Germany gets new 'Eragon' DVD date


COLOGNE, Germany -- Bowing to pressure from local exhibitors, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the DVD of fantasy film "Eragon" on April 19 in Germany, a full month later than originally planned.

The move means "Eragon" will come out after the Easter holiday, considered one of the big dates for DVD sell-through here.

Fox announced the new release date Friday. It follows a boycott of Fox titles by German exhibitors, including Cinestar, CinemaxX, Kinopolis, UCI and Cineplex, which cut into German boxoffice returns for Fox films "Night at the Museum" and "John Tucker Must Die" (HR 1/31).

Fox backed down this week, agreeing to push back the DVD release of "Eragon" as theater owners had demanded. In return, exhibitors have put the Fox titles back into their lineups.

The debate over DVD windows is giving Fox headaches across Europe. In the U.K., theater operators Odeon and Vue have pulled "Night at the Museum" from their schedules in the wake of Fox's decision to release the Ben Stiller comedy on DVD in the territory just 13 weeks after its theatrical bow.

Despite the move, Fox said it is sticking to its release strategy in the U.K., insisting that the "Night at the Museum" DVD be on British store shelves by Easter (HR 2/2).
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