home video digest


HD adoption wavers

New consumer research from Warner Home Video suggests that the format war between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD isn't hurting adoption as much as one might think. Nearly half of consumers (48%) cited indifference as the key reason they are unlikely to buy a high-def disc player, while 31% cited price. The fact that there are two rival formats on the market was cited by only 21% of consumers.

'Stooges' bow

All 19 shorts from the Three Stooges' first three years at Columbia Pictures are being released Oct. 30 on DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. "The Three Stooges Collection Volume One: Years 1-3" includes every two-reeler the celebrated comedy team appeared in from 1934-36, organized by initial release date and restored from the original negatives.

Bates: Miss 'Misery'

MGM Home Entertainment is preparing a collector's edition of the Stephen King horror classic "Misery" for an Oct. 2 release. "Misery: Collector's Edition" includes commentaries from director Rob Reiner and screenwriter William Goldman and an interview with star Kathy Bates.

'Little Rock' streets

The HBO documentary "Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later," about the Arkansas high school that in 1957 became the flash point of public school desegregation, will be released Oct. 30 on DVD, a month after its Sept. 25 HBO network premiere. The docu from filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud includes an interview with one of the original "Little Rock Nine," a group of black students denied admission to the school by a mob of whites.