Twentieth Century Fox unveils 20 new DIGITAL COPY films; iPod-, iPhone-, Apple TV-ready DVDs

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment offers consumers flexibility with the release of several best-selling DVDs with DIGITAL COPY on September 23. Increasingly popular because of its viewing flexibility, DIGITAL COPY allows consumers to effortlessly transfer copies of their favorite classic comedy or action-packed films to their iTunes digital library and then view on a Mac or PC, iPod, iPhone or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV. All of the 20 releases featuring DIGITAL COPY provide consumers with the ability to watch the actual DVD or transfer a copy of the movie to a portable device for on the go entertainment.

“Our research shows that when given the option, consumers recognize the incredible value proposition that DIGITAL COPY provides as a simple, fast way to move content to a portable device,” noted Mary Daily, Executive Vice President, North America Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, in the press release. “DIGITAL COPY puts the disc at the center of the digital revolution happening in households nationwide and meets the entertainment needs of the entire family from the TV, to the computer to an iPod.”

The first wave of DVDs to debut with DIGITAL COPY include the studio’s comedies NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, OFFICE SPACE, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, GRANDMA’S BOY, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, DODGEBALL and SUPER TROOPERS, and action favorites BEHIND ENEMY LINES, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, DIE HARD, FANTASTIC FOUR, HIDE & SEEK, I, ROBOT, INDEPENDENCE DAY, SPEED, THE TRANSPORTER, X-MEN, X2: X-MEN UNITED and X3: THE LAST STAND. Additionally, the all-new RENO 911!: MIAMI – MORE BUSTED THAN EVER UNRATED CUT will also be released with DIGITAL COPY on September 23.

To further consumer education, every Fox DVD with DIGITAL COPY will feature dedicated packaging with an overview of how DIGITAL COPY works to show just how easy it is to transfer a film to a personal video player.

As the pioneer of DIGITAL COPY, Fox was the first studio to introduce DVDs with DIGITAL COPY for iTunes with the January 2008 release of the Family Guy “Star Wars” parody FAMILY GUY PRESENTS: BLUE HARVEST, announced at the annual Macworld Conference in San Francisco. To date, the studio has issued several new releases with DIGITAL COPY for iTunes including WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STREET KINGS, HITMAN, JUNO, ALIENS VS. PREDATOR-REQUIEM and JUMPER.

Each title will be available individually for a suggested retail price of US$19.98 / CDN$21.98.

25 Comments

  1. This move makes too much sense.

    Perhaps the management at Twentieth Century Fox needs to have a little sit down chat with the record industry and explain to them that success in the digital era means finding ways to work with computers instead of against consumers.

    Bravo.

  2. most of the crap out of hollywood is crap, a sequel or a remake.

    most of it is over priced.

    not apple’s fault.

    I am happy to spend money on something hollywood sells if they would sell something worthwhile.

  3. Handbrake? Yes, but this fully delivered, chopped,, chromed and toasted set of files is a step in the right direction. When companies attempt to work with us the consumers, we should give them there due and reward them as much as practical with sales. If you really want to own a copy of a movie, and it is on that Fox list, I would buy it for $20 rather than rent and Handbrake (which really is cheating).

  4. Whatever. Yawn. You don’t see these in the UK so I’ll still be using handbrake. They announced this last year, are there even any good (and current) films that they’ve released for digital copy?

  5. ffs… these studio types just don’t get it.

    I *don’t want* a ‘digital’, ‘special’, or ‘extra’ copy of the movie if I already have it on a regular DVD. Just let me rip it like i do CDs (into an iTunes-like library) and let me watch it on whatever i want (laptop, desktop, iPod or *gasp* TV).

    Stupid friggin’ a-holes. Stop trying to control consumers and they’ll most likely stop buying bootlegs.

  6. I’d rather just buy them from iTunes and download the movies. I hate having all of the discs around these days. I digitized all the old discs and boxed them up and put them in storage. why start buying discs again to take up for space and add that much more to pollution and environmental damage.

    Go Green go physical product free everywhere possible.

  7. @Nutcracker
    Rip it like you do a CD? How about simply copying the file an importing it in to iTunes? No ripping required. I don’t mind ripping with Handbrake because I have a Mac Pro with 8 cores that can do it in less then 15 minutes. But what about others that don’t have 8 cores and have to wait two hours?

    Heck even 15 minutes seems to much when it would only take the time to copy and import in to iTunes.

  8. This story has led me to invent a verbalization for an idea who’s time has come, a comparison of:

    Amount of time/money we have “coming in”

    -vs-

    Amount of time/money we have “going out”

    Let’s call it:

    “National Productivity/Entertainment Economic Value Ratio”

    For this example the ratio is 1:1 because:

    Are a lot of folks doing good to MAKE $10.00 an hour

    Then they’ll have to SPEND $10.00 an hour

    Those making $10 an hour are not getting good value, imho, for their entertainment dollar as they watch, for $10 an hour, most any of the movies listed above.

    Just a seed for an idea, we’ll tighten it up in time for the Book ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Thanks, BC

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