LAT: Hollywood puzzler: Why did Paramount poke theater owners in the nose?

by brian
October 19, 2009 6:34 AM
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If there's one thing theater exhibitors hate, it's a studio that shaves a few weeks off the window between a film's release in theaters and its arrival in DVD stores. The customary window these days is about 120 days, but Paramount has aroused the ire of exhibitors everywhere with its announcement that "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" would debut in DVD-land on Nov. 3, just 88 days after its initial theatrical release. Patrick Goldstein reports.

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