home video digest


Mayan artifact

The DVD industry's piggybacking continues. No sooner had Buena Vista Home Entertainment announced a May 22 DVD release date for the mythic Mayan thriller "Apocalpyto" than WGBH Boston Video announced the Tuesday DVD debut of the NOVA documentary "Lost King of the Maya." The docu centers on Mayan king Yax K'uk Mo.

WHV drops 'Droopy'

Warner Home Video is dipping into the animation vaults. On May 15, the studio will release "Tex Avery's Droopy Dog: The Complete Theatrical Collection." The two-disc collection includes 24 remastered and unedited animated shorts, each starring the basset hound detective Avery created at MGM in 1943.

Genius en espanol

Genius Products, the up-and-coming indie DVD supplier 70% owned by the Weinstein Co., is pushing into the Spanish- language market in a big way. The latest move: bringing "Family Law" (Derecho De Familia) to DVD. The Argentinean film will be released May 15 with English subtitles.

ThinkFilm subtitles

Beginning in July, ThinkFilm will no longer offer closed-captioning on its DVD releases. Instead, the supplier will have English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. On tap for that month: the French romantic comedy "Avenue Montaigne" (July 17), the comedy "Live Free or Die" (July 24) and the horror film "Bloodlines" (July 31).

'Masters' on a roll

Starz Home Entertainment is launching Season 2 of its "Masters of Horror" DVD series with the April 17 release of "Family," from director John Landis.