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'Eagles: Hell Freezes Over' Audio DVD holds the record

Written by Jari Ketola @ 27 Jul 1999 4:34

Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading DVD licensee and distributor has held the number one DVD music chart position for the 16th week in a row for the exclusive release, Eagles: Hell Freezes Over, according to Videoscan, the industry's most respected reporting agency.
The DVD release also holds the distinction of being the number one selling music title in the history of the DVD format.

Featuring classic live performances of ``Hotel California,'' ``Tequila Sunrise,'' ``Take It Easy,'' ``New York Minute,'' and thirteen more Eagles' hits, the DVD also contains a DTS audio-only bonus track of ``Seven Bridges Road.'' The concert was recorded during the band's sell-out reunion tour in 1994.

Image released the program in two packaging configurations, one of which highlighted the presence of a DTS 5.1 multichannel soundtrack. The actual DVDs, in both configurations, were identical, containing both DTS 5.1 and PCM stereo soundtracks.

DTS-branded packaging appeals to retailers selling to a more audio-savvy consumer, whereas the non-branded packaging is appropriate for the mass-merchants and general DVD audience. Sales of the DTS-branded DVD are very strong, accounting for more than 35% of the overall sales.

These strong numbers indicate that a robust market for DTS-encoded DVD programming exists.

The Company expects to release additional DTS DVD music programming in the coming months beginning with Bee Gees: One Night Only and Joni Mitchell: Painting With Words and Music in October. Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope Tour, The Paris Concert For Amnesty International and Sheryl Crow: The Globe Sessions Tour 1999 will follow.

Martin W. Greenwald, Image's President and CEO, said, ``We are extremely pleased by the acceptance of DTS DVDs in the marketplace. There is a significant fan base out there, and with the DTS multichannel audio option being incorporated into most home theater hardware, a whole new contingent of devotees is creating a demand for more DTS DVD software.

``Our real strength in DVD right now is with music programming. We have over 100 DVD music titles in release or set for imminent release, with more being added to our schedule monthly. Whenever possible, we will be filling the pipeline with programming showcasing the extraordinary multichannel audio resolution DTS affords the consumer,'' Greenwald concluded.

Image Entertainment, Inc. has exclusive DVD license and distribution agreements with a number of program suppliers, including Universal, Orion and Playboy. The Company is also the largest licensee and distributor of laserdiscs with the most extensive library of titles in the industry

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Buy the record breaking DVD here for only $17.99!

(Press Release released at

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