home video digest


Oscar shorts

This year's Oscar-winning shorts, "Le Mozart des Pickpockets" (live action) and "Peter & the Wolf" (animated), will be released May 6 on DVD as part of Magnolia Home Entertainment's "A Collection of 2007 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films." The DVD also includes other live-action and animated contenders.

'Happy' expo

The annual video retailers' convention in Las Vegas may no longer be the hub of celebrities it was in the glory days of indie rental stores in the late 1980s and early '90s, but this year's Home Media Expo, sponsored by the Entertainment Merchants Assn., certainly is trying. Don Most and Anson Williams, best remembered as Ralph and Potsie on television's "Happy Days," will receive the Legendary Television Duo Award during the show's Home Entertainment Awards ceremony June 24 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The confab runs June 24-26.

In the stars

The H2V Media documentary series "Astro 12: The Collection & Other Esoteric Traditions," a 12-episode series shot in HD about the connection between astrology and personal development, will be released in the fall on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The series, available in five languages, will be available on Astrology.com, which is owned by a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

'Suite' opens

"The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," the top-rated cable program on Disney Channel, will debut June 17 on DVD from Disney with "Lip-Synchin' in the Rain," featuring the episode in which the characters audition for "High School Musical." The DVD includes a gag reel.