home video digest
EmptyXenon to Lionsgate
Lionsgate has signed an exclusive agreement to release DVD product from Spanish-language and urban specialty distributor Xenon Pictures, the Vancouver-based company said Wednesday. The home entertainment deal will see Lionsgate take over distribution of Xenon titles in the U.S. market from Universal Music & Video Distribution. As part of their pact, Lionsgate will release about 300 DVD titles from Xenon and the labels it represents, including Grupo Televisa's Televisa Home Entertainment-branded product and theatrical films.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced an ambitious slate of upcoming Blu-ray Disc releases, topped by "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," coming May 20, the same day as the DVD. Also arriving in stores that day is a Blu-ray Disc version of the original "National Treasure." The latest wave of Blu-ray releases kicks off April 1 with "Hidalgo," "Coyote Ugly" and "Unbreakable."
Another DVD collection of vintage Three Stooges comedy shorts is on its way from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. "The Three Stooges Collection Volume Two: 1937-1939" includes 24 digitally restored shorts, arranged chronologically and packaged in a two-disc DVD. The set goes on sale May 27.
Production begins this week in Puerto Rico on "Behind Enemy Lines 3: Colombia," the second direct-to-video sequel to Fox's "Behind Enemy Lines." It's the first direct-to-video production from the studio and World Wrestling Entertainment; wrestling star Mr. Kennedy heads the cast.