Divx Direct - May 13, 1999 Edition
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========================== Divx Direct - May 13, 1999 ========================== In This Issue: **Hot New Releases** **Advance Ordering - Reserve Your Copy Now** **Universal's "Babe" Half Price** **This Week In Theaters** **Countdown To "Star Wars"** **Don't Forget Our 25-Disc Giveaway and Survey** **Did You Know** **Divx Trivia Game** **Divx Links** **Subscriber Information** ================= Hot New Releases ================= VELVET GOLDMINE Starring Ewan McGregor ("Star Wars: Episode I," "Trainspotting") and Jonathan Rhys Meyers - executive producer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. presents this electrifying journey through rock 'n' roll's most outrageous era! It's been 10 years since glam-rock superstar Brian Slade (Meyers) faked his own death and vanished from the spotlight. Now, it's the job of an investigative reporter, Arthur Stuart, to locate this living legend and uncover the truth behind his disappearance! Through the course of Stuart's investigation, you're taken for a wild, all-access guided tour back into a vibrant music scene... for an uncompromising look at the flamboyance and excesses of its larger-than-life stars! Acclaimed by critics, Velvet Goldmine also earned an Award of Merit at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival! Rated R Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order this and other great new movies now! ============================= Other New Releases - 5/11/99 ============================= Alice in Wonderland (G) The Cowboy Way (PG-13) Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (PG) Monument Ave. (R) The World of Henry Orient (NR) Young Frankenstein (PG) Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order this and other great new movies now! ========================================= Advance Ordering - Reserve Your Copy Now ========================================= The following movies can be ordered in advance on our website, http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm Expect these and other great Divx movies to arrive in stores on the stated release date. 5/18/99* A Cool, Dry Place (PG-13) Holy Man (PG) The Impostors (R) In Dreams (R) 5/25/99* >From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (R) 6/1/99* Waking Ned Devine (PG) 6/8/99* Gods and Monsters (R) Psycho (1998 version) (R) 6/15/99* Enemy of the State (R) The Faculty (R) Just the Ticket (R) Little Voice (R) 6/22/99* Mighty Joe Young (PG) Patch Adams (PG-13) 6/29/99* Everest (NR) The Mighty (PG-13) Rushmore (R) The Thin Red Line (R) *Release dates are subject to change without notice. Advance orders are shipped to arrive on or about the release date. ============================== Universal's "Babe" Half Price ============================== In honor of the release of "BABE Pig in the City" on Divx last week, watch the original "Babe" anytime through May 24, 1999 and get 4 days for the price of 2! All initial and subsequent viewings will play for four days instead of the usual 2 during this special 30-day period! Or you can purchase unlimited play on "Babe" for Half Price! During this special 30 day period, you can convert "Babe" to DivxSilver (unlimited viewing) for just $7.49! (Regular price is $14.99) This offer is good only through May 24, 1999. ====================== This Week In Theaters ====================== One of the most magical and enchanting of his plays, William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is playing now in theaters everywhere. The ninth film adaptation of this immortal play, this one should prove to be the most lush, delightful, spellbinding, sensual, and magical of them all. After being ordered by the Duke to obey her father and marry a man she does not love, Hermia (Anna Friel) and her true love Lysander (Dominic West) flee into the forest to elope. The couple is pursued by Hermia's betrothed, Demetrius (Christian Bale), and her best friend Helena (Calista Flockhart), who is in love with Demetrius. Bound for the same woods are a band of amateur thespians, (including their star, Bottom the Weaver (Kevin Kline), the ham of all hams and a comical figure in the village), in search of a secluded spot to rehearse their play. Unknown to lovers and thespians alike, their journey into the dark forest has brought them near the secret home of the fairies, where the fairy trickster Puck (Stanley Tucci) administers a powerful love potion that causes the lovers to mix and match with outrageous results. As for the theater troupe, their rehearsal is about to be interrupted when Bottom, succumbing to Puck's spells, becomes a pawn in the love games of Oberon and Titania (Rupert Everett and Michelle Pfeiffer), the King and Queen of the fairies. Don't miss the Fairy Queen