home video digest
The Coen brothers are getting their DVD due. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and MGM are preparing "The Coen Brothers Gift Set" for a Nov. 6 release. It includes five of the quirky siblings' cult favorites, including "Blood Simple," their 1984 film debut. Also included are "Raising Arizona," "Miller's Crossing," "Barton Fink" and "Fargo."
The average window between a film's theatrical opening and its DVD release has hit an all-time low of 119.6 days, breaking the four-month mark for the first time, according to the DVD Release Report. The year-to-date average for films with at least $25 million in boxoffice receipts is down from 129.2 days in 2006 and 141.8 days in 2005, the tip sheet said.
'Veggie' of 'Oz'
A new direct-to-video "VeggieTales" feature will spoof "The Wizard of Oz." "The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's," due Oct. 9 from Big Idea, is a retelling of the prodigal-son parable and a follow-up to 2005's "VeggieTales: Lord of the Beans."
Trust in faith
Christian entertainment distributor EMI CMG Distribution has contracted with Propeller Consulting to develop its presence in the faith-based market. Propeller has an enviable track record in the category, having worked on Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia."
New in stores this week is "Barbie as the Island Princess," the 11th direct-to-video movie starring the popular Mattel doll. The franchise, now in the hands of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, has seen total sales of more than 37 million videos.