The home video industry
isn't seeing the big-movie spikes it's used to, and that's a problem. On the other hand, mid-level titles, many of which
failed to make much of an impact at the box office, are doing great. At this point, retailers and distributors alike
have virtually no idea which titles are going to stick – and home entertainment growth is way down as
Speaking of unpredictability, studio niche arms had a great year. Take a look at Universal:
each weekend as King Kong disappoints Daddy, Brokeback Mountain gives baby sister branch Focus
Features cause for celebration. Heading into the Oscars and Sundance, says Ian Mohr, these studio-sponsored indie
divisions will be the ones to watch.
There is conceivably more news to report from Variety today, but
their website is giving me problems right now.