This should be fun - we've just gotten confirmation that Dave's Video:
The Laser Place here in L.A. will be holding a special DVD signing event
for charity on May 1st. The featured guests will be director Richard
Donner and creative consultant/screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, and they'll
be signing copies of Superman: The Movie
on DVD! Details on the event will follow, but the rules usually are that
only two items can be signed and one of them must be a copy of Superman
purchased at Dave's. A percentage of the profits will go to a charity of
the guests' choice. Should be a blast, and you can bet we'll be there.
In other news this morning, one of our retail friends has informed us
that Universal has confirmed that their Legend
DVD is still "TBD". Apparently, they inadvertently used the
word "discontinued" in a letter to retailers yesterday, and
they've acknowledged the error. So as we told you yesterday, the 2-disc
set is still on the way. And it definitely promises to be the ultimate
version of this film ever released on home video - it'll be well worth
By the way... I just realized that I made an error in my
The Movie review from yesterday. GLENN Ford played Jonathan
Kent... not Henry Ford. You know how it is for us mild-mannered DVD
reviewers... brain fart's are common. Just wanted to let you know that
it's been spotted and fixed. ;-)
(LATE UPDATE - 4/11/01 - 6 PM PDT)
We've got a couple more great DVD reviews for you this afternoon. Todd
and I have updated our review of
to include MGM's new special edition disc (which streets April 24th).
And I've spent the last 2 days prepping a review of Warner's terrific
new DVD-18 release of
The Movie. I can't tell you how much fun I'm having with this
disc. The special edition title streets on May 1st, and you're really
gonna love it. Great picture and sound quality, and some VERY cool
extras too. John Williams' complete isolated score in Dolby Digital 5.0?
How can you not love that?! Enough said - check out the reviews for
(EARLY UPDATE - 4/11/01
- 10:15 AM PDT)
This is just a quick early update to clarify some news that's being
reported elsewhere online, specifically that Universal's 2-disc
collector's edition DVD release of Ridley Scott's Legend
has been cancelled. To our knowledge, the title was NEVER officially
announced. Retail orders were being solicited for a time last year (with
a November 21st street date), but the title was delayed before it was
announced to the media. Fans should worry not. Legend
is DEFINITELY still coming to DVD. I've spoken with various people
involved in the title's creation, and there has been no change in its
status, as we've reported it here before. The title is being reworked to
improve both quality and content, and should be released later this
year. Most importantly, the 2-disc set will definitely be better off for
the delay. We've been getting a lot of panicked e-mails about this
today... so rest easy, folks.
We'll be back with reviews soon, so stay tuned...
Well... it's official. Buena Vista has confirmed that October 9th is
the release date of their much-anticipated Snow
White and the Seven Dwarves: Platinum Edition DVD. How did
they confirm it, you might ask? Well... they've launched
section dedicated to the title over at their Disney.com
site. They've also posted an
press release, and promise to have more content on the page in
May. Disney claims that, "This amazing treasure trove will
represent the industry's first truly immersive DVD experience and
includes bonus features, behind-the-scenes programs, production
features, audio commentaries and much more, providing the most complete
package ever assembled for this animated classic." And here we
thought "immersive" was a word only we at the Bits
used in our reviews! Anyway, the multi-disc set (for that's what we've
heard it will be) should be very cool. Now if we could just get Disney
to bow The Lion King as their
Platinum title for 2002...
Moving on, we're very pleased today to bring you another review of a
great upcoming Criterion DVD, the long-awaited French New Wave classic,
It's no exaggeration to say that this great heist flick is probably
Todd's all time favorite film, and he can't stop gushing about how great
the disc is. So do check out his review and see for yourself. The title
streets on April 24th, along with Criterion's
(which we reviewed the other day).
Back fresh from the weekend, we're going to start ramping up our review
output this week, to catch up with a bunch of upcoming and recently
released titles. First up today, is Synapse's
of the Will: Special Edition, Columbia TriStar's
Tao of Steve and
Angels: Special Edition and Warner's
We've also announced the winners in our
- congratulations to all and thanks to everyone who entered.
