Get 'em While They're Hot (Part 1)
T<I>he following review was scheduled for publication in the print edition of </I>SGHT<I>, but we were recently told by Sony that the VPH-20U has been discontinued. Although this review won't run in </I>SGHT<I>, we thought some of you might find it useful if you're interested in purchasing a projector soon, as there will undoubtedly be some VPH-20Us in stores for a few weeks.—Ed.</I>
Get 'em While They're Hot (Part 2)
CEMA Pushes for New Action on Satellite Act
Gary Shapiro is after the US Congress to reconcile House and Senate versions of the Satellite Home Viewer Act (SHVA). Shapiro, president of the <A HREF="http://www.cemacity.org/">Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association</A> (CEMA), has asked legislators to incorporate provisions of a recent agreement between direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A> and the <A HREF="http://www.nab.org/">National Association of Broadcasters</A>, allowing DBS services to transmit local TV signals—a practice known as local-into-local—as cable companies have always done.
West Side Story Sparkles in a Spectacular DVD Release
N<I>atalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris. Directed by Robert Wise. Aspect ratio: 2.20:1. Dolby Digital. 152 minutes. 1961. MGM 906733. NR. $24.98.</I>
Preserving a Famous Face
California's Assembly Appropriations Committee has unanimously voted in favor of legislation that will treat celebrities' images as copyrighted property. SB 209, nicknamed "the Astaire Bill," was passed 30-1 by the state's Senate on April 5, and will now move to the full Assembly for a final vote.
Dispatch from Saratov: Cinema and Video in Russia
E<I>ditor's Note: The photos in this article were taken last week by Mr. Korostyshevski.</I>
The Year of Living Dangerously rises from the shadows
M<I>el Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunts. Directed by Peter Weir. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1. 115 minutes. 1982. MGM/UA Home Video 906638. Rated R. $24.95.</I>
New Line Cinema Goes Interactive
Digital technology is changing everything—especially the marketing of entertainment. DVD-Audio has the music industry excited about interactive features like artists' bios, still pictures, and other as-yet unimagined marketing opportunities. Free MP3 audio files are being used by some music companies as promotional tools for new releases.
Disney's Pinocchio to Arrive October 26
Fans of <A HREF="http://www.disney.com">Disney</A>'s animated films are about to finally get what they've been asking for this past year. Nine films are scheduled for release on DVD, starting October 26 with <I>Pinocchio</I>—which was also the studio's first animated classic to be released on video, back in 1985. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Disney's home-video division, will release the remaining eight features on DVD over the next four months as part of what the company calls a "once-in-a-millennium celebration."
Panasonic Introduces Progressive-Scan 480p DVD Player
Last week, <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com">Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company</A> announced that it will release its first progressive-scan DVD player this October. The company says that the DVD-H1000 will deliver 480p images directly to a progressive-scan display at a retail price of $2999.95. According to Panasonic, the unit will feature composite, S-video, and component-video outputs, standard L/R audio outs, and 6-channel and optical digital audio outputs.