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Wheedle’s Groove, the award-winning film chronicling Seattle’s forgotten soul/funk scene of the 60s and 70s, is now available on DVD! With narration by the incomparable Sir Mix-A-Lot, interviews with the stars of Seattle Soul, and commentary from local music icons like Quincy Jones, Kenny G, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie and Mudhoney, the film shines a powerful light on a vibrant and prolific musical movement that “grooved” Seattle decades before the grunge wave that put us on the map. The new DVD—which you can pick up via iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and a host of national retailers– also includes deleted scenes, concert footage, a What’s a Wheedle featurette and more. Also included the DVD special features is the film’s theatrical trailer, which you can peep below in case you just can’t wait until you pick up your own copy of the Groove.
Whether the public has a right to make a “fair use” copy of DVDs is on trial in a San Francisco federal court. Yet the public may never know whether the verdict was reached fairly because the presiding judge removed the press just as the nuts and bolts of the case was to be aired out. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel’s contempt for the media is widely known by the San Francisco tech press. Patel, a Carter appointee, presided over the Napster trial in one of the smallest courtrooms in the San Francisco federal building – despite unsuccessful press pleas that the high-profile case be moved to a substantially larger courtroom that perpetually sits vacant. Hence, many reporters were excluded for lack of space.
New York Times
RealNetworks says it wants to help increase DVD sales by allowing people to copy their movie discs. Hollywood studios say that idea will only hurt their already struggling business. The two sides square off in a federal court here on Friday to determine who prevails. The case is ostensibly about RealDVD, a $30 software program that allows users to save digital copies of Hollywood DVDs to their computers — a capability the movie industry strenuously objects to, worrying that it will stimulate piracy and undermine the budding market for digital downloads.
Nirvana’s headline gig at 1992’s Reading Festival is to be released on DVD. Titled ‘Life Takes No Prisoners’, the gig sees the band play 27 songs including covers of ‘s ‘More Than A Feeling’, Fang’s ‘The Money Will Roll Right In’ and ‘The Star Spangled Banner’. Notorious due to Kurt Cobain coming onstage in a wheelchair and wearing a white hospital robe for the duration of the performance, the gig is considered one of Nirvana’s best.
Time Warner is betting that a strategy that keeps out-of-print books from disappearing may also work for movies. Print-on-demand technology makes it feasible to produce a single copy of an otherwise out-of-print book. Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is adopting a similar approach to movies not currently available on DVD, with the release of the Warner Archive Collection. The collection made its debut Mar. 23 with 150 of the thousands of decades-old titles that have not previously been available on DVD. The new collection may be the last best hope for getting copies of hard-to-find movies.