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The series proved to be immensely popular, and BMW produced a free DVD of the series, including extra features. At first, the DVD was not even marketed. A few copies were distributed to some BMW dealerships and automobile magazines, but they were in limited supply. Many dealerships had no idea that BMW had even made promotional films. To request a DVD from BMW's site, one had to visit the help center of the BMW Films site and email one's mailing address to the webmaster. Copies were slow to arrive at first, and as the method of obtaining the disc was spread solely by word of mouth, copies were highly prized. Discs were sold for large sums on eBay. Later, BMW sold the DVD directly through their website and a telephone number.
The first few pressings of the disc included all five films, but subsequent issues did not include The Follow because of rights issues. (Ed. It is rumored that Forest Whitaker approved the film for Internet distribution, and not for any other venue.)
After the films' success, BMW produced three more films in 2002 and called them "Season 2". All three featured BMW's newly introduced Z4 roadster, and Clive Owen returned as The Driver. BMW prominently sold a DVD compilation of all eight films for a nominal shipping fee.
The first five BMW films:
The next three films:
Nissan tried to capitalize on the popularity of the BMW films by producing their own short film featuring their newly reintroduced 350 Z roadster. The film was titled The Run and was directed by John Bruno (also worked on True Lies, The Abyss, and Terminator 2). The film was shown in theaters before feature films in November 2002. (The BMW films never had a theatrical release.) Nissan offered a DVD of the film for $9.95. However, The Run was never as popular as the BMW films.