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Francis Ford Coppola Releases Short Video in Support of His Lost Classic, ``One from the Heart,'' Exclusively on Amazon.com

Legendary Director Teams with Amazon.com to Debut Exclusive Video, Hoping the Film It Supports "Will at Last Find an Audience" via the Global Online Retailer

SEATTLE--Feb. 4, 2004-- American Zoetrope and Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced the debut of a short video, available exclusively on Amazon.com, which features rare footage and commentary by Francis Ford Coppola about the making of his 1982 feature film, "One from the Heart," starring Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest, Raul Julia and Nastassia Kinski. In the video, Coppola also discusses the making of the film's Oscar(R) nominated soundtrack which was composed by Tom Waits and performed by Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle.

"One from the Heart," which opened to mixed reviews more than two decades ago and was subsequently pulled from theaters by Francis Ford Coppola, was re-released by his new "American Zoetrope DVD" label on January 27 as a two-disc Special Edition DVD. "The problem we always had with 'One from the Heart' was overcoming all of the bad press and premature criticism that we endured before the film was finished -- which was filtered through the entertainment media," said Francis Ford Coppola.

The Amazon.com video, which Francis Ford Coppola supervised, contains footage of Coppola speaking to Amazon.com customers about the making of "One from the Heart" as well as scenes he personally selected as highlights from the more than six hours of bonus material currently available on the just released DVD. No purchase is necessary to view the Francis Ford Coppola content exclusive, which is available beginning today as a video stream at: www.amazon.com/dvd.

"During the filming of 'One from the Heart' in 1981, we built ourselves a new kind of film studio, availing ourselves of some of the new equipment that was just emerging, including networked personal computers. We coined the term 'the Electronic Cinema' to describe what we were aiming for," said Francis Ford Coppola. "It seems appropriate to me now that we can take advantage of some of the fabulous technology available today, like the Internet and Amazon.com, to reach out directly to the public. Perhaps the film will at last find an audience."

"Amazon.com is dedicated to offering our customers both vast selection and detailed product information," said Bill Carr, Amazon.com's director of Books, Music, Video, and DVD. "We are delighted to team with Mr. Coppola to make his labor of love widely available to our millions of customers around the world. The video short Mr. Coppola created for Amazon.com customers provides truly unique and interesting insight into the eclectic history of this film."

An additional short clip is also available exclusively at Amazon.com in which Francis Ford Coppola explains his unusual choice to use the classic "Academy" aspect ratio of 1.33:1. In the video exclusive, he explains that the format, which offers a film frame that is more square than modern "widescreen" films, was chosen as an homage to the great filmed musicals of the 1930s and 1940s.

The "One from the Heart" two-disc special edition DVD, which was produced and distributed by American Zoetrope, is available at Amazon.com for $22.46, a 25% discount. The newly released and expanded soundtrack, which features two previously unavailable Tom Waits songs, liner notes written by Francis Ford Coppola and other bonus extras, is also available at Amazon.com for $10.99.

About "One from the Heart"

"One from the Heart" is a musical fantasy and offbeat love story set amidst the glitter of Las Vegas. It stars Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest, the late Raul Julia, Nastassia Kinski, Lainie Kazan and Harry Dean Stanton. The two-disc Special Edition DVD features a brand-new (2003) high definition transfer from the original camera negative supervised by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. The DVD also features the new documentary "Tom Waits and the Music of One from the Heart" and is available on the new "American Zoetrope DVD" label (distributed by Fantoma).

More information on the film, including photos and video clips can be viewed at: www.onefromtheheartmovie.com

In conjunction with the release, a newly remastered expanded edition of the soundtrack album -- featuring two previously unreleased bonus tracks and a newly created music video conceived by Coppola's late son Gian-Carlo -- arrived in stores January 27 on Columbia/ Legacy/Sony Music Soundtrax, a division of Sony Music.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and sellers list millions of unique new and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, kids and baby and home and garden.

Amazon.com operates six Web sites: www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.co.jp and www.amazon.ca.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to potential future losses, significant amount of indebtedness, competition, commercial agreements and strategic alliances, seasonality, potential fluctuations in operating results and rate of growth, foreign exchange rates, management of potential growth, system interruption, international expansion, consumer trends, inventory, fulfillment center optimization, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002, and all subsequent filings.


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