2006 Year in Review: MAY
1 Jan, 2007
By: Thomas K. Arnold
In an about-face, Sony's Benjamin Feingold says the studio will hold off releasing Blu-ray Disc titles until June, when the first player, from Samsung, is slated to arrive. Feingold says the titles are ready, “but the majority of our retail base and hardware partners have requested that we reconsider this date.” Big news in geek circles: The original theatrical versions of the three earliest “Star Wars” films will finally be released to DVD in September, two years after diehard fans blasted Lucasfilm Ltd. for releasing only the digitally modified “special edition” versions of the celebrated trilogy in a boxed collection. This time, all three films will be available in two-disc sets that include the special edition and, as a bonus, a DVD with each film exactly as it was in its initial theatrical run — Star Wars in 1977, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. In a further nod to the nascent digital download market, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group inks a deal with file-trading service BitTorrent.com for online delivery of movies and TV shows, becoming the first major studio to provide legal video content through the service. The venture is scheduled to launch in the summer and initially will feature more than 200 Warner catalog titles, TV series and new releases, the latter becoming available the same day as the DVD. Buena Vista Home Entertainment reports sales of more than 11 million DVDs of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, making it the top-selling DVD so far this year.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment reports sales of more than 11 million DVDs of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.