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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Tuesday, 12 February 2002

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: SERIES 4 (BBC Video) contains all six episodes of the British comedy’s fourth season, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; no sound format information is available. Extras include commentary by star/creator Saunders and producer Jan Plowman, the "Mirror Ball Special" starring Saunders and Lumley, outtakes and a who’s who guide. There is no MPAA rating.

AFTER THE FOX (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1966 comedy/drama about con men, starring Peter Sellers and Victor Mature, directed by Vittorio de Sica from a screenplay by Neil Simon. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE SEAGULL (Broadway Theatre Archive) (Image Entertainment) stars Frank Langella, Blythe Danner and Lee Grant is a 1975 production. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (Warner Home Video) is a 1952 drama about Hollywood, starring Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas, directed by Vincente Minnelli. Aspect ratio is on the black-and-white film is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a TCM documentary on Turner and a scoring session for the music cues. There is no MPAA rating.

BEING THERE (Warner Home Video) stars Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine in this 1979 comedy/drama about a simple gardener who is hailed as a political genius. Hal Ashby directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Hi-Fi, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE (Vidmark/Trimark) is director Anne Wheeler’s cut of her charming 1999 Canadian lesbian romantic comedy starring Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox and Peter Outerbridge. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include director’s cut footage, commentary by director Wheeler and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

BILLY’S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS (Vidmark/Trimark) is director Tommy O’Haver’s 1998 gay romantic comedy, starring Sean Hayes and Brade Rowe. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director O’Haver, a music promo and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

BLIND DATE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Blake Edwards’ 1987 comedy about a disastrous first date. Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BLUE MOON (Fox Lorber) stars Ben Gazzara and Rita Moreno in a romantic fantasy about an older couple visited by a mysterious young couple. John Gallagher directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE BLUE PLANET: SEAS OF LIFE PT. 1 (Warner Home Video/BBC Video) is a documentary on marine life. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a making-of featurette, an interview with Douglas Allen, a music video, a photo gallery and fact files. There is no MPAA rating.

THE BLUE PLANET: SEAS OF LIFE PT. 2 (Warner Home Video/BBC Video) is the second installment of the documentary on marine life. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a making-of featurette, an interview with Penny Allen, a photo gallery and fact files. There is no MPAA rating.

CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 2001 romantic drama about an occupying Italian soldier who falls in love with a Greek woman during WWII. Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz and Christian Bale star; John Madden directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Madden, a making-of featurette, a Russell Watson music video, a soundtrack spot and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

CAST A GIANT SHADOW (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1966 war movie starring Kirk Douglas, directed by Melville Shavelson. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

CLIFFHANGER: COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1993 action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow, about a mountain rescue worker threatened by robbers. Renny Harlin directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Harlin, audio commentary by star Stallone, audio commentary by crew members, a making-of featurette, three deleted scenes with director commentary, an introduction by director Harlin, two special effects making-of featurettes, storyboard comparisons, photo galleries and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE DARK CRYSTAL (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the Jim Henson/Frank Oz 1982 fantasy, animated with Henson Creature Shop-style figures, about a quest to save a mythical land. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a 60-minute making-of documentary, two deleted scenes, original workprint scenes, character drawings and profiles, the isolated score by Trevor Jones, production notes and trailers. MPAA rating is PG.

DARLING BUDS OF MAY COLLECTION (BFS Entertainment) is a five-disc set of the British comedy starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and David Jason. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DOWN IN THE DELTA (Miramax Home Entertainment) is Maya Angelou’s 1998 directorial debut, about a woman (Alfre Woodard) who returns to her small-town roots. Al Freeman Jr. also stars. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE FIFTH OF JULY – See LANFORD WILSON’S THE FIFTH OF JULY, below.

FOSSE (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 production featuring a 32-member cast, headed by Ann Reinking, performing the choreography of the late Bob Fosse. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTSW, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. There is no MPAA rating.

FRENCH & SAUNDERS: AT THE MOVIES (BBC Video) is a 1994 production featuring the English comedy duo of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

FUNNY LADY (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1975 musical starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, the real-life figure she first played in FUNNY GIRL. Omar Sharif, James Caan, Roddy McDowall and Ben Vereen also star; Herbert Ross directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

GET OVER IT (Miramax Home Entertainment) is a 2001 teen romantic comedy about complications surrounding a school production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Sisqo 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. Extras include audio commentary by director O’Haver and writer Lee Fleming Jr., a making-of featurette, Martin Short outtakes, two music videos, Short’s makeup test and original songs. MPAA rating is PG-13.

