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The MousePlanet Home Theater Press Releases - 2/23/01
As I've been getting in touch with studios, I've been able to obtain an increasing number of press releases, so this area will be the new "storehouse" for family DVD and video press releases. I hope you find them useful and informative! Let me know what you think...

First, is the press release for New Line Home Video's upcoming release of "The Little Vampire":

A Movie the Whole Family Can Sink Their Teeth Into!
 The Little Vampire

LOS ANGELES, CA - New Line Home Video today announced the VHS and DVD release of The Little Vampire, a funny, yet heart-warming story for the whole family! Starring Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little, Jerry Maguire), The Little Vampire is based on the characters created by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, whose The Little Vampire novels have been adored by the world for 25 years and have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. The Little Vampire is the story of an American boy (Lipnicki) who moves with his family to the sprawling Scottish countryside, where he makes friends with a family of vampires whose lasting wish is to become human. The film will be available in clamshell, day and date for sell-through VHS for $19.96 and on DVD for $24.98 on March 6.

"Batty" Stars Both Behind the Camera and On the Screen - Led by Jonathan Lipnicki, the film’s cast includes Richard E. Grant (LA Story, Portrait of a Lady), Jim Carter (Shakespeare in Love, The Madness of King George), and Alice Krige (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek: First Contact).

From the writers of The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, James and the Giant Peach and Chicken Run, Larry Wilson and Karey Kirkpatrick, The Little Vampire is a heartwarming, witty film with worldwide appeal. In addition, the film’s costume designer is three-time Academy Award winner, James Acheson (The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons and Restoration).

A DVD with real "Bite" - The DVD contains features to encourage "kid-interaction", including three animated menu-based games as well as jokes and recipes. The Little Vampire DVD includes full screen and widescreen versions of the film, 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo surround sound, and the theatrical trailer. The DVD-Rom content includes the script to screen screenplay feature, which allows users to watch the film and read the script at the same time, the original website, and cast and crew filmographies.

A Cool Sweepstakes - Every VHS and DVD will include a sweepstakes offer for a family of four to win an all-expense paid trip to Legoland in California. This sweepstakes will also be promoted through the Langer Juice Company, Best Western Hotels, and AOL Kids.

New Line Home Video distributes all of New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features theatrical films on video and select titles on DVD. The company also distributes feature films and non-theatrical programs acquired or produced by New Line Home Video and New Line Television. New Line Cinema is the leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical films. New Line also licenses its films to ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television as well as in all international markets.

MPAA Rating: PG - Mild Peril -  Run Time: 94 minutes - Street Date: March 6

Another recent announcement from New Line Home Video has to do with the release of their new "Family-edited" movies on VHS. Currently these are not planned for DVD, but I imagine if they sell well, we may see additional family-edited titles appearing on DVD in the future. At the very least, it sounds like an interesting movie viewing option!


LOS ANGELES, CA - New Line Home Video today announced the sell-through VHS release of three family-edited films, The Bachelor, Blast From the Past and Lost In Space. These titles have been edited for family viewing to guarantee parents "safe," quality entertainment for their children. Each of the titles has been certified with the Dove Foundation’s Family Edited Seal.

"We are pleased to award the Dove Seal of Approval to these edited titles," said Dick Rolfe, President of the Dove Foundation. "There’s a significant market for family edited product, and New Line is the only studio releasing major titles in this format. We salute New Line’s management for their willingness to serve the Family audience with these fine films."

"We are confident that the market for these appealing films in family edited versions will continue to grow," said Stephen Einhorn, President of New Line Home Video. "These films offer entertainment for the whole family."

The action and laughs of these titles will appeal to kids as well as parents. Following is a brief synopsis of the titles featured in this promotion:

The Bachelor

The Bachelor - A bachelor has 24 hours to get married in order to collect a $100 million inheritance. Stars Chris O’Donnell (Vertical Limit, Batman & Robin) and Renée Zellweger (Nurse Betty, Me, Myself & Irene).

Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past - A young man raised in a Cold War-era bomb shelter emerges 35 years later to look for love…and a couple hundred pounds of ground beef... in this charming fish-out-of-water comedy. Stars Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Bedazzled, upcoming The Mummy Returns) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).

Lost in Space

Lost in Space - The Robinson family find themselves on a mission to save the human race... and themselves in this sci-fi action space adventure. Stars Gary Oldman (The Contender, Air Force One), Matt LeBlanc (Charlie’s Angels, TV’s "Friends"), Heather Graham (Bowfinger, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me).
The Dove Foundation is a nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes the creation, production and distribution of wholesome entertainment. The Foundation's Review Board awards a Dove "Family- Approved" or "Family- Edited" Seal to movies that it considers to be "safe for family viewing."

Street Date: April 24

There was also an announcement from Anchor Bay about their recent Thomas the Tank Engine VHS release:

The newest title in the Award-Winning Video Series From Anchor Bay Entertainment... THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE'S 'THOMAS' TRACKSIDE TUNES & OTHER THOMAS ADVENTURES'

Thomas and his engine friends take children on a magical musical ride with Thomas' Trackside Tunes & Other Thomas Adventures, the newest title in the award-wining Thomas video series. Children delight at the expressive faces of Thomas and his steam-powered pals, each with its own distinct personality, as they face everyday issues and try to be useful to the residents of the Island of Sodor.

Thomas' Trackside Tunes will enchant young viewers as they sing, clap their hands and dance to six all-new, sing-along songs featuring Sir Topham Hatt and some "really useful engines."

Storytellers Alec Baldwin and George Carlin will also captivate children with two all-new exciting, story adventures on the 34-minute video, available NOW from Anchor Bay Entertainment for a suggested retail price of $12.98.

As an added bonus Anchor Bay is also releasing a special Limited Edition of Thomas' Trackside Tunes (only $14.98 SRP) packaged with "Toby the Tram Engine," a popular character from Learning Curve International's Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway System. When sold separately, "Toby the Tram Engine" retails for $9.99. While watching the video children can play with the wooden "Toby," making viewing the video a truly interactive experience. Hurry because these are only available in a limited quantity!

Peep! Peep! Travel the Island of Sodor with Thomas, Percy, James and the rest of your Sodor friends as you embark on this magical, musical ride. Follow the bouncing steam cloud and sing along to 6 delightful music adventures. Fly high in the skies with Harold the Helicopter, quack along with Donald's Duck, and find out that accidents really do happen. Also included are two All-New stories, "Gordon and the Gremlin" with storyteller Alec Baldwin, and the never-released, "Trucks" with storyteller George Carlin.

Hop aboard for an unforgettable journey of musical excitement!

For those of you with little Thomas fans, I recently saw the limited edition VHS version at Target for $9.99, so keep your eyes open!

Finally, there are a couple of electronic polls that are being conducted that will help two studios decide on the content for some DVD collections. First, Fox Home Video is conducting an ePoll here about "The Simpsons" DVD box set(s) due later this year, so be sure you go there and take the time to tell them what you want to see! I'm not sure how much longer the poll will run, so get there soon.

The second poll is being put on by Paramount Home Video and to determine the 10 most popular episodes of "I Love Lucy." Go here and vote for your favorites, and the 10 most popular episodes will appear as VHS and DVD box sets in the last quarter of 2001! Voting started on February 14th, and it will conclude on February 27th. Don't delay, time is running out!

That's it for now, but stay tuned for more!

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