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Amazon.com Celebrates Hitchcock's Centennial Birthday

Ultimate Selection of Classic Hitchcock Films, Free Information and Trivia Now Available at the Amazon.com Video Store--Chance to Win a Video Library of Hitchcock's Work

SEATTLE, June 22, 1999--/PRNewswire/--Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), the No.1 online video retailer, today introduced the Amazon.com Alfred Hitchcock Tribute, the ultimate destination for dedicated film buffs and new admirers alike to learn everything there is to know about Hitchcock and his work.

The June 22 launch date comes 53 days prior to Hitchcock's centennial birthday on August 13, in celebration of the 53 full-length feature films he created. The Amazon.com Alfred Hitchcock Tribute offers a comprehensive selection of Hitchcock films, from Psycho to Easy Virtue, as well as free expert editorial content, and fun trivia. The tribute area is a searchable and easy-to-use resource to help visitors find their favorite Hitchcock films, books and music and discover almost anything about his life and art (www.amazon.com/hitchcock).

"Diehard Hitchcock fans, film buffs, and movie lovers alike now have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about Hitchcock--and create their own collection of favorite films--all in one convenient place," said Anne Hurley, editor in chief of the Amazon.com Video Store. "Amazon.com has compiled a comprehensive selection of Hitchcock films, books and music with free, exclusive editorial features that cannot be found anywhere else."

Beginning June 25, visitors to the site will have the chance to win a complete library of Hitchcock's 49 films currently available on video. Visitors can register to win by entering their name and e-mail address, and on August 13, in celebration of Hitchcock's centennial birthday, the grand-prize winner will be selected from all registered entrants. (See Amazon.com's Web site for official rules & regulations).

Col Needham, an expert on Hitchcock and creator of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), joined the Amazon.com editorial staff to help create the Hitchcock site, utilizing his wealth of knowledge about Hitchcock, in addition to information from IMDb. Part of the Amazon.com family, and linked to the site, IMDb (www.imdb.com) is a valuable research tool for movie tips, trivia, and facts and figures about Hitchcock as well as countless other filmmakers and their work.

Exclusive editorial features in the Amazon.com Hitchcock Store include:

  • "Hitchcock 101"--Specific Hitchcock films highlighted with in-depth commentaries from Amazon.com contributors and guest writers (including Peter Rainer of New York magazine).
  • "Exploring Hitchcock"--Amazon.com writers introduce various lists that highlight particular characteristics of Hitchcock's films, such as "The Meaning of Suspense," "Hitchcock's Women," and "Hitchcock's Dark Humor."
  • "Customer Picks"--Hitchcock fans post their own reviews of their favorite Hitchcock films.
  • "Trivia"--Film buffs test their true knowledge of Hitchcock and his works with daily trivia questions.
  • "Top Ten"--Find Hitchcock's top-10-selling movies with this regularly updated list.
About Amazon.com
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 video, and No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest SelectionTM with free electronic greeting cards, online auctions, and more than 4.7 million book, music-CD, video, DVD, and computer-game titles. Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where people can find and discover anything they may want to buy online. As part of its efforts to provide the best shopping experience for customers, Amazon.com provides secure credit-card payment, personalized recommendations, streamlined ordering through 1-ClickSM technology, and hassle-free auction bidding with Bid-ClickSM.

Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present. Amazon.com also operates LiveBid.com (www.livebid.com), the sole provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.

In addition, Amazon.com has invested in leading Internet retailers that are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more convenient: drugstore.com, an online retail and information source for health, beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy, at www.drugstore.com; Pets.com, the largest pet-supply company on the Internet and a valuable source of free information for pet owners, at www.pets.com; HomeGrocer.com, the first fully integrated Internet grocery-shopping and home-delivery service, with operations in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, at www.homegrocer.com.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, risks related to auction services, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances. 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, 1998 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 1999.

Amazon.com, Amazon.com Auctions, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Internet Movie Database, PlanetAll, LiveBid.com, Earth's Biggest Selection, Bid-Click, and 1-Click are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc., or its affiliates. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.