Divx Direct - June 2, 1999 Edition
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=========================== Divx Direct - June 2, 1999 =========================== In This Issue: **Celebrate Our 1st Year With Free Delivery In June!** **Hot New Releases** **Advance Ordering - Reserve Your Copy Now** **This Week In Theaters** **"Star Wars" Star Stories** **Did You Know** **Divx Trivia Game** **Divx Links** **Subscriber Information** =============================================== Celebrate One Year With Free Delivery In June! =============================================== Divx is celebrating our first anniversary by thanking those who made it possible - YOU! But instead of receiving gifts, we are giving our customers a present: free shipping and handling on all orders of three or more discs, now through June 30, 1999. Since Divx's regional launch in Northern California and Richmond, Virginia last June, the number of movie titles available on Divx discs has gone from 13 to nearly 500. "Over the past year, DivxFlix has become a popular source of Divx and DVD movies, particularly among our customers in rural areas," said Randy Fine, vice president of sales and distribution. "This promotion is our way of saying thank you." To take advantage of this special offer, simply visit http://www.DivxFlix.com and place your order. Shipping and handling will be omitted from the total purchase at checkout for all orders of at least three discs. For more details, click on the free shipping banner while at DivxFlix. ================= Hot New Releases ================= WAKING NED DEVINE The New York Times raves, "We have a winner!" In the tradition of "The Full Monty" comes a "spectacularly funny" (Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert) comedy about friends pulling together to make a dream come true. When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two longtime friends, Michael and Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket - but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan! A "four star triumph" (Washington Times), "Waking Ned Devine" is definitely the comedy ticket of the year! Rated PG Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these and other great new movies now! ============================ Other New Releases - 6/1/99 ============================ Alien (R) Madigan (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. 6/8/99* 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 ====================== In the mood for a good pulse-pounding, mind-bending psychological thriller? "Instinct" opens on June 4 in theaters everywhere, and it has all the suspense, intelligence, fast pace, and intrigue that makes a movie fantastic. Add to that the brilliant acting of Academy Award(r)-winner Anthony Hopkins, Donald Sutherland, and Academy Award(r)-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., and you have a movie that is definitely worth seeing. Within the brilliant mind of primatologist Ethan Powell (Hopkins) lies an ominous secret - a deep seated mystery unsolved by his estranged family and the law enforcement officials who have jailed him for murders that occurred in the jungles of Rwanda. Highly educated and sophisticated, Powell was affected by years of studying mountain gorillas to the point where he was living among them in the wild, as one of their own. Now, held captive in a brutal prison for the criminally insane, Powell, who has not spoken in years, is remanded to psychiatrist Theo Caulder (Gooding, Jr.), who must try to unlock the dark mystery in the mind of what appears to be a madman. He encounters a series of perplexing mysteries, questions with chilling answers, and shocking psychological truths. Eventually both men are led on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. Catch "Instinct" star Anthony Hopkins in these great movies available NOW on DIVX!: Amistad A Bridge Too Far The Edge Meet Joe Black Nixon And don't miss co-star Donald Sutherland in these great movies, available now on Divx! Animal House Backdraft The Great Train Robbery Invasion of the Body Snatchers Six Degrees of Separation Virus Also catch co-star Maura Tierney in "Liar Liar" and "Primary Colors," now on Divx! And don't miss George Dzundza in these great movies, available now on Divx! Dangerous Minds Crimson Tide Species II Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these movies now! ========================= "Star Wars" Star Stories ========================= Despite his small part in "The Phantom Menace," Samuel L. Jackson and "Star Wars" fans are eager to see more of his character. Although he appears in only a few scenes, he has an action figure and several websites dedicated to him. This must be very gratifying to Jackson, who has always been a big "Star Wars" fan. He describes the conversation about working on the latest "Star Wars" movie: "George Lucas told me, 'You know, I'm not writing a lot of real good human parts in this movie. I know you're a good actor, but you may end up going, "Look out! Run!" And all I'll be telling you is, "Go this way. Run."' And I said, 'I don't care. I'll do anything. I