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Archive for December, 2009

Adios, 2009! You were a pretty rough year for car companies, job seekers, celebrity deaths and Tiger Woods. You were, however, a great year for going to the movies. Overall, I would rate 2009 as above average, film-wise, with quite a few terrific movies being released. To close out the year on the right cinematic note, Inside Redbox is presenting you with our favorite films of the year.

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Warner Home Video and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have struck the latest blow in the seemingly eternal battle between Redbox and the Hollywood Three. Both studios recently filed motions to dismiss Redbox’s lawsuits against them in a U.S. court.

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Spoilers Ahead!

Raise a glass Paul Blart: Mall Cop fans, because your horse won the race. Coinstar-owned Redbox has revealed that the Kevin James vehicle was the most rented movie from Redbox’s  kiosks this year. According to a statement released by Redbox, customers rented more than 4.5 million copies of Blart. Total Redbox rentals topped 350 million DVDs for the year.

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When it comes to obtaining Hollywood Three workaround titles, Redbox is hedging its bets and going with the most successful films. So says frequent Redbox commenter Eric Wold, an analyst with Merriman Curhan Ford. According to Wold, recent new releases (500) Days of Summer and All About Steve, both box office disappointments, were completely absent from more than 100 checked kiosks.

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Here are you latest releases for Redbox for the rest of 2009. See you next year!

Paranormal Activity R
Starring: Katie Featherston,Micah Sloat
Genre: Horror,Horror,Thriller
Release Year: 2007
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Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise NR
Starring: Gregory Harrison
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Facing Ali R
Starring: Muhammad Ali,George Chuvalo,George Foreman
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Release Year: 2009
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Mail Order Bride NR
Starring: Greg Evigan,Daphne Zuniga,Cameron Bancroft
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Release Year: 2008
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Inside Redbox agents in deep cover obtained this image from a recent studio board meeting.

After a grueling year that saw double-digit declines in the DVD sell-through market, studio executives are trying to think positively in their predictions for the new year, and point to several indicators that their hopeful attitudes are justified.

Some Hollywood execs feel, for example, that the deep recession the country—and by extension the industry—found itself mired in this year caused a steep but impermanent decline in spending. Read the rest of this entry »

Remember those Netflix takeover rumors we told you about the other day? It seems that Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Marianne Wolk has added a little more fuel to that fire, stating that Netflix will “likely be acquired for its strengths in the rapidly growing digital video market”.

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This past summer, rumors swirled around Wall Street that online retail giant Amazon.com was interested in purchasing Netflix. The rumored acquisition did not happen then, but whisperings of a merger have started again, with computing (and media) giant Apple’s name being thrown into the mix.

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Not the Great Value version of "The Hangover", we promise.

If you’ve rented a Hollywood Three (Universal, Fox, Warner) title from Redbox lately, you might have noticed that the cover art differs greatly from the same title for rent at Blockbuster or the sell-through version. The reason behind this is that Redbox, having been denied new release titles by the studios mentioned above, has had to resort to creating its own cover art for the embargoing studios’ films that it acquires through alternate means.

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Redbox is finally gaining some traction in its efforts to circumvent the new release delays forced on it by the Hollywood Three, according to frequent Redbox commenter Eric Wold. The Merriman Curhan Ford analyst recently stated that major new releases such as The Hangover and Inglourious Basterds were available on their street date at the majority of Redbox kiosks.

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