Will British audiences be robbed of the chance to see Alice In Wonderland because of Disney's DVD plans? British cinemaowners are preparing for a showdown with The Mouse than may include boycotting Tim Burton's new movie altogether.

The Guardian reports that cinema chains Odeon, Vue and Cineworld - who, in total, own 95% of the country's 3D theaters - are preparing to refuse to screen the movie in protest over Disney's decision to shorten the time between cinema release and DVD release from 17 to 12 weeks. Disney distribution chiefs are flying to the UK to negotiate a more beneficial settlement, although sources are describing the decision as a "take it or leave it" one. It's not only Britain that's facing a shortening between cinema and home release; Disney are doing the same in the US and Italy with much less trouble.

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UK cinema chains may boycott Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland [Guardian.co.uk]