WHV and Amazon.com Launch DVD Decision ’06

Apparently, the good folks over at Warner Home Video have teamed with the other good folks over at Amazon.com to bring fans DVD Decision ’06.WHV and Amazon.com have selected 30 titles that have never been released on DVD and after 30 days of voting 10 titles with the most votes will be released on DVD. Instead of me going through all the details I’ve included the press release from WHV. Read on for more info and make sure your voice is heard. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WARNER HOME VIDEO AND AMAZON.COM LAUNCH DVD DECISION™ 2006 ON JUNE 1 ~ 30 Movies in 30 Days ~Visitors to Amazon.com To Vote on Favorite Films for DVD Debuts
BURBANK, Calif. – May 30, 2006 – Warner Home Video (WHV) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced DVD Decision™ 200630 Movies in 30 Days, a joint initiative offering movie fans nationwide the opportunity to vote online for the WHV library titles they want released on DVD. WHV and Amazon.com have jointly nominated 30 films from Warner Bros.’ vast library (the world’s largest) that have never before been seen on DVD. Visitors to the Amazon.com web site will be able to vote for their favorite titles from June 1 through June 30. At the end of the voting period, the ten movies with the largest number of votes will be selected as the winners.On August 8, the two companies will announce the winning titles and make available for pre-order each of the ten winners. Five of the winning titles will make their DVD debut on December 5, 2006. The remaining five will be released on January 2, 2007. All of the films will be re-mastered and will contain added bonus features where available. Each title will sell for $19.97 SRP.Throughout the month of June, each movie will be spotlighted at Amazon.com, with links to its trailer (as available), synopsis, customer feedback and other information. Consumers can vote immediately or anytime throughout the voting period allowing for time to review the trailers and film information throughout the entire promotion.Voters can access the DVD Decision 2006 voting page at www.amazon.com/dvddecision2006 or via links at Amazon.com’s homepage and in various locations within their DVD store.”Listening to what consumers want has been one of the major factors driving WHV to its #1 position in home video market share,” said George Feltenstein, senior vice president of theatrical catalog marketing at WHV. “The DVD Decision campaign, started in 2003, was just one way to let the public know we’re giving them the DVD entertainment they want. And we’re also thrilled to be able to hear from the tens of millions of Amazon.com customers who represent the perfect cross section of tastes, attitudes and purchasing patterns for our new initiative.”“We’re proud to partner with Warner Home Video to introduce on DVD some of the most beloved films of the last 75 years to our Amazon.com customers,” said Laura Porco, Amazon.com’s director of media merchandising, North America. “From the beginning, Amazon.com’s site truly democratized the online shopping experience and has continued to develop new ways to empower our customers to make more informed purchasing decisions based on their own likes and preferences. DVD Decision 2006 is the perfect extension of our philosophy.” Titles selected for “DVD Decision™ 2006” are Al Capone, Gymkata, The Hand ,Operation Crossbow, Up Periscope, Cimarron, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Angels in the Outfield, Blume in Love, Get to Know Your Rabbit, Not With My Wife You Don’t, You’re A Big Boy Now, April in Paris, Best Foot Forward, The Eddie Cantor Story, Presenting Lilly Mars, All Fall Down, The Arrangement, Band of Angels, Bhowani Junction, Carny, The Illustrated Man, Looker, Madame Curie, Made in Heaven, Mike’s Murder, One Trick Pony, Sphinx, Sunrise at Campobello and There Was a Crooked Man.The 30 film candidates will be divided into three categories: action/adventure, comedy/musicals and drama. Spanning more than 40 years of Hollywood filmmaking, featured stars include Lucille Ball, Warren Beatty, Ralph Bellamy, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, Jodie Foster, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Greer Garson, Sidney Poitier, Burt Reynolds, Rod Steiger and a host of other luminaries.The first two DVD Decisions (2003 & 2004) drew more than a quarter million votes and sold nearly half a million units at the outset of their release.About Warner Home VideoWith operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.About Amazon.comAmazon.com, Inc., (Nasdaq: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.Forward Looking Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, payments, fraud, consumer trends, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com’s financial results is included in Amazon.com’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and all subsequent filings.
