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TK's MORNING BUZZ: No Wonder Home Video Sales and Rentals Are Doing Significantly Better This Year -- People Need to Escape More Than Ever

23 Oct, 2001 By: Thomas K. Arnold

I cringed this weekend on the way home from a three-day Indian Guides campouton Catalina Island with my 5-year-old son, Justin. We had had no access to radio, TV or newspapers, and on the return trip I spied a newspaper on atable in the boat.

I cringed, because I didn't want to read it. I didn't want to know what hadhappened in my absence. I am a voracious newshound and devour every paper insight, but on that afternoon -- after three days of no news -- I did not want toknow.

It's the escapist in me, I guess. No wonder home video sales and rentals aredoing significantly better than at this same point last year. DVD's certainly a factor, but it's more than that.

The horrors of Nine Eleven remain with us; with every new anthrax case, withevery report of Taliban shellings or bunker busters, we relive that horridscene of a jet airplane filled with innocent people crashing into the World Trade Center.

We want to escape, we want to get away.

I went to an island and, for three days, was able to forget; most people aren't that lucky. They can't avoid the news, the way I did, so they need to escape, to forget, in some other way.

I'll be doing that tonight, when I start in on a pile of videos that's been stacking up. Pearl Harbor -- well, that might be too realistic, in light ofwhat happened. The Phantom Menace -- a great DVD, but, again, the battle sceneswere a little tough to take, even though they are mired in fantasy.

Legally Blonde -- I think I'll start with that.

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