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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Thursday, 06 December 2001

AC/DC STIFF UPPER LIP LIVE (WEA/Elektra Entertainment) features the band in concert. There is no format information avilable. There is no MPAA rating.

ALMOST FAMOUS UNTITLED – THE BOOTLEG CUT (DIRECTOR’S EDITION) (Universal Studios Home Video) is a new three-disc edition of writer/director Cameron Crowe’s smart, funny and touching quasi-autobiographical tale of a 15-year-old reporter (Patrick Fugit) on the road with a Led Zeppelin-like band in the year 1973. Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Two versions of the film are included – the theatrical version released in 2000 and Crowe’s cut, with 36 minutes of additional footage. Extras include commentary by the director and his mother, Alice Crowe, a new making-of featurette, deleted scenes with commentary and six songs from the onscreen band Stillwater on CD, Crowe’s list of Top 10 Albums of 1973, production notes, the trailer, Nancy Wilson’s original music for the DVD menu and the shooting script with Crowe’s notes. MPAA rating is R.

AMERICA – A TRIBUTE TO HEROES (TELETHON) (WEA/Warner Home Video) is a DVD edit of the telethon of the marathon concert held Oct. 20, 2001, to benefit the victims of Sept. 11. The DVD features performances by Mich Jagger, Wyclef Jean, Billy Joel, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Johnny Rzeznik, Richie Sambora, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, the Edge, Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Fred Durst, Alicia Keys, Enrique Iglesias, the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Faith Hill, among others. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English PCM Stereo. There is no MPAA rating.

AMERICAN OUTLAWS (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, is a far-fetched version of the Jesse James Western legend. Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Gabriel Macht, Timothy Dalton and Terry O’Quinn star; Les Mayfield directs. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Mayfield, co-writer John Rogers and film editor Michael Tronick, four making-of featurettes on various aspects of the film, publicity and storyboard galleries, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE AMY FISHER STORY (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1993 originally made-for-TV drama based on real-life incident in which a young woman shot her married lover’s wife. Drew Barrymore and Anthony John Dennison star; Andy Tennant directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital Stereo. Extras include additional nude scenes. There is no MPAA rating.

BABYLON 5: THE GATHERING (PILOT)/IN THE BEGINNING (Warner Home Video) is a two-disc set, featuring both the pilot for J. Michael Straczynski’s five-season space saga and a spin-off movie prequel. Michael O’Hare and Mira Furlan star. Aspect ratio on THE GATHERING is full-screen 1.33:1; aspect ratio on IN THE BEGINNING is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

BEETHOVEN’S 4TH (Universal Studios Home Video), is 2001 a comedy sequel about the further adventures of a St. Bernard in suburbia. Judge Reinhold is the human star; David M. Evans directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include production notes, the trailer and TV spots. MPAA rating is PG.

BILL AND TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY (MGM/UA) is the 1991 sequel that follows the further adventures of two amiable time-traveling doofuses (Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter) who this time must contend with their evil robot doubles and the personification of death (a comically inspired William Sadler). Peter Hewitt directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette. MPAA rating is PG.

BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (MGM/UA) is the 1989 comedy/fantasy about two high school would-be rockers (Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves) who travel through time to get information for their history exam. Very funny and oddly sweet – and Reeves pretty much embodies a certain type of ‘80s youth here. George Carlin and Dan Shor co-star; Stephen Herek directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

BRENDA RUSSELL (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 presentation of the Jazz Channel. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include an interview with Russell. There is no MPAA rating.

BRITTANIA HOSPITAL (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is director Lindsay Anderson’s 1982 hallucinogenic black comedy that uses a chaotic hospital as an analogy for the condition of England. Leonard Rossiter, Malcolm McDowell and Mark Hamill star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; there is no other format information available. MPAA rating is R.

CLASSIC ALBUMS – IRON MAIDEN: THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (Pioneer Video) is a 2001 release. Aspect ratio is widescreen; there is no other format information available. There is no MPAA rating.

CLASSIC ALBUMS – LOU REED: TRANSFORMER (Pioneer Video) is a 2001 release. Aspect ratio is widescreen; there is no other format information available. There is no MPAA rating.

CLOCKWISE (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1986 comedy about an uptight, punctual man (John Cleese) who finds himself having to take increasingly drastic steps to show up on time. Christopher Morahan directs. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. Extras include a 13-minute interview with Cleese and the trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

THE CRAWLING EYE (Image Entertainment) is a 1958 science-fiction film about alien invaders, directed by Quentin Lawrence. Aspect ratio is black-and-white widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (MGM/UA) is a 1988 comedy with Steve Martin and Michael Caine as a pair of con artists. Glenne Headly also stars; Frank Oz directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Oz. MPAA rating is PG.

DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1972 twist on the venerable Robert Louis Stevenson tale, with the good doctor’s hidden side turning female as well as evil. Ralph Bates and Martine Beswick star; Roy Ward Baker directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include audio commentary by director Baker, writer/co-producer Brian Clemens and actress Beswick, a poster and stills gallery, the theatrical trailer and radio spots. MPAA rating is PG.

8 1/2 _: THE CRITERION COLLECTION (Home Vision Cinema) is a two-disc release of director Federico Fellini’s acclaimed 1963 film about a man (Marcello Mastroianni) and the women in his life. Anouk Aimee also stars. Aspect ratio is widescreen anamorphic; sound format (original language) is Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include an introduction by Terry Gilliam, audio commentary by critic/Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and New York University professor Antonio Monda, excerpts from Fellini interviews and letters, a 52-minutes 1969 documentary on Fellini, interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmuller and director of photography Vittorio Storaro, Deena Boyler’s on-set diaries, a stills gallery, the theatrical trailer and a booklet. There is no MPAA rating.

ESSEX BOYS (Touchstone Home Video) is a 2000 British gangster film, starring Charlie Creed-Miles, Sean Bean, Tom Wilkinson and Alex Kingston; Terry Windsor directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

FRANKIE & JOHNNY (Paramount Home Entertainment) stars Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in this 1991 film version of Terrence McNally’s play "Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune," a comedy/drama about an ex-con and a waitress who have a rocky romance. Nathan Lane and Hector Elizondo also star; Garry Marshall directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

FREDDIE JACKSON (Image Entertainment) is a presentation of a 2001 Jazz Channel production on the performer. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include an interview with Jackson. There is no MPAA rating.

GHOSTS OF MARS – See JOHN CARPENTER’S GHOSTS OF MARS below.

HARD CORE LOGO (Touchstone Home Video) is a 1998 mock-documentary about a rock band on the road, starring Hugh Dillon and Callum Keith Rennie, directed by Bruce McDonald. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE HOLCROFT COVENANT (Brentwood Communications) is a 1985 spy thriller based on a Robert Ludlum novel, starring Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews and Victoria Tennant. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

HOLY SMOKE! (Miramax Home Entertainment) is director Jane Campion’s 1999 comedy/drama about a young Australian woman (Kate Winslet) who starts to turn the tables on a cult deprogrammer (Harvey Keitel) brought in by her parents after she changes religions. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

(FREDDIE) JACKSON – see above.

JANET JACKSON (Universal Studios Home Video/A&M) features the singer/dancer performing. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and English PCM Stereo. Extras include a making-of documentary. There is no MPAA rating.

JOE JACKSON LIVE IN TOKYO (Universal Studios Home Video/A&M) features the performer in a 1986 concert. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and English PCM Stereo. There is no MPAA rating.

JOHN CARPENTER’S GHOSTS OF MARS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is director John Carpenter’s action-horror film about a prison colony on Mars threatened by ghosts of earlier inhabitants. Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Pam Grier and Jason Statham star. Aspect ratios are 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Carpenter and actress Henstridge, a video diary, a featurette on the films music and special effects deconstructions. MPAA rating is R.

THE LAND BEFORE TIME: THE BIG FREEZE (Universal Studios Home Video) is the latest in the animated series about dinosaur children having adventures. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include singalong and readalong features, a game and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is G.

THE LOST CONTINENT (Image Entertainment) is a black-and-white 1951 science-fiction film starring Cesar Romero and John Hoyt, directed by Sam Newfield. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1971 horror film about an erotic obsession with an attractive blood drinker. Ralph Bates, Barbara Jefford and Suzanna Leigh star; Jimmy Sangster directs. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include audio commentary by director Sangster and actress Leigh, a posters and stills gallery, the theatrical trailer and radio spots. MPAA rating is R.

MIXED NUTS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1994 comedy about a group of confused friends and neighbors in Venice, Calif. Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Juliette Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson and Anthony LaPaglia star; Nora Ephron directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

MORGAN! (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1966 comedy/fantasy about a young Englishman with a vivid imagination. David Warner and Vanessa Redgrave star; Karel Reisz directs. Aspect ratio on the black-and-white film is 1.66:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

MTV’S THE REAL WORLD YOU NEVER SAW: BACK TO NEW YORK (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a New York installment of the series with never-before-seen footage. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include a house tour, audition tapes and cast biographies. There is no MPAA rating.

ONE SMALL HERO (Monarch Home Video) is director Jennifer Marchese 1999 comedy/drama about a young boy who comes to the rescue when his friends are menaced on a camping trip. Nathan Kiley, Lindsay Lewis and Frankie Ray star. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG.