GHOST WORLD (MGM Home Entertainment) is the acclaimed 2001 comedy/drama about a rebellious teen, starring Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi and Scarlett Johansson, directed by Terry Zwigoff. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

GIRL WITH GREEN EYES (MGM Home Entertainment) is a black-and-white 1966 British drama starring Peter Finch, Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave, directed by Desmond Davis. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

HEART (Spartan Home Entertainment) is a 1999 British Gothic drama starring Saskia Reeves and Christopher Eccleston, directed by Charles McDougall. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

THE HEARTBREAK KID (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1972 comedy starring Charles Grodin as a young man who falls in love with a strange woman while on his honeymoon. Cybill Shepherd and Jeannie Berlin also star; Elaine May directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: THE REAL STORY (Artisan Entertainment) is a 2001 miniseries that revises the familiar fairytale. Brian Henson directs a cast headed by Matthew Modine, Mia Sara and Darryl Hannah. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, a special on the Henson Creature Shop and production notes. There is no MPAA rating.

KLUTE (Warner Home Video) is the 1971 thriller that won Jane Fonda an Oscar for her role as an unhappy call girl involved with a murder investigation. Donald Sutherland also stars; Alan J. Pakula directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; languages are (original track) English and (dubbed) French, no formats specified, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

LABYRINTH (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Jim Henson’s 1986 musical fantasy about a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who comes to Fairyland in search of her little brother. David Bowie stars as the Goblin King and wrote the songs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.
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LANFORD WILSON’S THE FIFTH OF JULY (Broadway Theatre Archive) (Image Entertainment) is a 1982 Broadway production of the comedy about a family gathering, starring Richard Thomas, Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz and Cynthia Nixon. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE 2_ACK (Good Times TV) is a two-disc set of episodes from the TV series based on Laura Ingalls’ books about life on the American frontier in the 1800s. Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert star. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

LOLITA (Vidmark/Trimark) is director Adrian Lyne’s 1998 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s book about a grown man obsessed with an underaged adolescent girl. Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith and Frank Langella star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioining. Extras include audio commentary by director Lyne, a making-of featurette, additional footage, a casting session with Irons and Swain and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

LORD PETER WIMSEY: CLOUDS OF WITNESS (Acorn Media) is a two-disc 1972 version of Dorothy L. Sayers’ English detective hero’s adventures. Ian Carmichael stars. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. Extras include an interview with actor Carmichael, trivia and information on author Sayers. There is no MPAA rating.

LOVE STINKS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1999 comedy directed by Jeff Franklin, starring French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson and Tyra Banks. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include commentary by director Franklin and actors Stewart and Wilson, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

MAZE (Vidmark/Trimark) is a 2000 drama starring and directed by Rob Morrow. Laura Linney also stars. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE MIRACLE OF THE CARDS (Cloud Ten Pictures) is a 2001 TV movie based on the actual incident that inspired that endless email chain letter exhorting people to send postcards to a little boy stricken with cancer. Catherine Oxenberg, Richard Thomas and Peter Wingfield star. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

POIROT – HICKORY DICKORY DOCK (Acorn Media) is the latest adventure of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, as played by David Suchet. Andrew Grieve directs. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. Extras include biographies on author Christie and actor Suchet, Poirot trivia and information on Christie. There is no MPAA rating.

THE ROYAL FAMILY (Broadway Theatre Archive) (Image Entertainment) stars Ellis Rabb and Rosemary Harris in a 1977 stage production. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (MGM Home Entertainment) stars Albert Finney in this black-and-white 1961 British drama, directed by Karel Reisz. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE SEAGULL – See ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE SEAGULL, above.

THE SEVENTH SIGN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Demi Moore, Jurgen Prochnow and Michael Biehn in a 1988 supernatural suspense film about an ominous pregnancy. Carl Schultz directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROCK! (Miramax Home Entertainment) is a 1994 rock ‘n’ roll comedy directed by Allan Arkush, starring Renee Zellweger, Howie Mandel and John Doe (of the band X). Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

SKIPPED PARTS (Vidmark/Trimark) is director Tamra Davis’ 2000 drama about teens exploring sexuality. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

STROCZEK (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1977 drama directed by Werner Herzog. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THREE STOOGES FUNNIEST MOMENTS/FESTIVAL (Good Times Home Video) is a two-disc black-and-white collection of Stooges highlights. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

A TOUCH OF CLASS (Turner Home Video) stars Glenda Jackson (who won an Oscar) and George Seagal in a bittersweet 1973 romantic comedy about adultery in London. Melvin Frank directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michael Jai White in the 1999 further adventures of a genetically-altered fighter. Mic Rodgers directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, the "Universal Soldier Workout" with White, a featurette with Van Damme, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

WIT (HBO Studios) stars Emma Thompson in an acclaimed 2001 production about a brilliant woman undergoing treatment for cancer. Mike Nichols directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.







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