DVD Decision Candidate Film Synopses
Al Capone (1959)– In this unusually accurate biography, small-time hood Al Capone (Rod Steiger) comes to Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition to be the bodyguard of racketeer Johnny Torrio. Capone’s rise in Chicago gangdom is followed through murder, extortion, and political fraud. He becomes head of Chicago’s biggest “business,” but moves inexorably toward his downfall and ignominious end.Gymkata (1985) — Johnathan Cabot (Kurt Thomas) is a champion gymnast. In the tiny, yet savage, country of Parmistan, there is a perfect spot for a “star wars” site. For the US to get this site, they must compete in the brutal “Game”. The government calls on Cabot, the son of a former operative, to win the game. Cabot must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east and form Gymkata!The Hand (1981)– Jon Lansdale (Michael Caine) is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him. Directed by Oliver Stone.Operation Crossbow (1965)– This is the story of the methods used to defeat Hitler’s V1 (doodlebug) and V2 (rocket) “revenge weapons” towards the end of the second world war. Even though the Nazis were in retreat, these weapons could have turned their defeat into victory. The film includes references to Hannah Reich, who in real life was a test pilot and really did fly some of the first ‘flying bombs’. With Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard and John Mills.Up Periscope (1959)– Lieutenant Braden (James Garner) discovers that Sally (Andra Martin), the woman he’s been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes.Cimarron (1960)– The epic saga of a frontier family, Cimarron starts with the Oklahoma Land Rush on April 22, 1889. The Cravet family builds their newspaper, Oklahoma Wigwam, into a business empire and Yancey Cravet (Glenn Ford) is the adventurer-idealist who, to his wife’s anger, spurns the opportunity to become governor since this means helping to defraud the Indians of their land and oil. Directed by Anthony Mann.The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973) — In this modern Western box-office hit, Burt Reynolds plays an outlaw whose gang kidnaps an independent-minded woman (Sarah Miles).Angels in the Outfield (1951) – Paul Douglas stars, with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a winning streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.Blume in Love (1973) – A lawyer (George Segal), specializing in divorces, lives a paradoxical situation when his own marriage breaks up, but he is still in love with his ex-wife (Susan Anspach). Directed by Paul Mazursky.Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972) – A young businessman (Tom Smothers) goes to a magic expert (Orson Welles) to learn hardness and skill with his cynical and greedy collaborators. He becomes a very good tap dancer, but will he be able to get free of his old boss? Directed by Brian DePalma.Not With my Wife You Don’t (1966) – During the Korean War, an Italian nurse (Virna Lisi) falls in love with two American fliers (Tony Curtis and George C. Scott). Lisi marries Curtis after he convinces her that Scott has been killed in a plane crash. She soon discovers Scott is alive, but remains happily married to Curtis until Scott re-enters their lives 14 years later.You’re a Big Boy Now (1966) – A young man named Bernard Chanticleer (Peter Kastner) is over sheltered by his parents and is just beginning to discover girls at almost 20 years of age. At his father’s library where he works, he meets a sensitive young beauty named Amy (Karen Black) who takes an interest in him. However, he becomes distracted by the glamorous go-go dancing presence of Barbara Darling (Elizabeth Hartman), a sadomasochistic man-hating young actress whom he falls for after seeing her perform on several occasions. He sends her a letter, and is completely taken in by her luring response; he proceeds into her cherished trap of deliberately leading a man on for the kick of rejecting him. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.April in Paris (1953) – Miss Ethel ‘Dynamite’ Jackson (Doris Day) is a chorus girl who mistakenly receives an invitation from the State Department to represent the American theatre at an arts exposition in Paris. There’s only one problem — the invitation was meant for Miss Ethel Barrymore. Meanwhile, S. Winthrop Putnam (Ray Bolger), the bureaucrat who made the mistake, tries unsuccessfully to correct his mix-up. It’s too late, as ‘Dynamite’ has already left for France, where the two meet and marry, or so they think.Best Foot Forward (1943) – Lucille Ball stars as an entertaininig movie star who visits her small-town school on a lark. Musical numbers include “Buckle Down Winsockie” and “Two O’Clock Jump.” Nancy Walker and June Allyson make their feature film debuts recreating their stage roles. The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) – The life story of one of Hollywood’s best entertainers. Starring Keefe Brasselle as Cantor, and using the vocals of Cantor himself.Presenting Lily Mars (1943) – Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway (Van Heflin) for a part in his new play, but he doesn’t want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New York, he gets to know her and his opinion of her changes for the better. Then, when the leading lady of the play walks out, Lily gets her big break on Broadway.
