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For studios that depend on TV-DVD for up to one-third of their total DVD revenue, the writers strike was one big headache. But again, ingenuity comes into play. Unable to release a new season set of "24," 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is prepping a "special edition" of the popular drama's inaugural season with collectible packaging and more than three hours of features. Extras in the package, which hits stores May 20, include an all-new "making-of" documentary, extended episodes, deleted scenes and an alternate ending to the season finale.
Now that the Oscars are behind us, virtually all of the films that were nominated or won major awards have been slotted for DVD release. The latest: best picture winner "No Country for Old Men," from Walt Disney/Miramax, March 11; Universal Studios' "Atonement," March 18; "Sweeney Todd," from DreamWorks/ Paramount, April 1; "There Will Be Blood," from Paramount, April 8; and "Juno," from Fox, April 15. They join several films already in stores, including Warner's "Michael Clayton" and Universal Studios' triple-winner "The Bourne Ultimatum."
DVD releases for January were up 4.1% from January 2007, excluding music and special-interest titles, according to the DVD Release Report. The tracking tip sheet said that all the major categories are up, including new theatrical features (59, up from 57 in January 2007), theatrical catalog (77, up from 68) and TV-DVD season sets (51, up from 33).