John Carter Blu-ray, DVD Announced

Disney has announced that John Carter will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on June 5. It will be interesting to see if, as many are predicting, the over-two-hour movie finds more of its audience on home video. It’s possible that this could become a perennial favorite, especially since science fiction fans who’ve seen it generally liked it. Here’s a release trailer: The movie is pitched as “a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars)” […]

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Don’t Like UltraViolet Digital Movies? You Can’t Sell the Codes

A lot of customers have been unhappy with the UltraViolet digital copy system set up by a number of movie studios. I’m finding it frustrating that I now have to use two apps to manage my digital films, with plenty easily usable in iTunes, and a handful more restricted in Flixster. (That app keeps losing track of which ones I actually have rights to view. And emailing their support link never got me an answer.) Some have, since they didn’t […]

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Disney Announces Arrietty Release Date, Adds Two Other Ghibli Blu-Ray Titles

The Secret World of Arrietty will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on May 22 from Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli. The Blu-ray Combo Pack release of the animated movie about little people living in the walls of houses (based on Mary Norton’s book The Borrowers) will include the following special features: The storyboard version of the film Original Japanese trailers and TV commercials Music video for “Summertime” performed by Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler, who is also the […]

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Disney’s John Carter Flops Hard

The New York Times has an article up on John Carter, which opened this weekend. The headline, “‘Ishtar’ Lands on Mars“, tells you the tack they’re taking. The facts are damning: “cost an estimated $350 million to make and market”, took in just over $30 million this weekend, will require Disney to “take a quarterly write-down of $100 million to $165 million”. Because of its enormous cost and the way ticket sales are split with theaters, analysts say the film […]

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UltraViolet Digital Copies on Sale: Movie Companies Continue to Overvalue Their Product

When the UltraViolet program was first announced, one of its goals was to give studios a way to sell digital versions of movies direct to customers, without having to use iTunes. The aim of the program is “digital portability”, which they believe will convince customers to buy instead of rent. Not at these prices, it won’t. Paramount opened its direct sales site, ParamountMovies.com. There, more than 60 recent and classic movies are priced from $12.99 – $22.99, depending on age […]

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The Secret World of Arrietty Out Next Month

On February 17, Disney will release the newest Studio Ghibli movie: The Secret World of Arrietty. Here’s the trailer: As pointed out, this is based on the classic series of novels that began with The Borrowers by Mary Norton, about a family of little people who live in the walls of houses and live off items “borrowed” from the Big People. It’s a wonderful choice for a cartoon, since animation allows the various-sized characters to interact realistically without a layer […]

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Lionsgate Buying Summit

According to the NY Times, Lionsgate Entertainment, the movie studio best-known for the disgusting Saw horror franchise, will be buying Summit Entertainment, responsible for the Twilight films. Wikipedia calls Lionsgate “the most commercially successful independent film and television distribution company in North America.” Their slate has included American Psycho, Dogma, Fahrenheit 9/11, the comic book movies Kick-Ass, Punisher: War Zone, and The Spirit, the Conan the Barbarian remake, and the upcoming Hunger Games film adaptation. Summit’s other releases have included […]

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Warner Brothers Talks About Plans for UltraViolet, Flixster

Warner’s new digital movie scheme, UltraViolet, gets an article in the NY Times positioning it as a way for the studio to compete with rentals, especially Netflix. This strikes me as misguided. People who simply want to see a film for a buck or two for the night are not the same audience as those who want to own a copy. Wait, let me revise that — from the studio’s perspective, buying a plastic disc isn’t ownership, it’s just a […]

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