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June 6, 2005 15:32 - New "Chappelle" DVD a Hit, Bitch!

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The people love Dave Chappelle.

With the third season of Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show indefinitely postponed amid its star's unscripted odyssey, fans jonesing for his comic antics have tried to satisfy their fix by snapping up his new DVD in record numbers.

Chappelle's Show: Season 2 Uncensored sold 500,000 units in its first day in stores May 24 and an astonishing 1.2 million copies its first week, according to figures released Thursday by the cable network and distributor Paramount Home Video.

The numbers shatter the records set by the first-season DVD and make Season 2: Uncensored the fastest-selling DVD of a TV series ever.

Still, the three-disc Season 2 set, which retails for $37 and contains 13 episodes, still has a ways to go before topping the three million DVDs sold for Chappelle's Show's first season. That set came out in February 2004 and remains the all-time bestselling TV DVD package and helped secure Chappelle a record $50 million contract that included a percentage of DVD sales.

At its current pace, Season 2 is likely to reach the 2 million mark within a month. The set has proven so popular, it blew away the DVD releases of the Oscar-winning Warner Bros. film The Aviator and Sony's Ice Cube family comedy, Are We There Yet?

The blitzkrieg buying has no doubt been stoked by the behind-the-scenes drama, including Chappelle's unscheduled trip to South Africa and the subsequent halting of production on the show's third season.

Chappelle told Time magazine that, contrary to reports, he wasn't crazy or on crack, just stressed out. He also acknowledged that he wasn't happy with his show's creative direction.

Chappelle has since re-emerged from the so-called "spiritual retreat" in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. However there's still no word from the comedian's rep on when, if ever, Chappelle will return to his namesake show.

In its place, Comedy Central has been airing Chappelle's Show reruns as well as fresh episodes of Reno 911! and a new variety show from D.L. Hughley, Weekends at the D.L.

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June 6, 2005 15:39 - McDonald's adding more DVD-rental kiosks

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Forget fries -- do you want a DVD with that burger?

That's what McDonald's is asking with the expansion of its DVD-rental kiosk program.

Through its subsidiary Redbox, the fast-food chain deployed more than 100 DVD-rental kiosks last year in the Denver area. Each DVDPlay-manufactured machine offered about 100 titles for rent, available for $1 per night per title. Renters paid with a credit or debit card.

Titles could be returned at any McDonald's kiosk in the area. If consumers kept any one title for 25 nights, the disc was theirs -- and they were charged $25.

McDonald's will expand the program to more than 1,200 locations by year's end. Newly deployed machines manufactured by Solectron will feature 500 titles each. McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman would not confirm which cities will have the new machines, though reports mention Houston and Salt Lake City.

"This is really about making our restaurants as relevant to as many people as possible," says Greg Waring, director of marketing for Redbox, which is based in McDonald's corporate offices in Oak Brook, Ill. "People like to sit down with food and a rented DVD. We're giving them a one-stop shop to do it."

Consumers spent $5.7 billion renting DVDs in 2004, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, compared with $4.5 billion in 2003.

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McDonald's will also work with major grocery chains in its expanded DVD-rental program, Waring adds.

"We want you to pick up a DVD at McDonald's and be able to return it at the grocery store the next day," Waring explains.

Redbox already has placed the kiosks at grocers in the Northeast, including Smith's Food & Drug and Stop & Shop. It is not known which other grocers will participate in the new McDonald's rental markets.

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June 6, 2005 15:44 - Trio released after counterfeit DVD raid

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A 29-year-old man and two juveniles were last night questioned by gardaí, following what detectives believe to be one of the most sophisticated DVD counterfeiting operations ever uncovered in the Republic.
The gardaí raid in Duleek, County Meath, was mounted as part of `Operation Anvil`` which is the recently announced crackdown on the activities of criminal gangs.

Gardaí seized in excess of 5,000 DVD`s which included many recently released movies, as well as computer equipment and printers valued at over €300,000.

Four vehicles were also seized in the operation.

The three who were arrested were later released.

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June 6, 2005 15:49 - Chappelle DVD sets record

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Underscoring the growing clout of the TV-DVD category, ``Chappelle's Show: Season 2 Uncensored'' chalked up first-day sales of nearly 500,000 copies, setting a new TV-DVD sales record, according to Paramount Home Entertainment.

Within a week of its May 24 release, sales of the hefty three-disc, $37 package topped 1.2 million copies, Paramount said, while sales of the first-season set, out for more than a year, spiked past the 3 million mark.

