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Paramount to end 28-day delay window to Redbox

Paramount Pictures will no longer delay their new releases to Redbox by 28 days, reversing their recent agreement with the DVD rental chain and now allowing for DVDs to be rented the same day they go on sale.

The studio initially went forward with the delay because they felt it […]

Blu-ray Review: Invictus

What does Nelson Mandela do after becoming president of South Africa? He rejects revenge, forgives oppressors who jailed him 27 years for his fight against apartheid and finds hope of national unity in an unlikely place: the rugby field. Clint Eastwood (named 2009’s Best Director by the National Board of Review) directs an uplifting film about a team and a people inspired to greatness. Morgan Freeman (NBR’s Best Actor Award winner and Oscar nominee for this role) is Mandela, who asks the national rugby team captain (Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Matt Damon) and his squad to do the impossible and win the World Cup. Prepare to be moved – and thrilled.

Check out my review over the jump.

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Avatar sells 6.7M DVDs and Blu-rays (including a record 2.7M Blu-rays)

20th Century Fox has announced that Avatar has sold 6.7 million DVDs and Blu-rays in its first four days of release. That figure includes a record 2.7 million units sold on Blu-ray, which already makes it the fastest selling Blu-ray of all time.

The previous life-time sales record holder for Blu-ray was The Dark […]

Avatar shatters Blu-ray 1st-day sales record

Avatar more than doubled up on the first day Blu-ray record held by Warner Brothers’ The Dark Knight, which sold 600,000 units in North America and the UK when it was released last year. Deadline reports that Avatar sold 1.5 million in the U.S. and Canada alone.

The Avatar Blu-ray is the first of […]

Cameron confirms Avatar will get extended theatrical re-release this August + Sequel will focus on the oceans of Pandora

In an interview with the LA Times, Avatar director James Cameron confirmed recent rumors that the film will be re-released in theaters, revealing that an extended cut of the film (by six additional minutes) will be released in theaters this August:

We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film — which includes a lot of Weta work — for a theatrical re-release in August. We were sold out of our Imax performances right up to the moment until they were contractually obligated to switch to “Alice in Wonderland,” so we know we left money on the table there. And the 3-D really helped “Avatar” right up until the moment that it hurt it. And it hurt it at the moment “Alice” and then “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Clash of the Titans” came in and sucked up all the 3-D screens. We went from declining 8% a week to declining 50%. Clearly, it wasn’t market forces directly; it was the availability of theaters. So we’re going to wait until there’s a time to come back in, inject the new footage into the mix and see if we can interest people in the “Avatar” experience in theaters.

Cameron also talked about the second and third Avatar films. More on that after the fold.

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Star Wars Blu-rays in the works

Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet has revealed that the company has been working on a Blu-ray set of all six Star Wars movies:

“We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won’t call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set […]

Avatar hits DVD and Blu-ray on April 22

20th Century Fox has officially announced that James Cameron’s Avatar will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22).  The press release follows after the jump (plus a full look at the Blu-ray + DVD cover art).

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Fox in Early Talks for Avatar Sequel + Avatar DVD/Blu-ray Could Be Out By June

Asked for an update on a potential sequel to James Cameron’s wildly successful Avatar, News Corp. (owner of 20th Century Fox) chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said on his quarterly earnings call today that they are in “very early talks” with Cameron, who is says “has ideas” for a sequel.

But Murdoch cautioned analysts “not to hold your breath for an early one”, signaling a longer development time for the sequel that what is typical for most Hollywood sequels. With regards to the eventual DVD/Blu-ray release, Murdoch said that it will be released sometime during the company’s current fiscal year, which ends June 30th.  Continue reading Fox in Early Talks for Avatar Sequel + Avatar DVD/Blu-ray Could Be Out By June

Ninja Assassin Blu-ray Will Feature Clash of the Titans Sneak Peek

Ninja Assassin wasn’t too successful when it hit theaters last November (about $49.2 million worldwide), but here’s at least one incentive to pick up the upcoming Blu-ray release.  The March 16, 2010 release will include a sneak peek at Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans (set to hit theaters on April 2, 2010).

In […]

The Hangover Is the #1 Comedy of All Time on the DVD Charts

In addition to being the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time (thanks to its massive $467 million worldwide take during its theatrical run), Warner Brothers’ The Hangover can now lay claim to benig the #1 comedy of all time on the DVD charts.

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Netflix and Warner Brothers Agree to 28-Day Rental Delay

In an effort to “maximize” potential profit for Warner Brothers, Netflix has agreed to a 28 day delay window for renting out new release DVD’s and Blu-ray’s from the studio.

The 28-day window is the same delay period the studio imposed on Redbox — and other rental kiosks — in August. Full press release follows after the jump.

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James Cameron Talks Avatar DVD/Blu-ray

avatar-small-122009James Cameron’s Avatar may have only just hit theaters worldwide, but it’s never too early to talk about the film’s forthcoming home video release.  While making the rounds with the press, Cameron revealed that he anticipates the film to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray within six to eight months, but doesn’t expect a 3D version of the film to be released immediately:

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