All Fall Down (1962) – Ralph and Annabell Willart (Karl Malden and Angela Lansbury) are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for nothing son Berry-Berry (Warren Beatty). When Berry-Berry begins yet another meaningless love affair, this time with an older woman named Echo O’Brien (Eva Marie Saint), he really gets his parents at each others’ throats. Directed by John Frankenheimer.
The Arrangement (1969) -Eddie (Kirk Douglas) is a very rich man who has everything he wants; money, family, success. But a car crash makes him reconsider the life he leads. Searching for the happiness he lost, he remembers his one time lover, Gwen (Faye Dunaway). Meanwhile his wife (Deborah Kerr) conspires to take his fortune. Directed by Elia Kazan.Band of Angels (1957) – Gone With The Wind star Clark Gable flexes his muscular charms in another Civil War-era movie about the torrid romance between a plantation owner and a half-caste beauty. Directed by Raoul Walsh, and also starring Yvonne De Carlo and Sidney Poitier.Bhowani Junction (1956) – During the British withdrawal from India, Anglo-Indian WAC Victoria Jones (Ava Gardner) is torn between two worlds. Traumatized by an attempted rape, Victoria turns from her callous Anglo-Indian lover to a full-blooded Sikh, then to British Colonel Savage, (Stewart Granger) who is trying to prevent communist agitator Darvay from fomenting bloody revolt. More and more, Victoria finds herself caught up in the turbulent events of the time.Carny (1980) – When a carnival comes to a small town, eighteen year old Donna (Jodie Foster) meets Frankie and Patch, two carnival hustlers (Gary Busey and Robbie Robertson). They earn their living by mercilessly taunting spectators to try to dump one of them into the water by throwing balls. Donna is tired of her work as a waitress and follows them through the South.The Illustrated Man (1969) – A man, whose body is almost completely covered in tattoos (Rod Steiger), is looking for the woman who drew all the intricate designs on him. Each tattoo hides a futuristic story, which you experience when you stare at it. Based on the book by Rad Bradbury.Looker (1981) – A plastic surgeon (Albert Finney) gets suspicious when models he has operated on begin to die in mysterious ways. With the help of Cindy (Susan Dey), the next in line to be killed, he traces the deaths to a mysterious corporation which develops new technologies. Directed and written by Michael Crichton.Madame Curie (1943) – Young Polish physics student Marie (Greer Garson) marries Dr. Pierre Curie (Walter Pidgeon), in whose lab she had worked for a while. On their honeymoon they decide to find out what caused the strange effect Professor Becquerel (Reginald Owen) has noticed with the uranium/thorium stones for Marie’s dissertation. After many experiments they find out that there must be more radioactive elements than uranium and thorium, and they try to isolate it. After years of experiments in a makeshift lab at the University, they are able to isolate a few grains of a new element, radium, from 7 tons of raw material, but at the height of their success, tragedy strikes.Made in Heaven (1987) – A romantic, occasionally funny, drama about two souls who consummate their marriage literally in “Heaven”. Mike Shea (Timothy Hutton), in his first life, dies as a young man performing a heroic rescue. Shortly after arriving in “Heaven” he meets a new soul, Annie Packert (Kelly McGillis), who has never lived on Earth before. The drama centers around their separation soon after being wed and the burning question is whether they will reunite on Earth before time runs out or whether they are fated to eternal soul-searching.Mike’s Murder (1984) – Betty (Debra Winger) has a crush on her tennis coach Mike (Mark Keyloun). He keeps on promising to call, but never does – she doesn’t know that he’s a drug dealer. After he disappears for three months, he contacts Betty again, but he’s killed before they meet. Now she tries to find out what happened.One Trick Pony (1980) – Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talent less producer. At the same time, he’s struggling to save his failing marriage. Written by Simon, with songs including “Late in the Evening.”Sphinx (1981) – Egyptologist Erica Baron(Lesley-Anne Down) finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs – murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy’s curse! Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.Sunrise at Campobello (1960) – The story of Franklin Roosevelt’s (Ralph Bellamy) bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor, played by Greer Garson) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith’s presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover. Based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name.There Was a Crooked Man (1970) – Paris Pitman (Kirk Douglas) is a cocky inmate who matches wits with warden Woodward Lopeman (Henry Fonda) in this 1800’s period western drama. Also stars Burgess Meredith, John Randolph and Lee Grant.
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