In news today, Columbia TriStar has announced Guy Ritchie's Snatch
for DVD release on July 3rd. Capitol-EMI will release Brian
Ferry in Concert: Live in Paris on April 24th. Artisan has
added Far From Home to its June
slate (6/19). Rhino will debut Transformers:
Heroes and Transformers: Villians
on May 8th. Universal will also release more TV animated product,
specifically 2 more X-Men animated
series DVDs, on June 5th. And MGM has a whole bunch of great titles
coming in June and July, including The Claim
(6/26), Black Robe, Cotton
Club, Cutter's Way,
Hotel New Hampshire, Who'll
Stop the Rain (7/10), Bagdad Cafe,
Chocolat (1988), Go
Fish, Hollywood Shuffle,
La Cage Aux Folles, La
Cage Aux Folles II, Lieberstraum,
Marat Sade, Theremin:
An Electronic Odyssey and Wild
Child (7/24). We also have word that Killer
Klowns from Outer Space will arrive on DVD in August.
Now then... we've got lots of fun content coming this week, so we're
gonna get back to work on it all. Personally, I'm off this afternoon to
watch Warner's new Superman: Special Edition.
So watch for a review of that and more. Stay tuned...
We've just gotten word of a number of new Warner titles for June and
July. IMAX fans will be pleased to know that the studio has obtained the
DVD release rights to the NASA-themed The
Dream is Alive and Blue Planet.
Both will street on June 12th. And July 3rd will see a disc of Cartoon
Crack-Ups, featuring shorts from the Cartoon Network/Hanna
Barbera canon (sure wish they'd just release ALL these great cartoons in
DVD library editions). The studio is also prepping a Proof
of Life DVD for tentative release in June or July (the exact
street date is still TBD).
We've updated the
DVD Artwork section today with some 13 new covers, including
the FINAL Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
art, as well as A Few Good Men: Special
Edition, All the King's Men,
The Apartment, Playtime,
Cartoon Crack-Ups, The
Dream is Alive, Blue Planet,
The Fugitive: Special Edition,
The Horse Soldiers, Proof
of Life, Quills and
Also today, we've updated the
DVD Player Sales chart with the final March numbers. 409,763
players shipped to retailers in the week ending March 30th, bringing the
monthly total to 1,207,489 players in all. That boosts the format as a
whole to more than 16 million players.
In other news, fans of the 80's arena rock band Journey will be pleased
to hear that the band has officially confirmed that they've got a DVD on
the way. The group was interviewed live yesterday on The
Mark & Brian Show on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles, to promote
the release of their new album, Arrival
(which is pretty damn good if I do say so myself). When asked about the
DVD, the band confirmed that it will present their December 30th concert
in Las Vegas, a 90-minute version of which can currently be seen on
Direct TV. The DVD release will feature a longer version of the concert
(some 2 hours of music in all) plus Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Street date
Finally, one last note. We've been getting a lot of e-mails regarding
review of Criterion's new Spartacus DVD. Specifically,
people are asking about the DTS track that was originally slated to have
been included on the 2-disc set. Criterion has informed us that they
abandoned the DTS track in favor of a higher video bit rate (and, thus,
better overall video quality for the release). Just FYI.
We'll be back to announce the winners of the
tomorrow. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you next week!
Okay... we've been very busy this week, working behind-the-scenes on
some great upcoming content for the Bits,
so our posts been a little thin. But we're gearing up to reward you all
for you patience. And we're starting this afternoon, with Todd Doogan's
early review of Criterion's AWESOME, 2-disc DVD release of Stanley
which streets on April 24th. You absolutely don't want to miss this
disc... or this review. It looks like Criterion's outdone themselves
again, and fans are gonna love this release.
Seriously, thanks again for your patience this week, while we prepare
new content. Look for some great stuff to be posted here coming very
soon. And don't forget, tomorrow's the last day to enter our
for a chance to win signed copies of Ben-Hur
and Meet the Parents on DVD.
Also today, I wanted to let you know that we have OFFICIALLY confirmed
with Warner that they ARE working on a Goonies:
Special Edition DVD, which will be out later this year. So
all those of you who were concerned about the bogus April Fools info
need not worry - a genuine SE is on the way.
One last note... we should tell you that The
Digital Bits now has its very own Easter Egg! It's hidden
somewhere on the site, in the Review
section. And we will say NOTHING more about it. ;-)
Ah yes... the classic Internet Wisenheimer Syndrome. There's always
some yahoo who thinks its funny to pull April Fools jokes, and every
year, there seems to be someone who circulates fake upcoming DVD
information. This year The Goonies
was the subject. It appears that everything listed on that Goonies
website was faked by an "unknown source" (according to the
site today). Too bad. In any case (and with any luck), the little burst
in publicity will kick Warner Bros. in the you know what and get them
going on a real SE disc. We do know that a DVD release of this film IS
in the works, so we'll have to wait and see...
