Vid digest: CBS TV classics, Renoir
EmptyClassics in queue
CBS Home Entertainment is apparently making good on its vow to boost TV-DVD output 20% this year. The company, with its distributor, Paramount Home Entertainment, recently announced three more classic TV shows that will appear on DVD for the first time. Season 1 sets of "The Streets of San Francisco" and "The Untouchables" will arrive in stores April 10, followed by Season 1 of "The Odd Couple" on April 24.
Liberation, Regent pact
Upstart DVD distributor Liberation Entertainment has cut a joint content production deal with Regent Releasing that calls for the theatrical and DVD release of a dozen films through 2007 and into '08. The inaugural release, the romantic drama "Aurora Borealis," hits DVD on April 3. The film stars Juliette Lewis and Donald Sutherland, who was honored with a best actor award from the AARP for his portrayal in the movie as a defiant Parkinson's disease patient.
Renoir out of gate
Lionsgate might be known as the house of horror, but the mini-major is taking the high road in April when it releases a boxed set of seven films from French filmmaker Jean Renoir, none of which have previously been available in the U.S. The set includes completely remastered versions of two of Renoir's first movies, "La fille de l'eau" and "Nana," along with "La Marseillaise," "Sur un air de Charleston," "La petite marchande d'allumettes," "Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier" and "Le Caporal epingle."
MTI cranks 'Machine'
Independent DVD supplier MTI Home Video on March 6 will release the crime drama "Machine," starring Michael Madsen and James Russo. It's the first drama to be executive produced by MTI and Artist View Entertainment. The two companies collaborated on the horror films "Arachnia" and "Ice Queen" as well as actioners "Backlash" and "The Vault."