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DVDs Aug. 14-20, 2001  Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 August 2001

BLOW DRY (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a British comedy about a hair-styling competition, starring Alan Rickman and Natasha Richardson and directed by Paddy Breathnach. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English subtitles. MPAA rating is R.

COR, BLIMEY! (BFS Entertainment and Multimedia) is a romantic drama made for British TV, starring Sid James and Barbara Windsor, directed by Terry Johnson. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DOUBLE DOWN (Avalanche Video) is a 1999 release, starring Richard Portnow, Jason Priestley and Alexandra Powers, directed by Gregory "Mars" Martin. No format information is available; there are English subtitles. MPAA rating is R.

ENEMY AT THE GATES (Paramount Home Entertainment), released earlier this year, is a fact-based story of an ongoing game of cat-and-mouse between a Russian sniper (Jude Law) and his German counterpart (Ed Harris) during the siege of Stalingrad in WWII. Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz and Bob Hoskins also star; Jean-Jacques Annaud directs. 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 deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, cast and crew interviews and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R (strong graphic war violence, some sexuality).

15 MINUTES: INFINIFILM EDITION (New Line Home Entertainment), released earlier this year, is director/writer John Herzfeld’s action drama about a publicity-courting NYPD detective (Robert De Niro) and a low-profile arson investigator (Edward Burns) trying to track down two Eastern European criminals (Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov) seeking fame through their misdeeds. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1 and the sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from director/writer Herzfeld, deleted footage with director commentary, a "True Tabloid" featurette, a "Does Crime Really Pay?" featurette, the God Lives Underwater "Fame" music video, interviews, De Niro and Burns rehearsal footage, "Oleg’s Video" footage from Taktarov’s perspective, a facts and trivia subtitle track and a DVD-ROM script-to-screen feature. MPAA rating is R (violence, language).

FLY AWAY HOME (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Carroll Ballard’s charming 1996 fact-based film about a naturalist father (Jeff Daniels) and his adolescent daughter (Anna Paquin) teaching an orphaned flock of wild geese to fly. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish, French and Portuguese, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track with director Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, an audio commentary track with composer Mark Isham with a newly-created isolated score, the "Operation Migration" featurette, the "Ultra Geese" featurette, a making-of featurette, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

FUNERAL IN BERLIN (Paramount Home Entertainment) is the 1966 espionage thriller starring Michael Caine as British spy Harry Palmer, sent to Germany to help a Russian officer (Oskar Homolka) defect. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital Mono and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

GET OVER IT (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a romantic comedy about high school students involved in a production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster and Martin Short star; Tommy O’Haver directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director O’Haver and screenwriter R. Lee Fleming, Jr., outtakes of actor Short, a making-of featurette, music videos of "Love Scud" and "The Itch" and original songs. MPAA rating is PG-13.

HOUSE PARTY 4 -- DOWN TO THE LAST (New Line Home Entertainment), released earlier this year, is the latest in the series of comedies about high-spirited gatherings, this one directed by Chris Stokes and starring Marques Houston and David Roberson. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of featurette and an IMX music video. MPAA rating is R.

THE HUNTER (Paramount Home Entertainment) stars Steve McQueen in his last feature film role in this 1980 drama based on the life of contemporary bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson. Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold and LeVar Burton also star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (Universal Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, is a live-action fantasy based on the animated series about an all-girl rock band. Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Alan Cumming and Parker Posey star; Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont direct. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from the directors and producers, a making of featurette and deleted footage. MPAA rating is PG-13.

ORDINARY PEOPLE (Paramount Home Entertainment) is the 1980 Best Picture Oscar-winning drama about a family in a tailspin after the death of a son. Mary Tyler Moore (Best Actress winner), Timothy Hutton (Best Supporting Actor winner), Donald Sutherland and Judd Hirsch star; Robert Redford won the Oscar for his direction. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital Mono and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

A PLACE IN THE SUN (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director George Stevens’ 1951 adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s novel "An American Tragedy," starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. The film won six Academy Awards. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include new interviews with actress Taylor, George Stevens, Jr. and associate producer Ivan Moffat, the featurette "George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him," an audio commentary from Stevens, Jr. and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating (the film was made prior to the implementation of the ratings system).

SHORT CIRCUIT 2 (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1988 follow-up to the original film about an unusual-looking, friendly robot. Fisher Stevens and Michael McKean star; Kenneth Johnson directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish, French and Portuguese, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles. Extras include a profile on actor Stevens and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES VOL. 29 (Paramount Home Entertainment) contains two 1968 episodes of the classic science-fiction TV series, "Elaan of Troyius," in which the Enterprise is enlisted in ferrying the bride to a diplomatic interplanetary marriage, and "The Paradise Syndrome," in which Kirk vanishes. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound formats are remastered English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include original broadcast trailers. There is no MPAA rating (G in Canada).

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES VOL. 30 (Paramount Home Entertainment) contains two 1968 episodes of the classic science-fiction TV series, "The Enterprise Incident," in which Kirk orders the Enterprise into Romulan territory, and "And the Children Shall Lead," which guest-stars Melvin Belli as Gorgon the Friendly Angel, a most unfriendly presence. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound formats are remastered English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include original broadcast trailers. There is no MPAA rating (G in Canada).

TIME AND TIDE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 2000 Hong Kong action film, directed by the acclaimed Tsui Hark, starring Nicholas Tse and Wu Bai. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is Dolby Digital (no information available on languages), with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from director Hark and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

TOMCATS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) released theatrically earlier this year, is a comedy concerning three buddies whose lives are impacted by a bet concerning who will be the last man left unmarried. Jerry O’Donnell, Shannon Elizabeth and Jake Busey star for writer/director Gregory Poirier. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French, with English and French subtitles. Extras include filmographies, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

WHEN DINOSAURS ROAMED AMERICA (Artisan Entertainment) is a TV special that aired earlier this year about the lives of dinosaurs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include two making-of featurettes, dinosaur facts, a dinosaur quiz and a photo gallery. There is no MPAA rating.







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