WAL-MART VIOLATES STREET DATE ON DVD RELEASES

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Supercenter store #100 here had sale displays of two Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVDs, "The Cider House Rules" and the Jet Li title "The Defender," four days before their Aug. 15 street date. Such violations are not uncommon throughout the industry, but store #100 is a special case -- it's located across the street from Wal-Mart's general office.When notified of the

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Supercenter store #100 here had sale displays of two Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVDs, "The Cider House Rules" and the Jet Li title "The Defender," four days before their Aug. 15 street date. Such violations are not uncommon throughout the industry, but store #100 is a special case -- it's located across the street from Wal-Mart's general office.

When notified of the situation, the official on duty -- assistant store manager Doug Vaske -- said that the

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