One week after THE SIXTH SENSE broke records on video, PHANTOM MENACE doubled the SENSE's first week total in only two days. "VHS is still alive and well, despite reports from others to the contrary," said Fox spokesman Steve Feldstein. Fans of STAR WARS were disgruntled over George Lucas' decision not to release the new installment on DVD. Nonetheless, they were not alienated enough to boycott the VHS release of EPISODE I. The video has made an estimated US$100 million in just two days and is forecasted to reach $200 million in its first week in release.
Category: Home Entertainment
THOSE WHO HUNT ELVES CHAPTER 6: FINAL TRIALS invades homes across the U.S.
With new cameras, designer furniture and gourmet coffee, the elven world is
slowly looking more like planet Earth. Unfortunately, other earthly
standards have invaded the peaceful world like shady political takeovers,
diabolical plots against the elf hunters, and a crooked court out to
convict our heroes. Will Celcia betray them on the witness stand? Will
Ritsuko ever get a chance to graduate? Will Airi get home to claim her
BBC video brings to homes 13 tales from the TV series WILLIAM'S WISH
WELLINGTONS. The 5 minute stories feature a small boy and his pair of magic
boots. The show airs weekly on Cartoon Network and TVO. The tape will be
distributed in the U.S. and Canada by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Volume 1 will be available on March 7, 2000 and be priced at US$14.95.
Animation film company ADV Films has inked a distribution deal for the
entire catalog of films from The Right Stuf International, Inc. ADV's
library includes BKN cartoon MONSTER RANCHERS. "Because we have anime
standards such as NEON GENESIS EVANGELION and new classics like BUBBLEGUM
CRISIS: TOKYO 2040, forming an alliance with The Right Stuf is a dream come
true for us," states ADV Films President John Ledford. "The Right Stuf has
two of the true milestones of anime in their enormous catalog; KIMBA, THE
The newest Scooby-Doo adventure, SCOOBY-DOO MEETS THE BOO BROTHERS, and
classic episodes on DVD will soon float into stores across the U.S.
Debuting on March 14, 2000, SCOOBY-DOO MEETS THE BOO BROTHERS has the
heroes Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy-Doo inheriting a haunted house from
Shaggy's uncle. The terrified trio calls for help from the Boo Brothers, a
family of ghost hunters. But wait, the Boo Brothers are ghouls themselves!
Check out the new adventure to find out if Scooby really hired ghost
Fans of the BUBBLEGUM CRISIS series can catch the new adventures in
mid-March. VOLUME 4 -- RAMPAGE will pop into stores on March 14, 2000. A
new terror clouds over Tokyo. An evil entity runs amok, pulling its victims
into the sewers and devouring their flesh. The Knight Sabers, Genom and the
AD Police all join in a desperate search to find and destroy the monster.
The English dubbed version is priced at US$24.95 and the Japanese with
English subtitles version is priced at $29.95.
Warner Bros. proudly presents an new adventure from Bedrock entitled THE
FLINTSTONES STONE-AGE ADVENTURES. Rolling into stores March 14, 2000, the
new escapade features 6 episodes from the classic FLINTSTONES TV series.
The promotion coincides with the theatrical release of the new live-action
FLINTSTONES movie VIVA ROCK VEGAS! The pre-historic price for the tape will
TOM & JERRY'S GREATEST CHASES is running into stores on DVD and VHS at the
end of March. The new compilation will feature 14 classic TOM & JERRY
cartoons. The DVD will feature the classic dance sequence with Jerry and
Gene Kelly from the film ANCHORS AWEIGH! Racing into stores March 14, the
DVD will be priced at US$24.98 and the VHS at $14.95.
ADV Films brings more anime to VCRs and DVD players with the adult drama
SAKURA DIARIES VOLUME 1 on March 15, 2000. The story follows the main hero
Touma's mishaps in trying to court Meiko, who only dates college boys. The
flick is from famed manga creator Ujin. The suggested retail price for the
DVD is US$24.98 and for the VHS $19.98. The DVD features English, Japanese,
and Japanese with English subtitled versions.
