home video digest
Now that the Oscars are over, Buena Vista Home Entertainment has announced an April 24 DVD release date for "The Queen," one of only two best picture nominees not out on video at the time of the awards ceremony. That leaves "Letters From Iwo Jima" as the only nominee with no scheduled DVD release date.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment the day after the Oscars announced plans to issue DVD collector's editions of previous award winners "The Guns of Navarone" and "The Caine Mutiny," both coming May 8. Two other war movies also are coming that day; special two-disc sets of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai."
So far this year, the average window between a movie's theatrical opening and its DVD release has been 118.8 days, according to the DVD Release Report. That's a new low, down from an average of 129.2 days in 2006 and 141.8 days in 2005. Shrinking windows was a factor behind Universal's decision to have its theatrical marketing team market new Universal Pictures films theatrically and on DVD.
A 30th anniversary DVD of the landmark TV miniseries "Roots" has been slotted for May 22 release by Warner Home Video. Back in 1977, when "Roots" aired, 85% of all U.S. television households tuned in to watch the saga of several generations of a slave family and the nation's changing racial consciousness. The "Roots 30th Anniversary Special Edition" includes a disc of bonus features, including a new documentary on the show's impact and commentary from Cicely Tyson and Ed Asner.