home video digest


'War' drums

Independent DVD supplier Docurama on May 15 will release "The War Tapes," the first documentary to present the story of the Iraq War from the perspective of the soldiers. The film, from the producers of the Oscar-winning "The Fog of War," was named best docu at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. The DVD contains more than 90 minutes of bonus materials, including combat footage and follow-up interviews with soldiers featured in the film.

Price moves

List prices for new theatrical DVD features have steadily risen over the years, according to the DVD Release Report, reaching an all-time high of $32.35 for hits that made more than $100 million at the boxoffice. Multidisc TV-DVD sets, on the other hand, have gotten cheaper; the average is now down to $40.59, from a high of $57.97 in 2002.

Double 'Virgin'

Universal Studios Home Entertainment, long a master at cross-promoting DVDs with theatrical releases, is preparing a two-disc "Double Your Pleasure" edition of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" in time for the June 1 theatrical bow of director Judd Apatow's follow-up comedy, "Knocked Up." The DVD, out May 22, comes with a free ticket to see "Knocked Up" in theaters and includes more than 90 minutes of extras.

Costello showcases

Rhino Home Entertainment is releasing two Elvis Costello music video retrospectives, one showcasing his classical side and the other his pop side. "The Juliet Letters," which Costello recorded in 1993 with the Brodsky Quartet, will be released May 22 on DVD, followed on June 26 with "Live: A Case for Song," filmed at the BBC in London.