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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Thursday, 17 January 2002

ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED (HBO Studios) is a 1998 made-for-cable drama based on Walter Mosley’s novel, starring Laurence Fishburne and directed by Michael Apted. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

BLACK BRIGADE (Unicorn Video) stars Richard Pryor in a 1969 comedy. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

BLANKMAN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1994 comedy about an inept superhero, starring Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. Mike Binder directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BONANZA (Unicorn Video) is a new DVD release of episodes of the Western series starring Lorne Greene. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

BOYCOTT (HBO Studios) is a 2001 drama about the historical civil rights struggle centered around Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of a racially segregated bus. Jeffrey Wright, CCH Pounder and Carmen Ejogo star; Clark Johnson directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

BRUCE LEE: THE MAN, THE MYTH (Unicorn Video) is a documentary on the martial arts star. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE CLOCKMAKER (Kino Video) is a 1974 French drama directed by Bertrand Tavernier and starring Philip Noiret. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

COLD SWEAT (Unicorn Video) is a 1970 thriller starring Charles Bronson. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

DEADLY COMPANIONS (Unicorn Video) stars Brian Keith in a 1961 thriller. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DEATH OF A PROPHET (Unicorn Video) stars Morgan Freeman in a 1981 drama. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY – COLLECTORS EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is director Rob Cohen’s surprisingly engaging 1993 drama about the late martial arts star, starring Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an introduction by Lee’s widow Linda Lee Cadwell, commentary by director Cohen, a making-of featurette, Jason Scott Lee’s screen test, production notes, storyboards and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

DRIVE ME CRAZY (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1999 teen romantic comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrien Grenier, directed by John Schultz. 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, THX certified, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include music videos by Britney Spears and Jars of Clay, the theatrical trailer and TV spot. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is director Werner Herzog’s 1975 fact-based drama about a silent man who mysteriously appears in a small German town. Bruno S. stars. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

EVER AFTER (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a charming 1998 retelling of the Cinderella fable, starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston and Dougray Scott. Andy Tennant directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

FOUR FOR TEXAS (Warner Home Video) is a 1963 Western starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as gamblers. Robert Aldrich directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 1.0 and Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, with English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Mandarin subtitles. Extras include a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

4 LITTLE GIRLS (HBO Studios) is director Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary about a hate crime bombing of a church in 1963 Alabama that killed four children. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

FRENCH KISS (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) stars Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline in a 1995 romantic comedy about an American woman and a French vineyard owner. Lawrence Kasdan directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

HOUSE PARTY (New Line Home Entertainment) is a 1990 comedy starring Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin, aka Kid ‘n’ Play. Ellen Brown and Reginald Hudlin direct. 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 the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

HOUSE PARTY 2 (New Line Home Entertainment) is the 1991 initial sequel to the hit comedy, also starring Kid ‘n’ Play. Doug McHenry and George Jackson direct. 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 the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

HOUSE PARTY 3 (New Line Home Entertainment), made in 1994, continues the adventures of characters created by Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin. Eric Meza 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 the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

JEEPERS CREEPERS (MGM/UA) is a fairly effective 2001 horror film about a brother and sister being pursued over rural back roads by a demon. Justin Long and Gina Philips star; Victor Salva directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

LADY AND THE HIGHWAYMAN (Unicorn Video) stars Hugh Grant in a 1989 period romance. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG.

LOLA (Unicorn Video) is a 1969 film starring Charles Bronson. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG.

M*A*S*H – THE TV SERIES SEASON 1 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a three-disc set of the 1972 debut season of the influential sitcom starring Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish subtitles. There is no MPAA rating.

M*A*S*H (FIVE STAR COLLECTION) (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a two-disc release of the 1970 black comedy about U.S. Army medics treating soldiers near the front lines during the Korean war. Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Sally Kellerman star; Robert Altman directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, THX certified, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary from director Altman, an American Movie Channel making-of documentary, a new making-of featurette, a background documentary, a 30th anniversary cast reunion, a photo gallery, a film restoration featurette and an Easter Egg. MPAA rating is R.