On February 29, 2000, Disney will debut its new direct-to-video feature
entitled AN EXTREMELY GOOFY MOVIE. The new Goofy flick follows Goofy and
his son Max as they both go off to college. Goofy brings some old-fashioned
ideas along that embarrass young Max. But all bets are off as both father
and son compete in the "College X Games," an extreme sports competition.
The VHS tape will be priced at US$24.99 and the DVD will be $29.99. An
added bonus is the short entitled KIDS' GOOFIEST JOKES, a collection of
On March 21, 2000, POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE will hit stores across the U.S.
Every DVD and video will feature a sneak preview of this summer's new
theatrical film POKEMON THE MOVIE 2000 plus THE STORY OF MEWTWO'S ORIGIN.
To promote the video release, five special "Golden Tickets" will be
included in random VHS packages. The five lucky recipients will win a
first-edition starter set of Team Rocket game cards, a trip for two to
Japan, a meeting with Mr. Ishihara, creator of the POKEMON card game and a
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced the
simultaneous worldwide VHS release of George Lucas' STAR WARS: EPISODE I
THE PHANTOM MENACE. Young Jedi wanna-bes around the globe will snag their
copy the week of April 3 - 8, 2000. The biggest box office hit of 1999 and
second highest-grossing motion picture of all time worldwide, will official
go on sale in North America on Tuesday, April 4, 2000. The US$922 million
As of December 21, 1999, both young and old fans of the lovable elephant
Babar can take home his new direct-to-video feature BABAR: KING OF THE
ELEPHANTS. The new film follows the adventures of Babar's life from birth
to his kingship. The video was co-produced by Nelvana Limited and HBO Home
Video and features computer replications of original Babar illustrations.
BABAR: KING OF THE ELEPHANTS bounces into stores at a suggested retail
price of US$19.96.
The Dark Knight descends into video stores December 21, 1999 with three new
BATMAN BEYOND videos and two new DVDs -- BATMAN BEYOND: THE MOVIE and
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM. Each of the three BATMAN BEYOND VHS tapes
(DISAPPEARING INQUE, SCHOOL DAYZ, TECH WARS) all feature three episodes of
the Warner Bros. cartoon series. The BATMAN BEYOND DVD features the movie
and four bonus episodes of the series. BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM is the
first feature animated movie and has sold millions of copies on VHS
Urban Vision will soon re-release Vampire Hunter D and Wicked City. The
classic horror anime D will hit streets January 18, 2000 and Yoshiaki
Kawajiri's hit Wicked City debuted December 7, 1999. Both flicks will be
available in an English Dubbed version for US$19.95 and a Japanese with
English subtitles version for $29.95. Other anime titles coming soon to DVD
are Slayers: The Motion Picture, street date February 8, 2000 for $29.98
and Legend Of Crystania: The Motion Picture, street date February 8, 2000
Six films from Czech puppet master, Jiri Trnka, will be available on a newcompilation DVD available February 29, 2000. Included on the release willbe the feature-length classic THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE based on the HansChristian Anderson fairy tale and narrated by legendary-Hollywood actorBoris Karloff. The five featured shorts will include Trnka's world famousTHE HAND, along with STORY OF THE BASS CELLO, A MERRY CIRCUS, A DROP TOOMUCH, and THE SONG OF THE PRAIRIE. Not to sound too much like a late-night
Sony Wonder and Golden Books Family Entertainment Home Video will bring thebeloved children's holiday film, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, to DVD forthe first time. The adventures of the shunned reindeer will be available forUS$19.98. For the holidays, Sony Wonder will also re-release ELMO SAVESCHRISTMAS on DVD and more favorite Sesame Street titles for $19.98.
