Anchor Bay Press Release: The Peter Jennings Collection

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE PETER JENNINGS COLLECTION

    Six investigative documentaries hosted by Peter Jennings
    to be released as a double disc DVD

    October 18, 2005



    Peter Jennings’ remarkable career as a broadcast journalist spanned over four decades and bridged two centuries. A Canadian by birth, Jennings was, in turn, a fearless reporter, a respected foreign correspondent and an award winning news anchor.

    His international perspective, keen instincts and passionate interest in the human condition in times of triumph and trials informed his work and his life.

    Now, Anchor Bay Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of six full length specials on a two-disc dvd entitled, “The Peter Jennings Collection”. This collection will be available for the SRP of $29.98.

    These prime time, investigative documentaries, produced between 2003 and 2005, were critically acclaimed when originally broadcast on ABC and include:

    How to Get Fat Without Really Trying – An examination of the cost and cause of North American’s soaring obesity rates. Is the food industry and the federal government to blame?

    Ecstasy Rising – Ecstasy has become the party drug of choice for millions of teenagers. Where did it come from? Who gains from others’ pain? Did the government’s anti-ecstasy campaign actually promote its use?

    LAPD – Big city, big city crime. Ride with the police officers from one of the most dangerous precincts in America as they attempt to serve, protect and survive their gang infested neighbourhood.

    Guantanamo – From day one of the War on Terror, controversy has surrounded the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. It holds almost 600 prisoners from 40 countries. They have no rights, no legal representation and are not treated according to Geneva Conventions. Is this a permanent stain on America’s reputation as a defender of democratic principles?

    No Place to Hide – Post 9/11, has video surveillance in the guise of security forever revoked an individual’s right to privacy? The debate continues.

    From the Tobacco File – The shocking true story of an industry under siege. But why has the US Congress failed to regulate American’s number one killer? Tragically, just eleven months after this documentary aired, Peter Jennings died of lung cancer which he attributed to his years of smoking.

    Anchor Bay Entertainment is an established leader in the field of home entertainment. The company offers an expansive selection of award-winning, notable theatrical films including “Time Bandits” and “Halloween,” classic television programming such as “Three’s Company,” “Highlander” and much of the Stephen J. Cannell library, traditional children’s fare featuring the ever-popular Thomas & Friends collection and Mister Rogers Neighborhood, the impressive Manga anime line and chart-topping fitness titles including the "Crunch" and "For Dummies" series. Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with its co-owned sister companies, Film Roman Inc., Mainframe Entertainment Inc. and DKP Studios, is aggressively developing a wide range of original programs and concepts in addition to licensing existing brands and films.
     
  2. Chris_Morris

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    Wow, that was quick. I wonder if these were in production before his death, or just a quickly thought of way to capitalize?
     
  3. Hugh Jackes

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    Given Jennings' lung cancer announcement in April, the ghouls had ample opportunity to put the package together in time to capitalize on his likely death.
     
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    It's not that hard to pull together a few already completed TV programs and turn them into a DVD. Probably a two-day project if you don't do anything fancy.
     
  5. Todd Hostettler

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    Anchor Bay was quick to get out Three's Company after Ritter died, too.

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    If you look really, really close, you can see a vulture on the deck of the boat. [​IMG]
     
  6. Jeff#

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    I have no problem on a DVD company taking advantage of a famous person's death. The best time to sell is when people are in mourning. Both Jennings and Ritter have their fans. Why not give them the shows they want to see again? [​IMG]
     
  7. Jonny P

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    Personally, I would never buy a "best of" set. I'd much rather to be able to collect all of the episodes so I can remember it all "as it really was" in chronological order.

    So...I will be content to wait until "ABC World News Tonight: The Complete First Season" is released on DVD...

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