Japan broke a DVD record recently.

In a story from Variety, video distributor VAP launched "1 million DVDs of the two-part fantasy/suspense smash Death Note... on the Japanese sell-through market on March 14."

This sets a record for a movie released in 2006.

VAP has apparently "shipped 500,000 sets containing Death Note and the follow-up Death Note: The Last Name.

The films were released by Warner Bros. "in June and November" and they "grossed a total of Y8 billion ($67.8 million) with 2.53 million admissions -- more than any Japanese pic in 2006."

Death Note came out on DVD February 14, while Death Note: The Last Name was released on on March 14.

The two film set "contains a 150-minute extras disk, a music CD and a 32-page booklet, in addition to the two pic disks."

The films are based on a popular comic book directed by Shusuke Kaneko. They "tell the story of a mysterious notebook that deals death to anyone whose name is written in its pages. Tatsuya Fujiwara stars as a college student who finds the notebook and begins a reign of terror, Kenichi Matsuyama, as the sweets-loving detective mastermind who tries to stop him."

Evan Jacobs