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Thursday, 11 April 2002

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (VCI/FFI) is the acclaimed 1974 telefilm starring Cicely Tyson and directed by John Korty, about an African-American woman, more than a century old, reflecting back on the events of her life. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD’S A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE TRILOGY (Acorn Media) is a four-disc boxed set of three miniseries – A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, HOLD THE DREAM, TO BE THE BEST – based on the novels by Bradford about a woman (played in her youth by Jenny Seagrove, and in later years by Deborah Kerr) who founds a business dynasty. Liam Neeson also stars. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE CLASH – WESTWAY TO THE WORLD (Sony Music Video) is a 2000 feature on the band. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English PCM Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include the director’s cut of “Westway to the World,” previously unseen footage from 1982, interviews, a photo gallery and a discography. There is no MPAA rating.

DELIBERATE INTENT (MTI Home Video) is a 2000 thriller starring Timothy Hutton. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

GUMBY (WEA Corp.) is a seven-disc boxed set of the Claymation series created by Art Clokey, with over 100 episodes covering 1956-1997. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1, digitally remastered; no sound format information is available. Extras include an interview with creator Clokey and his son Joe, an interview with voice actor Dal McKennon, the pilot episode, storyboards, new Claymation scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, a miniature Gumby and Clokey’s early art films with an introduction. There is no MPAA rating.

HIGH HEELS AND LOW LIFES (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a moderately amusing 2001 crime comedy about two women friends (Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack) in London who team up to rob a gang of bank robbers. Michael Gambon also stars; Mel Smith directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette and an action montage. MPAA rating is R.

JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 documentary, originally shot in the IMAX format, narrated by Liam Neeson and directed by Stephen Judson and Greg MacGillivray. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include a making-of featurette. There is no MPAA rating.

MASSIVE ATTACK – ELEVEN PROMOS (EMI Distribution) is a new feature on the band. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

MAYBE BABY (USA Home Entertainment) is a fairly intelligent, bittersweet comedy about a London couple whose marriage is endangered when the husband writes a script about their efforts to conceive a child. Hugh Laurie, Joely Richardson, Joanna Lumley and James Purefoy star; Ben Elton directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

MEGADETH – RUDE AWAKENING (BMG Distribution) is a new feature on the metal band. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE (Universal Studios Home Video) is director David Lynch’s acclaimed 2001 surreal thriller about altered identities in Hollywood. Naomi Watts and Laura Harring star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

NO MAN’S LAND (MGM Home Entertainment) is the 2001 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, about two men from opposite sides in the Bosnian conflict trapped together. Danis Tanovic directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is Serbo-Croatian Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SERENDIPITY (Miramax Home Entertainment) is an agreeable 2001 romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as two people who trust their relationship to fate. Jeremy Piven and John Corbett also star; Peter Chelsom directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, the director’s production diary, deleted scenes with director commentary, a stills gallery, storyboards and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

SHACKLETON – THE GREATEST SURVIVAL STORY OF ALL TIME – COLLECTOR’S EDITION (A&E Home Entertainment) is a three-disc set of the recently-aired miniseries about the Antarctic explorer, starring Kenneth Branagh. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. Extras include a 50-minute making-of documentary, the “Biography” episode on Shackleton, a two-hour History Channel program on Antarctica and a biography/filmography of Branagh. There is no MPAA rating.

S.O.S. TITANIC (Image Entertainment) is a 1979 movie about the famous seafaring disaster, starring David Janssen, Susan St. James, Cloris Leachman, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm and David Warner. William Hale directs. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include a music and sound effects track. There is no MPAA rating.

SPY GAME – WIDESCREEN EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 2001 film about a CIA agent trying to rescue his protégé. Robert Redford and Brad Pitt star; Tony Scott directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Scott, audio commentary by the producer, deleted scenes with director commentary, a making-of featurette, storyboards narrated by the director, requirements for CIA acceptance and production notes. MPAA rating is R. The film is also available in a full-screen edition.

SURVIVING DESIRE (Wellspring) is a 1991 early feature from director Hal Hartley, starring Martin Donovan. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE TRUTH ABOUT JANE (Starlight Home Entertainment) stars Ellen Muth as a teenager who comes out as a lesbian to her middle-class parents (Stockard Channing and James Naughton) in this 2000 TV drama. Lee Rose directs. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.







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