CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies, announced an agreement with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to release a special selection of Universal’s rare films, spanning six decades.
According to the statement, titles from the all-new “Universal Vault Series” will be available on Amazon.com through CreateSpace’s DVD on-Demand technology. Spanning a variety of genres and decades, many of the films will now be available for the first time on DVD.
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Unedited press release follows:
Popular Catalog Films from the Universal Studios Vault Now Available for the First Time on DVD via CreateSpace Disc on-Demand
Never-Before Released, Highly Requested Films Now Available to Fans Include “A Bronx Tale,” “The House of the Seven Gables” and “Kitten with a Whip”
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jan 20, 2010 CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) group of companies, today announced an agreement with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to release a special selection of Universal’s rare films, spanning six decades. Titles from the all-new “Universal Vault Series” will be available on Amazon.com through CreateSpace’s DVD on-Demand technology. Spanning a variety of genres and decades, many of the films will now be available for the first time on DVD.
Digitally remastered and exclusively available using CreateSpace’s DVD on-Demand platform, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will give fans first-time DVD access to some of its most highly sought-after films, such as “A Bronx Tale,” the 1993 film directed by and starring Robert De Niro. Other titles in the series will include cult favorite “The Incredible Shrinking Woman,” starring Lily Tomlin; “Gambit,” the three-time Academy Award®-nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine; “The Black Shield of Falworth,” Universal’s first feature film using CinemaScope technology; “The Brass Bottle,” starring Barbara Eden and the film inspiration for the hit television show “I Dream of Jeannie”; and “Resurrection,” starring Ellen Burstyn as a modern-day miracle worker.
DVD on-Demand enables major film studios like Universal Pictures to release rare and unique content in response to consumer demand. With DVD on-Demand, DVDs are manufactured only after a customer places an order, making it a cost-effective solution that doesn’t require studios to estimate market demand or make costly investments in physical inventory.
“CreateSpace’s model allows movie studios and content owners to restore and release oft-requested titles quickly, easily and economically,” said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, managing director, CreateSpace. “With CreateSpace’s DVD on-Demand platform, Universal Pictures can ensure its fans have the opportunity to collect and view their favorite films from the past with DVD quality.”
Other titles in the “Universal Vault Series” to be made available through CreateSpace DVD on-Demand include:
* “40 Pounds of Trouble” (1962), starring Tony Curtis
* “Blue Collar” (1978), starring Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel
* “The Chalk Garden” (1964), starring Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills
* “Death Takes a Holiday” (1934), starring Frederic March
* “Dragnet” (1954), starring Jack Webb
* “Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain” (1995), starring Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky
* “A Good Man in Africa” (1994), starring Sean Connery
* “The House of Seven Gables” (1940), starring George Sanders and Vincent Price
* “Kitten with a Whip” (1964), starring Ann-Margret and John Forsythe
* “The Last Remake of Beau Geste” (1977), starring Marty Feldman
* “The List of Adrian Messenger” (1963), starring George C. Scott, Kirk Douglas and Frank Sinatra
* “The Perfect Furlough” (1958), starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh
* “Pure Luck” (1991), starring Martin Short and Danny Glover
* “Ruggles of Red Gap” (1933), starring Charles Laughton
* “Shoot Out” (1971), starring Gregory Peck
* “Shout” (1991), starring John Travolta
* “Spawn of the North” (1938), starring Henry Fonda, George Raft and Dorothy Lamour
* “Stick” (1985), starring Burt Reynolds
* “Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here” (1970), starring Robert Redford
To find out more about CreateSpace and DVD on-Demand, visit www.createspace.com.
CreateSpace is a leader in manufacture on-demand services for independent content creators, publishers, film studios and music labels. CreateSpace provides inventory-free, physical distribution of Books, CDs and DVDs on-Demand, music downloads via Amazon MP3 and video downloads via Amazon Video On Demand. CreateSpace is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).
About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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