The lastest video news for the week of March 16, 2009 |


The lastest video news for the week of March 16, 2009

''Dead Poets Society,'' Super VHS VCRs, and ''Honey I Shrunk the Kids'' were in the news this week

Poets Reprise
Touchstone is determined to get the maximum momentum out of the four Oscar nominations earned by Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams. They’ve decided to move the video release up from April 4 to March 28, just two days affer the awards. Although moviegoers spent $95 million to see Poets in theaters, Touchstone says that, according to its surveys, 73 percent of them are willing to see it again.

Super Hero
Consumers who invest in expensive Super VHS VCRs can no longer complain that they have nothing to watch on them. Mitsubishi is now including a Super VHS version of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with some of its Super VHS models.

Bee Movie
The two-minute scene in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in which the tiny kids are terrorized by big bees took two weeks to film and about $70,000 worth of models designed by special-effects whiz David Sosalla. For long shots, an 18-inch-long, computer-generated bee was used. For close-ups, Sosalla built a 20-foot-long bee and gave it hydraulic guts, ”to make it alive,” he says.