In the meantime, here's something we know is true - Bruce Springsteen
and the E Street Band have a DVD on the way. They recorded their new
2-CD set, Live in New York City,
last June in Madison Square Garden at the end of their world tour. The
performance was also taped for an HBO concert special, which debuts on
Saturday. Springsteen himself has confirmed that it will later be
released on home video and DVD, probably with additional performances.
We've got news on MGM's Buckaroo Banzai
DVD. The title was originally supposed to be released on June 5th, as
one of the studio's Contemporary Classics line of DVDs - a movie-only
edition. But we've gotten word that it's been delayed until later this
year, so that MGM can gather special edition materials and release it as
a more elaborate edition. Now, there's still no word yet as to exactly
what will be included, and much of the SE content is still TBD. We've
been told that the director of the film, W.D. Richter, would love to be
involved and has a LOT of material to contribute. We're going to see if
we can get you an e-mail address where you can send your suggestions in
to the studio. We caution you not to use personal addresses at the
studio however. Our experience is that posting someone's personal work
e-mail address without permission just leads to problems and could
actually work against the intended effort. We suggest using
official e-mail form on the MGM website for now.
Anyway, here's a look at the originally planned DVD cover art. We're
not sure if the new plans will change the cover, but here it is anyway.
And we've got a sneak peek at the main menu for Columbia TriStar's Close
Encounters DVD for you as well (street date 5/29). Enjoy...
Also today, The
Goonies Home Page has information on - you guessed it - The
Goonies: Special Edition, which is apparently in the works at
Warner Bros. for DVD release later this year (mid-October according to
the site). The DVD is reportedly going to include commentaries, deleted
and extended scenes, outtakes and bloopers, tons of behind-the-scenes
featurettes, Cyndi Lauper's music videos and lots more. We'll have to
see if it pans out.
(LATE UPDATE - 4/2/01 -
2 PM PDT)
You may have heard this, but just in case, we wanted to re-post it
here: Warner Bros has officially confirmed the DVD release of Superman
and The Superman Collection for
May 1st. There was apparently some talk of delaying it to allow for a
wider theatrical re-release, but the studio has decided to go ahead with
the May 1st release to DVD.
Speaking of Warner Bros, we've learned that the studio plans a big
SciFi promotion for July, which will include the new 2001,
V: The Original Miniseries and
possibly a few yet-to-be-announced new titles, along with re-promotes of
Planet, Mars Attacks!,
Time Machine and Westworld.
On a related note, I was checking out the DVD selection at a local
WalMart the other day, when I discovered that numerous Warner titles
were on sale for $14.99. Among them was Warner's repackaged version of
MGM's 2010 disc. To my surprise,
the back of the disc's packaging claimed that the disc featured
widescreen video that's "enhanced for widescreen TVs". I
eagerly picked up the title, hoping to replace my non-anamorphic MGM
disc, and at a great price. Sadly, while the Warner disc DOES include a
full frame version as well as the widescreen, the widescreen is still
the same non-anamoprhic transfer as on the MGM disc. Oh, those darned
package mislabeling woes...
One last Warner note today - the studio's upcoming Gormenghast
DVD (street date 7/3) will be a 2-disc set. It's one of the titles
they're releasing from the BBC catalog.
Also today, our friends over at
Bay Entertainment have informed us that they've just published
HUGE list of the titles they have in the works for DVD release
throughout the end of this year and into 2002 as well. All the
information is tentative, but if you're a fan of their DVD work, it's
well worth a look. Titles listed include lots of Dario Argento, Def
Con 4, Django, Hellbound:
Hellraiser II, Mephisto,
The Stepford Wives: Silver Anniversary
(cool!), The Beastmaster, more
Werner Herzog classics, Halloween 4,
The Jazz Singer (1980), more Moonlighting
episodes, Plenty, Francis,
Stunt Man, Crimes of Passion,
Dr. Who and the Daleks, The
Evil Dead: Limited Edition (sweet!), Highlander:
Limited Edition, Re-Animator,
Return of the Killer Tomatoes,
lots of Wim Wenders films and MUCH more. Very, very cool...
