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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Tuesday, 14 May 2002

ALI (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Michael Mann’s 2001 biographical drama about the famed prize fighter. Will Smith won an Oscar nomination for his performance. Aspect ratio is 2.40:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

ALL THE VERMEERS IN NEW YORK (World Artists Home Video) is a 1990 drama starring Emmanuelle Chaulet and Stephen Lack, directed by Jon Jost. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include an isolated music track with a concert version of the film score, a souvenir booklet and the trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS (Image Entertainment) is a 1973 English horror film about a mental institution, starring Ian Ogilvy and directed by Roy Ward Baker. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include audio commentary by Ogilvy, stills and the trailer. MPAA rating is R.

ANTHONY TROLLOPE’S THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (Warner Home Video) is a two-disc set of the BBC miniseries drama starring David Suchet, directed by David Yates. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE AVENGERS ’68 SET 3 (A&E Home Video) is a two-disc set of the series. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE AVENGERS ’68 SET 4 (A&E Home Video) is a two-disc set of the series. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

BIG EDEN (Wolfe Video) is a two-disc set of a charming, scenic 2001 romantic comedy about a gay New Yorker moving back to his childhood home to take care of his ailing grandfather. Arye Gross and Eric Schweig star. Thomas Bezucha directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. Extras include commentary by Bezucha, a making-of featurette, bonus footage, extended scenes, a pictorial soundtrack, cast and crew interviews and recipes. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BLINK 182 – THE URETHRA CHRONICLES VOL. 2 (Universal Music and Video) is a new release on the band. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE BLUE PLANET – SEAS OF LIFE PT. 3 (Warner Home Video) is a documentary on aquatic life. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include making-of featurettes, a photo gallery and fact files. There is no MPAA rating.

THE BLUE PLANET – SEAS OF LIFE PT. 4 (Warner Home Video) is a documentary on aquatic life. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include making-of featurettes, a photo gallery and fact files. There is no MPAA rating.

BRIGHAM CITY (Spartan Home Entertainment) is a 2001 murder mystery set in a Mormon community. Wilford Brimley and Richard Dutcher star; Dutcher directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1968 period battle drama, starring Trevor Howard and Vanessa Redgrave, directed by Tony Richardson. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English and French Dolby Digital 2.0, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

ESCAPE FROM ALASKA (First Look Pictures) is an actioner starring Thomas Ian Griffith and Caroleen Feeney, directed by Steve Kreschel. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

FIST OF FURY – SPECIAL EDITION (Toi Seng Video) is a 1995 Hong Kong action film starring Donnie Yen. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE 400 BLOWS (Fox Lorber) is Francois Truffaut’s classic 1959 drama a youth surviving school. Jean-Pierre Leaud stars. Aspect ratio on the black-and-white film is 2.35:1; sound format is (original language track) French 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by Glenn Kenny, production notes and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

FRIENDS – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Warner Home Video) is a four-disc set of the popular comedy starring Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

GOOD NEIGHBORS – THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON (Acorn Media) is a two-disc set of the popular Britcom’s 1978 season. Richard Briers, Paul Eddington, Penelope Keith and Felicity Kendall star. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE HARVEY GIRLS (Warner Home Video) is a 1946 musical starring Judy Garland and Ray Bolger, directed by George Sidney. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Sidney, three deleted scenes, a stereo remix of "On the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe," a singalong and a scoring session of music cues. There is no MPAA rating.

HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR (Music Video Distributors) is a 1995 drama starring Raymond J. Barry, Paul Williams and David Selby, directed by James Bruce. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (BBC Video) is a two-disc set of the screamingly funny 1981 TV series, based on Douglas Adams’ radio plays, about an Englishman who finds himself traveling through space with an odd assortment of companions after the destruction of Earth. Simon Jones and David Dixon star; Alan J.W. Bell directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of featurette, "Don’t Panic," a tribute to Adams, a recording of the radio series, optional onscreen production notes, deleted scenes, a photo gallery, an introduction by Peter Jones, a Pebble Mill talk show segment, a "Tomorrow’s World" segment and a trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1959 adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle novel about the adventures of his detective, Sherlock Holmes. Peter Cushing plays the sleuth; Christopher Lee is an adversarial nobleman. Terence Fisher directs. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound formats are English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras include a featurette with actor Lee and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

I WANT TO LIVE! (MGM Home Entertainment) is the fact-based 1958 drama that won Susan Hayward a Best Actress Oscar as a death row inmate. Robert Wise directs. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound formats are English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 2001 made-for-cable drama about sisters in Latin America standing up to political oppression. Salma Hayek stars; Mariano Barroso directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

JERRY MAGUIRE – SPECIAL EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1996 hit comedy/drama starring Tom Cruise as a sports agent. Cuba Gooding Jr. won a Supporting Actor Oscar as his most promising client. Renee Zellweger also stars; Cameron Crowe writes and directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by filmmaker Crowe, video commentary by actors Cruise, Gooding and Zellweger, a Bruce Springsteen music video, a featurette on being a sports agent with Drew Rosenlaus, Gooding’s "Rod Tidwell" commercial, rehearsal footage with optional commentary, the mission statement, a photo gallery, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is R.

JUSTICE LEAGUE (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 animated superhero feature, starring the voices of Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum, Kevin Conroy and James Remar. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include character biographies. There is no MPAA rating.

