|DVDs Jan. 8-14, 2001|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 09 January 2001|
ANTIGONE: RITES OF PASSION (Winstar Home Video) is a 1998 version of the classic Greek tragedy, starring Bertram Ross. No format information is available.
THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (Criterion/Home Vision Cinema) is a two-disc set that contains both director Luis Bunuel’s 1972 surreal comedy about a strange house party, starring Fernando Rey and Delphine Seyrig, and a 105-minute documentary based on Bunuel’s autobiography. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound format is French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, with English subtitles. Extras include a 1970 25-minute documentary on Bunuel by Arturo Ripstein and Rafael Castenedo.
JAZZ (PBS Home Video/Warner Home Video) is the multi-disc home video version, with additional material, of the 18-hour Ken Burns documentary on jazz music, currently airing throughout the month of January on PBS stations throughout the U.S.
KISS ME, GUIDO (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director/writer Tony Vitale’s 1997 comedy about a sophisticated gay man and an uncouth straight guy from the Bronx who become roommates. Nick Scotti, Anthony Barrile and Anthony DeSando star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround. Extras include an audio commentary track from Vitale.
ME, MYSELF AND IRENE (Fox Home Video), released in 2000, a comedy directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, about a Rhode Island state trooper, played by Jim Carrey, who suffers from a split personality and is in love with a fugitive named Irene (Renee Zellweger). Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include audio commentary from the directors, deleted scenes with optional director commentary, a making-of featurette, production vignettes, the Foo Fighters’ music video "Breakout" and English and Spanish subtitles.
NOSFERATU (Image Entertainment) is director F.W. Murnau’s classic silent 1922 vampire movie, starring Max Schreck and Greta Schreder. The special edition comes equipped with two soundtracks, the newer Silent Orchestra score or an older organ score. The picture has been digitally remastered. Extras include an audio commentary from Lokke Heiss and a tour of the film’s locations, then and now.
SUPERSTAR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ANDY WARHOL (Winstar Home Video), is director Chuck Workman’s 1991 documentary about the famous pop artist. Sound format is Dolby.
SURVIVOR SEASON ONE: THE GREATEST AND MOST OUTRAGEOUS MOMENTS (Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS Video) is a compilation of memorable moments from the 2000 CBS "reality" series of the same name. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is Dolby Digital. Extras include interviews with creator Mark Burnett and host Jeff Probst, deleted footage, exit interviews; cast profiles, an island map, voting and polling histories.
WONDER BOYS (Paramount Home Entertainment), released in 2000, is director Curtis Hanson’s comedy/drama about a college professor’s eventful weekend. Michael Douglas, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Surround. Extras include interviews with Hanson, Douglas, McDormand and Maguire, an interactive location map of the Pittsburgh locations with commentary by Hanson and Bob Dylan’s music video "Things Have Changed."