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DVDs Jan. 1-7, 2002  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Tuesday, 08 January 2002

THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION: SPECIAL EDITION (MGM/UA) is a 1984 science-fiction comedy with a plot both hilarious and insanely intricate. Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow and Ellen Barkin star; W.D. Richter directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary from director Richter, a new prologue sequence, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, character profiles, Banzai Institute Archives, special features for Nuon players and Easter Eggs. MPAA rating is P

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MISS MARPLE COLLECTION 2 (A&E Entertainment) is a three-disc set of episodes of the TV mystery series starring Joan Hickson as the elderly English sleuth. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include biographies of Christie and Hickson and a complete index of all Miss Marple stories. There is no MPAA rating.

AMERICAN BEAUTY: AWARDS EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is the 1999 Best Picture/Actor/Director/Original Screenplay Oscar winner, starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in a comedy/drama about life and death in suburbia. Sam Mendes directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include audio commentary with director Mendes and writer Alan Ball, a making-of featurette, storyboards with commentary by Mendes and director of photography Conrad Hall, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

AMISTAD – DTS (DreamWorks Home Entertainment) is director Steven Spielberg’s fact-based 1997 period drama about the aftermath of a revolt of enslaved Africans at sea. Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning.

THE BEATLES: BIG BEAT BOX (Music Video Distributors) is a new two-disc set of music by the Fab Four. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

BEE GEES: LIVE BY REQUEST (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 DVD with footage of the band in concert. 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 inlcude the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

BILLY MADISON (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 1995 comedy starring Adam Sandler as an adult who goes back to school. Tamra Davis directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BROTHER (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 2000 gangster drama about a Yakuza veteran who takes his brand of crime from Japan to Los Angeles. Takeshi Kitano stars and directs; Omar Epps also stars. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

CALIFORNIA SUITE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1978 film adaptation of Neil Simon’s stage comedy about guests at a Los Angeles hotel. Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Bill Cosby and Michael Caine star; Herbert Ross directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

CINDERELLA – See RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, below.

COMING HOME (Acorn Media), not to be confused with the veteran-returning-home drama, is a two-disc 1998 British miniseries starring Peter O’Toole, Joanna Lumley, Penelope Keith, David McCallum and Paul Bettany and directed by Giles Foster. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a documentary on novelist Rosamunde Pilcher. There is no MPAA rating.

CRUSADES (A&E Entertainment) is a two-disc set of the 1995 documentary about the medieval military campaigns. Terry Jones hosts. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a history timeline and a biography/filmography on Jones. There is no MPAA rating.

THE DEER HUNTER (Universal Studios Home Video) is the 1978 multi-Oscar-winning drama about a group of friends from a mining town who ship out to Vietnam together. Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep star; Michael Cimino directs. 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 production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE FAR PAVILIONS (Acorn Media) is a two-disc release of the 1984 miniseries starring Ben Cross and Amy Irving, about a British soldier who falls in love with a Hindu princess. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 2001 action movie about an undercover cop infiltrating an illegal drag-racing ring. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel star; Rob Cohen directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary by director Cohen, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes with optional director commentary, an interactive multi-angle stunt sequence, the article the film is based on, Movie Magic interactive special effects, a featurette on editing for the MPAA, a visual effects montage, storyboard to film comparisons, music videos by Ja Rule, Caddillac, Tal and Faith Evans videos, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13.

GALAXY QUEST – DTS (DreamWorks Home Entertainment) is a new release of the delightful 1999 science-fiction comedy, about a group of actors from a STAR TREK-like TV show who find themselves dealing with real aliens. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman star; Dean Parisot directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 2.0, with English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, a "mockumentary" on the "Galaxy Quest" series and rpdocution notes. MPAA rating is PG.

THE GLASS HOUSE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 2001 thriller about a suddenly orphaned teenager (Leelee Sobieski) and her younger brother who become suspicious of their new guardians. Stellan Skarsgard, Diane Lane and Bruce Dern also star; Daniel Sackheim directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Sackheim, deleted scenes, interviews, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

GREENFINGERS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 2000 British comedy/drama about a group of prison inmates who take up gardening. Clive Owen and Helen Mirren star; Joel Hershman 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 and Spanish subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

HERBIE HANCOCK – See THE JAZZ CHANNEL PRESENTS HERBIE HANCOCK, below.