PEARL HARBOR (Buena Vista Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a two-disc set of director Michael Bay’s three-hour epic about the Japanese bombing of the Hawaiian U.S. Navy base that precipitated U.S. involvement in WWII, as well as events preceding and following the attack, with the main storyline focusing on a romantic triangle. Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an introduction by director Bay, a documentary on Pearl Harbor veterans, a featurette on returning to the U.S.S. Arizona memorial, a documentary on the attack, a documentary on heroes, interviews with the cast and Faith Hill’s "There You’ll Be" music video. MPAA rating is PG-13.

PERCY (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1971 English comedy about the recipient of the world’s first penis transplant. Hywell Bennett and Denholm Elliott star; Ralph Thomas directs. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

PITCH (MVD) features Al Pacino and Matt Dillon. No further content or format information is available about this 1997 production. There is no MPAA rating.

POKEMON: MEWTWO RETURNS (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 feature-length installment in the animated franchise about combative pocket monsters. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

SHEENA (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1984 action fantasy starring Tanya Roberts as the queen of the jungle and Ted Wass as her regular-guy love/rescue interest. John Guillermin directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

SILENT RAGE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1982 action/horror film, starring Chuck Norris as a small town lawman coping with a resurrected killer. Ron Silver also stars; Michael Miller directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SOAPDISH (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1991 farce about the actors and creative staff on a soap opera, where life imitates art. Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty and Elisabeth Shue star; Michael Hoffman directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 sets; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

SPACE HUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1983 science-fiction adventure starring Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald and Michael Ironside, directed by Lamont Johnson. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

STING: ALL THIS TIME (Universal Studios Home Video/A&M) is a new DVD featuring the singer/songwriter and his work. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include an interview with Sting and a making-of featurette. The DVD is also available in Region 2 (European) format. There is no MPAA rating.

SUMMER CATCH (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, stars Freddie Prinze Jr. as a young man from the wrong side of the tracks trying to advance himself through baseball. Jessica Biel also stars; Michael Tollin directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; 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 audio commentary by director Tollin and actress Biel, additional scenes, cast and director career highlights and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

‘TIL THERE WAS YOU (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1997 romantic comedy starring Dylan McDermott and Jeanne Tripplehorn as two people destined to be together, even though they’ve never met. Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston also star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

TORA! TORA! TORA! (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1970 epic about the Pacific in WWII, starring Martin Balsam and So Yamamura. The sections concerning the U.S. are directed by Richard Fleischer; the sections involving Japan are directed by Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 4.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, THX certified, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by director Fleischer and film historian Stewart Galbraith, a 20-minute making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is G.

TUNNEL VISION (Music Video Distributors) is a 1976 sketch comedy anthology, featuring Chevy Chase and John Candy; Neil Israel and Bradley R. Swirnoff direct. There is no format information available. MPAA rating is R.

U2: ELEVATION TOUR 2001 (LIVE FROM BOSTON) (Universal Studios Home Video/Interscope) is a two-disc set featuring the band in concert. No aspect ratio information is available; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English PCM Stereo. Extras include a 25-minute making-of featurette. There is no MPAA rating.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES: THE COMPLETE DAVY CROCKETT SERIES (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set featuring the entirety of the ‘50s TV adventure series starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include an interview with actor Parker by Leonard Maltin, Malton on the "Davy Crockett Craze," a stills gallery and an Easter Egg. MPAA rating is G.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES: MICKEY MOUSE IN LIVING COLOR (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set of Mickey Mouse shorts. Disc 1 contains 15 shorts, plus pencil tests, from 1935 and 1936; Disc 2 contains 12 shorts from 1937 and 1938. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include ""Mickey in Living Color" hosted by Leonard Maltin and an additional short as an Easter Egg. MPAA rating is G.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES: SILLY SYMPHONIES (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set of the Disney animated "Silly Symphonies" shorts: nine fables and fairy tales, five favorite characters, 10x picked by Leonard Maltin, seven with accent on music and 10 on nature on the screen. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extrasw include a featurette with Maltin and composer Richard Sherman, a featurette with Maltin and Dave Smith of the Disney Archives, a stills gallery and Easter Eggs. MPAA rating is G.

WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S II
(Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1993 sequel about two friends (Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman) trying to conceal the fact that their boss has died. Robert Klane directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

WHITE LIES (Music Video Distributors) is a 1998 film directed by Kari Skaglund, starring Sarah Polley, Tanya Allen, Jonathan Scarfe and Lynn Redgrave. There is no format information available. There is no MPAA rating.

WHITE WATER SUMMER (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1987 drama featuring Kevin Bacon as an uncommonly harsh camping counselor. Sean Astin also stars; Jeff Bleckner directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Discrete 4.0 and English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

THE YARDS (Miramax Home Entertainment) is a 2000 drama about a young man being pulled back into crime after a stint in prison. Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix star; James Gray directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by director Gray, a making-of featurette, conceptual art and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.







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