With DVD-ROM players outpacing the growth of television set-top DVD players among consumers, New Line Home Video will attempt to push the emerging DVD home entertainment format by placing both television-viewable and computer-accessible entertainment content on a single videodisc.
The first title to reach the marketplace under New Line’s television/PC convergence strategy for DVD will be sci-fi pic “Lost in Space,” slated for release Oct. 6.
The TV set-top elements of the “Lost in Space” DVD will contain the complete sci-fi film, and other features common to well-produced DVD titles, such as information about the stars William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Heather Graham and Matt LeBlanc and director Stephen Hopkins.
But the disc will also contain content specifically designed for use on computers equipped with DVD-ROM drives, including such PC-oriented content as interactive games, the complete text of Akiva Goldsman’s original screenplay and Internet connection with links to the “Lost in Space” Web site.
“Never before has a Hollywood studio provided consumers with a DVD that fully exploits the benefits of both DVD and DVD-ROM,” said Michael Karaffa, executive vice president of New Line Home Video.
New Line partnered with Silicon Valley-based InterActual Technologies to create the DVD-ROM content for computer users.
“‘Lost in Space’ represents the beginning of a new generation of DVD entertainment that is specifically enhanced for the personal computer market,” said Todd Collart, president of InterActual.
The title, one of New Line’s Platinum Series, will carry a $24.98 pricetag.