of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Michelle Pfeiffer in these movies available NOW on DIVX!: Dangerous Minds Married to the Mob One Fine Day A Thousand Acres Up Close and Personal Don't miss Rupert Everett, the jealous King, in these movies available NOW on DIVX!: Dunston Checks In The Madness of King George Also catch co-star and comic genius Kevin Kline in these Divx classics: Fierce Creatures In & Out A Fish Called Wanda The Ice Storm French Kiss You can see co-star Stanley Tucci (Puck) in these other great movies on Divx: Beethoven The Impostors A Life Less Ordinary Also catch co-star Calista Flockhart in "The Birdcage" on Divx! And don't miss Christian Bale in "Velvet Goldmine," new this week on Divx! Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these movies now! ========================= Countdown To "Star Wars" ========================= Only 6 more days to go before the long-awaited "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" finally opens at theaters EVERYWHERE on May 19th. Obi-Wan Kenobi is back in this prequel to the famous film trilogy, this time in his young persona as played by hot young Scottish actor Ewan McGregor. For McGregor, acting in "Star Wars" is a family tradition which was started by his uncle Denis Lawson. Lawson was in all three of the original films as X-wing fighter pilot Wedge (who, as all good "Star Wars" fans know, was the only fighter pilot other than Luke to survive all 3 films). Born March 31, 1971 and raised in the rural town of Crieff, Scotland, Ewan has always had his eye on stardom. He and his brother, now a Royal Air Force pilot, went to a local boarding school where their father taught gym. At age 16 Ewan's parents allowed him to drop out to pursue an acting career. Shortly thereafter he entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, again quitting just before graduation to join the cast of a British television mini-series. At 25 Ewan exploded onto the cinema screens of the world as the heroin junkie anti-hero Mark Renton in "Trainspotting" (available on Divx). A wild mix of rebellious action and wicked humor, "Trainspotting" is the story of four friends who try to make it in the world on their own terms... and who end up planning the ultimate scam! His overnight fame led next to a very different type of character: Gwyneth Paltrow's foppish love interest in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel "Emma" (also available on Divx). Ewan next starred as the lovable horn player Andy in Disney's "Brassed Off!" (on Divx), a story about two old friends - and ex-lovers - whose surprise reunion turns their lives... and the lives of everyone else in town... hilariously upside down! He then rejoined the creators of "Trainspotting" to play a hapless janitor who impulsively kidnaps his tycoon boss's spoiled daughter (Cameron Diaz) in the twisted romantic comedy "A Life Less Ordinary" (on Divx). Ewan next starred in the suspense thriller "Nightwatch" (on Divx), playing a cash-strapped law student working as the city morgue night watchman... and being set up to take the blame for a series of grisly murders. In "Velvet Goldmine," (new this week on DIVX) Ewan reaches a new level of artistry, playing a drug-addicted, psychotic, bisexual glam-superstar loosely based on Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. The manic concert scenes (which he sang himself) become more plausible when you learn that as a kid he pretended to be Elvis, and as a teen he spiked his red-painted hair and idolized Billy Idol while playing in the band "Scarlet Pride." McGregor accomplishes yet another complete role-reversal in the critically-acclaimed "Little Voice" (coming to Divx on 6/15). In the story of a painfully shy girl who can only express herself by singing the music of others, Ewan plays the unobtrusive neighbor who takes time away from his beloved racing pigeons to care for her. Despite his penchant for brilliant acting in small independent films, Ewan has long expressed a desire to play the "big time," stating that he has "always wanted to go to Hollywood, drive big cars and be in big movies." Well, he got his wish. Nothing is BIGGER than the next installment of the "Star Wars" saga. Only six years old when the first installment was released, Ewan watched his Uncle Denis in "Star Wars" over 100 times as a child. Now he gets to play the young Kenobi in the first three episodes. "I've been waiting twenty years to have my own light saber," Ewan says, "Nothing's cooler than being a Jedi Knight." Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these movies featuring Ewan McGregor now! ============================================= Don't Forget Our 25-Disc Giveaway and Survey ============================================= You still have until noon on May 21 to enter our drawing to win 25 free Divx discs. While you're there, don't forget to complete our short survey to help shape the future of the Divx website and newsletter. Your feedback is important to us! Visit http://www.divx.com/promo/index.htm to complete the survey and enter the drawing. ============= Did You Know ============= There is no service charge, annual or monthly fee for maintaining an account with Divx, or for the periodic toll-free call your player makes. Divx customers are only billed for transactions that they authorize, such as subsequent viewing periods or for converting a disc to DivxSilver (unlimited play). ================= Divx Trivia Game ================= Play the Divx Trivia Game. Clues to all five questions can be found on our website, http://www.DivxFlix.com. Answers to these trivia questions can be found at http://www.divx.com/trivia.htm and will be included in our next newsletter. 1) The distinctive voice of this Connecticut native, ex-wife of John Malkovich, can be heard as Zootie the Chimp in "BABE Pig In The City," out this week on Divx. She can also be seen in "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Sgt. Bilko," as well as in "The X-Files" as an uncredited barmaid. Who is she? 2) After a long spell away from the movies, this actress, best known for her teen roles in "War Games" and "The Breakfast Club" did a critically acclaimed star turn as a brilliant yet troubled photographer in "High Art." Who is she? 3) A Broadway stage actress, she won a Tony in 1985 for "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg," and originated the role of Ouisa Kittredge in "Six Degrees of Separation" (available on Divx) on the stage in New York's Lincoln Center. She can also be seen on Divx in "Twilight," "The First Wives Club" and "Up Close and Personal." Who is she? 4) The daughter of an NBC television president and an actress, this tall, striking woman borrowed her first name from a character in "The Great Gatsby." Best known as the heroine Ripley in the "Alien" films, she can also be seen in "The Ice Storm" and "Working Girl," and has a non-speaking bit part in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall." Who is she? 5) Born Ilynea Lydia Mirnoff in 1945, her grandfather was a White Russian nobleman who fled the 1917 Revolution; her father lead a quieter life as a driver's license tester. She herself played royalty as Queen Charlotte in the recent Divx release "The Madness of King George." Who is she? These movies and more are available NOW on Divx! Visit http://www.divx.com/trivia.htm to order today! Last Week's Answers: 1) After getting his start in regional theater this character actor moved on to a recurring role in the 1970's sitcom hit "All in the Family," but he achieved his greatest fame playing opposite a talking porcine character in the Australian family film "Babe." Who is he? (Catch him in other Divx Flix such as "Star Trek: First Contact," "Species II" and "Deep Impact.") Answer: James Cromwell 2) "Army of Darkness", the third and final installment in the "Evil Dead" series (all directed by Sam Raimi) stars a man who used to baby-sit for actor Ted Raimi, the younger brother of Sam and Ivan (a writer). Currently writing a book entitled "Confessions of a 'B' Movie Actor," this handsome guy can also be seen on Divx Flix "Darkman" and "Escape From L.A." Who is he? Answer: Bruce Campbell 3) This taciturn leading man of the '30s, '40s and '50s got his start in Hollywood playing extras in Westerns. The son of a Montana state supreme court justice, he worked as a guide at Yellowstone National Park before moving to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming a newspaper cartoonist. The personification of the "strong, silent type," this Hollywood legend can be seen on Divx in the Academy Award(r)-winning "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Who is he? (Hint: "Yup.") Answer: Gary Cooper 4) A native of Chihuahua, of Mexican-Irish heritage, this actor began playing bit parts in the 1930's and was married for nearly 30 years to Cecil B. DeMille's adopted daughter. A two-time Academy Award(r)-winner, father of actors Francesco, Valentina and Danielle, this legendary personality of stage and screen can be seen on Divx in the true story "Guadalcanal Diary" as well as in "Jungle Fever" and "A Walk in the Clouds." Who is he? Answer: Anthony Quinn 5) Born in Georgia, but raised in Florida, this son of a former cowboy was a football star in college until he injured his knee. In real life his grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee, and his heritage had an effect on the parts he played in his early career (he often played characters that were part Native American). He can be seen on Divx in "Smokey and the Bandit." Who is he? 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