home video digest


'Nation' building

All five "Alien Nation" TV movies are being bundled into one boxed set for an April 15 release from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The films, released from 1994-97, are spinoffs of the Emmy-winning sci-fi TV series that launched in 1989 and ran for one season on Fox — itself a spinoff of the 1988 "Alien Nation" theatrical film.

Puppy love

Pet lovers around the world can unite around the release of Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "Snow Buddies," coming to DVD Tuesday. The supplier is teaming with the American Veterinary Medical Assn. and the Morris Foundation to launch the "Pet Health Awareness Campaign," which plans to educate pet owners about inoculating cats and dogs and develop research to eradicate many pet-related viruses. The campaign will be funded through a percentage of the proceeds of sales for the direct-to-DVD release.

'Crash' in works

The Starz Entertainment original drama series "Crash" — based on the Oscar-winning film and co-produced by Lionsgate — hasn't hit the air yet, but already plans are being made for the 13-episode series' DVD release. It will be handled by Starz's Anchor Bay Entertainment division.

Gaiam taps Toles

Veteran home entertainment marketer Sam Toles has joined Gaiam as vp content acquisitions. He reports to Bill Sondheim, Gaiam's president of entertainment and worldwide distribution. Toles, best known for his tenure at Rhino Entertainment, is charged with giving Gaiam's home entertainment assets a focus on children, family and spiritual self-improvement products.