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AMC to Release Branded DVD Line

12 Sep, 2003 By: Holly J. Wagner

AMC, which operates the American Movie Classics channel on cable and satellite networks, and Falcon Picture Group have signed a multiyear licensing agreement to produce and distribute AMC-branded DVD movie and TV collections.

The first offerings, due in stores Oct. 1, will include six boxed sets of four horror films each arriving just in time for Halloween. Each set ($9.99 each) includes four movies on two discs, as well as bonus content -- cast information, trivia and factoids, and plot summaries -- culled from AMC's movie companion database. In addition, Genius Products, which is distributing the line to retailers, has created “movie invites,” printable invitations to ask friends to come watch the DVDs, said AMC spokeswoman Jaime Saberito.

Titles in the first wave, branded AMC MonsterFest, are Roger Corman Classics, including Bucket of Blood, Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Terror and The Wasp Woman; two sets of Bela Lugosi Classics, including The Ape Man, Devil Bat, The Human Monster and White Zombie on one set and The Corpse Vanishes, Invisible Ghost, Phantom Ship and Scared to Death on a second set; Boris Karloff Classics, featuring The Ape, The Ghoul, The Terror and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome; and two sets of Cult Classics, including The Atomic Brain, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Carnival of Souls and Night Tide on one set, and Dementia 13, Frozen Alive, The Screaming Skull and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter on the second set.

Additional sets will be released in subsequent months, with six more due in November under the AMC Movies banner. Those sets include one each built around actors Cary Grant, James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Gary Cooper and Vivian Leigh, plus a set called “Great Detective Classics.” Due in December is the “AMC TV for Movie People” collection, which will include episodes of “The Lucy Show,” “Dragnet,” “Abbott & Costello,” “Martin & Lewis,” “The Red Skelton Show” and “The Lone Ranger.” Each “AMC TV for Movie People” collection will feature 14 episodes on two discs.

Wal-Mart is on board to offer the sets, Saberito said. Falcon Picture Group will license studio movies and TV programs, and work with public domain features to generate the content and to package the DVD collections, using AMC's logo and color palette.

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