That's 200,000 copies more than the sales tally in early May, when Comedy Central announced Season 3 of Dave Chappelle's highly rated sketch comedy show would be postponed indefinitely and the comedian flew to South Africa, where rumors circulated that he had checked himself into a mental health facility.

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June 8, 2005 09:45 - ‘Be Cool’ comes to DVD

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“Be Cool”

John Travolta’s “Get Shorty” follow-up reunited him with “Pulp Fiction” co-star Uma Thurman, the two of them mixing it up on the dance floor again. This time, Travolta’s loan-shark-turned-filmmaker Chili Palmer, bored with Hollywood, decides to shift into music producing and finds himself at odds with a singer’s manager (Harvey Keitel) and a bigwig producer (Cedric the Entertainer). Along with 14 deleted scenes, the DVD has a making-of segment, a featurette on Travolta and Thurman’s dance number, and mini-profiles on Cedric and co-stars The Rock, Andre Benjamin and Christina Milian. DVD, $27.98. (MGM)

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June 8, 2005 09:52 - Xenon Rolls Out Rubi DVD

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As part of its partnership with Televisa Home Entertainment, Xenon Pictures will release the hit Mexican novela Rubi on DVD in the U.S. today.

The series will be released on three double discs for more than 700 minutes of footage, including extras like interviews, outtakes, music videos and trailers. It will retail for $24.99.

"The release of Rubi on DVD is the perfect follow-up to the commercial success of Amor Real," says Stephen Housden, the VP and COO of Xenon Pictures. "Without a doubt novelas have changed TV history in the U.S. We are proud of our partnership with Televisa Home Entertainment to continue offering the very best on DVD for the Spanish-speaking consumer."

Xenon Pictures has also announced plans to release on DVD the uncensored version of the controversial movie Mi Verdad (My Truth), directed and produced by Juan Osorio.

Xenon Pictures is the exclusive U.S. distributor for the Televisa Home Entertainment label.

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June 15, 2005 20:03 - First Look: ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD 2

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ArcSoft's ShowBiz DVD is a full featured $99 video editing application that enables you to capture, edit, and output video in a variety of formats, from 160 x 120 email videos all the way up to 800 x 600 full screen resolution.

The application is built around a tab styled workflow that walks you through the capture of the video to the trimming and editing of that video to adding transitions, special effects and titles. Your finished videos can then be output to formats ranging from DVD and VCD and back out to videotape.

Within the scope of this first look, we'll check out some of the features that this application offers to entry-level video editors.

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June 19, 2005 17:06 - Game Over for Blu-ray, HD-DVD Deal

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The possibility for a single next generation optical media format seems to be gone. While Sony has previously opened itself up to discussions with Toshiba on coming to a compromise in the upcoming Blu-ray versus HD-DVD format war, Sony Computer Entertainment chief Ken Kutaragi, in comments shared with the Nikkei Electronics, now states that it's "Game Over" for a compromise. According to Kutaragi, Sony does not want to delay production of the PlayStation 3 in order to wait for negotiations.

So it looks like the PS3 will ship with the format that SCE announced when first making mention of the system prior to last year's Tokyo Game Show: Blu-ray.
Elsewhere in the Nikkei story, Kutaragi made a few peculiar comments on the Cell processor. According to Kutaragi, the decision to include eight SPE units in the Cell was made with aesthetics in mind. When asked if the fact that only seven of the eight SPEs actually work (the eighth is there for "redundancy") is a violation of aesthetic principles, he states that this is itself an extremely good aesthetic, as it shows great engineering sense in improving yields of the chip.

Kutaragi made a few controversial comments about aesthetics with regards to the PlayStation Portable's hardware design a few months back. This time around, though, we don't think too many people will complain about one of their SPEs not working.

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June 19, 2005 22:53 - Batman returns to DVD

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DVD Times reports that the first four Batman movies (Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin) will be released in special editions this October to capitalize on the release of Batman Begins.

The Region 2 release date is listed as being October 3rd, so I imagine it'd probably be the same date in the US. But we do know that Batman Begins will hit store shelves on October 24. I think it'd be smarter if Warner Brothers released the older films on the same day, but we'll see.

The new and improved DVD's will include new transfers, newly-recorded commentaries with Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, old and new featurettes, trailers, and new footage. Batman Forever is rumoured to be a director's cut, clocking in at close to two and a half hours.

The Batman films have been previously available on DVD but having been released in the early days of DVD, they feature little to no special features. The new DVD's will be available on their own, or in a Batman Legacy box set.

