July 18, 2005-- Posted at 4: 30 PM CDT
WASHINGTON, PRN-- To mark the 60th anniversary of VJ Day and the ultimate end of World War II, the USO and Fox Home Entertainment have joined forces to support America's troops. Fox Home Entertainment will promote 26 of its classic war titles on DVD, donating a portion of the total sales to the USO. This donation, totaling $150,000, will support USO programs benefiting military personnel and their families.
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The DVDs will arrive in stores nationwide July 26, with 50 cents of each DVD's purchase price donated to the USO. Each DVD also will carry a "Support Our Troops" sticker on the package, and copies of each movie will be distributed to the USO's 121 centers worldwide.
Fox is commemorating World War II by collectively releasing the finest war classics in its arsenal, including several Oscar(R) winners and nominees, such as "The Thin Red Line," "The Longest Day," "Twelve O'Clock High," and the compelling biopic "Patton," celebrating the 35th anniversary of its original release. The films bring together mega stars Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, George C. Scott, Richard Burton, Sean Connery and George Clooney in powerful story lines that weave patriotic tales of bravery and treachery in unforgettable battles. Fox also will conduct a "Direct To Sailor" film festival with these titles via the U.S. Navy's closed-circuit network that feeds to all U.S. Navy ships deployed around the world.
"The USO is proud to partner with Fox Home Entertainment on a promotion that will inspire and entertain the troops and audiences globally, as well as help us continue our programs and services for men and women in uniform," said USO president and CEO Edward A. Powell.
Steven Feldstein, Fox Home Entertainment's senior vice president of Corporate and Marketing Communications, said, "The USO is a symbol of America's commitment to the men and women of our armed forces, and we are proud to support our troops with a program that will benefit them at home and abroad."
About the USO: For more than 64 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale and recreation-type services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by World Partners Anheuser-Busch Companies, AT and T Corporation, Avon Products, Inc., BAE SYSTEMS, Bass Pro Shops, Clear Channel Worldwide, The Coca-Cola Company, Computer Systems Center, Inc., Johnson and Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Military Channel, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other organizations, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at http://www.uso.org.
About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment: A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on VHS and DVD as well as video acquisitions and original productions. Each year the Company introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets around the world. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a News Corporation company.
CONTACT: Christine Phillip of USO, +1-703-908-6485, or Adrianna Bustamanteof Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, +1-310-369-5369
Web site: http://www.uso.org/