Digest: 'Blade Runner' returns
EmptyWarner Home Video is working with director Ridley Scott on a "definitive" new version of the classic science-fiction film "Blade Runner." "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" will get a showcase theatrical run Oct. 5 in Los Angeles and New York before its Dec. 18 DVD release. Scott went back into postproduction to complete the new version of the film, which has been restored and remastered from original elements and contains never-before-seen and extended scenes. The film also includes new and improved special effects, director and filmmaker commentary and an all-new Dolby Digital audio track. Three DVD editions are coming to stores, in two-, four- and five-disc configurations.
Lionsgate works out
Lionsgate has entered into a multiyear partnership with Kathy Smith, giving the minimajor North American distribution rights to the fitness maven's DVDs. Lionsgate is slated to release two new Smith titles this year. A member of the Video Hall of Fame, Smith has sold more than 16 million DVDs.
New Line Home Entertainment president Stephen Einhorn is the new president of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, replacing Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment chief Bob Chapek, who becomes chairman of the digital entertainment advocacy group. Warner Home Video president Ron Sanders is vp, Panasonic vp Gene Kelsey is secretary and Universal Studios Home Entertainment president Craig Kornblau was re-elected CFO.
To promote the Oct. 16 DVD release of Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," Genius Products and the Weinstein Co. are bringing a Cherry Darling look-alike to San Diego Comic-Con International this week to meet and greet fans. She's a real-life amputee, with an actual machine gun leg especially fashioned to fit her.