Now then... we've been working for a while now on some cool stories
that we hope to post this week, along with more reviews. So stay
(EARLY UPDATE - 4/2/01 - 12:01 AM PDT)
Okay... anyone seen the April Fool's joke over at
Gee... I almost feel like I've been transported back to 1979. I just
wonder how many people will fail to get the green color joke, because
they were born too late to remember a time when ALL computer screens
looked that way. Someone over there at the Ranch has got WAY too much
time on their hands. And to think... Lucasfilm wanted us to believe that
they were too busy working on Episode II
to release DVDs. Riiiiiiiiiight. Speaking of DVD (or should I say
Betamax?), click on "Ask the Alliance Technicians" for a
Meanwhile, Buena Vista has announced O
Brother, Where Art Thou? for 6/12, with Book
of Pooh and Pooh's Grand
Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin following on
7/17. Paramount has set Save the Last Dance
for 6/19. Star Trek: The Original Series,
Volumes 25 & 26 will street the same day (just 14 more
volumes to go...). And 6/26 will see You Can
Count on Me. Fox's Cast Away
is due on 6/12, as predicted, and Dude,
Where's My Car? will follow on 6/26. And finally, Warner has
added Gormenghast to it's July
slate (7/3), along with Citizen Cohn
Back with more soon...
We've got a bunch of stuff for you today. First up are a trio of new
DVD reviews - Greg Suarez has taken a look at Universal's
the Parents, and Dan Kelly's got looks at DreamWorks'
Lies Beneath and Columbia TriStar's
There's more new
DVD Artwork today too - several new Criterion covers including
Hidden Fortress, L'Avventura,
Diary of a Chambermaid, All
That Heaven Allows, Big Deal on
Madonna Street, Cries &
Whispers, Billy Liar
and My Man Godfrey. We've also
posted newly revised (and much cooler looking) cover art for Disney's
The Emperor's New Groove: The Ultimate Groove.
Mill update features information on The
Final Countdown, which is much desired on DVD by fans.
And we've posted the new
as well, wherein you can win copies of Meet
the Parents and Ben-Hur
on DVD. And one lucky winner's copies will be signed by Robert DeNiro,
Ben Stiller and Charlton Heston! Be sure to get your entries in!
(LATE UPDATE - 3/28/01 - 5 PM PST)
We've just completed a big update of the
DVD Cover Art section, to add some 20 new scans. Included in
the update are The Stanley Kubrick Collection
Boxed Set, 2001: A Space Odyssey,
The Shining, A
Clockwork Orange, Lolita,
Full Metal Jacket, Dr.
Strangelove, Eyes Wide Shut,
Barry Lyndon, Mexican
Fantasy, Circus, Pay
it Forward, Antitrust,
& Dragons: Platinum Series, Sex
and the City: The Complete Second Season, Close
Encounters of the Third Kind, The
House of Mirth, Shadow of the
Vampire, The Muppets Take
Manhattan, Cast Away,
Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams,
Cheech and Chong's Things are Tough All Over
and Cops and Robbersons. Enjoy!
(EARLY UPDATE - 3/28/01 - 2 PM PST)
Okay... we've got new street date for upcoming Buena Vista titles in
Mill update, including word on O
Brother, Where Art Thou?, Unbreakable
and Dracula 2000.
We've also updated our authorized mirror copy of
Official DVD FAQ to the latest version (March 16th).
And we thought you'd be interested in a first look at the cover art for
Columbia TriStar's upcoming 2-disc Close
Encounters of the Third Kind DVD (street date May 29th), as
well as "revised" DVD cover artwork for Warner's new Stanley
Kubrick Collection (street date June 12th). Notice the "Remastered"
band on the cover of the 2001: A Space
Odyssey disc (on the right below - we've included the
original on the left for comparison). This will appear on almost all the
new discs in the set.
We'll be back with more soon, so stay tuned...
We've gotten word that another SciFi Channel TV series is on its way to
DVD, along with a pair of big titles from Fox. Check that out in today's
Mill update. We're spending our day today working on some
things that we hope to post soon, so we're just gonna leave you with a
couple of other news bits today.
Columbia TriStar has issued a statement regarding the DVD release of
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on
June 5th - look for that
via Yahoo. We've got the DVD cover art in our
DVD Artwork section, but look for it to change slightly to
reflect the film's Academy Award wins.
from Yahoo today is news of Blockbuster's D.O.A. video-on-demand
system. The company's 20-year deal with Enron to deliver movies
electronically via broadband was dissolved today. It seems Hollywood
isn't as keen on video-on-demand as it is on VHS and DVD sales and
rentals. Could this (at least in part) be a case of the studios striking
back in retaliation for Blockbuster's hardball revenue-sharing
negotiations? Interesting in any case...
