Digest: Genius bows; Vivendi adds
Genius Products is gearing up for the first DVD releases in its new distribution deal with TLC and Animal Planet. First up is "Diana: Last Days of a Princess," which will be out Aug. 28, three days shy of the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. The program aired Sunday night on TLC. October will bring three more titles: Season 1 of "Little People, Big World" on Oct. 2, Season 1 of "Meerkat Manor" on Oct. 9 and Season 1 of "Miami Ink" on Oct. 16.
Vivendi Visual Entertainment is pushing the envelope with bonus features when it comes to the Sept. 18 DVD release of edgy director Uwe Boll's "BloodRayne 2: Deliverance." The double-disc set comes with a full-length digital comic book as well as the original "BloodRayne" PC video game from Majesco Entertainment.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is reporting a sharp uptick in Blu-ray Disc sales in six emerging markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Eastern Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Since the high-definition disc format was launched in these markets in April, Blu-ray Disc sales have accounted for 10% of the supplier's total business in those regions, fueled by a 21% increase in orders in June alone.
Independent DVD supplier MTI Home Video now has its own MySpace page and has signed up more than 800 "friends" in a single week. The company, best known for its horror and other genre movies, is moving further into the TV-DVD business with Season 3 of the late-night Oxygen network anthology series "Bliss," which will be out Sept. 25.