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Execs Offer Peek at DVD Titles

26 Jun, 2003 By: Jessica Wolf

Studio heads offered some sneak peeks at upcoming DVD product at the DVD in 50 conference held recently in Los Angeles.

Meagan Burrows, president of Paramount Home Entertainment, on Tomb Raider 2: Cradle of Life:

“We've had a [DVD] producer on the set from day one and will be ready with a release for the fourth quarter.”

Burrows said the second Tomb Raider disc will be geared toward the film's core audience of gamers.

“We've really challenged ourselves to come out with something worthy of the next level of game play.”

Steven Einhorn, president of New Line Home Entertainment, on the “Lord of the Rings” series:

“We're very lucky in that Peter Jackson is a DVD fan and advocate -- he has every DVD ever made. If he had his way, [the third installment] Return of the King would be a 6-hour film and a 16-disc set. He's providing us with so much terrific material, but he has held back significant material for the extras on the superduper combined three-film set. We could make a film for what the budget [on that set] is.”

Bob Chapek, president of Buena Vista Home Entertainment, on the special edition Lion King DVD debut:

“There's a Safari Adventure option [on the disc] that's going to be just like going on a jungle cruise at Disneyland, with 5.1 surround sound. It really starts to almost make a theme park ride out of the bonus features. It's an example of the line between the movie and the bonus material starting to disintegrate, and you really wind up with one total, interactive experience from the consumer standpoint

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