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DVDs Feb. 19-25, 2001  Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 February 2001

BEAUTIFUL (Columbia/TriStar), released theatrically last year, is a not-very-funny comedy about a determined, perpetual beauty contestant (Minnie Driver). Joey Lauren Adams co-stars under Sally Field’s direction. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby Digital, with English subtitles. No further technical information available.

THE BEST OF BIG BANDS & SWING: HOLLYWOOD RHYTHM, VOL. 2 (Kino) is a compilation of Paramount black-and-white short films featuring popular singers in the big band genre, including Tallulah Bankhead, Maurice Chevalier, Bing Crosby, Ruth Etting, Jeanette MacDonald, Jack Oakie, Ginger Rogers and Kate Smith. A young Cary Grant appears in one of the shorts. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.

THE BEST OF JAZZ & BLUES: HOLLYWOOD RHYTHM, VOL. 1 (Kino) is a compilation of Paramount black-and-white short films from the ‘20s through the ‘40s on the likes of early jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong, Don Aspiazu and His Famous Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith and Fats Waller. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.

BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 (Artisan), released theatrically last year, is a more conventionally-made follow-up to the ultra-independent BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Jeffrey Donovan and Erica Leerhsen star for director Joe Berlinger. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Dolby Digital 2.0. Extras include an audio commentary from the director and the CD soundtrack on the flip side of the DVD disk.

HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME (Dimension Home Video), released theatrically last year, continues the saga of sword-wielding Immortals Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert, who starred in the three previous HIGHLANDER features) and Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul, who appeared in the TV series). Douglas Aarniokoski directed. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French and Spanish, with English subtitles. The two-disc set includes two different cuts of the film. Disc 1 has an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, an interactive game, a special effects featurette with audio commentary, hidden features and DVD-ROM content. Disk 2 has a behind-the-scenes featurette, more hidden features and DVD-ROM content.

MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX (20th Century Fox Home Video) , released in IMAX format last year, is a documentary about the star basketball player, featuring footage of his last playoffs with the Chicago Bulls. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include audio commentary from the directors/producers, a 21-minute making-of short, a two-minute featurette on the special effects in the opening sequence and Jordan’s statistics.

RATED X (Showtime Entertainment) is an unrated version of the film that premiered on Showtime cable last year. The fact-based drama about the Mitchell Brothers, the porn auteurs who made BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR, stars Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen; Estevez also directed. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track with Estevez and Sheen.

SOLOMON AND GAENOR (Columbia/TriStar) is a 1999 romantic tragedy that chronicles an affair between a young Jewish man (Ioan Gruffudd) and a Christian woman (Nia Roberts) in a Welsh village in 1912. Paul Morrisson directed. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby Digital. The dialogue is in Hebrew and Welsh, with English subtitles.

SPACE: 1999, SET 1 (A&E Entertainment) is a two-disc boxed set of the 1976 science-fiction TV series starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. Episodes include "Breakaway," "A Matter of Life and Death," "Black Sun," "Ring Around the Moon," "Earthbound" and "Another Time, Another Place." Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include a stills gallery.

SUNSET STRIP (Fox Home Video), released theatrically last year, is a comedy/drama about a day in the life of denizens of the Sunset Strip circa 1972. Simon Baker, Rory Cochrane, Anna Friel and Nick Stahl star. No format information is available.

THE WATCHER (Universal Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, stars Keanu Reeves as a serial killer and James Spader as the seriously burned-out detective on his trail. Joe Charbanic directed. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby. Extras include production notes and DVD-ROM content.

WONDERLAND (Universal Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is director Michael Winterbottom’s comedy/drama about a weekend in the life of three grown sisters in London. Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker, Ian Hart and Stewart Townsend star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound is Dolby Surround, with English subtitles.







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