Digest: Borgnine honored; WGBH bows docu
EmptyErnest Borgnine will be honored for sustained creative achievement at the Entertainment Merchants Assn.'s 2007 Home Entertainment Awards. The presentation will take place July 17 during the video retailer trade group's Home Media Expo in Las Vegas. EMA president Bo Andersen said Borgnine was picked for the award because of his "extraordinary creative longevity and outstanding performances" in such films as "Marty," "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Wild Bunch."
WGBH bows docu
In time for the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia, WGBH Boston Video will release the historical NOVA documentary "Pocahontas Revealed" on DVD on Aug. 21. The program tells the American Indian side of the Jamestown story through archaeological clues unearthed during the recent discovery of Chief Powhatan's capital, Werowocomococq, about 17 miles from Jamestown.
Kino grows slate
Kino International on Tuesday released a second installment of experimental short films on DVD. The two-disc "Avant-Garde Volume 2: Experimental Cinema 1928-1954" includes such influential shorts as Willard Mass' "Geography of the Body" (1943), Paul Leni's "Rebus-Film No. 1" (1928) and Jean Isidore Isou's "Venom and Eternity" (1951), a French film influenced by surrealism that sparked a riot when it premiered at Cannes in 1951.
The DVD spending gap appears to be closing. In the first five months of the year, U.S. consumers spent an estimated $5 billion on DVDs, down 5.2% from the same period last year, according to a Warner Home Video release presented last week at the sixth annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD & Beyond. Catalog sales are flat, and theatrical catalog sales are up 13%, senior vp Steve Nickerson said during the annual state-of-the-industry report.