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Cheryl Cheng

Cheryl Cheng is copy editor for Video Business and VideoBusiness.com.


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YouTube to stream movies

November 7, 2008 | Link This | Email this | Comments (0)

For all the YouTube fans who love to watch short-form videos on the Google-owned site, expect feature films to soon be added.

YouTube is currently in talks with at least one Hollywood movie studio for an ad-supported streaming movie service to launch as early as next month.

There are still some problems to work out, however, such as whether enough ads can make the service profitable. Though a popular short-form video site, YouTube has yet to generate significant income.

Following in the footsteps of iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand, Netflix’s Watch Now and CinemaNow, YouTube is hoping a streaming movie service will be the way to the green.


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Dark Knight DVD, Blu-ray

September 26, 2008 | Link This | Email this | Comments (0)

Warner has finally set a date for its $521.9 million-grossing The Dark Knight. The blockbuster Batman film will fly into stores Dec. 9 (prebook Oct. 28) on DVD ($28.98), two-DVD ($34.99) and Blu-ray ($35.99).

Bonus features on the two-DVD will include a look at the Imax scenes of the film. Blu-ray will have a making-of featurette with director Christopher Nolan, documentaries, digital copy and BD Live.

The record-breaking film, which stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman, also was well publicized as Heath Ledger’s last role before his untimely death. Ledger’s turn as Joker has been rumored to be Oscar-worthy.

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Shrek the Halls DVD

September 16, 2008 | Link This | Email this | Comments (0)

It’s time to Shrek the Halls on Nov. 4 when DreamWorks Animation and Paramount street the TV holiday title on DVD (prebook Sept. 23; $19.99).

The release will feature sing-alongs, a Gingy Dunking game, a Shrek Carnival Craze videogame demo and a video jukebox. And if you want more Shrek, you can find Shrek the Halls in a two-pack with Shrek the Third and in a limited-edition holiday package with a plush of Shrek, Puss, Donkey or Gingy.

The TV movie, which premiered on ABC last year, features the green ogre (voiced by Mike Myers) celebrating his first Christmas with his new family.

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Rosie O'Donnell on HSN

September 16, 2008 | Link This | Email this | Comments (0)

Rosie O’Donnell will be making an appearance on the Home Shopping Network Sept. 21 to promote the first season DVD release of her talk show. The Rosie O’Donnell Show—Season One: Rosie Reminisces will be available exclusively through the TV network.

O’Donnell will be discussing the release and taking calls from viewers on HSN Sept. 21 at 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The 90-minute DVD will feature such guest stars as Cher, Penny Marshall and George Clooney as well as commentary by O’Donnell. Packaged with the DVD will be a scrapbook of photos and captions written by the talk show host. Both are priced together at $19.95.

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Fox releases X-Files on Blu-ray

September 16, 2008 | Link This | Email this | Comments (0)

Fox will be releasing both of its X-Files films—Fight the Future and I Want to Believe—on Blu-ray Dec. 2, with the latter being the studio’s first BD Live title.

The second film based on Chris Carter’s TV series about FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) will be available on DVD ($29.98), an “Ultimate X-Phile” three-disc special edition ($34.98) and Blu-ray ($39.99). All prebook Nov. 5.

Meanwhile, the original film will be on Blu-ray ($29.99) and a Blu-ray two-pack containing both films ($59.98). Fight the Future BD will have new BonusView picture-in-picture commentary as well as the commentary recorded in 1999, featurettes, In-Movie features, a gag reel and alternate scenes, stills galleries and a D-Box Motion Code.

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