Finally today, many of you may know that I'm a fan of Wim Wender's Wings
of Desire, which is coming to DVD later this year from MGM.
In fact, it turns out that the director is currently preparing DVD
versions of most (if not all) of his films, including Paris,
Texas and Until the End of the
World. News of this can be found at
ultra-cool, official website (be sure to visit the "latest
news" link at the bottom of the home page). The site will take a
little time to load, but it's very cool and is well worth the wait if
you're a fan. Thanks to Bits
reader David D. for pointing it out to us.
So... is it just me, or does it seem like the Oscars went a lot faster
this year? I know it's only an illusion, but I was surprised at the pace
the Academy Awards kept throughout the broadcast last night. And I
wonder how much Gladiator's
phenomenal DVD success had to do with its winning the Best Picture
statuette. Not that it isn't an awesome film, completely deserving of
the award. But the fact that it's an awesome DVD (the best-selling of
all time) and that so many Academy members no doubt have had it for
months couldn't have hurt the voting process. Fascinating. For a full
list of the winners and losers, be sure to visit
the official Oscar
This morning, we've updated
Mill will several more upcoming DVD titles, including a few
Criterion announcements. And we've also updated the
DVD Player Sales chart to include sales numbers from the 3rd
week of March.
Finally this morning, we've got a look at the DVD cover artwork for
Columbia TriStar's The Muppets Take Manhattan
(6/5) and Universal's Shadow of the Vampire
Wow... the dust hasn't even settled from the
yet, and we're getting tons of great feedback and e-mail on the awards.
Thanks for all your kind words. Todd and I are very glad you've enjoyed
the Bitsys - it's definitely been
a big success this year. It's a lot of work, but there's no denying that
we love what we do. And having such great readers makes it all
worthwhile. So thank you for all your support. You can definitely look
forward to a 3rd Annual Bitsy Awards
next year. Although, given all the amazing discs that are on the way in
2K1... it's gonna be even tougher to pick the best.
Speaking of the Bitsys, we did
make a tiny little error... one of omission. When we looked over the
awards after a day's breather, we realized that we completely omitted a
category we had planned to include: BEST DVD
- ANIME! We've rectified the situation this afternoon, so
2 of the awards for our pick in that category.
Also, we wanted to let you all know that Universal has just announced
Shadow of the Vampire for DVD
release on May 29th. The disc will contain anamorphic widescreen video,
English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, a behind-the-scenes
featurette, audio commentary by director E. Elias Merhige, interviews
with Willem Dafoe, E. Elias Merhige and producer Nicolas Cage, a gallery
of production photographs, HSX (Hollywood Stock Exchange) virtual
producers, the theatrical trailer, production notes and cast and
filmmaker biographies. SRP will be $24.98.
Now then... we've got some very cool stuff coming for you next week. So
enjoy the Oscars on Sunday night and we'll see you back here on Monday!
All right... I figured we'd get a jump on Thursday early with some new
Mill information. We've been able to confirm a whole mess of
great titles that are officially in production for DVD over at Miramax,
including a pair of Quentin Tarantino faves. Don't miss it. And of
course, if you haven't checked out
Bitsys yet... what are you waiting for? ;-)
The Bitsys are here! It took a lot
of work, but we've just posted
2nd Annual Bitsy Awards here at The
Digital Bits! We've taken a look at the best the DVD format
had to offer in 2000, and we've got our picks for discs you shouldn't
miss. We've also added lots of new categories this year, to make the
Bitsys better than ever. We're
sure you'll enjoy them. So
you go and we'll see you tomorrow!
Gearing up for the Bitsys has
taken up a lot of our time over the last couple of days, but we've just
posted several new DVD reviews for you, including DreamWorks' Almost
Ice Storm and Buena Vista's
Uncensored. We've also got 4 more entries in our look at
American Films of Alfred Hitchcock on DVD, among them Warner's
on a Train, Anchor Bay's
Man Who Knew Too Much. We're also currently working on reviews
of Lawrence of Arabia and Cleopatra,
so watch for those this week. You're definitely gonna want to add both
titles to your DVD collection, I'll say that much right now.
Well... tomorrow is the big day. We've gone over the all the DVDs that
came out in 2000 and we've picked the ones we think are worthy of
recognition as the best of the year. So check back tomorrow for The
2nd Annual Bitsy Awards! We'll be taking your Bitsy
picks for Reader's Favorite DVD of 2000
until Midnight tonight, so get
'em in fast.
