Versatile Media One announce first free monthly VersaDisc

GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 26, 1998 — Software publisher Versatile Media
One (VM1) announced today that “Telling Lies in America,” starring Kevin
Bacon and Brad Renfro, will be their first free giveaway DVD movie
release. Bacon plays a sleazy but charismatic radio disc jockey who
lures a naive young immigrant (Renfro) into a web of deceit and
dishonesty. Set within the world of rock “n” roll radio in 1960, the
story is from an original screenplay by “Basic Instinct” screenwriter
Joe Eszterhas. A compelling menu of classic tunes highlights the
soundtrack, including “Medium Rare,” an R&B number written by Bacon.
The San Francisco Chronicle called the movie “amusing and poignant,”
while the Chicago Tribune’s Roger Ebert praised Bacon’s performance as
“one of his best.”

VM1 presents “Telling Lies” in its original full-length format, with no
edits and no interruptions, in MPEG-2 video and AC-3 audio on the first
production edition of VersaDisc, VM1’s original digital magazine on a
DVD disc. This first edition ships in October. Consumers in the North
American market (only) may obtain a free monthly subscription to
VersaDisc, with nothing to buy and no strings attached, by signing up at
VM1’s website ( In addition, DVD retailers may contract
with VM1 to bundle VersaDisc with their retail sales products. VM1’s
website will have hotlinks to all VersaDisc bundlers and suppliers.

Each monthly issue of VersaDisc offers a free full-length movie from a
major studio. VersaDisc movies may be played in DVD Video Players
and/or in computers equipped with DVD-ROM drives. Future editions of
VersaDisc will include films starring major actors such as William Hurt,
Juliette Binoche, Martin Sheen, Lara Flynn Boyle, Patricia Arquette and
others. On the flipside, VersaDisc is a DVD-ROM magazine with a wide
variety of interactive content including full-length music videos,
playable video game demo’s, children’s programming, educational and
instructional software, more film clips, magazine articles, and more.
Internet hotlinks are included on VersaDisc so that viewers can play the
digital magazine’s content, then easily visit the website of each
content provider if they choose.

“Telling Lies in America” — running time 101 minutes. Rated PG-13 for
sexual situations. Cast: Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Maximillian Schell,
Calista Flockhart, Paul Dooley. Written by Joe Eszterhas; directed by
Guy Ferland.

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