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Vue signs 'Wonderland' deal with Disney

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Alice In Wonderland - Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter
Vue Entertainment has entered into what it describes as an "an important and far-reaching agreement" with The Walt Disney Company UK over the DVD release of new movies.

Cinema chains have been in conflict with the studio over the decision to make Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland available in shops just 12 weeks after its theatrical launch.

Vue today confirmed that it will show the film at all of its 69 UK and Republic of Ireland cinemas from March 5, with Disney being given flexibility to hit retail dates for DVDs and Blu-rays on a limited number of films.

The company's chief executive Tim Richards said: "We are delighted that we have reached an agreement with our partners at Disney.

"This is a win win for everyone in the entertainment business and in particular for our customers by offering greater film choice. This agreement is also likely to grow the business for all the key stakeholders."

He added: "We are looking forward to showing Alice in Wonderland in Digital 3D at Vue and wish it great success both in cinema and later on DVD/Blu-ray."

Cineworld has also reached a deal with Disney over the issue, while Odeon has confirmed a boycott of the movie at its UK and Ireland branches.

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