Now then... Todd's got an interesting note for you. So here's Doogan:
You know, since we're always bitching about how most DVD-ROM stuff is a
waste, I figured it might be nice to point out a potential future ROM
option that we hope Artisan actually takes advantage of when it comes
time to put the film out on DVD.
Wayne Wang (who gave us Joy Luck Club,
Blue in the Face and
Anywhere But Here) was personally
involved in the creation of
website for his new film, Center of the
World, and it's pretty cool. Here's Wang's own comments from
the site's manifesto:
"The main focus of the website was to create
a theme that would parallel that of the film - to meet a stripper,
participate in the fantasy she projects and to become involved with her
personally. The hardest part of creating the site was meeting the last
goal, which would involve an interactive element. This type of
artificial intelligence is relatively new and primitive. The added
challenge was to create this interaction within a sexual context. We
used a scene originally written for the film that I ended not using to
set this up. It was a monologue about a stripper not knowing whether she
was in conscious control of herself while dancing for a client. The idea
behind the interaction is to do or say the right things so that the
stripper would lose control and become more involved with you.
Visually, imagining the website was a very different process. The
images could be manipulated by the computer and the streaming provided
an inherent surreal/dreamy feeling that required an approach more akin
to silent cinema. Working with Alicia Klass, a porn actress, was a
unique experience. She was so direct and visceral with her sexuality
that we had to find a way to manipulate the images to create more
Handling the production of the site is the company Hi-Res and they did
a great job. What we get is a virtual lap dance performed by porn
actress (and possibly future Mrs. Bruce Willis if you believe what you
read in The Globe) Alisha Klass.
After Ms. Klass is done, we can follow her into her dressing room, watch
her change and then have a "chat" with her. By using an
engine, we get to read her diary entries until she realizes you're
reading her thoughts. She then asks for prompts and everything you write
is responded to in a personal sort of way. When the whole thing's
over... you'll know next to nothing about the film. And yet, I want to
see it now. Like the film trailers of yesteryear, this site is like a
valid extension of the film and both compliment each other nicely. With
Wang having scripted and "filmed" the entire website, it's got
that much more style and pedigree.
We think the site is pretty cool. Yes... there is a small level of
nudity (obviously, you're in a strip club), so no kiddies allowed. But
this is Artisan, after all, so don't expect porn content either. It's a
unique and stylish approach to a film website and it's definitely worth
a look (here's
the link again). Happy surfing.
Okay... it's Bill again. Have a great night and we'll see you tomorrow
for the Bitsys!
(LATE UPDATE - 3/19/01 - 5 PM PST)
All right... remember that lackluster
Herbert's Dune DVD we reviewed recently? Well... the subject
has become an official issue. We just wanted to know why the disc was so
lame. Little did we know what we were getting into. With that, we give
Dune Debate. Sources close to the disc's production have given
us their take and the miniseries' producers have responded at length.
Make of it all what you will. But, if you're smart, you'll spend your
$24.98 on a better DVD than this one. I swear... if I never hear the
word "dune" again, it'll be too soon.
Back with more later...
(EARLY UPDATE - 3/19/01 - 10 AM PST)
Welcome back to the work week, campers! First up today, an
announcement. The 2nd Annual Bitsy Awards
will be posted on Wednesday here at The
Digital Bits. You can continue to
send us your picks
for Reader's Favorite DVD of 2000
until Tuesday night. We'll tell you which DVDs impressed us the most
last year... and which were stinkers too. There'll be lots of fun, so be
sure to join us for all the DVD, pre-Oscar whoo-ha! And be sure to check
1st Annual Bitsys from last year to see what it's all about.
Now then... we've got a bunch of stuff coming for you today. First of
all, we've got a mess of reviews, including DreamWorks' Almost
Famous and a mess of Hitchcock films. We've also heard back
from the producers of Frank Herbert's Dune
as to their side of the whole lackluster Artisan DVD situation. Watch
for that this afternoon.
In the meantime, we've updated the
DVD Player Sales numbers for the second week of March. Some
114,243 players were shipped in the week ending March 9th. We've also
updated the rest of our
listings (above) - be sure to check 'em out.
And then there's this... we've updated The
Rumor Mill with a possible street date for Star
Wars: Episode I on DVD (according to Ain't
it Cool at least). We've also got word on The
Sopranos: The Complete Second Season. Don't miss it.