DVDs On Fire, Literally, at Wal-Mart, and Don't Fear the Reaper1 Sep, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
DVD sales may not be on fire, but players certainly are. Durabrand players, that is, a budget line sold at Wal-Mart that has the unfortunate propensity to potentially burst into flames. The latest U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission communique says Wal-Mart is recalling 4.2 million players because of this burning issue. Initially Wal-Mart recalled only 1.5 million silver DVD players made by Durabrand, but today the recall was expanded to cover pink and purple versions of the same device, for a total of 4.2 million players. According to the commission, the recall was triggered by 14 complaints Wal-Mart received of DVD players overheating, seven of which caused a fire that damaged property. Click here to read our coverage.
On another note — an uplifting one, I might add — Home Media Magazine's inaugural Reaper Awards are generating a ton of press all over the world. In case you missed it, we are launching a new awards contest, in tandem with the Dread Central horror Web site, that is honoring and promoting the top horror DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of 2008. Studios and suppliers also are being given the chance to promote their current horror releases, including those still in theaters but scheduled to arrive on disc in time for Halloween. Click here to read our story about the event — and if you're in the area, make sure you attend!