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Entertainer Jerry Lewis to Deliver Keynote Address at VSDA's Home Entertainment 2005; Comedy Icon Will Discuss Creative Process of Transferring His Body of Work to DVD.

ENCINO, Calif. -- Renowned entertainer and humanitarian Jerry Lewis will deliver the Keynote Address at the opening of VSDA's Home Entertainment 2005, the annual convention for the home entertainment industry. The speech will be delivered at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, in the Bellagio Ballroom of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, organizers of the show announced today.

"It is a tremendous privilege to have one of the world's great talents speak at our industry's event," said VSDA President Bo Andersen. "Mr. Lewis' timeless comedies have entertained movie lovers for generations. And today, through home video, they are being discovered by new generations and re-discovered by millions more."

Last year, ten of the classic Jerry Lewis films were released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment. Lewis was involved in every aspect of their release -- from the films' restorations to the creation of the special material. He will share the creative process involved in releasing these films on DVD with show attendees. The Jerry Lewis movies currently available on DVD are "The Nutty Professor," "The Bellboy," "The Disorderly Orderly," "Cinderfella," "The Errand Boy," "The Family Jewels," "The Ladies Man," "The Patsy," "The Delicate Delinquent," and the first Martin & Lewis title to be released, "The Stooge." All ten are due to be released in a special edition boxed set in October 2005. Due for release in 2006 for the first time on DVD are a collection of movies that Lewis co-starred in with his partner Dean Martin.

In bookstores on October 25, 2005, from Doubleday is "Dean & Me: A Love Story." Penned by Jerry Lewis and co-authored by James Kaplan, "Dean & Me" is a memoir of the fifty-year relationship that made Martin and Lewis an American institution. While the brilliant comedic duo soared to popular heights, personal differences created a rift between the two. After parting ways, the two went on to great successes as entertainers but missed the relationship they once had. Years later, Lewis' book makes a highly credible argument that his former partner Dean Martin was one of the greatest comedic talents of all time.

Jerry Lewis was one of the first and most successful pioneers to take a vaudevillian routine and transmit it to the masses. With partner Dean Martin playing the role of the straight man, the duo Martin and Lewis began making feature films in 1949 with releases such as "My Friend Irma" and "At War With The Army." After a string of 16 box office hits such as "Sailor Beware" and "You're Never Too Young," Lewis was the lone name on the marquee in 1957's "The Delicate Delinquent." Taking a trip behind the lens, Lewis directed and starred in "The Bellboy" and "The Ladies Man" before appearing in perhaps his most heralded picture, "The Nutty Professor. Other Lewis classics include "Who's Minding the Store?," "The Patsy," and "The Family Jewels." Between 1949 and 1970, Lewis starred or appeared in more than 40 films, a figure unimaginable when compared to the industry today. He also served as director, writer, and producer for many of these classic productions.

Jerry Lewis has made equally impressive contributions with his humanitarian efforts. Lewis has been the National Chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1952, and can be seen on television each year during the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, which is broadcast on 200 television stations and streamed over the Internet. Dating back to the first national Telethon in 1966, Jerry Lewis has hosted a star-studded variety show that raises funds to combat neuromuscular diseases. In 2004, the telethon raised $60.5 million to aid the research and patient care programs of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. To date, Jerry's efforts have raised over $2 billion for this cause.

Attendees interested in the convention may register online at www.HomeEntertainmentEvents.com or by phone by calling 888-778-8892 or 218-723-9130. All Access badges are $425 for VSDA members and $475 for non-members, and Exhibits and Conferences badges are $125 for VSDA members and $175 for non-members. All Access badges provide entry to sponsored events, seminars, exhibit suites, and the exhibit floor. Exhibits and Conferences badges provide entry to the seminars, exhibit suites, and the exhibit floor only. VSDA's Home Entertainment 2005 is organized through Home Entertainment Events, in which the Video Software Dealers Association is a partner.

Established in 1981, the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) is the not-for-profit international trade association for the $24 billion home entertainment industry. VSDA represents more than 1,000 companies throughout the United States, Canada, and other nations. Its members operate more than 11,500 retail outlets in the U.S. that sell and/or rent DVDs, VHS cassettes, and console video games. Membership comprises the full spectrum of video retailers (from single-store operators to large chains), video distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home video entertainment industry.

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