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Friday, 19 April 2002

THE ACCUSED (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1988 drama about a young woman (Jodie Foster), gang-raped in a bar, who finds herself further victimized by the court system. Kelly McGillis and Leo Rossi also star; Jonathan Kaplan directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital Surround and French Dolby Digital Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE AVIATOR (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1985 period romantic adventure about a mail pilot and his passenger who must survive after a crash landing. Christopher Reeve and Rosanna Arquette star; George Miller directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

BEST MEN (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1997 comedy/drama about a wedding party that gets mixed up with a bank robbery. Dean Cain, Sean Patrick Flanery, Luke Wilson, Fred Ward and Drew Barrymore star; Tamra Davis directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

BLACK KNIGHT (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 2001 comedy/fantasy about a theme park employee who finds himself in medieval England. Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson and Marsha Thomason star; Gil Junger directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include commentary by director Junger, scene-specific commentary by actor Lawrence, outtakes, stunt scenes, a featurette on the choreography with Paula Abdul, making-of featurettes, storyboards, deleted scenes with optional commentary and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BREAKING IN (HBO Inc.) is a 1989 comedy starring Burt Reynolds as an experienced burglar and Casey Siemaszko as his protégé. Bill Forsyth directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.66:1; and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

CADILLAC MAN (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1990 comedy starring Robin Williams as a promiscuous car salesman who draws the wrath of a wronged husband (Tim Robbins). Roger Donaldson directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC – See VILLAGE PEOPLE – CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, below.

THE COCA COLA KID (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1985 comedy about a advertising executive (Eric Roberts) who finds himself in the Australian Outback. Dusan Makavejev directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

COLE, NAT KING – See AN EVENING WITH NAT KING COLE, below.

COMING HOME (MGM Home Entertainment), the 1978 drama about the relationship between an officer’s wife and a paraplegic Vietnam War veteran, won Oscars actress Jane Fonda, actor Jon Voight and the original screenplay by Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones and Waldo Scott, as well as receiving a Best Picture nomination. Bruce Dern also stars; Hal Ashby directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by actors Voight and Dern and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the featurette "Coming Back Home" and the featurette "Hal Ashby: A Man Out of Time." MPAA rating is R.

CUBA (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1979 romance with the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution. Sean Connery and Brooke Adams star; Richard Lester directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, French and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN – BROADWAY THEATRE ARCHIVE (Kultur) is a 1966 production of the Arthur Miller drama, starring Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock, James Farentino, George Segal and Gene Wilder, directed by Alex Segal. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DECEIVER (MGM Home Entertainment) is a clever 1998 thriller starring Tim Roth as a murder suspect under interrogation. Chris Penn also stars; Jonas & Josh Pate direct. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1: sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE DEEP END (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 2001 thriller starring Tilda Swinton as a mother going to great lengths to protect her adolescent son when the boy’s male lover is killed. Goran Visnjic also stars. David Segel and Scott McGehee direct. 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 and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by filmmakers Segel and McGehee, a Sundance Special on the film, a making-of featurette, a stills gallery and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 2001 thriller starring John Travolta as a man who fears that his young son is in danger from the boy’s new stepfather (Vince Vaughn). Harold Becker directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital Surround and French Dolby Digital Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Becker, six deleted scenes with director commentary, storyboards and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

AN EVENING WITH NAT KING COLE (Image Entertainment) is a 1995 feature on the singer. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono. There is no MPAA rating.

EXTREMITIES (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1986 drama, based on the William Mastrosimone stage play, about a woman who takes revenge on the man who raped her. Farrah Fawcett and James Russo star; Robert M. Young directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

EYE FOR AN EYE (Paramount Home Entertainment) stars Sally Field, Ed Harris, Kiefer Sutherland and Joe Mantegna in a 1996 thriller about a woman seeking revenge for the rape/murder of her daughter. John Schlesinger directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital Surround and French Dolby Digital Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

FATAL ATTRACTION – SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1987 thriller about the fallout when a married man (Michael Douglas) has a one-night stand with an unstable colleague (Glenn Close). Adrian Lyne directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital Surround and French Dolby Digital Stereo, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Lyne, interviews with director Lyne and actors Douglas, Close and Anne Archer, producers Stanley Jaffe and Sherry Lansing and writers Nicholas Meyer and James Dearden, a featurette on the cultural impact of the film, a making-of featurette, rehearsal footage, an alternate ending with an introduction by Lyne and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

FLESH AND BONE (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1993 thriller directed by Steven Kloves, starring Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, James Caan and Gwyneth Paltrow. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital Surround, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

FULL MOON IN BLUE WATER (USA Home Entertainment) is a 1988 comedy/drama starring Gene Hackman and Teri Garr, directed by Peter Masterson. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

HIDDEN AGENDA (MGM Home Entertainment) stars Frances McDormand and Brian Cox in a 1991 thriller about a government cover-up in Northern Ireland. Ken Loach directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

HIGHLANDER (THE IMMORTAL EDITION) (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is the original 1986 film about a secret race of Immortals who battle each other with swords. Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown star; Russell Mulcahy directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English 6.1 EX and English DTS. This two-disc set features the director’s cut of the film. Extras include Queen music videos, audio commentary and a CD with Queen material. MPAA rating is R.

