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HD eyes 1K mark

High-definition discs are pushing toward the 1,000-title mark. At last count, 465 Blu-ray Disc titles have either been released or announced, while on the HD DVD side, it's 430. Meanwhile, a survey by the NPD Group of 6,000 frequent DVD buyers found fewer than 10% saying they will buy either a stand-alone Blu-ray or HD DVD player in the next six months. Still, that translates into sales of 1.6 million additional Blu-ray Disc players alone.



Window closing

So far this year, the average window between a film's theatrical bow and its DVD release is 116.1 days, an all-time low, according to the DVD Release Report. Last year, the average — which takes into account only those films with a boxoffice gross of $25 million or more — was 126 days; in 2006, it was 129.2 days, and in 2005, 141.8 days.



Toonheads

New in stores this week is a three-disc set of Warner Bros. cartoons that have either won Oscars or been nominated for awards. "Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents: Academy Awards Animation Collection — 15 Winners, 26 Nominees" includes more than 40 cartoons starring such celebrated characters as Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Superman and Popeye.



Lucky charms

It was bound to happen. At least one studio has discovered a new holiday around which to market DVDs: Lionsgate and St. Patrick's Day. The mini-major is reissuing the three "Leprechaun" horror movies as a trilogy that comes out March 11. The films are standard B-movie fare but with one touch of notoriety: The original "Leprechaun" (1993) stars Jennifer Aniston in her first feature film role.
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