home video digest


Echo hears 'Heckler'

Echo Bridge Entertainment has acquired U.S. DVD, TV and digital distribution rights to "Heckler," a documentary starring Jamie Kennedy that explores the nature of criticism in society. Directed by Michael Addis, "Heckler" follows Kennedy as he tours clubs and college campuses across the U.S., chronicling his encounters with hecklers and critics. Echo Bridge will release the DVD on Sept. 9.

Einhorn honored

Steve Einhorn, president and founder of New Line Home Entertainment, will be honored with his team as this year's DVD Visionaries at the seventh annual Home Entertainment Summit: TransFORMATions. The two-day event, produced by Home Media Magazine, will be held June 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

'Mannix' cuffs DVD

The flood of old-school TV series making their way to DVD shows no signs of slowing. The latest high-profile series to bow on disc is "Mannix," the CBS detective series starring Mike Connors that ran from 1967-75. The series launches June 3 on DVD from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Wartime films

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is taking aim at high-tech Dads. As a Father's Day promotion, the studio is releasing five vintage war movies on Blu-ray Disc and pitching them as gift ideas. Three of the films are from Fox, while the other two are from MGM. The Fox group: "The Longest Day" (1962), "Patton" (1970) and "The Sand Pebbles" (1966). From MGM's vaults come "Battle of Britain" (1969) and "A Bridge Too Far" (1977).