THE HUMAN VOICE – BROADWAY THEATRE ARCHIVE (Kultur) is a 1967 production of the single-character drama, starring Ingrid Bergman and directed by Ted Kotcheff. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

HUSBANDS AND WIVES (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director/writer Woody Allen’s acidic comedy/drama about bad marriages, starring Allen, Mia Farrow, Judy Davis and Liam Neeson. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

INDECENT PROPOSAL (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1993 drama about a couple grappling with whether to accept a wealthy man’s offer of one million dollars for one night with the wife. Robert Redford, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson star; Adrian Lyne directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital Surround and French Dolby Digital Stereo, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Lyne. MPAA rating is R.

THE JANUARY MAN (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1989 comic thriller about a search for a serial killer, starring Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Alan Rickman, directed by Pat O’Connor. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

JOE (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1970 drama starring Peter Boyle as a blue-collar worker drifting into violence. Susan Sarandon also stars. John G. Avildsen directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE JOURNEY OF THE FIFTH HORSE – BROADWAY THEATRE ARCHIVE (Kultur) stars Dustin Hoffman in a 1966 stage production. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

JUNE MOON – BROADWAY THEATRE ARCHIVE (Kultur) is a 1974 production of a musical comedy featuring Stephen Sondheim, Austin Pendleton, Susan Sarandon and Estelle Parsons. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

KIDS IN THE HALL – SAME GUYS, NEW DRESSES (Music Video Distributors) is a 2000 collection of sketches by the comedy troupe. Dave Foley directs. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

LENNY (MGM Home Entertainment) is director Bob Fosse’s black-and-white 1974 drama about the ahead-of-his-time comedian. Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (USA Entertainment) is an ironic ‘50s-era black-and-white 2001 film noir from the Coen Brothers – director Joel and producer Ethan – starring Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Badalucco and James Gandolfini. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by the Coen filmmakers and actor Thornton, a making-of featurette, an interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins, deleted scenes and shots, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

NAT KING COLE – See AN EVENING WITH NAT KING COLE, above.

1969 (MGM HomeEntertainment) is a 1989 drama about three friends coping with turbulent social changes. Robert Downey Jr., Kiefer Sutherland and Winona Ryder star; Ernest Thompson directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

NOMADS (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1986 horror film about murderous arctic spirits, starring Pierce Brosnan and Leslie-Anne Down, directed by John McTiernan. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

PERFUME (Studio Home Entertainment) is a 2000 drama starring Sonia Braga, Carmen Electra, Coolio and Jeff Goldblum, directed by Michael Rymer. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

PLENTY (Republic Entertainment), based on David Hare’s stage play, is a 1985 drama about a woman who works as a spy during WWII and misses the excitement and danger thereafter. Meryl Streep, Sam Neill and Sting star; Fred Schepisi directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include an interview with director Schepisi and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

RAN (Fox Lorber) is director Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed 1985 version of Shakespeare’s MACBETH. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is (original language track) Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer and a list of awards. MPAA rating is R.

RUNDGREN, TODD – See TODD RUNDGREN, below.

TAPE (Trimark Home Entertainment) is a 2001 drama about two friends meeting up for a reunion at which revelations occur. Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman star; Richard Linklater directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE TEMP (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1993 thriller about a psychotic office worker, starring Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle, Oliver Platt, Steven Weber, Faye Dunaway and Maura Tierney, directed by Tom Holland. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

TENDER MERCIES (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1983 drama starring Robert Duvall as a former country singing star trying to recover from alcoholism. Tess Harper also stars; Bruce Beresford directs. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include a making-of documentary and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

TEXAS RANGERS (Dimension Home Entertainment) is a 2001 Western starring James Van Der Beek, Dylan McDermott and Rachael Leigh Cook, directed by Steve Miner. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THIEF OF HEARTS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1984 romantic drama about a burglar who seduces a woman after reading her diary. Steven Bauer, Barbara Williams and David Caruso star; Douglas Day Stewart directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THREE STOOGES: ALL TIME FAVORITES (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a collection of shorts starring the comedy team. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THREE STOOGIES – GREATEST HITS AND RARITIES (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a collection of shorts starring the comedy team. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Jack Sher’s lively 1960 fantasy, based on Jonathan Swift’s book, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen. Kerwin Matthews stars. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, a featurette on the "Dynamation" effects, "The Harryhausen Chronicles" featurette and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

TODD RUNDGREN – THE DESKTOP COLLECTION & 2ND WIND LIVE RECORDING SESSIONS (Image Entertainment) features the singer/songerwriter in performance. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include an interview with Rundgren. There is no MPAA rating.

TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1990 fact-based drama about a concentration camp inmate forced to box in a prison ring. Willem Dafoe and Edward James Olmos star; Robert M. Young directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and Frrench subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE UP IN SMOKE TOUR (DTS) (Pioneer Entertainment) is a 2002 documentary on a rap tour. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include an interview with Dr. Dre and a new video montage. There is no MPAA rating.

WILD ORCHID (MGM Home Entertainment) is director Zalman King’s 1990 story of the sexual awakening of a young woman (Carre Otis). Mickey Rourke and Jacqueline Bisset also star. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.







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