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Friday, 19 January 2001

THE ANIMAL FACTORY (Columbia/TriStar) is director Steve Buscemi’s 2000 drama about prison life, starring Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English and Spanish subtitles.

BATTLEFIELD EARTH (Warner Home Video), released in 2000, is director Roger Christian’s widely derided version of L. Ron Hubbard’s science-fiction novel about humans rebelling against alien domination in the future. John Travolta (one of the film’s producers) and Barry Pepper star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track with director Christian and designer Patrick Tatapoulos, three different making-of documentaries, Travolta’s makeup test, a storyboard montage, cast and director film highlights and "hidden extras."

CLAIRE DOLAN (New Yorker) is director Lodge Kerrigan’s 2000 drama about a call girl trying to get out of her profession, starring Katrin Cartlidge, Vincent D’Onofrio and Colm Meaney. Format specifics unavailable.

COYOTE UGLY (Touchstone Home Video), released last year, is director David McNally’s quasi-update of FLASHDANCE, with Piper Perabo as a naïve lass from the suburbs who comes to New York and gets a job doing elaborate (but clothed) dance routines at a rowdy bar. Adam Garcia, John Goodman and Maria Bello co-star; LeAnn Rimes performs on the soundtrack and has a cameo as herself. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Besides a wall-to-wall greatest hits soundtrack, extras include two audio commentary tracks, one with director McNally, the other with Perabo and her fellow onscreen Coyotes, four making-of shorts on various aspects of the production.

DEATH WISH (Paramount Home Entertainment) is the 1974 vigilante action hit starring Charles Bronson, directed by Michael Ritchie. Jeff Goldblum, Daniel Stern and Christopher Guest appear in supporting roles. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital and French Mono, with English subtitles.

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (MGM) is director Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning drama about racial tensions between two lawmen (Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger) investigating a murder in the deep South. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English, French and Spanish, all Dolby Digital 2.0, with English and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from Jewison and the cast.

JUICE (Paramount Home Entertainment), is director/writer Ernest Dickerson’s 1992 drama about juvenile crime in Harlem, starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur. Aspect radio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with English subtitles.

THE ORGANIZATION (MGM), directed by Don Medford, is the second sequel to IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, with Sidney Poitier and Barbara McNair. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround.

THE SORROW AND THE PITY (New Yorker) is director Marcel Ophuls’ revered four-hour-plus 1972 documentary about the Holocaust. Format specifics unavailable.

THEY CALL ME MR. TIBBS! (MGM) is the 1970 follow-up to IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, again starring Sidney Poitier reprising his role as lawman Virgil Tibbs. Martin Landau co-stars under Gordon Douglas’ direction. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English, French and Spanish, all Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround.

THE UNTOUCHABLES (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director Brian De Palma’s 1987 drama, based on the ‘50s TV series, about the clash between Federal agent Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and gangster Al Capone (Robert DeNiro). Sean Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work as a tough Chicago cop. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Surround, with English subtitles.

THE WARRIORS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director Walter Hill’s 1979 drama about a New York street gang trying to make their way home through hostile turf. James Remar and Thomas G. Waites star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital and French Mono, with English subtitles.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (MGM) is the 1989 hit romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner, written by Nora Ephron and starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as a couple with a long courtship. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from Reiner, a new 35-minute making-of featurette, seven minutes of previously unreleased footage and a music video from Harry Connick, Jr.







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