KHARTOUM (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1966 epic about the desert warrior, starring Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier, directed by Eliot Elisofon and Basil Dearden. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

THE LAST WALTZ (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1978 concert documentary featuring the Band, directed by Martin Scorsese. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include commentary by Scorsese and Band frontman Robbie Robertson, a new remix and transfer, a making-of featurette, outtakes, a photo gallery an eight-page booklet by Robertson and the trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

THE LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Image Entertainment) is a 1971 action fantasy starring Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner and Samatha Eggar, directed by Kevin Billington. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. MPAA rating is PG.

MACBETH (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Roman Polanski’s 1971 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is a 1977 animated feature about A.A. Milne’s beloved bear and his boy. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified, with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras include a Carly Simon music video, "A Day for Eeyore" short, a making-of featurette, a game, a DVD storybook, a Winnie the Pooh scrapbood and the "Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" song. MPAA rating is G.

‘N SYNC – POP ODYSSEY LIVE (BMG/Jive/Silvertone) is a 2001 concert feature on the band. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 2001 parody of the teen sex genre, starring Chyler Leigh and Jaime Pressly, directed by Joel Gallen. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

OCEAN’S ELEVEN – WIDESCREEN EDITION (Warner Home Video) is the all-star 2001 caper film remake starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Soderbergh and writer Ted Griffin, commentary by actors Pitt, Garcia and Damon, two making-of featurettes, four trailers and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13. The film is also available in a full-screen edition.

OLD YELLER (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is a two-disc release of the 1957 boy-and-his-dog frontier tearjerker starring Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk, Fess Parker and Kevin Corcoran, directed by Robert Stevenson. Aspect ratio is 1.75:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include commentary by actors Kirk, Parker and Corcoran and animal trainer Bob Weatherwax, the animated short "Bone Trouble," a retrospective making-of short, an interview with Kirk, "Dogs" Lost Treasures, production archives, 1957 Disney studio album and theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is G.

THE PARENT TRAP (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is a two-disc release of the 1961 comedy starring Hayley Mills in a dual role as twin sisters trying to get their divorced parents back together. Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara also star; David Swift directs. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified, with Spanish subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by director Swift and actress Mills, the animated short "Donald’s Double Trouble," a making-of featurette, a featurette on the songwriting Sherman Brothers, production archives, lost treatures "Who’s the Twin?", a 1961 Disney Studio album and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is G.

POLLYANNA (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is a two-disc edition of the 1960 film about an unflappably optimistic girl (Hayley Mills). Jane Wyman also stars; David Swift directs. Aspect ratio 1.75:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include commentary by director Swift and actress Mills, the animated short "Nifty Nineties," a making-of featurette, a "Recreating Pollyanna’s America" featurette, a "1912" featurette, Walt Disney TV introductions, production archives and Walt Disney Studios 1960 Studio album. MPAA rating is G.

PORTISHEAD – ROSELAND NEW YORK (Universal Music and Video) is a 1998 feature of the band in concert. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

RACE THE SUN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1996 sports film starring Halle Berry and James Belous, directed by Charles T. Kanganis. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

RE-ANIMATOR (THE MILLENNIUM EDITION) is a two-disc release of director Stuart Gordon’s bloody, campy 1985 horror cult hit about a mad scientist who brings the dead back to life (sort of). Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified. Extras include commentary by director Gordon, commentary by producer Brian Yuzna and actors Combs, Abbott, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson, an isolated score, new interviews with Gordon, Yuzna and writer Dennis Paoli, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, five TV spots, storyboards, a photo gallery, biographies and filmographies. There is no MPAA rating.

SPIDER-MAN – THE ULTIMATE VILLAIN SHOWDOWN (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a new compilation of animated episodes concerning the comic book webslinger. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, with English closed-captioning. Extras include the villain showdown, "Stan Lee’s Soap Box," a rogues’ dossier and Lee’s episode introductions. There is no MPAA rating.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a six-disc, 22-episode set of the science-fiction series’ 1988-89 season. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include interviews with producer Gene Roddenberry, the cast and crew, an in-depth look at continuing characters and new crew members, behind-the-scenes looks at key episodes, including interviews with production staff, discussion with producer Rick Berman and a tour of various sets and props. There is no MPAA rating.

SWEET HEARTS DANCE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1988 romantic comedy/drama about two couples played by Don Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Daniels and Elizabeth Perkins. Robert Greenwald directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

TESLA – TIMES MAKING’ CHANGES: THE VIDEOS AND MORE (Universal Music and Video) is a 2002 release on the band. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0. There is no MPAA rating.

TRANSFORMERS – COMPLETE SERIES 1 (WEA Corp.) is a four-disc, 16-episode set of the animated series, starring the voices of Scatman Crothers, Casey Kasem, Don Messick and Frank Welker. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include outtakes and anomalies, the Japanese opening, U.S. bumpers, Japanese bumpers, the Episode 4 script, highlights from the Transformers convention and two limited edition cels. There is no MPAA rating.

THE VIKINGS (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1958 action-adventure starring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis, directed by Richard Fleischer. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a photo gallery with audio commentary by director Fleischer and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

WAKING LIFE (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is director Richard Linklater’s surreal blend of live-action and animation, starring Ethan Hawke. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with French subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by director Linklater and others, commentary by 25 animators, animation software tutorials, deleted live-action scenes, selections from audition tapes, a making-of featurette, a Sundance Channel documentary, Subiston short films and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.







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