just want to be in the movie.' So he cast me." Although it has only been during the last decade that Samuel L. Jackson has become a cult-status figure, he has been a working actor since college, where he earned a Drama degree from Morehouse College. Like most aspiring actors, he moved to New York City, where he became moderately successful; working with the Negro Ensemble Company, the New York Shakespeare Festival, subbing for Bill Cosby during rehearsals of the Cosby show, and appearing in a handful of small film and television roles. During this time, he had small parts in "Mo' Better Blues," "Sea of Love," "Do the Right Thing," and "Coming to America," playing mostly street-tough characters. In 1991, he rejoined director Spike Lee to play Wesley Snipes' crack-addicted brother in "Jungle Fever" (for which he earned the first ever Supporting Actor award from the Cannes Film Festival jury). His role in "Jungle Fever" catapulted Jackson to fame; he was now considered a hot commodity. He became one of Hollywood's hardest-working supporting actors, appearing in over forty movies since. He wasn't noticed widely by audiences until his breakout role as the Bible-quoting, philosophic hit man Jules in Quentin Tarantino's cult classic "Pulp Fiction." He went on to play Bruce Willis' unwilling civilian partner in "Die Hard With A Vengeance." He has brilliantly appeared in such roles as an unscrupulous boxing promoter in "The Great White Hype," a wise-cracking private eye in "The Long Kiss Goodnight," and a street-tough gun runner in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown." His superstar status has given him the leisure to play golf and spend time at home with his teenaged daughter Zoe and his wife LaTanya Richardson. Being a superstar, however, is not Samuel L. Jackson's ultimate goal. He values performance over prominence, and is still willing to take bit parts if the character or movie is something in which he is interested. For example, he recently had an uncredited role in the film "Out of Sight," and his role in "Star Wars Episode I" is pretty small too. "I only worked about three days," he says, "But I actually got to say the famous line: 'May the force be with you.'" Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these movies now! To read more about the stars of "Star Wars Episode I," visit http://www.divx.com/divxflix_starwars_frame.htm ============= Did You Know ============= On June 8 of last year, Divx became available to customers in the Northern California and Richmond, Virginia markets. Only one model of Divx-enhanced DVD player and thirteen Divx movies were available at that time. Only one year later, Divx is available nationwide. There are five Divx-enhanced DVD player models available in stores, and at least five more player models will become available in time for the holiday season. And, most importantly, almost 500 movies are now available on Divx. Did you know what the first thirteen Divx movies Divx launched with one year ago? They were: Air Bud Brassed Off! Emma Flubber For Richer or Poorer George of the Jungle Liar, Liar Mimic The Nutty Professor Phenomenon Tombstone Tomorrow Never Dies Ulee's Gold Visit http://www.divx.com/divx_direct.htm to order these movies now! ================= 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) Harrison Ford and George Lucas were first paired in what movie? 2) This actor's distinctive voice can be heard in all three of the original "Star Wars" movies although his face is never seen. He can be heard and seen on Divx in "Field of Dreams," "Coming to America," and "The Hunt for Red October." Who is he? 3) This actor is responsible for the voice and movements of Jedi Master Yoda in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" and can be seen as the Warden in "Blues Brothers 2000." Who is he? 4) Much of the credit for the success of the last two of the original "Star Wars" movies can be attributed to this talented screenwriter. He also directed "French Kiss." Who is he? 5) In the first of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, we assume that Luke and Leia's father is dead. In "The Empire Strikes Back," we discover that he is very much alive and VERY evil. What actor plays him as a boy in "Phantom Menace?" (He can also be seen as Arnold Schwarzenegger's son in "Jingle All the Way.") Who is he? These movies and more are available NOW on Divx! Visit http://www.divx.com/trivia.htm to order today! Last Week's Answers: 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." Answer: Natalie Portman in "Beautiful Girls." 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." Answer: Carrie Fisher in "The Blues Brothers" 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." Answer: Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction." He was quoting Ezekiel 25:17 of the Old Testament. 4) "Of course it's obvious, guys, it's a trash novel. You buy it at the airport, you take it on holiday." Answer: Ewan McGregor in "A Life Less Ordinary" 5) "I decided my life is too simple, I wanna complicate the hell out of it." 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