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'SMART' CHOICES

Warner Home Video's Nov. 4 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of "Get Smart" will allow viewers to watch the film in a special "Comedy Optimization Mode" featuring alternate versions of key jokes. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray come with a digital copy of the film for portable media devices.

OH HOLY 'KNIGHT'

"The Dark Knight," with a domestic gross of $521.9 million the year's No. 1 movie (not to mention the second-highest domestic grosser ever), will be rushed to DVD by Warner Home Video on Dec. 9, in time to catch the wave of holiday gift shoppers. Bonus features include the production documentary "Gotham Uncovered," six Imax-filmed sequences and a digital copy.

DIGITAL DEEDS

Canadian home video supplier Peace Arch Home Entertainment has become the first independent to include a digital copy of a film with its DVD. The honors go to "What We Do in Secret," an art house film based on the life of punk legend Darby Crash of the Germs, which arrives in stores Nov. 4.

DVD Pipeline slows

The number of new DVD titles that came to market in the first eight months of 2008 is off 14.8% from the same period last year, with 7,381 titles compared with 8,661, according to the DVD Release Report. Most of the bleeding has occurred in the special interest category, which fell 23.9%.
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