home video digest
EmptyReturn of Indy
All three "Indiana Jones" movies are being prepped for release May 13 as special edition DVDs, Paramount Home Entertainment said this week. "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" will be available individually as well as in a boxed set. The DVDs include all-new bonus features that delve into the making of the films, showcasing the characters, action and visual effects. The films, previously available only in a trilogy set, have been restored and remastered. The DVDs arrive in stores just days before the theatrical bow of long-awaited installment No. 4 in the franchise, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
EMA backs bill
Home video industry trade group the Entertainment Merchants Assn. has joined the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy and formally endorsed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would provide greater coordination of federal anti-piracy efforts, direct more resources for the enforcement of intellectual property laws and enhance existing civil and criminal copyright law.
NARM sets date
The National Association of Recording Merchandisers has set May 2-4 for its 50th anniversary convention. The show will take place at the San Francisco Marriott and includes a special program on digital media. Speakers will include executives with MySpace Records, Facebook, Napster and the four major U.S. record companies.