MISS EVERS’ BOYS (HBO Studios) is a 1997 fact-based drama about a long-term experiment conducted by the U.S. government on unwitting (and thus unconsenting) human subjects. Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne star; Joseph Sargent directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

MRS. SOFFEL (Warner Home Video) is a fact-based 1984 drama about a prison warden’s wife who falls in love with a Death Row inmate. Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson and Matthew Modine star; Gillian Armstrong directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Dolby Digital 2.0, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

NEVER BEEN KISSED (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1999 romantic starring Drew Barrymore as a journalist posing as a high school student. Raja Gosnell directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (Acorn Media) is a 2000 miniseries based on Charles Dickens’ epic novel. Stephen Whittaker directs a cast headed by Charles Dance and James D’Arcy. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1998 comedy/drama about a straight woman in love with a gay man. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd star; Nicholas Hytner directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette. MPAA rating is R.

OCEAN’S ELEVEN (Warner Home Video) is the 1960 original Rat Pack feature, with Frank Sinatra as the cool head of a gang of thieves planning to rob three Las Vegas casinos. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford also star; Lewis Milestone directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 1.0 and French Dolby Digital 1.0, with English, French and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a "Tonight Show" segment with host Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra and Angie Dickinson, a Las Vegas Then and Now interactive map and two trailers. There is no MPAA rating.

ONE EYED JACKS (Unicorn Video) is a new DVD release of the 1961 Western, starring and directed by Marlon Brando. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

ONE FINE DAY (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1996 romantic comedy starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, directed by Michael Hoffman. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

OVER THE HILL GANG (Unicorn Video) stars Pat O’Brien in a 1969 comedy about a gang of senior robbers. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

OVER THE HILL GANG RIDES AGAIN (Unicorn Video) stars Fred Astaire in a 1970 crime comedy. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL (Warner Home Video) is a 1957 romantic comedy/drama about a nobleman who becomes involved with a commoner. Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier star; Olivier also directs. Aspect ratio 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 and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a newsreel excerpt and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

PROPHECY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1979 horror film about monsters created by pollution in a forest. John Frankenheimer directs a cast headed by Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth and Armand Assante. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

PROUD REBEL (Unicorn Video) is a 1958 drama starring Alan Ladd. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

QUEER AS FOLK – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Showtime Entertainment 2) is a six-disc set of the first season of the American series (not to be confused with its British forebear of the same name) about a group of gay friends. Hal Sparks and Chris Potter star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include scene introductions by actor Sparks, audio commentaries, outtakes, interviews, actor biographies, character profiles, a photo gallery, an episode index, episode summaries and trailers. There is no MPAA rating.

RIFLEMAN (Unicorn Video) stars Chuck Connors in episodes of the black-and-white TV Western. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS (Warner Home Video) is a musical 1964 retelling of the Robin Hood legend, set in Prohibition-era Chicago. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Falk and Bing Crosby star; Gordon Douglas directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 1.0 and French Dolby Digital 1.0, with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr., a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

ROMEO & JULIET – See WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO & JULIET, below.

SECONDS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a well-regarded 1966 science-fiction thriller starring Rock Hudson as an older man who gets a younger man’s body. John Frankenheimer directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital Mono and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Frankenheimer and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

SLEEPY HOLLOW (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director Tim Burton’s 1999 take on the legend of the Headless Horseman. Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Christopher Walken star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary from director Burton, a making-of featurette, cast and crew interviews, a photo gallery and two trailers. MPAA rating is R.

SOUL OF THE GAME (HBO Studios) is a 1996 drama about the last days of racially-segregated baseball. Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson and Blair Underwood star; Kevin Rodney Sullivan directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT (Paramount Home Entertainment) is the hilarious, controversial 1999 big-screen musical version of the animated TV series created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who directs. 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, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include three trailers. MPAA rating is R.

STEALING BEAUTY (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is director Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1996 drama about a friendship between a young American woman (Liv Tyler) and a dying Englishman (Jeremy Irons) in the Italian countryside. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, the theatrical trailer and TV spots. MPAA rating is R.

WHERE THE HEART IS (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 2000 comedy/drama about an unwed mother trying to make a new life for herself. Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and James Frain star; Matt Williams directs. 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, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the Warren Brothers and Sara Evans music video "That’s the Beat of a Heart" and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO & JULIET (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is director Baz Luhrmann’s flamboyant 1996 version of the romantic tragedy, set in an alternate Florida and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Daines. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

ZEBRA LOUNGE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 2001 thriller starring Stephen Baldwin and Kristy Swanson. Kari Skogland directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; 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 photo gallyer. MPAA rating is R.

ZORRO (Universal Video) stars Alain Delon in a 1975 film about the Mexican folk hero. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

ZULU (Unicorn Video) is a new DVD release of the 1964 drama about British forces vs. African warriors. Michael Caine stars. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.







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