD format, an extraordinary technology which will deliver the best home
entertainment experience ever. And we are committed to supporting the
market by distributing the best possible titles available with appropriate
and reasonable release schedules reflecting the growth of the format. CTHV will also
support our distribution network by continuing to utilize our core sales and
marketing infrastructure which is considered to be one of the best in the

Columbia TriStar Home Video is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony
Pictures' global operations encompass motion picture production and
distribution, television programming and syndication, home video,
operation of studio facilities, development and implementation of new
entertainment technologies and distribution of filmed entertainment


Bad Boys
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Special Edition
First Knight
Fly Away Home
In the Line of Fire
The Last Action Hero
A League of Their Own
Legends of the Fall
The Net
Sense and Sensibility
Sleepless in Seattle
Taxi Driver

There you have it, the latest and greatest on DVD. From my understanding
the average price per disc will be $19.99-$39.99. And new releases will
come out at the same time as the re-price on video tape (6 months after the
initial rental release!), at least that is what the latest article in VIDEO
BUSINESS stated.