THE JACKAL: COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 1997 thriller about government efforts to stop a wily assassin. Bruce Willis and Richard Gere star; Michael Caton-Jones 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 Caton-Jones, a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, an alternate ending, a stills gallery, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE JACKAL – DTS EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) See above for film information. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning.

THE JAZZ CHANNEL PRESENTS HERBIE HANCOCK (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 release about the musician. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.0 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include an interview with Hancock. There is no MPAA rating.

JEEVES & WOOSTER – THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (A&E Entertainment) is a two-disc set of the British comedy series based on P.G. Wodehouse’s stories about a clever butler and his flightly employer. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie star. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a biography and filmography on Wodehouse. There is no MPAA rating.

THE LONG GRAY LINE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director John Ford’s 1955 drama about the West Point military academy. Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara star. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; there is no sound format information; there are English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

MAD MAX: SPECIAL EDITION (MGM/UA) is a new release of the 1980 futuristic action drama that made a star of Mel Gibson and launched director George Miller’s career. This is the first-ever American edition with the original Australian-accented dialogue track (the earlier version was dubbed with American accents). Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are Australian track in Dolby Digital 5.1, Australian track in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and U.S. dubbed Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by designer Jon Dowding, director of photography David Eggby and special effects designers Chris Murray and Tim Ridge, a documentary on Gibson, a documentary on the MAD MAX phenomenon, a fact track, a photo gallery, the theatrical trailer and TV spots. MPAA rating is R.

THE MAN WHO CRIED (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 2000 drama about a young Jewish woman working in Paris as the German occupation begins. Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro star; Sally Potter directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

MERCURY RISING (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 1998 thriller starring Bruce Willis as a police officer protecting an autistic child from a government conspiracy. Alec Baldwin also stars; Harold Becker directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

MERCURY RISING – DTS (Universal Studios Home Video) See above for film details. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround.

MISS MARPLE – See AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MISS MARPLE, above.

MOUSE HUNT (DreamWorks Home Entertainment) is an arguably unfunny but financially successful 1997 comedy about two brothers (Nathan Lane, Lee Evans) battling a clever mouse in the house they’ve inherited. Gore Verbinski directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include deleted scenes, stunt footage, production notes, the theatrical trailer and TV spots. MPAA rating is PG.

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (Universal Studios Home Video) is a very funny comedy starring Eddie Murphy in the title role and as the professor’s entire family and his evil alter ego, too. Jada Pinkett also stars; Tom Shadyac directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR – DTS (Universal Studios Home Video) See above for film details. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround.

PAULIE (DreamWorks Home Entertainment) is a 1998 comedy/fantasy about a talking parrot. Gena Rowlands and Tony Shalhoub star; John Roberts directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

PAULIE – DTS (DreamWorks Home Entertainment) See above for film details. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning.

ROBERTA FLACK IN CONCERT (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 release of the singer in performance. 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. There is no MPAA rating.

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a made-for-television version of the musical fantasy, starring Lesley Ann Warren, Stuart Damon, Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon, directed by Charles Dubin. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a new making-of featurette, filmographies on the cast and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and an "In My Own Little Corner" singalong. MPAA rating is G.

SANTANA: BEST OF MUSIKLADEN (Pioneer Video) features the legendary guitarist. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

SNEAKERS (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 1992 comic thriller starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Ben Kingsley. Phil Alden Robinson directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

SPARTACUS (Universal Studios Home Video) is director Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 epic about a slave revolt in ancient Rome. Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier star. Aspect ratio is 2.20:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 1962 drama about a Southern lawyer defending a falsely-accused man, seen through the eyes of the lawyer’s children. Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall and Brock Peters star; Robert Mulligan 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 Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula, a 35th anniversary documentary, production notes and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS: THE COMPLETE 2ND SEASON (A&E Entertainment) is a four-disc set of the second season of the English drama about a well-off family and their servants during WWI. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. There is no MPAA rating.

WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? (MGM/UA), released theatrically last year, is a crime comedy with a title that tempts fate. Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Image Entertainment) is director Jacques Rivette’s 1985 French-language version of Emily Bronte’s romantic tragedy. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.







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