|DVDs Aug. 6-13, 2001|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Sunday, 12 August 2001|
AMERICAN PIE: ULTIMATE EDITION (Universal Home Video) is a two-disc, unrated edition of the 1999 good-natured teen sex farce starring Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari and Alyson Hannigan, directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. The DVD comes in both widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1 aspect ratios; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary by the directors, writer Adam Herz and the cast members, deleted scenes, outtakes, a making-of featurette, production notes, theatrical poster concepts, a photo montage with commentary from the directors and producers, the Tonic "You Wanted Me" music video, Tonic Live and an AMERICAN PIE 2 sneak preview/trailer. This version has no MPAA rating (the theatrical version carries an R).
AMERICAN TRAGEDY (Vidmark/Trimark) aired last year on television as a miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial. Lawrence Schiller directs a cast that includes Ving Rhames, Ron Silver and Bruno Kirby. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include the trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.
CHOCOLAT (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a romantic fable about a free-spirited woman (Juliette Binoche) who helps loosen up a staid French village. Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Alfred Molina also star under Lasse Hallstrom’s direction. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from director Hallstrom and the producers, deleted footage, a making-of featurette, a featurette on the costumes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.
AN EVERLASTING PIECE (DreamWorks SKG), released theatrically last year, is an agreeably sly comedy about two Northern Ireland barbers, one Catholic (Barry McEvoy, who also wrote the screenplay) and one Protestant (Brian F. Byrne), who go into a wig-selling business together. Barry Levinson directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English DTS Surround and Dolby Digital. MPAA rating is R.
HANOVER STREET (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1979 WWII romantic drama starring Harrison Ford and Lesley-Anne Down as star-crossed lovers in London. Peter Hyams directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby. MPAA rating is PG.
LEXX SEASON 2 VOL. 3 (Acorn Media) is the latest batch of episodes available on DVD of the science-fiction series about an organic spacecraft and its somewhat perverse crew. No format information is available. Extras include footage deemed too racy for U.S. broadcast, an interview with star Brian Downey, a making-of featurette, storyboards and trivia.
THE MEXICAN (DreamWorks SKG), released earlier this year, is a rather draggy road trip/romance starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, enlivened by James Gandolfini’s supporting turn as a hit man. Gore Verbinski directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from director Verbinski and crew members, a making-of featurette, deleted footage with commentary, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.
RECESS: SCHOOL’S OUT (Disney), released theatrically earlier this year, is an animated feature about some kids trying to thwart a diabolical plot to interfere with the school year. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby Digital. Extras include a game, "animation camp," a digital comic book, "10 Secrets of Recess," Robert Goulet’s "Green Tambourine" music video and Myra’s "Dancing in the Street" music video. MPAA rating is G.
THE SAINT VOL. 2 (A&E Home Video) is a two-disc, six episode set from the 1967 season of the TV series starring Roger Moore as a debonair hero. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include a photo gallery, a filmography and biography of Moore, "The History of the Saint" and broadcast trailers. There is no MPAA rating.
SHADOW HOURS (York Home Video), released theatrically last year, is about a young Los Angeles gas station attendant (Balthazar Getty) who falls in with a disturbing high roller (Peter Weller). Rebecca Gayheart costars. Isaac H. Eaton directs. There is no format information. MPAA rating is R.
3000 MILES TO GRACELAND (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, is a heist movie about a casino robbery with a double-crosser in the partnership. Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and Courtney Cox star; Demian Lichtenstein directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 sets; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.
VATEL (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, stars Gerard Depardieu as a heroic cook in the court of a French King. Uma Thurman and Tim Roth also star for director Roland Joffee. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.