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Matrix to sell a million copies?

Written by Jari Ketola @ 02 Aug 1999 1:41

Warner Home Video is planning to release the sci-fi hit movie of 1999, Matrix, as both a rental and filled DVD title on September 21st. Doing this Warner hopes it will encourage salivating sci-fi fans to make Matrix the first DVD selling over one million copies.

The DVD, to sell for $24.98, will be housed on a DVD-ROM, enabling users to access additional information on the Internet, similar to DVD editions of New Line's ``Lost in Space'' and MGM's ``Ronin.''

By accessing the Internet through the disc, users can read the screenplay, view over 700 storyboards and view the scenes. A live Webcast with the picture's stars will be held 30 days after the DVD hits store shelves. Directors Andy and Larry Wachowski reportedly shot scenes for the DVD as production on picture progressed.

A Warner Home Video spokesman said the picture's sci-fi subject matter, box office success ($333 million and counting worldwide) and extra features could make it the biggest-selling DVD to date. The current record holder is the special edition of MGM's ``Tomorrow Never Dies.'' ``Titanic'' berths on DVD Aug. 31, so it will be an extremely tough competition between the two.

(information from Yahoo! News)

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