Divx Direct - May 27, 1999 Edition
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=========================== Divx Direct - May 27, 1999 =========================== In This Issue: **Hot New Releases** **Advance Ordering - Reserve Your Copy Now** **This Week In Theaters** **Celebrate Divx Anniversary In June** **Star Wars Star Stories** **Did You Know** **Divx Trivia Game** **Divx Links** **Subscriber Information** ================= Hot New Releases ================= AMISTAD Based on a true story, the movie chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland. When the ship, La Amistad, is seized, these captives are brought to the United States, where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison. An enthralling battle ensues that captures the attention of the entire nation, confronting the very foundation of the American justice system. But for the men and women on trial, it is simply a fight for the basic right of all mankind... freedom. Every copy of "Amistad" also comes with a bonus video, "The Making of 'Amistad'," which you can play an unlimited number of times on any Divx player at no charge! Rated R FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2: TEXAS BLOOD MONEY Get ready for nonstop action when a bank-robbing gang of misfits heads to Mexico with the blueprints for the perfect million-dollar heist! But when one of the key crooks wanders into the wrong bar... and crosses the wrong vampire... the thieving cohorts one by one develop a thirst for blood to match their hunger for money! Ultimately, the last fully human burglar (Robert Patrick - "The Faculty," "Terminator 2") is forced to join with his arch rival, a Texas sheriff (Bo Hopkins - "Phantoms," "The Newton Boys"), in an action-packed, kill-or-be-killed battle to stop these evil creatures and save their own lives! Rated R Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these and other great new movies now! ============================= Other New Releases - 5/25/99 ============================= A Bridge Too Far (PG) City of Industry (R) Crooklyn (PG-13) Far & Away (PG-13) The Great Escape (NR) Pork Chop Hill (NR) The Secret of My Success (PG-13) Somewhere in Time (PG) The Thing (R) The War Wagon (NR) Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these 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. 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) 7/6/99* Affliction (R) Wing Commander (PG-13) 7/13/99* A Civil Action (PG-13) Office Space (R) She's All That (PG-13) True Heart (PG) Wishful Thinking (R) 7/20/99* A Bug's Life (G) Down in the Delta (PG-13) Mercenary II: Thick and Thin (R) Shattered Image (R) Telling You (R) Virus (PG-13) *Release dates are subject to change without notice. Advance orders are shipped to arrive on or about the release date. ====================== This Week In Theaters ====================== The most charming romantic comedy of the season, "Notting Hill," is opening this Friday, May 28, in theaters everywhere. The movie features Julia Roberts as Anna Scott, the world's most famous movie star, and Hugh Grant as William Thacker, owner of a travel bookstore. Anna's picture has been plastered on the cover of every magazine, and every time she makes a move, the entire world knows about it. William's business is stagnant, he has the roommate from hell, and since his divorce, his love life is completely non-existent. For both, something or someone seems to be missing. And when Anna and William's paths unexpectedly cross in the eclectic neighborhood of Notting Hill, romance is the last thing on their minds. Don't miss the movie which proves that love can spring from even the most unlikely of circumstances! Catch "Notting Hill" star Julia Roberts in these movies available NOW on DIVX!: Everyone Says I Love You Dying Young Pretty Woman Sleeping With The Enemy Also catch co-star Hugh Grant in "Restoration" on Divx! And don't miss co-star Alec Baldwin in these great movies, available now on Divx! Mercury Rising The Edge The Getaway The Hunt for Red October Married to the Mob The Shadow Working Girl Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these movies now! =================================== Celebrate Divx Anniversary In June =================================== DivxFlix is celebrating our first anniversary by thanking those who made it possible - YOU! But instead of getting gifts, we are giving our customers a present during the month of June. Visit our website at http://www.Divx.com on June 1 to find out what it is! ========================= "Star Wars" Star Stories ========================= During its first 24 hours Wednesday, "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" raked in $28.5 million at the box office, setting a record for single day sales, proving George Lucas the most powerful force in the entertainment industry. So you know that there's something special about an actress when George Lucas reschedules his shooting schedule just so she can play the part of Queen Amidala, the mother of Luke and Leia. Natalie Portman is a natural at playing a queen - she has a regal presence that would allow her to quit school now and still make millions. She won't, though. A straight A student, she scored over 1400 points on her SATs and has been accepted to a number of Ivy League colleges, including Harvard. "I'd rather be smart than be an actor," she says. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1981, Natalie is the only child of a doctor (her father) and an artist (her mother). When discovered by a modeling agent at a pizza parlor, Natalie knew what she wanted right away. The agent wanted Natalie to be a model, but Natalie insisted that she'd rather be an actress. So, after some phone calls, the agent got her some auditions. It didn't take long for Natalie to land her first major film. She was cast as Mathilda in "The Professional," an orphaned adolescent who is taken in and taught by a professional hit man, played by actor Jean Reno ("Ronin"). She was able to show off her amazing talent and depth in this film, as her character falls for her much older guardian. Her next film, "Beautiful Girls," shows her again playing a 13-year old who falls for an older man (this time she falls for a musician who has returned to her small town for his ten-year high school reunion). Playing the young and the love-struck didn't become a stereotype for Natalie Portman, though. After turning down the part of the title character in the remake of "Lolita," she played the daughter of the President in the campy spoof comedy "Mars Attacks." She then played Alan Alda and Goldie Hawn's daughter in the Woody Allen musical "Everyone Says I Love You." In 1998 she played the role of Anne in the Broadway play "The Diary of Anne Frank." It was during this time that George Lucas, who had been quite impressed by her performance in "The Professional," offered her the part of Queen Amidala in the upcoming "Star Wars" prequels. Although she declined the part because it conflicted with her role in "The Diary of Anne Frank," George Lucas quickly rescheduled his shooting schedule to accommodate her schedule. Even with the rescheduling, Portman had to think hard about whether she wanted to take on the role of the Naboo Queen destined to fall in love with the much younger Anakin Skywalker. She already leaves her public school early to avoid avid fans and press, and the role in "Star Wars" could only make her notoriety worse. She eventually decided to take the part, and the rest is history. In addition to "The Phantom Menace," Natalie Portman will don her highly-stylized garb for the next two prequels of the "Star Wars" series. She is also starring in the upcoming film "Anywhere But Here" with Susan Sarandon, who says of Natalie, "She has an innate grace that you just don't find in her generation. She corners the market on that." Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these movies now! ============= Did You Know ============= Your Divx player can go on the road with you! You can take it to your friend's house, your vacation home - you can even put it in the family RV! Just connect the player to a phone line when convenient, the player will take care of the rest! ================= 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. More Classic Lines: Name the actor and film that the following lines are from (Hint: they are all actors from the "Star Wars" movies, new or old!): 1) "I might just grow to be five-ten. I'll be hot." 2) "So, Jake, for my mother, my grandmother, my father, my uncle, and for the common good, I must now kill you and your brother." 3) "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee." 4) "Of course it's obvious, guys, it's a trash novel. You buy it at the airport, you take it on holiday." 5) "I decided my life is too simple, I wanna complicate the hell out of it." These movies and more are available NOW on Divx! Visit http://www.divx.com/trivia.htm to order today! Last Week's Answers: Who Said That? - Do you remember who recited these lines and in which movie they appeared? 1) "TOGA! TOGA!" (Hint: Directed by the same director as "The Blues Brothers," "Blues Brothers 2000," and "Coming to America.") Answer: "National Lampoon's Animal House," John Belushi, directed by John Landis 2) "Houston, we have a problem." (Hint: Directed by the same director as "Backdraft," "Cocoon," "Parenthood" and "Ransom.") Answer: "Apollo 13," Tom Hanks, directed by Ron Howard 3) "Is this Heaven?" "No, it's Iowa." (Hint: Directed by the same director as "Sneakers.") Answer: "Field of Dreams," Ray Liotta/Kevin Costner, directed by Phil Alden Robinson 4) "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark." (Hint: Directed by the same director as "Bullets Over Broadway," "Everyone Says I Love You" and "Mighty Aphrodite.") Answer: "Annie Hall," Woody Allen, directed by Woody Allen 5) "I'm the key figure in an ongoing government charade, the plot to conceal the truth about the existence of extra-terrestrials. It's a global conspiracy, actually, with key players in the highest levels of power, that reaches down into the lives of every man, woman, and child on this planet, so, of course, no one believes me. I'm an annoyance to my superiors, a joke to my peers. They call me Spooky." 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