discount for 'Darfur'

Warner Home Video is releasing the documentary "Darfur Now" at a suggested list price of just $4.99 and turning over a portion of the proceeds to the Solar Cooker Project for the protection and empowerment of women in war-ravaged Sudan. The docu also will come packaged in "environmentally friendly" packaging produced with 100% renewable resources.

Blu turns on PorchLight

PorchLight Home Entertainment is the latest DVD supplier to start releasing product on Blu-ray Disc. The indie will go Blu on Sept. 23 with "Animalia: Welcome to the Kingdom," the first in a series of releases under a U.S. distribution agreement between PorchLight and Animalia Prods. The "Animalia" TV series airs on PBS and Animania HD as well as the BBC in Britain and CBC in Canada.

EMA chillin' with Shore

Pauly Shore will be honored as comedy entertainer of the year by the Entertainment Merchants Assn. at the video retail trade group's annual convention June 24-26 in Las Vegas. Shore is the writer, director and star of the First Look Studios' DVD comedy "Natural Born Komics," in which Shore and celebrity friends do impromptu acts around South Beach.

MPI opens the vault

Three seldom-seen vintage British crime dramas are coming to DVD courtesy of indie supplier MPI Home Video. The "Classic British Thrillers" collection, arriving in stores July 29, includes 1934's "Red Ensign" and 1935's "The Phantom Light," both from Oscar-nominated writer-director Michael Powell, along with 1947's "The Upturned Glass," a postwar film noir from James Mason.