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June 26, 2005 18:06 - Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam

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The last time we looked at camcorders, we found that the DVD models we tested recorded video that didn't match the quality of video from the tape-based units. This time around, that's not the case: In our tests, we rated the Sony DCR-DVD403 as having the best overall quality of all of the camcorders in our August roundup, capturing strong, bright colors and smooth movement in both indoor and outdoor lighting.

At 1 pound, 5 ounces, the DCR-DVD403 is a little heavier than most of the camcorders we tested, but it isn't much bulkier. The zoom, photo, and record buttons fall comfortably under the fingers of the right hand. And it packs a lot of features into its case, including a surround-sound microphone, a 10X optical zoom, and a wide-screen LCD display.

Although all the camcorders we tested offer a 16:9 wide-screen mode, only the two Sony camcorders (this one and the DCR-HC42) come with wide-screen LCD displays, a feature that makes the most of the wide-screen mode: When you record video in 16:9, you can see its full glory on the display without black stripes along the top and bottom of the screen.

Most of the controls are accessed through the LCD's touch-sensitive screen. This minimizes the number of buttons on the camcorder, but it also means that you can't access most of the controls if you are using the viewfinder instead of the LCD. And some of the controls are buried a little deep: To change the recording-quality mode, for instance, you have to press buttons in the on-screen menu seven times. One nice detail, though: The zoom and record buttons are duplicated on the edge of the screen.

The unit's built-in microphone can record Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, which adds a lot to the viewing experience: The camera captured video with clear, bright audio, good separation, and a strong surround-sound feel that would be great for, say, shooting video on a rollercoaster. However, like most camcorders where the microphone is located on the top of the body, it didn't pick up voices well from a distance--they often got lost in the ambient noise. The built-in microphone was also a little prone to picking up wind noise; even a slight breeze across the microphone produced a rumbling sound.

The DCR-DVD403 had excellent battery life: In our tests recording to DVD using the LCD screen, the battery lasted 2 hours, 42 minutes--the longest in this spotlight and easily enough for a weekend trip.

The camcorder has two modes for shooting in near darkness: NightShot, which slows down the shutter speed, and Super NightShot, which turns on an infrared LED located below the lens. There are also a few basic digital video effects (such as an old-movie mode and a fader for fading in video from a black or white screen), but not as many as you'll find in other models.

Unlike the other camcorders we reviewed for our August roundup, the DCR-DVD403 doesn't save still images to a memory card; instead, it writes 3-megapixel JPEG files to a DVD. The DVD403's shots were well exposed and had good color and reasonable detail. They would look fine up to a print size of 4 by 6 inches.

While we liked a lot of things about the DCR-DVD403, it still has the problems inherent to most DVD camcorders: You have to finalize the disc (so it can't record further) before you can play it back in a set-top DVD player (the process can take up to 15 minutes), and at the unit's highest-quality setting, you can squeeze only 20 minutes of video onto a DVD. However, you can finalize the disc on battery power, and you can also switch between the different quality settings and normal or wide-screen video without having to change discs. The camcorder captures video as MPEG-2 files, which chokes most video editing software, so you won't be able to cut out undesirable footage, except with the Sony's basic editing application, Picture Package.

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June 26, 2005 18:19 - Sales of TV shows on DVD soar in U.S.

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A British report says Americans spent $2.8 billion buying TV shows on DVD in 2004, up from just $160 million in 2000, making it the fastest-growing sector.

The TV-DVD sector accounted for 18 percent of the U.S. disk retail market last year, says Variety magazine, quoting figures from Adams Media Research and Screen Digest.

Growth in Western Europe is just as robust, with spending on TV DVDs up to $2.1 billion in 2004.

In Britain, the worldwide pacesetter for the emerging sector, TV disks accounted for nearly 30 percent of all DVD sales.

"In economic terms, this trend has been the equivalent for the Hollywood studios of striking oil in one's own backyard, as they discovered lucrative new vehicles for exploiting brands they already own," said the report.

Comedy dominated the DVD charts in the United States, Britain, and France. Sci-fi DVDs headed the list in Germany and Italy.

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June 26, 2005 18:21 - Police bust DVD counterfeit ring

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Police have uncovered a counterfeiting factory during planned searches in Co Tyrone, it emerged last night.

Tens of thousands of blank DVDs and thousands of counterfeit DVDs, many of them recent films, were seized during the operation in the Aughnagar Road area of Cappagh, near Dungannon.

Computers capable of burning multiple DVDs, printing equipment and cash were also seized.

Describing the find as "highly significant", a police spokesman said the counterfeiting production line was connected with organised crime.

Four people were arrested in connection with the searches.



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