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DVDs Apr. 17-23, 2001  Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 April 2001

BAMBOOZLED (New Line Home Video), released theatrically last year, is director Spike Lee’s controversial comedy/drama about a black television writer who uses racial stereotypes to create a hit show. Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Savion Glover, Tommy Davidson and Michael Rapaport star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and English 2.0 Surround. Extras include an audio commentary track by Lee, a making-of featurette, 19 deleted scenes, an animated art gallery, music videos, cast and crew filmographies, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features.

BILLY ELLIOT (Universal Studios Home Video), released theatrically last year, is the critically acclaimed English comedy/drama about a little boy (Jamie Bell) in a coal mining town in the English Midlands who wants to become a ballet dancer. Stephen Daldry directs a cast headed by Julie Walters as the boy’s dance teacher. Aspect ratio is widescreen anamorphic; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include a making-of featurette, production notes, a trailer and DVD-ROM features.

CONEHEADS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a new DVD release of the 1993 comedy, based on the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketch about a family of aliens trying to pass for normal in suburban New Jersey. Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Michael McKean and David Spade star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer.

HAMLET (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is director Michael Almereyda’s digital-age adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama. This version is set within the walls of New York’s Denmark Corporation, starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Diane Venora and Julia Stiles. The film is in color, with an English-language soundtrack; no format details are available.

THE LADIES MAN (Paramount Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is director Reginald Hudlin’s comedy about a smooth talker (Tim Meadows) who finds himself wooed by a mysterious love letter and pursued by a lot of angry husbands unhappy about their wives’ extramarital flings. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include cast and crew interviews and the theatrical trailer.

SPACE COWBOYS (Warner Home Video), released theatrically last year, is director Clint Eastwood’s high-flying tale of four aging veterans (Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, Donald Sutherland) who find themselves unexpectedly given a new chance at space flight. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include four featurettes – a making-of, special effects, an expanded version of the Jay Leno sequence and a look at editor Joel Cox – and the theatrical trailer.

STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director Harold Ramis’ 1995 comedy built around Al Franken’s determinedly optimistic SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE character Stuart Smiley. Franken, Laura San Giacomo, Harris Yulin and Shirley Knight star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer.

SUMMER RENTAL (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1985 comedy starring John Candy as an air traffic controller who rents a beach cottage for a summer vacation with his family. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer.

TIGERLAND (Fox Home Video), released theatrically last year, is director Joel Schumacher’s well-received drama about a Stateside Marine boot camp during the Viet Nam war. Colin Farrell stars. 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 Surround, with English and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from the director, the theatrical trailer and Farrell’s screen test.

THE YARDS (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a bleak crime drama from director James Gray, starring Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director Gray, a making-of short, a trailer and original conceptual art.







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