|DVDs Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2001|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 05 February 2001|
DEADLOCK (Leo Films), released last year, is a horror/comedy about a couple who purchase a house inhabited by kobolds, evil spirits that cause people to murder each other. Michelle Beauchamp and John Griffin star; Stuart Chapin directed. Fans of sword combat on stage and screen will note Bob ("Ring of Steel") Chapin, Anthony ("Highlander") DeLongis and Roberta Brown in the cast. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound format is English Dolby Stereo. Extras include a making-of featurette.
DINOSAUR: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Walt Disney Home Video) is a two-disc set of the 2000 computer-animated hit about prehistoric beasts in search of water after a giant meteor hits. D.B. Sweeney, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard and Samuel E. Wright supply the lead voices (no, the dinosaurs don’t sing). The motion of the creatures is genuinely impressive. Eric Leighton and Ralph Zondag directed. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French THX Certified, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track by the directors and the special effects team, a second audio commentary track by the production team, an isolated sound effects track, three "set top" games, a making-of featurette, a history of the film’s development, deleted scenes, workbook-to-film comparisons, a featurette on the film’s design, a featurette on the locations, a featurette on the voice cast, a featurette on visual development, a PC hyperlink and Easter Eggs.
THE LONGEST YARD (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director Robert Aldrich’s funny and trenchant 1974 comedy/drama about a prison football game between the inmates and the guards. Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad and Bernadette Peters star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital and French Mono, with English subtitles.
NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1991 comedy about a 30-year-old man (Scott Bakula) who enrolls in college as a freshman and winds up on the football team. Stan Dragoti directed; the cast includes Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Sinbad and Kathy Ireland. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Surround, with English subtitles.
NORTH DALLAS FORTY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1979 comedy/drama based on Peter Gent’s novel about the NFL. Ted Kotcheff directs a cast headed up by Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, G.D. Spradlin and Dabney Coleman. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with English subtitles.
RED LETTERS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a straight-to-video thriller about a college professor who starts out fighting a sexual harassment lawsuit and winds up in much deeper trouble. Peter Coyote, Nastassja Kinski, Jeremy Piven and Ernie Hudson star under Bradley Battersby’s direction. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from Battersby and his co-writer Tom Hughes.
WHAT LIES BENEATH (Universal/DreamWorks), released last year, is a ghost story, starring Michelle Pfeiffer as a woman trying to learn about the spirit haunting her house and Harrison Ford as her skeptical spouse. Robert Zemeckis directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include an audio commentary from Zemeckis, production notes and a making-of featurette.