In a far distant future, awould-be master race seeks to dominate the galaxy. Against these mercilessAfressians, mankind has just one hope: the mysterious female warrior knownas Emeraldas. This is the story behind the Houston, Texas-based ADV FilmsNovember 23, 1999 release of QUEEN EMERALDAS on DVD. The US$29.98 QUEENEMERALDAS DVD will be in English and Japanese with English subtitles. Alsofrom ADV the following VHS tapes will all be released on January 25, 2000:The war against Genom escalates as the Knight Sabers find themselves forced
Previously, we reported that Warner Bros. Home Video had announced that THEIRON GIANT DVD would be letterboxed at 1.85:1, which would have beenunfortunate because the film has a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and Brad Birddesigned THE IRON GIANT partly in homage to the very wide CinemaScope filmsof the 1950s. But Warners has changed their mind and the DVD will beletterboxed at 2.35:1. THE IRON GIANT DVD will include letterboxed (2.35:1)and pan & scan versions of the movie, be 16X9, have AC3 and 5.1 surround
Image Entertainment is releasing Art Clokey's DAVEY AND GOLIATH on DVD andVHS. DAVEY AND GOLIATH was a stop-motion television series that was made byGUMBY creator Art Clokey for the Lutheran Church in America from 1962 to1977. It was usually shown on Sunday morning. In the series, Davey, a boy,and his dog, Goliath, would usually get into some sort of trouble, butlearn a moral lesson by the end of the story. The DAVEY AND GOLIATH DVDwill include eight 14 minute episodes. It is not region coded. Image is
Buena Vista Home Video is releasing new videos featuring Goofy, Winnie thePooh, Belle, and Inspector Gadget early next year. WINNIE THE POOH, AVALENTINE FOR YOU! is due January 11, 2000 on VHS for US$14.99. In thevideo, which premiered last year as a television special, Pooh and hisfriends are afraid that Christopher Robin has been bitten by a Smitten whenhe becomes interested in a girl. They search the Hundred Acre Wood for thelove bug, hoping it will bite him again and cure his lovesickness. BELLE'S
Disney's TARZAN premiers on video and DVD on February 1, 2000, and a TARZANCOLLECTOR'S EDITION DVD will be released on March 21, 2000. TARZAN willfeature the "Strangers Like Me" music video by Phil Collins, and the DVDwill be DVD-ROM-enabled (with internet links) and loaded with excitingextras for all the family, including a never-before-seen recording sessionby Phil Collins and guests, a Read-Along, a Trivia Game, various sneakpeeks and many other features. Spanish and French versions of the video
On December 21, 1999 Warner Home Video will debut the first feature-length,fully animated Animaniacs movie, STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS ANIMANIACS:WAKKO'S WISH. WAKKO'S WISH will be the flagship offering in the first waveof the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment "Century 2000 Collection," whichwill bring audiences 11 Family Movie Favorites. WAKKO'S WISH will feature10 original songs created specifically for the movie. The film begins inthe little village of Acme Falls -- where the once-cheerful and prosperous
AtomFilms, which distributes short films both online and offline, has released twocompilations of short films: DEFINITELY NOT HOLLYWOOD: THE DARK COMEDYEDITION and DEFINITELY NOT HOLLYWOOD: THE EXTREME COMEDY EDITION. Theformer is exclusively live-action, but the latter is a collection of bothlive-action and animated shorts. The animated films, which are in the sickand twisted tradition, are LOUIE THE FLY and DOG FISHING by Joe Byrnes,LIVING WITH RIDALYN by Ron Noble, THE HANGNAIL by Shane Acker, and several
The Hubley Studio has created some ofthe most innovative and challenging animation in the history of the artform. Beginning with the partnership of John and Faith Hubley, andcontinuing with Faith and Emily Hubley, they have received countless awardsand international acclaim. Earlier this year, Image Entertainment releasedtheir first Hubley DVD, ART AND JAZZ IN ANIMATION. Now, they offer threemore. HUBLEY COLLECTION #1 includes ENTER LIFE (1981), UPSIDE DOWN (1991),WHO AM I (1989), BLAKE BALL (1988), TIME OF THE ANGELS (1987), PEOPLE,