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DVDs Apr. 23-29, 2002  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Monday, 29 April 2002

BABYCAKES (Hens Tooth Video) is a 1989 English-language remake of a German romantic comedy about a heavyset young woman who sets out to seduce a handsome man. Ricki Lake and Craig Sheffer star; Paul Schneider directs. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE BATMAN SUPERMAN MOVIE (Warner Home Video) brings the two heroes together in a 1998 animated feature. Timothy Daly, Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Clancy Brown and Dana Delany provide the voices. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese 2.0 Stereo, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an interview with producer Bruce Timm, a music montage, drawing instructions and a game. There is no MPAA rating.

BATMAN – THE ANIMATED SERIES – THE LEGEND BEGINS (Warner Home Video) is a 1992 animated feature about the origins of the Caped Crusader. Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Roddy McDowall and Ron Perlman are featured in the voice cast. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0. Extras include animation tests, an introduction by the producer, a game and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 2001 action thriller starring Owen Wilson as a U.S. aviator who finds himself on the run from Serbian soldiers, while his commander (Gene Hackman) tries to mount a rescue. John Moore directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Moore and editor Martin Smith, audio commentary by producers John Davis and Wick Godfrey, a making-of featurette, an alternate main titles and end titles sequence with optional commentary, an alternate montage with optional commentary, three extended scenes and an Easter Egg. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (Artisan Entertainment) is a 1978 thriller based on Ira Levin’s novel, about a Nazi plot that comes to light in the present. Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier star; Franklin J. Schaffner directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

CASTLE FREAK (Koch Full Moon Releasing) is a 1995 horror film about a creature terrorizing a remote structure. Jeffrey Combs stars; Stuart Gordon directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS (Fox Lorber) is director Francois Truffaut’s 1983 romantic drama starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Fanny Ardant. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1, in black-and-white; soundtrack is in French (no format information is available), with English subtitles. Extras include production notes. MPAA rating is PG.

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (Artisan Entertainment) is a 1976 thriller about a Nazi plot to assassinate Winston Churchill. Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Jenny Agutter star; John Sturges directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

EUGENE O’NEILL’S A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN (BROADWAY THEATRE ARCHIVE) (Image Entertainment) is a 1975 stage production starring Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, directed by Jose Quintero. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

EXTREME PREJUDICE (Artisan Entertainment) is director Walter Hill’s 1987 contemporary Western crime thriller, starring Nick Nolte and Powers Boothe. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0, with English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes. MPAA rating is R.

FREEWAY (Republic Studios) is a 1996 thriller about a runaway (Reese Witherspoon) who tangles with a serial killer (Kiefer Sutherland). Matthew Bright directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Bright and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

HITCHED (USA Home Entertainment) is a 2001 thriller starring Anthony Michael Hall and Sheryl Lee Diamond, directed by Wesley Strick. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE INSPECTORS 2 – A SHRED OF EVIDENCE (Showtime Entertainment 2) is a 2000 thriller about postal investigators, starring Louis Gossett, Jr., Jonathan Silverman and Michael Madsen, directed by Brad Turner. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE ITEM (Artisan Entertainment) is a well-regarded micro-budget 1999 horror film, directed by Dan Clark. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

JULES AND JIM (Fox Lorber) is director Francois Truffaut’s 1962 black-and-white classic about a triangular friendship. Jeanne Moreau and Oskar Werner star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is (original language track) French Dolby Digital 2.0, with English subtitles. Extras include a tribute to Moreau, awards and production notes. There is no MPAA rating.

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN – See EUGENE O’NEILL’S A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, above.

MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON (Artisan Entertainment) is director Bob Rafelson’s 1990 fact-based drama about an expedition to find the source of the Nile River. Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Fiona Shaw and Richard E. Grant star. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

MY FIRST MISTER (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 2001 drama about a friendship between a 17-year-old longer (Leelee Sobieski) and a 49-year-old proprietor of a men’s clothing shop (Albert Brooks). Christine Lahti directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Lahti. MPAA rating is R.

NOVOCAINE (Artisan Entertainment) is a 2001 black comedy film noir about a dentist mixed up in duplicity and murder. Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter and Laura Dern star; David Atkins directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Atkins, a making-of featurette, the "Bitten" documentary, an isolated soundtrack and score and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

OUT OF THE BLUE (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1983 drama about a supremely dysfunctional family, starring and directed by Dennis Hopper. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include audio commentary by Hopper, executive producer Paul Lewis and distributor John Alan Simon, the theatrical trailer, the TV spot, a radio spot and the theatrical poster in 4.5"x7" size. MPAA rating is R.

THE PASSION OF AYN RAND (Showtime Entertainment 2) is a 1999 made-for-cable drama about the famous author, focusing on an extramarital affair. Helen Mirren, Peter Fonda and Eric Stoltz star; Christopher Menaul directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

RAMBLING ROSE (Artisan Entertainment) is a 1991 comedy/drama about the effect of a spirited young woman (Laura Dern) on a ‘50s household. Robert Duvall, Diane Ladd and Lukas Haas also star; Martha Coolidge directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

REPO MAN (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is director Alex Cox’s surreal 1984 science-fiction comedy about a car repossessor who comes across a vehicle with something otherworldly in the trunk. Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary with director Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas and actors Sy Richardson, Del Zamora and Zander Schloss and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – LIVE AT THE ALBERT (EMI Distribution) features the rocker in performance in London. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

TRANCERS (Koch Full Moon Releasing) stars Tim Thomerson in this much-sequeled 1985 science-fiction film about a man battling monsters. Helen Hunt also stars. Charles Band directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. MPAa rating is PG-13.

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (Anchor Bay Entertainment) stars James Taylor (yes, the musician/songwriter) and Warren Oates in a 1971 drama about drag-racing. Monte Hellman directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include audio commentary by Hellman and associate producer Gary Kurtz, a featurette on Hellman and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1980 comedy starring Bill Murray and Peter Boyle, loosely based on the life and writings of Hunter S. Thompson. Art Linson directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. MPAA rating is R.







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