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DVDs Apr. 10-16, 2001  Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 April 2001

BOUNCE (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a romantic comedy/drama about a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes involved with the widow (Gwyneth Paltrow) of a plane crash victim. Don Roos directed. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include a feature-length audio commentary track with director Roos, Affleck, Paltrow and producer Bobby Cohen, a making-of featurette, an outtake reel, deleted footage with audio commentary, the featurette "Ben and Gwyneth Go Behind the Scenes" and the music video "Need To Be Next To You."

DUNE (Artisan Entertainment) is the DVD release of the 2000 Sci Fi Channel six-hour adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic about a struggle for control of a sandy planet that produces a spice that makes space travel possible. John Harrison directs a cast headed by Alec Newman, William Hurt, Saskia Reeves and Ian McNeise. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a 30-minute making-of featurette, a photo gallery with stills and sketches, production notes and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro’s interactive written treatise "Cinematographic Ideation of Frank Herbert’s Dune."

FUNNY FACE (Paramount Home Entertainment) is the 1957 musical romantic comedy that teams Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn as a photographer and model, respectively, working together in Paris. Stanley Donen directs and George and Ira Gershwin provide the now-classic songs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English 5.1 Surround and restored English and French Mono, with English subtitles. The film has been remastered for DVD release. Extras include the nine-minute "Paramount in the ‘50s" featurette, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

MEN OF HONOR (Twentieth Century Fox Home Video), released theatrically last year, is a drama based on the true story of Carl Brashear, a sharecropper’s son who endured horrendous racial prejudice in the course of realizing his goal of becoming a U.S. Navy diver. Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars as Brashear, with Robert De Niro as his adversary/mentor. Charlize Theron also stars; George Tillman, Jr. directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track with director Tillman, actor Gooding, producer Robert Teitel and screenwriter Scott Marshall smith, a making-of featurette, an alternate ending and 11 deleted scenes with commentary from the director, animator storyboards with commentary from the director, the documentary "Master Chief: A Tribute to Carl Brashear," the theatrical trailer and the Brian McKnight music video "Win."

NURSE BETTY (USA Home Video), released theatrically last year, is an imaginative, extremely funny and sometimes startlingly violent comedy about a soap opera fan (Renee Zellweger) who reacts to a trauma by suddenly believing wholeheartedly that the soap characters are real. She sets off in search of them, oblivious to the two hitmen (Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock) on her tail. Neil LaBute directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen anamorphic; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director LaBute and stars Zellweger, Freeman, Rock and Greg Kinnear, a second audio commentary track from the director, producer, composer, director of photography and costume designer, segments of "A Reason to Live" (the heroine’s soap opera), deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer and six TV spots and Easter eggs.

ON CUKOR (Fox Lorber) is director Robert Trachtenberg’s documentary on director George Cukor, originally shown on television as part of the "American Masters" series. The DVD includes previously unshown interviews with Mia Farrow, Jack Lemmon and Mia Farrow. No format information is available.

PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1964 romantic comedy about a screenwriter (William Holden) who falls for his assistant (Audrey Hepburn). Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles. The film has been remastered for DVD release. Extras include the theatrical trailer.

SABRINA (Paramount Home Entertainment) is the 1964 romantic comedy about the chauffeur’s daughter (Audrey Hepburn) who falls in love with a charming scoundrel (William Holden) whose family employs her father. The rascal’s older brother (Humphrey Bogart) woos Sabrina in order to keep her out of the younger sibling’s clutches. Billy Wilder directs. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1 full-screen; sound formats are English and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles. The film has been remastered for DVD. Extras include a 12-minute making-of featurette, a photo gallery and theatrical trailer.

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (Paramount Home Entertainment), won Oscars for 1983’s Best Picture, Director (James L. Brooks), Actress (Shirley MacLaine), Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson) and screenplay (Brooks again, adapting Larry McMurtry’s novel). Debra Winger also stars in this tale of a rocky mother-daughter relationship. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track by filmmaker Brooks, co-producer Penny Finkelman and production designer Polly Platt and the theatrical trailer.

WHAT’S COOKING (Vidmark/Trimark), released theatrically last year, is director Gurinder Chadhra’s comedy drama about a group of interconnected women in Los Angeles all coping with diverse family lives. Julianna Margulies heads up the cast. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound is in English (no sound format information is available), with English subtitles.







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