2001 ANOTHER STELLA
YEAR FOR DVD'S
Copyright 2001 www.variety.com
[ December 24th 2001 ]
year was the year DVD broke through to the mainstream,
this is the year it soared. In the U.S., the Consumer
Electronics Association named the DVD player "the
fastest growing consumer electronic product of
all time." This generation's home entertainment
top toy has been around for only five years but
it is expected to be in a third of U.S. households
shortly, a feat that took the VCR twice as long
shipments of DVD players surpassed those of VCRs
for the first time in September and are expected
to reach 12.5 million units this year. In Canada,
the Consumer Electronics Marketers says shipments
of players were up 156 per cent in the first half
of the year to 336,000 and that the industry forecasts
900,000 shipments to Canadian households by year's
end. Sales of DVD players are expected to surpass
those of VCRs by 2004.
software front, elaborate collector's editions
continue to sell well, a concept that was of interest
only to elite videophiles back in the days of
the laser disc. Entertainment Weekly has named
The Godfather Collection (Paramount) and Citizen
Kane (Warner) jointly as the No. 1 DVD of the
year. Best-sellers included Disney's special edition
of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, How the Grinch
Stole Christmas, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,
The Mummy Returns, Planet of the Apes, Lara Croft:
Tomb Raider and Shrek. And what about 2002? Hollywood
at Home magazine cites the following anticipated
titles for DVD release:
Fox: All That Jazz, The Day the Earth Stood Still
and Valley of the Dolls, with new five-star editions
of True Lies and Speed. Nothing in sight yet for
the original Star Wars trilogy, though.
Atlantis: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and The
A Platinum Collection release of Beauty and the
Beast, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Love
Bug, the original Parent Trap, Ed Wood and Monsters,
Stripes, a double-disc Starship Troopers and Philadelphia.
A re-issue of Escape From New York, The Last Waltz,
The Producers, Raging Bull, Fargo, Thelma & Louise
and The Usual Suspects.
A special edition of Star Trek II: The Wrath of
Khan and the first boxed set of episodes of Star
Trek: The Next Generation. A boxed set of Eddie
Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop movies, Serpico, Sunset
Boulevard and a special edition of Fatal Attraction.
Nothing definite yet on the Indiana Jones trilogy.
A 20th anniversary edition of Blade Runner and
Poltergeist, special editions of Victor/Victoria,
The Mission, Klute and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.
New SEs of The Color Purple and Gremlins 1 & 2.
Also of Goodfellas, Amadeus and One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest. Still no word, however, on
the original King Kong.
The big news is the 20th anniversary special edition
of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in March and, possibly,
of Schindler's List, though no date announced
yet. And even Steven Spielberg's maiden TV movie
thriller, Duel, is coming. Also planned for the
third quarter, the Spielberg-produced Back to
the Future trilogy and a John Hughes collection.
new on video this week: Dancing at the Blue Iguana
(Columbia) - For those who weren't aware that
life behind the scenes at a strip club is probably
dismal, pathetic and seamy, this largely improvised
drama by Michael Radford makes it official. Daryl
Hannah, Jennifer Tilly and Sandra Oh took the
time to learn the ropes as the stars of an L.A.
peel palace, and while there'slots of nudity,
little of it is erotic.
storyline touches on several familiar subplots,
including an infatuated hitman and the one about
the exotic dancer who really aspires to be a poet.
Two Can Play That Game (Columbia) - In this comic
battle of the sexes, Shante (Vivica A. Fox) is
renowned amongst her girlfriends for keeping her
man Keith (Morris Chestnut) happy and in line.
Until the day she catches him with another woman.
Shante then institutes her 10-day plan to get
him back, by any means necessary.
(DreamWorks) - The big question is, if David Duchovny
was so anxious to get off The X-Files merry-go-round
and into a varied film career, howcum he ended
up in this Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) comedy
about...invading aliens? Orlando Jones and Julianne