Oscars fuel DVD demand

first_imgIn fact, some industry observers say the box office boost from Oscar night could disappear as studios focus on timed DVD releases to maximize profits. This year’s crop of Best Picture nominees have not been as popular with the public as recent releases like “Ghost Rider” or “Norbit.” “Departed” was the only bonafide box office hit, with a domestic gross of $131.8 million. “Babel,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Letters from Iwo Jima” and “The Queen” have grossed around $160 million combined. “The films, box office-wise, were relatively weak, with only `The Departed’ making over $100 million, so the Oscars are going to do more to boost the visibility of some of the DVD releases,” observed Ralph Tribbey, editor of The DVD Report, a weekly industry newsletter. Tribbey said “The Queen,” for which Helen Mirren won Best Actress, should benefit greatly once it hits DVD shelves on April 24, as should three-time winner “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the Spanish-language film set for DVD release May 15. When Amazon.com DVD editor Doug Thomas checked his company’s “Movers and Shakers” sales chart shortly after the Academy Awards telecast Sunday night, he saw an almost immediate upward trajectory for some of the big winners. Best picture “The Departed” had perfect timing. It had been released on DVD just two weeks ago and was already topping the Amazon.com and other sales charts. Last week, three different DVD packages of the mob thriller were residing in the top 25, with a special two-disc edition at No. 2, the widescreen single-disc version at No. 6, and the Blue-ray version No. 21. “It wasn’t a happy accident,” Thomas said Monday. “Hollywood for the last several years has been looking at the schedule of the Oscars and the nominations to check their release date.” Amazon.com’s Thomas said he saw an immediate bump in demand for “The Last King of Scotland,” which won Forest Whitaker the Best Actor Oscar. The DVD does not go on sale until April 17. “Little Miss Sunshine” was already benefiting Monday from Alan Arkin’s surprise Best Supporting Actor win as it returned to Amazon.com’s top 10 overnight. It was the first of the Best Picture nominees to be released on DVD following its theatrical run last summer. “The box office boost from the Academy Awards is going to kind of be a thing of the past if these things keep being released on DVD right around the time of Oscar time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers. “The conventional wisdom used to be to milk every last dollar out of the box office before you release on DVD. But I think the studios are realizing there is a way to maximize both modes of delivery for these films.” [email protected] (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

DONEGAL MOVIE MAN TOPS THE ‘IFTAS’ WITH NINE NOMINATIONS

first_imgSiobhan O Kelly and Dara Devanney star in An Klondike.A proud Donegal man is the talk of the Irish movie and television community after his project bagged nine nominations for the upcoming Irish Film and Television Awards.Rathmullan man Pierce Boyce’s latest TV drama, An Klondike, is Ireland’s first fully-fledged western.The television drama aired on TG4 back in September and now has nine IFTA nominations for the upcoming awards on in the Mansion House on April 9th. It is the most this year for any single project beating the like of Brooklyn, Room, Rebellion, Vikings, Game of Thrones, The Lobster.Pierce and his team at Abú Media who produced it are delighted with the nominations.Producer Pierce said “We are thrilled with the nominations, especially in a year that has seen Irish film and drama reach new heights. To be competing with Oscar nominated films and big budget TV drama from the UK and USA is a testament to how hard all the team of Cast and Crew on An Klondike worked during the entire production process.”The nominations are for: Best TV DramaTV Drama Director – Dathai KeaneBest Actor in TV Drama – Dara Devanney (picture attached)Best Supporting Actor in TV Drama – Robert O MahonyBest Supporting Actress in a Feature Film – Siobhan O Kelly (picture attached)Best Script TV Drama – Marcus FlemingProduction Design – Padraig O NeillCostume Design – Triona LillisHair and Make Up – Ailbhe Fitzpatrick / Steph SmithJulian Black Antelope, Dara Devanney, Owen mc Donnell, Sean T O’Meallaigh star in An Klondike.The series is being sold internationally on behalf of Abú Media by Content Media Corporation and has been taken up in USA, Netflix in UK and other deals are pending in Europe and Asia. The second season is about to start filming in late May and will broadcast on TG4 later this year.Pierce continues “It was a huge undertaking to try something so ambitious on the limited budget we had but we did it! We built the frontier town out in Oughterard and it’s still standing for the shoot this year.“The idea for the series was inspired by Micí Mac Gabhann’s “Rotha Mór an tSaoil” so it’s Donegal all the way. We are really looking forward to starting the new season of filming and this recognition is a massive boost to everyone involved in the process. We were also shortlisted last week for the Best Drama at the Celtic Media Festival which takes place in Ireland this year but we are again up against the best of Scotland, Wales and UK for this so there is no easy wins to be had.”An Klondike is the first Western to be made in Ireland and tells the story of the Connolly Brothers; three Irish emigrants who travel from Montana to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890’s in the hope of striking it rich. In 1897 gold was discovered in the wilds of Northern Alaska and immediately the stampede began. Over 100,000 adventurers, gamblers, con men and fortune-hunters struck out for the remote Klondike Valley gold fields. Amongst them were thousands of Irish emigrants like the Connolly brothers who undertook the dangerous journey to the heart of the Yukon in search of gold and adventure.An Klondike follows the Connolly brothers from Montana to Dominion Creek, a town on which they will leave a permanent mark. Dominion Creek is a town built on greed in a land that God, if he exists there, has created in anger. The Connollys arrival in Dominion sets in motion a chain of events that leads to a deadly showdown with Jacob Hopkins, the man who runs the town.DONEGAL MOVIE MAN TOPS THE ‘IFTAS’ WITH NINE NOMINATIONS was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalIFTAsPierce BoyceRathmullanlast_img read more